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Interesting to see what the crowds will be like with the exception of the Middle Eastern teams. I don't think they will be that big to tell you the truth even for the higher ranked nations such as Australia, Japan and South Korea.
 

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There is zero positive about this tournament.They are playing in January because it was deemed too dangerous to play in June when its normally held.
Infact Qatar have NEVER hosted an event of any sort in June
Sales for the opening match are just 16,000:eek:hno:
Qatar had a fantastic opportunity to showcase "cooling technology" once and for all,but never took the chance knowing it was unachievable.They have known for 4 years that they were hosting and a few more that they were bidding.Plenty of time to get all the facilities cooled-after all its only 5 stadiums and it didn't need to be carbon neutral

Not only that MBH has played politics the whole way and besides being the ONLY candidate for the 2015 Asian Cup-it won't be announced till January-----------after the WC bidding process.
I'm expecting pitiful crowds-I hope its a massive failure

The top players and their managers are NOT happy its in January


http://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/man-utd-ace-park-unhappy-asian-cup-commitments-1322251
Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung admits he's unhappy to be leaving the club next month for the Asian Cup.

Having been one of United's most impressive performers recently, Park accepts that, for once, he will head home with a heavy heart.

"I have mixed feelings about the Asian Cup," he said.

"At the moment I am playing with confidence, so I do feel a bit strange about going.



http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2896...david-moyes-unhappy-at-prospect-of-losing-tim

Everton boss David Moyes unhappy at prospect of losing Tim Cahill to Australia for up to six weeks
Aussies' participation in Asia Cup could hurt Toffees...
 

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I think there going along well with this tournament although I'm not sure about ticket sales. They seem to have promoted it will within the arab states but interesting to see how many fans recieve it.

I would like to go but I can't justify spending 3 weeks in Doha when 3 hrs was more than enough Last time I was there. I'm sure the Aussie fans will haev fun though. Despite what people are saying there are plenty of places to drink in Doha and Dubai is not too far away if you want to go get royally pissed.
 

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"At the moment I am playing with confidence, so I do feel a bit strange about going.



http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2896...david-moyes-unhappy-at-prospect-of-losing-tim
So we can place our bets on Korea? :)


Everton boss David Moyes unhappy at prospect of losing Tim Cahill to Australia for up to six weeks
Aussies' participation in Asia Cup could hurt Toffees...
Yes, me too, as Toffee fan, am unhappy, especially when Everton is in almost relegation battle, this period could be main part of season, and we are losing our best player. :eek:hno:


And about Cup, I expect maximum of 5k per match in whole group stage. Maybe bigger crowds will come up when KSA, UAE and other Gulf nations take part.

And fact that only 16k sold tickets by now, for opening match, is just "awesome". That speaks a lot about Qatari passion and love for football, mentioned during WC bidding process. Nice.
 

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So we can place our bets on Korea? :)




Yes, me too, as Toffee fan, am unhappy, especially when Everton is in almost relegation battle, this period could be main part of season, and we are losing our best player. :eek:hno:


And about Cup, I expect maximum of 5k per match in whole group stage. Maybe bigger crowds will come up when KSA, UAE and other Gulf nations take part.

And fact that only 16k sold tickets by now, for opening match, is just "awesome". That speaks a lot about Qatari passion and love for football, mentioned during WC bidding process. Nice.
16K tickets were sold 3 months ago :sly:

However there are news reports that show that the opening match is ALMOST sold out.
 

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Lets see how many matches have attendances similar to Qatars match against Haiti
225 wasn't it?
 

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QATAR 2011 AFC Asian Cup TVC :cheers:

 

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16K tickets were sold 3 months ago :sly:

However there are news reports that show that the opening match is ALMOST sold out.
Lets see how many matches have attendances similar to Qatars match against Haiti
225 wasn't it?
Qatar have to improve the challenge to make this competition popular and to have matches with correct atendance in small stadiums.

This AFC cup will be checked by all anti-Qatar 2022.
 

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Not to mention Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup has grabbed attention of many footballers in Asia, I expect a higher attendance than what was expected before the announcement.
 

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Not to mention Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup has grabbed attention of many footballers in Asia, I expect a higher attendance than what was expected before the announcement.
Look at teams and groups.

Neighborhood countries will have a lot of fans :
A- Kuwait
B- Saudi Arabia
C- Bahrain
D- Iraq/UAE/Iran

And also teams like South Koera (C) and Australia (C).

I hope that sometinh will be do for indians local workers, for following India team (C).



What about ticket prices ?
 

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Look at teams and groups.

Neighborhood countries will have a lot of fans :
A- Kuwait
B- Saudi Arabia
C- Bahrain
D- Iraq/UAE/Iran

And also teams like South Koera (C) and Australia (C).

I hope that sometinh will be do for indians local workers, for following India team (C).



What about ticket prices ?
They are on sale online :)

http://tickets.afcasiancup.com/
 

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Qatar could not miss the chance to face African champions Egypt in a friendly game, coach Bruno Metsu said ahead of both sides' meeting on Thursday.

The Frenchman said he was relishing the prospect of meeting the Pharaohs in a match that is not included in the international dates on FIFA's calendar.

"We usually play against unfancied teams before big tournaments but we now have a chance to play against the reigning African champions," Metsu said as Qatar prepare for next month's AFC Asian Cup on home soil.

"We couldn't miss the chance to face the team who won the past three Nations Cups. We will be looking to benefit from that game," he told the Qatar Football Association official website on Wednesday.

Egypt were initially scheduled to face Jordan but the match was called off for undisclosed reasons and Qatar were drawn up as a replacement.

The number of Egyptian fans will surely exceed that of the home fans when the African champions visit Qatar this week, according to the latter’s assistant coach.

The friendly, which is not among FIFA’s international agenda, takes place in Doha on Thursday as part of the Qataris preparations for next month’s Asian Cup of Nations.

“One of our main objectives of choosing Egypt is helping the players get used to playing under pressure from fans,” Bruno Metsu’s assistant Saied Al-Mosned told Modern Sport TV.

When asked by presenter Ahmed Shobeir if he means Egypt fans, Al-Mosned replied saying positively.

“Absolutely, the stadium takes up to 50,000 supporters and I expect 45,000 Egyptians to be there.”

In the same context, some 5,000 Egyptian fans attended the team’s training on Tuesday.
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I have a friend working in AFC Office, and I know for a fact that the ticket sales are higher than what you mentioned. I don't remember exactly what he said, but I know he wont tell me again if he knows I will publish it. too bad
 
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