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2000 AFC Asian Cup

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Host country  Lebanon
Champions  Japan (2nd title)
Fourth place  China PR
Top scorer  Lee Dong-gook
Best player  Hiroshi Nanami
Venue(s)  3 (in 3 host cities)
Runners-up  Saudi Arabia
Matches played  26
Dates  12 Oct 2000 – 29 Oct 2000
Teams  12
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Champion  Japan national football team
Third place  South Korea national football team
Similar  2004 AFC Asian Cup, 1996 AFC Asian Cup, 1992 AFC Asian Cup, 1988 AFC Asian Cup, 1980 AFC Asian Cup

The Asian Football Confederation's 2000 AFC Asian Cup finals were held in Lebanon between 12 and 29 October. Japan defeated defending champion Saudi Arabia in the final match in Beirut.



  •  Lebanon qualified automatically as host.
  •  Saudi Arabia qualified automatically as defending champions.
  • 42 teams participated in a preliminary tournament. It was divided into 10 groups and the first-placed team of each group thus qualified. A total of 84 games were held, starting with the Oman versus Kyrgyzstan game on 3 August 1999.

    The other 10 qualifying teams were:

    First round

    All times are Lebanon summer time (UTC+3).

    Third-placed qualifiers

    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.

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

    Knockout stage

    All times are Lebanon summer time (UTC+3)

    Extra times were played under the golden goal rule.

    MVP (Most Valuable Player)

  • Hiroshi Nanami
  • Top Scorer

  • Lee Dong-Gook – 6 goals
  • Best Defender

  • Ryuzo Morioka
  • Best Goalkeeper

  • Jiang Jin
  • Fair-Play Award

  •  Saudi Arabia
  • Goalscorers

    With six goals, Lee Dong-Gook is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 77 goals were scored by 43 different players, with two of them credited as own goals.


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