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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.

2004 AFC Asian Cup
2004年亚洲杯足球赛
2004 AFC Asian Cup full logo.svg
Logo of the 2004 Asian Cup
Tournament details
Host country China
Dates17 July – 7 August
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Japan (3rd title)
Runners-up China PR
Third place Iran
Fourth place Bahrain
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored96 (3 per match)
Attendance937,650 (29,302 per match)
Top scorer(s)Bahrain A'ala Hubail
Iran Ali Karimi
(5 goals each)
Best player(s)Japan Shunsuke Nakamura
Fair play award China PR
2000
2007

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.[1]

Host cities and venuesEdit

QualificationEdit

SeedsEdit

Pot A Pot B Pot C Pot D

  China PR
  Japan
  South Korea
  Saudi Arabia

  Iran
  Iraq
  Kuwait
  Qatar

  Indonesia
  Thailand
  United Arab Emirates
  Uzbekistan

  Bahrain
  Jordan
  Oman
  Turkmenistan

SquadsEdit

For a list of all squads that played in the final tournament, see 2004 AFC Asian Cup squads.

OfficialsEdit

First roundEdit

All times are China standard time (UTC+8)

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and runners-up advance to the quarter-finals

Group AEdit

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
  China PR (H) 7 3 2 1 0 8 2 +6
  Bahrain 5 3 1 2 0 6 4 +2
  Indonesia 3 3 1 0 2 3 9 −6
  Qatar 1 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2
China PR  2–2  Bahrain
Zheng Zhi   58' (pen.)
Li Jinyu   66'
Report M. Hubail   41'
Ali   89'

Qatar  1–2  Indonesia
M. Mohamed   83' Report Budi   26'
Ponaryo   48'
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)

Bahrain  1–1  Qatar
M. Hubail   90+1' Report Rizik   59' (pen.)
Attendance: 48,000
Referee: Toru Kamikawa (Japan)

Indonesia  0–5  China PR
Report Shao Jiayi   25'66'
Hao Haidong   40'
Li Ming   51'
Li Yi   80'
Attendance: 48,000
Referee: Talaat Najm (Lebanon)

China PR  1–0  Qatar
Xu Yunlong   77' Report
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)

Bahrain  3–1  Indonesia
Ali   43'
A. Hubail   57'
Yousef   82'
Report Elie   75'
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Coffi Codjia (Benin)

Group BEdit

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
  South Korea 7 3 2 1 0 6 0 +6
  Jordan 5 3 1 2 0 2 0 +2
  Kuwait 3 3 1 0 2 3 7 −4
  United Arab Emirates 1 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4
South Korea  0–0  Jordan
Report

Kuwait  3–1  United Arab Emirates
B. Abdullah   24'
Al-Mutawa   39' (pen.)
Saeed   45' (og)
Report
Report
Rashid   47'

Jordan  2–0  Kuwait
Saad   90+1'
Al-Zboun   90+2'
Report
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Lu Jun (China)

United Arab Emirates  0–2  South Korea
Report Lee Dong-gook   41'
Ahn Jung-hwan   90+1'

Jordan  0–0  United Arab Emirates
Report
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Talaat Najm (Lebanon)

South Korea  4–0  Kuwait
Lee Dong-gook   25'41'
Cha Du-ri   45+1'
Ahn Jung-hwan   75'
Report

Group CEdit

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
  Uzbekistan 9 3 3 0 0 3 0 +3
  Iraq 6 3 2 0 1 5 4 +1
  Turkmenistan 1 3 0 1 2 4 6 −2
  Saudi Arabia 1 3 0 1 2 3 5 −2
Saudi Arabia  2–2  Turkmenistan
Al-Qahtani   9' (pen.)59' Report N. Bayramov   6'
Kulyýew   90+3'

Iraq  0–1  Uzbekistan
Report Qosimov   21'

Turkmenistan  2–3  Iraq
V. Bayramov   14'
Kulyýew   85'
Report H. M. Mohammed   12'
Farhan   80'
Munir   88'

Uzbekistan  1–0  Saudi Arabia
Geynrikh   13' Report

Saudi Arabia  1–2  Iraq
Al-Montashari   57' Report Akram   51'
Mahmoud   86'

Turkmenistan  0–1  Uzbekistan
Report Qosimov   58'

Group DEdit

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
  Japan 7 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4
  Iran 5 3 1 2 0 5 2 +3
  Oman 4 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1
  Thailand 0 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8
Japan  1–0  Oman
Nakamura   33' Report

