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.
Australia Scout’s A-League Mid-Season Report takes a comprehensive look at every team in the race for the finals