The winner team is crowned Asia's champion and is automatically qualified for the FIFA Confederations Cup. From the 1956 edition in Hong Kong through the 2004 event in Mainland China, the Asian Cup was contested every four years. The next tournament will be held in 2019 in Saudi Arabia.
The AFC announced on December 17, 2008 that Japan had been selected as host nation for the 2009 Asian Cup. The announcement ended a three-year process that saw Australia, Iran, South Korea, Thailand and Indonesia also attempt to host the event. Japan will become only the second country to host the Asian Cup twice after Qatar hosted it in 1995 and 2001. The other country to have done so is Australia who hosted it in 1973, 1977, and 1991.
Thailand has won the most titles with five. Japan, South Korea, and China each have two titles to their names. For Japan and South Korea, this makes them the only countries to have won the tournament without losing a single match. The first Asian Cup was held in 1951 with Japan defeating India 3-0 in the final. This year's tournament will be the 19th staging of the competition and will run from January 9 to February 1, 2019. The final will be held at the King Abdullah Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Since the inception of the AFC Asian Cup in 1956, India has qualified for four Asian Cups: 1964, 1984, 2011, and 2019. In 1964, the squad competed in their first Asian Cup. They were eliminated by South Korea in the quarter-finals after losing 1-4. In 2011, the Indian team won its first ever Asian Cup title by defeating Japan 2-1 in the final. The victory also marked India's qualification to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
India have never lost an Asian Cup match. The team's record is perfect (6 wins and 0 losses) in all they have played so far at the Asian Cup. It also guarantees them a place in the next edition of the tournament. The only team that has managed to beat India at any major international tournament is South Korea who defeated India 1-0 at the 1964 Asian Cup.
There have been calls from some Indian fans to replace the national team coach after both defeats to South Korea at the 2011 Asian Cup and 2018 World Cup but these calls have not be heeded by football authorities in India. Both games were very close contests with India winning one and drawing another. There have also been calls to replace some of the players after both matches but these calls have also not been heeded by Indian football authorities.
The free encyclopedia Wikipedia Since the inception of the AFC Asian Cup in 1956, India has qualified for four Asian Cups: 1964, 1984, 2011, and 2019. It was India's best performance in the continental tournament since being runners-up 55 years ago. They lost all three of their matches - against South Korea, Japan, and China - but still earned a place to the next edition of the Cup.
India's next appearance at the Asian Cup was 20 years later in 1984. The team had improved as far as results were concerned, having reached the final of the 1982 World Cup. However, they were knocked out by Iran in one of the most controversial finals of all time after Shahid Khan bekahded his own goal during extra time. The match went to penalties where India failed to score any penalty kicks.
Eleven years passed before India returned to the Asian Cup. This time, the team was invited by the AFC as hosts of the 2011 Cup. It was also India's first major international event since the 1982 World Cup final loss. India won all their matches including the final against Qatar which they won 3-0. This win gave India its first ever Asian Cup title.
In 2019, India returned to the Asian Cup as defending champions. The team started off well by defeating Australia 4-1 in their opening match.