Iran  3–0  Thailand
Enayati   71'
Nekounam   80'
Daei   86' (pen.)
Report

Oman  2–2  Iran
Al-Hosni   31'40' Report Karimi   61'
Nosrati   90+4'

Thailand  1–4  Japan
Sutee   12' Report Nakamura   21'
Nakazawa   57'87'
Fukunishi   68'

Oman  2–0  Thailand
Rangsan   15' (o.g.)
Al-Hosni   49'
Report
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: Lu Jun (China)

Japan  0–0  Iran
Report

Knockout stageEdit

All times are China standard time (UTC+8)

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
30 July – Beijing
 
 
  China PR3
 
3 August – Beijing
 
  Iraq0
 
  China PR (pen.)1 (4)
 
31 July – Jinan
 
  Iran1 (3)
 
  South Korea3
 
7 August – Beijing
 
  Iran4
 
  China PR1
 
30 July – Chengdu
 
  Japan3
 
  Uzbekistan2 (3)
 
3 August – Jinan
 
  Bahrain (pen.)2 (4)
 
  Bahrain3
 
31 July – Chongqing
 
  Japan (a.e.t.)4 Third place
 
  Japan (pen.)1 (4)
 
6 August – Beijing
 
  Jordan1 (3)
 
  Iran4
 
 
  Bahrain2
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

Uzbekistan  2–2 (a.e.t.)  Bahrain
Geynrikh   60'
Shishelov   86'
Report A. Hubail   71'76'
Penalties
Fyodorov  
Djeperov  
Geynrikh  
Bikmoev  
Koshelev  
3–4   Ali
  Juma
  Baba
  Farhan
  A. Hubail

China PR  3–0  Iraq
Hao Haidong   8'
Zheng Zhi   81' (pen.)90+2' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 60,000


South Korea  3–4  Iran
Seol Ki-hyeon   16'
Lee Dong-gook   25'
Kim Nam-il   68'
Report Karimi   10'20'77'
Park Jin-seop   51' (o.g.)

Semi-finalsEdit

Bahrain  3–4 (a.e.t.)  Japan
A. Hubail   7'71'
Naser   85'
Report Nakata   48'
Tamada   55'93'
Nakazawa   90'

China PR  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Iran
Shao Jiayi   18' Report Alavi   38'
Penalties
Zheng Zhi  
Zhao Junzhe  
Li Xiaopeng  
Sun Xiang  
Shao Jiayi  
4–3   Daei
  Mahdavikia
  Nekounam
  Mobali
  Golmohammadi
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Talaat Najm (Lebanon)

Third place playoffEdit

Iran  4–2  Bahrain
Nekounam   9'
Karimi   52'
Daei   80' (pen.)90'
Report Yousef   48'
Farhan   57'

FinalEdit

China PR  1–3  Japan
Li Ming   31' Report Fukunishi   22'
Nakata   65'
Tamada   90+1'
Attendance: 62,000

WinnersEdit

 AFC Asian Cup 2004 Winners 
 
Japan
Third title

AwardsEdit

StatisticsEdit

GoalscorersEdit

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

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Eff
1   Japan 6 4 2 0 13 6 +7 14 77.8%
2   China PR 6 3 2 1 13 6 +7 11 61.1%
3   Iran 6 3 3 0 14 8 +6 12 66.7%
4   Bahrain 6 1 3 2 13 14 −1 6 33.3%
Eliminated in the Quarterfinals
5   Uzbekistan 4 3 1 0 5 2 +3 10 83.3%
6   South Korea 4 2 1 1 9 4 +5 7 58.3%
7   Jordan 4 1 3 0 3 1 +2 6 50.0%
8   Iraq 4 2 0 2 5 7 −2 6 50.0%
Eliminated in the First Stage
9   Oman 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4 44.4%
10   Kuwait 3 1 0 2 3 7 −4 3 33.3%
11   Indonesia 3 1 0 2 3 9 −6 3 33.3%
12   Turkmenistan 3 0 1 2 4 6 −2 1 11.1%
13   Saudi Arabia 3 0 1 2 3 5 −2 1 11.1%
14   Qatar 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1 11.1%
15   United Arab Emirates 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1 11.1%
16   Thailand 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8 0 0.0%

ViewsEdit

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.[citation needed]

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.[2] 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,[3] 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".

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Chinese riot after Japan victory
  2. ^ Bodeen, Christopher (7 August 2004). "Japan beats China to win Asian Cup again". USA Today. Retrieved 21 April 2010.
  3. ^ 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. Archived from the original on 30 October 2007. Retrieved 22 January 2011.

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