Australia will launch their try to reach new heights in football by toppling champions Japan and winning their first AFC Asian Cup when they inaugurate the tournament on Friday.
A sell-out crowd is expected at the Cheap Fifa 15 Coins Melbourne Rectangular Stadium as Ange Postecoglou’s men handle Kuwait on the first day with the 16-nation extravaganza. An eventual victory for Australia would squeeze country ahead at both club and international level after Western Sydney Wanderers won the AFC Champions League in November.
And it gives you another boost for football one of several Australian public, which traditionally prefers the rugby codes, Australian Rules football and cricket.
Four-time winners Japan is one with their main rivals, despite a match-fixing case swirling around their coach, and Carlos Queiroz’s Iran also seem like top contenders. Korea Republic need to end a 55-year title drought, though the draw has been unkind to 2011 semi-finalists Uzbekistan who definitely are likely to face the Koreans or Australia whenever they achieve the quarter-finals.
Among the minnows, Palestine have overcome major hurdles to qualify for the first-time, and Korea DPR making the effort to escape the group stage with the first occasion since 1980.
Australia joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006 but have not yet lift the region’s most coveted trophy, after being edged out by Japan in a very gripping final in 2011.