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

FACTBOX-Soccer-Oman at the Asian Cup

    Dec 29 (Reuters) - Factbox on the Oman team ahead of the
Asian Cup, which takes place in the United Arab Emirates from
Jan 5 to Feb 1:
    
    FIFA world ranking: 82
    Ranking in Asia: 10
    Previous Asian Cups: 3
    Best performance: Group stage (2004, 2007, 2015)
    2015: Group stage
    
    Nickname: The Reds
    Coach: Pim Verbeek
    Regular captain: Ahmed Mubarak
    Player to watch: Ahmed Mubarak
    
    Recent form:  
    Oct 16     Oman 0-0 Ecuador        Doha
    Nov 16     Oman 1-1 Syria          Muscat
    Nov 19     Oman 2-1 Bahrain        Muscat
    Dec 13     Oman 2-1 Tajikistan     Muscat
    Dec 16     Oman 1-0 Tajikistan     Muscat
    
    Fixtures: 
    Group F
    Jan 9    Uzbekistan v Oman       Sharjah
    Jan 13   Oman v Japan            Abu Dhabi
    Jan 17   Oman v Turkmenistan     Abu Dhabi
    
    Under former Australia coach Pim Verbeek, Oman won the
keenly contested Gulf Cup title in early 2018 and take
confidence from that performance and several other strong
showings throughout the rest of the year into the Asian Cup.
    Oman have never advanced beyond the group phase of the
continental championship in their previous three involvements in
the competition, but the pragmatic Verbeek has built a resolute
side that mixes youth and experience in equal measure.

 (Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Greg
Stutchbury)
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