The 2027 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup will be held in the Middle East for the third time in a row. After the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar, this time it is Saudi Arabia.
At the 33rd General Assembly held in Manama, Bahrain on the 1st (Korean time), the AFC confirmed Saudi Arabia as the host of the 2027 Asian Cup. India, Iran, Qatar, and Uzbekistan also expressed their intention to host, but all four countries withdrew. Thanks to that, Saudi Arabia, which remained as the only candidate, hosted the Asian Cup for the first time ever.
AFC President Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said: “This is the first time the Asian Cup will be held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We are working closely with the Saudi Football Federation (SAF) and the Saudi Government to create a memorable tournament for fans and players I look forward to it,” he said.
“It is a great honor and a historic and exciting moment for Saudi football,” said Saudi Arabia’s Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al Saud, Minister of Sports and Sports. I think it’s an opportunity to show all my points,” he said. 먹튀검증
With this, the Asian Cup will be held in West Asia for the third time in a row. The 2019 tournament was held in the UAE, and Qatar was selected as the new venue for the 2023 tournament as China returned its lien. Korea also tried to bid for the 2023 tournament, but failed to surpass Qatar.
The power of ‘oil money’ is unusual. Saudi Arabia recently launched LIV golf with a sovereign wealth fund and hosted the world’s best car race, Formula One (F1). In October 2021, it also acquired Premier League Newcastle United, centering on the sovereign wealth fund.
In December of last year, he even embraced Cristiano Ronaldo. Al-Nasr, the Saudi league, has succeeded in signing ‘superstar’ Ronaldo on condition of a huge salary. The game of Asian football is greatly shaken.