December 29, 2018 / 9:03 AM / 25 days ago

FACTBOX-Soccer-Lebanon at the Asian Cup

    Dec 29 (Reuters) - Factbox on Lebanon ahead of the Asian
Cup, which takes place in the United Arab Emirates from Jan 5 to
Feb 1:
    
    FIFA world ranking: 81
    Ranking in Asia: 9
    Previous Asian Cups: 1
    Best performance: Group stage (2000)
    
    Nickname: The Cedars
    Coach: Miodrag Radulovic
    Regular captain: Hassan Maatouk
    Player to watch: Hassan Maatouk
    
    Recent form:  
    Sept 6    Jordan 0-1 Lebanon          Amman
    Sept 9    Lebanon 0-0 Oman            Amman
    Oct 11    Kuwait 1-0 Lebanon          Kuwait City
    Nov 15    Uzbekistan 0-0 Lebanon      Gdansk
    Nov 20    Australia 3-0 Lebanon       Sydney
    Dec 27    Bahrain 1-0 Lebanon         Manama
    
    Fixtures: 
    Group E
    Jan 9    Qatar v Lebanon               Al Ain
    Jan 12   Lebanon v Saudi Arabia        Dubai
    Jan 17   Lebanon v North Korea         Sharjah
    
    Lebanon return to the finals for the first time since
hosting the tournament in 2000 as the west Asian nation
successfully navigated their way through qualifying for the
first time.
    The Lebanese face a major challenge to advance to the next
phase but have pulled off surprise results before, defeating
South Korea on their way to the final phase of Asia's qualifying
tournament for the 2014 World Cup.

 (Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by John
O'Brien)
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