By Don Riddell and Eoghan Macguire. More Videos On the evening of July 29, , the streets of Baghdad, Iraq, echoed to the sound of gunfire. Far from an uncommon occurrence, the rattle of bullets usually signaled the latest manifestation of sectarian violence that had engulfed the country in the wake of the US and allied invasion of Yet on this particular evening thousands filled the streets, dancing and waving flags as cars honked their horns in delight.
Asian Cup 2007
AFC Asian Nations Cup - Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia
Sunday, July 8, The tournament will run from July 7 to July 29, featuring a group stage and then four progressive knock-out rounds. The Asian Cup is the first in its' year history to be co-hosted by four nations. Indonesia , Malaysia , Thailand and Vietnam will each host one of the four groups, and will take two games each in the knockout rounds. Heavy rain caused the opening ceremony of the Cup, held at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok prior to the Group A match, to be delayed. Hosts Thailand took the lead in the sixth minute when referee Kwon Jung-Chul awarded them a penalty kick. Striker Kiatisuk Senamuang was deemed to have been fouled when brought to ground by Iraqi defender Ali Rehema.
2007 AFC Asian Cup
The edition was a historic one for a variety of reasons; four different nations Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam co-hosted the AFC Asian Cup for the first and only time in the competition's history, as Australia joined the Asian Football Confederation and made their continental debut. History was made in the final as we saw a seventh different nation crowned champions of Asia. The tournament also got its own official match ball for the first time ever with the introduction of the Nike Mercurial AC.
The finals were held from 7—29 July For the first time in its history, the competition was co-hosted by four nations: Indonesia , Malaysia , Thailand and Vietnam ; which was also the first time ever in the history more than two countries joined host of a major continental competition until the UEFA Euro For the first time in the nation's history, Iraq won the continental title after it defeated Saudi Arabia 1—0 in the final.