2004 AFC Asian Cup

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2004 AFC Asian Cup
2004年亚洲杯足球赛
2004 AFC Asian Cup full logo.svg
Logo of the 2004 Asian Cup
Tournament details
Host countryChina
Dates17 July – 7 August
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Japan.svg  Japan (3rd title)
Runners-upFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR
Third placeFlag of Iran.svg  Iran
Fourth placeFlag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored96 (3 per match)
Attendance937,650 (29,302 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of Bahrain.svg A'ala Hubail
Flag of Iran.svg Ali Karimi
(5 goals each)
Best player(s) Flag of Japan.svg Shunsuke Nakamura
Fair play awardFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR
2000
2007

The 2004 AFC Asian Cup was the 13th edition of the men's AFC Asian Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It was held from 17 July to 7 August 2004 in China. The defending champions Japan defeated China in the final in Beijing.

Contents

The tournament was marked by Saudi Arabia's unexpected failure to even make it out of the first round; a surprisingly good performance by Bahrain, which finished in fourth place; Jordan, which reached the quarterfinals in its first appearance and Indonesia, which gained their historical first Asian Cup win against Qatar. The final match between China and Japan was marked by post-match rioting by Chinese fans near the north gate of Beijing Workers' Stadium, in part due to controversial officiating and anti-Japanese sentiment resulting from historical tensions. [1]

Host cities and venues

Beijing Chongqing Jinan Chengdu
Workers' Stadium Chongqing Olympic Sports Center Shandong Sports Center Chengdu Longquanyi Football Stadium
Capacity: 66,161Capacity: 58,680Capacity: 27,333Capacity: 30,800
Workers Stadium.jpg Chongqing Olympic Stadium.jpg SHANGDONGSPORTS.jpg No image available.svg

Qualification

The lowest-ranked 20 teams were placed in 6 preliminary qualifying groups of 3 and one group of 2, with the group winners joining the remaining 21 teams in 7 groups of 4. The top two of each of these groups qualified for the finals in China.

CountryQualified asDate qualification was securedPrevious appearances in tournament 1, 2
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR Hosts28 October 20007 (1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000)
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2000 AFC Asian Cup winners26 October 20004 (1988, 1992 , 1996, 2000 )
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait Qualifying round Group B winners5 October 20037 (1972, 1976, 1980 , 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000)
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia Qualifying round Group C winners15 October 20035 ( 1984 , 1988 , 1992, 1996 , 2000)
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia Qualifying round Group C runners-up15 October 20032 (1996, 2000)
Flag of Oman.svg  Oman Qualifying round Group E winners21 October 20030 (Debut)
Flag of Iraq (1991-2004).svg  Iraq Qualifying round Group F winners22 October 20034 (1972, 1976, 1996, 2000)
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain Qualifying round Group F runners-up22 October 20031 (1988)
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg  South Korea Qualifying round Group D runners-up24 October 20039 ( 1956 , 1960 , 1964, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000)
Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan Qualifying round Group D runners-up18 November 20030 (Debut)
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates Qualifying round Group G runners-up18 November 20035 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 )
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan Qualifying round Group A winners19 November 20032 (1996, 2000)
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar Qualifying round Group B runners-up19 November 20035 (1980, 1984, 1988 , 1992, 2000)
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Qualifying round Group D winners19 November 20039 ( 1968 , 1972 , 1976 , 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000)
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand Qualifying round Group A runners-up21 November 20034 ( 1972 , 1992, 1996, 2000)
Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan Qualifying round Group G winners28 November 20030 (Debut)

Notes:

1Bold indicates champion for that year
2Italic indicates host

Seeds

Pot APot BPot CPot D

Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg  South Korea
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia

Flag of Iran.svg  Iran
Flag of Iraq (2004-2008).svg  Iraq
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar

Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan

Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain
Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan
Flag of Oman.svg  Oman
Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan

Squads

For a list of all squads that played in the final tournament, see 2004 AFC Asian Cup squads.

Tournament summary

This competition saw a huge number of surprises. The first surprise named Bahrain was in group A, which, despite being just its second tournament, held on China and fellow neighbor Qatar before beating Indonesia 3–1, with the Hubail's brothers Mohamed and Ala'a instrumental in bringing Bahrain to the quarter-finals. Host China, after a shock draw to Bahrain, easily progressed to the next round after thrashing Indonesia 5–0 before Xu Yunlong scored the decisive goal in China's hard fought win over Qatar to process.

