2007 AFC Asian Cup

The 2007 AFC Asian Cup was the 14th edition of the men's AFC Asian Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The finals were held from 7 to 29 July 2007. For the first time in its history, the competition was co-hosted by four countries in Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam; it was the first time in football history more than two countries joined host of a major continental competition and the only one to had ever taken place until the UEFA Euro 2020.

2007 AFC Asian Cup
Piala Asia AFC 2007 (Indonesian)
Piala Asia 2007 (Malay)
เอเชียนคัพ 2007 (Thai)
Cúp bóng đá châu Á 2007 (Vietnamese)
2007 Asian Cup Logo.svg
Tournament details
Host countriesIndonesia
Malaysia
Thailand
Vietnam
Dates7–29 July
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)8 (in 7 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Iraq (1st title)
Runners-up Saudi Arabia
Third place South Korea
Fourth place Japan
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored84 (2.63 per match)
Attendance724,222 (22,632 per match)
Top scorer(s)Iraq Younis Mahmoud
Japan Naohiro Takahara
Saudi Arabia Yasser Al-Qahtani
(4 goals each)
Best player(s)Iraq Younis Mahmoud
Best goalkeeperIraq Noor Sabri
Fair play award Japan
2004
2011

Iraq won the continental title for the first time after defeating three-time champion Saudi Arabia 1–0 in the final. As the winner, Iraq represented the AFC in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Before 2007 and every four years, Asia often held its continental tournament from 1956 until China in 2004. With the Summer Olympic Games and the European Football Championship also held in the same year as the Asian Cup, the AFC changed their tradition. From 2007, AFC decided to hold its continental tournament a year earlier, and every four years henceforth from that date.

An estimated worldwide television audience of 650 million people tuned in to watch the 2007 AFC Asian Cup.[1]

Australia participated for the first time since moving to the AFC from the OFC. Australia also happened to be the tournament's first nation aside from the co-hosts to qualify for the 2007 Asian Cup.

Host selectionEdit

Initially, three Southeast Asian countries, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, represented each other bids hoping to win the rights to host the tournament. The then-AFC President Mohammed Bin Hammam proposed and presented a move to have four host nations for the 2007 Asian Cup to these Southeast Asian states. This led to a scramble to have the fourth host country, which Vietnam was later chosen to co-host alongside the three others.[2]

However, Bin Hammam later regretted this decision and called it his "mistake", citing the financial and logistic difficulties in organising an event across four countries. He said that "It is proving very difficult for [the executive committee as they] have to have four organising committees, four media centres and there are also financial considerations." He also revealed that "[he would] definitely [not do] it [again]", if he had the choice.

In June 2005, the AFC warned Thailand that it needed to improve its facilities before 2007, otherwise it would be dropped, possibly being replaced with Singapore. On 12 August of the same year, the AFC confirmed that Thailand would be a co-host of the 2007 Asian Cup.[3] However, in October 2006, Thailand was again warned to improve its facilities in 90 days.[4]

VenuesEdit

  Jakarta   Palembang   Kuala Lumpur   Shah Alam
Gelora Bung Karno Stadium Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium Bukit Jalil National Stadium Shah Alam Stadium
Capacity: 88,083 Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 87,411 Capacity: 80,372
       
Indonesia Malaysia
  Bangkok Thailand Vietnam   Hanoi
Rajamangala Stadium Mỹ Đình National Stadium
Capacity: 49,722 Capacity: 40,192
   
  Bangkok   Ho Chi Minh City
Supachalasai Stadium Army Stadium
Capacity: 19,793 Capacity: 25,000
   

QualificationEdit

The qualification ran from 22 February 2006 to 15 November 2006. For the first time, the defending champions (in this tournament, Japan) did not get an automatic qualification. Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam automatically qualified as co-hosts. Twenty-four teams were split into six groups of four to compete for the 12 remaining spots in the final tournament.

