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The 1996 AFC Asian Cup was the 11th 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 the United Arab Emirates between 4 and 21 December 1996. Saudi Arabia defeated hosts United Arab Emirates in the final match in Abu Dhabi. As the runners-up, the United Arab Emirates represented the AFC in the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup as the winners Saudi Arabia had qualified automatically as host.

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 United Arab Emirates
Dates4 – 21 December
Teams12
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 played26
Goals scored80 (3.08 per match)
Attendance448,000 (17,231 per match)
Top scorer(s)Iran Ali Daei (8 goals)
Best player(s)Iran Khodadad Azizi
Best goalkeeperSaudi Arabia Mohamed Al-Deayea
Fair play award Iran
1992
2000

Contents

QualificationEdit

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:

SquadsEdit

VenuesEdit

First roundEdit

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 AEdit

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
United Arab Emirates  1–1  South Korea
K. Saad   40' Report Hwang Sun-Hong   9'

Indonesia  2–2  Kuwait
Widodo   20'
Ronny   40'
Report Al-Saqer   73'
Haji   84' (pen.)

United Arab Emirates  3–2  Kuwait
Saeed   53'
Al-Talyani   55'
B. Saad   80'
Report Al-Huwaidi   9'44'

South Korea  4–2  Indonesia
Kim Do-Hoon   5'
Hwang Sun-Hong   7'15'
Ko Jeong-Woon   55'
Report Ronny   58'
Widodo   65'

United Arab Emirates  2–0  Indonesia
Saeed   15'
Al-Talyani   64'
Report
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Lu Jun (China)

Kuwait  2–0  South Korea
Al-Huwaidi   60'
B. Abdullah   87'
Report

Group BEdit

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
Saudi Arabia  6–0  Thailand
Al-Temawi   10' (pen.)29' (pen.)
Al-Mehallel   15'54'
Al-Muwallid   18'
Al-Jaber   52'
Report
Attendance: 5,000

Iran  1–2  Iraq
Daei   90' (pen.) Report Fawzi   37'
Sabbar   69'
Attendance: 15,000

Saudi Arabia  1–0  Iraq
Al-Mehallel   26' Report

Thailand  1–3  Iran
Kiatisuk   80' Report Saadavi   38'
Minavand   54'
Daei   70'
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Lu Jun (China)

Saudi Arabia  0–3  Iran
Report Daei   12'
Bagheri   37'
Azizi   47'
Attendance: 12,000

Iraq  4–1  Thailand
Mahmoud   17'50'
Hussein   23'63'
Report Dusit   26'

Group CEdit

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
Japan  2–1  Syria
Abbas   85' (o.g.)
Takagi   88'
Report Jokhadar   8'

China PR  0–2  Uzbekistan
Report Shkvyrin   78'
Shatskikh   90'

Japan  4–0  Uzbekistan
Nanami   7'
Miura   37'
Maezono   86'90'
Report

Syria  0–3  China PR
Report Ma Mingyu   35'
Gao Feng   49'
Li Bing   73'

Japan  1–0  China PR
Soma   90' Report

Uzbekistan  1–2  Syria
Lebedev   53' (pen.) Report Jokhadar   48'
Dib   74'

Third-placed qualifiersEdit

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 stageEdit

All times are UAE time (UTC+4)

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
15 December – Abu Dhabi
 
 
  United Arab Emirates (a.e.t.)1
 
18 December – Abu Dhabi
 
  Iraq0
 
  United Arab Emirates1
 
15 December – Al Ain
 
  Kuwait0
 
  Kuwait2
 
21 December – Abu Dhabi
 
  Japan0
 
  United Arab Emirates0 (2)
 
16 December – Dubai
 
  Saudi Arabia (pen.)0 (4)
 
  South Korea2
 
18 December – Abu Dhabi
 
  Iran6
 
  Iran0 (3)
 
16 December – Abu Dhabi
 
  Saudi Arabia (pen.)0 (4) Third place
 
  Saudi Arabia4
 
21 December – Abu Dhabi
 
  China PR3
 
  Kuwait1 (2)
 
 
  Iran (pen.)1 (3)
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

United Arab Emirates  1–0 (a.e.t.)  Iraq
Ab. Ibrahim   103' Report

Kuwait  2–0  Japan
Al-Huwaidi   17'54' Report

South Korea  2–6  Iran
Kim Do-Hoon   11'
Shin Tae-Yong   35'
Report Bagheri   31'
Azizi   52'
Daei   66'76'83'89' (pen.)
Attendance: 19,000

Saudi Arabia  4–3  China PR
Al-Thunayan   31'65'
Al-Jaber   34'
Al-Mehallel   43'
Report Zhang Enhua   6'89'
Peng Weiguo   16'

Semi-finalsEdit

United Arab Emirates  1–0  Kuwait
Saeed   69' Report

Third place play-offEdit

Iran  1–1  Kuwait
Daei   40' Report Al-Huwaidi   15'
Penalties
Moharrami  
Estili  
Peyrovani  
Bagheri  
3–2   Badr Haji
  Bashar Abdullah
  Al-Lenqawi
  Abdulrahman
  Al-Huwaidi

FinalEdit

GK 17 Muhsin Musabah
D 5 Yousef Saleh
D 6 Ismail Rashid Ismail
D 12 Hassan Mubarak
D 3 Munther Abdullah
M 10 Adnan Al Talyani   91'
M 16 Hassan Ahmed
M 18 Ahmed Ibrahim Ali
F 7 Saad Bakheet Mubarak   46'
F 15 Mohamed Ali
F 23 Abdel Ahmed   46'
Substitutions:
D 13 Abdulaziz Mohamed   46'
M 11 Zuhair Bakheet   46'
F 14 Khamees Saad Mubarak   91'
Manager:
  Tomislav Ivić
GK 1 Mohamed Al-Deayea
D 2 Mohammed Al-Jahani
D 3 Mohammed Al-Khilaiwi   77'
D 4 Abdullah Zubromawi
D 13 Hussein Abdulghani
M 8 Khalid Al Temawi
M 9 Sami Al-Jaber   62'
M 14 Khaled Al-Muwallid
M 16 Khamis Al-Dosari
F 10 Fahad Al-Mehallel   80'
F 15 Yousuf Al-Thunayan
Substitutions:
M 25 Abdullah Al-Dosari   62'
F 12 Ibrahim Al-Harbi   77'
F 20 Hamzah Idris   80'
Manager:
  Nelo Vingada

WinnersEdit

 AFC Asian Cup 1996 Winners 
 
Saudi Arabia
Third title

AwardsEdit

StatisticsEdit

GoalscorersEdit

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 teamsEdit

Final positionsEdit

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%

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit