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AFC Asian Cup
Founded 1956
Region Asia (AFC)
Number of teams 16
Current champions  Iraq (1st title)
Most successful team  Saudi Arabia,  Iran,  Japan(3 times)

The AFC Asian Cup is a football tournament run by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The winning team becomes the champion of Asia and automatically qualifies for the FIFA Confederations Cup.

The Asian Cup had been held once every four years from 1956 until 2004. However, since the Summer Olympic Games and the European Football Championship were also scheduled in the same year as the Asian Cup (2004, 2008, 2012 etc.), the AFC decided to move their championship to a less crowded cycle. After 2004, the tournament was held in 2007 and will be held every four years.

The Asian cup has been dominated by the top teams in Asia over the years, typically from East Asia or West Asia. Traditional successful teams are Iran, Korea Republic and Saudi Arabia. Recently Japan and Saudi Arabia are the successful teams and often earned a spot for themselves in the final matches. Other teams which have achieved success at times include Iraq, Kuwait, China and the United Arab Emirates.

Australia is the most recent nation to join the Asian confederation in 2007.[1]

Contents

Results

Most Successful national teams

Team Champions Runners-up Third-place Fourth-place
 Saudi Arabia 3 (1984, 1988, 1996) 3 (1992, 2000, 2007) - -
 Iran 3 (1968*, 1972, 1976*) - 4 (1980, 1988, 1996, 2004) 1 (1984)
 Japan 3 (1992*, 2000, 2004) - - 1 (2007)
 Korea Republic 2 (1956, 1960*) 3 (1972, 1980, 1988) 3 (1964, 2000, 2007) -
 Israel # 1 (1964*) 2 (1956, 1960) 1 (1968) -
 Kuwait 1 (1980*) 1 (1976) 1 (1984) 1 (1996)
 Iraq 1 (2007) - - 1 (1976)
 China PR - 2 (1984, 2004*) 2 (1976, 1992) 2 (1988, 2000)
 United Arab Emirates - 1 (1996*) - 1 (1992)
 India - 1 (1964) - -
 Myanmar - 1 (1968) - -
 Chinese Taipei - - 1 (1960) 1 (1968)
 Hong Kong - - 1 (1956*) 1 (1964)
 Thailand - - 1 (1972*) -
 South Vietnam - - - 2 (1956,1960)
 Bahrain - - - 1 (2004)
 Cambodia - - - 1 (1972)
 Korea DPR - - - 1 (1980)
* = as hosts
# = Israel was expelled from the AFC in the early 1970s

Summaries

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd Place Score 4th Place
1956
Details
 Hong Kong
Korea Republic
[2]
Israel

Hong Kong
[2]
South Vietnam
1960
Details
 South Korea
Korea Republic
[2]
Israel

Republic of China
[2]
South Vietnam
1964
Details
 Israel
Israel
[2]
India

Korea Republic
[2]
Hong Kong
1968
Details
 Iran
Iran
[2]
Burma

Israel
[2]
Republic of China
1972
Details
 Thailand
Iran
2–1
after extra time

Korea Republic

Thailand
2–2
after extra time
(5–3)
on penalties

Khmer Republic
1976
Details
 Iran
Iran
1–0
Kuwait

China PR
1–0
Iraq
1980
Details
 Kuwait
Kuwait
3–0
Korea Republic

Iran
3–0
Korea DPR
1984
Details
 Singapore
Saudi Arabia
2–0
China PR

Kuwait
1–1
after extra time
(5–3)
on penalties

Iran
1988
Details
 Qatar
Saudi Arabia
0–0
after extra time
(4–3)
on penalties

Korea Republic

Iran
0–0
after extra time
(3–0)
on penalties

China PR
1992
Details
 Japan
Japan
1–0
Saudi Arabia

China PR
1–1
(4–3)
on penalties

United Arab Emirates
1996
Details
 UAE
Saudi Arabia
0–0
after extra time
(4–2)
on penalties

