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The AFC Asian Cup
AFC Asian Cup
is an international association football tournament run by the Asian Football Confederation
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
Asia
and qualifies for the FIFA
FIFA
Confederations Cup. The Asian Cup was held once every four years from the 1956 edition in Hong Kong
Hong Kong
until the 2004 tournament in China. However, since the Summer Olympic Games
Summer Olympic Games
and the European Football Championship were also scheduled in the same year as the Asian Cup, the AFC decided to move their championship to a less crowded cycle. After 2004, the tournament was next held in 2007 when it was co-hosted by four nations: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand
Thailand
and Vietnam. Thereafter, it has been held every four years. The Asian Cup has generally been dominated by a small number of top teams. Initially successful teams included South Korea
South Korea
and Iran. Since 1984, Japan
Japan
and Saudi Arabia have been the most successful teams, together winning 7 of the last 9 finals. The other teams which have achieved success are Iraq (2007) and Kuwait
Kuwait
(1980), and Israel
Israel
have also won the tournament although they have since joined UEFA. Australia
Australia
joined the Asian confederation in 2007 and hosted the Asian Cup finals in 2015.[1] The 2019 tournament will be expanded from 16 teams to 24 teams, with the qualifying process doubling as part of the qualification for the 2018 FIFA
FIFA
World
World
Cup.[2][3] The tournament will be hosted by the United Arab Emirates. Unlike other confederation tournaments, the Asian Cup has often been rescheduled to another time of year to better suit the climate of the host nation, for example in 2007 it was played in July but the following three tournaments were played in January.

Contents

1 History 2 Format

2.1 Final tournament

3 Results

3.1 Summary 3.2 Champions by region

4 Qualification 5 National team appearances 6 Records and statistics 7 See also 8 Notes 9 References and footnotes 10 External links

History[edit] Two years after Asian Football Confederation
Asian Football Confederation
(AFC) came into being in 1954, the first ever AFC Asian Cup
AFC Asian Cup
was staged in Hong Kong
Hong Kong
with seven of the 12 founding members vying for the title to become Asia's best football team. The qualifying process involved the hosts plus the winners of the various zones (central, eastern and western). It was only a four-team tournament, a format that also existed for 1960 and 1964. Each sub-confederation already hosts their own biennial championship, each with varying degrees of interest. Dominance has swung between the East and West so far. From the superiority of South Korea in the early years of the competition, the tournament became the preserve of Iran
Iran
who won three consecutive tournaments in 1968, 1972 and 1976 which also hosted the first and last editions.[4] West Asian countries ruled in the eighties with Kuwait
Kuwait
becoming the first country from the Arab region
Arab region
to win the championship in 1980, followed by Saudi Arabia's impressive and consecutive wins in 1984 and 1988. Japan
Japan
hold the record for the most victories in the tournament's history with title triumphs in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2011.[5] The 2007 edition of the AFC Asian Cup
AFC Asian Cup
also saw Australia
Australia
come face-to-face for the first time with the footballing powers of Asia, with the Socceroos signing off with a quarter-final finish; Iraq produced giant-killing performances to overcome the likes of Australia, South Korea
South Korea
and Saudi Arabia to win their first ever Asian Cup that year in what is regarded as one of sport's greatest fairytale victories considering the war situation going on in the country at the time and the adverse conditions the Iraqi players had to deal with.[6] Having come to grips with Asian football, the Australians went all the way to the final in the 2011 edition later only to suffer heartbreak in the pulsating Doha
Doha
final when they lost to Japan
Japan
1–0 in extra time. The 2015 AFC Asian Cup
2015 AFC Asian Cup
tournament was hosted by Australia. The host country and South Korea
South Korea
reached the final and Australia
Australia
won the title after defeating South Korea
South Korea
2–1 in extra time. United Arab Emirates also finished in third place after defeating 2007 champions Iraq in the third/fourth-place play-off. Format[edit] Final tournament[edit] The final tournament is played in two stages: the group stage and the knockout stage. In the group stage each team plays three games in a group of four, with the winners and runners-up from each group advancing to the knockout stage along with the four best third-placed teams. In the knockout stage the sixteen teams compete in a single-elimination tournament, beginning with the round of 16 and ending with the final match of the tournament. Results[edit]

