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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Move over World Cup 2014, the Asian Cup 2015 is coming to Australia

Wave a tearful good-bye to Brazil and the 2014 World Cup and re-invest all your energy and passion for soccer onto the Asian Cup 2015.

To be played nationwide in Australia, the tournament is bound to increase soccer’s ever growing popularity Down Under.

The Socceroos have been drawn with the Korea Republic, Oman and Kuwait in Group A of the AFC Asian Cup 2015.

As host nation, the Socceroos were seeded in the top tier of teams for the tournament and were placed in the A1 position of the groups.

The Socceroos will face Kuwait in the opening match of the AFC Asian Cup 2015 on 9 January in Melbourne, followed byOman on 13 January in Sydney with their final group match against Korea Republic on 17 January in Brisbane.

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The Socceroos have played Kuwait at senior men’s international level on ten occasions and last played each other back in January 2010 in an AFC Asian Cup 2011 Qualifier in Kuwait where they drew 2-2.

The Socceroos have defeated Oman three times, drawn three times and lost once.

The Socceroos were also drawn with the Korea Republic at the AFC Asian Cup 2011 and have met 26 times in total, the most recent match at the EAFF East Asian Cup where they played out a scoreless draw.

AFC Asian Cup 2015 – Groups
Group A: Australia (63)
, Korea Republic (60), Oman (81), Kuwait (110)
Group B: Uzbekistan (55), Saudi Arabia (75), China PR (98), DPR Korea (133)
Group C: Iran (42), UAE (61), Qatar (101), Bahrain (106)
Group D: Japan (48), Jordan (66), Iraq (103), Winner of AFC Challenge Cup 2014 (Maldives, Palestine, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Turkmenistan, Philippines, Afghanistan or Laos)
Number in brackets is the latest FIFA Ranking as at 13 March 2014
The Final of the AFC Challenge Cup will be played on 30 May 2014.

AFC Asian Cup 2015 – Fixtures
Group A: Australia, Korea Republic, Oman, Kuwait

09 Jan 2015: Australia v Kuwait, Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
10 Jan 2015: Korea Republic v Oman, Canberra Stadium, Canberra13 Jan 2015: Kuwait v Korea Republic, Canberra Stadium, Canberra
13 Jan 2015: Oman v Australia, Stadium Australia, Sydney
17 Jan 2015: Australia v Korea Republic, Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
17 Jan 2015: Oman v Kuwait, Newcastle Stadium, Newcastle

Quarter Finals
QF1 - 22 January 2015: 1A v 2B, Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
QF2 – 22 January 2015: 1B v 2A, Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
QF3 – 23 January 2015: 1C v 2D, Stadium Australia, Sydney
QF4 – 23 January 2015: 1D v 2C, Canberra Stadium, Canberra

Semi Finals
SF1 – 26 January 2015: Winner QF1 v Winner QF3, Stadium Australia, Sydney
SF2 – 27 January 2015: Winner QF2 v Winner QF4, Newcastle Stadium, Newcastle

3rd/4th Play-Off
30 January 2015: Loser SF1 v Loser SF2, Newcastle Stadium, Newcastle

AFC Asian Cup 2015 Final
31 January 2015: Winner SF1 v Winner SF2, Stadium Australia, Sydney
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