United Arab Emirates

Iran
1–1
(3–2)
on penalties

Kuwait
2000
Details
 Lebanon
Japan
1–0
Saudi Arabia

Korea Republic
1–0
China PR
2004
Details
 China
Japan
3–1
China PR

Iran
4–2
Bahrain
2007
Details
 Indonesia
 Malaysia
 Thailand
 Vietnam

Iraq
1–0
Saudi Arabia

Korea Republic
0–0
after extra time
(6–5)
on penalties

Japan
2011
Details
 Qatar To be played To be played

Performances by host nations

Year Host nation Finish
1956  Hong Kong Third place
1960  Korea Republic Champions
1964  Israel Champions
1968  Iran Champions
1972  Thailand Third place
1976  Iran Champions
1980  Kuwait Champions
1984  Singapore Group stage
1988  Qatar Group stage
1992  Japan Champions
1996  United Arab Emirates Runner-up
2000  Lebanon Group stage
2004  China PR Runner-up
2007  Vietnam
 Indonesia
 Thailand
 Malaysia
Quarter-final
Group stage
Group stage
Group stage
2011  Qatar To be decided

Best performances by region

Federation (Region) Best performance
WAFF (West Asia) 9 titles, won by Saudi Arabia (3), Iran (3), Kuwait (1), Iraq (1) , Israel (1)
EAFF (East Asia) 5 titles, won by Japan (3), Korea Republic (2)
AFF (Southeast Asia) Runner-up (Myanmar, 1968)
SAFF (Central and South Asia) Runner-up (India, 1964)

Awards

Most Valuable Players

Year Player
1956 No Award
1960 No Award
1964 No Award
1968 No Award
1972 No Award
1976 No Award
1980 No Award
1984 People's Republic of China Jia Xiuquan
1988 South Korea Kim Joo-Sung
1992 Japan Kazuyoshi Miura
1996 Iran Khodadad Azizi
2000 Japan Hiroshi Nanami
2004 Japan Shunsuke Nakamura
2007 Iraq Younis Mahmoud

Top scorers

Year Player Goals
1956 Israel Nahum Stelmach 4
1960 South Korea Cho Yoon-Ok 4
1964 Israel Mordechai Spiegler
India Inder Singh
2
1968 Iran Homayoun Behzadi
Israel Giora Spiegel
Israel Moshe Romano
4
1972 Iran Hossein Kalani 5
1976 Iran Nasser Nouraei
Iran Gholam Hossein Mazloomi
Kuwait Fatehi Kamil
3
1980 Iran Behtash Fariba
South Korea Choi Soon-Ho
7
1984 Iran Nasser Mohammadkhani
Iran Shahrokh Bayani
3
1988 South Korea Lee Tae-Ho 3
1992 Saudi Arabia Fahad Al-Bishi 3
1996 Iran Ali Daei 8
2000 South Korea Lee Dong-Gook 6
2004 Bahrain A'ala Hubail
Iran Ali Karimi
5
2007 Iraq Younis Mahmoud
Saudi Arabia Yasser Al-Qahtani
Japan Naohiro Takahara
4

Fair Play Awards

Year Nations
1996  Iran
2000  Saudi Arabia
2004  China PR
2007  Japan

Records and statistics

Overall top goalscorers

Goals Scorers
14 Iran Ali Daei
10 South Korea Lee Dong-Gook
9 Japan Naohiro Takahara
8 Kuwait Jassem Al-Houwaidi
7 Iran Behtash Fariba, Iran Hossein Kalani, South Korea Choi Soon-Ho, Kuwait Faisal Al-Dakhil
6 Saudi Arabia Yasser Al-Qahtani
5 Iraq Younis Mahmoud, Bahrain A'ala Hubail, Iran Ali Karimi, Iran Ali Jabbari, Japan Akinori Nishizawa, South Korea Woo Sang-Kwon, South Korea Hwang Sun-Hong, Israel Nahum Stelmach

Most tournaments appeared

The tabulated below is the players who had appeared more than four times in the history of tournament.

