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The 2004 AFC Asian Cup football competition is the thirteenth staging of AFC Asian Cup. It was held from July 17 to August 7, 2004 in Chinamarker. The defending champions Japan defeated China in the final in Beijing.

The tournament was marked by Saudi Arabiamarker's unexpected failure to even make it out of the first round; a surprisingly good performance by Bahrainmarker, which finished in fourth place; Jordanmarker, which reached the quarterfinals in its first appearance; and Iraqmarker, which reached the quarterfinals. The final match between China and Japan was marked by post-match rioting by Chinesemarker fans near the north gate of Beijing Worker's Stadium, in part due to controversial officiating and anti-Japanese sentiment resulting from historical tensions.

Host cities and venues

Cities Venues Capacity
Beijing Workers Stadiummarker 66,161
Chongqingmarker Chongqing Olympic Sports Centermarker 58,680
Jinanmarker Shandong Sports Centermarker 43,700
Chengdumarker Sichuan Longquanyi Stadiummarker 27,333


Qualification

Seeds

Pot A Pot B Pot C Pot D
 




 




 




 






Squads

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

Group stage

All times are China standard time (UTC+8)

Group A

Team
7 3 2 1 0 8 2 +6
5 3 1 2 0 6 4 +2
3 3 1 0 2 3 9 −6
1 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2

















Group B

Team
7 3 2 1 0 6 0 +6
5 3 1 2 0 2 0 +2
3 3 1 0 2 3 7 −4
1 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4

















Group C

Team
9 3 3 0 0 3 0 +3
6 3 2 0 1 5 4 +1
1 3 0 1 2 4 6 −2
1 3 0 1 2 3 5 −2

















Group D

Team
7 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4
5 3 1 2 0 5 2 +3
4 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1
0 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8

















Knockout stage

All times are China standard time (UTC+8)

Quarter-finals










Semi-finals




Third place playoff

Final

Winners

Awards

Most Valuable Player Top Scorer Fair Play Award
Shunsuke Nakamura A'ala Hubail

Ali Karimi


All-Star Team

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
 Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
 Tsuneyasu Miyamoto 
Yuji Nakazawa
Zheng Zhi
 Shunsuke Nakamura 
Shao Jiayi
Zhao Junzhe
Talal Yousef
 A'ala Hubail 
Ali Karimi
Mehdi Mahdavikia


Goalscorers

5 goals


4 goals


3 goals


2 goals


1 goal


Own goals


Top scoring teams

14 goals

13 goals

9 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Views

Like other sports events, the Asian Cup 2004 was publicised as evidence of Chinamarker'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 Olympics 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.

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. 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 , 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 Beijing Worker's 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".

References

  1. Chinese riot after Japan victory
  2. USATODAY.com - Japan beats China to win Asian Cup again


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