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India Express Interest to Host 2027 AFC Asian Cup Along with Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan

AFC Asian Cup (Photo Credit: AIFF)

AFC Asian Cup (Photo Credit: AIFF)

India have by no means hosted the Asian Cup and have certified for 4 editions to this point.

  • IANS
  • Last Updated: July 1, 2020, 12:49 PM IST

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Wednesday confirmed it has acquired expressions of curiosity from 5 member associations, together with India, to host the 2027 AFC Asian Cup.

Apart from India’s All India Football Federation, Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran, Qatar Football Association, Saudi Arabian Football Federation and Uzbekistan Football Association are the opposite 4 associations who’ve submitted their expression of curiosity to host the occasion.

“The AFC will now work with each bidding member association on the delivery of the necessary bidding documentation in accordance with the bidding process and will announce the host for the 19th edition of the AFC Asian Cup in 2021,” AFC stated in an announcement.

AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa stated: “The AFC Asian Cup is the top stage for Asia’s best and the document breaking and biggest-ever version within the United Arab Emirates in 2019 laid the foundations for Asian soccer to strengthen this legacy and we have now no doubts that China PR is not going to solely match but additionally surpass all our expectations in 2023.

India have by no means hosted the Asian Cup. They have certified for 4 editions of Asia’s premier worldwide competitors however haven’t been capable of progress additional than the group stage since 1964.

Reigning champions Qatar staged the competitors in 1988 and 2011, in addition to Iran, who’re the one nation in Asian soccer historical past to have gained the coveted crown twice on dwelling soil in 1968 and 1976.

Three-time champions Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan, like India are all vying to stage Asia’s soccer crown jewel for the primary time.

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