In group B, Jordan emerged as a second surprise, as the country just made its debut in the competition. Jordan surprised the whole tournament by two draws to the United Arab Emirates and, especially, a successful goalless draw to South Korea which had already finished in fourth place at the 2002 FIFA World Cup earlier, between that, Jordan shocked Kuwait with two late goals to seal a 2–0 victory, thus finishing second and progressed to the next round alongside South Korea, which, after being held by Jordan, decisively beat Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates to progress.

The two other debutants were Turkmenistan and Oman in group C and D surprised by not finishing bottom in their group, though they failed to progress. Instead, it was the two experienced Saudi Arabia and Thailand which disappointed most of fans, finishing bottom after disastrous performances. In group C, Uzbekistan also surprised by topping the group with three straight 1–0 win while Japan and Iran were able to progress in group D after a final goalless draw and better result than Oman. Iraq was the other qualifier in group C, after beating both Turkmenistan and Saudi Arabia only by one goal margin.

The quarter-finals saw Jordan caused significant problem for Japan, and Jordan was thought to have almost qualified for the semi-finals in the penalty shootout. However, four straight misses later cost Jordan's semi-final dream to end. Uzbekistan and Bahrain held on in a 2–2 draw and Bahrain prevailed after penalty shootout. Host China easily crushed Iraq 3–0, with Zheng Zhi scored two penalties to take Iraq home, while South Korea and Iran created the most phenomenon match in the tournament, an insane thriller where Iran prevailed 4–3 in what would be perceived as the greatest Asian Cup match in the history.

The first semi-final saw Iran and host China battling for the final, with both being held 1–1, despite Iran was down to ten men. China eventually won in penalty shootout. The other semi-final was another insane thriller between Bahrain and Japan, with the Japanese won after extra times thanked for a goal by Keiji Tamada in early minutes of the first half of extra times, thus sent Japan to the final against host China. Iran overcame Bahrain in a consolidating third place encounter, 4–2, to acquire bronze.

The final in Beijing saw China lost to Japan, with a controversial handball goal by Koji Nakata that sealed the game. The win meant Japan had successfully defended their title they achieved four years ago. The outcome frustrated many Chinese supporters, who ended up rioting outside Workers' Stadium over referee's controversial decision allowing the handball goal of Koji Nakata.

Officials

Referees
Assistant Referees

First round

All times are China standard time (UTC+8)

Group A

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR (H)321082+67Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 312064+25
3Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 31023963
4Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 30122421
Source: [ citation needed ]
(H) Host.
China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg2–2Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain
Zheng Zhi Soccerball shade.svg 58' (pen.)
Li Jinyu Soccerball shade.svg 66'
Report M. Hubail Soccerball shade.svg 41'
Ali Soccerball shade.svg 89'

Qatar  Flag of Qatar.svg1–2Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia
M. Mohamed Soccerball shade.svg 83' Report Budi Soccerball shade.svg 26'
Ponaryo Soccerball shade.svg 48'
Workers Stadium, Beijing
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)

Bahrain  Flag of Bahrain.svg1–1Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar
M. Hubail Soccerball shade.svg 90+1' Report Rizik Soccerball shade.svg 59' (pen.)
Workers Stadium, Beijing
Attendance: 48,000
Referee: Toru Kamikawa (Japan)

Indonesia  Flag of Indonesia.svg0–5Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR
Report Shao Jiayi Soccerball shade.svg 25', 66'
Hao Haidong Soccerball shade.svg 40'
Li Ming Soccerball shade.svg 51'
Li Yi Soccerball shade.svg 80'
Workers Stadium, Beijing
Attendance: 48,000
Referee: Talaat Najm (Lebanon)

China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg1–0Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar
Xu Yunlong Soccerball shade.svg 77' Report
Workers Stadium, Beijing
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)

Bahrain  Flag of Bahrain.svg3–1Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia
Ali Soccerball shade.svg 43'
A. Hubail Soccerball shade.svg 57'
Yousef Soccerball shade.svg 82'
Report Elie Soccerball shade.svg 75'
Shandong Sports Center, Jinan
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Coffi Codjia (Benin)

Group B

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg  South Korea 321060+67Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 312020+25
3Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 31023743
4Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 30121541
Source: [ citation needed ]
South Korea  Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg0–0Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan
Report
Shandong Sports Center, Jinan
Attendance: 26,000
Referee: Shamsul Maidin (Singapore)

Kuwait  Flag of Kuwait.svg3–1Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates
B. Abdullah Soccerball shade.svg 24'
Al-Mutawa Soccerball shade.svg 39' (pen.)
Saeed Soccerball shade.svg 45' (og)
Report
Report
Rashid Soccerball shade.svg 47'

