1972 AFC Asian Cup

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1972 AFC Asian Cup
Asian Cup Thailand 1972
เอเชียนคัพ 2515
Tournament details
Host country Thailand
(original hosts  Israel)
Dates7–19 May
Teams6
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Iran (2nd title)
Runners-up South Korea
Third place Thailand
Fourth place Khmer Republic
Tournament statistics
Matches played13
Goals scored38 (2.92 per match)
Top scorer(s)Iran Hossein Kalani
(5 goals)
Best player(s)Iran Ebrahim Ashtiani
1968
1976

The 1972 AFC Asian Cup was the 5th AFC Asian Cup, a football tournament that happens every four years. It is organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The tournament was played in Thailand (originally planned to be in Israel) from 7 to 19 May 1972.[1]

Iran won the tournament by beating South Korea, 2–1, in the finals.[2]

Qualification[change | change source]

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearance
 Thailand Hosts and Central Zone winners 30 May 1971 0
 Iran 1968 AFC Asian Cup champions 19 May 1968 1 (1968)
 Khmer Republic Central Zone runners-up 30 May 1971 0
 South Korea Eastern zone winners 1971 3 (1956, 1960, 1964)
 Iraq Western Zone winners 22 December 1971 0
 Kuwait Western Zone runners-up 21 December 1971 0
  •  Israel qualified as the hosts but they later withdrew.  Thailand then replaced them.

Squads[change | change source]

Venue[change | change source]

Bangkok
National Stadium
Capacity: 26,000
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Group allocation matches[change | change source]

  • Winners divided over different groups
South Korea 0–0 Iraq
Penalties
Cha Bum-Kun Penalty scored
Hwang Jae-Man Penalty scored
Park Su-Deok Penalty missed
2–4 Penalty scored Aziz
Penalty scored Nouri
Penalty scored Kadhim
Penalty scored Fathi
Attendance: 2,000

Iran 2–0 Khmer Republic
Kalani Goal 45'
Iranpak Goal 51'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Kim Jo-Wong (South Korea)

Thailand 0–2 Kuwait
Jawad Khalaf Goal 42'
Fayez Marzouq Goal 87'

Group stage[change | change source]

Group A[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Iran 2 2 0 0 6 2 +4 4 Advance to Knockout stage
2  Thailand (H) 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1 1
3  Iraq 2 0 1 1 1 4 −3 1
Source: RSSSF
(H) Host
Iran 3–0 Iraq
Kalani Goal 34'70'78'
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Sivapalan Kathiravale (Malaysia)

Thailand 1–1 Iraq
Supakit Meelarpkit Goal 57' Yousif Goal 6'

Thailand 2–3 Iran
Prapon Tantariyanond Goal 69'70' Jabbari Goal 80'86'88'
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Matolzi (Malaysia)

Group B[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  South Korea 2 1 0 1 5 3 +2 2 Advance to Knockout stage
2  Khmer Republic 2 1 0 1 5 4 +1 2
3  Kuwait 2 1 0 1 2 5 −3 2
Source: RSSSF
South Korea 4–1 Khmer Republic
Park Su-deok Goal 37'
Lee Hoi-taek Goal 59'
Cha Bum-kun Goal 69'
Park Lee-chun Goal 78'
Doeur Sokhom Goal 82'

South Korea 1–2 Kuwait
Park Lee-chun Goal 2' (pen.) Mohammad Sultan Goal 25'
Ibrahim Duraiham Goal 73'

Khmer Republic 4–0 Kuwait
Doeur Sokhom Goal 23'
Sok Sun Hean Goal 56'
Tes Sean Goal 59'
Sea Cheng Eang Goal 80'

Knockout stage[change | change source]

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
16 May–Bangkok
 
 
 Iran2
 
19 May–Bangkok
 
 Khmer Republic 1
 
 Iran (aet)2
 
17 May–Bangkok
 
 South Korea 1
 
 South Korea (pen.)1 (2)
 
 
 Thailand1 (1)
 
Third place
 
 
19 May–Bangkok
 
 
 Khmer Republic2 (3)
 
 
 Thailand (pen.)2 (5)

Semi-finals[change | change source]

Iran 2–1 Khmer Republic
Iranpak Goal 13'
Ghelichkhani Goal 47'
Doeur Sokhom Goal 18'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Matolozi (Malaysia)

South Korea 1–1 (a.e.t.) Thailand
Park Lee-chun Goal 115' Prapon Tantariyanond Goal 98'
Penalties
2–1

Third place play-off[change | change source]

Khmer Republic 2–2 (a.e.t.) Thailand
Tol Kimchi Goal 44'49' Ich Narding Goal 6'90+13'
Penalties
3–5

Final[change | change source]

Iran 2–1 (a.e.t.) South Korea
Jabbari Goal 48'
Kalani Goal 108'
Park Lee-chun Goal 65'
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Sivapalan Kathiravale (Malaysia)

Goalscorers[change | change source]

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
  • Cambodia Doeur Sokhom
  • Thailand Prapon Tantariyanond
2 goals
1 goal

Final positions[change | change source]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Result
1  Iran 5 5 0 0 12 4 +8 10 1st
2  South Korea 5 1 2 2 7 6 +1 4 2nd
3  Thailand 5 0 3 2 6 9 −3 3 3rd
4  Khmer Republic 5 1 1 3 8 10 −2 3
5  Kuwait 3 2 0 1 4 5 −1 4 Eliminated in the first stage
6  Iraq 3 0 2 1 1 4 −3 2
Source: rsssf.com

References[change | change source]

  1. "Asian Cup: Know Your History - Part One (1956-1988)". Goal.com. 2011-01-07. Retrieved 2015-05-03.
  2. "Asian Cup of Nations 1972; RSSSF". Retrieved 9 May 2021.

Other websites[change | change source]