The draw for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 took place on February 23 at Dubai, UAE. Korea Republic National Football Team is competing with China, Kyrgyzstan and the Philippines in Group C. The national team was able to avoid UAE, Iran, Australia, Japan, and Saudi Arabia thanks to its FIFA World Ranking as 61st place, which is the fourth highest ranking in Asia.
24 teams are participating in the Asian Cup in UAE next January. 8 more teams are taking parts compared to previous tournaments. The teams were divided into 6 groups of 4. The top 2 teams from each group will be guaranteed a spot in the round of 16. 4 out of 6 third placers will also qualify for the next round depending on their group stage records.
Korea Republic won the first two tournaments held in 1956 and 1960. The team ended up in the second place in the latest tournament losing 1-2 to Australia.
Group A : United Arab Emirates, Thailand, India, Bahrain
Group B : Australia, Syria, Palestine, Jordan,
Group C : Korea Republic, China P.R., Kyrgyz Republic, Philippines
Group D : Ir Iran, Iraq, Vietnam, Yemen
Group E : Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon, DPR Korea
Group F : Japan, Uzbekistan, Oman, Turkmenistan
Translation = Sungtae Terry Kim