Year Host

Final

Third Place Match

Number of teams

Champions Score Runners-Up Third Place Score Fourth Place

1956 Details  Hong Kong

South Korea round-robin

Israel

Hong Kong round-robin

South Vietnam 4

1960 Details  South Korea

South Korea round-robin

Israel

Republic of China round-robin

South Vietnam 4

1964 Details  Israel

Israel round-robin

India

South Korea round-robin

Hong Kong 4

1968 Details  Iran

Iran round-robin

Burma

Israel round-robin

Republic of China 5

1972 Details  Thailand

Iran 2–1 aet

South Korea

Thailand 2–2 aet (5–3) pen

Khmer Republic 6

1976 Details  Iran

Iran 1–0

Kuwait

China
China
PR 1–0

Iraq 6

1980 Details  Kuwait

Kuwait 3–0

South Korea

Iran 3–0

North Korea 10

1984 Details  Singapore

Saudi Arabia 2–0

China
China
PR

Kuwait 1–1 (5–3) pen

Iran 10

1988 Details  Qatar

Saudi Arabia 0–0 aet (4–3) pen

South Korea

Iran 0–0 (3–0) pen

China
China
PR 10

1992 Details  Japan

Japan 1–0

Saudi Arabia

China
China
PR 1–1 (4–3) pen

United Arab Emirates 8

1996 Details  United Arab Emirates

Saudi Arabia 0–0 aet (4–2) pen

United Arab Emirates

Iran 1–1 (3–2) pen

Kuwait 12

2000 Details  Lebanon

Japan 1–0

Saudi Arabia

South Korea 1–0

China
China
PR 12

2004 Details  China

Japan 3–1

China
China
PR

Iran 4–2

Bahrain 16

2007 Details  Indonesia  Malaysia  Thailand  Vietnam

Iraq 1–0

Saudi Arabia

South Korea 0–0 aet (6–5) pen

Japan 16

2011 Details  Qatar

Japan 1–0 aet

Australia

South Korea 3–2

Uzbekistan 16

2015 Details  Australia

Australia 2–1 aet

South Korea

United Arab Emirates 3–2

Iraq 16

2019 Details  United Arab Emirates TBD

TBD TBD 24

2023 Details

TBD

TBD TBD 24

Summary[edit] See also: Asian Cup comprehensive team results by tournament

Team Winners Runners-up Third place

 Japan 4 (1992*, 2000, 2004, 2011) – –

 Saudi Arabia 3 (1984, 1988, 1996) 3 (1992, 2000, 2007) –

 Iran 3 (1968*, 1972, 1976*) – 4 (1980, 1988, 1996, 2004)

 South Korea 2 (1956, 1960*) 4 (1972, 1980, 1988, 2015) 4 (1964, 2000, 2007, 2011)

 Israel1 1 (1964*) 2 (1956, 1960) –

 Kuwait 1 (1980*) 1 (1976) 1 (1984)

 Australia 1 (2015*) 1 (2011) –

 Iraq 1 (2007) – –

  China
China
PR – 2 (1984, 2004*) 2 (1976, 1992)

 United Arab Emirates – 1 (1996*) 1 (2015)

 India – 1 (1964) –

 Myanmar – 1 (1968) –

 Hong Kong – – 1 (1956)

 Chinese Taipei – – 1 (1960)

 Thailand – – 1 (1972*)

* hosts 1 Israel
Israel
was expelled from the AFC in 1974 and eventually became a member of UEFA.[7] Champions by region[edit]

Federation (Region) Champion(s) Number

EAFF (East Asia) Japan
Japan
(4), South Korea
South Korea
(2) 6 titles

WAFF (West Asia) Saudi Arabia (3), Kuwait
Kuwait
(1), Iraq (1) 5 titles

CAFA (Central Asia) Iran
Iran
(3) 3 titles

AFF (Southeast Asia) Australia
Australia
(1) 1 title

SAFF (South Asia) – –

Note: Israel, winner of the 1964 edition, is not included. Qualification[edit] Main article: AFC Asian Cup
AFC Asian Cup
qualification National team appearances[edit] Main article: National team appearances in the AFC Asian Cup Records and statistics[edit] Main article: AFC Asian Cup
AFC Asian Cup
records and statistics (As of 2015)

