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Indian Men’s Football Team is set to take on Iraq in 49th King’s Cup

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The semi-final pairing for the 49th King’s Cup 2023 has been determined, with the Indian men’s football team set to face Iraq. The draw ceremony, overseen by the Football Association of Thailand on August 16, 2023, unveiled this matchup. The upcoming match is scheduled to occur on September 7, 2023, at Chiang Mai’s 700th Anniversary Stadium in Thailand. Concurrently, Thailand will compete against Lebanon in the other semi-final on the same day. The victors from these semi-final clashes will vie for the championship on September 10, while the defeated teams will engage in a third-place play-off.

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According to the drawing procedures, Iraq, holding the highest FIFA ranking at 70th, and Thailand, positioned at 113th and serving as the hosts, were allocated to distinct matches. They were then paired with the other two teams – India, ranked 99th, and Lebanon, ranked 100th. Notably, India’s previous encounter with Iraq resulted in a 0-2 loss during a friendly match in Baghdad in 2010.

This will mark India’s fourth presence at the King’s Cup in Thailand, with their latest engagement taking place in 2019. During that edition, the Indian national football team, known as the Blue Tigers, experienced a loss in the semi-finals against Curaçao. However, they managed to secure the bronze medal by triumphing over the hosts, Thailand, with a score of 1-0. Notably, India’s initial involvement in the tournament was in 1977, resulting in a bronze medal victory. This achievement was earned by prevailing over opponents such as South Korea, Singapore, and Indonesia. Conversely, in 1981, India’s journey was cut short as they were eliminated during the group stage.

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49TH KING’S CUP 2023 SCHEDULE:

  1. Iraq vs India (16:00 IST, September 7, 2023)
  2. Thailand vs Lebanon (19:00 IST, September 7, 2023)
  3. Third-place play-off (16:00 IST, September 10, 2023)
  4. Final (19:00 IST, September 10, 2023)

All games are scheduled to occur at Chiang Mai’s 700th Anniversary Stadium situated in Thailand.


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