Jordan  Flag of Jordan.svg2–0Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait
Saad Soccerball shade.svg 90+1'
Al-Zboun Soccerball shade.svg 90+2'
Report
Shandong Sports Center, Jinan
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Lu Jun (China)

United Arab Emirates  Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg0–2Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg  South Korea
Report Lee Dong-gook Soccerball shade.svg 41'
Ahn Jung-hwan Soccerball shade.svg 90+1'

Jordan  Flag of Jordan.svg0–0Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates
Report
Workers Stadium, Beijing
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Talaat Najm (Lebanon)

South Korea  Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg4–0Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait
Lee Dong-gook Soccerball shade.svg 25', 41'
Cha Du-ri Soccerball shade.svg 45+1'
Ahn Jung-hwan Soccerball shade.svg 75'
Report
Shandong Sports Center, Jinan
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Shamsul Maidin (Singapore)

Group C

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 330030+39Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Iraq (1991-2004).svg  Iraq 320154+16
3Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan 30124621
4Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 30123521
Source: [ citation needed ]
Saudi Arabia  Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg2–2Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan
Al-Qahtani Soccerball shade.svg 9' (pen.), 59' Report N. Bayramov Soccerball shade.svg 6'
Kulyýew Soccerball shade.svg 90+3'

Iraq  Flag of Iraq (1991-2004).svg0–1Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan
Report Qosimov Soccerball shade.svg 21'

Turkmenistan  Flag of Turkmenistan.svg2–3Flag of Iraq (1991-2004).svg  Iraq
V. Bayramov Soccerball shade.svg 14'
Kulyýew Soccerball shade.svg 85'
Report H. M. Mohammed Soccerball shade.svg 12'
Farhan Soccerball shade.svg 80'
Munir Soccerball shade.svg 88'

Uzbekistan  Flag of Uzbekistan.svg1–0Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia
Geynrikh Soccerball shade.svg 13' Report
Sichuan Longquanyi Stadium, Chengdu
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Coffi Codjia (Benin)

Saudi Arabia  Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg1–2Flag of Iraq (1991-2004).svg  Iraq
Al-Montashari Soccerball shade.svg 57' Report Akram Soccerball shade.svg 51'
Mahmoud Soccerball shade.svg 86'

Turkmenistan  Flag of Turkmenistan.svg0–1Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan
Report Qosimov Soccerball shade.svg 58'

Group D

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 321051+47Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 312052+35
3Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 311143+14
4Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 30031980
Source: [ citation needed ]
Japan  Flag of Japan.svg1–0Flag of Oman.svg  Oman
Nakamura Soccerball shade.svg 33' Report

Iran  Flag of Iran.svg3–0Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand
Enayati Soccerball shade.svg 71'
Nekounam Soccerball shade.svg 80'
Daei Soccerball shade.svg 86' (pen.)
Report

Oman  Flag of Oman.svg2–2Flag of Iran.svg  Iran
Al-Hosni Soccerball shade.svg 31', 40' Report Karimi Soccerball shade.svg 61'
Nosrati Soccerball shade.svg 90+4'

Thailand  Flag of Thailand.svg1–4Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Sutee Soccerball shade.svg 12' Report Nakamura Soccerball shade.svg 21'
Nakazawa Soccerball shade.svg 57', 87'
Fukunishi Soccerball shade.svg 68'

Oman  Flag of Oman.svg2–0Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand
Rangsan Soccerball shade.svg 15' (o.g.)
Al-Hosni Soccerball shade.svg 49'
Report
Sichuan Longquanyi Stadium, Chengdu
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: Lu Jun (China)

Japan  Flag of Japan.svg0–0Flag of Iran.svg  Iran
Report

Knockout stage

All times are China standard time (UTC+8)

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
30 July – Beijing
 
 
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 3
 
3 August – Beijing
 
Flag of Iraq (1991-2004).svg  Iraq 0
 
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR (pen.)1 (4)
 
31 July – Jinan
 
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 1 (3)
 
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg  South Korea 3
 
7 August – Beijing
 
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 4
 
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 1
 
30 July – Chengdu
 
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 3
 
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 2 (3)
 
3 August – Jinan
 
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain (pen.)2 (4)
 
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 3
 
31 July – Chongqing
 
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan (a.e.t.)4 Third place
 
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan (pen.)1 (4)
 
6 August – Beijing
 
Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 1 (3)
 
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 4
 
 
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 2
 

Quarter-finals


China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg3–0Flag of Iraq (1991-2004).svg  Iraq
Hao Haidong Soccerball shade.svg 8'
Zheng Zhi Soccerball shade.svg 81' (pen.), 90+2' (pen.)
Report
Workers Stadium, Beijing
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Shamsul Maidin (Singapore)


South Korea  Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg3–4Flag of Iran.svg  Iran
Seol Ki-hyeon Soccerball shade.svg 16'
Lee Dong-gook Soccerball shade.svg 25'
Kim Nam-il Soccerball shade.svg 68'
Report Karimi Soccerball shade.svg 10', 20', 77'
Park Jin-seop Soccerball shade.svg 51' (o.g.)

