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2007 AFC Asian Cup
Piala Asia 2007 (Indonesian, Malaysian)
เอเชียนคัพ 2007 (Thai)
Cúp bóng đá châu Á 2007 (Viet)
2007 Asian Cup Logo.svg
Tournament details
Host countries Indonesia
Malaysia
Thailand
Vietnam
Dates 7 – 29 July
Teams 16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 8 (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
Japan Naohiro Takahara
Saudi Arabia Yasser Al-Qahtani
(4 goals each)
Best player Iraq Younis Mahmoud
Fair play award  Japan
2004
2011

The 2007 AFC Asian Cup was the 14th edition of the men's AFC Asian Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The finals were held from 7 to 29 July 2007. For the first time in its history, the competition was co-hosted by four nations: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. For the first time in the nation's history, Iraq won the continental title after it defeated Saudi Arabia 1–0 in the final. As the winner, Iraq represented the AFC in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Before 2007 and every four years, Asia often held its continental tournament from 1956 until China in 2004. With the Summer Olympic Games and the European Football Championship also held in the same year as the Asian Cup, the AFC changed their tradition. Beginning in 2007, Asia will hold its continental tournament a year earlier, 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]

Australia participated for the first time since moving to the AFC from the OFC. Australia happened to also be the tournament's first nation aside from the co-hosts to qualify for the 2007 Asian Cup.

Host selection[edit]

The then-AFC President Mohammed Bin Hammam proposed and presented a move to have four host nations for the 2007 Asian Cup. 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 AFC warned Thailand that it needed to improve its facilities before 2007, otherwise it would be dropped, possibly being replaced with Singapore. On 12 August 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 Bukit Jalil National Stadium Shah Alam Stadium
Capacity: 88,083 Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 87,411 Capacity: 80,372
BungKarno-indonoob.JPG Indonesian athletes marching, SEA Games 2011 Opening.jpg National Stadium Bukit Jalil 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup final.jpg Shah Alam Stadium (inside).jpg
Indonesia Malaysia
Thailand Bangkok Thailand Vietnam Vietnam Hanoi
Rajamangala National Stadium Mỹ Đình National Stadium
Capacity: 49,722 Capacity: 40,192
RajamangalaStadium.jpg Khán đài B - Sân vận động Quốc gia Mỹ Đình.jpg
Thailand Bangkok Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City
Supachalasai Stadium Army Stadium
Capacity: 19,793 Capacity: 25,000
Suphachalasai 3116.JPG HEC K-Pop Festival at Quan Khu 7 Stadium.jpg

Qualification[edit]

The qualification round ran from 22 February 2006 to 15 November 2006. For the first time, the defending champions (in this tournament, Japan) did not get an automatic qualification and had to play in the qualification. Twenty-four nations were split into six four-team groups for 12 remaining spots in the finals. The four co-hosts – Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam – were granted automatic qualification.

Country Qualified as Date qualification was secured Previous appearances in tournament1, 2
 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 19 December 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 19 December 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 15 May 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 2 July 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]

Official song[edit]

The AFC selected "I Believe", a 2004 single by Thai singer Tata Young as the tournament's official song.[9]

Squads[edit]

Tournament summary[edit]

Participating countries.
Results of the participating teams

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. The result caused Japan coach Ivica Osim to fly into a rage in which he branded his players as 'amateurs' and reduced his interpreter to tears.[10] 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 12 July. Meanwhile, Australia was upset by a 3–1 defeat against Iraq the following day, leaving them floundering in the tournament despite high expectations. However, Australia's 4–0 demolition of Thailand at the last match day saw them into the quarterfinals.

Vietnam continued to stun all predictions when drew 2006 ASIAD champion Qatar 1–1 while Japan finally thrashed the UAE 3–1. Though, Vietnam was crushed 1–4 by Asian champion Japan last match, but the UAE's 2–1 comeback win over Qatar witnessed Vietnam's first time ever to qualify into the next round, and became the only host to progress through despite being in the group of three champions. On the other hand, while Malaysia continued its poor form with 0–5 and 0–2 loss to Uzbekistan and Iran, thus went out of tournament with no point, China's shocking elimination occurred when they got a hammered 0–3 defeat on the hand of the Uzbeks, despite having drawn 2–2 with Iran and was expected to qualify from group stage with an easy win.

