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Asian Cup 2015 Team Of The Tournament: Australia & South Korea Stars Dominate, But Will Tim Cahill Make The Cut?

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)

Maty Ryan

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)

Korea Republic v Australia - 2015 Asian Cup: Final

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)

Trent Sainsbury

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)

Kim Young Gwan

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)

Ismael

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.

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