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The 2012 AFC Challenge Cup was the fourth edition of the tournament, an international football competition for Asian Football Confederation (AFC) member nations that are mainly categorized as "emerging countries" in the defunct Vision Asia programme. It took place in Nepal from 8–19 March 2012.[1] Unlike in previous editions of the tournament, there were no automatic qualifiers. Therefore, 2010 champions North Korea, runners-up Turkmenistan, and third-placed Tajikistan had to navigate the qualification phase in order to return to the finals.[2] North Korea successfully defended their title and qualified for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.[3]

2012 AFC Challenge Cup
एएफसी च्यालेन्ज कप फुटबल-२०१२
2012 AFC Challenge Cup logo.svg
Logo of the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup
Tournament details
Host countryNepal
Dates8–19 March
Teams8
Venue(s)2 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions North Korea (2nd title)
Runners-up Turkmenistan
Third place Philippines
Fourth place Palestine
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored42 (2.63 per match)
Attendance50,000 (3,125 per match)
Top scorer(s)Philippines Phil Younghusband
(6 goals)
Best player(s)North Korea Pak Nam-Chol
2010
2014

HostsEdit

Maldives, Nepal, and Palestine expressed an interest to bid to host the tournament. A decision on which country would be hosts was set to be made by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on 14 June 2011,[4] but was deferred until the AFC Executive Committee on 29 July 2011.[5] The committee decided to endorse Nepal as the hosts of the AFC Challenge Cup 2012 Finals.[6]

VenuesEdit

QualificationEdit

The qualification stage saw 20 eligible member associations compete in qualifiers.[7]

  • An initial pre-qualifying round (home and away) narrowed the field to 16 teams.
  • The final qualifying round consist of four groups of four teams each with the group winners and runners-up qualifying.
  • Only the eight teams that qualified for the tournament finals were permitted to bid to be hosts.

Qualified nationsEdit

  •   Palestine – Qualification Group A winners
  •   Philippines – Qualification Group A runners-up
  •   India – Qualification Group B winners
  •   Turkmenistan – Qualification Group B runners-up
  •   Maldives – Qualification Group C winners
  •   Tajikistan – Qualification Group C runners-up
  •   North Korea – Qualification Group D winners
  •     Nepal – Qualification Group D runners-up

DrawEdit

The draw for the final tournament was held on 1 December 2011 at the Soaltee Crown Plaza Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal.[8]

SquadsEdit

Each team could name a squad of 23 players.[9]

Group stageEdit

All times are Nepal Time (NPT) – UTC+5:45

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

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:[9]

  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

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Turkmenistan 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
  Palestine 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 7
  Maldives 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3 3
    Nepal 3 0 0 3 0 6 −6 0
Turkmenistan  3–1  Maldives
Mingazow   33'
Çoňkaýew   78'
Amanow   85'
Report[permanent dead link] Adhuham   20'
Nepal    0–2  Palestine
Report[permanent dead link] Attieh   4'
Attal   65'

Palestine  0–0  Turkmenistan
Report[permanent dead link]
Maldives  1–0    Nepal
Rasheed   51' Report[permanent dead link]

Nepal    0–3  Turkmenistan
Report[permanent dead link] Tagaýew   7'
Biraj   79' (o.g.)
Hangeldiýew   89'
Maldives  0–2  Palestine
Report[permanent dead link] Wadi   59'
Nu'man   90+4'

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  North Korea 3 3 0 0 8 0 +8 9
  Philippines 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6
  Tajikistan 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3
  India 3 0 0 3 0 8 −8 0
North Korea  2–0  Philippines
Pak Nam-Chol I   58'
Jang Kuk-chol   70'
Report[permanent dead link]
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Pratap Singh (India)
India  0–2  Tajikistan
Report[permanent dead link] Khamroqulov   61'
Davronov   66'

Tajikistan  0–2  North Korea
Report[permanent dead link] Pak Nam-Chol I   4'
Jang Kuk-chol   86'
Philippines  2–0  India
P. Younghusband   10'73' Report[permanent dead link]

Tajikistan  1–2  Philippines
Negmatov   45+1' Report[permanent dead link] P. Younghusband   54'
Á. Guirado   80'
Attendance: 800
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)

