The AFC U20 Asian Cup 2023 is approaching and the anticipation for the tournament has never been higher, especially after the historical result of Asian countries recorded on the latest World Cup Championship. Set to take place in Uzbekistan from March 1st to 18th, this tournament promises to be one of the most exciting so far. Sixteen of the best young national teams from all over Asia will meet in Uzbekistan, each eager to show off their prowess, and take home the desired title.
With some of the best young players in the world, set to take part, this tournament is not to be missed. Get ready for fast-paced action, great football skills, and heart-pounding drama. But first, make sure to take a closer look at what to expect this March.
Group A: Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Iraq, Syria
In group one, Uzbekistan will be keen to win the championship on home soil, but they will have a tough test from their Group A rivals who will also be confident about their odds of moving on to the knockout round. However, the hosts will be encouraged by their performance in Group A of the Qualifiers. With home-field advantage and impressive victories over the Maldives (7-0), Myanmar (3-0), Saudi Arabia (2-1), and China PR (2-1), 2008 runners-up Uzbekistan is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with.
Indonesia only has one triumph from 1961, but it does not seem to be a burden to them, only a motivation. This is confirmed by their impressive appearance in Qualifiers, where they were the top team in Group F with three wins, ahead of Vietnam, Timor-Leste, and Hong Kong.
The 1994 champions Syria and the five-time winners Iraq qualified for the Finals by coming in second place in Groups D and H.
Group B: Qatar, Australia, Vietnam, IR Iran
Another tough group includes the IR Iran and Qatar, two previous champions, the 2010 runners-up Australia, and the 2016 semifinalist Vietnam.
In Group B of the Qualifiers, Qatar was undefeated after cruising to victories against Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Bahrain, scoring 14 goals. The Islamic Republic of Iran was similarly outstanding, taking first place in Group J with nine points, while Australia also performed admirably, taking first place in Group H with three victories.
The exception in this group is Vietnam, which secured a spot in the Finals as one of the five best runners-up after taking second place in Group F. However, the Southeast Asian side has arisen as a force to be reckoned with, so there will not be any easy games in Group B. To make it even more interesting visit nhacaiuytin8888, support your team, try to predict game results, and win amazing awards.
Group C: Korea Republic, Tajikistan, Jordan, Oman
Korea Republic is the ultimate favorite to advance from Group C to the quarterfinals concerning its rich history, with the highlight of 12 titles. With convincing victories over Sri Lanka, Mongolia, and Malaysia, they were top of Group E in Qualifications. While the opponents Korean Republic faces in Group C cannot compare to their lengthy history, Tajikistan, Jordan, and Oman will rise to the occasion.
A quarterfinalist in 2016 and 2018, Tajikistan won Group I of the Qualifiers, while Jordan, which did not move past the group stage in 2018, won Group D. Oman as the least experience in this group will have to rely on the experience gained throughout qualifications if they want to advance from the group stage.
Group D: Saudi Arabia, Japan, China, Kyrgyz Republic
Saudi Arabia, the defending champion, and China PR will be familiar rivals from their encounter in Group A of the Qualifiers, which the West Asians won 1-0. The addition of Japan, who, shockingly, have only ever won the championship once (in 2016), adds further intrigue to the group. The Kyrgyz Republic will be participating in the Finals for the first time, but the team is eager to have the opportunity to not only compete against more prestigious opponents but also to guarantee a spot in the elimination round.
The AFC U20 Asian Cup 2023 promises to be an exciting tournament with many talented teams and players participating. The first match is scheduled for March 1st, between Australia and Vietnam, at Lokomotiv Stadium in Tashkent.