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1980 AFC Asian Cup

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Host country  Kuwait
Champions  Kuwait (1st title)
Fourth place  North Korea
Teams  10
Matches played  24
Venue(s)  1 (in 1 host city)
Runners-up  South Korea
Dates  15 Sep 1980 – 30 Sep 1980
Goals scored  76
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Top scorer(s)  Behtash Fariba Choi Soon-ho (7 goals each)
Champion  Kuwait national football team
Third place  Iran national football team
Similar  1976 AFC Asian Cup, 1972 AFC Asian Cup, 1988 AFC Asian Cup, 1984 AFC Asian Cup, 1968 AFC Asian Cup

The 1980 AFC Asian Cup was the seventh edition of the Asian Nations Cup, the football championship of Asia (AFC). It was hosted by Kuwait between 15 and 30 September. The field of ten teams was split into two groups of five. Kuwait won their first championship, beating Korea Republic in the final 3–0. Midway through the tournament, Iraq invaded Iran. Kuwaiti television supported the attack and aired propaganda in favor of the Iraqis. This led to a very poor atmosphere in the Iranian camp, especially for Hassan Roshan whose brother was killed in the attacks and was one of the main reasons the team fell apart late in the tournament.



  •  Kuwait qualified automatically as host
  •  Iran qualified automatically as defending champions
  • The other 8 qualifying teams were:

  •  Bangladesh
  •  China PR
  •  Malaysia
  •  North Korea
  •  Qatar
  •  South Korea
  •  Syria
  •  United Arab Emirates
  • Squads

    For a list of all squads that played in the final tournament, see 1980 AFC Asian Cup squads.


    7 goals
  • Choi Soon-ho
  • Behtash Fariba
  • 5 goals
  • Faisal Al-Dakhil
  • 4 goals
  • Jasem Yaqoub
  • Xu Yonglai
  • 3 goals
  • Shen Xiangfu
  • Hossein Faraki
  • Chung Hae-won
  • 2 goals
    1 goal


    1980 AFC Asian Cup Wikipedia

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