Looking to win their first Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup title in 63 years, Klinsmann’s men open their group stage campaign against Bahrain.
National football team coach Jürgen Klinsmann speaks during a press conference on June 22. Yonhap News Agency
토스카지노 The AFC Asian Cup Organizing Committee on Wednesday announced the detailed schedule of the tournament, including group stage match times. Jürgen Klinsmann’s men’s national team will open their Group E campaign against Bahrain on Jan. 15 at 8:30 p.m. KST at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Qatar. They will then face Jordan at the Altoumama Stadium on January 20 at the same time, before taking on Kim Pang Gon’s Malaysia at the Al Janub Stadium on January 25.
The 2023 AFC Asian Cup was initially scheduled to take place in China last July, but the tournament was moved to Qatar and the date was pushed back to January-February 2024. The tournament will take place from Jan. 12 to Feb. 10 next year, with 24 nations competing in six groups. The 12 first- and second-place finishers from each group and the top four best-performing teams from the third-place group will advance to the round of 16, where a tournament will determine the winner.
If the Klinsmanns finish first in Group E, they will face the runner-up in Group D, which is Japan-Indonesia-Iraq-Vietnam, in the Round of 16. If they finish second, they will face the winner of Group F, which includes Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, and Oman.
The opening and final matches of the tournament will be played at Lusail Stadium, where the “God of Soccer” Lionel Messi (Inter Miami) led Argentina to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The stadium was the site of the final between Argentina and France at the World Cup in Qatar.
The tournament organizers had originally planned to hold the opening and final matches at Alcor’s Albayt Stadium, which has a capacity of 68,000 and hosted the World Cup’s opening match, Qatar-Ecuador, but the more iconic Lusail Stadium made way for the new Asian Cup venues.