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The 2011 AFC Asian Cup was the 15th edition of the men's AFC Asian Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The finals were held in Qatar from 7 to 29 January 2011.[1][2] It was the fifteenth time the tournament has been held, and the second time it has been hosted by Qatar, the other being the 1988 AFC Asian Cup. Japan won the cup after a 1–0 win against Australia, and earned the right to compete in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil as the representative from AFC.[3][4]

2011 AFC Asian Cup
2011 كأس آسيا
2011 AFC Asian Cup full logo.svg
Tournament details
Host countryQatar
Dates7–29 January
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)5 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Japan (4th title)
Runners-up Australia
Third place South Korea
Fourth place Uzbekistan
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored90 (2.81 per match)
Attendance405,361 (12,668 per match)
Top scorer(s)South Korea Koo Ja-cheol (5 goals)
Best player(s)Japan Keisuke Honda
Fair play award South Korea
2007
2015
Results of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup.

A television viewing audience of 484 million in 80 countries across the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, North America and North Africa witnessed Japan defeat Australia 1–0 in the final.[5]

Host selectionEdit

Qatar, India and Iran all lodged interest in hosting the 2011 AFC Asian Cup,[6] while Australia also considered making a late bid.[7] Qatar officially submitted their bid on 19 June 2006,[8] while India withdrew their interest and Iran failed to submit proper documentation for their bid on time.[9]

Qatar was announced as host nation on 29 July 2007, during the 2007 AFC Asian Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia. Due to FIFA regulations stating that confederation events can be hosted either in January or July, and July being peak summer heat in the Middle East, 2011 Asian Cup took place in January of that year.[1][2]

QualificationEdit

The teams finishing first, second and third in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, and the host nation for the 2011 competition, received automatic byes to the finals. They were joined by the top two finishers in each of five qualifying groups. The AFC Challenge Cup acted as a further qualification competition for eligible countries within the emerging and developing category of member associations. The winners of the AFC Challenge Cup competitions in 2008 and 2010 qualified automatically to the 2011 AFC Asian Cup finals. These two winners were India and North Korea. It was India's first play for the Asian Cup since 1984, and North Korea's first since 1992.

The final day of qualification was 3 March 2010.

List of qualified teamsEdit

 
Final qualification status
  Team qualified for Asian Cup
  Team failed to qualify
Country Qualified as Date qualification was secured Previous appearances in tournament1, 2
  Qatar Hosts 29 July 2007 7 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2007)
  Iraq 2007 AFC Asian Cup winner 25 July 2007 6 (1972, 1976, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)
  Saudi Arabia 2007 AFC Asian Cup runner-up 25 July 2007 7 (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)
  South Korea 2007 AFC Asian Cup third place 28 July 2007 11 (1956, 1960, 1964, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)
  India 2008 AFC Challenge Cup winner 13 August 2008 2 (1964, 1984)
  Uzbekistan Group C runner-up 18 November 2009 4 (1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)
  Syria Group D winner 18 November 2009 4 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1996)
  Iran Group E winner 6 January 2010 11 (1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)
  China PR Group D runner-up 6 January 2010 9 (1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)
  Japan Group A winner 6 January 2010 6 (1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)
  Bahrain Group A runner-up 6 January 2010 3 (1988, 2004, 2007)
  United Arab Emirates Group C winner 6 January 2010 7 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2007)
  North Korea 2010 AFC Challenge Cup winner 27 February 2010 2 (1980, 1992)
  Australia Group B winner 3 March 2010 1 (2007)
  Kuwait Group B runner-up 3 March 2010 8 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004)
  Jordan Group E runner-up 3 March 2010 1 (2004)

Notes:

1 Bold indicates champion for that year
2 Italic indicates host

DrawEdit

The draw for the AFC Asian Cup 2011 was held on 23 April 2010 in Doha, Qatar. Qatar were seeded among the top group.[10][11]

SeedingEdit

Seeding was announced on 22 April 2010. Qatar were automatically placed in Group A.[12]

Pot 1 (Host and Seeds) Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

  Qatar
  Iraq
  Saudi Arabia
  South Korea

  Japan
  Australia
  Iran
  Uzbekistan

  China PR
  United Arab Emirates
  Bahrain
  Jordan

  Syria
  Kuwait
  India
  North Korea

VenuesEdit

Members of the AFC Organising Committee for AFC Asian Cup 2011 have agreed the use of five stadiums for the 2011 tournament.[13]

Doha Al Rayyan Doha
Khalifa International Stadium Ahmed bin Ali Stadium Thani bin Jassim Stadium
Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 21,282 Capacity: 21,175
   
