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Old October 4th, 2012, 07:34 PM   #81
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Of course Sydney has been confirmed as X, Y, and Z. Meanwhile Melbourne almost consistently shows its the better option. Really bizarre.
MCG was never put forward as a proposed venue.
84,000 over 50,000.

No brainer really.
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Old October 5th, 2012, 01:48 AM   #83
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MCG was never put forward as a proposed venue.
84,000 over 50,000.

No brainer really.
if you're purely looking at capacity yes, but its shite for football
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Old October 5th, 2012, 04:33 AM   #84
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i hope new zealand eventually join the afc aswell, for 2019

i think australia will host one of the best asian cups, lets hope empty seats wont be seen
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Old October 5th, 2012, 05:46 AM   #85
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I imagine average crowds around the 20 / 30 000 mark
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Old October 5th, 2012, 09:54 AM   #86
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MCG was never put forward as a proposed venue.
84,000 over 50,000.

No brainer really.
If you look at the C in MCG and what it stands for once you realise that the 2015 Cup is scheduled for January, you understand why it wasn't put forward..and yes it is terrible for watching the world game. excellent for AFL footy, but shyte for football.
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Actually that's incorrect.

If you look at the AFC guidelines (or whatever it's called) for potential AFC Cup venues, it states that the minimum is 15,000, (a whole lot of technical stuff here, like lighting press boxes etc) and that the most they're willing to go for in terms of an oval field is one with an athletics track in it.

That being said, this disqualifies the MCG, even though a FIFA World Cup would allow for it, even if the field dimensions are not ideal.
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Actually that's incorrect.

If you look at the AFC guidelines (or whatever it's called) for potential AFC Cup venues, it states that the minimum is 15,000, (a whole lot of technical stuff here, like lighting press boxes etc) and that the most they're willing to go for in terms of an oval field is one with an athletics track in it.

That being said, this disqualifies the MCG, even though a FIFA World Cup would allow for it, even if the field dimensions are not ideal.
The point I was trying to make was that it is cricket season in January and the VCA already push back pretty hard on the AFL's continual blurring of the boundaries between AFL footy and cricket season. FFA and AFC were probably politely told January is cricket season and that they should go and see Docklands stadium...which they did.
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But even if the MCG were available, it wouldn't be "qualified" to host an Asian cup match due to it's field dimensions, despite it's huge capacity.

The point being that due to AFC requirements, the MCG was never an option to host anything. The FFA had no choice but to offer Docklands Stadium and AAMI Park as Melbourne's venue options.
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AFC Asian Cup draw live on YouTube




Monday, 08 October 2012 10:45
Melbourne: The AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015™ preliminary draw and logo launch will be streamed live via YouTube on Tuesday.

The event, which will begin at 1800 hrs local time (GMT +11) at Melbourne’s Hotel Sofitel, can be watched through AFC Asian Cup’s YouTube page - www.youtube.com/theafcasiancup.

Twenty teams will be divided into five groups of four teams each. Top two teams from each group and the best third-placed team among all the groups will qualify for the tournament proper to be held in Australia in 2015.

AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ champions Japan, hosts and runners-up Australia, third-placed Korea Republic, AFC Challenge Cup 2012 winners DPR Korea and the champions of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup will get direct berths in the final competition.

Teams from Uzbekistan, Qatar, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, China, Bahrain, Syria, UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Thailand, Yemen, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Lebanon and Hong Kong will know their opponents on Tuesday.

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AFC Asian Cup preparations reviewed


Tuesday, 09 October 2012 09:29



Melbourne: In its first meeting held in host country Australia, the AFC Asian Cup Organising Committee met under the chairmanship of AFC Vice-President HRH Tengku Abdullah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah and reviewed the preparations for the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015™ on Tuesday.

At the outset, AFC Acting President Zhang Jilong praised the progress made by the Australian Local Organising Committee (ALOC) in staging a successful competition.

“I would like to congratulate ALOC for their tremendous work so far in starting to prepare the venues for hosting the biggest football competition in Asia," said Jilong.

“This is only the beginning and there is a lot that needs to be done in the run-up to the competition but I am confident that Australia will host the best ever competition,” he said.

HRH Tengku Abdullah said the committee members were happy with the development so far and looking forward to the preliminary draw and logo launch later today.

“We have the first big event of this competition today and I am sure Australia’s rich tradition and hospitality will leave an impression on all the team representatives and the committee members alike,” he said.

“There would be obstacles along the way but I am sure that AFC and the ALOC will face them together and find solutions to make the event a success.”

The committee later approved the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015™ logo.

The members were briefed that the selection of host cities and stadiums would be finalised by April 2013. They were also informed about inspections by AFC teams to finalise the Stadium Technical Annex.

ALOC CEO Michael Brown presented Australia’s planning and preparedness to host the event in 2015.

