Volume. 12064

Iran drawn in Group A of AFC U-19 Championship
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_09-3.jpgIran U-19 football team has been drawn in Group A of the Asian championship. 
The Iranian outfit has been grouped with host Myanmar, Yemen and Thailand. 
2012 AFC U-19 Championship semifinalist Uzbekistan and Australia will join the previous edition’s host UAE and Indonesia in Group B. Both Uzbekistan and Australia had managed a place in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey where Uzbekistan bowed out in the quarter-final. 
Defending champion Korea Republic has been pitted in strong Group C in the AFC U-19 Championship 2014 where the team will face rival Japan as well as China and Vietnam. 
Losing finalist of 2012 Iraq is seeded in Group D where they face challenges in the form of DPR Korea, Qatar and Oman. Iraq had a brilliant run-in in the U-20 World Cup after finishing fourth. 
The 16-nation competition will be staged in the two venues of Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw in October with the top four teams qualifying for the FIFA U-20 World Cup to be played in New Zealand next year.
The Group A and B matches will be played at the Yangon’s Youth Training Centre Stadium while the Group C and D matches will be held at the Zeyar Thiri Stadium in Nay Pyi Taw. The semifinal and final will be staged in Yangon. 
The Groups:
Group A: Myanmar, Iran, Thailand, Yemen
Group B: Uzbekistan, Australia, UAE, Indonesia
Group C: Korea Republic, Japan, China, Vietnam
Group D: Iraq, DPR Korea, Qatar, Oman

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