If the Asian Cup had taken place immediately after the qualifying stage, Bahrain would be in a much stronger position.
Qatar will surprise teams with their quality, even though their success over the past year should already be an indicator of their improvement.
UAE are the up and coming stars of Asia, with this Asian Cup marking the next chapter in a three year cycle.
Iran might be ranked first in Asia, but there’s a real sense of pessimism about their chances at the Asian Cup.
It’s impossible to discuss the North Korean football team without reference to the constant stereotypes, fear and controversy surrounding the region.
China are still somewhat short of outright quality, but this Asian Cup is another stepping stone towards long-term success.
Saudi Arabia change coaches constantly, but the structure and spine of a successful side are in place.
Uzbekistan have a history of performing solidly rather than spectacularly at Asian Cups, and that should continue in 2015
Kuwait’s golden era came in the 1970s, culminating in an Asian Cup win in 1980, but they’re some way off scaling those heights again.
Oman are capable of an upset thanks to a structured, disciplined tactical approach