Bahrain to face UAE, India, Thailand at Asian Cup 2019

2019 AFC Asian Cup draw at Dubai, LIVE updates: Who will India face in the group stages?

2019 AFC Asian Cup draw at Dubai, LIVE updates: Who will India face in the group stages?

Saudi Arabia, who have won the AFC Asian Cup three times, will be looking forward to returning to the UAE, the place where they defeated the hosts on penalties in the 1996 final.

Joining the Azkals in Group C are South Korea, China and fellow debutant Kyrgyzstan after brackets were determined in a draw held Friday in Dubai. The lowest ranked teams from both the top 2 pots are in India's group, with the 3rd best team in the 4th pot for company.

The tournament will kick off with a Group A match between hosts UAE and Bahrain at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Jan 5.

India qualified for the second round of the qualifiers after beating Nepal but finished at the bottom of their group as their World Cup qualifying ended.

The Suzuki Cup is set November 8 under a home-and-away format.

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India were handed over a relatively easy draw in Group "A" for the upcoming 2019 AFC Asian Cup alongside hosts UAE, the other two teams being Bahrain and Thailand.

The tournament's most successful side with four titles, Japan are in Group F and will face Uzbekistan, who have progressed past the group stage for the last four editions of the competition as well as Oman and Turkmenistan. The tournament, for the first time, will have 24 teams in the final stages.

The Asian Football Confederation has introduced a prize fund of $15 million for the tournament, with the champions picking up $5 million and the runners-up earning $3 million.

"I was part of the National Team in 2011 in Doha where we last played in the Continental Championship. I am pleased to announce tonight that the prize money for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 will total nearly 15 million dollars and the winners of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 will collect 5 million dollars". Additionally, the new trophy for the competition was presented.

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