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Held in Melbourne on Tuesday, the path to qualification for the 2015 tournament in Australia for 20 aspiring nations is now clear

GOAL.com Indonesia  

By PADDY HIGGS


Group C appears to be the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifying's 'group of death', after the draw was conducted in Melbourne on Tuesday.

With 2011 winners champions Japan, hosts and runners-up Australia, third-placed Korea Republic, AFC Challenge Cup 2012 winners DPR Korea and the yet-to-be-crowned champions of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup getting direct berths in the finals, the names of 20 other aspiring nations were drawn by former Socceroos John Aloisi and Alan Davidson.

Of the five groups, Group C - featuring 2007 winners Iraq, three-time champions Saudi Arabia, two-time runners-up China and Indonesia - appears the most intriguing.

Fellow former winners Iran was drawn in Group B alongside 1980 champions Kuwait, with the top two nations in each group and the best third-placed side reaching the finals in 2015.

The logo for the tournament was also unveiled, with Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra the host cities.

Speaking at the draw, AFC acting president Zhang Jilong said he was "confident [the 2015 tournament] will be the best ever".

"Come January 2015, the spotlight of world football will shine on the beautiful country of Australia," he said.

"... The long and difficult journey starts here."

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Group E

Jordan

Iran

Iraq

Qatar

Uzbekistan

Syria

Kuwait

China PR

Bahrain

UAE

Oman

Thailand

Saudi Arabia

Yemen

Vietnam

Singapore

Lebanon

Indonesia

Malaysia

Hong Kong


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