1996 AFC Asian Cup

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1996 AFC Asian Cup
Asian Cup U.A.E. 1996
كأس الأمم الآسيوية لكرة القدم 1996
1996 AFC Asian Cup logo.svg
Logo of the 1996 Asian Cup
Tournament details
Host country UAE
Dates 4 December – 21 December
Teams 12
Venue(s) (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Saudi Arabia (3rd title)
Runners-up  United Arab Emirates
Third place  Iran
Fourth place  Kuwait
Tournament statistics
Matches played 26
Goals scored 80 (3.08 per match)
Attendance 448,000 (17,231 per match)
Top scorer(s) Iran Ali Daei (8 goals)
Best player Iran Khodadad Azizi
1992
2000

The Asian Football Confederation's 1996 AFC Asian Cup finals were held in the United Arab Emirates between December 4 and December 21. Saudi Arabia defeated host nation U.A.E. in the final match in Abu Dhabi.

Qualification[edit]

33 teams participated in a preliminary tournament. It was divided into 10 groups and the first-placed team of each group thus qualified.

The other 10 qualifying teams were:

Squads[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 1996 AFC Asian Cup squads.

Venues[edit]

Sheikh Zayed Stadium Tahnoun bin Mohammed Stadium Al-Maktoum Stadium
Abu Dhabi Al Ain Dubai
Capacity: 60,000 Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 12,000
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First round[edit]

All times are UAE time (UTC+4)

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners, runners-up, and best two third-placed teams advance to the quarter-finals

Group A[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 United Arab Emirates 7 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3
 Kuwait 4 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1
 South Korea 4 3 1 1 1 5 5 0
 Indonesia 1 3 0 1 2 4 8 -4
1996-12-04
16:45
United Arab Emirates  1 – 1  South Korea
K. Saad Goal 40' Report Hwang Sun-Hong Goal 9'

1996-12-04
18:45
Indonesia  2 – 2  Kuwait
Putro Goal 20'
Wabia Goal 40'
Report Al-Saqer Goal 73'
Haji Goal 84' (pen.)
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Jamal Al Sharif (Syria)

1996-12-07
16:45
United Arab Emirates  3 – 2  Kuwait
Saeed Goal 53'
Al-Talyani Goal 55'
B. Saad Goal 80'
Report Al-Huwaidi Goal 9'44'
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Charles Massembe (Uganda)

1996-12-07
19:00
South Korea  4 – 2  Indonesia
Kim Do-Hoon Goal 5'
Hwang Sun-Hong Goal 7'15'
Ko Jeong-Woon Goal 55'
Report Wabia Goal 58'
Putro Goal 65'

1996-12-10
16:45
United Arab Emirates  2 – 0  Indonesia
Saeed Goal 15'
Al-Talyani Goal 64'
Report
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Lu Jun (China)

1996-12-10
19:00
Kuwait  2 – 0  South Korea
Al-Huwaidi Goal 60'
B. Abdullah Goal 87'
Report

Group B[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Iran 6 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4
 Saudi Arabia 6 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4
 Iraq 6 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3
 Thailand 0 3 0 0 3 2 13 −11
1996-12-05
16:45
Saudi Arabia  6 – 0  Thailand
Al-Temawi Goal 10' (pen.)29' (pen.)
Al-Mehallel Goal 15'54'
Al-Muwallid Goal 18'
Al-Jaber Goal 52'
Report
Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Gamal Al-Ghandour (Egypt)

1996-12-05
19:00
Iran  1 – 2  Iraq
Daei Goal 90' (pen.) Report Fawzi Goal 37'
Sabbar Goal 69'
Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Masayoshi Okada (Japan)

1996-12-08
16:45
Saudi Arabia  1 – 0  Iraq
Al-Mehallel Goal 26' Report
Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Ali Bujsaim (UAE)

1996-12-08
19:00
Thailand  1 – 3  Iran
Senamuang Goal 80' Report Saadavi Goal 38'
Minavand Goal 54'
Daei Goal 70'
Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Lu Jun (China)

1996-12-11
16:45
Saudi Arabia  0 – 3  Iran
Report Daei Goal 12'
Bagheri Goal 37'
Azizi Goal 47'
Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Masayoshi Okada (Japan)

1996-12-11
19:00
Iraq  4 – 1  Thailand
Mahmoud Goal 17'50'
Hussein Goal 23'63'
Report Chalermsan Goal 26'

Group C[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Japan 9 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6
 China PR 3 3 1 0 2 3 3 0
 Syria 3 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3
 Uzbekistan 3 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3
1996-12-06
16:45
Japan  2 – 1  Syria
Abbas Goal 85' (o.g.)
Takagi Goal 88'
Report Jokhadar Goal 8'

1996-12-06
19:00
China PR  0 – 2  Uzbekistan
Report Shkvyrin Goal 78'
Shatskikh Goal 90'

1996-12-09
16:45
Japan  4 – 0  Uzbekistan
Nanami Goal 7'
Miura Goal 37'
Maezono Goal 86'90'
Report
Tahnoun Bin Mohamed Stadium, Al Ain
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Jalal Moradi (Iran)

