Southeast Asia might still be celebrating what has turned out to be an exciting AFF Suzuki Cup 2018, but the continent’s biggest football competition — the AFC Asian Cup 2019 — is already upon us with the kickoff less than a month away!
AFC Asian Cup 2019, the 17th edition of the continental championship, will this time be held at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from January 5 to February 1, 2019 with 24 nations from across Asia vying for the ultimate prize.
Among the 24 nations will be three countries from the ASEAN region as well — the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 finalists Vietnam, perennial superpowers Thailand and the up-and-coming Philippines.
With the whole of Asia counting down to the continental showpiece, the team bus slogans for each of the 24 teams have now been revealed.
The unique slogans which were created and picked by fans from across the world will be plastered on the team buses of each nations which will ferry the squad during the course of the tournament.
Here are the team bus slogans for the three ASEAN countries in the AFC Asian Cup 2019:
Thailand – “Changsuek together as one”
Thailand’s greatest strength comes from the unity within the squad. Though they suffered a shock exit in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 in the semifinal stage, their players were there for each other in the difficult moment and they will be hungrier than ever to make an impact in the AFC Asian Cup 2019. And hence, the War Elephants‘ team bus slogan “Changsuek together as one” seems pretty apt.
Vietnam – “Golden Star Warriors”
Vietnam are proving to be a force in these parts of the world and will be eager to take their exploits to the continental stage come AFC Asian Cup 2019. And their team bus slogan borrows from the Golden Star featured on the country’s national flag. It is safe to say that South Korean coach Park Hang-seo is indeed creating a young group of warriors who are more than capable of defending Vietnam’s flag.
Philippines – “To dream the impossible”
Philippines are coming to their first-ever AFC Asian Cup this year and it was something that seemed impossible for the nation even a decade ago! And the Azkals‘ fans have gone with a team bus slogan that exemplifies the rise of their national team and their target of dominating the sport in Asia. Though their AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 campaign ended in the semifinals, Sven-Goran Eriksson’s troop will be hoping to make a mark in the continental showpiece come January.
Here’s the full list of AFC Asian Cup 2019 Team Bus Slogans:
United Arab Emirates – Our time is now
Thailand – Changsuek together as one
India – Blue Tigers: The hope of a nation
Bahrain – Never say never
Australia – Heroes will rise
Syria – One team. One nation. One Syria
Palestine – We will triumph. We are Palestine
Jordan – Make Jordan Proud.
Korea Republic – We are the Reds!
China – Fighting for the same dream
Philippines – To dream the impossible
Kyrgyzstan – The White Falcons!
Iran – Eighty Million People, One Nation, One Heartbeat
Iraq – Lions always prevail
Vietnam – Golden Star Warriors
Yemen – Never give up.
Saudi Arabia – From the desert to the throne of the Continent
Qatar – We & the Nation of Pride are Fine
Lebanon – The Cedars are coming
DPR Korea – In the spirit of Chollima
Japan – Respect all, fear none
Uzbekistan – Here we are Uzbekistan
Oman – 4 million hearts, one dream
Turkmenistan – Green ground, Green team, Green Turkmenistan