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 nations: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. For the first time in the nation's history, Iraq won the continental title after it defeated Saudi Arabia 1–0 in the final. As the winner, Iraq represented the AFC in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
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. Beginning in 2007, Asia will 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 happened to also be the tournament's first nation aside from the co-hosts to qualify for the 2007 Asian Cup.
|2007 AFC Asian Cup|
|Piala Asia 2007 (Indonesian, Malaysian)|
เอเชียนคัพ 2007 (Thai)
Cúp bóng đá châu Á 2007 (Viet)
|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|
The then-AFC President Mohammed Bin Hammam proposed and presented a move to have four host nations for the 2007 Asian Cup. However, he 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 National 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 round 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 and had to play in the qualification. Twenty-four nations were split into six four-team groups for 12 remaining spots in the finals. The four co-hosts – Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam – were granted automatic qualification.
|Country||Qualified as||Date qualification was secured||Previous appearances in tournament1, 2|
|Indonesia||Co-hosts||7 August 2004||3 (1996, 2000, 2004)|
|Malaysia||Co-hosts||7 August 2004||2 (1976, 1980)|
|Thailand||Co-hosts||7 August 2004||5 (1972, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)|
|Vietnam||Co-hosts||7 August 2004||2 (19563, 19603)|
|Australia||Group D winner||11 October 2006||0 (debut)|
|Japan||Group A winner||15 November 2006||5 (1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)|
|Saudi Arabia||Group A runner-up||15 November 2006||6 (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)|
|Iran||Group B winner||15 November 2006||10 (1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)|
|South Korea||Group B runner-up||15 November 2006||10 (1956, 1960, 1964, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004)|
|United Arab Emirates||Group C winner||15 November 2006||6 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004)|
|Oman||Group C runner-up||15 November 2006||1 (2004)|
|Bahrain||Group D runner-up||15 November 2006||2 (1988, 2004)|
|Iraq||Group E winner||15 November 2006||5 (1972, 1976, 1996, 2000, 2004)|
|China PR||Group E runner-up||15 November 2006||8 (1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)|
|Qatar||Group F winner||15 November 2006||6 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, 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|
On 19 December 2006, the draw was held in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
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.
The Asian Cup saw many upsets in the early stages of the tournament. In Group A, Oman held favourites Australia to a surprising draw. Oman took the lead and would have won save for an injury time goal from Tim Cahill. Next, hosts Vietnam shocked Gulf Champions UAE with a 2–0 victory. In the same group, Qatar held Japan to a shock 1–1 draw. The result caused Japan 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 drop their match, losing to China 5–1. Thailand recorded just its 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 against Iraq the following day, leaving them floundering in the tournament despite high expectations. However, Australia's 4–0 demolition of Thailand at the last match day saw them into the quarterfinals.
Vietnam continued to stun all predictions when drew 2006 ASIAD champion Qatar 1–1 while Japan finally thrashed the UAE 3–1. Though, Vietnam was crushed 1–4 by Asian champion Japan last match, but 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 champions. On the other hand, while Malaysia continued its poor form with 0–5 and 0–2 loss to Uzbekistan and Iran, thus went out of tournament with no point, China's shocking elimination occurred when they got a hammered 0–3 defeat on the hand of the Uzbeks, despite having drawn 2–2 with Iran and was expected to qualify from group stage with an easy win.
Bahrain shocked them 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 host Indonesia, enough to seal them in.
In the quarterfinals, Iraq defeated Vietnam 2–0, while South Korea ('Korea Republic') 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 Australian 'keeper 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 South Korea 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 topped defending champions Japan 3–2 to make an all-Arab affair for the final match.
Iraq went on to defeat Saudi Arabia 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 in penalties 6–5. It was the third consecutive match in the tournament that South Korea played 0–0 before a penalty shootout. Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea, as the top three national 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'|
A. Al-Qahtani 45'
Al-Jassim 68', 79'
|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'
|South Korea||0–0 (a.e.t.)||Japan|
|6–5|| S. Nakamura
|AFC Asian Cup 2007 Winners|
|Top Goalscorers||Most Valuable Player||Best Goalkeeper||Best Defender||Best Defence||Most Entertaining Team||Fair Play Award|
| Younis Mahmoud
|Younis Mahmoud||Noor Sabri||Bassim Abbas||Iraq||Iraq||Japan|
The Toshiba All-Star XI was voted for by fans on the official Asian Cup website. The overall results of the votes were:
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.
|Eliminated in the Quarterfinals|
|Eliminated in the First Stage|
|12||United Arab Emirates||3||1||0||2||3||6||−3||3||33.3%|
The 2007 AFC Asian Cup Final was a football match that took place on 29 July 2007 at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, to determine the 2007 AFC Asian Cup champion. Iraq defeated Saudi Arabia 1–0 with a Younis Mahmoud
header from Hawar Mulla Mohammed's corner in the 73rd minute sealing the victory.Before the match, Iraq had never reached the final of the Asian Cup, while Saudi Arabia had appeared in five of the last six Asian Cup finals, winning three of them (1984, 1988 and 1996) and finishing as runners-up in the other two (1992 and 2000). This final was only the second all-Arab final in Asian Cup history, with the other being the 1996 edition.
Iraq entered the game as underdogs; the team only won two of their eight pre-tournament friendlies and both wins were against teams that did not qualify for the tournament. Their manager, Jorvan Vieira had only been in charge of the team for two months while the team were forced to train outside of their home country due to the lack of safety in their homeland; they also suffered from poor facilities as they did not have enough kits to last the tournament and had to order a new set of kits with a different design on midway through the tournament, and they struggled to travel to the different matches due to passport and financial problems. In fact, the war-torn nation almost pulled out of the game after two bomb attacks targeting jubilant football fans who were celebrating the semi-final win over South Korea killed at least 50 people and injured 135, but they decided to play on after a grieving mother pleaded on television for the team to win the cup in honour of her deceased son.The result saw thousands of Iraqis spilling onto the streets to celebrate the victory, and the win temporarily united the fractured nation, as Sunnis, Shias and Kurds celebrated with each other despite their opposing beliefs, a reflection of the team itself that consisted of players from all three groups. Iraq's victory in the tournament is seen as one of the greatest giant-killings in international football history and one of the sport's greatest fairytale victories, and commentator Simon Hill described the team as "a team without hope, bringing joy to its fractured nation" and "succeeding where the politicians were failing". The win saw Iraq qualify for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa. The tournament's closing ceremony was held immediately prior to kickoff.2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
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