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2015 AFC Asian Cup
2015 AFC Asian Cup.png
Tournament details
Host countryFlag of Australia.png Australia
Dates9–31 January
Teams16
Venue(s)5 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Australia.png Australia (1st title)
Runner-upSouth Korea.png South Korea
Third placeFlag of the United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates
Fourth placeFlag of Iraq.png Iraq
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored85 (2.66 per match)
Attendance649,705 (20,303 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of the United Arab Emirates Ali Mabkhout
(5 goals)
Best playerFlag of Australia Massimo Luongo
2011
2019

The 2015 AFC Asian Cup will be the 16th edition of the AFC Asian Cup, an international football tournament organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). For the first time in its history, the tournament will be hosted outside the continent of Asia, by AFC member nation Australia from 9 to 31 January 2015. The winner of the tournament will earn the right to compete for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, which is to be hosted by Russia.

Host selection

Australia was the sole bidder for the hosting rights and was officially named host on 5 January 2011.

“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,” said then-AFC President, Mohammed Bin Hammam.

Match Ball

The official match ball will be the Nike Ordem.

Qualification

Main article: 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification

The teams finishing first, second and third in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, and the host nation for the 2015 competition, receive automatic byes to finals. Should the host nation finish in the top three of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, the fourth-placed team does not receive an automatic bye. The AFC Challenge Cup acts as a further 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 qualify automatically to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup finals. The remaining spots are available for the teams competing in the main Asian Cup preliminaries. The AFC decided that the 20 teams involved in the qualifiers would be drawn 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.

Qualified teams

The following sixteen teams qualified for the tournament.

Country Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearance in tournament1
Flag of Australia.png Australia Hosts2 5 January 2011 2 (2007, 2011)
Flag of Japan.png Japan 2011 AFC Asian Cup winners 25 January 2011 7 (1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011)
South Korea.png South Korea 2011 AFC Asian Cup 3rd place 28 January 2011 12 (1956, 1960, 1964, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011)
Flag of North Korea.png North Korea 2012 Challenge Cup winners 19 March 2012 3 (1980, 1992, 2011)
Flag of Bahrain.png Bahrain Group D winners 15 November 2013 4 (1988, 2004, 2007, 2011)
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates Group E winners 15 November 2013 8 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2007, 2011)
Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Arabia Group C winners 15 November 2013 8 (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011)
Flag of Oman.png Oman Group A winners 19 November 2013 2 (2004, 2007)
Flag of Uzbekistan.gif Uzbekistan Group E runners-up 19 November 2013 5 (1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011)
Flag of Qatar.png Qatar Group D runners-up 19 November 2013 8 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011)
Iran.png Iran Group B winners 19 November 2013 12 (1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011)
Flag of Kuwait.png Kuwait Group B runners-up 19 November 2013 9 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2011)
Jordan.png Jordan Group A runners-up 4 February 2014 2 (2004, 2011)
Flag of Iraq.png Iraq Group C runners-up 5 March 2014 7 (1972, 1976, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.png China Best third-placed team 5 March 2014 10 (1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011)
Flag of Palestine.png Palestine 2014 Challenge Cup winners 30 May 2014 0 (debut)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year.
2 Australia also obtained 2011 AFC Asian Cup runner-up qualifying position

Venues

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 venues to be used.

Sydney Newcastle Brisbane
Stadium Australia Newcastle Stadium Brisbane Stadium
Capacity: 84,000 Capacity: 33,000 Capacity: 52,500
Sydney-Galaxy-homebush Ausgrid Stadium Suncorpstadium071006a
Canberra Melbourne
Canberra Stadium Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
Capacity: 25,011 Capacity: 30,050
BruceStadium19032005 Backofamipark

Final draw

The draw for the final tournament was held at the Sydney Opera House on 26 March 2014. The 16 participating teams were drawn into the four groups of the group stage. In preparation for this, the teams were organised into four pots using the March 2014 FIFA World Rankings (rankings beside the qualified teams), with the host nation Australia automatically occupying the A1 position of Pot 1. At the time of the draw, the identity of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup winners was not known yet, and they were automatically placed into Pot 4.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Flag of Australia.png Australia (63) (hosts)
Iran.png Iran (42)
Flag of Japan.png Japan (48)
Flag of Uzbekistan.gif Uzbekistan (55)

South Korea.png South Korea (60)
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates (61)
Jordan.png Jordan (1)
Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Arabia (75)

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

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

Squads

Each country will have a final squad of 23 players which must be submitted before the deadline of 30 December 2014.

Group stage

The match schedule was announced on 27 March 2013. The winners and runners-up from each group advance to the knockout stage.

