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April 8th, 2016, 4:26 am #51

so if you are eliminated, you are not really eliminated, you get a second and even a third chance..... (see the draw of yesterday)
why do Nepal, Mongolia, Macau and Brunei  are not allowed to enter ? Now those poor teams have four years without continental competition..... it seems not fair...
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April 8th, 2016, 2:41 pm #52

and how about NMI...
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April 12th, 2016, 10:25 am #53

http://www.lawinsport.com/sports-law-ne ... -decisions

A new AFC international competition, to replace the AFC Challenge Cup, has been proposed to take place in November 2016 and September 2020 for the continent’s lowest-ranked teams who have little opportunity to organise international friendly matches.

Nepal, Brunei Darussalam, Macau, Mongolia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, as well as the two teams eliminated after the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 qualifiers play-off, will form the participating teams for the 2016 competition.

The 14-day tournament will be played between the eight teams at a centralised venue, providing not only a minimum of three matches, but also including coaching, refereeing, technical and event management education courses.

The problems I see with this - Northern Mariana Islands cannot take part. Also, THREE teams will be eliminated from Asian Cup qualifying, not two, so that will leave 9 teams, not 8.
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April 12th, 2016, 11:49 am #54

what about Kuwait? can they play the Asia Cup qualifiers? 
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April 12th, 2016, 2:35 pm #55

Let's call it the AFC Even More Challenge Cup.
After a couple more iterations it will just be Brunei vs Macao in a straight fight to out-pathetic each other.
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April 13th, 2016, 6:24 am #56

pieter wrote:
what about Kuwait? can they play the Asia Cup qualifiers? 
If they are re-instated to FIFA in time.  If not, they will either forfeit all their matches 3-0, or FIFA/AFC might bring in the next best team who did not qualify to take their place.  It's anyone's guess until a definitive statement is made by AFC/FIFA.
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January 11th, 2017, 11:24 pm #57

Macau are replacing Kuwait.

Nepal are replacing Guam (withdrew due to financial difficulties).

3rd Round draw on 23rd January.
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January 12th, 2017, 11:16 am #58

See Bangladesh.. that Solidarity Cup you didn't care for was of some use :)
www.soccer-db.info - football internationals
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January 12th, 2017, 11:36 am #59

was it decided on the results of the Solidarity Cup?    so those pre/pre/pre qualifiyng games were almost meaningles..?
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March 28th, 2017, 1:59 pm #60

looking for N.Korea-Malaysia: seems to be delayed because of the doplomatic tensions between the countries? When will it be played?
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March 30th, 2017, 9:32 am #61

pieter wrote:
looking for N.Korea-Malaysia: seems to be delayed because of the doplomatic tensions between the countries? When will it be played?
Rescheduled for June 8th.
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September 5th, 2017, 12:13 pm #62

N.Korea-Liban 2-2 (not 0-0)?
why is Kyrgystan-Burma postponed?
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January 17th, 2018, 2:19 pm #63

pieter wrote: N.Korea-Liban 2-2 (not 0-0)?
why is Kyrgystan-Burma postponed?
the last group matches will be played on 27.3.2018.....
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January 17th, 2018, 5:14 pm #64

Added to site now - I forgot them when I added the 2018 fixtures :-) 
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February 20th, 2018, 3:59 am #65

why is Kyrgystan-Burma played in Korea? why was it postponed? 
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February 20th, 2018, 7:41 am #66

pieter wrote:why is Kyrgystan-Burma played in Korea? why was it postponed? 
Don’t know why it’s in Korea. But I’m pretty sure it was postponed due to a terrorist or security threat.


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February 20th, 2018, 1:21 pm #67

pieter wrote: why is Kyrgystan-Burma played in Korea? why was it postponed? 
http://www.insideworldfootball.com/2017 ... ty-threat/
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March 23rd, 2018, 7:50 am #68

I suppose Kyrgystan qualifies for their first Asia Cup......
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March 23rd, 2018, 8:26 am #69

pieter wrote:I suppose Kyrgystan qualifies for their first Asia Cup......

Yes they did, by absolutely thrashing Myanmar 5-1. Was alittle shocked seeing that result to be honest.

However, depending on the draw of course, I don’t know how much noise they can make in this tournament. They did have a pretty decent showing in the World Cup qualifiers though.


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March 26th, 2018, 7:33 am #70

Not a huge shock that they won (162 against 177 on eloratings, for example - the winning expextancy before the match was 66-34 in favour of Kyrgyzstan).  Margin of victory was probably expected to be about 2 though, not 4.

Not a huge shock that they qualified either - with the field set to 24 teams, and Kyrgyzstan ranked 2nd in their group, and 21st overall in Asia.

Good to see new teams, I suppose - but in my opinion, having half the AFC teams qualify is too much..
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March 26th, 2018, 7:38 am #71

Just 3 spots left to decide:
North Korea or Hong Kong 
Hong Kong must win - any other result and North Korea qualify

2 from Philippines, Yemen, Tajikistan - Philippines and Yemen look favourites.
Philippines v Tajikistan - Philippines need a draw to qualify.  Tajikistan need a win.  Philippines can be eliminated only if they lose and Yemen win.
Yemen v Nepal - If Yemen win they qualify.  They can also qualify if they draw and Tajikistan don't win, or if they lose and Tajikistan lose. 
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March 26th, 2018, 8:10 am #72

TheRoonBa wrote:Not a huge shock that they won (162 against 177 on eloratings, for example - the winning expextancy before the match was 66-34 in favour of Kyrgyzstan).  Margin of victory was probably expected to be about 2 though, not 4.

