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India submit bid to host 2027 AFC Asian Cup

India has submitted its bid for hosting the 2027 AFC Asian Cup in 2027, a top official of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) confirmed on Sunday. If India wins the bid, it will be the first time the country will host the continental event.

"We have already submitted our expression of interest to the AFC (Asian Football Confederation). That is what's required as of now," AIFF general secretary Kushal Das told PTI.

Recently, the AFC had extended the deadline to lodge expression of interest by...

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Mark Viduka has broken a 13-year silence on Australia's dismal showing at the 2007 Asian Cup, pointing the finger at teammate Lucas Neill for the Socceroos' disappointing quarterfinal exit.

Fresh off the nation's best-ever finish at World Cup, where the Socceroos were only just edged by eventual champions Italy in the round of 16, Australia were expected to do well in their first Asian Cup bow.

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Asian Football Confederation delays 2027 Asian Cup bid process

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Nations considering bids to host the 2027 Asian Cup have been given an extra three months to lodge expressions of interest due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Asian Football Confederation said on Thursday.

The AFC had hoped to announce the tournament hosts as soon as possible to give them more time to prepare for the quadrennial continental championship, which was expanded to 24 teams for the 2019 edition in the United Arab Emirates.

In the light of the coronavirus pandemic, however, the AFC has...

India get third AFC slot for 2021, possible direct ACL group entry

Indian clubs are set to get an additional slot in AFC competitions in 2021, possibly with a direct entry into the AFC Champions League (ACL) group stages. It would be the first time an Indian team would feature in Asia's elite club competition in more than 30 years -- Goa-based Salgaocar were the last team to feature in group games of the erstwhile Asian Club Championship in 1990-91.

This would mean apart from the one slot for the ACL, India would get two slots for the AFC Cup. 

As of now,...