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AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015™ logo unveiled




Melbourne: The AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015™ logo was unveiled in a glitzy ceremony at Hotel Sofitel here on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 09 October 2012 16:02

The logo depicts a stylised player, kicking a football from the east coast of Australia across country towards Asia. The ball also represents the Australian summer sun arcing west from Australia to Asia.
The four golden bands forming the map of Australia represent the four host cities. The design is embraced by the AFC holding device.
The logo reflects an event that will be a festival of football. It will be celebrated in January, the height of the Australian summer holiday season so the colour palette is warm, festive and embracing of all participants from across Asia.
The design reflects the fun and celebratory nature of the event with a strong sense of movement, energy and excitement.
The elements behind the inspiration include the joys of an Australian beachside summer, the festive atmosphere of bringing many nations together, a sense of adventure Down Under and most of all, evoking the sporting spirit and energy of the game.
The logo is full of dynamic movement, local colour and originality and it celebrates the word-class competitive nature of this great event, albeit with an Australian flavour.



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Jilong confident of AFC Asian Cup success


Melbourne: AFC Acting President Zhang Jilong predicted a thrilling AFC Asian Cup 2015 qualifying campaign following the preliminary draw here on Tuesday.

Twenty teams came out of the pots to be slotted into five groups of four teams each. The qualifying action will start in February 2014 and end in March 2014 with 11 teams entering the tournament proper alongside hosts Australia, reigning champions Japan, Korea Republic, DPR Korea and the winners of the 2014 edition of the AFC Challenge Cup.
“The long and difficult journey to that day starts here and now with the preliminary draw when 20 of our teams find out the challenges, which await them, as they pursue their aim of qualifying for the final tournament,” said Jilong.
“I can safely predict a lot of goals, plenty of fair play and an endless supply of entertainment during the qualifying period.”
Jilong gave voice to the Asian football family’s hopes and aspirations.
“The AFC Asian Cup is the jewel in the crown of Asian football and sport-loving Australia has been entrusted to host the next edition,” said the AFC Acting President.
“AFC is confident that the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 will be the best ever, a perfect and unforgettable celebration of football,” he said.
FFA Chairman Frank Lowy said this is the first big event leading to the biggest football tournament ever staged in Australia.
“We are honoured to be the host of this competition. It will celebrate Asia’s rich football heritage and leave a lasting legacy for the game here in Australia,” he said.
“We believe the AFC Asian Cup will provide many opportunities to strengthen our trade and tourism ties with Asia.”
AFC Asian Cup Organising Committee Chairman His Royal Highness Tengku Abdullah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah said that AFC had raised the bar for the AFC Asian Cup in terms of organisation, performance and attendance with each passing edition.
“The 2015 qualifiers promise to be thrilling because the tournament itself continues to evolve with each passing edition. The AFC Asian Cup easily highlights everything that is praiseworthy about Asian football today,” he said.
“The expectations are high not only of the teams but also of the hosts and my committee is confident that they will deliver a world-class event.”
Premier of the state of Victoria Ted Baillieu said his government would work closely with ALOC to make the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015™ a great success.
“We are supporting the event because we recognise how important the Asian Cup is for football here in Australia,” said Bailieu.
“Australian governments want to work with the organisers to not only ensure the tournament is a great success but also to strengthen tourism, trade, investment and business ties with Asia,” he said.
“Asia is a growing and important region for Victoria and Australia and I look forward to welcoming many international business people to Melbourne both in the lead-up to and during the event.
“By making these connections we will ensure the Asian Cup is not only about the great football on the pitch, but leaves a great legacy after the final whistle is blown,” he added.

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AFC Asian Cup rivalries renewed


Melbourne: Renewal of acquaintance will be the main feature of the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015™ qualifiers after the preliminary draw for Asia's flagship national team tournament was held here on Tuesday.

Twenty teams were divided into five groups of four teams each. The top two teams from each group and the best third-placed team among all the groups will qualify for the tournament proper to be held in Australia in 2015.
AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ champions Japan, hosts and runners-up Australia, third-placed Korea Republic, AFC Challenge Cup 2012 winners DPR Korea and the champions of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup will get direct berths in the final competition.
Syria were together with Jordan in Group B of the last edition in Doha 2011 but the former crashed out while the Al Nashama advanced to the quarter-finals after finishing second in the group behind eventual champions Japan. This time, the Syrian Eagles, Jordan, Oman, and Singapore who last appeared in 1994, complete Group A.
In another renewal of rivalry, Iran who beat Kuwait in the 1976 final to emerge as the champions have again been put together with the Al Azraq in Group B where they face off against Lebanon and 2007 co-hosts and group stage contestants Thailand.
Iraq are to shake hands with Saudi Arabia again in Group C, having emerged champions in 2007 after defeating the Green Falcons. China PR, who were runners-up in 2004, and 2007 co-hosts Indonesia will keep them company.
In Group E, Central Asians Uzbekistan will meet Hong Kong, the hosts and third place winners of the inaugural edition in 1956. The section is rounded off by 2007 quarter-finalists Vietnam and 1996 runners-up the UAE.
Group D is home to 2011 hosts and quarter-finalists Qatar, who have appeared in the AFC Asian Cup seven times, their neighbours Bahrain, Yemen, and 2007 co-hosts and group stage contestants Malaysia.
The qualifiers will commence in February 2013.
The Groupings:
Group A
Jordan
Syria
Oman
Singapore
Group B
Iran
Kuwait
Thailand
Lebanon
Group C
Iraq
China
Saudi Arabia
Indonesia
Group D
Qatar
Bahrain
Yemen
Malaysia
Group E
Uzbekistan
UAE
Vietnam
Hong Kong

