1972 AFC Asian Cup

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1972 AFC Asian Cup
Asian Cup Thailand 1972
เอเชียนคัพ 2515
Tournament details
Host country Thailand
Dates 7–19 May
Teams 6
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Iran (2nd title)
Runners-up  South Korea
Third place  Thailand
Fourth place  Khmer Republic
Tournament statistics
Matches played 13
Goals scored 38 (2.92 per match)
Top scorer(s) Iran Hossein Kalani
(5 goals)
1968
1976

The Asian Football Confederation's 1972 AFC Asian Cup finals were held in Thailand between May 7 and May 19. It was won by Iran.

Qualification[edit]

  •  Thailand qualified automatically as host.
  •  Iran qualified automatically as defending champions

The other 4 qualifying teams were:

Venue[edit]

Bangkok
National Stadium
Capacity: 26,000
Suphachalasai 3116.JPG

Group allocation matches[edit]

  • Winners divided over different groups

7 May 1972
Iran  2–0  Khmer Republic
Kalani Goal 45'
Iranpak Goal 51'
National Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Kim Jo-Wong (South Korea)

8 May 1972
Thailand  0–2  Kuwait
Khalaf Goal 42'
Marzouq Goal 87'

Group stage[edit]

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and runners-up advanced to the semi-finals

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Iran 2 2 0 0 6 2 +4 4
 Thailand 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1 1
 Iraq 2 0 1 1 1 4 −3 1
9 May 1972
Iran  3–0  Iraq
Kalani Goal 34'70'78'
National Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Sivapalan Kathiravale (Malaysia)

11 May 1972
Thailand  1–1  Iraq
Yousif Goal

13 May 1972
Thailand  2–3  Iran
Pricha Goal 69'
Prayon Goal 70'
Jabbari Goal 80'86'88'
National Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Matolzi (Malaysia)

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 South Korea 2 1 0 1 5 3 +2 2
 Khmer Republic 2 1 0 1 5 4 +1 2
 Kuwait 2 1 0 1 2 5 −3 2


Knockout stage[edit]

Semi-finals Final
16 May–Bangkok
  Iran  2  
  Khmer Republic  1  
 
19 May–Bangkok
      Iran (a.e.t.)  2
    South Korea  1
Third place
17 May–Bangkok 19 May–Bangkok
  South Korea (pen.)  1 (2)   Khmer Republic  2 (3)
  Thailand  1 (1)     Thailand (pen.)  2 (5)

Semi-finals[edit]

16 May 1972
Iran  2–1  Khmer Republic
Iranpak Goal 13'
Ghelichkhani Goal 47'
Selim Goal 18'
National Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Matolozi (Malaysia)

Third place play-off[edit]

19 May 1972
Khmer Republic  2–2 (a.e.t.)  Thailand
  Penalties  
3–5

Final[edit]

19 May 1972
Iran  2–1 (a.e.t.)  South Korea
Jabbari Goal 48'
Kalani Goal 108'
Park Lee-Chun Goal 65'
National Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Sivapalan Kathiravale (Malaysia)

Winners[edit]

 AFC Asian Cup 1972 Winners 

Iran
Second title

Final positions[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Iran 5 5 0 0 12 4 +8 10
2  South Korea 5 1 2 2 7 6 +1 4
3  Thailand 5 0 3 2 6 9 −3 3
4  Khmer Republic 5 1 1 3 8 10 −2 3
Eliminated in the First Stage
5  Kuwait 3 2 0 1 4 5 −1 4
6  Iraq 3 0 2 1 1 4 −3 2

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