AFP Sport looks at five things we learned from the opening round of group games at the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates:...
Hosts United Arab Emirates survived a scare to salvage a controversial 1-1 draw in their Asian Cup curtain-raiser against Bahrain on Saturday....
Describing himself as a "blast from the past", United Arab Emirates coach Alberto Zaccheroni warned Friday that the Asian Cup hosts could just surprise a few people this month....
Italian Alberto Zaccheroni was Monday named coach of the United Arab Emirates football team, the Gulf state's federation announced....
UAE sharpshooter Ahmed Khalil stunned compatriot Omar Abdulrahman and China's Zheng Zhi on Sunday as he was named Asian player of the year at a glittering ceremony in India....
The Palestine football team played a World Cup qualifier at home for the first time on Tuesday, holding the United Arab Emirates to a goalless draw in the Israeli-occupied West Bank....
Qatar received a difficult draw for the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday as they embark on their final attempt to qualify for the tournament before hosting it in 2022....
The United Arab Emirates on Monday won a unanimous vote to host the Asian Cup in 2019, the Asian Football Confederation said....
Ali Mabkhout put one hand on the Asian Cup top-scorer award on Friday as the United Arab Emirates came from behind to beat 10-man Iraq 3-2 in an entertaining third-place play-off....
United Arab Emirates coach Mahdi Ali Thursday said his team were hopeful of ending a nearly 30-year absence from the World Cup after their run to the Asian Cup's last four....
Australia struck twice early on and then soaked up the pressure as they downed United Arab Emirates 2-0 to set up an Asian Cup final against unbeaten South Korea on Tuesday....
Australia defender Matthew Spiranovic returned from suspension as coach Ange Postecoglou made two changes for the Asian Cup semi-final against United Arab Emirates on Tuesday....
United Arab Emirates boss Mahdi Ali on Monday warned his team not to focus solely on talisman Tim Cahill despite his heroics in leading Australia into the Asian Cup semi-finals....
Australia have turned up the heat on the United Arab Emirates before Tuesday's Asian Cup semi-final, warning the Gulf side that they would "choke them until they're blue"....
Japan were sent crashing out of the Asian Cup on Friday as the United Arab Emirates shocked the defending champions 5-4 on penalties after a pulsating quarter-final....
Slick playmaker Omar Abdulrahman can stake his claim for a big-money move to Europe when the UAE face Japan on Friday in an Asian Cup quarter-final which threatens to be a potential banana skin for the holders....
United Arab Emirates coach Mahdi Ali has risked a fine after calling into doubt Japanese referee Ryuji Sato's impartiality following his side's Asian Cup loss to Iran on Monday....
Substitute Reza Ghoochannejhad scored in the first minute of stoppage time Monday to give Iran a thrilling 1-0 win over the United Arab Emirates and top spot in Group C of the Asian Cup....
He has the hair of Marouane Fellaini and he's yet to score a goal, but mop-top star Omar Abdulrahman has become the talk of the Asian Cup after two inspired performances for UAE....
United Arab Emirates striker Ali Mabkhout scored after 14 seconds in one of the fastest goals in Asian Cup history to propel his side towards a 2-1 win over Bahrain on Thursday....
United Arab Emirates coach Mahdi Ali warned his players Wednesday not to rely too much on sparkling midfielder Omar Abdulrahman in the Asian Cup clash against Bahrain....