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8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about the AFC Asian Cup

Get up to speed with everything you need to know about Asia’s biggest football tournament ahead of the 2019 Asian Cup this coming January.

With the highly-anticipated 2019 Asian Cup now finally just weeks away, many of you have doubtless started counting down the days until the tournament’s opening match on the 5th of January . This next championship, however, is going to be doubly significant as it will be the first final tournament to be contested by a total of 24 national teams, as opposed to the previous format that started with only 16. Will Australia still be able to finish on top of the pile and become the next team to win consecutive titles? Or might we see yet another team win their very first championship in the history of the tournament?

While the crowning of the region’s next continental champions should and will certainly be the highlight of the event, this latest expansion in the final tournament’s format will also definitely be a milestone worth celebrating. So to help throw the spotlight on the tournament itself and perhaps help highlight just how much the Asian Cup has grown over the years, here’s a batch of fun trivia you can stump your friends with while watching the action this January.

Beating UEFA to the punch

While many football fans consider UEFA to be the world’s premier continental confederation, the AFC Asian Cup, whose firs...

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