AFC Asian Cup 2019: How can I watch the action from the UAE and what time does it kick off?
- There are 51 games to feast on as the continent’s finest come together to battle it out for the trophy
The AFC Asian Cup returns for 2019 and the cream of the continent’s footballing talent will be on show in the United Arab Emirates.
Those considered among the favourites are teams that starred in the World Cup in Russia last summer. Japan gave eventual third-place finishers Belgium a fright in the round of 16, South Korea knocked out reigning world champions Germany in the group stages and Iran came close to stunning Portugal in their group B decider.
Meanwhile, holders Australia will want to use their time in the UAE to forget about their disappointing trip to Russia and Saudi Arabia are out to meet the high expectations from back home in a tournament they have won three times.
Millions around the world will tune in to see Asia’s finest battle it out for glory.
The biggest Asian Cup yet will have its biggest audience with the BBC broadcasting it in the UK, One Sports in North America and games also shown in Algeria, Libya and Morocco.
Within Asia, the tournament will be shown in the participating countries and in those who did not get a ticket to the big show in the UAE, spanning the four corners of football’s biggest confederation.
Here in Hong Kong the games are being broadcast on NowTV through Fox Sports Asia.
This begins with coverage of the opening game between hosts UAE and Bahrain.
The live show from Zayed Sports City Stadium starts at 11.30pm on Saturday night before heading to the game at 11.50pm ahead of its midnight kick-off.
You can catch this on Fox Sports ( channel 670).
That’s the case for the rest of the fixtures until the final group games begin on Monday, January 14.
From then on, when the final two games in each group are played at the same time, the games will be broadcast on either Fox Sports and Fox Sports 2 (channel 671) or on Fox Sports 2 and Fox Sports 3 (channel 672).
With four of the six third-placed teams going through to the knockouts, these final games will prove vital.
The knockouts begin on January 20 and it all culminates with the final live from Abu Dhabi on Friday, February 1.