Knockout stageEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
16 March
 
 
  Turkmenistan2
 
19 March
 
  Philippines1
 
  Turkmenistan1
 
16 March
 
  North Korea2
 
  North Korea2
 
 
  Palestine0
 
Third place
 
 
19 March
 
 
  Philippines4
 
 
  Palestine3

Semi-finalsEdit


North Korea  2–0  Palestine
Pak Kwang-ryong   42'68' Report[permanent dead link]

Third place play-offEdit

Philippines  4–3  Palestine
P. Younghusband   4'25' (pen.)
Á. Guirado   42'
J. Guirado   69'
Report Abuhabib   21'67'
Attal   78'

FinalEdit

Turkmenistan  1–2  North Korea
Şamyradow   2' Report[permanent dead link] Jong Il-gwan   36'
Jang Song-hyok   87' (pen.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Turkmenistan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
North Korea
GK 1 Rahmanberdi Alyhanow
DF 12 Serdar Annaorazow   11'   64'
DF 18 Şöhrat Söýünow   90+4'
DF 19 Ahmet Ataýew   58'
DF 23 Dawid Sarkisow   86'
DF 34 Akmyrat Jumanazarow
MF 8 Bahtiýar Hojaahmedow
MF 26 Elman Tagaýew   42'
MF 30 Umidjan Astanow
FW 7 Berdi Şamyradow (c)
FW 22 Guwanç Abylow   54'
Substitutions:
MF 6 Ruslan Mingazow   42'
FW 17 Arslanmyrat Amanow   54'
DF 14 Guwanç Rejepow   64'
Manager:
Ýazguly Hojageldyýew
GK 1 Ri Myong-guk
DF 5 Ri Kwang-chon (c)
DF 12 Jon Kwang-ik   90+3'
DF 14 Pak Nam-Chol II
DF 19 Jang Kuk-chol   53'
DF 20 Ri Kwang-hyok
MF 4 Pak Nam-Chol I
MF 8 Ri Chol-myong
MF 17 An Yong-hak   73'
FW 10 Pak Kwang-ryong   90+2'
FW 11 Jong Il-gwan   62'
Substitutions:
FW 25 Kim Ju-song   53'
DF 23 Jang Song-hyok   73'
MF 22 Pak Song-Chol I   90+2'
Manager:
Yun Jong-su

Man of the Match:

Assistant referees:
Azman Bin Ismail (Malaysia)
Humoud Al-Sahli (Kuwait)
Fourth official:
Yousef Al-Marzouq (Kuwait)

StatisticsEdit

WinnerEdit

 2012 AFC Challenge Cup Champions 
 
North Korea
Second title

Individual AwardsEdit

The following awards were given for the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup:[10][11]

Fair Play Award Golden Shoe Most Valuable Player
  North Korea   Phil Younghusband   Pak Nam-Chol I

Team of the tournamentEdit

The team of the tournament – Dream Team in a 4-4-2 formation.

GoalscorersEdit

6 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

Post-tournament team rankingEdit

As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD
  North Korea 5 5 0 0 12 1 +11
  Turkmenistan 5 3 1 1 9 4 +5
  Philippines 5 3 0 2 9 8 +1
  Palestine 5 2 1 2 7 6 +1
  Tajikistan 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1
  Maldives 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3
    Nepal 3 0 0 3 0 6 −6
  India 3 0 0 3 0 8 −8

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2012 (Men)" (PDF). The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
  2. ^ "No direct entry for 2012 AFC Challenge Cup". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "AFC Competitions Committee". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 23 November 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Maldives, Nepal and Palestine bidding to host CC 2012 Finals". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Chinese Taipei to host AFC President's Cup Finals". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 14 June 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Message of unity from AFC ExCo". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  7. ^ "No direct entry for 2012 AFC Challenge Cup". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
  8. ^ "Nepal's luck of the draw". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Competition Regulations AFC Challenge Cup Nepal 2012". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  10. ^ "Pak scoops MVP award". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  11. ^ "Six-shooter Phil takes top scorer title". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 19 March 2012. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012.

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