Semi-finals

Bahrain  Flag of Bahrain.svg3–4 (a.e.t.)Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
A. Hubail Soccerball shade.svg 7', 71'
Naser Soccerball shade.svg 85'
Report Nakata Soccerball shade.svg 48'
Tamada Soccerball shade.svg 55', 93'
Nakazawa Soccerball shade.svg 90'
Shandong Sports Center, Jinan
Attendance: 32,000
Referee: Shamsul Maidin (Singapore)

Third place playoff

Iran  Flag of Iran.svg4–2Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain
Nekounam Soccerball shade.svg 9'
Karimi Soccerball shade.svg 52'
Daei Soccerball shade.svg 80' (pen.), 90'
Report Yousef Soccerball shade.svg 48'
Farhan Soccerball shade.svg 57'

Final

China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg1–3Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Li Ming Soccerball shade.svg 31' Report Fukunishi Soccerball shade.svg 22'
Nakata Soccerball shade.svg 65'
Tamada Soccerball shade.svg 90+1'
Workers Stadium, Beijing
Attendance: 62,000
Referee: Saad Kamil Al-Fadhli (Kuwait)

Statistics

Goalscorers

With five goals, A'ala Hubail and Ali Karimi are the top scorers in the tournament. In total, 96 goals were scored by 58 different players, with two of them credited as own goals.

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

Awards

Most Valuable Player

Top scorer

Fair Play Award

Team of the Tournament [2] [3]

GoalkeepersDefendersMidfieldersForwards

Flag of Japan.svg Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi

Flag of Japan.svg Tsuneyasu Miyamoto
Flag of Japan.svg Yuji Nakazawa
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zheng Zhi
Flag of Iran.svg Mehdi Mahdavikia

Flag of Japan.svg Shunsuke Nakamura
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shao Jiayi
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zhao Junzhe
Flag of Bahrain.svg Talal Yousef

Flag of Bahrain.svg A'ala Hubail
Flag of Iran.svg Ali Karimi

Final standings

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPCTResult
1Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 6420136+714.8331st
2Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 6321136+711.6672nd
3Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 6330148+612.7503rd
4Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 6132131416.417
5Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 431052+310.875Eliminated in the quarterfinals
6Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg  South Korea 421194+57.625
7Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 413031+26.625
8Flag of Iraq (1991-2004).svg  Iraq 42025726.500
9Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 311143+14.500Eliminated in the first stage
10Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 31023743.333
11Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 31023963.333
12Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan 30124621.167
13Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 30123521.167
14Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 30122421.167
15Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 30121541.167
16Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 30031980.000
Source: rsssf.com

Views

Like other sports events, the Asian Cup 2004 was publicised as evidence of China's economic and athletic progress, being referred to by some as a prelude to the 2008 Summer Olympics. Many Chinese see the tournament as a success and take great pride in having showcased such an important sporting event in advance of the Olympic Games. However, the Japanese media and many other international observers have pointed out bad manners on the part of Chinese fans, and sparse attendance at the tournament, raising questions on China's ability to hold such sporting events. [ citation needed ]

Throughout the tournament, most Chinese fans in the stadia expressed anti-Japanese sentiments by drowning out the Japanese national anthem, displaying political banners and booing whenever Japan got the ball, regardless of the score or opponent. This was reported by the international media, and was aggravated when Koji Nakata apparently knocked in the ball with his right hand in the final against China. [4] The PRC government responded by calling for restraint and increasing police numbers to maintain order. The Japanese government also called on the PRC to ensure the safety of Japanese fans, [5] while specifically asking Japanese nationals or people of Japanese origin to not display any form of excessive pride, especially wearing Japan national football team uniforms. Despite the Chinese government's campaign, a riot started by Chinese fans broke out near the north gate of the Workers' Stadium, though reports differ as to the extent of the riot. As a result, some media groups have said that displays of "excessive Chinese nationalism during the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics have become a cause for concern for Chinese officials".

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