AFC Women's Asian Cup 2014 on Women's Soccer United

We take a look back at this month’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2014 tournament in Vietnam, the quality of which did not disappoint.

We followed the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Vietnam, which saw Japan, Australia, Korea Republic, China PR and Thailand book their places at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015.

Good things come to those who wait:

Aya Miyama, Homare Sawa, Nanase Kiryu, Yuki Ogimi, Yuika Sugasawa.jpg

It took them 37 years, but Japan have won the AFC Women’s Asian Cup.

We witnessed another historic moment in women’s football as Japan lift maiden AFC Women’s Asian Cup title, they beat the defending champions Australia 1-0 in the final. Azusa Iwashimizu scored the goal that gave them the win at Thong Nhat Stadium.

Japan had previously come close to winning the competition, having been four-times runners-up and three-times third-place finishers. Japan finally ended the 37 years of drought since they first entered the competition in 1977.

Miyama awarded the tournament’s MVP award:

Aya Miyama .jpg

Aya Miyama celebrated a double triumph on Sunday night as not only did she lead her team to a first-ever AFC Women’s Asian Cup title but she was also awarded the tournament’s MVP award for her efforts.

Miyama commented on the AFC official website: “Although on a personal level I am pleased to be given this award, we had a lot of new players integrated into the team at this tournament and all the players were valuable in winning the title – not just one person, so the victory we got today is an even greater reward than being named the MVP.”

Park Eun-sun wins the tournament’s top goalscorer award:

Park Eun-sun wins top goalscorerPhoto: AFC Official website

Korea Republic’s prolific striker Park Eun-sun was named the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Top Goalscorer after netting six goals in five games in the competition.
China’s Yang Li equalled this goal tally but Park was given the award as a result of having one more assists.

Great support by hosts Vietnam:

AFC Women's Asian Cup 2014 crowd

One of my favourite images from this year’s tournament, captures the passionate fans supporting their teams as they progress through the competition.

 

What was your highlight of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2014? Leave your comments below

1 Comment
  1. Ken Suzuki 5 years ago

    The two goals by Thailand’s Kanjana Sung-Ngoen (or “Netto” as she goes by in the Nadeshiko League) at the 5th place match. She carried her country to the world cup for the first time. Ever since her “wild” speed stunned me as I watched a Takatsuki’s game in stand, viewing her is a joy. Netto is a revelation to teach me an Asian footballer can match (or even outrun) the world-class speeders like Alex Morgan and Elodie Thomis. A minor disappointment is that the Thai national team played her as a central forward. True she is dangerous there, but I saw she, as a right-winger, dribbled up along the side line with explosive speed. I still believe this is where she shines brightest.

    What is her plan from now to the 2015 cup? I only hope she will return to our league. Not necessarily to Osaka-Takatsuki now competing in the second division. Say, Albirex Niigata? They demonstrated their capability to work with a speeder by working with Tiffany McCarty last year.

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