December 29, 2018 / 9:03 AM / 6 months ago

FACTBOX-Soccer-Uzbekistan at the Asian Cup

    Dec 29 (Reuters) - Factbox on the Uzbekistan team ahead of
the Asian Cup, which takes place in the United Arab Emirates
from Jan 5 to Feb 1:
    FIFA world ranking: 95
    Ranking in Asia: 14
    Previous Asian Cups: 6
    Best performance: Fourth place (2011)
    2015: Quarter-finals 
    Nickname: White Wolves
    Coach: Hector Cuper
    Regular captain: Odil Ahmedov
    Player to watch: Odiljon Xamrobekov 
    Recent form:  
    Sept 11     Uzbekistan 0-1 Iran          Tashkent
    Oct 13     Uzbekistan 2-0 North Korea   Tashkent
    Oct 16     Uzbekistan 2-0 Qatar         Tashkent
    Nov 15     Uzbekistan 0-0 Lebanon       Gdansk
    Nov 20     Uzbekistan 0-4 South Korea   Brisbane
    Group F
    Jan 9    Uzbekistan v Oman           Sharjah
    Jan 13   Turkmenistan v Uzbekistan   Dubai
    Jan 17   Japan v Uzbekistan          Al Ain
    Uzbekistan's neat passing game has made them Asian Cup
regulars since the nation emerged from the Soviet Union and they
will be looking to finally go a step further than their single
semi-final spot in 2011 under former Valencia coach Cuper.
    Versatile midfielder Odiljon Xamrobekov was the standout
player when the White Wolves won the under-23 Asian Cup in
January and he will no doubt feature somehwere in Cuper's side.
    The Uzbeks did not enjoy a stellar 2018 otherwise but should
have enough quality to get out of Group F, even if it is behind
four-times champions Japan.  

 (Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by
Sudipto Ganguly)
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