2007 AFF Championship
The 2007 AFF Championship was the 6th edition of the AFF Championship, the football championship of Southeast Asia. It was co-hosted by Singapore and Thailand and took place from 12 January to 4 February 2007.
|2007 Kejohanan Bola Sepak ASEAN|
2007 ஏசியான் கால்ப கோப்பை
|Host countries|| Singapore|
|Dates||12 January – 4 February 2007|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 3 host cities)|
|Champions||Singapore (3rd title)|
|Goals scored||50 (2.78 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Noh Alam Shah |
|Best player(s)||Noh Alam Shah|
It was renamed from the Tiger Cup, due to the cup's main sponsor, Tiger Beer, not continuing their title sponsorship. This was the last event held at Singapore's National Stadium before its redevelopment.
Singapore set an AFF Cup record of a 15-match unbeaten run under coach Radojko Avramović, stretching back to the 2004 AFF Championship, and 17-match unbeaten run since the 4–0 defeat at home to neighbours Malaysia in the same competition on 18 December 2002.
The 2007 AFF Cup was co-hosted by three-time champions, Thailand, and defending champions and eventual winners Singapore. The two hosts are the only two teams that have won the championship since its inception in 1996.
The qualifying round for the lower ranked teams in Southeast Asia was held in Bacolod, Philippines from 12–20 November 2006. It was played in a single round-robin format with the top two teams advancing to the finals. This was the first time since 1998 where a qualification tournament was held.
Six teams as qualified directly to the finals.
Two teams qualified via the qualification tournament.
The following eight teams qualified for the tournament.
|Country||Qualified as||Qualified on||Previous appearance in tournament1|
|Thailand||Co-host||12 January 2007||5 (1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004)|
|Singapore||2004 AFF Championship winners||16 January 2005||5 (1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004)|
|Indonesia||2004 AFF Championship runner-up||16 January 2005||5 (1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004)|
|Malaysia||2004 AFF Championship 3rd place||15 January 2005||5 (1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004)|
|Myanmar||2004 AFF Championship 4th place||15 January 2005||5 (1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004)|
|Vietnam||Direct Entry for 6th top AFF rank||12 January 2007||5 (1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004)|
|Laos||Qualification winners||18 November 2006||5 (1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004)|
|Philippines||Qualification runner-up||20 November 2006||5 (1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004)|
- 1 Bold indicates champion for that year.
|Key to colours in group tables|
|Top two placed teams advanced to the semi-finals|
|Hairuddin 9', 80'
Del Rosario 69' (o.g.)
|Nutnum 90+4'||Report||Si Thu Win 25'|
|Chaikamdee 15', 28'
|Saktiawan 90'||Report||Supardi 35' (o.g.)|
Alam Shah 11', 24', 61', 72', 76', 88', 90+2'
|Lê Công Vinh 1', 28', 58'
Phan Thanh Bình 29', 73' (pen.), 81', 84'
Nguyễn Văn Biển 45', 90'
|Alam Shah 10' (pen.)
Indra Sahdan 52'
Note: Although the knockout stages were two-legged, away goals rule was not applied. If the total aggregate score of both teams after both matches remained the same, extra time would have been played, followed by a penalty shootout if necessary.
|B1||Singapore (a.e.t.)||1||1||2 (5)|
- First Leg
|Hardi 57'||Report||Alam Shah 73'|
- Second Leg
|Ridhuan 74'||Report||Eddy Helmi 57'|
2–2 on aggregate. Singapore won via a penalty shootout.
Thailand won 2–0 on aggregate.
After a group stage with two pools of four the two host nations met in a two-game final. In the first leg of the final, a controversial penalty was awarded to Singapore at the 83rd minute of the match, and the Thailand team walked off the pitch as a protest to the referee's decision. The Thailand team returned to the pitch at the 98th minute, and Singapore later won 2-1.
In the second leg of the final, Singapore had a goal controversially chalked off for being offside, but finally drew 1-1 to fellow co-host Thailand, with Khairul Amri scoring the decisive goal in the closing stages of the match, thus giving Singapore their 2nd title in succession, winning with an aggregate score of 3-2, and successfully defending the title. While Thailand can point to the controversial penalty for their defeat in the first leg, they failed to defeat Singapore in the Bangkok second-leg. It could have been worse for Thailand had the match officials seen Thai midfielder Datsakorn Thonglao head-butt Singapore's Khairul Amri to vent his anger after the equaliser.
- First Leg
|Alam Shah 17'
Mustafić 83' (pen.)
- Second Leg
|Thonkanya 37'||Report||Khairul 81'|
Singapore won 3–2 on aggregate.
|2007 AFF Championship|
|Most Valuable Player||Golden Boot|
|Noh Alam Shah||Noh Alam Shah|
- 11 goals
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Own goal
This table shows all team performance.
|Eliminated in the group stage|
- Hamdan Saaid. "ASEAN Football Federation Championship 2007 - Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-03-02.
- Withers, Andy. "Thailand". Fox Sports.
- ASEAN Football Federation official website