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2007 AFC Asian Cup

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)
Runner-up  Saudi Arabia
Third place  Korea Republic
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

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 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.

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

Contents

Host selection

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.[1] However in October 2006, Thailand was again warned to improve its facilities in 90 days.[2]

Venues

Mapa de las sedes de la competición.
Nation City Venue Capacity
Indonesia Jakarta Bung Karno Stadium 88,700
Palembang Jakabaring Stadium 40,000
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur National Stadium, Bukit Jalil 87,832
Shah Alam Shah Alam Stadium 69,932
Thailand Bangkok Rajamangala Stadium 65,000
Suphachalasai Stadium 35,000
Vietnam Hanoi My Dinh National Stadium 40,000
Ho Chi Minh City Army Stadium 25,000

Qualification

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.

Seeds

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.[3]

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
 Korea Republic

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

Match ball

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.[4] 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.[5]

Officials

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.[6]

Replaced Singapore Shamsul Maidin after the referee pulled out with injury.[7]

Squads

Tournament summary

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 [1]. 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, 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.[8] 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. [2]

Group stage

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Group A

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Iraq 5 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2
 Australia 4 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2
 Thailand 4 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2
 Oman 2 3 0 2 1 1 3 −2
2007-07-07
19:35 UTC+7
Thailand  1 – 1  Iraq Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Kwon Jung-Chul (Korea Republic)
Suksomkit Goal 6' (pen.) Report Younis Mahmoud Goal 32'

2007-07-08
17:20 UTC+7
Australia  1 – 1  Oman Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Eddy Maillet (Seychelles)
Cahill Goal 90+2' Report Al-Maimani Goal 32'

2007-07-12
17:20 UTC+7
Oman  0 – 2  Thailand Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 19,000
Referee: Lee Gi-Young (Korea Republic)
Report Thonkanya Goal 70'78'

2007-07-13
17:20 UTC+7
Iraq  3 – 1  Australia Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Jasim Karim (Bahrain)
Nashat Akram Goal 22'
Hawar Mohammed Goal 60'
Karrar Jassim Goal 86'
Report Viduka Goal 47'

2007-07-16
19:35 UTC+7
Thailand  0 – 4  Australia Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 46,000
Referee: Kwon Jong-Chul (Korea Republic)
Report Beauchamp Goal 21'
Viduka Goal 80'83'
Kewell Goal 90'

2007-07-16
19:35 UTC+7
Oman  0 – 0  Iraq Suphachalasai Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 500
Referee: Eddy Maillet (Seychelles)
Report

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Japan 7 3 2 1 0 8 3 +5
 Vietnam 4 3 1 1 1 4 5 −1
 United Arab Emirates 3 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3
 Qatar 2 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1
2007-07-08
19:35 UTC+7
Vietnam  2 – 0  United Arab Emirates My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi
Attendance: 39,450
Referee: Talaat Najm (Lebanon)
Huỳnh Quang Thanh Goal 64'
Lê Công Vinh Goal 73'
Report

2007-07-09
17:20 UTC+7
Japan  1 – 1  Qatar My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Matthew Breeze (Australia)
Takahara Goal 61' Report Soria Goal 88'

2007-07-12
19:35 UTC+7
Qatar  1 – 1  Vietnam My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)
Soria Goal 79' Report Phan Thanh Bình Goal 32'

2007-07-13
20:35 UTC+7
United Arab Emirates  1 – 3  Japan My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Satop Tongkhan (Thailand)
Al-Kass Goal 66' Report Takahara Goal 22'27'
S. Nakamura Goal 42' (pen.)

2007-07-16
17:20 UTC+7
Vietnam  1 – 4  Japan My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Matthew Breeze (Australia)
Suzuki Goal 8' (o.g.) Report Maki Goal 12'59'
Endo Goal 31'
S. Nakamura Goal 53'

2007-07-16
17:20 UTC+7
Qatar  1 – 2  United Arab Emirates Army Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)
Soria Goal 42' Report Al-Kass Goal 60'
Khalil Goal 90+4'

Group C

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Iran 7 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3
 Uzbekistan 6 3 2 0 1 9 2 +7
 China PR 4 3 1 1 1 7 6 +1
 Malaysia 0 3 0 0 3 1 12 −11
2007-07-10
20:35 UTC+8
Malaysia  1 – 5  China PR Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
Attendance: 21,155
Referee: Muhsen Basma (Syria)
Mahayuddin Goal 74' Report Han Peng Goal 15'55'
Shao Jiayi Goal 36'
Wang Dong Goal 51'90+3'

2007-07-11
18:20 UTC+8
Iran  2 – 1  Uzbekistan Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
Attendance: 1,863
Referee: Saad Kamil Al-Fadhli (Kuwait)
Hosseini Goal 55'
Kazemian Goal 78'
Report Rezaei Goal 16' (o.g.)

