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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 AFF Championship
2007 Kejohanan Bola Sepak ASEAN
2007 東盟足球錦標賽
2007 ஏசியான் கால்ப கோப்பை
2007 อาเซียนฟุตบอลแชมเปียนชิพ
Tournament details
Host countries Singapore
 Thailand
Dates12 January – 4 February 2007
Teams8
Venue(s)4 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Singapore (3rd title)
Runners-up Thailand
Tournament statistics
Matches played18
Goals scored50 (2.78 per match)
Top scorer(s)Singapore Noh Alam Shah
(10 goals)
Best player(s)Singapore Noh Alam Shah
2004
2008

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.

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HostsEdit

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.

QualificationEdit

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.

Qualified teamsEdit

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.

SquadsEdit

Final tournamentEdit

Group stageEdit

Key to colours in group tables
Top two placed teams advanced to the semi-finals

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Thailand 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
  Malaysia 3 1 1 1 4 1 +3 4
  Myanmar 3 0 3 0 1 1 0 3
  Philippines 3 0 1 2 0 8 −8 1
Malaysia  4–0  Philippines
Hairuddin   9'80'
Nizaruddin   16'
Del Rosario   69' (o.g.)
Report
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Abbas Daud (Singapore)
Thailand  1–1  Myanmar
Nutnum   90+4' Report Si Thu Win   25'
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Hajime Matsuo (Japan)

Malaysia  0–0  Myanmar
Report
Attendance: 28,000
Thailand  4–0  Philippines
Chaikamdee   15'28'
Thonkanya   21'
Samana   84'
Report
Attendance: 30,000

Myanmar  0–0  Philippines
Report
Attendance: 500
Referee: Abbas Daud (Singapore)
Thailand  1–0  Malaysia
Chaikamdee   48' Report
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Hajime Matsuo (Japan)

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Singapore 3 1 2 0 13 2 +11 5
  Vietnam 3 1 2 0 10 1 +9 5
  Indonesia 3 1 2 0 6 4 +2 5
  Laos 3 0 0 3 1 23 -22 0
Indonesia  3–1  Laos
Atep   51'75'
Saktiawan   67'
Report Saysongkham   13'
Singapore  0–0  Vietnam
Report
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Chanwalit Sananwai (Thailand)

Indonesia  1–1  Vietnam
Saktiawan   90' Report Supardi   35' (o.g.)
Attendance: 4,500
Referee: Mohamed Shahbuddin (Brunei)
Singapore  11–0  Laos
Ridhuan   10'
Alam Shah   11'24'61'72'76'88'90+2'
Shahril   47'
Khairul   71'
Dickson   78'
Report
Attendance: 5,224
Referee: U Hla Tint (Myanmar)

Vietnam  9–0  Laos
Lê Công Vinh   1'28'58'
Phan Thanh Bình   29'73' (pen.)81'84'
Nguyễn Văn Biển   45'90'
Report
Singapore  2–2  Indonesia
Alam Shah   10' (pen.)
Indra Sahdan   52'
Report Ilham   27'
Zaenal   56'
Attendance: 13,819
Referee: Chanwalit Sananwai (Thailand)

Knockout stageEdit

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.

  Semifinals Finals
                         
A1   Thailand 2 0 2  
B2   Vietnam 0 0 0  
    A1   Thailand 1 1 2
  B2   Singapore 2 1 3
B1   Singapore (a.e.t.) 1 1 2 (5)
A2   Malaysia 1 1 2 (4)  

Semi-finalsEdit

First Leg
Malaysia  1–1  Singapore
Hardi   57' Report Alam Shah   73'
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Wan Daxue (China PR)
Vietnam  0–2  Thailand
Report Thonglao   28'
Thonkanya   81'
Second Leg
Singapore  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Malaysia
Ridhuan   74' Report Eddy Helmi   57'
Penalties
Indra Sahdan  
Alam Shah  
Mustafić  
Fazrul  
Jiayi  
5–4   Hardi
  Rezal
  Samransak
  Thirumurgan
  Khyril
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Cheung Yim Yau (Hong Kong)

2–2 on aggregate. Singapore won via a penalty shootout.

Thailand  0–0  Vietnam
Report
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Suresh Srinivasan (India)

Thailand won 2–0 on aggregate.

FinalEdit

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.[1]

First Leg
Singapore  2–1  Thailand
Alam Shah   17'
Mustafić   83' (pen.)
Report Thonkanya   50'
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: C. Ravichandran (Malaysia)
Second Leg
Thailand  1–1  Singapore
Thonkanya   37' Report Khairul   81'

Singapore won 3–2 on aggregate.

AwardsEdit

 2007 AFF Championship 
 
Singapore
Third title
Most Valuable Player Golden Boot
  Noh Alam Shah   Noh Alam Shah

GoalscorersEdit

Team statisticsEdit

This table shows all team performance.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD
Final
1   Singapore 7 2 5 0 18 6 +12
2   Thailand 7 3 3 1 10 4 +6
Semi-finals
3   Vietnam 5 1 3 1 10 3 +7
4   Malaysia 5 1 3 1 6 3 +3
Eliminated in the group stage
5   Indonesia 3 1 2 0 6 4 +2
6   Myanmar 3 0 3 0 1 1 0
7   Philippines 3 0 1 2 0 8 –8
8   Laos 3 0 0 3 1 23 –22

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Withers, Andy. "Thailand". Fox Sports.

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