2007 AFC Asian Cup

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2007 AFC Asian Cup
Piala Asia 2007 (Indonesian, Malaysian)
เอเชียนคัพ 2550 (Thai)
Cúp bóng đá châu Á 2007 (Vietnamese)
Logo of the 2007 Asian Cup
Tournament details
Host countries Indonesia
Malaysia
Thailand
Vietnam
Dates 7 July – 29 July
Teams 16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 7 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Iraq (1st title)
Runners-up  Saudi Arabia
Third place  South Korea
Fourth place  Japan
Tournament statistics
Matches played 32
Goals scored 84 (2.63 per match)
Attendance 724,222 (22,632 per match)
Top scorer(s) Iraq Younis Mahmoud
Saudi Arabia Yasser Al-Qahtani
Japan Naohiro Takahara
(4 goals)
Best player Iraq Younis Mahmoud
2004
2011

The Asian Football Confederation's 2007 AFC Asian Cup finals were held from July 7 to July 29, 2007. For the first time in its history, the competition was co-hosted by four nations: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The tournament was won by first-time champions Iraq, who defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the final. As the winner, Iraq represented the AFC at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

The Asian Cup had previously been held every 4 years from 1956 onwards, the last cup being held in China PR in 2004. However, with the Summer Olympic Games and the European Football Championship also held in the same year as the Asian Cup (2004, 2008, 2012 etc.), the AFC decided to change their tradition and hold the tournament in 2007, and every four years henceforth from that date.

An estimated worldwide television audience of 650 million people tuned in to watch the 2007 AFC Asian Cup.[1]

This was the first major AFC tournament in which Australia participated as a member.

Host selection[edit]

Match between Indonesia vs South Korea during 2007 AFC Asian Cup, Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia.

The decision to have four host nations for this edition of the Asian Cup was proposed and presented to the executive committee by AFC president Mohammed Bin Hammam. However, he later regretted this decision and called it his "mistake", citing the financial and logistic difficulties in organising an event across four countries.

He said that "It is proving very difficult for [the executive committee as they] have to have four organising committees, four media centres and there are also financial considerations." He also revealed that "[He would] definitely [not do] it [again]", if he had the choice.

In June 2005, the Asian Football Confederation warned Thailand that it needed to improve its facilities before 2007, otherwise it would be dropped, possibly being replaced with Singapore. On August 12 of the same year, the AFC confirmed that Thailand would be a co-host of the 2007 Asian Cup.[2] However in October 2006, Thailand was again warned to improve its facilities in 90 days.[3]

Venues[edit]

Indonesia Jakarta Indonesia Palembang Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Shah Alam
Gelora Bung Karno Stadium Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium National Stadium Shah Alam Stadium
Capacity: 88,306 Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 87,411 Capacity: 69,932
BungKarno-indonoob.JPG Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium Tribune.jpg Stadium nasional bukit jalil.JPG SAStadium.png
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Thailand Bangkok Thailand Bangkok Vietnam Hanoi Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City
Rajamangala Stadium Suphachalasai Stadium Mỹ Đình National Stadium Army Stadium
Capacity: 65,000 Capacity: 19,793 Capacity: 40,192 Capacity: 25,000
Rajamangala Stadium Panorama.jpg Suphachalasai 3116.JPG My dinh stadium.jpg

Qualification[edit]

The qualification round ran from February 22, 2006 to November 15, 2006. For the first time, the defending champions (Japan) needed to attend the qualification stage. Twenty-four teams attempted to qualify for 2007 AFC Asian Cup. They were divided into 4 teams for each group and determined the remaining last 12 places, as the four co-hosts - Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam - were already granted automatic qualification. Australia was the first non-host nation to qualify.

