Syria football team train in Sharjah ahead of 2019 Asian Cup opener - in pictures

Bernd Stange puts players through their paces 24 hours before Group B match against Palestine

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The Syria national football team took part in a training session in Sharjah on Saturday.

German manager Benrd Stange put his squad through their paces at the Sharjah Stadium in preparation for the country's opening match of the 2019 Asian Cup being held in the UAE against Palestine. That match kicks off at the same venue at 8pm Sunday.

Australia and Jordan are also in Group B and will face each other at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain (3.30pm).

The 2019 Asian Cup, which is being hosted by the UAE, kicks off on Saturday January 5.

There are 24 teams competing in what is the largest staging of the tournament, with matches played at eight stadiums across the Emirates.

Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain and Sharjah will all host games, with 36 matches taking place in the group stages, which run from January 5 until January 17.


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