The Asian Cup was held once every four years from the edition in Hong Kong until the tournament in China. However, since the Summer Olympic Games and the European Football Championship were also scheduled in the same year as the Asian Cup, the AFC decided to move their championship to a less crowded cycle. After , the tournament was next held in when it was co-hosted by four nations: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Thereafter, it has been held every four years.
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Thirteen years on, the former Socceroos skipper shares the reality of dissent and bitterness that plagued Australia's disastrous Asian Cup debut. Ten cities across China will host the team tournament, which will be held over 31 days, three days more than the day showpiece in the United Arab Emirates in The edition of the quadrennial event was the first to be expanded from 16 to 24 teams. Qatar are the defending champions after winning their maiden title in the United Arab Emirates.
The three teams which will compete in the Prada Cup, hoping to win the right to challenge holder Team New Zealand in the 36th Cup match, include representatives from Britain and the New York Yacht Club which met in the first Cup race years ago. Ineos Team UK and American Magic are joined by the Italian challenger Luna Rossa, whose founder Patrizio Bertelli, chief executive of the Prada fashion line, has shaped the modern history of the Cup since his first involvement in Auckland 21 years ago. Racing will take place in high-tech foot sailboats which rise out of the water on narrow foils and, in a fair breeze, can attain speeds of more than 80 kph 50mph. Unofficial reports say at least one team may have broken the kph 60mph mark in training.
It is likely the most popular sporting event in the world, drawing billions of television viewers every tournament. The World Cup happens every four years in order to have enough time for the qualification tournaments and playoffs among national teams to take place. Additionally, four years provides the host country adequate time to plan the logistics of the tournament and how to best accommodate an influx of millions of fans.