2015 AFC Asian Cup

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2015 AFC Asian Cup
2015 AFC Asian Cup logo.svg
Tournament details
Host countryAustralia
Dates9–31 January
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (1st title)
Runners-upFlag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
Third placeFlag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates
Fourth placeFlag of Iraq.svg  Iraq
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored85 (2.66 per match)
Attendance705,705 (22,053 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Ali Mabkhout
(5 goals)
Best player(s) Flag of Australia (converted).svg Massimo Luongo
Best goalkeeper Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mathew Ryan
Fair play awardFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
2011
2019
Result of countries participating in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup
Champion
Runner-up
Third place
Fourth place
Quarter-finals
Group stage 2015 AFC Asian Cup.png
Result of countries participating in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup

The 2015 AFC Asian Cup was the 16th edition of the men's AFC Asian Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It was held in Australia from 9 to 31 January 2015. [1] The tournament was won by Australia after defeating South Korea 2–1 in extra time in the final, thereby earning the right to participate in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, which was hosted by Russia. The win was Australia's first Asian title since their move from the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in 2006. It was also the first time a men's team has become champions of two confederations, following Australia's four OFC Nations Cup titles: 1980, 1996, 2000 and 2004; right after the Australian women's team won the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup.

AFC Asian Cup international association football tournament run by the Asian Football Confederation

The AFC Asian Cup is an international association football tournament run by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It is the second oldest continental football championship in the world after Copa América. The winning team becomes the champion of Asia and qualifies for the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Association football team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Asian Football Confederation governing body of association football in Asia

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of association football in Asia and Australia. It has 47 member countries, mostly located on the Asian and Australian continent, but excludes the transcontinental countries with territory in both Europe and Asia – Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkey – which are instead members of UEFA. Three other states located geographically along the western fringe of Asia – Cyprus, Armenia and Israel – are also UEFA members. On the other hand, Australia, formerly in the OFC, joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006, and the Oceanian island of Guam, a territory of the United States, is also a member of AFC, in addition to Northern Mariana Islands, one of the Two Commonwealths of the United States. Hong Kong and Macau, although not independent countries, are also members of the AFC.

Contents

Australia was chosen as the host on 5 January 2011, after being the sole bidder for the right to host the 2015 tournament. The matches were played in five different stadiums across five cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle. It was the first time that Australia had hosted the tournament, and it was also the first time the Asian Cup had been held outside the continent of Asia. As hosts, Australia automatically qualified for the final tournament, while the remaining 15 finalists (with the exception of Japan and South Korea who qualified via their top three position in the previous Asian Cup) were decided through a qualification process, featuring 44 teams, from February 2013 to March 2014.

Sydney City in New South Wales, Australia

Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Located on Australia's east coast, the metropolis surrounds Port Jackson and extends about 70 km (43.5 mi) on its periphery towards the Blue Mountains to the west, Hawkesbury to the north, the Royal National Park to the south and Macarthur to the south-west. Sydney is made up of 658 suburbs, 40 local government areas and 15 contiguous regions. Residents of the city are known as "Sydneysiders". As of June 2017, Sydney's estimated metropolitan population was 5,131,326, and is home to approximately 65% of the state's population.

Melbourne City in Victoria, Australia

Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Its name refers to an urban agglomeration of 9,992.5 km2 (3,858.1 sq mi), comprising a metropolitan area with 31 municipalities, and is also the common name for its city centre. The city occupies much of the coastline of Port Phillip bay and spreads into the hinterlands towards the Dandenong and Macedon ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley. It has a population of approximately 4.9 million, and its inhabitants are referred to as "Melburnians".

Brisbane capital city of Queensland, Australia

Brisbane is the capital of and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland, and the third most populous city in Australia. Brisbane's metropolitan area has a population of 2.5 million, and the South East Queensland region, centred on Brisbane, encompasses a population of more than 3.5 million. The Brisbane central business district stands on the historic European settlement and is situated inside a peninsula of the Brisbane River, about 15 kilometres from its mouth at Moreton Bay. The metropolitan area extends in all directions along the floodplain of the Brisbane River Valley between Moreton Bay and the Great Dividing Range, sprawling across several of Australia's most populous local government areas (LGAs) — most centrally the City of Brisbane, which is by far the most populous LGA in the nation. The demonym of Brisbane is "Brisbanite".

The final tournament was Played in two stages: the group stage and the knockout stage. In the group stage each team played three games in a group of four, with the winners and runners-up from each group advancing to the knockout stage. In the knockout stage the eight teams competed in single-elimination matches, beginning with the quarter-finals and ending with the final match of the tournament. A third-place match was also played between the two losing teams of the semi-finals (Iraq and the United Arab Emirates).

