2011 AFC Asian Cup football competition has begun at Qatar
January 8, 2011 8:49am CST
2011 AFC Cup, The biggest Asian football competition has begun at Qatar from yesterday 7th Jan. The final of the competition will be played on 29th Jan.. 16 Asian teams divided into 4 groups are competing in the tournament. India is placed in group C along with Australia, South Korea and Bahrain comparatively a strong group 2 of the teams being world cup qualifiers and third one just missing the qualification. Grouwise teams in the tournament are: Group A: Uzbekistan, Kuwait, China PR & Qatar Group B: Saudi Arabia, Japan, Jordan and Syria Group C: South Korea, India, Australia and Bahrain Group D: Iraq, North Korea, United Arab Emirates and Iran In the opening match yesterday Host Qatar was defeated by Uzbekistan by 2-0. The second match between Kuwait and China PR is underway today. Both teams are locked goalless at this time. India is going to play their first match against Australia on 10th Jan. Let us all cheer up India to at least perform creditably against their more fancied opponents so that Indian football will get a boost in near future.
8 Jan 11
I am really looking forward to see how India plays in this tournament. I do not have very high hopes of the Indian team. But I would love to see at least one upset during the tournament. The bigger picture is that Indian players are at least now playing with the bigger league in Asia!! Cheers! Ram
8 Jan 11
Thank you ram. It is nice to see you responding to something in football. Most our Indian friends can not see beyond cricket. Coming back to football India has done really well to get qualified for this tournament. More fancied teams like Thailand and many others could not qualify for this tournament. I do not expect any upsets from India because two of the teams in the group are world cup teams and third one narrowly missed the world cup birth. I only hope India to stand tall even in the loss in this tournament.
9 Jan 11
Actually I am ranked no. 1 in the soccer forum where I regularly post. I love soccer very much. But of course, I love cricket as well. I saw the whole AFC Challenge Cup which India went on to win which helped them book a slot to this Asian Cup. Regarding upsets, you are right, India is up against the best in Asia. But hey, they have nothing to lose, so they can simply throw caution to winds and go for a win!! Cheers! Ram