Non-friends Saudi Arabia and Qatar draw same Asian Cup group

Non-friends Saudi Arabia and Qatar draw same Asian Cup group

"But I heard that people are saying that our group is not hard, but whoever qualified to the Asian Cup Finals, they are strong and they have quality".

An important member of India's 2011 Asian Cup side, Clifford Miranda, spoke exclusively to Goal and shared his thought's on India's draw.

He went on to describe each team's strengths and warned his team not to underestimate India although he admits he does not know much about Stephen Constantine's boys.

Next year it will be the first time that 24 teams will feature in the tournament that will be played over 28 days.

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Group B: Australia, Syria, Palestine, Jordan.

Chetri said: "The Asian Cup is an enormous opportunity for us and we are looking forward to it". "The draw is no doubt tough, but I fully expect India to not come back empty-handed".

"The players are very professional and we're going to think only about the football", he said. The team we have at our disposal at the moment had been doing well together for quite some time. The champions win $5M, the runners-up get $3M while participating teams earn $200K just by being there. They are much ahead of us. The last result was a 10-0 win by Korea in 1991 in Seoul. "It's a big honour to be hosts, but it will be very, very hard". Their form, however, dipped dramatically in the next stage of the qualifiers, but they still managed to hold World Cup-bound Australia and UAE to draws. The first match is important. I fancy India's chances this time. But we're not in a group that can not be cracked.

Yesterday's draw ceremony was conducted in Dubai in the presence of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and the entire football fraternity that also included the coaches of the teams featuring at the Jan 5-Feb 1 tournament.

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