Beyond the Ural Mountains, passion for football is as devouring as it is in Europe. China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Iran, Thailand, India, UAE, Australia... the whole Asia continent is thrilled by the round ball. All countries gather as part of a booming federation: the AFC (Asian Football Confederation).
Once the teams are out on the field, and the players ready to kick off the match, the supporters stand as one. The referee blows his whistle. The Official Timekeeper is ready, too: its features will determine the games’ sequences perfect synchronisation, right through to the end of the match.
In 2019, the AFC will bring together the continent’s best teams for the most prestigious of all competitions: The AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 . An unmissable event featuring players from the highest level of Asia. The teams shall compete in skills, strength and accuracy, game after game, until one is crowned champion. The pressure on each side to achieve victory is in line with the stakes at hand , on Earth’s most populated continent.
For the first time, the competition will host 24 teams who have until March 27th to qualify. The much-anticipated action gets underway on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 at Abu Dhabi, in the Zayed Sports City Stadium , always on TAG Heuer time.