The Asian Cup 2019 kicked off this January, marking the first major international tournament of 2019.
It is the 17th edition of the AFC competition and reigning champions Australia will attempt to defend their crown.
A total of 24 teams will face off for the right to be crowned continental champions and Goal brings you the groups, fixtures, results and everything you need to know.
Who are the Asian Cup 2019 hosts?
In 2019 the Asian Cup will be held across eight different stadia in four different cities across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) .
The eight venues were confirmed in 2015, directly after the last Asian Cup finals.
Each of the venues will stage at least three group stage games and a knockout round tie each. The breakdown of venues and games can be seen in the table below.
|Group stage & Round of 16||Abu Dhabi||Al Nahyan Stadium|
|Group stage & Round of 16||Al Ain||Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium|
|Group stage & Round of 16||Sharjah||Sharjah Stadium|
|Group stage & Round of 16||Dubai||Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium|
|Group stage, Round of 16 & Quarter-finals||Dubai||Al-Maktourn Stadium|
|Group stage, Round of 16, Quarter-finals & Semi-finals||Al Ain||Hazza bin Zayed Stadium|
|Group stage, Round of 16, Quarter-finals & Semi-finals||Abu Dhabi||Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium|
|Group stage, Round of 16, Quarter-finals and Final||Abu Dhabi||Zayed Sports City Stadium|
Asian Cup 2019 quarter-final fixtures & results
The knockout stage of the Asian Cup is the second stage of the competition, following the group stage. It began on January 20 with the round of 16 and ends on February 1 with the final match held at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Eight teams have advanced to the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup, including hosts UAE and pre-tournament favourites Japan, Iran and South Korea.
The matches are set for January 24 and 25, and will take place across venues in Dubai, Al Ain and Abu Dhabi.
|January 24, 2019||Vietnam vs Japan||1pm||Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai|
|January 24, 2019||China vs Iran||4pm||Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|January 25, 2019||South Korea vs Qatar||1pm||Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|January 25, 2019||UAE vs Australia||4pm||Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain|
Asian Cup 2019 last 16 fixtures & results
Sixteen teams (the top two teams from each group, along with the four best third-placed teams) advanced to the knockout stage to compete in a single-elimination style tournament.
|January 20, 2019||Jordan 1-1 Vietnam (2-4 pens.)||11am||Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai|
|January 20, 2019||Thailand 1-2 China||2pm||Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain|
|January 20, 2019||Iran 2-0 Oman||5pm||Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|January 21, 2019||Japan 1-0 Saudi Arabia||11am||Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah|
|January 21, 2019||Australia 0-0 Uzbekistan (4-2 pens.)||2pm||Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain|
|January 21, 2019||UAE 3-2 Kyrgyzstan (AET)||5pm||Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|January 22, 2019||South Korea 2-1 Bahrain (AET)||1pm||Rashid Stadium, Dubai|
|January 22, 2019||Qatar 1-0 Iraq||4pm||Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
Asian Cup 2019 Groups, fixtures & results
The draw for the 2019 Asian Cup took place on May 4, 2018 and divided the 24 qualified nations into six groups.
Reigning champions Australia are in a group with Syria, Palestine and Jordan, while Qatar, who host the 2022 World Cup, will face Lebanon, North Korea and Saudi Arabia.
The top two teams from each group will qualify for the last 16, with the four best third-placed teams also reaching the knockouts as was the case for Euro 2016.
The last day of the group stage is January 17, with the knockout stage commencing on January 20 - the last 16 will be followed by quarter-finals, semi-final and a final in Abu Dhabi on February 1.
