Australia and South Korea meet for the second time in the 2015 Asian Cup, this time with the trophy at stake.
Seven years later, Iraq’s extraordinary triumph at the 2007 Asian Cup remains one of the greatest sporting underdog stories.
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.