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Re: AFC Challenge Cup

Postby nzfooty » Sun Mar 11, 2012 1:17 pm

For those of you with a North Korean fetish, bet365.com is showing all the matches from this tournament.

2012 AFC Challenge Cup

The winners will qualify for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup (held in Australia).

Host country: Nepal
Dates: 8 March – 19 March


Group A

8 March
Turkmenistan 3 – 1 Maldives
Nepal 0 – 2 Palestine

10 March
Palestine 0 - 0 Turkmenistan
Maldives 1 - 0 Nepal


12 March
Nepal v Turkmenistan
Maldives v Palestine

Turkmenistan 2 +2 4
Palestine 2 +2 4

Maldives 2 −1 3
Nepal 2 −3 0


Group B

9 March
North Korea 2 – 0 Philippines
India 0 – 2 Tajikistan


11 March
Tajikistan v North Korea
Philippines v India

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Re: AFC Challenge Cup

Postby nzfooty » Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:00 pm

2012 AFC Challenge Cup

The winners will qualify for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup (held in Australia).

Host country: Nepal
Dates: 8 March – 19 March

Good progress being made by the Philippines but the opposite has to be said about former winners, India.
Still don't get what North Korea are doing with this lot.


Group A


12 March
Nepal 0 - 3 Turkmenistan
Maldives 0 - 2 Palestine



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Turkmenistan    3   2-1-0   6:1  +5  7
Palestine       3   2-1-0   4:0  +4  7
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Maldives        3   1-0-2   2:5  -3  3
Nepal           3   0-0-3   0:6  -6  0





Group B


11 March
Tajikistan 0 – 2 North Korea
Philippines 2 – 0 India


13 March
North Korea 4 – 0 India
Tajikistan 1 – 2 Philippines



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North Korea     3   3-0-0   8:0  +8  9
Philippines     3   2-0-1   4:3  +1  6
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Tajikistan      3   1-0-2   3:4  -1  3
India           3   0-0-3   0:8  -8  0




Semi-finals

16 March
Turkmenistan v Philippines
North Korea v Palestine


Third place play-off

19 March
Loser semi-final 1 v Loser semi-final 2


Final

19 March
Winner semi-final 1 v Winner semi-final 2

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Re: AFC Challenge Cup

Postby paquebot » Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:59 am

nzfooty wrote:Still don't get what North Korea are doing with this lot.


More fun to be a big fish in a small pond than a small fish in a big pond.

Also, perhaps it's easier to downplay a 0-2 loss against, say, China in the Asia Cup if you've posted up a series of 2-0, 3-0 results against the likes of Turkmenistan, Nepal, and the Philippines in the AFC Challenge Cup?
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Re: AFC Challenge Cup

Postby Roarchild » Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:24 am

paquebot wrote:
Also, perhaps it's easier to downplay a 0-2 loss against, say, China in the Asia Cup if you've posted up a series of 2-0, 3-0 results against the likes of Turkmenistan, Nepal, and the Philippines in the AFC Challenge Cup?


I don't think they would even report on the "lesser" Asian Cup.
AFC Challenge Cup sounds good enough. Win that and your the continental nay world champions.

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Re: AFC Challenge Cup

Postby daeguowl » Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:36 pm

And North Korea are still the unoffocial world champs right?

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Re: AFC Challenge Cup

Postby nzfooty » Sat Mar 17, 2012 5:18 am

2012 AFC Challenge Cup

Semi-finals
Turkmenistan 2 – 1 Philippines
North Korea 2 – 0 Palestine



Third place play-off

19 March
Philippines v Palestine

Final
Turkmenistan v North Korea

Repeat of the2010 final.

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Re: AFC Challenge Cup

Postby nzfooty » Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:54 am

2012 AFC Challenge Cup

Third place play-off

Philippines 4 – 3 Palestine
Good imporovement shown by the Philippines. In the past they were disorganised to a point of not entering World Cup
qualifiers. They were very close to reachiong the final but self-destructed in their semi against Turmenistan.

Final

Turkmenistan 1 – 2 North Korea
(Åžamyradow 2' - Jong Il-Gwan 36', Jang Song-Hyok 87' pen.)

North Korea have qualified for the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia.

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Re: AFC Challenge Cup

Postby theglobalgnome » Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:08 pm

Here's a nice summary of the Challenge Cup written by the guy behind the Unofficial World Cup.

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Re: AFC Challenge Cup

Postby nzfooty » Thu Jan 16, 2014 6:02 pm

2014 AFC Challenge Cup

The winners qualifying for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup (held in Australia)

North Korea, the 2010 and 2012 champions, have been excluded from participating in the AFC Challenge Cup starting with the 2014 edition

Finals

Host country: Maldives
Dates: 19–30 May
Teams: Palestine, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Maldives (Hosts), Myanmar, Laos, Philippines


Qualifiers

Ranking of second-placed teams: matches between the runner-up and the bottom-placed team did not count in the groups with 4 teams


Group A (played in Myanmar)

India 2–1 Taiwan
Myanmar 5–0 Guam

Guam 0–4 India
Taiwan 1–1 Myanmar

Taiwan 0–3 Guam
Myanmar 1–0 India

Myanmar +6 7
India +4 6
Guam −6 3
Taiwan −4 1



Group B (played in Kyrgyzstan)