Tiebreakers

The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:

  1. Greater number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned
  2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned
  3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned
  4. Goal difference in all the group matches
  5. Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches
  6. Penalty shoot-out if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play
  7. Fewer score calculated according to the number of yellow and red cards received in the group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card)
  8. Drawing of lots
Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and runners-up advance to the knockout stage

Group A

Main article: 2015 AFC Asian Cup Group A
Team
v  d  e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
South Korea.png South Korea 3 3 0 0 3 0 +3 9
Flag of Australia.png Australia 3 2 0 1 8 2 +6 6
Flag of Oman.png Oman 3 1 0 2 1 5 -4 3
Flag of Kuwait.png Kuwait 3 0 0 3 1 6 -5 0


9 January 2015
Australia Flag of Australia.png 4–1 Flag of Kuwait.png Kuwait Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
10 January 2015
South Korea South Korea.png 1–0 Flag of Oman.png Oman Canberra Stadium, Canberra
13 January 2015
Kuwait Flag of Kuwait.png 0–1 South Korea.png South Korea Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Oman Flag of Oman.png 0–4 Flag of Australia.png Australia Stadium Australia, Sydney
17 January 2015
Australia Flag of Australia.png 0–1 South Korea.png South Korea Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
Oman Flag of Oman.png 1–0 Flag of Kuwait.png Kuwait Newcastle Stadium, Newcastle

Group B

Main article: 2015 AFC Asian Cup Group B
Team
v  d  e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of the People's Republic of China.png China 3 3 0 0 5 2 +3 9
Flag of Uzbekistan.gif Uzbekistan 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 3
Flag of North Korea.png North Korea 3 0 0 3 2 7 -5 0


10 January 2015
Uzbekistan Flag of Uzbekistan.gif 1–0 Flag of North Korea.png North Korea Stadium Australia, Sydney
Saudi Arabia Flag of Saudi Arabia.png 0–1 Flag of the People's Republic of China.png China Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
14 January 2015
North Korea Flag of North Korea.png 1–4 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Arabia Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
China Flag of the People's Republic of China.png 2–1 Flag of Uzbekistan.gif Uzbekistan Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
18 January 2015
Uzbekistan Flag of Uzbekistan.gif 3–1 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Arabia Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
China Flag of the People's Republic of China.png 2–1 Flag of North Korea.png North Korea Canberra Stadium, Canberra

Group C

Main article: 2015 AFC Asian Cup Group C
Team
v  d  e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Iran.png Iran 3 3 0 0 4 0 +4 9
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6
Flag of Bahrain.png Bahrain 3 1 0 2 3 5 -2 3
Flag of Qatar.png Qatar 3 0 0 3 2 7 -5 0


11 January 2015
United Arab Emirates Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png 4–1 Flag of Qatar.png Qatar Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Iran Iran.png 2–0 Flag of Bahrain.png Bahrain Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
15 January 2015
Bahrain Flag of Bahrain.png 1–2 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Qatar Flag of Qatar.png 0–1 Iran.png Iran Stadium Australia, Sydney
19 January 2015
Iran Iran.png 1–0 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
Qatar Flag of Qatar.png 1–2 Flag of Bahrain.png Bahrain Stadium Australia, Sydney

Group D

Main article: 2015 AFC Asian Cup Group D
Team
v  d  e
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Japan.png Japan 3 3 0 0 7 0 +7 9
Flag of Iraq.png Iraq 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 6
Jordan.png Jordan 3 1 0 2 5 4 +1 3
Flag of Palestine.png Palestine 3 0 0 3 1 11 -10 0


12 January 2015
Japan Flag of Japan.png 4–0 Flag of Palestine.png Palestine Newcastle Stadium, Newcastle
Jordan Jordan.png 0–1 Flag of Iraq.png Iraq Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
16 January 2015
Palestine Flag of Palestine.png 1–5 Jordan.png Jordan Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
Iraq Flag of Iraq.png 0–1 Flag of Japan.png Japan Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
20 January 2015
Japan Flag of Japan.png 2–0 Jordan.png Jordan Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
Iraq Flag of Iraq.png 2–0 Flag of Palestine.png Palestine Canberra Stadium, Canberra

Knockout stage

Main article: 2015 AFC Asian Cup knockout stage

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 was played. If the score were still level after extra time, the match was decided by a penalty shoot-out.

Bracket

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                           
   South Korea.png South Korea 2  
 Flag of Uzbekistan.gif Uzbekistan 0  
   South Korea.png South Korea 2  
   Flag of Iraq.png Iraq 0  
 Iran.png Iran 3 (6)
   Flag of Iraq.png Iraq 6 (7)  
     South Korea.png South Korea 1
   Flag of Australia.png Australia 2
   Flag of the People's Republic of China.png China 0  
 Flag of Australia.png Australia 2  
   Flag of Australia.png Australia 2
   Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates 0  
 Flag of Japan.png Japan 1 (4)
   Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates 1 (5)  

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 they were defeated by Iraq in a penalty shoot-out after the match ended 3–3 in 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.

