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Football: Sydney Opera House to host AFC Asian Cup draw in March

The Sydney Opera House will host the draw for the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 on March 26, 2014. Photo: AFP.

The Sydney Opera House will host the draw for the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 on March 26, 2014. Photo: AFP.

December 8, 2013: The Sydney Opera House will host the draw for the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015, the biggest football tournament ever staged in the country, on March 26, 2014.

 

The draw, which will be televised live throughout Asia, will confirm the groups and matches of the 16-team event and will attract around 300 VIPs and officials from teams, tournament organisers and the AFC (Asian Football Confederation).

 

Dato’ Alex Soosay, General Secretary of the AFC, said: “March 26, 2014 is a date all fans of Asian football should mark in their diaries. It will be an occasion not only befitting of the stature of the AFC Asian Cup but one that exemplifies Australia’s hospitality and pride in putting on world-class sporting events.”

 

Michael Brown, CEO of the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 Local Organising Committee, said: “The Sydney Opera House is an iconic location and the Asian Cup is an iconic sporting event. It’s the perfect fit – a prestigious venue for Asia’s most prestigious tournament.

 

“It’s in keeping with our goal to deliver a world-class event in January 2015 and it’s fitting that the draw will take place in the great city that will host the final.”

 

Brown said the tournament draw would take preparation to a new level and raise anticipation among football fans.

 

“On March 26, we will know exactly which teams are playing who, and where and when they will be playing,” he said. “Fans will finally know which matches they can see in our five host cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle.”

 

Twelve nations have already qualified for AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 – Australia as hosts, defending champions Japan, Korea Republic and 2012 AFC Challenge Cup winners DPR Korea, along with recent qualifiers Bahrain, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Uzbekistan.

 

A further four spots are at stake, one in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup and a further three via the qualifiers which will culminate prior to the draw. The 2015 Asian Cup will kick off on January 9 in Melbourne, with the final set for Sydney’s Stadium Australia on January 31.

 

Source: WSG

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