Single-elimination tournament knock-out sports competition

A single-elimination, knockout, or sudden death tournament is a type of elimination tournament where the loser of each match-up is immediately eliminated from the tournament. Each winner will play another in the next round, until the final match-up, whose winner becomes the tournament champion. Each match-up may be a single match or several, for example two-legged ties in European football or best-of series in American pro sports. Defeated competitors may play no further part after losing, or may participate in "consolation" or "classification" matches against other losers to determine the lower final rankings; for example, a third place playoff between losing semi-finalists. In a shootout poker tournament, there are more than two players competing at each table, and sometimes more than one progressing to the next round. Some competitions are held with a pure single-elimination tournament system. Others have many phases, with the last being a single-elimination final stage, often called playoffs.

Iraq national football team national association football team

The Iraq national football team represents Iraq in international football. The team is known by its fans as Usood Al-Rafidain, which means Lions of Mesopotamia, and is controlled by the Iraq Football Association (IFA), which is currently a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) as well as the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF), the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) and the Arab Gulf Cup Football Federation (AGCFF).

United Arab Emirates national football team national association football team

The United Arab Emirates national football team represents the United Arab Emirates in association football and is controlled by the United Arab Emirates Football Association, the governing body for football in United Arab Emirates and competes in AFC. They were for a time managed by legendary English manager Don Revie.

Japan were the defending champions going into the tournament, having won the previous competition in 2011. They recorded their worst finish in the Asian Cup since the 1996 edition in the United Arab Emirates, being knocked out in the quarter-finals by that team in a penalty shootout. [2]

Japan national football team Mens national association football team representing Japan

The Japan national football team represents Japan in association football and is operated by the Japan Football Association (JFA), the governing body for football in Japan. The current head coach is former footballer and current coach of the Japan national under-23 football team: Hajime Moriyasu.

2011 AFC Asian Cup Piala Asia 2011

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. 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.

1996 AFC Asian Cup football tournament

The 1996 AFC Asian Cup was the 11th 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 the United Arab Emirates between 4 and 21 December 1996. Saudi Arabia defeated hosts United Arab Emirates in the final match in Abu Dhabi. As the runners-up, the United Arab Emirates represented the AFC in the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup as the winners Saudi Arabia had qualified automatically as host.

Host selection

Australia initially put forward its bid to host the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in 2010. [3] As the sole bidder for the hosting rights, Australia was officially named host on 5 January 2011. [4]

Considering the efforts of the Football Federation Australia in developing the game on their territory and considering also all the achievements that have been made towards the development of football in Australia and to encourage Australia to take steps towards developing the game, I am happy and honoured to announce that the executive committee of the Asian Football Confederation has approved Australia as the host nation of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

Football Federation Australia sports governing body

Football Federation Australia (FFA) is the governing body of soccer, futsal, and beach soccer within Australia. The FFA is headquartered in Sydney. Although the first governing body of the sport was founded in 1911, FFA in its current form was only established in 1963 as the Australian Soccer Federation. It was later reconstituted in 2003 as the Australian Soccer Association before adopting its current name in 2005.

Teams

Qualification

The 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification process determined the 16 participating teams for the tournament. In the initial scheme, ten places were determined by qualification matches, while six places were reserved for the 2015 host nation, top three finishers in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, and the two winners of the AFC Challenge Cup. Though, as the host nation Australia also finished as runners-up in the 2011 Asian Cup, the initial six automatic qualification spots were reduced to five, with a total of 11 spots eventually determined by the qualification matches, in which 20 AFC members competed. [6]

There were two main competitive paths to the 2015 Asian Cup. The AFC Challenge Cup acted as a qualification competition for eligible countries within the emerging and developing category of member associations. The winners of the AFC Challenge Cup competitions in 2012 and 2014 qualified automatically for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup finals. [7] The remaining spots were available for the teams competing in the main Asian Cup preliminaries. The AFC decided that the 20 teams involved in the qualifiers would be split into five groups of four teams each. The top two teams from each group and one best third-placed team from among all the groups would qualify for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. [8]

Qualified teams

Out of the sixteen teams that qualified, fourteen that participated in the 2011 tournament. Oman qualified for the first time since 2007. Palestine, winners of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup, were the only team making their first appearance in the tournament. India and Syria are the only two teams from the 2011 tournament who failed to qualify for the subsequent edition. Excluding hosts Australia, none of the other 11 members of the ASEAN Football Federation qualified, nor did any of the South Asian national teams.