Rank Team Part Pld W %W D L GF GA Dif Pts PPG

1  Iran 13 62 37 %59 18 7 119 45 74 129 2.08

2  South Korea 13 62 32 %51 16 14 100 62 38 112 1.81

3  Japan 8 41 24 %58 12 5 80 38 42 84 2.05

4   China
China
PR 11 51 20 %39 13 18 81 58 23 73 1.43

5  Saudi Arabia 9 44 19 %43 13 12 63 45 18 70 1.59

6  Kuwait 10 42 15 %35 10 17 47 51 -4 55 1.31

7  United Arab Emirates 9 36 12 %33 8 16 32 48 -16 48 1.33

8  Iraq 8 35 13 %37 7 15 38 42 -4 46 1.31

9  Uzbekistan 6 24 11 %45 3 10 35 44 -9 36 1.5

10  Australia 3 16 10 %62 3 3 34 10 24 33 2.06

11  Qatar 9 32 6 %18 11 15 33 46 -13 29 0.91

12  Israel 4 13 9 %69 0 4 28 15 13 27 2.08

13  Syria 5 18 7 %38 2 9 15 23 -8 23 1.28

14  Bahrain 5 19 4 %21 5 10 26 34 -8 17 0.89

15  Jordan 3 11 4 %36 4 3 13 9 4 16 1.45

16  North Korea 4 15 3 %20 2 10 14 26 -12 11 0.73

17  Thailand 6 20 1 %5 8 11 15 45 -30 11 0.55

18  Oman 3 9 2 %22 3 4 6 11 -5 9 1

19  Indonesia 4 12 2 %16 2 8 10 28 -18 8 0.67

20  Myanmar 1 4 2 %50 1 1 5 4 1 7 1.75

21  India 3 10 2 %20 1 7 8 23 -15 7 0.7

22  Malaysia 3 9 1 %11 3 5 7 20 -13 6 0.67

23  Chinese Taipei 2 7 1 %14 2 4 5 12 -7 5 0.71

24  Vietnam 3 10 1 %10 2 7 12 28 -16 5 0.5

25  Singapore 1 4 1 %25 1 2 3 4 -1 4 1

26  Cambodia 1 5 1 %20 1 3 8 10 -2 4 0.8

27  Hong Kong 3 10 0 %0 3 7 9 23 -14 3 0.3

28  Lebanon 1 3 0 %0 2 1 3 7 -4 2 0.67

29  Turkmenistan 1 3 0 %0 1 2 4 6 -2 1 0.33

30  South Yemen 1 2 0 %0 0 2 0 9 -9 0 0

31  Palestine 1 3 0 %0 0 3 1 11 -10 0 0

32  Bangladesh 1 4 0 %0 0 4 2 17 -15 0 0

See also[edit]

Football continental championships National team appearances in the AFC Asian Cup AFC Women's Asian Cup AFC U-23 Championship AFC U-19 Championship AFC U-16 Championship AFC Challenge Cup AFC Solidarity Cup Asian Games

Notes[edit]

References and footnotes[edit]

^ " Australia
Australia
play for the first time". Asiancup.com.au. Retrieved 2015-05-03.  ^ "Revamp of AFC competitions". The-afc.com. 25 January 2014. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014.  ^ " AFC Asian Cup
AFC Asian Cup
changes set for 2019". Afcasiancup.com. 26 January 2014. Archived from the original on 30 January 2014.  ^ "Asian Cup: Know Your History - Part One (1956-1988)". Goal.com. 2011-01-07. Retrieved 2015-05-06.  ^ "Asian Cup: Know Your History - Part Two (1992-2007)". Goal.com. 2011-01-07. Retrieved 2015-05-06.  ^ Lampen, Jerry. "Iraq ride wave of support to lift Asian Cup". Reuters. Retrieved 13 September 2014.  ^ "About the IFA". The Israel
Israel
Football Association. Archived from the original on 2 May 2008. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 

