December 29, 2018 / 9:08 AM / 3 months ago

Factbox - Oman at the Asian Cup

(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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