Qualified for Asian Cup
Failed to qualify
Did not enter
Not an AFC member 2015 AFC Asian Cup Qualification.png
  Qualified for Asian Cup
  Failed to qualify
  Did not enter
  Not an AFC member


TeamMethod of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Hosts5 January 20113rd 2011 Runners-up (2011)
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2011 AFC Asian Cup winners25 January 20118th 2011 Winners (1992, 2000, 2004, 2011)
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 2011 AFC Asian Cup 3rd place28 January 201113th 2011 Winners (1956, 1960)
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 2012 AFC Challenge Cup winners19 March 20124th 2011 Fourth place (1980)
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain Group D winners15 November 20135th 2011 Fourth place (2004)
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates Group E winners15 November 20139th 2011 Runners-up (1996)
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia Group C winners15 November 20139th 2011 Winners (1984, 1988, 1996)
Flag of Oman.svg  Oman Group A winners19 November 20133rd 2007 Group Stage (2004, 2007)
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan Group E runners-up19 November 20136th 2011 Fourth place (2011)
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar Group D runners-up19 November 20139th 2011 Quarter-finals (2000, 2011)
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Group B winners19 November 201313th 2011 Winners (1968, 1972, 1976)
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait Group B runners-up19 November 201310th 2011 Winners (1980)
Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan Group A runners-up4 February 20143rd 2011 Quarter-finals (2004, 2011)
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq Group C runners-up5 March 20148th 2011 Winners (2007)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR Best third-placed team 5 March 201411th 2011 Runners-up (1984, 2004)
Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine 2014 AFC Challenge Cup winners30 May 20141stN/AN/A

Draw

The Sydney Opera House, location for the final draw Sydney Opera House, botanic gardens 1.jpg
The Sydney Opera House, location for the final draw

The draw for the final tournament occurred at the Sydney Opera House on 26 March 2014. [9] The draw procedure involved the 16 participating teams drawn at random into the four groups of the group stage. [10] In preparation for this, the teams were organised into four pots based on a seeding which used the March 2014 FIFA World Rankings (rankings beside the qualified teams). The draw and seeding ensured a fair distribution of teams in the groups, with each of the four groups in the group stage made up of one team from each pot. The host nation (Australia) was automatically placed into Pot 1, with the team having been predetermined to be in Group A. [11] In addition, at the time of the draw, the identity of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup winners (Palestine) was not known yet, and they were automatically placed into Pot 4.

Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4

Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (63) (hosts)
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran (42)
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan (48)
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan (55)

Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea (60)
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates (61)
Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan (66)
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia (75)

Flag of Oman.svg  Oman (81)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR (98)
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar (101)
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq (103)

Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain (106)
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait (110)
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea (133)
Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine (167)

Venues

Stadiums

The five host cities for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle, were announced on 27 March 2013, with a total five stadia to be used. [12]

Ticketing

Tickets for the venues were sold directly by AFC via its website, or distributed by the football associations of the 16 finalists. 500,000 tickets were available for the 31 tournament matches. [14] Over 45,000 international visitors were forecast to visit Australia during the tournament. [15] Prices varied from $10 (for a seat behind the goals at a group match) to $150 (for a seat in the main stand at the final). In addition to individual match tickets, fans could buy packages to see all matches played at one specific venue. [16]

Team base camps

Each team had a "team base camp" for its stay between the matches. From an initial list of 27 potential locations, the national associations chose their locations in 2014. [17] The teams trained and resided in these locations throughout the tournament, travelling to games staged away from their bases. [18]

TeamArrivalLast matchBase campGroup stage venuesQF venuesSF venuesFinal venue
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 29 December31 January Melbourne Melbourne, Sydney & BrisbaneBrisbaneNewcastleSydney
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 22 December19 January Ballarat Melbourne, Canberra & SydneyN/AN/AN/A
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 29 December22 January Sydney Brisbane & CanberraBrisbaneN/AN/A
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 31 December23 January Sydney Melbourne, Sydney & BrisbaneCanberraN/AN/A
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 1 January30 January Canberra Brisbane & CanberraCanberraSydneyNewcastle
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 3 January23 January Cessnock Newcastle, Brisbane & MelbourneSydneyN/AN/A
Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 23 December20 January Melbourne Brisbane & MelbourneN/AN/AN/A
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 18 December17 January Queanbeyan Melbourne, Canberra & NewcastleN/AN/AN/A
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 15 December18 January Canberra Sydney, Melbourne & CanberraN/AN/AN/A
Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 28 December17 January Sydney Canberra, Sydney & NewcastleN/AN/AN/A
Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine 2 January20 January Brisbane Newcastle, Melbourne & CanberraN/AN/AN/A
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 28 December19 January Canberra Canberra & SydneyN/AN/AN/A
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 26 December18 January Brisbane Brisbane & MelbourneN/AN/AN/A
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 27 December31 January Brisbane Canberra & BrisbaneMelbourneSydneySydney
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 26 December30 January Gold Coast Canberra & BrisbaneSydneyNewcastleNewcastle
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 3 January22 January Melbourne Sydney, Brisbane & MelbourneMelbourneN/AN/A

