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.
|Piala Asia AFC 2007 (Indonesian)|
Piala Asia 2007 (Malay)
เอเชียนคัพ 2007 (Thai)
Cúp bóng đá châu Á 2007 (Vietnamese)
|Teams||16 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||8 (in 7 host cities)|
|Champions||Iraq (1st title)|
|Third place||South Korea|
|Goals scored||84 (2.63 per match)|
|Attendance||724,222 (22,632 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Younis Mahmoud|
(4 goals each)
|Best player(s)||Younis Mahmoud|
|Best goalkeeper||Noor Sabri|
|Fair play award||Japan|
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.
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.
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.
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. However, in October 2006, Thailand was again warned to improve its facilities in 90 days.
|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|
|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|
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||Co-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)|
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.
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|
The draw was held on 19 December 2006 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
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. 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. 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.
|1||Iraq||3||1||2||0||4||2||+2||5||Advance to knockout stage|
|Sutee 6' (pen.)||Report||Mahmoud 32'|
|Cahill 90+2'||Report||Al-Maimani 32'|
|Report||Pipat 70', 78'|
M. Mohammed 60'
Viduka 80', 83'
|1||Japan||3||2||1||0||8||3||+5||7||Advance to knockout stage|
|3||United Arab Emirates||3||1||0||2||3||6||−3||3|
|Vietnam||2–0||United Arab Emirates|
|Huỳnh Quang Thanh 64'
Lê Công Vinh 73'
|Takahara 61'||Report||Soria 88'|
|Soria 79'||Report||Phan Thanh Bình 32'|
|United Arab Emirates||1–3||Japan|
|Al-Kass 66'||Report||Takahara 22', 27'
S. Nakamura 42' (pen.)
|Suzuki 8' (o.g.)||Report||Maki 12', 59'
S. Nakamura 53'
|Qatar||1–2||United Arab Emirates|
|Soria 42' (pen.)||Report||Al-Kass 60'
|1||Iran||3||2||1||0||6||3||+3||7||Advance to knockout stage|
|Indra Putra 74'||Report||Han Peng 15', 55'
Shao Jiayi 36'
Wang Dong 51', 90+3'
|Report||Rezaei 16' (o.g.)|
|Shatskikh 10', 89'
Bakayev 45+2' (pen.)
|Shao Jiayi 7'
Mao Jianqing 33'
|Report||Nekounam 29' (pen.)
|1||Saudi Arabia||3||2||1||0||7||2||+5||7||Advance to knockout stage|
|South Korea||1–1||Saudi Arabia|
|Choi Sung-kuk 66'||Report||Y. Al-Qahtani 77' (pen.)|
|Y. Al-Qahtani 12'
|Report||Kim Do-heon 4'|
|Report||Kim Jung-woo 34'|
|21 July – Bangkok|
|25 July – Kuala Lumpur|
|Iraq (pen.)||0 (4)|
|22 July – Kuala Lumpur|
|South Korea||0 (3)|
|29 July – Jakarta|
|South Korea (pen.)||0 (4)|
|21 July – Hanoi|
|Japan (pen.)||1 (4)|
|25 July – Hanoi|
|22 July – Jakarta|
|Saudi Arabia||3||Third place|
|28 July – Palembang|
|South Korea (pen.)||0 (6)|
|Takahara 72'||Report||Aloisi 70'|
|Mahmoud 2', 65'||Report|
|Iran||0–0 (a.e.t.)||South Korea|
|2–4|| Lee Chun-soo
|Y. Al-Qahtani 3'
|Iraq||0–0 (a.e.t.)||South Korea|
|4–3|| Lee Chun-soo
|Report||Y. Al-Qahtani 35'
Mouath 47', 57'
Third place play-offEdit
|South Korea||0–0 (a.e.t.)||Japan|
|6–5|| S. Nakamura
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
- Harry Kewell
- John Aloisi
- Michael Beauchamp
- Tim Cahill
- Ismail Abdul-Latif
- Salman Isa
- Sayed Jalal
- Mao Jianqing
- Bambang Pamungkas
- Budi Sudarsono
- Elie Aiboy
- Andranik Teymourian
- Ferydoon Zandi
- Jalal Hosseini
- Javad Kazemian
- Hawar Mulla Mohammed
- Karrar Jassim
- Nashat Akram
- Yasuhito Endō
- Yuji Nakazawa
- Yuki Abe
- Indra Putra
- Badar Al-Maimani
- Abdulrahman Al-Qahtani
- Saad Al-Harthi
- Choi Sung-kuk
- Kim Do-heon
- Kim Jung-woo
- Sutee Suksomkit
- Faisal Khalil
- Alexander Geynrikh
- Aziz Ibragimov
- Pavel Solomin
- Ulugbek Bakayev
- Huỳnh Quang Thanh
- Lê Công Vinh
- Phan Thanh Bình
- 1 own goal
Most Valuable Player
Fair Play Award
Most Entertaining Team
Team of the tournament
|12||United Arab Emirates||3||1||0||2||3||6||−3||3||.333|
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. 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.
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