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The 1972 AFC Asian Cup was the 5th edition of the men's AFC Asian Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The finals were held in Thailand between 7 May and 19 May 1972. It was won by Iran.[1]

1972 AFC Asian Cup
Asian Cup Thailand 1972
เอเชียนคัพ 2515
Tournament details
Host countryThailand
Dates7–19 May
Teams6
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Iran (2nd title)
Runners-up South Korea
Third place Thailand
Fourth place Khmer Republic
Tournament statistics
Matches played13
Goals scored38 (2.92 per match)
Top scorer(s)Iran Hossein Kalani
(5 goals)
Best player(s)Iran Ebrahim Ashtiani
1968
1976

Contents

QualificationEdit

  •   Iran (qualified automatically as defending champions)
  •   Israel originally qualified as host, but later withdrew.

The other 5 qualifying teams were:

SquadsEdit

VenueEdit

Bangkok
National Stadium
Capacity: 26,000
 

Group allocation matchesEdit

  • Winners divided over different groups
South Korea  0–0  Iraq
Penalties
Cha Bum-Kun  
Hwang Jae-Man  
Park Su-Deok  
2–4   Aziz
  Noori
  Kadhim
  Fathi
Attendance: 2,000

Iran  2–0  Khmer Republic
Kalani   45'
Iranpak   51'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Kim Jo-Wong (South Korea)

Thailand  0–2  Kuwait
Khalaf   42'
Marzouq   87'

Group stageEdit

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and runners-up advanced to the semi-finals

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Iran 2 2 0 0 6 2 +4 4
  Thailand 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1 1
  Iraq 2 0 1 1 1 4 −3 1
Iran  3–0  Iraq
Kalani   34'70'78'
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Sivapalan Kathiravale (Malaysia)

Thailand  1–1  Iraq
Supakit   57' Yousif   6'

Thailand  2–3  Iran
Prapon   69'70' Jabbari   80'86'88'
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Matolzi (Malaysia)

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  South Korea 2 1 0 1 5 3 +2 2
  Khmer Republic 2 1 0 1 5 4 +1 2
  Kuwait 2 1 0 1 2 5 −3 2

South Korea  1–2  Kuwait
Park Lee-Chun   2' (pen.) Sultan   25'
Duraiham   73'

Khmer Republic  4–0  Kuwait
Doeur Sokhom   23'
Sok Sun Hean   56'
Tes Sean   59'
Sea Cheng Eang   80'

Knockout stageEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
16 May–Bangkok
 
 
  Iran2
 
19 May–Bangkok
 
  Khmer Republic 1
 
  Iran (a.e.t.)2
 
17 May–Bangkok
 
  South Korea 1
 
  South Korea (pen.)1 (2)
 
 
  Thailand1 (1)
 
Third place
 
 
19 May–Bangkok
 
 
  Khmer Republic2 (3)
 
 
  Thailand (pen.)2 (5)

Semi-finalsEdit

Iran  2–1  Khmer Republic
Iranpak   13'
Ghelichkhani   47'
Doeur Sokhom   18'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Matolozi (Malaysia)

South Korea  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Thailand
Park Lee-Chun   115' Tantariyanond   98'
Penalties
2–1

Third place play-offEdit

FinalEdit

Iran  2–1 (a.e.t.)  South Korea
Jabbari   48'
Kalani   108'
Park Lee-Chun   65'
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Sivapalan Kathiravale (Malaysia)

WinnersEdit

 AFC Asian Cup 1972 Winners 
 
Iran
Second title

GoalscorersEdit

Final positionsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Iran 5 5 0 0 12 4 +8 10
2   South Korea 5 1 2 2 7 6 +1 4
3   Thailand 5 0 3 2 6 9 −3 3
4   Khmer Republic 5 1 1 3 8 10 −2 3
Eliminated in the First Stage
5   Kuwait 3 2 0 1 4 5 −1 4
6   Iraq 3 0 2 1 1 4 −3 2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Asian Cup: Know Your History - Part One (1956-1988)". Goal.com. 2011-01-07. Retrieved 2015-05-03.

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