22 January 2015
18:30 AEDT (UTC+11)
South Korea South Korea.png 2–0
(a.e.t.)
Flag of Uzbekistan.gif Uzbekistan Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 23,381
Referee: Fahad Al-Mirdasi (Saudi Arabia)
Son Heung-min Soccerball 104'120' Report

22 January 2015
20:30 AEST (UTC+10)
China Flag of the People's Republic of China.png 0–2 Flag of Australia.png Australia Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 46,067
Referee: Kim Jong-hyeok (Korea Republic)
Report Cahill Soccerball 48'65'

23 January 2015
17:30 AEDT (UTC+11)
Iran Iran.png 3–3
(a.e.t.)
Flag of Iraq.png Iraq Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Attendance: 18,921
Referee: Ben Williams (Australia)
Azmoun Soccerball 24'
Pouraliganji Soccerball 103'
Ghoochannejhad Soccerball 119'
Report Yasin Soccerball 56'
Mahmoud Soccerball 93'
Ismail Soccerball 116' (pen.)
  Penalties  
Hajsafi -Soccerball shade cross
Pouraliganji Soccerball shad check
Nekounam Soccerball shad check
Hosseini Soccerball shad check
Ghafouri Soccerball shad check
Jahanbakhsh Soccerball shad check
Teymourian Soccerball shad check
Amiri -Soccerball shade cross
6–7 -Soccerball shade cross Abdul-Amir
Soccerball shad check Salem
Soccerball shad check Ismail
Soccerball shad check Adnan
Soccerball shad check Mahmoud
Soccerball shad check Kasim
Soccerball shad check Hussein
Soccerball shad check Shaker

23 January 2015
20:30 AEDT (UTC+11)
Japan Flag of Japan.png 1–1
(a.e.t.)
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates Stadium Australia, Sydney
Attendance: 19,094
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Shibasaki Soccerball 81' Report Mabkhout Soccerball 7'
  Penalties  
Honda -Soccerball shade cross
Hasebe Soccerball shad check
Shibasaki Soccerball shad check
Toyoda Soccerball shad check
Morishige Soccerball shad check
Kagawa -Soccerball shade cross
4–5 Soccerball shad check O. Abdulrahman
Soccerball shad check Mabkhout
-Soccerball shade cross Esmaeel
Soccerball shad check Hassan
Soccerball shad check Fardan
Soccerball shad check I. Ahmed

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.

26 January 2015
20:00 AEDT (UTC+11)
South Korea South Korea.png 2–0 Flag of Iraq.png Iraq Stadium Australia, Sydney
Attendance: 36,053
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
Lee Jung-hyup Soccerball 20'
Kim Young-gwon Soccerball 50'
Report

27 January 2015
20:00 AEDT (UTC+11)
Australia Flag of Australia.png 2–0 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates Newcastle Stadium, Newcastle
Attendance: 21,079
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Sainsbury Soccerball 3'
Davidson Soccerball 14'
Report

Third place match

This was both Iraq's and the United Arab Emirates' second appearance 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.

30 January 2015
20:00 AEDT (UTC+11)
Iraq Flag of Iraq.png 2–3 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.png United Arab Emirates Newcastle Stadium, Newcastle
Attendance: 12,829
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
Salem Soccerball 28'
Kalaf Soccerball 42'
Report Khalil Soccerball 16'51'
Mabkhout Soccerball 57' (pen.)

Final

Main article: 2015 AFC Asian Cup 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.

31 January 2015
20:00 AEDT (UTC+11)
South Korea South Korea.png 1–2
(a.e.t.)
Flag of Australia.png Australia Stadium Australia, Sydney
Attendance: 76,385
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Son Heung-min Soccerball 90+1' Report Luongo Soccerball 45'
Troisi Soccerball 105'

Organisation

The tournament will be held from 9 to 31 January, during Australia's summer. The 2014–15 season of the A-League, the national league competition of Australia, is expected to be suspended for three weeks during the tournament. In addition, the inaugural season of the FFA Cup, the national cup tournament of Australia, was brought forward to avoid a clash with Asian Cup match dates played in January 2015.

Broadcasters

Territory Channel
Flag of Australia.png Australia Fox Sports
Brazil.png Brazil SporTV
Flag of the People's Republic of China.png China CCTV
Flag of Colombia.png Colombia Senal Colombia
Flag of Europe.png Europe
Flag of France.png France
Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong
Flag of India.svg India
Flag of Indonesia.png Indonesia
Iran.png Iran IRIB
Flag of Japan.png Japan NHK
South Korea.png South Korea KBS
Latin America Fox Sports
Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand Sky Sport
Flag of the United Kingdom.png United Kingdom
Flag of the United States.png United States
Flag of Uzbekistan.png Uzbekistan SPORT-UZ
Philippines.png Philippines
Flag of South Africa.png South Africa SABC

External links

2015 AFC Asian Cup
Stages

Group A  · Group B  · Group C  · Group D  · Knockout stage  · Final

General information

Broadcasting rights  · Officials  · Opening ceremony  · Qualification  · Squads  · Statistics  · Venues

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