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Published:July 10th, 2007 10:31 EST
The Asian Football Cup 2007 Caused Ceasefire

The Asian Football Cup 2007 Caused Ceasefire

By Subash Lamichhane

Asia’s largest football tournament, “The Asian Cup “is kicking off. The Opening ceremony has already started with many fireworks. Bangkok is enjoying being the host of the opening ceremony of the Asian Cup. The soothing sound of Tata Young has rocked the Stadium with her song, “I believe”, which is also the official song of the tournament. Many traditional dance and cultural performances from Thai were beautiful. During the performance, they paid tribute to their King who now is the Head of the country. The fireworks colored the sky of Bangkok.

Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia are the four beautiful countries from Asia who are co-hosting the Asian Cup. There are all together 16 teams taking part in the Asian football cup.

Iraq ,Oman ,Thailand and Australia are in Group A. Japan ,Qatar, UAE, and Vietnam are in Group B. China, Iran, Malaysia, and Uzbekistan are in Group V whereas, Bahrain, Indonesia, Korea Republic, and Saudi Arabia are playing from Group D. The match between Thailand and Iraq has already started in the same stadium where the opening ceremony was held. The Thai fans were cheering for their home team. The football game is broadcasted all over Asia and millions of people from all around Asia who are football crazy are holding their fingers crossed and  praying for their home country or favorite team to win the game. 

Football is a passion in Asia. It is loved everywhere in Asia. Many countries even have their own home leagues and tournaments. These games help them to prepare for bigger matches such as the Asian Cup and later the World Cup. Even winning an Asian Cup is like the dream come true for many countries and still some countries are longing to get a chance to participate in the Asian Cup. 

The powerhouses in football from Asia are Iran, Japan, Korea, and Iraq. Since Australia is also taking part in the Asian game, the tournament is going to be more interesting to watch, as it will increase the rate of toughness in the game.  Countries like Iran, Korea, Australia, and Japan have already played in the World Cup and their experience in the world tournament will probably help them to claim the Asian Cup rather than any other country. 

The football game is hoping to increase the bond between the Asian countries by the means of game. Football is such a good way to increase friendship, as it is loved by most of the people here in Asia. Let us hope that football can heal the pain of the Cambodians, make Iraqis enjoy their time as they can live out of fear while their match is going on.  Let every country find peace and let fellowship grow between the countries involved. Of course, football can do it.  It has already been known that many countries and rebels groups made ceasefire so that they could watch football games. Isn’t football the magic game? Of course it is.