Match ball

The Nike Ordem 2 was announced as the official 2015 Asian Cup match ball on 1 October 2014. The ball features the traditional colors of the tournament. The mainly white ball has a distinctive design with a mainly red graphic pattern and yellow details for better visibility. It shows the official 2015 AFC Asian Cup logo as well as a black Swoosh. The ball provided a design for real flight, accuracy and control, and features Nike Aerowtrac grooves and a micro-textured casing. Nike RaDaR (Rapid Decision and Response) technology with a unique graphic upper is also utilised in the design to see the ball faster while the three-layer synthetic upper made for optimal touch. [19]

Match officials

On 1 January 2015, the AFC named 47 match officials for the tournament, including referees, assistant referees, fourth officials, and reserve assistant referees. Each main refereeing team (of which there were eleven) consisted of three match officials from the same country: one referee and two assistant referees. [20] The AFC decided three match officials from New Zealand would take part in the tournament, despite the country being in the Oceania Football Confederation. Match officials based together in Sydney, during the Asian Cup, where they trained together, had technical meetings, conduct match reviews and previews, and only split when attending appointments at the five Asian Cup stadiums in Canberra, Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane and Melbourne. [21] Australian referee Chris Beath, who was a fourth official before the start of the tournament, was promoted for one match when Uzbek referee Valentin Kovalenko had to withdraw due to illness. [21]

CountryRefereeAssistant refereesMatches refereed
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Ben Williams Matthew Cream
Paul Cetrangolo
Iran–Bahrain (Group C)
Uzbekistan–Saudi Arabia (Group B)
Iran–Iraq (Quarter-final)
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain Nawaf Shukralla Yaser Tulefat
Ebrahim Saleh
Uzbekistan–North Korea (Group B)
Australia–South Korea (Group A)
Iraq–United Arab Emirates (Third place match)
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Alireza Faghani Reza Sokhandan
Mohammad Reza Abolfazli
Saudi Arabia–China PR (Group B)
Kuwait–South Korea (Group A)
Iraq–Japan (Group D)
Japan–United Arab Emirates (Quarter-final)
South Korea–Australia (Final)
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Ryuji Sato Toru Sagara
Toshiyuki Nagi
Oman–Australia (Group A)
Iran–United Arab Emirates (Group C)
South Korea–Iraq (Semi-final)
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Peter O'Leary Jan-Hendrik Hintz
Mark Rule
South Korea–Oman (Group A)
Flag of Oman.svg  Oman Abdullah Al Hilali Hamad Al-Mayahi
Abu Bakar Al Amri
North Korea–Saudi Arabia (Group B)
Qatar–Bahrain (Group C)
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar Abdulrahman Abdou Taleb Al-Marri
Ramzan Al-Naemi
Japan–Palestine (Group D)
China PR–North Korea (Group B)
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia Fahad Al-Mirdasi Badr Al-Shumrani
Abdulla Al Shalwai
Jordan–Iraq (Group D)
Oman–Kuwait (Group A)
South Korea–Uzbekistan (Quarter-final)
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Kim Jong-hyeok Jeong Hae-Sang
Yoon Kwang-Yeol
United Arab Emirates–Qatar (Group C)
Palestine–Jordan (Group D)
China PR–Australia (Quarter-final)
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates Abdulla Hassan Mohamed Mohamed Al Hammadi
Hasan Al Mahri
China PR–Uzbekistan (Group B)
Iraq–Palestine (Group D)
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan Ravshan Irmatov Abdukhamidullo Rasulov
Bakhadyr Kochkarov [lower-alpha 1]
Australia–Kuwait (Group A)
Qatar–Iran (Group C)
Japan–Jordan (Group D)
Australia–United Arab Emirates (Semi-final)

Six match officials, who served as fourth officials, and eight reserve assistant referees, who served as fifth officials, were also named:

Squads

As with the 2011 tournament, each team's squad consisted of 23 players (three of whom had to be goalkeepers). Each participating national association had to confirm their final 23-player squad no later than ten days before the start of the tournament. [23] Teams were permitted to make late replacements in the event of serious injury, at any time up to 6 hours before their first game. During a match, all remaining squad members not named in the starting team were available to be one of the three permitted substitutions (provided the player was not serving a suspension).

