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Asian Cup Football from today: Players from top clubs around the world will be included, big names like Tottenham captain Son and Al-Hilal's Dawsari


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AFC Asian Cup in football is starting from today. Top-24 teams of Asia will take the field in Qatar for the trophy. The first match will be played today between Qatar and Lebanon at 9:30 pm.

The AFC Asian Cup is the biggest football tournament in the continent because the top players play in it. The AFC Champions League features the best clubs in Asia, but it does not have all the top players, whereas many of the players playing in the Asian Cup are part of the top clubs in Europe.

South Korea's Son Heung-min is the captain of one of England's top clubs, Tottenham. He is one of the best players of the club. At the same time, Al-Dawsari of Saudi Arabia plays with Neymar in Al-Hilal club.

Teams participating in the AFC Asian Cup in graphic

1. Son Heung-min, South Korea: 3-time Asian Player of the Year, captain of Tottenham
South Korea's Son Heung-min leads Tottenham Hotspur, one of the top clubs in the English Premier League. Son has scored 12 goals in 20 Premier League matches this season. Son, a former Hamburg and Bayern Leverkusen forward, has also won the Asian Player of the Year award a record three times. Son has scored 41 goals in 116 matches for his country.

Son got the captaincy of the team in this season of EPL.  Before this, Harry Kane was the captain of Tottenham.

Son got the captaincy of the team in this season of EPL. Before this, Harry Kane was the captain of Tottenham.

South Korea has won the Asian Cup twice.  This year, Son has a chance to win the trophy for the third time for the country.

South Korea has won the Asian Cup twice. This year, Son has a chance to win the trophy for the third time for the country.

2. Salem Al-Dawsari, Saudi Arabia: Played an important role in defeating Argentina in the 2022 World Cup.
Salem Al-Dawsari is considered the top player of Saudi Arabia. Davasari scored a goal against Lionel Messi's Argentina in the 2022 World Cup. Saudi Arabia is the only team to have defeated Argentina in the 2022 World Cup.

Dawsari plays as a winger in Al-Hilal club along with Neymar. He has taken his club to the top of the league. Davasari was named the Best Asian Club Footballer of the Year in 2022. Davasari has scored 21 goals in 74 matches for his country.

Dawsari's club Al-Hilal is seven points ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo's club Al Nassr.

Dawsari's club Al-Hilal is seven points ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo's club Al Nassr.

3. Kim Min-jae, South Korea: Played an important role in helping Naples win Italy's Serie A.
Last year, Kim was named Asian International Player of the Year for players outside Asia. He helped Italian club Napoli win their first Serie A title since 1990. In 1990, the team won the championship for the last time due to Maradona's 16 goals.

The 27-year-old defender is currently considered one of the best defenders in the world. Kim now plays for Germany's top club Bayern Munich.

Kim Min-jae with the Serie A trophy.  Italy's Serie A is included in the top-5 leagues of the world.

Kim Min-jae with the Serie A trophy. Italy's Serie A is included in the top-5 leagues of the world.

Kim has played 56 matches for the national team Korea.

Kim has played 56 matches for the national team Korea.

4. Takefusa Kubo, Japan: One of the top players of the Spanish league LaLiga
Japan's Takefusa Kubo is one of the top players of the Spanish league La Liga. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid also play in this league. Kubo joined FC Barcelona at the age of 10. Real Madrid signed him after his international debut, but then released him.

After playing for several Spanish clubs, Kubo was signed by Real Sociedad in 2022 and given continuous opportunities. At only 15 years old, Kubo became the youngest player and then youngest scorer in Japan's top league match. This season, Kubo has 9 goals in 18 matches.

Real Sociedad is one of the top clubs in Spain.  Kubo's team is currently at sixth position in LaLiga with 38 points.

Real Sociedad is one of the top clubs in Spain. Kubo's team is currently at sixth position in LaLiga with 38 points.

Kubo made his debut for Japan at the age of 15.

Kubo made his debut for Japan at the age of 15.

5. Mehdi Taremi, Iran: Player of Portugal's top club and Champions League winning team Porto FC.
Iran's Mehdi Taremi finished runner-up to Min-jae as the 2022 Asian International Player of the Year. The 31-year-old striker has scored 43 goals in 76 international matches for the national team. He joined Portuguese top club Porto FC in 2020.

Porto is one of the top clubs in Portugal. In 2004, Porto won the UEFA Champions League under legendary manager Jose Morhino. Apart from this, the club has also won the Champions League in 1987.

Porto FC has won the Portuguese League 30 times.  Porto's rival club is Sporting CP, where Cristiano Ronaldo comes from.

Porto FC has won the Portuguese League 30 times. Porto's rival club is Sporting CP, where Cristiano Ronaldo comes from.

Taremi made his debut on 11 June 2015 in a friendly match against Uzbekistan.

Taremi made his debut on 11 June 2015 in a friendly match against Uzbekistan.

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