Performance at the 2011 Asian Cup: Group Games

This post provides information about goal scoring in the Asian Cup 2011 Tournament in Qatar. Data from the Tournament can be found on the Official Website.

Goal Scoring

64 goals were scored at the 2011 Asian Cup in 24  Group games.

The team that scored first won in 18 games, drew in 3 games and lost in 2 games. There was one 0-0 draw.


Iraq scored first against Iran and lost.

Syria scored first against Jordan and lost.

0-0 Draw

DPR Korea v United Arab Emirates

Performance in Relation to FIFA Ranking

Higher FIFA ranked teams (December 2010 Rankings) in the tournament won 15 games, drew 4 games and lost 5 games (total games played = 24).


Saudi Arabia (ranked 81) lost to Syria (ranked 107).

Kuwait (ranked 102) lost to Uzbekistan (ranked 109).

China PR (ranked 87) lost to Qatar (ranked 114).

Saudi Arabia (ranked 81) lost to Jordan (ranked 104).

Kuwait (ranked 102) lost to Qatar (ranked 114).

Lower FIFA ranked teams (December 2010 Rankings) in the tournament won 5 games, drew 4 games and lost 15 games (total games played = 24).


Syria (ranked 104) defeated Saudi Arabia (ranked 81).

Uzbekistan (ranked 109) defeated Kuwait (ranked 102).

Qatar (ranked 114) defeated China PR (ranked 87).

Jordan (ranked 104) defeated Saudi Arabia (ranked 81).

Qatar (ranked 114) defeated Kuwait (ranked 102).

Goal Scorers

The time of goal, scorer and the game in which the goal was scored (scorer’s team in bold):