Group stage

The group stage of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup took place from 9–20 January 2015: each team played three games, with the winners and runners-up from each group advancing to the knockout stage. The group stage was notable for finishing without a draw. In doing so, it became the first major international football tournament since the 1930 FIFA World Cup to record a result for every group stage match. Additionally, it surpassed the record of consecutive results at a tournament – 18 – also set at the 1930 World Cup. [24]

Group A

Opening match, Australia vs Kuwait 2015 AFC Asian Cup opening match Australia Kuwait, 9 January 2015 (6).jpg
Opening match, Australia vs Kuwait
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 330030+39Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (H)320182+66
3Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 31021543
4Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 30031650
Source: Asian Cup Australia 2015
(H) Host.
9 January 2015
Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg 4–1 Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait AAMI Park, Melbourne
10 January 2015
South Korea  Flag of South Korea.svg 1–0 Flag of Oman.svg  Oman Canberra Stadium, Canberra
13 January 2015
Kuwait  Flag of Kuwait.svg 0–1 Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Oman  Flag of Oman.svg 0–4 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Stadium Australia, Sydney
17 January 2015
Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg 0–1 Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
Oman  Flag of Oman.svg 1–0 Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait Newcastle Stadium, Newcastle

Group B

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 330052+39Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 320153+26
3Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 31025503
4Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 30032750
10 January 2015
Uzbekistan  Flag of Uzbekistan.svg 1–0 Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea Stadium Australia, Sydney
Saudi Arabia  Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 0–1 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
14 January 2015
North Korea  Flag of North Korea.svg 1–4 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia AAMI Park, Melbourne
China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2–1 Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
18 January 2015
Uzbekistan  Flag of Uzbekistan.svg 3–1 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia AAMI Park, Melbourne
China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2–1 Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea Canberra Stadium, Canberra

Group C

Melbourne Rectangular Stadium during the Iran vs Bahrain match AAMI Park 2015 AFC Asian Cup Iran v Bahrain.jpg
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium during the Iran vs Bahrain match
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 330040+49Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 320163+36
3Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 31023523
4Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 30032750
11 January 2015
United Arab Emirates  Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 4–1 Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Iran  Flag of Iran.svg 2–0 Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain AAMI Park, Melbourne
15 January 2015
Bahrain  Flag of Bahrain.svg 1–2 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Qatar  Flag of Qatar.svg 0–1 Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Stadium Australia, Sydney
19 January 2015
Iran  Flag of Iran.svg 1–0 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
Qatar  Flag of Qatar.svg 1–2 Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain Stadium Australia, Sydney

Group D

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 330070+79Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 320131+26
3Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 310254+13
4Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine 3003111100
12 January 2015
Japan  Flag of Japan.svg 4–0 Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine Newcastle Stadium, Newcastle
Jordan  Flag of Jordan.svg 0–1 Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
16 January 2015
Palestine  Flag of Palestine.svg 1–5 Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan AAMI Park, Melbourne
Iraq  Flag of Iraq.svg 0–1 Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
20 January 2015
Japan  Flag of Japan.svg 2–0 Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan AAMI Park, Melbourne
Iraq  Flag of Iraq.svg 2–0 Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine Canberra Stadium, Canberra

Knockout stage

Newcastle Stadium during the semi-final between Australia and the UAE. Hunter Stadium Day.JPG
Newcastle Stadium during the semi-final between Australia and the UAE.

In all matches in the knockout stage, if the score were level at the end of 90 minutes, two 15-minute periods of extra time would take place. If the score were still level after extra time, the match was decided by a penalty shoot-out. [23]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
22 January – Melbourne
 
 
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea (a.e.t.)2
 
26 January – Sydney
 
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 0
 
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 2
 
23 January – Canberra
 
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 0
 
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 3 (6)
 
31 January – Sydney
 
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq (p)3 (7)
 
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 1
 
22 January – Brisbane
 
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (a.e.t.)2
 
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 0
 
27 January – Newcastle
 
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 2
 
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 2
 
23 January – Sydney
 
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 0 Third place
 
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1 (4)
 
30 January – Newcastle
 
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates (p)1 (5)
 
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 2
 
 
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 3
 

Scores after extra time are indicated by (a.e.t.), and penalty shoot-out are indicated by (pen.).

