Iran Will Win AFC Asian Cup with Queiroz: Ali Daei


Members of the Thai national team pose for a group photo during the King's Cup.

India have been Drawn alongside hosts United Arab Emirates, Thailand and Bahrain in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Finals.

At the draw, the 24 teams will be divided into six groups of four teams each with the first and second placed teams moving on to the round of 16.

The 65-year-old Dutchman, who led the Netherlands to the final of the World Cup in South Africa eight years ago, ensured Saudi Arabia qualified for their fifth World Cup and first since Germany 2006 in September last year.

The War Elephants' best result in the Asian Cup was recorded in 1972, when they finished third.

After all, India's opponents, alongside hosts UAE, are two sides - Thailand and Bahrain - placed below them in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings. The Sharjah Stadium in Sharjah, the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium and Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, the Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium and Al-Maktoum Stadium in Dubai, and the Zayed Sports City Stadium, Al Jazira Stadium and Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi will be the venues for the tournament. Right now we need to get into the top 10 of Asia to play these top five teams and also to know how far we are.

"Collectively they've come in, it's very clear how they want to move forward over this short period and I must say in such a short space of time the way they've got their message across in March was excellent and we'll build on that from May when we go to Turkey for our pre-World Cup base camp". I'm happy that we have broken inside the top 100 but the way it works is very tricky.

"I repeat that the coach and the players should try to make good use of this opportunity". That time we got the better of them.

Advancing to the 2019 Asian Cup set for the UAE in 2019 was not a hard task against relatively unknown teams in the Asian continent.

The AFC President, who made the announcement during the final draw said: "Tonight, we celebrate a new chapter in the glorious history of the Asian Cup here in the UAE. I don't think it will help us to talk about what we did in the last two years". "Obviously it will not be easy but I think there are possibilities to qualify from this group".