2007-07-14
18:20 UTC+8
Uzbekistan  5 – 0  Malaysia Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
Attendance: 7,137
Referee: Abdulrahman Abdou (Qatar)
Shatskikh Goal 10'89'
Kapadze Goal 30'
Bakayev Goal 45+2' (pen.)
Ibrahimov Goal 85'
Report

2007-07-15
18:20 UTC+8
China PR  2 – 2  Iran Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
Attendance: 5,938
Referee: Khalil Al-Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia)
Shao Jiayi Goal 7'
Mao Jianqing Goal 33'
Report Zandi Goal 45+1'
Nekounam Goal 74'

2007-07-18
20:35 UTC+8
Malaysia  0 – 2  Iran Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
Attendance: 4,520
Referee: Muhsen Basma (Syria)
Report Nekounam Goal 29' (pen.)
Teymourian Goal 77'

2007-07-18
20:35 UTC+8
Uzbekistan  3 – 0  China PR Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam
Attendance: 2,200
Referee: Saad Kamil Al-Fadhli (Kuwait)
Shatskikh Goal 72'
Kapadze Goal 86'
Geynrikh Goal 90+4'
Report

Group D

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Saudi Arabia 7 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5
 Korea Republic 4 3 1 1 1 3 3 0
 Indonesia 3 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1
 Bahrain 3 3 1 0 2 3 7 −4
2007-07-10
17:20 UTC+7
Indonesia  2 – 1  Bahrain Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)
Sudarsono Goal 14'
Pamungkas Goal 64'
Report Mahmood Goal 27'

2007-07-11
19:35 UTC+7
Korea Republic  1 – 1  Saudi Arabia Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Mark Shield (Australia)
Choi Sung-Kuk Goal 66' Report Y. Al-Qahtani Goal 77' (pen.)

2007-07-14
19:35 UTC+7
Saudi Arabia  2 – 1  Indonesia Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta
Attendance: 88,000
Referee: Ali Hamad Al-Badwawi (UAE)
Y. Al-Qahtani Goal 12'
Al-Harthi Goal 90'
Report Aiboy Goal 17'

2007-07-15
19:35 UTC+7
Bahrain  2 – 1  Korea Republic Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Sun Baojie (China)
Isa Goal 43'
Abdullatif Goal 85'
Report Kim Do-Heon Goal 4'

2007-07-18
17:20 UTC+7
Indonesia  0 – 1  Korea Republic Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta
Attendance: 88,000
Referee: Mark Shield (Australia)
Report Kim Jung-Woo Goal 34'

2007-07-18
17:20 UTC+7
Saudi Arabia  4 – 0  Bahrain Jakabaring Stadium, Palembang
Attendance: 500
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)
Al-Mousa Goal 18'
A. Al-Qahtani Goal 45'
Al-Jassim Goal 68'79'
Report

Knockout stage

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

Quarter-finals

2007-07-21
17:20 UTC+7
Japan  1 – 1 (a.e.t.)  Australia My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Saad Kamil Al-Fadhli (Kuwait)
Takahara Goal 72' Report Aloisi Goal 70'
    Penalties  
S. Nakamura Scored
Endo Scored
Komano Scored
Takahara Missed (over crossbar)
Nakazawa Scored
4 – 3 Missed (saved) Kewell
Missed (saved) Neill
Scored Cahill
Scored Carle
Scored Carney
 

2007-07-21
20:20 UTC+7
Iraq  2 – 0  Vietnam Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 9,720
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)
Younis Mahmoud Goal 2'65' Report

2007-07-22
18:20 UTC+8
Iran  0 – 0 (a.e.t.)  Korea Republic Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
Attendance: 8,629
Referee: Ali Hamad Al-Badwawi (UAE)
Report
    Penalties  
Zandi Scored
Mahdavikia Missed (saved)
Enayati Scored
Khatibi Missed (saved)
2 – 4 Scored Lee Chun-Soo
Scored Kim Sang-Sik
Missed (saved) Kim Do-Heon
Scored Cho Jae-Jin
Scored Kim Jung-Woo
 

2007-07-22
20:20 UTC+8
Saudi Arabia  2 – 1  Uzbekistan Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Kwon Jung-Chul (Korea Republic)
Y. Al-Qahtani Goal 3'
Al-Mousa Goal 75'
Report Solomin Goal 82'

Semi-finals

2007-07-25
18:20 UTC+8
Iraq  0 – 0 (a.e.t.)  Korea Republic Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
Attendance: 12,500
Referee: Saad Kamil Al-Fadhli (Kuwait)
Report
    Penalties  
Hawar Mohammed Scored
Qusay Munir Scored
Haidar Abdul-Amir Scored
Ahmad Mnajed Scored
4 – 3 Scored Lee Chun-Soo
Scored Lee Dong-Gook
Scored Cho Jae-Jin
Missed (saved) Yeom Ki-Hun
Missed (hit post) Kim Jung-Woo
 

2007-07-25
20:20 UTC+7
Japan  2 – 3  Saudi Arabia My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Matthew Breeze (Australia)
Nakazawa Goal 37'
Abe Goal 53'
Report Y. Al-Qahtani Goal 35'
Mouath Goal 47'57'

Third place play-off

2007-07-28
19:35 UTC+8
Korea Republic  0 – 0 (a.e.t.)  Japan Jakabaring Stadium, Palembang
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Ali Hamad Al-Badwawi (UAE)
Report
    Penalties  
Cho Jae-Jin Scored
Oh Beom-Seok Scored
Lee Chun-Soo Scored
Lee Ho Scored
Kim Jin-Kyu Scored
Kim Chi-Woo Scored
6 – 5 Scored S. Nakamura
Scored Endo
Scored Abe
Scored Komano
Scored Nakazawa
Missed (saved) Hanyu
 

Final

2007-07-29
19:35 UTC+8
 Iraq 1 – 0  Saudi Arabia Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Mark Shield (Australia)
Younis Mahmoud Goal 72' Report

Winners

 2007 AFC Asian Cup Winners 

Iraq
First title

Awards

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

Goalscorers

4 goals:

3 goals:

2 goals:

1 goal:

Own goals:

Top scoring teams

12 goals

11 goals

10 goals

7 goals

6 goals

4 goals

3 goals

1 goal

See also

References

External links


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