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As we now Australlia is gonna host 2015's tournament...

The AFC has now started the process for the 2019 editon, bids were due February 2th and th winning bid is expected to be announced at the AFC congress in June 2014.

Official bids are:

Bahrain

Iran

Oman

UAE

So... What do you think?

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Actually there are more countries bidding

The committee was informed that 11 countries – Bahrain, China, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Myanmar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and the UAE – have expressed their interest to host the 2019 edition of the AFC Asian Cup. The interested MAs have been sent the bidding agreement, requirement of government guarantees and host candidate questionnaire which they have to submit by June 1, 2013. Those bidding MAs who do not submit the required documents will be eliminated from the race.

http://www.the-afc.com/en/about-afc/afc-committees/1128-standing-committee/25444-acl-base-widened-from-2014-120313.html

Salman ibn Ibrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain was elected president of the AFC for 2 years in May .. not sure if that will help his country to win the bid.

we are still waiting any news coming from the AFC.

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Bahrain please no. Qatar 2011 had empty stadiums and it will be worse in Bahrain.

Myanmar is interesting.

Malaysia recently hosted so has Thailand and China.

I think Saudi Arabia might be a fav along with UAE

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Malysia and Thailand... No!! Not sure how could Myanmar host the event :huh: but the Arab countries seem to have an edge other other bidders.

Bahrain, even Qatar sounds better by miles.

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AFC Asian Cup 2019 bid workshop in Sept

Published on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 17:14


Kuala Lumpur: AFC will organise a two-day workshop on September 10 and 11 for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 bidding Member Associations in the Malaysian capital to explain the further processes involved in hosting the continent’s flagship competition.


Information on the rights, roles and responsibilities, AFC’s requirements and other key elements on hosting the competition will be given to the bidding MAs during the workshop.


The bidding MAs will also receive the Organising Association Agreement (OAA) and List of Requirements (LOR) with questionnaire template before the workshop.


Eleven countries had expressed their interest to host the competition when the bidding started but three – Lebanon, Malaysia and Myanmar – have since pulled out of the race. Representatives from the remaining eight Member Associations – Bahrain, China, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and the UAE – are invited to attend the workshop.


AFC has also extended the deadline for the eight MAs to submit all the documents to August 31. The bidding MAs were requested to provide signed bidding agreement, government guarantees and host candidate questionnaire.



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2019 Asian Cup expanded to 24 teams

KUALA LUMPUR: Asia's football body Wednesday announced an expansion of the flagship Asian Cup from 16 to 24 teams but killed off the lower-level Challenge Cup as part of a regional shake-up.

The 2019 Asian Cup will climb to 24 teams but next month's Challenge Cup in the Maldives will be the last, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said.

Preliminary qualifying for the Asian Cup and World Cup will also be combined, the body said following an executive committee meeting.

Teams will be divided among eight groups with the pool winners and four best-placed second sides reaching both the Asian Cup and the final World Cup qualifiers.

The next 24 best teams will be split into six groups of four to battle it out for the remaining Asian Cup spots, the AFC said in a statement.

- AFP/ac

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/sport/football-2019-asian-cup/1073396.html

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