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- For the first time, the Asian Cup final tournament was contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the team format that was used from to
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For the first time, the Asian Cup final tournament was contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the team format that was used from to Under this new format, the finalists would contest a group stage consisting of six groups of four teams, followed by a knockout stage of 16 teams.
The host nation qualified for the final tournament automatically, while the remaining 23 places were determined among the other 45 national teams of the AFC through a qualifying competition running from to , part of which also served as part of the FIFA World Cup qualification process for the confederation. The tournament was won for the first time by Qatar , who defeated Japan 3—1 in the Final. This was also Qatar's first ever top 4 finish in the competition. The defending champions Australia , were eliminated by the hosts UAE at the quarter-final stages, who subsequently lost to the eventual champions in the semi-finals.
The AFC Asian Cup qualification process determined the 24 participating teams for the tournament. In the second round, the 40 teams were divided into eight groups of five to play home-and-away round-robin matches, where the eight group winners and the four best group runners-up qualified for the AFC Asian Cup finals.
In the third round, the next best 24 teams eliminated from second round were divided into six groups of four and competed for the remaining slots of the AFC Asian Cup. India , Syria , Thailand and Turkmenistan qualified to the tournament after being absent in several Asian Cup tournaments spanning from to Lebanon and Vietnam both qualified for the first time after hosting the tournaments, in and respectively.
In addition to Yemen, the Philippines  and Kyrgyzstan  also marked this edition as their first times to qualify for an Asian Cup. Tajikistan , along with its fellow CAFA member nation Afghanistan , were the only two countries from their confederation who failed to qualify for the tournament. Malaysia and Indonesia were the only co-hosts of the edition that did not qualify for the Asian Cup, as Malaysia had ended their campaign in disaster with just one point out of six matches; while Indonesia was barred from entering the qualification due to tension inside the PSSI which led to FIFA suspension.
Kuwait was the only Arab country not to qualify for the Asian Cup, as they were also barred from completing the qualification due to FIFA's sanction. India remained as the only South Asian team to qualify for the tournament.
On 13 November Asian Football Confederation warned the Iranian government to stop meddling in the country's football association, otherwise it would have faced sanctions before the Asian Cup. The 12 teams that secured their place in the final tournament by the end of the second round of the qualification process were placed in Pots 1 and 2 while the remaining teams which qualified during the third round were allocated to the remaining pots. As hosts, the United Arab Emirates were seeded into Pot 1.
The 24 teams were drawn into six groups of four teams, with the hosts placed in position A1. Each team must register a squad of minimum 18 players and maximum 23 players, minimum three of whom must be goalkeepers.
On 5 December , the AFC announced the list of 30 referees, 30 assistant referees, two stand-by referees and two stand-by assistant referees, including one referee and two assistant referees from CONCACAF for the tournament. After being awarded the bid, initially the UAE chose six stadiums to host the tournament. Later, two stadiums in Dubai were dropped due to financial problems and were replaced by Al Maktoum Stadium and Rashid Stadium , which were also located in Dubai.
Hence, more stadiums were about to be chosen and rebuilt, in which Sharjah and Abu Dhabi won the rights to have more stadiums for the tournament. Sharjah Stadium and Al Nahyan Stadium were chosen aftermath, finalized the number of stadium to eight. The tournament was expanded to 24 teams from the previous format of 16 teams, which had been used since At the finals, the 24 teams will be drawn into six groups of four teams each.
The teams in each group play a single round robin. After the group stage, the top two teams and the four best third teams will advance to the knockout stage, beginning with the round of For the first time since a knockout stage was added to the competition in , there will be no third place play-off. The AFC announced the official match schedule on 7 May At least five matches were allocated to each venue, with every ground hosting at least one match in the knockout stage.
The semi-finals were played on different days in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. No city hosted two matches on the same day — except in the final round of group stage matches when simultaneous kick-off is required. The top two teams of each group and the four best third-placed teams advanced to the round of Teams were ranked according to points 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss , and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria were applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings: .
Group A saw the opening match of the tournament which was a one all draw between United Arab Emirates and Bahrain with Ahmed Khalil getting the equaliser in the 88th minute after going one goal down only ten minutes prior.
Group B saw Jordan qualify top of the group after defeating the defending champions in the opening match from an Anas Bani Yaseen header. Group C saw South Korea and China qualify through as the top two seeds with the game between the two matches seeing South Korea on top of the pool after a win.