Bahrain shocked whole tournament by defeating South Korea 2–1 in Group D, leaving the Koreans in the verge of elimination when Indonesia was beaten 1–2 by Saudi Arabia. However, South Korea finally progressed with a 1–0 win over host Indonesia, enough to seal them in.

In the quarterfinals, Iraq defeated Vietnam 2–0, while South Korea ('Korea Republic') needed a penalty shootout to eliminate Iran 4–2. Japan also needed a penalty shootout to defeat 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.[11] 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 along with the next hosts Qatar. .[12]

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
Thailand 1–1 Iraq
Sutee Goal 6' (pen.) Report Mahmoud Goal 32'
Australia 1–1 Oman
Cahill Goal 90+2' Report Al-Maimani Goal 32'

Oman 0–2 Thailand
Report Pipat Goal 70'78'
Iraq 3–1 Australia
Akram Goal 22'
M. Mohammed Goal 60'
Jassim Goal 86'
Report Viduka Goal 47'
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Jasim Karim (Bahrain)

Thailand 0–4 Australia
Report Beauchamp Goal 21'
Viduka Goal 80'83'
Kewell Goal 90'
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
Vietnam 2–0 United Arab Emirates
Huỳnh Quang Thanh Goal 64'
Lê Công Vinh Goal 73'
Report
Attendance: 39,450
Referee: Talaat Najm (Lebanon)
Japan 1–1 Qatar
Takahara Goal 61' Report Soria Goal 88'

Qatar 1–1 Vietnam
Soria Goal 79' Report Phan Thanh Bình Goal 32'
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)
United Arab Emirates 1–3 Japan
Al-Kass Goal 66' Report Takahara Goal 22'27'
S. Nakamura Goal 42' (pen.)
Attendance: 5,000

Vietnam 1–4 Japan
Suzuki Goal 8' (o.g.) Report Maki Goal 12'59'
Endō Goal 31'
S. Nakamura Goal 53'
Attendance: 40,000
Qatar 1–2 United Arab Emirates
Soria Goal 42' (pen.) Report Al-Kass Goal 60'
Khalil Goal 90+4'

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
Malaysia 1–5 China PR
Indra Putra Goal 74' Report Han Peng Goal 15'55'
Shao Jiayi Goal 36'
Wang Dong Goal 51'90+3'
Attendance: 21,155
Referee: Muhsen Basma (Syria)
Iran 2–1 Uzbekistan
Hosseini Goal 55'
Kazemian Goal 78'
Report Rezaei Goal 16' (o.g.)

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

Malaysia 0–2 Iran
Report Nekounam Goal 29' (pen.)
Teymourian Goal 77'
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
Indonesia 2–1 Bahrain
Sudarsono Goal 14'
Bambang Goal 64'
Report Mahmood Goal 27'
South Korea 1–1 Saudi Arabia
Choi Sung-Kuk Goal 66' Report Y. Al-Qahtani Goal 77' (pen.)

Saudi Arabia 2–1 Indonesia
Y. Al-Qahtani Goal 12'
Al-Harthi Goal 90'
Report Aiboy Goal 17'
Bahrain 2–1 South Korea
Isa Goal 43'
Abdul-Latif Goal 85'
Report Kim Do-Heon Goal 4'

Indonesia 0–1 South Korea
Report Kim Jung-Woo Goal 34'
Saudi Arabia 4–0 Bahrain
Al-Mousa Goal 18'
A. Al-Qahtani Goal 45'
Al-Jassim Goal 68'79'
Report

Knockout stage[edit]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
21 July – Bangkok
 
 
 Iraq2
 
25 July – Kuala Lumpur
 
 Vietnam0
 
 Iraq (pen.)0 (4)
 
22 July – Kuala Lumpur
 
 South Korea0 (3)
 
