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1996 AFC Asian Cup

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Host country  UAE
Runners-up  United Arab Emirates
Matches played  26
Top scorer  Ali Daei
Teams  12
Venue(s)  3 (in 3 host cities)
Fourth place  Kuwait
Dates  4 Dec 1996 – 21 Dec 1996
Best player  Khodadad Azizi

Champions  Saudi Arabia (3rd title)
Champion  Saudi Arabia national football team
Third place  Iran national football team
Similar  2000 AFC Asian Cup, 1992 AFC Asian Cup, 1988 AFC Asian Cup, 2004 AFC Asian Cup, 1984 AFC Asian Cup

The Asian Football Confederation's 1996 AFC Asian Cup finals were held in the United Arab Emirates between 4 and 21 December. Saudi Arabia defeated host nation U.A.E. in the final match in Abu Dhabi As the Runners-up, U.A.E. represented the AFC in the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup because Saudi Arabia qualified automatically as host.


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  •  United Arab Emirates qualified automatically as host
  •  Japan qualified automatically as defending champions

  • 33 teams participated in a preliminary tournament. It was divided into 10 groups and the first-placed team of each group thus qualified.

    The other 10 qualifying teams were:

  •  China PR
  •  Indonesia
  •  Iran
  •  Iraq
  •  South Korea
  •  Kuwait
  •  Saudi Arabia
  •  Syria
  •  Thailand
  •  Uzbekistan
  • First round

    All times are UAE time (UTC+4)

    Third-placed qualifiers

    1996 AFC Asian Cup Best Goals AFC Asian Cup UAE 1996 YouTube

    At the end of the first stage, a comparison was made between the third placed teams of each group. The two best third-placed teams advanced to the quarter-finals.

    Iraq (best third-place) and Korea Republic (second best third-place) qualified for the quarter-finals.

    Knockout stage

    All times are UAE time (UTC+4)

    MVP (Most Valuable Player)

  • Khodadad Azizi
  • Top Scorer

  • Ali Daei – 8 goals
  • Best Goalkeeper

  • Mohamed Al-Deayea
  • Fair-Play Award

  •  Iran
  • Goalscorers

    1996 AFC Asian Cup Some goals from the 1996 Asian cup YouTube

    With eight goals, Ali Daei is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 80 goals were scored by 47 different players, with only one of them credited as own goal.

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