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AFC Asian Cup

Tournaments

Hong Kong
Hong Kong
1956 South Korea
South Korea
1960 Israel
Israel
1964 Iran
Iran
1968 Thailand
Thailand
1972 Iran
Iran
1976 Kuwait
Kuwait
1980 Singapore
Singapore
1984 Qatar
Qatar
1988 Japan
Japan
1992 United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
1996 Lebanon
Lebanon
2000 China
China
2004 Indonesia/Malaysia/Thailand/ Vietnam
Vietnam
2007 Qatar
Qatar
2011 Australia
Australia
2015 United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
2019 2023

Qualification

1956 1960 1964 1968 1972 1976 1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000 2004 2007 2011 2015 2019 2023

Finals

1972 1976 1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000 2004 2007 2011 2015

Squads

1956 1960 1964 1968 1972 1976 1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000 2004 2007 2011 2015 2019

Statistics

Records Team appearances Teams with no Appearances Droughts

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International
International
association football

FIFA Federations Teams Competitions World
World
Cup

U-17 U-20

Confederations Cup Olympics Youth Olympics Universiade World
World
Rankings The Best FIFA
FIFA
Football Awards Timeline of association football Comparison of association football and futsal

Africa

CAF – Africa Cup of Nations

U-23 U-20 U-17

Regional (CECAFA, CEMAC, COSAFA, WAFU) Intercontinental (UAFA)

Asia

AFC – Asian Cup

U-23 U-19 U-16 U-14

Regional (ASEAN, EAFF, SAFF, CAFA, WAFF) Intercontinental (UAFA)

Europe

UEFA
UEFA
– European Championship

U-21 U-19 U-17

Nations League

North America, Central America and the Caribbean

CONCACAF
CONCACAF
– Gold Cup

U-20 U-17 U-15

Regional (CFU, UNCAF)

Oceania

OFC – Nations Cup

U-20 U-17

South America

CONMEBOL
CONMEBOL
– Copa América

U-20 U-17 U-15

Non-FIFA

NF-Board – Viva World
World
Cup CONIFA – ConIFA World
World
Football Cup ConIFA European Football Cup IIGA – Island Games

Games

African Games Asian Games Central America Central America and Caribbean East Asian Games Francophonie Games Indian Ocean Island Lusophony Games Mediterranean Games Pan American Games Pan Arab Games Pacific Games South Asian Games Southeast Asian Games West Asian Games

See also Geography Codes Player/Club of the Century Women's football

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AFC Asian Cup Champions

   

1956:  South Korea 1960:  South Korea 1964:  Israel 1968:  Iran

1972:  Iran 1976:  Iran 1980:  Kuwait 1984:  Saudi Arabia

1988:  Saudi Arabia 1992:  Japan 1996:  Saudi Arabia 2000:  Japan

2004:  Japan 2007:  Iraq 2011:  Japan 2015:  Australia

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AFC competitions

Men's football

Senior national team

Asian Cup Solidarity Cup AFF Championship EAFF East Asian Championship SAFF Championship WAFF Championship

Age-restricted

U-23 Championship Asian Games U-19 Championship U-16 Championship U-14 Championship

Futsal
Futsal
/ Beach competitions

Futsal
Futsal
Championship U-20 Futsal
Futsal
Championship Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Beach Soccer Championship Asian Beach Games

Defunct competitions

Challenge Cup Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament

Men's club competitions

Active competitions

Champions League AFC Cup

Futsal
Futsal
/ Beach competitions

Futsal
Futsal
Club Championship

Defunct competitions

President's Cup Cup Winners' Cup Super Cup Afro-Asian Championship

Women's football

Senior national team

Asian Cup Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament Asian Games

Age-restricted

U-19 Championship U-16 Championship U-14 Girls' Regional Championship

Futsal
Futsal
/ Beach competitions

Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Futsal
Futsal
Championship

Club competition records and statistics Club competition finals Club competition winning managers

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Asian Championships

Olympic sports

Team sports

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Men Women

Beach volleyball Curling Field hockey Football

Men Women

Handball

Men Women

Ice hockey Rugby sevens Volleyball

Men Women

Individual sports

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Men Women

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Individual sports

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Individual

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