2013 EAFF East Asian Cup

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2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
2013년 EAFF 동아시안컵
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Tournament details
Host countrySouth Korea
Dates20–28 July[1]
Teams10 (from 2 sub-confederations)
Final positions
Champions Japan (1st title)
Runners-up China PR
Third place South Korea
Fourth place Australia
Tournament statistics
Matches played6
Goals scored21 (3.5 per match)
Top scorer(s)Japan Yoichiro Kakitani (3 goals)
Best player(s)Japan Hotaru Yamaguchi

The 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup was the 5th edition of this regional competition, the football championship of East Asia. Two preliminary competitions were held during 2012.[2] Mongolia were suspended from the EAFF and could not compete in any EAFF competition until March 2014,[3] whilst Australia accepted an invitation to take part.[1]

Preliminary round 1[edit]

The first round of the Preliminary Competition was hosted by Guam between 18–22 July 2012. The winner of the group advanced to the second round.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Guam 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 6
 Macau 2 1 0 1 5 4 +1 3
 Northern Mariana Islands 2 0 0 2 2 8 −6 0


Northern Mariana Islands 1–3 Guam
Miller Goal 18' Report Cunliffe Goal 25'66'90' (pen.)
Leo Palace Resort, Yona
Attendance: 450
Referee: Kim Dae-Yong (Korea Republic)

Northern Mariana Islands 1–5 Macau
Schuler Goal 51' Report Chan Kin Seng Goal 27'55'59'
Ho Man Hou Goal 40'
Vernon Goal 62'
Leo Palace Resort, Yona
Attendance: 150
Referee: Jumpei Iida (Japan)

Guam 3–0 Macau
Cunliffe Goal 15'
Lopez Goal 22'
DeVille Goal 90+3'
Leo Palace Resort, Yona
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Jumpei Iida (Japan)


Top Scorer Most Valuable Player
Guam Jason Cunliffe Guam Jason Cunliffe


4 goals
3 goals
1 goals

Preliminary round 2[edit]

The second round of the preliminary competition was held in Hong Kong between 1 December and 9 December 2012. The winner of the group advanced to the final tournament.



Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Australia 4 3 1 0 19 1 +18 10
 North Korea 4 3 1 0 16 2 +14 10
 Hong Kong 4 2 0 2 4 6 −2 6
 Chinese Taipei 4 0 1 3 2 17 −15 1
 Guam 4 0 1 3 2 17 −15 1
Guam 1–2 Hong Kong
Merfalen Goal 56' Report Chan Siu Ki Goal 2'17'
Attendance: 3,040
Referee: Kim Dae-yong (Korea Republic)
Chinese Taipei 1–6 North Korea
Chen Hao-wei Goal 79' Report An Il-bom Goal 28'
Pak Song-chol Goal 34'
Ri Kwang-hyok Goal 42'
Pak Nam-chol Goal 65'
Ri Myong-jun Goal 67'89'
Attendance: 3,040
Referee: Wang Zhe (China PR)

North Korea 5–0 Guam
An Il-bom Goal 25'
Ri Myong-jun Goal 34'59'
Pak Nam-chol Goal 82'
Jong Il-gwan Goal 87'
Attendance: 4,160
Referee: Mongkolchai Pechsri (Thailand)
Hong Kong 0–1 Australia
Report Emerton Goal 85'
Attendance: 4,160
Referee: Jumpei Iida (Japan)

Chinese Taipei 1–1 Guam
Lo Chih-an Goal 90+2' Report Naputi Goal 67'
Attendance: 989
Referee: Kim Dae-yong (Korea Republic)
North Korea 1–1 Australia
An Yong-hak Goal 64' Report Thompson Goal 4'
Attendance: 989
Referee: Mongkolchai Pechsri (Thailand)

Guam 0–9 Australia
Report Mooy Goal 12'
Babalj Goal 20'56'
Marrone Goal 43'
Thompson Goal 59'62'65' (pen.)
Milligan Goal 71'
Garcia Goal 83'
Attendance: 2,315
Referee: Wang Zhe (China PR)
Hong Kong 2–0 Chinese Taipei
Chan Wai Ho Goal 24'
Lee Hong Lim Goal 25'
Attendance: 2,315
Referee: Jumpei Iida (Japan)

Hong Kong 0–4 North Korea
Report Pak Nam-chol Goal 27'
Ryang Yong-gi Goal 33'
Pak Nam-chol Goal 36'
Pak Song-chol Goal 85'
Attendance: 3,345
Referee: Mongkolchai Pechsri (Thailand)
Australia 8–0 Chinese Taipei
Garcia Goal 11'
Cornthwaite Goal 17'
Taggart Goal 19'29'
Behich Goal 34'57'
Mooy Goal 47'
Yang Chao-hsun Goal 82' (o.g.)
Attendance: 3,345
Referee: Kim Dae-yong (Korea Republic)


Top Scorer Most Valuable Player
North Korea Ri Myong-Jun[4] Australia Brett Emerton


4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

Final tournament[edit]



The final stage of the tournament was played in South Korea between 20 and 28 July 2013.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Japan 3 2 1 0 8 6 +2 7
 China PR 3 1 2 0 7 6 +1 5
 South Korea 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
 Australia 3 0 1 2 5 7 −2 1
South Korea 0–0 Australia