Group D saw Iran and Iraq both qualify through to the round of 16 as the top two teams after both finishing with seven points after their match finished in a draw at the Al Maktoum Stadium.
In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary. A player was automatically suspended for the next match for the following offences: . The seven hexagons formed by colored ribbons represents the seven emirates of the host country. The interlacing hexagon pattern of the logo was inspired from Islamic art , as well as the old Emirati tradition of using palm leaves, locally known as saf , in weaving.
The outer circle along with the geometric design within it symbolizes the sport of football. The official match ball was provided by Molten Corporation. During the final draw on 4 May , two mascots, Mansour and Jarrah, were unveiled.
Mansour is a typical Arab football kid, while Jarrah is an Arabian falcon with lightning speed. Also on the drawing day on 4 May , an all new trophy made by Thomas Lyte was unveiled. It is 78 centimeters tall, 42 centimeters wide, and weighs 15 kilograms of silver. Five petals of the lotus symbolized the five sub-confederations under the AFC. The tournament organizers held a competition where fans got to choose and vote on slogans to be used on the team buses of the 24 participating national teams.
The tournament was broadcast live by around 80 TV channels covering the whole world. ESPN5 made a "competitive bid" to broadcast the tournament on free-to-air television in the Philippines, but it was not accepted by the AFC. In the Middle East, where Qatar-based BeIN Sports has rights to broadcast the Asian Cup in the region, BeoutQ allegedly backed by Saudi Arabia also illegally broadcast the tournament as part of a proxy conflict in a diplomatic crisis between Qatar and various Arab states.
At the end of the tournament, AFC announced that the Asian Cup was the most engaging in history across all social platforms reaching Rashid Stadium was one of the smallest stadiums in the tournament with only 12, seats and many non-ticket holding fans attempted to watch the match without buying tickets. As a result of —19 Qatar diplomatic crisis between Qatar and number of its neighbours since 5 June , including the United Arab Emirates as the host country, the UAE suspended all direct flights between the two countries and initially banned Qatari citizens from entering their country,  although the Emirati government later announced that it would permit Qatari citizens temporary entry into the country pending approval from Emirati authorities.
The director stated that there was no evidence that shows he was unable to enter and stated that this news has "political purposes". He stated "We try to keep sports away from politics. The diplomatic crisis prevented many fans from attending Qatar matches in the UAE. This had affected attendance figures in Qatar matches, as little more than people spectated the Group E clash between North Korea and Qatar on 13 January.
According to Qatar's Sports Press Committee, five Qatar-based media representatives were denied entry into the UAE despite having entry visas and receiving assurances that they would be allowed to attend and report on the tournament by the AFC. According to Al Jazeera, the final match , which was won by Qatar, was played "almost entirely without" Qatari support from the stands, due to the travel ban. Apart from their attendance, they carried flags in the stadium and continued to cheer for Al Annabi [The Maroons] players and sing songs throughout the game.
During the semifinal match between Qatar and hosts United Arab Emirates , some UAE supporters threw bottles and footwear into the match after Qatari players scored their second goal, the latter is considered deeply offensive in the Middle East.
One of the Qatari players, Salem Al Hajri , was struck on the head with a shoe after Qatar scored its third goal. This conduct was preceded by booing the Qatari national anthem.
Qatar won 4—0 despite the situation, reaching their first Asian Cup final. On 30 January , soon after the hosts lost to Qatar in the semi-finals, the United Arab Emirates Football Association lodged a formal appeal to the AFC over the eligibility of Sudanese-born Almoez Ali and Iraqi-born Bassam Al-Rawi , claiming that they did not qualify to play for Qatar on residency grounds per Article 7 of the Regulations Governing the Application of the FIFA statutes, which states a player is eligible to play for a representative team if he has "lived continuously for at least five years after reaching the age of 18 on the territory of the relevant association".
A British-Sudanese football fan claimed he was beaten and arrested for wearing a Qatar football shirt to a match in which Qatar was playing and then, after reporting to the police, arrested and accused of wasting police time and making false statements of being assaulted.
The police claimed that the fan had admitted to making false statements and his offense will be processed through the courts. This is instead an instance of a person seeking media attention and wasting police time. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Qualified for Asian Cup. Failed to qualify. Disqualified or withdrew. Not an AFC member. Paolo Valeri Danny Makkelie.
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