1996 AFC Asian Cup

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1996 AFC Asian Cup
Asian Cup U.A.E. 1996
كأس آسيا 1996
1996 AFC Asian Cup logo.svg
Logo of the 1996 Asian Cup
Tournament details
Host country  UAE
Dates 4 – 21 December
Teams 12
Venue(s) 3 (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
Best goalkeeper Saudi Arabia Mohamed Al-Deayea
Fair play award  Iran
1992
2000

The Asian Football Confederation's 1996 AFC Asian Cup finals were held in the United Arab Emirates between 4 and 21 December. Saudi Arabia defeated host nation U.A.E. in the final match in Abu Dhabi As the Runners-up, U.A.E. represented the AFC in the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup because Saudi Arabia qualified automatically as host.

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
Abu Dhabi Al Ain
Capacity: 60,000 Capacity: 15,000
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Al-Maktoum Stadium
Dubai
Capacity: 12,000

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

4 December 1996
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)

7 December 1996
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)

7 December 1996
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'

10 December 1996
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)

10 December 1996
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

5 December 1996
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)

5 December 1996
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)

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

8 December 1996
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)

11 December 1996
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)

11 December 1996
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

6 December 1996
16:45
Japan  2–1  Syria
Abbas Goal 85' (o.g.)
Takagi Goal 88'
Report Jokhadar Goal 8'

6 December 1996
19:00
China PR  0–2  Uzbekistan
Report Shkvyrin Goal 78'
Shatskikh Goal 90'

9 December 1996
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)

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

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

12 December 1996
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
15 December – Abu Dhabi        
  United Arab Emirates (a.e.t.)  1
18 December – Abu Dhabi
  Iraq  0  
  United Arab Emirates  1
15 December – Al Ain
      Kuwait  0  
  Kuwait  2
21 December – Abu Dhabi
  Japan  0  
  United Arab Emirates  0 (2)
16 December – Dubai    
    Saudi Arabia (pen.)  0 (4)
  South Korea  2
18 December – Abu Dhabi
  Iran  6  
  Iran  0 (3) Third place
16 December – Abu Dhabi
      Saudi Arabia (pen.)  0 (4)   21 December – Abu Dhabi
  Saudi Arabia  4
  Kuwait  1 (2)
  China PR  3  
  Iran (pen.)  1 (3)
 

Quarter-finals[edit]

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

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

16 December 1996
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)

16 December 1996
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]

19 December 1996
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]