Thailand 2020 by numbers

Thailand 2020

by numbers

1 – In 16 previous matches at the tournament, Iraq’s 2-1 semi-final defeat to Japan in 2016 was their only defeat in regulation time. They won the title in 2013, and were only defeated via penalties in 2018.

3 – The number of teams who will join Japan in representing Asia at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in July.

Akira Nishino

5 – The number of senior national team coaches doubling up by leading their U-23 sides in Thailand. Akira Nishino (Thailand), Graham Arnold (Australia), Hajime Moriyasu (Japan), Park Hang-seo (Vietnam) and Felix Sanchez (Qatar) are all taking on dual roles. 

6 – The number of 2018 AFC U23 Championship winners selected in Uzbekistan’s squad. Khojiakbar Alijonov, Islom Kobilov, Aziz Ganiev, Bobir Abdixolikov, Jasurbek Yakhshiboev and Oybek Rustamov were all part of the victorious squad in China PR two years ago. 

15 – The number of Japanese squad members who have already played senior international football; the most of any team participating at Thailand 2020. 

17 – The age of Thailand’s home-grown wonderkid Suphanat Mueaanta, who – at 17 years and 159 days – is the youngest player in the competition.