From January 7th to January 29th.
The AFC Asian Cup takes place every four years, having had its first edition in 1956. Since then only seven teams have lifted the title..
Saudi Arabia, Japan and Iran have won three titles each, South Korea two, and Kuwait and Iraq one. The remaining team is Israel, which won the 1964 tournament before later joining UEFA and leaving AFC.
At China 2004, there were sixteen teams: three years later the tournament was moved to an odd year to allow for a greater spreading of international matches across the world. Thus a selection of South East Asian nations hosted the '07 cup, which was won by Iraq, who beat Saudi Arabia in the final. South Korea edged Japan for third place.
This is the first time Qatar have hosted the tournament since 1988:
It's being played in the winter to beat the heat.
A couple of promotional videos ...
Asian Cup 2011
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