UAE set to be named 2019 AFC Asian Cup hosts

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Zayed Sports City is expected to be one of the main arenas for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

UAE FA officials are confident the Emirates will be named as hosts for the 2019 Asian Cup. 

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The UAE are competing with Iran for the rights to stage the tournament which was last held here in 1996. 

An official announcement is not due until March although sources close to the FA have told Sport360° they believe their bid will be successful.

The UAE has several tournament-ready stadium: Al Ain’s 25,000-capacity Hazza bin Zayed, the Mohammed bin Zayed in Abu Dhabi which holds 42,056, Zayed Sports City which can accommodate 43,000 and the 30,000 Dubai Cricket Stadium.

The 2019 tournament will see the number of teams competing increase from 16 to 24.

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Manuel Pellegrini thanks Manchester City fans for support

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Second home: Pellegrini with City fans and members of the MC FC School of Football at Yas Mall.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini came face-to-face with the club’s UAE fans and members of the MC FC School of Football at Yas Mall on Thursday.

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Pellegrini said: “Abu Dhabi is our second home and we are delighted to be back here for our winter training session.”

The City manager added: “The support and passion which we receive from Manchester City fans in the UAE is always evident. We welcome anything which, like our Nike kit, enhances our team’s performance.

“And so it is a privilege for me to be able to bring the team out to Abu Dhabi to show those support­ers our appreciation.”

Invitees also had the opportu­nity to customize their Manchester City FC jerseys at the Nike store in Yas Mall.

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