6 Yu (China PR v Uzbekistan)

6 Dong Won (South Korea v India)

8 Aaish (Bahrain v India)

8 Okazaki (Japan v Saudi Arabia)

9 Singh (India v Bahrain)

9 Ja Cheol (South Korea v India)

11 Mohammed (Qatar v Kuwait)

12 Cahill (Australia v India)

12 Chhetri (India v South Korea)

13 Mahmood (Iraq v Iran)

13 Okazaki (Japan v Saudi Arabia)

15 Al Zino (Syria v Jordan)

16 Abdulatif (Bahrain v India)

16 El Sayed (Qatar v Kuwait)

19 Abdulatif (Bahrain v India)

19 Maeda (Japan v Saudi Arabia)

22 Jassim (Iraq v DPR Korea)

23 Dong Won (South Korea v India)

24 Koo (South Korea v Australia)

25 Kewell (Australia v India)

27 Ahmed (Qatar v China PR)

30 Akhmedov (Uzbekistan v China PR)

30 Dyab (Jordan v Syria)

35 Hasebe (Japan v Syria)

35 Abdulatif (Bahrain v India)

37 Jedinak (Australia v Bahrain)

38 Al Husein (Syria v Saudi Arabia)

40 Koo (South Korea v Bahrain)

41 Shatskikh (Uzbekistan v Kuwait)

42 Rezaei (Iran v Iraq)

42 Abdelrahman (Jordan v Saudi Arabia)

45 Abdel Fattah (Jordan v Japan)

45 Holman (Australia v India)

45 Ahmed (Qatar v China PR)

46 Geynrikh (Uzbekistan v China PR)

49 Al Mutwa (Kuwait v Uzbekistan)

51 Maeda (Japan v Saudi Arabia)

52 Koo (South Korea v Bahrain)

56 Hao (China PR v Uzbekistan)

58 Akhmedov (Uzbekistan v Qatar)

58 Linpeng (China PR v Kuwait)

59 Al Saify (Jordan v Syria)

60 Al Jassem (Saudi Arabia v Syria)

62 Jedinak (Australia v South Korea)

62 Ansari Fard (Iran v DPR Korea)

63 Al Husein (Syria v Saudi Arabia)

65 Cahill (Australia v India)

65 Djeparov (Uzbekistan v Kuwait)

67 Zhuoxiang (China PR v Kuwait)

70 Afshin (Iran v United Arab Emirates)

76 Al Khatib (Syria v Japan)

77 Djeparov (Uzbekistan v Qatar)

77 Abdulatif (Bahrain v India)

80 Okazaki (Japan v Saudi Arabia)

81 Heung Min (South Korea v India)

82 Honda (Japan v Syria)

83 Nori (Iran v United Arab Emirates)

84 Mobali (Iran v Iraq)

85 Aaish (Bahrain v South Korea)

86 Fabio Cesar (Qatar v Kuwait)

90 Yoshida (Japan v Jordan)

90 Abbas (Iraq v United Arab Emirates)

90 Abbas (Iran v United Arab Emirates)

Asia Cup Matchcasts use a 0-90 minute running clock for goal times. I have used these times to allocate the goals scored into four quarters of the Group games (notionally 0-22, 23-45 (end of first half), 46-68, 69-90 (end of second half)).


The referees who officiated in the Group stages of the Tournament were:

Yuichi Nishimura (JPN) Qatar v Uzbekistan (2 goals), Iraq v United Arab Emirates (1 goal), Australia v Bahrain (1 goal)

Benjamin Williams (AUS) Kuwait v China PR (2 goals)

Abdul Malik (SIN) Japan v Jordan (2 goals), Qatar v Kuwait (3 goals)

Kim Dong-jin (KOR) Saudi Arabia v Syria (3 goals), China PR v Qatar (2 goals), United Arab Emirates v Iran (3 goals)

Ali Al Badwawi (UAE) Australia v India (4 goals), Jordan v Saudi Arabia (1 goal)

Abdullah Al Hilali (OMA) South Korea v Bahrain (3 goals), China PR v Uzbekistan (4 goals)

Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (MAS) DPR Korea v United Arab Emirates (0 goals), Bahrain v India (7 goals), Iraq v DPR Korea (1 goal)

Ravshan Irmatov (UZB) Iraq v Iran (3 goals), Saudi Arabia v Japan (5 goals)

Nawaf Shukralla (BHR) Uzbekistan v Kuwait (3 goals), Iran v DPR Korea (1 goal)

Mohsen Torki (IRN) Syria v Japan (3 goals)

Abdulrahman Mohammed (QAT) Australia v South Korea (2 goals), Jordan v Syria (3 goals)

Khalil Al Ghamdi (KSA) South Korea v India (5 goals)

Photo Credit


2010 FIFA World Cup: After the Final Whistle

At this World Cup I have been following:

  • Goal scoring patterns.
  • Game outcome in relation to FIFA Ranking (May 2010).
  • Referees for each game.

The official web site for the World Cup has provided enormous detail about each game and the tournament.

I have collected all my posts at this page. After 64 Games at the 2010 World Cup here are some observations:

Next stop is Brazil in 2014.

Photo Credits

World Cup Stadium 2010

Lonely Traveller

Semi Finals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup: Inputs

Going into the semi final games of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, these are some of the performance characteristics of the four teams remaining.



Alphabetical and Group Position

Team Qualifying Group Position
Germany 1
Netherlands 1
Spain 1
Uruguay 1

FIFA Ranking May 2010

Team FIFA Rank May 2010
Spain 2
Netherlands 4
Germany 6
Uruguay 16

Games Won

Team Games Won
Netherlands 5
Germany 4
Spain 4
Uruguay 4

Goals Scored

Team Goals Scored
Germany 13
Netherlands 9
Uruguay 7
Spain 6

Yellow Cards

Team Yellow Cards
Spain 3
Uruguay 6
Germany 8
Netherlands 12

Red Cards

Team Red Cards
Germany 0
Netherlands 0
Spain 0
Uruguay 1

Games Played at Altitude

Team Games at Altitude
Spain 3
Uruguay 3
Germany 2
Netherlands 1

Games Played at Sea Level

Team Games at Sea Level
Netherlands 4
Germany 3
Spain 2
Uruguay 2

Some other information

  • Germany and Spain have lost to lower ranked opponents in this tournament.
  • The referee for the Netherlands v Uruguay game has refereed four games at this tournament. His last game was Argentina v Germany.
  • The referee for the Germany v Spain game has refereed three games at this tournament. His last game was USA v Ghana.

After all this information, there is this suggestion too:

Photo Credit

Argentina v Mexico