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Iran U-23 football team draws Vietnam and Kyrgyzstan at Asiad
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_09-1(51).jpgIran has been drawn with Vietnam and Kyrgyzstan in the group stage of the Asian Games football tournament. 
 
"Iran is the continent's leading team so it will be difficult to beat the team. For Kyrgyzstan, I don't know much. I will examine the two rivals carefully to give us the best chance of qualifying for the last 16," Japanese head coach of Vietnam Toshiya Miura told Vietnamnet.
 
The competition will bring 29 nations together in Incheon, South Korea. 
There will be five groups of four nations and three groups of three teams.
According to the rules of the tournament, only three players over the age of 23 will be allowed to accompany their teams. 
Iran is the most decorated team in Asian Games, having won four times in 1974, 1990, 2002 and 2008.
The 17th Asian Games will start from 19 September and will continue till 4 October 2014. The football though will commence five days prior to the Games' opening ceremony.
 
 
Football tournament draw:
 
 Group A: South Korea, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Laos
 Group B: Uzbekistan, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Afghanistan 
Group C: Oman, Palestine, Singapore, Tajikistan 
Group D: Japan, Kuwait, Iraq, Nepal 
Group E: Thailand, Maldives, Timor-Leste, Indonesia 
Group F: North Korea, China, Pakistan 
Group G: UAE, India, Jordan 
Group H: Iran, Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan.
 
MH

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