As the Socceroos reflect upon a successful conquest of Asia and continue on celebrating the brand-new gold badge on their shirt; take a moment to appreciate the true victory of this Asian Cup.
The showcase of football displayed this past month has been a taste of the true potential of Asian Football.
In Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle and Brisbane: Asia has put on a world-class performance fit to match the excitement and intensity of an encounter between World Cup favourites.
Just have a look at the likes of the United Arab Emirates and their exciting young-gun, Omar Abdulrahman, who produced a buzz all over the pitch with his silky footwork.
Iran, who with an entertaining attacking style filled stadiums and created a home-ground atmosphere filled with singing and dancing Iranians and Australians alike.
Uzbekistan, who sent Saudi Arabia home early (once again) lead by their young striker Sardof Rashidov who took the chance to blast a brilliant double and secure themselves a spot in the knockout round.
China, who confirmed themselves as an emerging continental superpower with three group-stage wins.
And the surprise early departure of reigning champions Japan in Quarter Finals.
The Cup a success beyond organizers wildest dreams, a spectators delight and a refreshing breathe of confidence in Asia; a truly beautiful celebration of football.
Words by Jacob Arnott. Photos by Aleksandar Jason Kostadinoski.
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