Country Qualified as Date qualification was secured Previous appearances in tournament12
 Indonesia 00Co-hosts 7 August 2004 3 (1996, 2000, 2004)
 Malaysia 01Co-hosts 7 August 2004 2 (1976, 1980)
 Thailand 02Co-hosts 7 August 2004 5 (1972, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)
 Vietnam 03Co-hosts 7 August 2004 2 (19563, 19603)
 Australia Group D winner 11 October 2006 0 (debut)
 Japan Group A winner 15 November 2006 5 (1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)
 Saudi Arabia Group A runner-up 15 November 2006 6 (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)
 Iran Group B winner 15 November 2006 10 (1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)
 South Korea Group B runner-up 15 November 2006 10 (1956, 1960, 1964, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004)
 United Arab Emirates Group C winner 15 November 2006 6 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004)
 Oman Group C runner-up 15 November 2006 1 (2004)
 Bahrain Group D runner-up 15 November 2006 2 (1988, 2004)
 Iraq Group E winner 15 November 2006 5 (1972, 1976, 1996, 2000, 2004)
 China PR Group E runner-up 15 November 2006 8 (1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)
 Qatar Group F winner 15 November 2006 6 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004)
 Uzbekistan Group F runner-up 15 November 2006 3 (1996, 2000, 2004)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year
2 Italic indicates host

Seeds[edit]

For the first time, the seeds are based on the October 2006 FIFA World Rankings instead of the basis of the performance from the previous AFC Asian Cup competition. This was to ensure that the same number of strong teams do not meet in the early stage.[4]

The four seeded teams were announced on December 19, 2006. The seeds comprised Pot 4 in the draw. Pot 1 consists of the teams from all co-hosts.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

 Indonesia
 Malaysia
 Thailand
 Vietnam

 China PR
 Iraq
 United Arab Emirates
 Bahrain

 Qatar
 Uzbekistan
 Saudi Arabia
 Oman

 Australia
 Iran
 Japan
 South Korea

On December 19, 2006, the draw was held in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Match ball[edit]

The Official Match Ball for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup was launched by Nike on May 15, 2007, making it the first time ever that a ball had been launched specifically for any football competition in Asia.[5] The Nike Mercurial Veloci AC features four blue stripes with gold trim with each host city's name inscribed, as well as the AFC Asian Cup logo.[6]

Officials[edit]

16 referees and 24 assistant referees were officially cleared following a fitness test on July 2 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. One referee and two assistant referees were also named from the CAF.[7]

Replaced Singapore Shamsul Maidin after the referee pulled out with injury.[8]

Songs[edit]

In 2007 AFC Asian Cup had 2 songs: "I Believe" by Tata Young from Thailand and "Play Hard" by Kim from Vietnam.

Squads[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2007 AFC Asian Cup squads.

Tournament summary[edit]

Participating countries.

The Asian Cup saw many upsets in the early stages of the tournament. In Group A, Oman held favourites Australia to a surprising draw. Oman took the lead and would have won save for an injury time goal from Tim Cahill. Next, hosts Vietnam shocked Gulf Champions UAE with a 2-0 victory. In the same group, Qatar held Japan to a shock 1-1 draw, which caused Japan coach Ivica Osim to fly into a rage in which he branded his players as 'amateurs' and reduced his interpreter to tears.[9] In Group D, Indonesia continued the undefeated streak of the hosts by defeating Bahrain 2-1. Malaysia ended up as the only host country to drop their match, losing to China 5-1. Thailand recorded just its 2nd win in the Asian Cup finals (their other was in 1972 against Cambodia), and its first ever win in regulation, when they beat Oman 2-0 on July 12. Meanwhile, Australia was upset by a 3-1 defeat against Iraq the following day, leaving them floundering in the tournament despite high expectations.

In the quarterfinals, Iraq defeated Vietnam 2-0, South Korea (known as 'Korea Republic') beat Iran in a shootout 4-2, as did Japan over Australia 4-3 (this was the first time Australian 'keeper Mark Schwarzer had ever come out on the losing end of a penalty shoot-out), and Saudi Arabia won over Uzbekistan 2-1. Iraq upset South Korea in the semi-finals by winning 4-3 on penalties, resulting in thousands of Iraqis celebrating in the streets of Baghdad. Over 50 Iraqis were killed by terrorist bombs targeting these crowds.[10] In the other semi-finals, Saudi Arabia topped defending champions Japan 3-2 to make an all-Arab affair for the final match.

