United Arab Emirates
| 3 (in 3 host cities)|
4 Dec 1996 – 21 Dec 1996
| Saudi Arabia (3rd title)|
Saudi Arabia national football team
Iran national football team
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.
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
All times are UAE time (UTC+4)
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.
All times are UAE time (UTC+4) Khodadad Azizi
Ali Daei – 8 goals
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.
1996 AFC Asian Cup Wikipedia