South Korea bids to host the 2023 Asian Cup

On Thursday, South Korea officially submitted its candidacy to host the 2023 Asian Cup, after China withdrew due to the Corona virus pandemic, according to the Korean Football Association.

The tournament was scheduled to be held in 10 Chinese cities from June 16 to July 16, 2023, with the participation of 24 teams, but it apologized for not hosting it due to the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic in mid-May.

The Asian Football Confederation has opened the door for its member national federations to express their desire to host the quadrennial tournament, noting that interested countries must submit their candidacy by June 30 before extending the deadline until the middle of next month.

"Today, the KFA officially submitted a letter of intent to host the 2023 AFC Asian Cup to the Asian Football Confederation," the KFA said on its Twitter account.

"South Korea is trying to host and win the Asian Cup for the first time in 63 years! We ask for your support and attention!"

The continental championship was first held in 1956, and South Korea hosted its edition in 1960. The "Taeguk Warriors" won the title only twice, in 1956 and 1960.

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