Not a huge shock that they qualified either - with the field set to 24 teams, and Kyrgyzstan ranked 2nd in their group, and 21st overall in Asia.

Good to see new teams, I suppose - but in my opinion, having half the AFC teams qualify is too much..
Wasn’t shocked that they won or even qualified. In the previous game they had Myanmar on the ropes away from home. Was just alittle shocked they beat Myanmar by 4.

Totally agree on the new teams. It’s great to see don’t get me wrong, but I’m not sure how competitive these lower ranked nations can be. At the same time, however, Kyrgyzstan had a pretty solid showing in the World Cup qualifiers.


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March 26th, 2018, 8:15 am #73

I think all these "stan" teams can be competitive at home - but I think they will be shown up when it comes to playing at a major tournament.  In the World Cup qualifiers, they did well against Jordan, but when they played a top-class AFC team (Australia), they lost 1-2 at home, and 3-0 away - I'd translate this to a 2-0 defeat at a neutral venue.  The other teams in their group (Tajikistan and Bangladesh) weren't much of a challenge.

I think that is the best they can hope for against the big teams.  They might be able to sneak a narrow win against medium-rated teams, which might be enough to get them into the last 16 - but I think that is as far as they will go.

Still - I didn't expect Wales to get to the semi-finals of the Euros, so you never know!
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March 27th, 2018, 11:32 am #74

TheRoonBa wrote:I think all these "stan" teams can be competitive at home - but I think they will be shown up when it comes to playing at a major tournament.  In the World Cup qualifiers, they did well against Jordan, but when they played a top-class AFC team (Australia), they lost 1-2 at home, and 3-0 away - I'd translate this to a 2-0 defeat at a neutral venue.  The other teams in their group (Tajikistan and Bangladesh) weren't much of a challenge.

I think that is the best they can hope for against the big teams.  They might be able to sneak a narrow win against medium-rated teams, which might be enough to get them into the last 16 - but I think that is as far as they will go.

Still - I didn't expect Wales to get to the semi-finals of the Euros, so you never know!
Totally agree with you man. It really just depends on the draw. Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan could most definitely get thru to the knockout round with a good draw. Don’t see them going much further than that. The only “-Stan” team that can obviously make some serious noise is Uzbekistan. I truly thought they were going to qualify for the World Cup this time around. Have a very good youth system as well.


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March 27th, 2018, 11:37 am #75

Philippines today qualified for their 1st Asian Cup!! Good result beating Tajikistan 2-1 at home. Not surprised at all that they advanced from their group and beat Tajikistan today. Thomas Dooley has done a tremendous job with this Philippines team. Can definitely see them in the knockout round as well.

Also, North Korea (as expected) beat Hong Kong 2-0 today to clinch their spot in the Asian Cup.

Yemen clinched the final spot for the Asian Cup due to Tajikistan losing earlier today. Assuming the second tiebreaker is based on head to head results, not goal difference.


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March 27th, 2018, 7:24 pm #76

Yay!  The team which hosted the very first Asian Cup game has finally qualified.
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March 27th, 2018, 7:28 pm #77

nfm24 wrote:Yay!  The team which hosted the very first Asian Cup game has finally qualified.
Didn’t Hong Kong host?


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March 27th, 2018, 7:29 pm #78

Eagles19 wrote:
nfm24 wrote:Yay!  The team which hosted the very first Asian Cup game has finally qualified.
Didn’t Hong Kong host?


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March 27th, 2018, 7:34 pm #79

First qualifying match.
25- 2-1956 Philippines    0-2 South Korea    [at Manila]
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March 27th, 2018, 7:40 pm #80

nfm24 wrote:First qualifying match.
25- 2-1956 Philippines    0-2 South Korea    [at Manila]
Ya I saw that


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March 28th, 2018, 8:37 am #81

Also, the AFC was actually formed at meetings held during the 1954 Asian Games in Manila  (note: this makes the AFC older than UEFA and CAF).  At that time, the Philippines was a major partner, off the field at least, in Asian football.  Sadly they went virtually dormant for a while in the 1960s.
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March 28th, 2018, 9:37 am #82

They seem to be carried somewhat by the Younghusbands.  I don't think they'll do much at the finals - they've vastly improved recently, but they're still a middle-rating team within Asia.
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March 28th, 2018, 1:48 pm #83

with Yemen and Lebanon every Middle East team once qualified for the AC (Lebanon was there once before but as hosts they did not have to qualify)
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March 28th, 2018, 1:52 pm #84

TheRoonBa wrote:They seem to be carried somewhat by the Younghusbands.
Do they win a lot of beer then?
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March 30th, 2018, 4:56 am #85

pieter wrote: with Yemen and Lebanon every Middle East team once qualified for the AC (Lebanon was there once before but as hosts they did not have to qualify)
Let's hope Israel can join AFC again. It would mean a sign of peace for Middle East.
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March 30th, 2018, 1:10 pm #86

peace? i do not think Israel is interested....   
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May 8th, 2018, 6:52 pm #87

Draw made last week, and now the official schedule is released...
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May 9th, 2018, 1:34 am #88

Marc had the schedule before it was released.....did he make it?:)
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May 9th, 2018, 9:02 am #89

pieter wrote: Marc had the schedule before it was released.....did he make it?:)
Unfortunately not - my bank statement confirms I do not have any payments from AFC this month :-)
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May 9th, 2018, 12:30 pm #90

now we expect the schedules of the Africa cup 2019, Gold Cup 2019 and Copa America 2019 before the end of the year....can you do it? :)
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