2004 AFC Asian Cup
The 2004 AFC Asian Cup was the 13th edition of the men's AFC Asian Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It was held from 17 July to 7 August 2004 in China. The defending champions Japan defeated China in the final in Beijing.
Logo of the 2004 Asian Cup
|Dates||17 July – 7 August|
|Teams||16 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 4 host cities)|
|Champions||Japan (3rd title)|
|Goals scored||96 (3 per match)|
|Attendance||937,650 (29,302 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| A'ala Hubail |
(5 goals each)
|Best player(s)||Shunsuke Nakamura|
|Fair play award||China PR|
The tournament was marked by Saudi Arabia's unexpected failure to even make it out of the first round; a surprisingly good performance by Bahrain, which finished in fourth place; Jordan, which reached the quarterfinals in its first appearance and Indonesia, which gained their historical first Asian Cup win against Qatar. The final match between China and Japan was marked by post-match rioting by Chinese fans near the north gate of Beijing Workers' Stadium, in part due to controversial officiating and anti-Japanese sentiment resulting from historical tensions.
Host cities and venuesEdit
|Workers' Stadium||Chongqing Olympic Sports Center||Shandong Sports Center||Chengdu Longquanyi Football Stadium|
|Capacity: 66,161||Capacity: 58,680||Capacity: 27,333||Capacity: 30,800|
|Pot A||Pot B||Pot C||Pot D|
For a list of all squads that played in the final tournament, see 2004 AFC Asian Cup squads.
|Key to colours in group tables|
|Group winners and runners-up advance to the quarter-finals|
|Zheng Zhi 58' (pen.)
Li Jinyu 66'
|Report||M. Hubail 41'
|M. Mohamed 83'||Report||Budi 26'
|M. Hubail 90+1'||Report||Rizik 59' (pen.)|
|Report||Shao Jiayi 25', 66'
Hao Haidong 40'
Li Ming 51'
Li Yi 80'
|Xu Yunlong 77'||Report|
A. Hubail 57'
|United Arab Emirates||1||3||0||1||2||1||5||−4|
|Kuwait||3–1||United Arab Emirates|
|B. Abdullah 24'
Al-Mutawa 39' (pen.), 45'
|United Arab Emirates||0–2||South Korea|
|Report||Lee Dong-gook 41'
Ahn Jung-hwan 90+1'
|Jordan||0–0||United Arab Emirates|
|Lee Dong-gook 25', 41'
Cha Du-ri 45+1'
Ahn Jung-hwan 75'
|Al-Qahtani 9' (pen.), 59'||Report||N. Bayramov 6'
|V. Bayramov 14'
|Report||H. M. Mohammed 12'
|Al-Montashari 57'||Report||Akram 51'
Daei 86' (pen.)
|Al-Hosni 31', 40'||Report||Karimi 61'
|Sutee 12'||Report||Nakamura 21'
Nakazawa 57', 87'
|Rangsan 15' (o.g.)
|30 July – Beijing|
|3 August – Beijing|
|China PR (pen.)||1 (4)|
|31 July – Jinan|
|7 August – Beijing|
|30 July – Chengdu|
|3 August – Jinan|
|Bahrain (pen.)||2 (4)|
|31 July – Chongqing|
|Japan (a.e.t.)||4||Third place|
|Japan (pen.)||1 (4)|
|6 August – Beijing|
|Report||A. Hubail 71', 76'|
|Hao Haidong 8'
Zheng Zhi 81' (pen.), 90+2' (pen.)
|Suzuki 14'||Report||Shelbaieh 11'|
|4–3|| Abu Zema
|Seol Ki-hyeon 16'
Lee Dong-gook 25'
Kim Nam-il 68'
|Report||Karimi 10', 20', 77'
Park Jin-seop 51' (o.g.)
|A. Hubail 7', 71'
Tamada 55', 93'
|China PR||1–1 (a.e.t.)||Iran|
|Shao Jiayi 18'||Report||Alavi 38'|
Third place playoffEdit
Daei 80' (pen.), 90'
|AFC Asian Cup 2004 Winners|
|Most Valuable Player||Top Scorer||Fair Play Award|
|Shunsuke Nakamura|| A'ala Hubail
With five goals, A'ala Hubail and Ali Karimi are the top scorers in the tournament. In total, 96 goals were scored by 58 different players, with two of them credited as own goals.
Tournament team rankingsEdit
|Eliminated in the Quarterfinals|
|Eliminated in the First Stage|
|15||United Arab Emirates||3||0||1||2||1||5||−4||1||11.1%|
Like other sports events, the Asian Cup 2004 was publicised as evidence of China's economic and athletic progress, being referred to by some as a prelude to the 2008 Summer Olympics. Many Chinese see the tournament as a success and take great pride in having showcased such an important sporting event in advance of the Olympic Games. However, the Japanese media and many other international observers have pointed out bad manners on the part of Chinese fans, and sparse attendance at the tournament, raising questions on China's ability to hold such sporting events.
Throughout the tournament, most Chinese fans in the stadia expressed anti-Japanese sentiments by drowning out the Japanese national anthem, displaying political banners and booing whenever Japan got the ball, regardless of the score or opponent. This was reported by the international media, and was aggravated when Koji Nakata apparently knocked in the ball with his right hand in the final against China. The PRC government responded by calling for restraint and increasing police numbers to maintain order. The Japanese government also called on the PRC to ensure the safety of Japanese fans, while specifically asking Japanese nationals or people of Japanese origin to not display any form of excessive pride, especially wearing Japan national football team uniforms. Despite the Chinese government's campaign, a riot started by Chinese fans broke out near the north gate of the Workers' Stadium, though reports differ as to the extent of the riot. As a result, some media groups have said that displays of "excessive Chinese nationalism during the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics have become a cause for concern for Chinese officials".
- Chinese riot after Japan victory
- Bodeen, Christopher (7 August 2004). "Japan beats China to win Asian Cup again". USA Today. Retrieved 21 April 2010.
- Embassy of Japan in the People's Republic of China (5 August 2004). "（緊急）サッカー・アジアカップの決勝戦に関連したご注意 ((Urgency) Attention on the Final Game of Soccer Asian Cup)" (in Japanese). Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Retrieved 22 January 2011.