Asian Cup Special: The most controversial team in the world! Do the Syrian national team truly represent the country? Or is it just a PR tool for president Bashar Assad?
With the 2019 Asian Cup kicking off on Saturday, DW takes a look at each group and predicts which teams will make the knockouts. Traditional regional powers and emerging teams face differing levels of expectation.
Despite war devastating the country for almost eight years, the Syrian national football team has qualified for the 2019 Asian Cup. Many Syrians are enthusiastic, others have politically justified reservations.
Australia's Asian Cup title defense got off to a nightmare start as they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat by Jordan. In the day's other games India crushed Thailand and Syria were held by Palestine.
Asian football is set for its biggest showpiece in history as 24 nations descend on the United Arab Emirates for the 2019 Asian Cup. The tournament is aiming to attract more hearts and minds than ever before.
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