Show How Far We've Come - Farina

Sydney FC Head Coach Frank Farina has said the upcoming 2015 AFC Asian Cup is the perfect opportunity to show to everyone how much football has progressed in Australia.

Sydney FC Head Coach Frank Farina has said the upcoming 2015 AFC Asian Cup is the perfect opportunity to show to everyone how much football has progressed in Australia.

One year from today the 16 best Asian teams will arrive in Australia to compete in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

With the countdown now underway, Farina has thrown his support behind the Socceroos and is urging Australians everywhere to do the same ahead of what will be one of the biggest football events to be played on our shores.

“The Asian Cup is the perfect stage to demonstrate how far Australia has come in football,” Farina said.

“If we can all unite and show who we are as a nation on and off the field, while hosting 16 of the best teams from Asia, it will be a great spectacle.

“Sydney sees its fair share of good football but to have the national team competing here is on a different level.

“I-m confident the boys will do well and coming so soon after the FIFA World Cup it-ll be interesting to see if any players are selected from the Hyundai A-League.”

Current holders Japan and Asia-s most successful team, South Korea, are two of the favourites for the tournament along with the Socceroos who finished as runners up in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar.

The Cup will be played between the 9th and 31st of January with Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Newcastle acting as host cities.

Michael Brown, CEO of the AFC Asian Cup Local Organising Committee, said the tournament was the biggest single-sport event in Asia.

“At this time next year the Asian Cup will be in full swing as the Socceroos kick off the tournament in Melbourne,” Mr Brown said.

“We want to give the warmest of welcomes to all of Asia-s top teams, and deliver a tournament that celebrates Asia-s rich football culture.

“It will be a summer festival of football never to forget - 32 matches in 23 days across our five host cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle.

“And we want all Australians, no matter their heritage, to unite for the Asian Cup and give our visitors a uniquely Australian welcome and a fantastic Australian experience.”

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