Tajikistan 1–0 Pakistan
Kyrgyzstan 1–0 Macau

Macau 0–3 Tajikistan
Pakistan 0–1 Kyrgyzstan

Pakistan 2–0 Macau
Kyrgyzstan 1–0 Tajikistan

Kyrgyzstan +3 9
Tajikistan +3 6
Pakistan 0 3
Macau −6 0


Group C (played in Laos)

Afghanistan 1–0 Sri Lanka
Laos 1–1 Mongolia

Mongolia 0–1 Afghanistan
Sri Lanka 2–4 Laos

Sri Lanka 3–0 Mongolia
Laos 1–1 Afghanistan

Afghanistan +2 7
Laos +2 5

Sri Lanka 0 3
Mongolia −4 1



Group D (played in Nepal)

Palestine 1–0 Bangladesh
Nepal 6–0 Northern Mariana Islands

Northern Mariana Islands 0–9 Palestine
Bangladesh 2–0 Nepal

Bangladesh 4–0 Northern Mariana Islands
Nepal 0–0 Palestine

Palestine +10 7
Bangladesh +5 6
Nepal +4 4
Northern Mariana Islands −19 0


Group E (played in the Philippines)

Turkmenistan 7–0 Cambodia
Cambodia 0–8 Philippines
Philippines 1–0 Turkmenistan


Philippines +9 6
Turkmenistan +6 3

Cambodia −15 0

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Re: AFC Challenge Cup

Postby eujin » Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:16 pm

nzfooty wrote:North Korea, the 2010 and 2012 champions, have been excluded from participating in the AFC Challenge Cup starting with the 2014 edition

It says as much on wikipedia, but what is the reason? Is it because they're too good? The West Asians are sick of the East Asians winning everything? Or something else? On the AFC article it just says

The committee also approved DPR Korea’s exclusion from future AFC Challenge Cups and maintain automatic qualification for top three teams from the 2015 edition in the next edition.


Afghanistan and Palestine do seem to have quite handy sides. War-ravaged countries often do quite well in Asia despite all the difficulties involved. The Afghans hoovered up the SAFF tournament recently too, which also goes to show just how much effort the likes of India and Pakistan (6th largest population in the world) put in to these things.

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Re: AFC Challenge Cup

Postby nzfooty » Thu Jan 16, 2014 8:12 pm

eujin wrote:
nzfooty wrote:North Korea, the 2010 and 2012 champions, have been excluded from participating in the AFC Challenge Cup starting with the 2014 edition

It says as much on wikipedia, but what is the reason? Is it because they're too good? The West Asians are sick of the East Asians winning everything? Or something else? On the AFC article it just says

The committee also approved DPR Korea’s exclusion from future AFC Challenge Cups and maintain automatic qualification for top three teams from the 2015 edition in the next edition.



I was wondering about the same thing when I saw this piece of news a few months ago. However, just like you I could not find anything. My guess is that a team capable of World Cup qualification should not be playing in Asia's baby competition and I was expecting them to be booted out. That said, I'm not sure whether that was the reason they were shown the door.

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Re: AFC Challenge Cup

Postby modernseoul » Wed May 28, 2014 9:26 am

The semis of the 2014 competition were yesterday and the final will be: Palestine vs. Philippines

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Re: AFC Challenge Cup

Postby nzfooty » Wed May 28, 2014 10:17 am

modernseoul wrote:The semis of the 2014 competition were yesterday and the final will be: Palestine vs. Philippines


For a country that didn't even bother entering the 2006 and 2010 World Cup qualifiers, the Philippines have made a remarkable improvement in recent years.
It appears that a lot of the success has been built using players born in Europe with Filipino heritage... but still, if it promotes football in a
country of nearly 100 million people then I'm all for it.

Semi between the Philippines and hosts Maldives.


Winner qualifies for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup where they will be in Group D along with Japan, Jordan and Iraq.

Palestine would also be an interesting qualifier.

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Group A

Palestine     1–0     Kyrgyzstan
Maldives     2–3     Myanmar

Myanmar     0–2     Palestine
Kyrgyzstan     0–2     Maldives

Maldives     0–0     Palestine
Kyrgyzstan     1–0     Myanmar
Maldives really got out of the jail here (after losing to Myanmar in the opening fixture)

Palestine   3  2-1-0  3:0  +3  7
Maldives    3  1-1-1  4:3  +1  4
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Kyrgyzstan  3  1-0-2  1:3  -2  3
Myanmar     3  1-0-2  3:5  -2  3



Group B

Turkmenistan     5–1     Laos
Philippines     0–0     Afghanistan

Laos     0–2     Philippines
Afghanistan     3–1     Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan     0–2     Philippines
Afghanistan     0–0     Laos

Philippines  3  2-1-0  4:0  +4  7
Afghanistan  3  1-2-0  3:1  +2  5
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Turkmenistan 3  1-0-2  6:6   0  3
Laos         3  0-1-2  1:7  -6  1



Semi-finals

Palestine     2–0     Afghanistan
Philippines     3–2 (aet)     Maldives

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Re: AFC Challenge Cup

Postby nzfooty » Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:24 am

nzfooty wrote:
Winner qualifies for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup where they will be in Group D along with Japan, Jordan and Iraq.

Palestine would also be an interesting qualifier.


Old news now but for completeness sake:

Third place play-off

Afghanistan 1–1 Maldives [7–8 pen]

Final

Palestine 1–0 Philippines
Palestine, qualified to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup


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