December 29, 2018 / 9:18 AM / 22 days ago

Factbox - Lebanon at the Asian Cup

(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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