Doha Doha
Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium
Capacity: 12,000 Capacity: 12,946
 

Match ballEdit

The Nike Total 90 Tracer was the official match ball of the tournament, and basically Saudi Arabia.[14]

OfficialsEdit

Twelve referees and twenty four assistants were selected for the tournament:[15]

Number Referee Assistants
1   Ben Williams   Benjamin Wilson   Hakan Anaz
2   Yuichi Nishimura   Toru Sagara   Toshiyuki Nagi
3   Kim Dong-jin   Jeong Hae-sang   Jang Jun-mo
4   Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh   Mu Yuxin   Mohd Sabri Bin Mat Daud
5   Abdullah Al Hilali   Bakhadyr Kochkarov   Hamed Al Mayahi
6   Abdulrahman Abdou   Mohammad Dharman   Hassan Al Thawadi
7   Mohsen Torky   Hassan Kamranifar   Reza Sokhandan
8   Malik Abdul Bashir   Jeffrey Goh   Haja Maidin
9   Nawaf Shukralla   Khaled Al Allan   Mohammed Jawdat Nehlawi
10   Ali Al Badwawi   Saleh Al Marzouqi   Yaser Marad
11   Ravshan Irmatov   Abdukhamidullo Rasulov   Rafael Ilyasov
Standby Referees
Country Standby Referees
  Iran Alireza Faghani
  Uzbekistan Valentin Kovalenko
  Qatar Abdullah Balideh

SquadsEdit

Each country's final squad of 23 players was submitted by 28 December 2010.[16]

Group stageEdit

All times are Arabian Standard Time (AST) – UTC+3

Tie-breaking criteriaEdit

The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss) and tie breakers are in following order:[16]

  1. Greater number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. Goal difference in all the group matches;
  5. Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches;
  6. Kicks from the penalty mark if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play;
  7. Fewer score calculated according to the number of yellow and red cards received in the group matches; (1 point for each yellow card, 3 points for each red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for each direct red card, 4 points for each yellow card followed by a direct red card)
  8. Drawing of lots.

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Uzbekistan 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   Qatar (H) 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6
3   China PR 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
4   Kuwait 3 0 0 3 1 7 −6 0
Source: Asian Cup 2011
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host.
7 January 2011
Qatar   0–2   Uzbekistan
8 January 2011
Kuwait   0–2   China PR
12 January 2011
Uzbekistan   2–1   Kuwait
China PR   0–2   Qatar
16 January 2011
Qatar   3–0   Kuwait
China PR   2–2   Uzbekistan

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Japan 3 2 1 0 8 2 +6 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   Jordan 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7
3   Syria 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
4   Saudi Arabia 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7 0
Source: Asian Cup 2011
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
9 January 2011
Japan   1–1   Jordan
Saudi Arabia   1–2   Syria
13 January 2011
Jordan   1–0   Saudi Arabia
Syria   1–2   Japan
17 January 2011
Saudi Arabia   0–5   Japan
Jordan   2–1   Syria

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Australia 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   South Korea 3 2 1 0 7 3 +4 7
3   Bahrain 3 1 0 2 6 5 +1 3
4   India 3 0 0 3 3 13 −10 0
Source: Asian Cup 2011
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
10 January 2011
India   0–4   Australia
South Korea   2–1   Bahrain
14 January 2011
Australia   1–1   South Korea
Bahrain   5–2   India
18 January 2011
South Korea   4–1   India
Australia   1–0   Bahrain

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Iran 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5 9 Advance to knockout stage
2   Iraq 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 6
3   North Korea 3 0 1 2 0 2 −2 1
4   United Arab Emirates 3 0 1 2 0 4 −4 1
Source: Asian Cup 2011
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
11 January 2011
North Korea   0–0   United Arab Emirates
Iraq   1–2   Iran
15 January 2011
Iran   1–0   North Korea
United Arab Emirates   0–1   Iraq
19 January 2011
Iraq   1–0   North Korea
United Arab Emirates   0–3   Iran

Knockout stageEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
21 January – Doha
 
 
  Uzbekistan2
 
25 January – Doha
 
  Jordan1
 
  Uzbekistan0
 
22 January – Doha
 
  Australia6
 
  Australia (a.e.t.)1
 
29 January – Doha
 
  Iraq0
 
  Australia0
 
21 January – Doha
 
  Japan (a.e.t.)1
 
  Japan3
 
25 January – Doha
 
  Qatar2
 
  Japan (pen.)2 (3)
 
