Neill named ambassador for Asian Cup
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Australia captain Lucas Neill has been appointed an ambassador for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia as the tournament marked its 500 day countdown.

"I have long dreamed of a football event this big coming to Australian shores," said Neill, 35, who has played in the Socceroos' previous two Asian Cup campaigns.

"I am passionate about growing the game in Australia and the Asian Cup is a great opportunity for fans to see world-class football right in their backyard."

The tournament kicks off on 9 January, barely six months after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

Australia, Japan, Korea Republic and Korea DPR have already qualified for the Asian Cup, with the other 12 teams yet to be determined.

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Newcastle and Canberra will all host matches.