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Australia: 5 Cities to Host 2014 AFC Asian Cup

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Five Australian cities are hosting the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, which gets underway on 9 January 2015. An estimated global television audience of 2.5 billion football fans will watch the tournament.

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The Asian Football Confederation’s most important tournament, the Asian Cup, will be held in Australia from 9 to 31 January 2015.

Football matches will be played in 5 Australian cities: Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle, and Sydney.

The 16 strongest football nations in the Asian Confederation will compete in the 2015 Asian Cup. The winner qualify will quality as AFC’s representative at the FIFA Confederations Cup, which willl held in the year preceding the World Cup.

Defending Asian Cup champion Japan, which won the tournment in 1992, 2000, 2004, and 2011, is favoured to win the 2014 Asian Cup.

Japan has won the Asian Cup more than any other country.

An estimated 500,000 football fans will attend football matches, including as many as 45,000 fans flying in from overseas.

It is anticipated that the 2015 tournament in Australia will be the most watched AFC Asian Cup in history, with a potential television audience of more than 2.5 billion football fans across 80 countries.

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