Iraq went on to defeat Saudi Arabia 1-0 taking the Asian Cup title. Iraqi forward and captain Younis Mahmoud was given the title of Most Valuable Player. South Korea took third place narrowly beating Japan in penalties 6-5. It was the third consecutive match in the tournament that South Korea played 0-0 before a penalty shootout. Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea, as the top three national teams in the tournament, all received automatic berths to the 2011 Asian Cup finals to be held in Qatar.[11]

Group stage[edit]

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and runners-up advance to the quarter-finals

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Iraq 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 5
 Australia 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 4
 Thailand 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 4
 Oman 3 0 2 1 1 3 −2 2
7 July 2007
19:35 UTC+7
Thailand  1 – 1  Iraq
Suksomkit Goal 6' (pen.) Report Younis Mahmoud Goal 32'
Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Kwon Jong-Chul (South Korea)
8 July 2007
17:20 UTC+7
Australia  1 – 1  Oman
Cahill Goal 90+2' Report Al-Maimani Goal 32'
Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Eddy Maillet (Seychelles)

12 July 2007
17:20 UTC+7
Oman  0 – 2  Thailand
Report Thonkanya Goal 70'78'
Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 19,000
Referee: Lee Gi-Young (South Korea)
13 July 2007
17:20 UTC+7
Iraq  3 – 1  Australia
Nashat Akram Goal 22'
Hawar Mohammed Goal 60'
Karrar Jassim Goal 86'
Report Viduka Goal 47'
Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Jasim Karim (Bahrain)

16 July 2007
19:35 UTC+7
Thailand  0 – 4  Australia
Report Beauchamp Goal 21'
Viduka Goal 80'83'
Kewell Goal 90'
Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 46,000
Referee: Kwon Jong-Chul (South Korea)
16 July 2007
19:35 UTC+7
Oman  0 – 0  Iraq
Report

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Japan 3 2 1 0 8 3 +5 7
 Vietnam 3 1 1 1 4 5 −1 4
 United Arab Emirates 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3 3
 Qatar 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
9 July 2007
17:20 UTC+7
Japan  1 – 1  Qatar
Takahara Goal 61' Report Soria Goal 88'

12 July 2007
19:35 UTC+7
Qatar  1 – 1  Vietnam
Soria Goal 79' Report Thanh Bình Goal 32'
Mỹ Đình National Stadium, Hanoi
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)
13 July 2007
20:35 UTC+7
United Arab Emirates  1 – 3  Japan
Al-Kass Goal 66' Report Takahara Goal 22'27'
S. Nakamura Goal 42' (pen.)

16 July 2007
17:20 UTC+7
Vietnam  1 – 4  Japan
Suzuki Goal 8' (o.g.) Report Maki Goal 12'59'
Endō Goal 31'
S. Nakamura Goal 53'
16 July 2007
17:20 UTC+7
Qatar  1 – 2  United Arab Emirates
Soria Goal 42' (pen.) Report Al-Kass Goal 60'
Khalil Goal 90+4'
Army Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Iran 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 7
 Uzbekistan 3 2 0 1 9 2 +7 6
 China PR 3 1 1 1 7 6 +1 4
 Malaysia 3 0 0 3 1 12 −11 0
10 July 2007
20:35 UTC+8
Malaysia  1 – 5  China PR
Mahayuddin Goal 74' Report Han Peng Goal 15'55'
Shao Jiayi Goal 36'
Wang Dong Goal 51'90+3'
Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
Attendance: 21,155
Referee: Muhsen Basma (Syria)
11 July 2007
18:20 UTC+8
Iran  2 – 1  Uzbekistan
Hosseini Goal 55'
Kazemian Goal 78'
Report Rezaei Goal 16' (o.g.)

14 July 2007
18:20 UTC+8
Uzbekistan  5 – 0  Malaysia
Shatskikh Goal 10'89'
Kapadze Goal 30'
Bakayev Goal 45+2' (pen.)
Ibrahimov Goal 85'
Report
15 July 2007
18:20 UTC+8
China PR  2 – 2  Iran
Shao Jiayi Goal 7'
Mao Jianqing Goal 33'
Report Zandi Goal 45+1'
Nekounam Goal 74'

18 July 2007
20:35 UTC+8
Malaysia  0 – 2  Iran
Report Nekounam Goal 29' (pen.)
Teymourian Goal 77'
Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
Attendance: 4,520
Referee: Muhsen Basma (Syria)
18 July 2007
20:35 UTC+8
Uzbekistan  3 – 0  China PR
Shatskikh Goal 72'
Kapadze Goal 86'
Geynrikh Goal 90+4'
Report

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Saudi Arabia 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 7
 South Korea 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 Indonesia 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3
 Bahrain 3 1 0 2 3 7 −4 3
10 July 2007
17:20 UTC+7
Indonesia  2 – 1  Bahrain
Sudarsono Goal 14'
Pamungkas Goal 64'
Report Mahmood Goal 27'
11 July 2007
19:35 UTC+7
South Korea  1 – 1  Saudi Arabia
Choi Sung-Kuk Goal 66' Report Y. Al-Qahtani Goal 77' (pen.)