1996-12-09
19:00
Syria  0 – 3  China PR
Report Ma Mingyu Goal 35'
Gao Feng Goal 49'
Li Bing Goal 73'

1996-12-12
16:45
Japan  1 – 0  China PR
Soma Goal 90' Report

1996-12-12
19:00
Uzbekistan  1 – 2  Syria
Lebedev Goal 53' (pen.) Report Jokhadar Goal 48'
Dib Goal 74'
Tahnoun Bin Mohamed Stadium, Al Ain
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Ali Bujsaim (UAE)

Third-placed qualifiers[edit]

At the end of the first stage, a comparison was made between the third placed teams of each group. The two best third-placed teams advanced to the quarter-finals.

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Iraq 6 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3
 South Korea 4 3 1 1 1 5 5 0
 Syria 3 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3

Iraq (best third-place) and Korea Republic (second best third-place) qualified for the quarter-finals.

Knockout stage[edit]

All times are UAE time (UTC+4)

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
December 15 – Abu Dhabi        
  United Arab Emirates (a.e.t.)  1
December 18 – Abu Dhabi
  Iraq  0  
  United Arab Emirates  1
December 15 – Al Ain
      Kuwait  0  
  Kuwait  2
December 21 – Abu Dhabi
  Japan  0  
  United Arab Emirates  0 (2)
December 16 – Dubai    
    Saudi Arabia (pen.)  0 (4)
  South Korea  2
December 18 – Abu Dhabi
  Iran  6  
  Iran  0 (3) Third place
December 16 – Abu Dhabi
      Saudi Arabia (pen.)  0 (4)   December 21 – Abu Dhabi
  Saudi Arabia  4
  Kuwait  1 (2)
  China PR  3  
  Iran (pen.)  1 (3)
 

Quarter-finals[edit]

1996-12-15
16:45
United Arab Emirates  1 – 0 (a.e.t.)  Iraq
Ab. Ibrahim Golden goal in the 103rd minute 103' Report
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Gamal Al-Ghandour (Egypt)

1996-12-15
19:30
Kuwait  2 – 0  Japan
Al-Huwaidi Goal 17'54' Report

1996-12-16
16:45
South Korea  2 – 6  Iran
Kim Do-Hoon Goal 11'
Shin Tae-Yong Goal 35'
Report Bagheri Goal 31'
Azizi Goal 52'
Daei Goal 66'76'83'89' (pen.)
Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 19,000
Referee: Jamal Al Sharif (Syria)

1996-12-16
19:30
Saudi Arabia  4 – 3  China PR
Al-Thunayan Goal 31'65'
Al-Jaber Goal 34'
Al-Mehallel Goal 43'
Report Zhang Enhua Goal 6'89'
Peng Weiguo Goal 16'

Semi-finals[edit]

1996-12-19
16:45
United Arab Emirates  1 – 0  Kuwait
Saeed Goal 69' Report
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Masayoshi Okada (Japan)

Third place play-off[edit]

Final[edit]

Winners[edit]

 AFC Asian Cup 1996 Winners 

Saudi Arabia
Third title

Awards[edit]

MVP (Most Valuable Player)[edit]

Top Scorer[edit]

Best Goalkeeper[edit]

Fair-Play Award[edit]

All-Star Team[edit]

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards

Saudi Arabia Mohamed Al-Deayea

Saudi Arabia Abdullah Zubromawi
United Arab Emirates Yousef Saleh
Iran Mohammad Khakpour

Iran Mehrdad Minavand
United Arab Emirates Mohamed Ali
Saudi Arabia Khalid Al-Muwallid
United Arab Emirates Saad Bakheet Mubarak

Saudi Arabia Fahad Al-Mehallel
Kuwait Jasem Al-Huwaidi
Iran Ali Daei

Statistics[edit]

Goalscorers[edit]

With eight goals, Ali Daei is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 80 goals were scored by 47 different players, with only one of them credited as own goal.

Top scoring teams[edit]

Final positions[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Eff
1  Saudi Arabia 6 3 2 1 11 6 +5 11 61.1%
2  United Arab Emirates 6 4 2 0 8 3 +5 14 77.8%
3  Iran 6 3 2 1 14 6 +8 11 61.1%
4  Kuwait 6 2 2 2 9 7 +2 8 44.4%
Eliminated in the Quarterfinals
5  Japan 4 3 0 1 7 3 +4 9 75.0%
6  Iraq 4 2 0 2 6 4 +2 6 50.0%
7  South Korea 4 1 1 2 7 11 −4 4 33.3%
8  China PR 4 1 0 3 6 7 −1 3 25.0%
Eliminated in the First Stage
9  Syria 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3 3 33.3%
10  Uzbekistan 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3 3 33.3%
11  Indonesia 3 0 1 2 4 8 −4 1 11.1%
12  Thailand 3 0 0 3 2 13 −11 0 0.0%

References[edit]

External links[edit]