Never has any U23 team successfully defended their championship in AFC U23 tournament

Author: Amelia
19:00 | 23/01/2020

Until now there hasn’t been any team that is able to defend their championship or second place in AFC U23 Championship 2020.

After four edition, U23 tournament has never seen any team to crown the championship twice in a row, so does the runner-ups.

AFC U23 Championship in Thailand is the fourth time the tournament held. However, its champions have never crown twice. U23 Iraq and Saudi Arabia were the first two team in the final in 2013 and they could not maintain their achievement.

In addition,  U23 Japan and South Korea or U23 Uzbekistand and U23 Vietnam could not dispell ‘the curse’.

U23 Uzbekistan officially crashed out of the tournament.

In the semi on Jan 22, Uzbekistan was edged 1-0 bu Saudi Arabia. The defending champs proved their domination and attack yet their last-minute mistake broke everything.

U23 Uzbekistan still have a chance to win a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics if they win in the third-place match. Their opponent is U23 Australia, the team is also very eager to participate in the Olympic arena.

Currently, Asian teams has 3 official places to attend the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Besides the hosts Japan, the remaining two seats belong to the two teams participating in the final of the AFC U23 Championship (U23 South Korea and U23 Saudi Arabia). ). The remainder will belong to the thrid-placed team.


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