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A-League 'should stop' for Asian Cup

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The AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 logo is unveiled during the preliminary draw and logo launch in Melbourne yesterday. Photo: Getty Images


AUSTRALIA'S Asian Cup organisers have yet to make critical decisions over match venues in hosting cities for the tournament, which kicks off in January 2015, but they would like the A-League to go into a temporary shutdown for at least part of the three-week competition.

Michael Brown, the chief executive of the Local Organising Committee, yesterday said the tournament, which will pit 15 of Asia's top soccer nations against hosts Australia, would likely prosper more if it wasn't competing against domestic matches.

The Asian Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in the world and organisers say it will showcase Australia and its soccer industry to a potential television audience of 2.5 billion.

It will cost some $75 million to stage, with the bulk of the cash - $61 million - coming from federal and state governments in a 50/50 split. The rest is expected to be generated by ticket sales to a cumulative audience of around 500,000, a minimum figure organisers expect.


Sydney will stage the final, the semi-finals, the third-place play-off and a quarter-final. Melbourne will stage the opening game and could host the Socceroos if they make it to the quarter-final. Sydney gets the lion's share of critical games for two reasons - one financial, the other strategic.

The New South Wales government is investing more money in the tournament than other state governments on the eastern seaboard (Victoria, Queensland and the ACT), and finals matches are its reward.

In addition, Brown said: ''Melbourne is very busy at that time of the year with the Australian Open tennis being staged and the singles finals will clash with the Asian Cup final on January 31. But the opening game, on January 8, will be played there as well as six other group stage matches.''

But he added these were only proposals and were awaiting final ratification by the Asian Cup Executive Committee next year.

Brown and his deputy Shane Harmon were at pains to point out that they were not advocating a shortening of the A-League season to accommodate the tournament, merely the creation of some clear air for it to capture the public's imagination.

''The two potential solutions are that we continue the A-League in centres which are not hosting games [Adelaide, Perth, Wellington, Newcastle, Gosford] or have a two- or three-week mid-season break,'' Harmon said.

Brown added the Socceroos could field several players from A-League sides, which could be disadvantaged if they had to play through the Asian Cup against rivals lacking international representatives.

South Australia and Western Australia will not host any Asian Cup matches because at the time the bid was being put together in 2010, their respective state governments did not want to invest in the project.

But they will host several training camps for the competing 16 countries while warm-up matches will be played in Adelaide and Perth.

Brown also revealed that no decision had been made where the Melbourne matches would be staged, with the organisers trying to balance financial considerations with appropriate size and use, considering that the Socceroos would at best be involved in only two of the seven matches slotted for the Victorian capital (a group phase match and potentially a quarter-final).

The choice lies between Etihad Stadium, which boasts larger capacity, and AAMI Park, which would be a more appropriate size for a fixture pitting a nation like North Korea against Jordan, for example.

''We have had talks with both Melbourne venues,'' Brown said. ''It's about getting the best fit and the best venue for the best deal.''

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Great logo. It would be farcical if A-League kept going during the cup.
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Disappointed that Perth got shafted, would've hoped we would have got some games but oh well.
Shafted by the WA government.

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Actually that's incorrect.

If you look at the AFC guidelines (or whatever it's called) for potential AFC Cup venues, it states that the minimum is 15,000, (a whole lot of technical stuff here, like lighting press boxes etc) and that the most they're willing to go for in terms of an oval field is one with an athletics track in it.

That being said, this disqualifies the MCG, even though a FIFA World Cup would allow for it, even if the field dimensions are not ideal.
There is also an exclusion period prior to the cricket world cup...
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But even if the MCG were available, it wouldn't be "qualified" to host an Asian cup match due to it's field dimensions, despite it's huge capacity.

The point being that due to AFC requirements, the MCG was never an option to host anything. The FFA had no choice but to offer Docklands Stadium and AAMI Park as Melbourne's venue options.
No problem with the MCG hosting games... not sure where you coming from tbh

As previously stated, the MCG will be hosting cricket and including the ODI World Cup Final around that time, it was never an option. The choice of ANZ stadium for the Asian Cup Final is the only logical option.

What may prove to be a disaster is the decision for the 82k ANZ stadium to host the two semi finals, 3rd place play-off as well. That's 320,000 seats that sydnesiders have to fill within the space of a week. A hard task if the socceroos ain't involved.
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A hard task even if the Australia are involved. Sydney has Australia's most fickle sporting fans.
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