Al Serkal expects UAE to host 2019 Asian Cup

Serkal also made it clear that the UAE's bid met "the latest standards in everything" and that the country is "completely ready to host the Asian event".

Should the UAE beat Iran in the bidding process, it will be the most illustrious football tournament they have ever held. 

The last time the UAE last hosted the Asian Cup in 1996, where there were only 12 teams vying for the ultimate prize. 

What makes the 2019 Asian Cup that much more special is the fact that the number of teams is set to expand from 16 to 24. 

"We are waiting with big confidence that we will win this and host 2019," Al Serkal told The National. "Lots of other factors are on our side.

"We are completely confident in this proposal and with the voting countries I believe the following hours will see us celebrating and celebrating our leadership’s backing.

"Our desire to hold this at home shows our pride in our continent, and we want to show the UAE in a good light and how much he have progressed in all aspects of life, as well as a sporting one."

In their bid, the UAE revealed that the matches will be played in six stadiums across three cities. 

If the Emirates get to host the prestigious tournament, the matches will be played at Zayed Sports City and Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Hazza bin Zayed Stadium and Khalifa International Stadium in Al Ain and Dubai International Cricket Ground and the stadium under construction in Dubai Sports City. 

"We're ready to show that whether it’s 16 or 24 teams, we can do it," UAE FA general secretary Mohammed Abdullah Al Dhaheri said. 

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