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500 days to go…The Asian Cup countdown is on!

27 August 2013
Minister for Sport and Recreation Graham Annesley says the countdown is officially on for the biggest football event ever to be staged in Australia, with today marking 500 days until the AFC Asian Cup 2015 kicks off.

Mr Annesley today joined the AFC and Lead Ambassador Lucas Neill to launch a new promotional video for the event.

“Starting in January 2015, Asia’s biggest football tournament is expected to attract more than 45,000 international visitors for 23-days of football in Australia,” Mr Annesley said.

“I’m excited to see some of the key matches played in Sydney and Newcastle, and I know NSW sports fans will be out in force at the games.

“This event will further cement Australia’s position as a growing force in the world game as well as creating an important legacy for football in Australia.”

Mr Annesley welcomed the announcement of Lucas Neill as Lead Ambassador for the Asian Cup.

The Sydney-born Socceroos Captain will help to focus and ramp up excitement for the tournament, which brings together Asia’s top national teams every four years.

Australia, Japan, Korea Republic and DPR Korea have all qualified, while countries including China, Iran and Saudi Arabia are likely to qualify for the event.

Sydney’s Stadium Australia will host four matches in the group stage, a quarter final, a semi-final and the final.

Newcastle Stadium will host two matches in the group stage, a semi-final and the third-fourth place play-off.

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