AFC ASIAN CUP - UAE 2019 ( GROUP-A) INDIA TEAM SQUAD
INDIA TEAM SQWUAD IN AFC ASIAN CUP UAE 2019

27/12/2018 : India have participated in 3 editions of the Asian Cup. India Runners-up in 1964 while came Last Position in the group stage in 1984 and 2011. India play their first match against Thailand on January 6, with matches against hosts UAE and Bahrain slotted for January 10 and January 14, respectively. a big deal. National Coach Stephen Constantine announced his squad of 23 members for India’s campaign in the forthcoming AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.

Constantine said: "It was very important to keep on the continuity. It’ll be silly of me to completely change the way we do things. Most of these boys are with us for some time now." "The other five boys (from the list of 28) will also stay with us until January 2, 2019. In case of an injury or anything else happens, these five boys will need to step up,” he added. “We are looking forward to the massive tournament. We hope these 23 boys will do a good job for us."

The final list of 23 is as follows :
GOALKEEPERS : Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (1), Vishal Kaith (16), Amrinder Singh (23).
DEFENDERS : Pritam Kotal (20), Sarthak Golui (4), Sandesh Jhingan (5), Anas Edathodika (22), Salam Ranjan Singh (2), Subhashish Bose (3), Narayan Das (21).
MIDFIELDERS : Udanta Singh (15), Jackiechand Singh (18), Germanpreet Singh (6), Pronay Halder (14), Anirudh Thapa (7), Vinit Rai (8), Rowllin Borges (17), Ashique Kuruniyan (13), Halicharan Narzary (19).
FORWARDS : Sumeet Passi (9), Balwant Singh (10), Sunil Chhteri (11), Jeje Lalpekhlua (12).

AFC ASIAN CUP in UAE from 5th JANUARY-1st FEBRUARY 2019

01.01.2019: The 2019 AFC Asian Cup will be the 17th edition of the AFC Asian Cup, the quadrennial international men's football championship of Asia organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It will be held in the United Arab Emirates from 5 January to 1 February 2019. The United Arab Emirates was announced as the host for the tournament on 9 March 2015, with Iran being the only remaining bidder for the right to host the 2019 finals. It will be the second time that the United Arab Emirates hosts the tournament after the 1996 finals.

For the first time, the Asian Cup final tournament will be contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the 16-team format that was used from 2004 to 2015. Under this new format, the finalists will contest a group stage consisting of six groups of four teams, followed by a knockout stage of 16 teams. The host nation automatically qualified for the final tournament, while the remaining 23 places were determined among the other 45 national teams through a qualifying competition, running from March 2015 to March 2018, in which the first two rounds also served as part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification process for the AFC.

Australia are the defending champions going into the tournament, having won the previous competition in 2015. The winner of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup will earn the right to participate in the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup which is to be hosted by a yet to be determined AFC association after 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts, Qatar, lost the rights. Given the 2021 Confederations Cup host country qualify as hosts, if the eventual host country also wins the Asian Cup, the Asian Cup runner-up will qualify.