|Việt Nam are in pot three of seedings at the 2019 Asian Cup. — Photo the-afc.com|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam are seeded in pot three in the 2019 Asian Football Confederation Cup to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
They are one of the 12 teams advancing to the finals after recently concluded qualifiers.
Việt Nam are currently World No 103, a leaf of 10 steps up after their 1-1 draw against Jordan in the qualifying round.
Five others in this pot are Lebanon, Palestine, Oman, India and Kyrgyzstan. Among them, Kyrgyzstan were the biggest movers in the FIFA Ranking---up by an astonishing 40 places.
Meanwhile, North Korea, the Philippines, Bahrain, Jordan, Yemen and Turkmenistan make up the final six teams in pot four.
The 12 teams, who received an automatic bye into the finals after qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018-Asian Qualifiers Final Round, have already secured their places in pots one and two based on FIFA’s latest ranking.
This means hosts UAE, along with Iran, defending champions Australia and the tournament’s most successful team, Japan, as well as South Korea and Saudi Arabia will take pole position in pot one.
China, Syria, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Qatar and Thailand have been seeded in pot two.
The Asian Cup’s draw will take place on May 4 in Dubai. — VNS