Iraq is expressing its intention to host the 2027 AFC Asian Cup.
According to the Qatari media <Doha News>, after the successful hosting of the recently closed 2023 Arabian Gulf Cup, Iraq is reported to have announced its intention to host the AFC Asian Cup, an AFC-sponsored tournament. Adnan Dirzal, president of the Iraqi Football Association (IFA), commented, “As it is a new era that has regained stability, Iraq has opened up an opportunity to host a continental competition.” In addition, Basra Governor Assad Al-Aidani also voiced the same voice, saying, “Iraq has become safe and deserves a lot. We must try to host the Asian Cup in Iraq.” 메이저놀이터
Currently, Saudi Arabia is the only country that has officially declared a bid to host the 2027 AFC Asian Cup. India was once mentioned as a competing country, but withdrew its intention to host it. The situation in Iraq is not easy. However, as the first international competition was held successfully after the war, confidence is gradually rising. Governor Al-Aidani expressed his ambition, saying, “Iraq and Saudi Arabia can form a joint hosting partnership, or Iraq can host it alone.”
If Iraq manages to host the tournament, it will experience hosting the Asian Cup at home for the first time ever. The key is safe security and excellent stadium facilities. First of all, it is worth noting that the 2023 Arabian Gulf Cup was held in the southern city of Basra, which is said to have been perfectly secured. Instead, Basra has excellent stadium facilities, such as the 65,000-seat state-of-the-art stadium, the Basra National Stadium, and the 30,000-seat Al Mina Olympic Stadium.