March 27, 2014 09:23
South Korea will face host Australia, Kuwait and Oman in the group stage of next year's Asian Cup, the highlight of the Asian Football Confederation's calendar.
The country had been assigned to Pot 2 in the quadrennial competition. It missed out on being among the top four seeds as its FIFA ranking now stands at world No. 60.
In the group draw held at Sydney Opera House on Wednesday, it was put in Group A with Australia, ranked 63rd in the world, Oman (81st) and Kuwait (110th).
China, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan make up Group B, while Group C has Bahrain, Iran, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Group D is composed of Japan, Jordan, Iraq and the winner of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup, which will be held in May.
South Korea will face Oman in the first match in Canberra on Jan. 10, followed by Kuwait at the same venue three days later. The third match against Australia will take place in Brisbane on Jan. 17.
In total five cities -- Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle and Sydney -- will host the event from Jan. 9 to 31. The top two teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals.
South Korea won the inaugural competition in 1956 and the following edition in 1960. In the last two Asian Cups in 2007 and 2011, the country finished third.
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