China faces tough road in qualifying for Asian Cup

Associated Press Modified: October 9, 2012 at 5:46 am •  Published: October 9, 2012
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Qualifying begins next February and runs until March 2014.

Three-time champion Iran was drawn with Kuwait, Thailand and Lebanon in Group B, while neighbors Jordan and Syria were both drawn into Group A.

Australia has twice hosted the Olympics and the rugby World Cup, but Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy is touting the 2015 Asian Cup as the biggest football competition ever staged in the country.

"It will be a feast of international football, and we're confident that Australians will get behind all 16 teams, as we have shown for other major events."

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Asian Cup qualifying pools:

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, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Hong Kong