Quarter-finals

With a 2–0 victory over Uzbekistan in extra time, South Korea set a tournament record for appearing in ten semi-finals. The host country, Australia, reached the final four for the second consecutive time after overcoming China PR by the same score. Iran were eliminated for the third consecutive time in an Asian Cup quarter-final after Iraq defeated Iran in a penalty shootout. The match had ended 3–3 after extra time, not before a sending off which reduced the Iranians to 10 men late in the first half. The United Arab Emirates eliminated reigning champions Japan through a penalty shoot-out following a 1–1 draw at the end of extra time, marking Japan's worst finish since 1996.

South Korea  Flag of South Korea.svg 2–0 (a.e.t.)Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan
Son Heung-min Soccerball shade.svg 104', 119' Report
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 23,381
Referee: Fahad Al-Mirdasi (Saudi Arabia)

China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 0–2 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Report Cahill Soccerball shade.svg 48', 65'
Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 46,067
Referee: Kim Jong-hyeok (South Korea)


Semi-finals

South Korea reached their first final since 1988, after overcoming Iraq 2–0. With a 2–0 victory against the United Arab Emirates, Australia qualified for their second consecutive final out of only three appearances in the Asian Cup since moving to the Asian Football Confederation from the Oceania Football Confederation in 2006.

South Korea  Flag of South Korea.svg 2–0 Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq
Lee Jung-hyup Soccerball shade.svg 20'
Kim Young-gwon Soccerball shade.svg 50'
Report
Stadium Australia, Sydney
Attendance: 36,053
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)

Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2–0 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates
Sainsbury Soccerball shade.svg 3'
Davidson Soccerball shade.svg 14'
Report
Newcastle Stadium, Newcastle
Attendance: 21,079
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

Third place match

This was both Iraq's and the United Arab Emirates' second appearances in a third place playoff at the AFC Asian Cup, with the teams contesting in 1976 and 1992 respectively. The United Arab Emirates won the match 3–2 and finished in third-place for the first time.

Iraq  Flag of Iraq.svg 2–3 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates
Salem Soccerball shade.svg 28'
Kalaf Soccerball shade.svg 42'
Report Khalil Soccerball shade.svg 16', 51'
Mabkhout Soccerball shade.svg 57' (pen.)
Newcastle Stadium, Newcastle
Attendance: 12,829
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)

Final

South Korea entered the match looking for their third Asian Cup title, whereas Australia attempted to win their first. After a late goal by Australia in the first half and another late goal by South Korea in the second half, the match was taken into extra time. Australia eventually won the match 2–1.

South Korea  Flag of South Korea.svg 1–2 (a.e.t.)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Son Heung-min Soccerball shade.svg 90+1' Report Luongo Soccerball shade.svg 45'
Troisi Soccerball shade.svg 105'
Stadium Australia, Sydney
Attendance: 76,385
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)

Statistics

Goalscorers

Ali Mabkhout of the United Arab Emirates received the Golden Boot award for scoring five goals. In total, 85 goals were scored by 57 different players, with two of them credited as own goals.

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

Assists

4 assists
3 assists
2 assists
1 assist

Discipline

In the final tournament, a player was suspended for the subsequent match in the competition for either getting red card or accumulating two yellow cards in two different matches. The match review panel has the ability to increase the automatic one match ban for a red card (e.g. for violent conduct). Single yellow card cautions were erased at the conclusion of the quarter-finals, and were not carried over to the semi-finals (so that a player could only be suspended for the final by getting a red card in the semi-final). The following players were or are suspended during the final tournament – for one or more games – as a result of red cards or yellow card accumulations:

