AFC Asian Cup – A Retrospective (what a goddamn mess)

1 08 2007

Stuff needs fixin’…Ok… deep breaths…

Despite the glory of the winning team being Iraq, a fairytale storyline that could not have been scripted better… the AFC Asian Cup 07 was pretty much a shambles. Hosting it across 4 different countries may have lessened the load organizationally, but it created a logistic nightmare.

Now, no single country holds the blame, and there was some excellent football played throughout the 07 Event, but serious problems existed during it.

First of all, the heat. If you’re going to hold the games in the midst of Summer, then for the love of God, hold them at night. Is it any wonder many of the tournament’s top teams didn’t always live up to expectations? Teams traveling for literally half a day to get to destinations to play the next day, or even that night. Buses not showing up on time, charter flights & hotel reservations messed up. A twenty-five minute power outage in the middle of one game. In Bangkok, selecting a stadium on the outskirts rather than the National stadium in the middle of the city cost dearly, with games not any where nearly as well attended as they should have been.

The Japanese team suffered quite a bit, the organizers messing up their charter flight just prior to the third-place game versus South Korea – it wasn’t until the Japanese officials took matters into their own hands & chartered their own jet that they could travel to the remote Indonesian island of Palembang for the game. Upon arrival, not enough rooms were booked at accommodation, and players & officials had to share rooms (the official’s room apparently resembled a cheap backpacker’s dorm – there were so many bodies!). It’s highly probable that other nations have similar horror stories.

Weren’t the AFC watching when Japan & South Korea co-hosted the World Cup in 2002? Although the organization was split between two groups, the problems involved in moving teams to different nations was a logistic headache… So, four nations? What on earth were the AFC organizing committee thinking?

On a lesser note, the official website was slow, ponderous to use, and articles about matches were so laggardly to be posted, that I often beat them with my own recaps. Add to that, the official game-casts (play-by-play written commentary) were inaccurate, and extremely limited in scope. Come on guys… running a website that’s limited in time isn’t that difficult – bloggers do it every day. You only had to get it right for a few months.

AFC Asian Cup ‘11 - in QatarSo, we look ahead to January 2011, when Qatar will host the event… and already – difficulties are obvious: Post the World Cup in 2010, there are only FIVE MONTHS to get qualifying done. If you’re going to be involved in these games, be sure to pack the [insert generic headache medicine’s name].

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3 responses

2 08 2007
darren

there wasn’t even 5,000 people at the stadium when Malaysia got their asses kickd by China, most of them were at home watching Bones, well I mean I was.

2 08 2007
withmalice

I hear you Darren – no where near as well-publicized as it should’ve been.

9 10 2007
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