We nominate our best XI of the Asian Cup!
After much debate, CaughtOffside have come up with our Asian Cup team of the tournament.
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GK) Maty Ryan (AUSTRALIA)
Ryan was quite simply superb for the Socceroos.
Calm under pressure, Ryan pulled off a number of excellent saves but it was his distribution that has caught the eye of a number of top European clubs.
Club Brugge have a star on its books, but it’s only a matter of time before the 22-year-old moves on to bigger and better things.
RB) Cha Du-Ri (SOUTH KOREA)
Tireless and brave, the South Korean veteran was an important attacking outlet for Uli Stielike’s side and defended with aplomb.
The 34-year-old’s constant bursts down the flank pinned opposition wingers back in their own half, but it was his excellent final ball that won him a spot in our team of the tournament.
CB) Trent Sainsbury (AUSTRALIA)
The PEC Zwolle youngster has come on in leaps and bounds since his international debut only a few months ago.
He was arguably the Socceroos’ most consistent performer in a side that went on the win the tournament under immense pressure on home soil.
A star in the making.
CB) Kim Young-gwon (SOUTH KOREA)
Young-gwon was a pillar of strength for a side that incredibly did not concede a goal until the final.
The 24-year-old Guangzhou Evergrande defender had a shaky start to his international career, but cemented himself as his country’s best defender during the Asian Cup.
LB) Dhurgham Ismael (IRAQ)
The 20-year-old was a standout player for an Iraq side that reached the semi-final stage of the tournament.
His tireless work down the left-hand side has not gone unnoticed by some of Asia’s biggest clubs.
Ismael’s well-taken penalty in the 116th minute of his side’s quarter-final with Iran was nerve-racking, but he got it done.