15 July 2007
19:35 UTC+7
Bahrain  2 – 1  South Korea
Isa Goal 43'
Abdul-Latif Goal 85'
Report Kim Do-Heon Goal 4'
Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Sun Baojie (China)

18 July 2007
17:20 UTC+7
Indonesia  0 – 1  South Korea
Report Kim Jung-Woo Goal 34'
18 July 2007
17:20 UTC+7
Saudi Arabia  4 – 0  Bahrain
Al-Mousa Goal 18'
A. Al-Qahtani Goal 45'
Al-Jassim Goal 68'79'
Report

Knockout stage[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
21 July - Bangkok        
  Iraq  2
25 July - Kuala Lumpur
  Vietnam  0  
  Iraq (pen.)  0 (4)
22 July - Kuala Lumpur
    South Korea  0 (3)  
  Iran  0 (2)
29 July - Jakarta
  South Korea (pen.)  0 (4)  
  Iraq  1
21 July - Hanoi
    Saudi Arabia  0
  Japan (pen.)  1 (4)
25 July - Hanoi
  Australia  1 (3)  
  Japan  2 Third place
22 July - Jakarta
    Saudi Arabia  3  
  Saudi Arabia  2   South Korea (pen.)  0 (6)
  Uzbekistan  1     Japan  0 (5)
28 July - Palembang

Quarter-finals[edit]


21 July 2007
20:20 UTC+7
Iraq  2 – 0  Vietnam
Younis Mahmoud Goal 2'65' Report
Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 9,720
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)


Semi-finals[edit]


25 July 2007
20:20 UTC+7
Japan  2 – 3  Saudi Arabia
Nakazawa Goal 37'
Abe Goal 53'
Report Y. Al-Qahtani Goal 35'
Mouath Goal 47'57'

Third place play-off[edit]

Final[edit]

29 July 2007
19:35 UTC+7
Iraq  1 – 0  Saudi Arabia
Younis Mahmoud Goal 72' Report

Winners[edit]

 AFC Asian Cup 2007 Winners 

Iraq
First title

Awards[edit]

Top Goalscorers Most Valuable Player Fair Play Award
Iraq Younis Mahmoud
Saudi Arabia Yasser Al-Qahtani
Japan Naohiro Takahara
Iraq Younis Mahmoud  Japan

Goalscorers[edit]

With four goals, Younis Mahmoud, Naohiro Takahara and Yasser Al-Qahtani are the top scorers in the tournament. In total, 84 goals were scored by 57 different players, with two of them credited as own goals.

Top scoring teams[edit]

Final positions[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Eff
1  Iraq 6 3 3 0 7 2 +5 12 66.7%
2  Saudi Arabia 6 4 1 1 12 6 +6 13 72.2%
3  South Korea 6 1 4 1 3 3 0 7 38.9%
4  Japan 6 2 3 1 11 7 +4 9 50.0%
Eliminated in the Quarterfinals
5  Iran 4 2 2 0 6 3 +3 8 66.7%
6  Uzbekistan 4 2 0 2 10 4 +6 6 50.0%
7  Australia 4 1 2 1 7 5 +2 5 41.7%
8  Vietnam 4 1 1 2 4 7 −3 4 33.3%
Eliminated in the First Stage
9  China PR 3 1 1 1 7 6 +1 4 44.4%
10  Thailand 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 4 44.4%
11  Indonesia 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3 33.3%
12  United Arab Emirates 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3 3 33.3%
13  Bahrain 3 1 0 2 3 7 −4 3 33.3%
14  Qatar 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2 22.2%
15  Oman 3 0 2 1 1 3 −2 2 22.2%
16  Malaysia 3 0 0 3 1 12 −11 0 0.0%

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