May 27, 2024
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Fox Sports Asia – BRIGHTON, Players from around the globe will converge in the Gulf nation of United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 where Asia’s best will be decided. 

The tournament will span almost a month kicking off on January 5 and concluding with the crunch finale on February 1 at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi with the new Asian champions crowned.

As they look to lift the coveted trophy, every Asian nation has summoned their best talents, including a few who play in ‘the best league in the world’ — the Premier League.

Here, FOX Sports Asia takes a look at eight Premier League stars who can lead their country’s march to glory in the AFC Asian Cup 2019.

ALIREZA JAHANBAKHSH (Iran, Brighton & Hove Albion)

The Iranian forward made a move to England following three seasons with Dutch club AZ Alkmaar — his scintillating final season with AZ seeing him score 21 goals to become the league’s top scorer. He is still adjusting to the pace and physicality of the Premier League, but has already made 10 appearances for the club – four of them from the start.

And Iran gaffer Carlos Queiroz will be hoping that his striker will put in what he has learnt among the big boys to his team’s advantage at the Asian Cup in January. The 25-year-old is yet to win a silverware at the senior international stage and will be hoping to break that duck in UAE come February 1.