A full list of every team that has qualified, their fixtures and their group standings is below.
|January 5, 2019||UAE 1-1 Bahrain||11am||Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|January 6, 2019||Thailand 1-4 India||1:30pm||Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah|
|January 10, 2019||Bahrain 0-1 Thailand||1:30pm||Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|January 10, 2019||India 0-2 UAE||4pm||Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai|
|January 14, 2019||UAE 1-1 Thailand||1:30pm||Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|January 14, 2019||India 0-1 Bahrain||1:30pm||Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain|
|January 6, 2019||Australia 0-1 Jordan||11am||Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain|
|January 6, 2019||Syria 0-0 Palestine||3:30pm||Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah|
|January 10, 2019||Jordan 2-0 Syria||1:30pm||Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain|
|January 11, 2019||Palestine 0-3 Australia||11am||Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai|
|January 15, 2019||Australia 3-2 Syria||1:30pm||Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain|
|January 15, 2019||Palestine 0-0 Jordan||1:30pm||Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|1||South Korea (A)||3||3||0||0||+4||9|
|2||China PR (A)||3||2||0||1||+2||6|
|January 7, 2019||China PR 2-1 Kyrgyzstan||11am||Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|January 7, 2019||South Korea 1-0 Philippines||1:30pm||Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah|
|January 11, 2019||Philippines 0-3 China PR||1:30pm||Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|January 11, 2019||Kyrgyzstan 0-1 South Korea||4pm||Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai|
|January 16, 2019||South Korea 2-0 China PR||1:30pm||Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|January 16, 2019||Kyrgyzstan 3-1 Philippines||1:30pm||Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain|
|January 7, 2019||Iran 5-0 Yemen||4pm||Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|January 8, 2019||Iraq 3-2 Vietnam||1:30pm||Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|January 12, 2019||Vietnam 0-2 Iran||11am||Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|January 12, 2019||Yemen 0-3 Iraq||1:30pm||Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah|
|January 16, 2019||Vietnam 2-0 Yemen||4pm||Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain|
|January 16, 2019||Iran 0-0 Iraq||4pm||Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai|
|2||Saudi Arabia (A)||3||2||0||2||+4||6|
|4||North Korea (E)||3||0||0||3||-13||0|
|January 8, 2019||Saudi Arabia 4-0 North Korea||4pm||Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai|
|January 9, 2019||Qatar 2-0 Lebanon||4pm||Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain|
|January 12, 2019||Lebanon 0-2 Saudi Arabia||4pm||Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai|
|January 13, 2019||North Korea 0-6 Qatar||11am||Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain|
|January 17, 2019||Saudi Arabia 0-2 Qatar||4pm||Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|January 17, 2019||Lebanon 4-1 North Korea||4pm||Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah|
|January 9, 2019||Japan 3-2 Turkmenistan||11am||Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|January 9, 2019||Uzbekistan 2-1 Oman||1:30pm||Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah|
|January 13, 2019||Oman 0-1 Japan||1:30pm||Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|January 13, 2019||Turkmenistan 0-4 Uzbekistan||4pm||Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai|
|January 17, 2019||Oman 3-1 Turkmenistan||1:30pm||Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi|
|January 17, 2019||Japan 2-1 Uzbekistan||1:30pm||Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain|
Who are the favourites to win Asian Cup 2019?
Early bird tickets for the Asian Cup went on sale on June 28 for corporate tickets and general sale tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster .
Most tickets will be sold in advance online, but 'last-minute' tickets for games that have not already sold out will also be available to buy during the tournament at sales centres in the UAE.
Who are the favourites to win Asian Cup 2019?
Japan went into the tournament as one of favourites after getting to the last 16 in the World Cup 2018 and narrowly missing out on a chance to progress after being defeated by an extra-time goal against Belgium. The final score finished 3-2 despite Japan being 2-0 up just after half-time.
Iran , coached by former Manchester United assistant Carlos Queiroz, have been chalked up as one of the favourites due to being the highest-ranked country in FIFA's world ranking standings featuring in the competition. They came agonisingly close to eliminating Portugal or Spain in World Cup 2018 in a thrilling final round of group games.
Another teams expected to do well are South Korea , who despite not progressing further in the tournament defeated and eliminated Germany in their final game of World Cup 2018. Syria , too, will have high hopes having narrowly missed out on their chance to go to Russia 2018 in a continental play-off defeat.