Team Qualified as Date qualification was secured Previous appearances in tournament1, 2
  Indonesia 00Co-hosts 7 August 2004 3 (1996, 2000, 2004)
  Malaysia 2 (1976, 1980)
  Thailand 5 (1972, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)
  Vietnam3 2 (19564, 19604)
  Australia Group D winner 16 August 2006 0 (debut)
  Qatar Group F winner 6 September 2006 6 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004)
  Japan Group A winner 6 September 2006 5 (1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)
  Saudi Arabia Group A runner-up 6 September 2006 6 (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)
  Iran Group B winner 11 October 2006 10 (1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)
  South Korea Group B runner-up 11 October 2006 10 (1956, 1960, 1964, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004)
  United Arab Emirates Group C winner 11 October 2006 6 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004)
  Oman Group C runner-up 11 October 2006 1 (2004)
  Iraq Group E winner 11 October 2006 5 (1972, 1976, 1996, 2000, 2004)
  China Group E runner-up 11 October 2006 8 (1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)
  Bahrain Group D runner-up 15 November 2006 2 (1988, 2004)
  Uzbekistan Group F runner-up 15 November 2006 3 (1996, 2000, 2004)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year
2 Italic indicates host
3 Vietnam's debut since the reunification of Vietnam in 1976

SeedsEdit

For the first time, the seeds are based on the October 2006 FIFA World Rankings instead of the basis of the performance from the previous AFC Asian Cup competition. This was to ensure that the same number of strong teams do not meet in the early stage.[5]

The four seeded teams were announced on 19 December 2006. The seeds comprised Pot 4 in the draw. Pot 1 consists of the teams from all co-hosts.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

  Indonesia (153)
  Malaysia (152)
  Thailand (137)
  Vietnam (172)

  China (84)
  Iraq (83)
  United Arab Emirates (87)
  Bahrain (97)

  Qatar (58)
  Uzbekistan (45)
  Saudi Arabia (64)
  Oman (72)

  Australia (39)
  Iran (38)
  Japan (47)
  South Korea (51)

The draw was held on 19 December 2006 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

OfficialsEdit

16 referees and 24 assistant referees were officially cleared following a fitness test on 2 July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. One referee and two assistant referees were also named from the CAF.[6]

(): Replaced   Shamsul Maidin after he pulled out with injury.[7]

SquadsEdit

Tournament summaryEdit

 
Participating countries.
 
Results of the participating teams

The Asian Cup saw many upsets in the early stages of the tournament, with tournament favourites Australia and South Korea performing poorly in the group stage.

In Group A, Oman held the Socceroos to a surprising draw. The Omanis took the lead and would have won, if not for an injury time goal from Tim Cahill. Next, joint hosts and the lowest-ranked team in the competition, Vietnam, shocked the UAE with a 2–0 victory. In the same group, Qatar held Japan to a shock 1–1 draw. The result caused Japan's coach Ivica Osim to fly into a rage in which he branded his players as 'amateurs' and reduced his interpreter to tears.[8] In Group D, Indonesia continued the undefeated streak of the hosts by defeating Bahrain 2–1. Malaysia ended up as the only host country to lose their opening match after a crushing 5-1 defeat to China. Thailand recorded just their 2nd win in the Asian Cup finals (their other was in 1972 against Cambodia), and its first ever win in regulation, when they beat Oman 2–0 on 12 July. Meanwhile, Australia was upset by a 3–1 defeat to Iraq the following day, leaving them floundering in the tournament despite high expectations in third place. However, Australia's 4–0 demolition of Thailand at the last match day saw them into the quarter-finals, as Oman was unable to overcome Iraq in a goalless draw.

Vietnam continued to stun all predictions when they drew 1-1 with 2006 ASIAD champions Qatar, while Japan finally got their first win when they thrashed the UAE 3–1. Although Vietnam lost 1–4 to Japan, the UAE's 2–1 comeback win over Qatar witnessed Vietnam's first time ever to qualify into the next round and became the only host to progress through despite being in the group of three different champions. On the other hand, while Malaysia continued its poor form with 0–5 and 0–2 losses to Uzbekistan and Iran, thus going out of the tournament without a point. China's shocking elimination occurred when they were hammered 0–3 by the Uzbeks, despite having drawn 2–2 with Iran and was expected to qualify from group stage with an easy win.

Bahrain shocked the whole tournament by defeating South Korea 2–1 in Group D, leaving the Koreans in the verge of elimination when Indonesia was beaten 1–2 by Saudi Arabia. However, South Korea finally progressed with a 1–0 win over hosts Indonesia and with Saudi Arabia destroying Bahrain 4–0, it was enough to seal them in.