Player App. Years
Iran Mehdi Mahdavikia 4 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007
People's Republic of China Li Ming 4 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004
United Arab Emirates Adnan Al-Talyani 4 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996

AFC Asian Cup winning managers

Year Head coach Champions
1956 South Korea Lee Yoo-Hyung  Korea Republic
1960 South Korea Wui Hye-Deok  Korea Republic
1964 Hungary Gyula Mándi  Israel
1968 Iran Mahmoud Bayati  Iran
1972 Iran Mohammad Ranjbar  Iran
1976 Iran Heshmat Mohajerani  Iran
1980 Brazil Carlos Alberto Parreira  Kuwait
1984 Saudi Arabia Khalil Al-Zayani  Saudi Arabia
1988 Brazil Carlos Alberto Parreira  Saudi Arabia
1992 Netherlands Hans Ooft  Japan
1996 Portugal Nelo Vingada  Saudi Arabia
2000 France Philippe Troussier  Japan
2004 Brazil Zico  Japan
2007 Brazil Jorvan Vieira  Iraq

Score

Attendance

Year Host nation Mpd Total Att. Avg Att.
1992  Japan 16 316,496 19,781
1996  United Arab Emirates 26 398,008 15,308
2000  Lebanon 26 230,490 8,865
2004  China PR 32 1,020,050 31,877
2007  Vietnam
 Indonesia
 Thailand
 Malaysia
32 724,222 22,632

Participating nations

Participating nations by number of final tournament appearances:

11 times
9 times
8 times
7 times
6 times
4 times
3 times
2 times
1 time

First-time Participating Nations by year

Qualification Participating Nations by First Participate year

General Statistics

Team Part Pld W D L GF GA Dif
 Iran 11 54 31 17 6 106 40 +66
 Korea Republic 11 50 23 14 13 79 53 +26
 Saudi Arabia 7 38 18 13 7 57 32 +25
 Japan 6 31 17 9 5 58 31 +27
 China PR 9 44 16 12 16 72 50 +22
 Kuwait 8 36 15 10 11 45 38 +7
 United Arab Emirates 7 29 9 7 13 23 39 -16
 Iraq 6 25 9 6 10 27 30 -3
 Israel 4 13 9 0 4 28 15 +13
 Qatar 7 25 4 11 10 24 34 -9
 Uzbekistan 4 14 6 2 6 20 26 -6
 Syria 4 15 6 2 7 11 18 -7
 Bahrain 3 13 2 5 6 17 27 -10
 Thailand 6 20 1 8 11 15 45 -30
 Korea DPR 2 9 3 1 5 12 17 -5
 Indonesia 4 12 2 2 8 10 28 -18
Team Part Pld W D L GF GA Dif
 Myanmar 1 4 2 1 1 5 4 +1
 India 2 7 2 1 4 5 10 -5
 Jordan 1 4 1 3 0 1 2 -1
 Oman 2 6 1 3 2 5 6 -1
 Malaysia 3 9 1 3 5 7 20 -13
 Australia 1 4 1 2 1 7 5 +2
 Chinese Taipei 2 7 1 2 4 6 13 -7
 Singapore 1 4 1 1 2 3 4 -1
 Cambodia 1 5 1 1 3 8 10 -2
 Vietnam 1 4 1 1 2 4 7 -3
 Hong Kong 3 10 0 3 7 9 23 -14
 Lebanon 1 3 0 2 1 3 7 -4
 Turkmenistan 1 3 0 1 2 4 6 -2
 South Vietnam 2 6 0 1 5 9 22 -13
 South Yemen 1 2 0 0 2 0 9 -9
 Bangladesh 1 4 0 0 4 2 17 -15

References and footnotes

  1. ^ Australia competed in their first Asian Cup
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Final tournaments in round-robin format

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