22 January – Doha
 
  South Korea2 (0) Third place
 
  Iran0
 
28 January – Doha
 
  South Korea (a.e.t.) 1
 
  Uzbekistan2
 
 
  South Korea3
 

All times are Arabian Standard Time (AST) – UTC+3

Quarter-finalsEdit

Japan  3–2  Qatar
Kagawa   29'71'
Inoha   89'
Report Soria   13'
Fábio César   63'

Uzbekistan  2–1  Jordan
Bakayev   47'49' Report B. Bani Yaseen   58'

Australia  1–0 (a.e.t.)  Iraq
Kewell   118' Report

Iran  0–1 (a.e.t.)  South Korea
Report Yoon Bit-garam   105'
Attendance: 7,111

Semi-finalsEdit


Uzbekistan  0–6  Australia
Report Kewell   5'
Ognenovski   35'
Carney   65'
Emerton   73'
Valeri   82'
Kruse   83'

Third place playoffEdit

Uzbekistan  2–3  South Korea
Geynrikh   45' (pen.)53' Report Koo Ja-cheol   18'
Ji Dong-won   28'39'

FinalEdit

Australia  0–1 (a.e.t.)  Japan
Report Lee   109'

AwardsEdit

WinnersEdit

 AFC Asian Cup 2011 Winners 
 
Japan
Fourth title

Japan is the most successful team in the AFC Asian Cup by starting later than other national teams.

Individual AwardsEdit

Top Goalscorers Most Valuable Player Fair Play Award
  Koo Ja-cheol   Keisuke Honda   South Korea

Team of the TournamentEdit

ESPN Soccernet selected the team of the tournament.[17]

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards

  Mark Schwarzer (Australia)

  Yuto Nagatomo (Japan)
  Lucas Neill (Australia)
  Odil Ahmedov (Uzbekistan)
  Cha Du-ri (South Korea)

  Koo Ja-cheol (South Korea)
  Keisuke Honda (Japan)
  Makoto Hasebe (Japan)

  Park Ji-sung (South Korea)
  Harry Kewell (Australia)
  Shinji Kagawa (Japan)

ScorersEdit

Final StandingEdit

Pos. Team G Pld W D L Pts GF GA GD
1   Japan B 6 4 2 0 14 14 6 +8
2   Australia C 6 4 1 1 13 13 2 +11
3   South Korea C 6 4 2 0 14 13 7 +6
4   Uzbekistan A 6 3 1 2 10 10 13 -3
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5   Iran D 4 3 0 1 9 6 2 +4
6   Jordan B 4 2 1 1 7 5 4 +1
7   Qatar A 4 2 0 2 6 7 5 +2
8   Iraq D 4 2 0 2 6 3 3 0
Eliminated in group stage
9   China PR A 3 1 1 1 4 4 4 0
10   Syria B 3 1 0 2 3 4 5 -1
11   Bahrain C 3 1 0 2 3 6 5 +1
12   North Korea D 3 0 1 2 1 0 2 -2
13   United Arab Emirates D 3 0 1 2 1 0 4 -4
14   India C 3 0 0 3 0 3 13 -10
15   Kuwait A 3 0 0 3 0 1 7 -6
16   Saudi Arabia B 3 0 0 3 0 1 8 -7

Theme songEdit

For marketing of the event, the organisers opted for the slogan "Yalla Asia" with a song sung by international artists Jay Sean and Karl Wolf, featuring Radhika Vekaria. Yalla Asia was composed and written by Radhika Vekaria, Max Herman and Zoulikha El Fassi. Max Herman produced the record for Zoul Projects 2011.

Concerns and controversiesEdit

The AFC Asian Cup 2011 was not without controversy as concerns were risen about the extremely low crowds at most Asian Cup games not featuring the host nation Qatar. The average attendance was just 12,006, much lower than the previous AFC Asian Cup tournaments. North Korea and the United Arab Emirates both had the lowest attendance numbers with approximately 3,000 and 6,000 attendances respectively.[18] The final match between Japan and Australia saw as many as 3,000 to 10,000 fans with valid tickets denied entry to the stadium[19] which then allegedly sparked small skirmishes among fans, "It was just incredibly badly handled. There were kids and families, not causing any problem, being confronted by riot police and being told they weren't getting in," according to Andy Richardson, Al Jazeera's sports correspondent.[20] The AFC stated that the gates were closed early for security concerns and organisers did not anticipate an influx of Japanese and Australian fans. The organising committee has offered to refund all tickets not redeemed at the match.[21]

After staging the 2006 Asian Games,[22] this Asian Cup was being closely watched as an indicator to see how Qatar copes with hosting a major international football tournament[23] in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

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