In the quarter-finals, Iraq defeated Vietnam 2–0, while South Korea needed a penalty shootout to eliminate Iran 4–2. Japan also needed a penalty shootout to defeat Australia 4–3 (this was the first time Australia's goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer had ever come out on the losing end of a penalty shoot-out), and Saudi Arabia won over Uzbekistan 2–1. Iraq upset the Koreans in the semi-finals by winning 4–3 on penalties, resulting in thousands of Iraqis celebrating in the streets of Baghdad. Over 50 Iraqis were killed by terrorist bombs targeting these crowds.[9] In the other semi-finals, Saudi Arabia eliminated defending champions Japan after a 3–2 win to make an all-Arab affair for the final match.

Iraq went on to defeat the Saudis 1–0, taking the Asian Cup title. Iraqi forward and captain Younis Mahmoud was given the title of Most Valuable Player. South Korea took third place, narrowly beating Japan 6–5 on penalties. It was the third consecutive match in the tournament that South Korea drew 0–0 before a penalty shootout. Iraq, Saudi Arabia and South Korea, as the top three teams in the tournament, all received automatic berths to the 2011 Asian Cup along with the next hosts Qatar.[10]

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Iraq 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 5 Advance to knockout stage
2   Australia 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 4
3   Thailand (H) 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 4
4   Oman 3 0 2 1 1 3 −2 2
Source: Asian Cup 2007
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host
Thailand  1–1  Iraq
Sutee   6' (pen.) Report Mahmoud   32'
Australia  1–1  Oman
Cahill   90+2' Report Al-Maimani   32'

Oman  0–2  Thailand
Report Pipat   70', 78'
Iraq  3–1  Australia
Akram   22'
M. Mohammed   60'
Jassim   86'
Report Viduka   47'
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Jasim Karim (Bahrain)

Thailand  0–4  Australia
Report Beauchamp   21'
Viduka   80', 83'
Kewell   90'
Oman  0–0  Iraq
Report

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Japan 3 2 1 0 8 3 +5 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   Vietnam (H) 3 1 1 1 4 5 −1 4
3   United Arab Emirates 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3 3
4   Qatar 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host
Japan  1–1  Qatar
Takahara   61' Report Soria   88'

Qatar  1–1  Vietnam
Soria   79' Report Phan Thanh Bình   32'
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)
United Arab Emirates  1–3  Japan
Al-Kass   66' Report Takahara   22', 27'
S. Nakamura   42' (pen.)
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Satop Tongkhan (Thailand)

Vietnam  1–4  Japan
Suzuki   8' (o.g.) Report Maki   12', 59'
Endō   31'
S. Nakamura   53'
Attendance: 40,000
Qatar  1–2  United Arab Emirates
Soria   42' (pen.) Report Al-Kass   60'
Khalil   90+4'
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Iran 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   Uzbekistan 3 2 0 1 9 2 +7 6
3   China 3 1 1 1 7 6 +1 4
4   Malaysia (H) 3 0 0 3 1 12 −11 0
Source: Asian Cup 2007
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host
Malaysia  1–5  China
Indra Putra   74' Report Han Peng   15', 55'
Shao Jiayi   36'
Wang Dong   51', 90+3'
Attendance: 21,155
Referee: Muhsen Basma (Syria)
Iran  2–1  Uzbekistan
Hosseini   55'
Kazemian   78'
Report Rezaei   16' (o.g.)

Uzbekistan  5–0  Malaysia
Shatskikh   10', 89'
Kapadze   30'
Bakayev   45+2' (pen.)
Ibrahimov   85'
Report
China  2–2  Iran
Shao Jiayi   7'
Mao Jianqing   33'
Report Zandi   45+1'
Nekounam   74'

Malaysia  0–2  Iran
Report Nekounam   29' (pen.)
Teymourian   77'
Uzbekistan  3–0  China
Shatskikh   72'
Kapadze   86'
Geynrikh   90+4'
Report

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Saudi Arabia 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   South Korea 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
3   Indonesia (H) 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3
4   Bahrain 3 1 0 2 3 7 −4 3
Source: Asian Cup 2007
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host
Indonesia  2–1  Bahrain
Budi   14'
Bambang   64'
Report Mahmood   27'

Bahrain  2–1  South Korea
Isa   43'
Abdul-Latif   85'
Report Kim Do-heon   4'