 Iran0 (2)
 
29 July – Jakarta
 
 South Korea (pen.)0 (4)
 
 Iraq1
 
21 July – Hanoi
 
 Saudi Arabia0
 
 Japan (pen.)1 (4)
 
25 July – Hanoi
 
 Australia1 (3)
 
 Japan2
 
22 July – Jakarta
 
 Saudi Arabia3 Third place
 
 Saudi Arabia2
 
28 July – Palembang
 
 Uzbekistan1
 
 South Korea (pen.)0 (6)
 
 
 Japan0 (5)
 

Quarter-finals[edit]

Japan 1–1 (a.e.t.) Australia
Takahara Goal 72' Report Aloisi Goal 70'
Penalties
Nakamura Penalty scored
Endō Penalty scored
Komano Penalty scored
Takahara Penalty missed
Nakazawa Penalty scored
4–3 Penalty missed Kewell
Penalty missed Neill
Penalty scored Cahill
Penalty scored Carle
Penalty scored Carney

Iraq 2–0 Vietnam
Mahmoud Goal 2'65' Report

Iran 0–0 (a.e.t.) South Korea
Report
Penalties
Zandi Penalty scored
Mahdavikia Penalty missed
Enayati Penalty scored
Khatibi Penalty missed
2–4 Penalty scored Lee Chun-Soo
Penalty scored Kim Sang-Sik
Penalty missed Kim Do-Heon
Penalty scored Cho Jae-Jin
Penalty scored Kim Jung-Woo

Saudi Arabia 2–1 Uzbekistan
Y. Al-Qahtani Goal 3'
Al-Mousa Goal 75'
Report Solomin Goal 82'

Semi-finals[edit]

Iraq 0–0 (a.e.t.) South Korea
Report
Penalties
M. Mohammed Penalty scored
Munir Penalty scored
Abdul-Amir Penalty scored
Mnajed Penalty scored
4–3 Penalty scored Lee Chun-Soo
Penalty scored Lee Dong-Gook
Penalty scored Cho Jae-Jin
Penalty missed Yeom Ki-Hun
Penalty missed Kim Jung-Woo

Japan 2–3 Saudi Arabia
Nakazawa Goal 37'
Abe Goal 53'
Report Y. Al-Qahtani Goal 35'
Mouath Goal 47'57'
Attendance: 10,000

Third place play-off[edit]

South Korea 0–0 (a.e.t.) Japan
Report
Penalties
Cho Jae-Jin Penalty scored
Oh Beom-Seok Penalty scored
Lee Chun-Soo Penalty scored
Lee Ho Penalty scored
Kim Jin-Kyu Penalty scored
Kim Chi-Woo Penalty scored
6–5 Penalty scored S. Nakamura
Penalty scored Endō
Penalty scored Abe
Penalty scored Komano
Penalty scored Nakazawa
Penalty missed Hanyu

Final[edit]

Iraq 1–0 Saudi Arabia
Mahmoud Goal 72' Report

Winners[edit]

 AFC Asian Cup 2007 Winners 

Iraq
First title

Awards[edit]

Top Goalscorers Most Valuable Player[13] Best Goalkeeper[13] Best Defender[13] Best Defence[13] Most Entertaining Team[13] Fair Play Award[13]
Iraq Younis Mahmoud
Saudi Arabia Yasser Al-Qahtani
Japan Naohiro Takahara
Iraq Younis Mahmoud Iraq Noor Sabri Iraq Bassim Abbas Iraq Iraq Iraq Iraq  Japan

Team of the tournament[edit]

The Toshiba All-Star XI was voted for by fans on the official Asian Cup website. The overall results of the votes were:[14]

Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards

South Korea Lee Woon-jae

Japan Yuji Nakazawa
Australia Lucas Neill
Iraq Bassim Abbas
Iran Rahman Rezaei

Japan Shunsuke Nakamura
Australia Harry Kewell
South Korea Lee Chun-soo
Iraq Nashat Akram

Japan Naohiro Takahara
Saudi Arabia Yasser Al-Qahtani

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%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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