Japan 3–3 China PR
Kurihara Goal 32'
Kakitani Goal 59'
Kudo Goal 60'
Report Wang Yongpo Goal 4' (pen.)80' (pen.)
Sun Ke Goal 86'

South Korea 0–0 China PR

Japan 3–2 Australia
Saito Goal 26'
Osako Goal 56'79'
Report Duke Goal 76'
Jurić Goal 78'
Attendance: 1,458
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)

Australia 3–4 China PR
Mooy Goal 30'
Taggart Goal 89'
Duke Goal 90+3'
Report Yu Dabao Goal 5'
Sun Ke Goal 56'
Yang Xu Goal 87'
Wu Lei Goal 88'

South Korea 1–2 Japan
Yun Il-lok Goal 33' Report Kakitani Goal 24'90+1'
Attendance: 47,258


Top Scorer Most Valuable Player
Japan Yoichiro Kakitani Japan Hotaru Yamaguchi


3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Final standings[edit]

Rank Team
1  Japan
2  China PR
3  South Korea
4  Australia
5  North Korea
6  Hong Kong
=7  Chinese Taipei
=7  Guam
9  Macau
10  Northern Mariana Islands


Territory Broadcaster
Arab League Arab World AD Sport
 Australia Fox Sports
 Brazil SporTV
 Canada TBA
 China CCTV 5
 Europe Eurosport
 Hong Kong Now TV
 Japan Fuji TV
Latin America Fox Sports
 New Zealand TVNZ
 South Korea JTBC
 Thailand TrueVisions
 United States ESPN2


At the final match between South Korea and Japan on 28 July, South Korean fans booed the start of the Japanese anthem and later upped the political sloganeering with a banner that covered most of the width of one end of the ground that read, in Korean, "The nation that forgets history has no future."(Korean: 역사를 잊은 민족에게 미래는 없다),[5] apparently aiming at the Japanese leaders' reluctance to admit to wrongdoings during its militaristic and colonial past, after they displayed huge pictures of Ahn Jung-geun, who assassinated the first Prime Minister of Japan and then-Japanese Resident-General of Korea Itō Hirobumi back in 1909, and Yi Sun-sin, a Korean naval commander who is famed for his victories against the Japanese navy during the Imjin war in the Joseon Dynasty back in the 16th century.[6] The banner was not removed until Korea Football Association (KFA) directed supporters to do so after the first half of the match. After the banner was taken down, "Red Devils," a group of South Korean football supporters, refused to cheer on the national team in the second half. On its Facebook page, the Seoul sector of the Red Devils wrote that its members would not bang drums or chant songs for South Korea in protest of the decision by the KFA to remove the banner.[7]

Kuniya Daini, President of Japan Football Association, said "We ask the East Asian Football Federation to thoroughly investigate the matter and act in the appropriate fashion," and Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the incident was "extremely regrettable" and the Japanese government "will respond appropriately based on FIFA rules when the facts are revealed.", while KFA said "We are still investigating the matter. We have no official statement now".[8]

Japanese Sports Minister Hakubun Shimomura went further on Tuesday, saying the style of the banners called into question "the nature of the people" in South Korea.[9]

The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs then responded with a statement deploring Shimomura's "rude comments".[9]

On 31 July, KFA issued a statement insisting that Japanese fans waving a large "rising sun" Japanese military flag had incited South Korean supporters.[citation needed]

Australia commitment to the ASEAN Football Federation is questioned due to its participation in this tournament while having not participated in a single edition of the AFF Championship, the top level competition in the sub-confederation Australia which later became a member of in 2013.[10]


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  2. ^ "35th East Asian Football Federation Executive Committee Meeting". EAFF.com. East Asian Football Federation. 2012-04-20. Archived from the original on 2012-05-03. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
  3. ^ "Agenda and Decisions of 6th Ordinary Congress and 33rd and 34th Executive Committee Meeting". EAFF.com. East Asian Football Federation. 2011-03-19. Archived from the original on 2012-02-06. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
  4. ^ 錯頒神射手賽會收回獎盃 (in Chinese). Ming Pao. 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2012-12-15.
  5. ^ "Banner Controversy Mars Japan-Korea Soccer Match". Alastair Gale. The Wall Street Journal. 2013-07-29. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  6. ^ 안중근·이순신 현수막 논란...붉은 악마는 '응원 보이콧' [Ahn Jung-geun, Yi Sun-sin banners controversy...Red Devils' "Cheering boycott"] (in Korean). Seoul Broadcasting System. 2013-07-28. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  7. ^ "(2nd LD) S. Korea loses to East Asian Cup champion Japan". Yonhapnews. 2013-07-28. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  8. ^ "Japan lodge complaint over Korean banner". Reuters. 2013-07-29. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  9. ^ a b "Football: Banner controversy sparks S Korea-Japan history row". Channel NewsAsia. MediaCorp. 2013-07-31. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
  10. ^ McIntyre, Scott (24 October 2017). "Despite some continued criticism, Australian football is taking its ASEAN status very seriously". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 30 October 2017.

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