PlayerOffenceSuspension
Flag of Kuwait.svg Fahad Awadh Yellow card.svg in qualification vs Iran
Yellow card.svg in qualification vs Iran
Group A vs Australia [25]
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Islom Tukhtakhodjaev Yellow card.svg Yellow-red card.svg in qualification vs United Arab Emirates Group B vs North Korea [26]
Flag of North Korea.svg Ri Sang-chol Unsporting conduct towards a match official [lower-alpha 3] Group B vs Uzbekistan
Group B vs Saudi Arabia
Group B vs China PR [27]
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Fahad Al-Muwallad Yellow card.svg in qualification vs China PR
Yellow card.svg in qualification vs Indonesia
Group B vs China PR [28]
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Sun Ke Yellow card.svg in qualification vs Iraq
Yellow card.svg in qualification vs Iraq
Group B vs Saudi Arabia [28]
Flag of Palestine.svg Ahmed Harbi Yellow card.svg Yellow-red card.svg in Group D vs Japan Group D vs Jordan
Flag of Jordan.svg Anas Bani Yaseen Yellow card.svg Yellow-red card.svg in Group D vs Iraq Group D vs Palestine
Flag of North Korea.svg Ri Yong-jik Red card.svg in Group B vs Saudi Arabia Group B vs China PR
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Ren Hang Yellow card.svg in Group B vs Saudi Arabia
Yellow card.svg in Group B vs Uzbekistan
Group B vs North Korea
Flag of Iraq.svg Alaa Abdul-Zahra Yellow card.svg in Group D vs Jordan
Yellow card.svg in Group D vs Japan
Group D vs Palestine
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Matthew Spiranovic Yellow card.svg in Group A vs Oman
Yellow card.svg in Group A vs South Korea
Quarter-final vs China PR
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Walid Abbas Yellow card.svg in Group C vs Qatar
Yellow card.svg in Group C vs Iran
Quarter-final vs Japan
Flag of Iran.svg Mehrdad Pooladi Yellow card.svg Yellow-red card.svg in Quarter-final vs Iraq World Cup qualifying vs Turkmenistan
Flag of Iraq.svg Yaser Kasim Yellow card.svg in Group D vs Jordan
Yellow card.svg in Quarter-final vs Iran
Semi-final vs South Korea
Flag of Iraq.svg Ahmad Ibrahim Red card.svg in Third place match vs United Arab Emirates World Cup qualifying vs Chinese Taipei

Awards

Team of the tournament

According to the official Twitter of the AFC Asian Cup organization committee, four players from both the winning Australian team and the runner-up Korean team were selected in the team of the tournament while all other players included were from a team which progressed to the semi-finals. [29] [30]

GoalkeeperDefendersMidfieldersForwards

Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mathew Ryan

Flag of Iraq.svg Dhurgham Ismail
Flag of South Korea.svg Kwak Tae-hwi
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Trent Sainsbury
Flag of South Korea.svg Cha Du-Ri

Flag of Australia (converted).svg Massimo Luongo
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Omar Abdulrahman
Flag of South Korea.svg Ki Sung-Yeung

Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Ali Mabkhout
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tim Cahill
Flag of South Korea.svg Son Heung-Min

Golden Boot
Golden Glove
Player of the Tournament
Fair Play Award

Tournament team rankings

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.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsFinal result
1Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (H)6501143+1115Champion
2Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 650182+615Runner-up
3Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 6312108+210Third place
4Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 62138917Fourth place
5Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 431081+710Eliminated in
quarter-finals
6Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 431073+410
7Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 430154+19
8Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 42025506
9Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 310254+13Eliminated in
group stage
10Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 31025503
11Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 31023523
12Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 31021543
13Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 30032750
14Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 30032750
15Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 30031650
16Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine 3003111100
Source: [ citation needed ]
(H) Host.

Records

The 2015 Asian Cup achieved 26 consecutive matches without a draw, the most of any major football tournament, breaking the previous record of 18 set at the 1930 FIFA World Cup in Uruguay. [31]

Ali Mabkhout broke the record for fastest goal at the AFC Asian Cup, scoring after just 14 seconds for the United Arab Emirates against Bahrain in their group stage match. [32]

Palestine made its first ever appearance in the Asian Cup, and Jaka Ihbeisheh scored the nation's first ever goal in an Asian Cup in their second group match against Jordan. This goal also marked for the first time a Slovene scored in an Asian Cup game, as Jaka's being Slovenian descent.

With the title, Australia became the first men's national team to win titles in two different confederations, having won the OFC Nations Cup four times before moving to the AFC. [33] Tim Cahill and Mark Bresciano became the first men's players to win two different confederation titles, having previously won the 2004 OFC Nations Cup. [34] By winning the Asian Cup, Australia also became the first country to simultaneously hold the AFC Asian Cup and AFC Champions League titles, following the triumph of Western Sydney Wanderers in the 2014 AFC Champions League. [35] [36]

Marketing

Trophy tour

The Asian Cup on tour at Federation Square AFC Asian Cup at Fed Square.jpg
The Asian Cup on tour at Federation Square

The Trophy Tour commenced in China in September 2014, it then travelled to Qatar, United Arab Emirates, South Korea and Japan before arriving in Australia in December, where the trophy made it to all five 2015 AFC Asian Cup host cities. [37]

