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Saturday, July 7, 2007

AFC Asian Cup Begins Today in Four Countries

The Asian Nations Cup, which is held to crown the champion of Asia, will be held in fourth different countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. The defending champion is Japan, and this tournament marks the first time that Australia will compete. This tournament began in 1956, and is played every four years. The final will be held on 29 July in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Here are the four groups:

Group A

Thailand
Australia
Oman
Iraq

Group B

Vietnam
Japan
Qatar
United Arab Emirates

Group C

Malaysia
Iran
Uzbekistan
People's Republic of China

Group D

Indonesia
Korea Republic
Saudi Arabia
Bahrain

The first two teams from each group will advance to the elimination round.

Here is an elimination round bracket courtesy of Wikipedia.











July 21 - Bangkok







1st Group A

July 25 - Kuala Lumpur

2nd Group B





July 22 - Kuala Lumpur






1st Group C


July 29 - Jakarta

2nd Group D





July 21 - Hanoi





1st Group B

July 25 - Hanoi

2nd Group A




Third place

July 22 - Jakarta







1st Group D





2nd Group C







July 28 - Palembang




My prediction for the champion: Australia. Who do think will win?

Best wishes to all of the teams.

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