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AFC Asian Cup 2019: Looking at the Eight Venues the Tournament Will Be Played in

The AFC Asian Cup is underway and some of the matches have already been great. The current edition, its 17th iteration, is being played in the United Arab Emirates from January 5 to February 1. 


Here, we take a look of all the eight venues at the AFC Asian Cup this year. 

8. Al-Sharjah Stadium

The Al-Sharjah Stadium is a multipurpose stadium that primarily hosts football games for Sharjah FC. It has a capacity of 11,073 people. The much more famous cricket stadium that Indian fans know much better is right next door.


It will host six games in the tournament, which includes a Round of 16 game. India will play their group game against Bahrain on January 14th at this stadium.

7. Al-Nahyan Stadium

The Al-Nahyan Stadium is a multipurpose stadium in Abu Dhabi and is the home ground of Al Wahda football club. The stadium has a capacity of 12,000 people, and will host five games in the tournament, including a Round of 16 game. 


India won its first game against Thailand by an emphatic margin of 4-1 at this stadium while Japan edged Turkmenistan 3-2 in a thriller. The venue will also host the South Korea vs China match and Vietnam vs Iran matches.

6. Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium

The Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium is a multipurpose stadium in Dubai and used to be the home of Al Shabab Al Arabi Club. The stadium has a capacity of 12,000, and will host five games in the tournament, including a round of 16 game.

A couple of the games being played at this venue include Australia vs Palestine and Saudi Arabia vs North Korea.Word Count: 66

5. Al-Maktoum Stadium

The Al-Maktoum Stadium is a multipurpose stadium in Dubai. It is the home stadium of Al Nasr SC and has a capacity of 15000 fans. 


The stadium will host six games in the tournament, including a round of 16 game and a quarter-final. Among the games that will be played here include the clash between Iran and Iraq and the Group A match between Bahrain and Thailand.

4. Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium

The Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium is a multipurpose stadium in Al Ain. It is the home stadium of Al-Ain FC and has a capacity of 16000. 


It is set to host six games in the tournament, including a round of 16 game. The venue will host matches between Australia and Syria and the clash between Japan and Uzbekistan.

3. Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium

The Hazza bin Zayed Stadium is a multipurpose stadium in Al Ain, and played host to the last two editions of the FIFA Club World Cup. 


It has a stadium capacity of 25965 and will host eight games in the tournament, including a round of 16 game, one quarter-final and one semi-final.


Voted the Stadium of the Year in 2014, this venue hosted the encounter between Australia and Jordan in which the Socceroos were shocked.

2. Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium

The Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium is a multipurpose stadium in Abu Dhabi, and it is the home stadium of the Al Jazira Club. 


The stadium has a capacity of 42056 and is named after  General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The venue will host seven games, including a round of 16, a quarter-final and a semi-final.

1. Zayed Sports City Stadium

The Zayed Sports City Stadium is a multipurpose stadium in Abu Dhabi and is the largest stadium in the United Arab Emirates. It has a capacity of 49500, is the home ground for UAE and is featured in the AED 200 note. 


India play their game against UAE in this stadium. It will host eight games in the tournament, including a round of 16 game, a quarter-final and the final. 

AFC Asian Cup: A Look at the Eight Venues the Tournament Will be Played in