Opening ceremony

Asian Cup opening ceremony AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015.jpg
Asian Cup opening ceremony

The opening ceremony of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup took place on 9 January, at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, before the opening match of the tournament between hosts Australia and Kuwait. [38] The ceremony was produced by a consortium of sport event specialists Twenty3 Sports + Entertainment and creative technology firm Spinifex Group. The consortium has worked on the main international sporting events including the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2008 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. [39] The opening ceremony for the Asian Cup directed by Peter Nielson with Musical Direction by Chong Lim, and featured performances by Australian DJ, singer and dancer Havana Brown, Australian indie pop band Sheppard, Indigenous Australian musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, and Australian hip-hop artists L-Fresh The Lion, Joelistics and Mistress of Ceremony. [40] [41] It also featured 80 children from local junior football clubs and a performing cast of more than 120 Australian dancers, acrobats, Indigenous performers and football freestylers. [42]

Logo and mascot

Nutmeg the Wombat, mascot of the cup at Federation Square Nutmeg the Mascot.JPG
Nutmeg the Wombat, mascot of the cup at Federation Square

The official logo for the tournament was unveiled at a special event in Melbourne, in October 2012. Designed by Sydney agency, WiteKite. [43] The logo depicts a stylised player, kicking a football from the east coast of Australia across country towards Asia. The ball also represents the Australian summer sun arcing west from Australia to Asia. The four golden bands forming the map of Australia represent the four host cities. The design is embraced by the AFC holding device. [44]

The mascot of the tournament, "Nutmeg the Wombat", was unveiled at the Wild Life Sydney Zoo, on 11 November 2014. [45] The mascot, a wombat native to Australia, wore the colours of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, red and yellow. It was named after the football trick where a player dribbles the ball through an opponent's legs, known as a nutmeg.

Sponsorship

AFC announced ten official sponsors and six official supporters as shown below. [46]

Official sponsorsOfficial supporters

Broadcasting

The tournament was broadcast live by around 80 TV channels covering the whole world. [47] 800 million people were expected to watch matches, [14] with the tournament reaching a potential TV audience of more than 2.5 billion people. [48] Below is the list of confirmed broadcasting right holders for 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

TerritoryChannelRef
Flag of the Arab League.svg  Arab League beIN Sports [47]
Asia-Pacific Fox International Channels [47]
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Fox Sports, ABC [49]
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil SporTV [47]
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China CCTV [50]
Europe Eurosport [47]
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong Now TV [50]
Flag of India.svg  India Star Sports [50]
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia Sindo TV [50]
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran IRIB [50]
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan TV Asahi, NHK BS1 [47]
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia TV3 [47]
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Sky Sport [50]
North America ONE World Sports [47]
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa SABC [50]
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea KBS, SBS, MBC [47]
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand Channel 7 [47]
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines ABS-CBN Sports+Action [47]
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan SPORT-UZ [50]

Concerns and controversies

Due to a hostage taking in Sydney in December 2014, security was increased for all team bases and stadiums, in addition to police escorts for all official activities. [51]

During a doping test, Jordan's Ahmad Hayel was required to drink so much water to produce a urine sample, that he developed hypothermia and was rendered unconscious. [52] Jordan coach Ray Wilkins was infuriated at Asian Cup officials over the procedure. [53]

On 20 January 2015, an anti-IS activist group reported that thirteen Iraqi fans were rounded up and publicly executed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants for watching the Jordan–Iraq match on television in Mosul. [54]

On 24 January 2015, following the country's elimination from the tournament, it was revealed that the Iranian Football Federation (FFIRI) had lodged a formal complaint to FIFA against their quarter-final opponent. The complaint was regarding the eligibility of Iraqi midfielder Alaa Abdul-Zahra, with the FFIRI arguing that the player should not have been allowed to play due to him submitting a positive doping test while playing for an Iranian club side in 2014. According to documents seen by Agence France-Presse, the 27-year-old tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexanamine, in results that were verified by a WADA-approved laboratory in Cologne. [55] In an email exchange dated September 2014, FIFA promised to take action, but there is no record of a suspension for Abdul-Zahra. [55] The Iranian national team remained in Australia whilst awaiting a response from FIFA and a final decision by the AFC disciplinary committee. [56] On 25 January, the AFC disciplinary committee decided that the FFIRI protest was unfounded, and, therefore, dismissed the case, with Iraq, cleared to take its place in their semi-final match against South Korea the following day. [57]

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