That is the lesson the Philippine Men's National Football Team learned following the 2019 AFC Asian Cup draw Friday night at the Armani Hotel in Dubai.
UAE will face Bahrain in the opening tie of the mega event on January 5, 2019, while the Indian team will face the likes of Thailand in their first appearance at the Asian meet since 2011. India were clubbed with hosts UAE, Thailand and Bahrain in Group A.
Asia's best ranked side, Iran who are looking to secure their fourth title and their first since 1976, were drawn in Group D alongside 2007 winners Iraq, Vietnam and Yemen, who will be appearing in their first tournament since their unification.
Having expanded the tournament to 24 teams, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has equally divided them into six groups.
Japan, who have won the event a record four times, are expected to sail through to the round of 16 from Group F which also includes Uzbekistan, Oman and Turkmenistan.
A number of highly anticipated match-ups is bound to thrill neutrals in Group E, which includes Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon, and North Korea.
The continental championship will be held across eight stadia in four cities in the UAE - Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Al Ain - January 5 to February 1 in 2019.
To help the team prepare for the Asian Cup, the All India Football Federation are set to host a four-nation Inter-Continental Cup in Mumbai from June 1-10.
I think that everyone is comparing the 2011 edition.
By the virtue of being the hosts, UAE were drawn in Group A by default.
Thomas Lyte craftsmen have designed and made globally some of the most iconic sporting trophies and the new AFC Asian Cup took these makers over 450 hours to craft, passing through the hands of 12 different craftsmen.
The top two pots consist of teams who has progressed to the final round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup for AFC countries.