Qatar wins 2019 Asian Cup Football tournamentDate: 04 February 2019 Tags: Sports
Qatar won 2019 Asian Cup Football tournament held in United Arab Emirates (UAE). In the final match, Qatar defeated four-time champion Japan by 3-1 goal score. It was Qatar’s first major football title. It was important win for Qatar before it hosts 2022 FIFA World Cup. With this victory, Qatar regained right to participate in 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup, after it had initially qualified automatically as hosts but then lost the hosting rights.
Highlights 2019 edition of Asian Cup
- For first time was contested by 24 teams, expanded from earlier 16-team format that was used from 2004 to 2015.
- Qatar’s Almoez Ali won best player award. He also broke record of most goals ever scored by single player at Asian Cup tournament by scoring 9 goals. Earlier, record was held by Ali Daei of Iran who had scored eight goals in the 1996 edition.
- Best goalkeeper was awarded to Qatar’s Saad Al Sheeb.
- Fair play award was awarded to Japan.
AFC Asian Cup
- It is international association football tournament run by Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
- It is the second oldest continental football championship in the world after Copa América (held in South Amercia).
- It was held once every four years. The winning team becomes the champion of Asia and qualifies for the FIFA Confederations Cup.
- Most successful teams: Japan has won this cup for record four times (1992, 2000, 2004, 2011) followed by Saudi Arabia (1984, 1988, 1996) and Iran, each winning three times.
- Note: India has never won this cup, but was once runner up in 1964.