Indonesia  0–1  South Korea
Report Kim Jung-woo   34'
Saudi Arabia  4–0  Bahrain
Al-Mousa   18'
A. Al-Qahtani   45'
Al-Jassim   68', 79'
Report

Knockout stageEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
21 July – Bangkok
 
 
  Iraq2
 
25 July – Kuala Lumpur
 
  Vietnam0
 
  Iraq (pen.)0 (4)
 
22 July – Kuala Lumpur
 
  South Korea0 (3)
 
  Iran0 (2)
 
29 July – Jakarta
 
  South Korea (pen.)0 (4)
 
  Iraq1
 
21 July – Hanoi
 
  Saudi Arabia0
 
  Japan (pen.)1 (4)
 
25 July – Hanoi
 
  Australia1 (3)
 
  Japan2
 
22 July – Jakarta
 
  Saudi Arabia3 Third place
 
  Saudi Arabia2
 
28 July – Palembang
 
  Uzbekistan1
 
  South Korea (pen.)0 (6)
 
 
  Japan0 (5)
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

Japan  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Australia
Takahara   72' Report Aloisi   70'
Penalties
Nakamura  
Endō  
Komano  
Takahara  
Nakazawa  
4–3   Kewell
  Neill
  Cahill
  Carle
  Carney

Iraq  2–0  Vietnam
Mahmoud   2', 65' Report


Saudi Arabia  2–1  Uzbekistan
Y. Al-Qahtani   3'
Al-Mousa   75'
Report Solomin   82'

Semi-finalsEdit


Japan  2–3  Saudi Arabia
Nakazawa   37'
Abe   53'
Report Y. Al-Qahtani   35'
Mouath   47', 57'
Attendance: 10,000

Third place play-offEdit

FinalEdit

Iraq  1–0  Saudi Arabia
Mahmoud   72' Report

StatisticsEdit

GoalscorersEdit

With four goals, Younis Mahmoud, Naohiro Takahara and Yasser Al-Qahtani are the top scorers in the tournament. In total, 84 goals were scored by 57 different players, with two of them credited as own goals.

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

AwardsEdit

Most Valuable Player[11]

Top scorer

Best Goalkeeper[11]

Best Defender[11]

Fair Play Award[11]

Most Entertaining Team[11]

Team of the tournament

The Toshiba All-Star XI was voted for by fans on the official Asian Cup website.[12][13]

Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards

  Lee Woon-jae

  Bassim Abbas
  Yuji Nakazawa
  Rahman Rezaei
  Lucas Neill

  Shunsuke Nakamura
  Harry Kewell
  Lee Chun-soo
  Nashat Akram

  Naohiro Takahara
  Yasser Al-Qahtani

Final standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts PCT Result
1   Iraq 6 3 3 0 7 2 +5 12 .750 1st
2   Saudi Arabia 6 4 1 1 12 6 +6 13 .750 2nd
3   South Korea 6 1 4 1 3 3 0 7 .500 3rd
4   Japan 6 2 3 1 11 7 +4 9 .583
5   Iran 4 2 2 0 6 3 +3 8 .750 Eliminated
in the
quarterfinals
6   Uzbekistan 4 2 0 2 10 4 +6 6 .500
7   Australia 4 1 2 1 7 5 +2 5 .500
8   Vietnam 4 1 1 2 4 7 −3 4 .375
9   China 3 1 1 1 7 6 +1 4 .500 Eliminated
in the
first stage
10   Thailand 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 4 .500
11   Indonesia 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3 .333
12   United Arab Emirates 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3 3 .333
13   Bahrain 3 1 0 2 3 7 −4 3 .333
14   Qatar 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2 .333
15   Oman 3 0 2 1 1 3 −2 2 .333
16   Malaysia 3 0 0 3 1 12 −11 0 .000
Source: rsssf.com

MarketingEdit

Official match ballEdit

The Official Match Ball for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup was launched by Nike on 15 May 2007, making it the first time ever that a ball had been launched specifically for any football competition in Asia.[14] The Nike Mercurial Veloci AC features four blue stripes with gold trim with each host city's name inscribed, as well as the AFC Asian Cup logo.[15]

Official songEdit

The AFC selected "I Believe", a 2004 single by Thai singer Tata Young as the tournament's official song.[16]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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