|एएफसी च्यालेन्ज कप फुटबल-२०१२|
Logo of the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup
|Venue(s)||2 (in 1 host city)|
|Champions||North Korea (2nd title)|
|Goals scored||42 (2.63 per match)|
|Attendance||50,000 (3,125 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Phil Younghusband |
|Best player(s)||Pak Nam-Chol|
The 2012 AFC Challenge Cup was the fourth edition of the tournament, an international football competition for Asian Football Confederation (AFC) member nations that are mainly categorized as "emerging countries" in the defunct Vision Asia programme. It took place in Nepal from 8–19 March 2012. Unlike in previous editions of the tournament, there were no automatic qualifiers. Therefore, 2010 champions North Korea, runners-up Turkmenistan, and third-placed Tajikistan had to navigate the qualification phase in order to return to the finals. North Korea successfully defended their title and qualified for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.
Maldives, Nepal, and Palestine expressed an interest to bid to host the tournament. A decision on which country would be hosts was set to be made by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on 14 June 2011, but was deferred until the AFC Executive Committee on 29 July 2011. The committee decided to endorse Nepal as the hosts of the AFC Challenge Cup 2012 Finals.
|Dasarath Rangasala Stadium||Halchowk Stadium|
|Capacity: 17,800||Capacity: 3,500|
The qualification stage saw 20 eligible member associations compete in qualifiers.
- An initial pre-qualifying round (home and away) narrowed the field to 16 teams.
- The final qualifying round consist of four groups of four teams each with the group winners and runners-up qualifying.
- Only the eight teams that qualified for the tournament finals were permitted to bid to be hosts.
- Palestine – Qualification Group A winners
- Philippines – Qualification Group A runners-up
- India – Qualification Group B winners
- Turkmenistan – Qualification Group B runners-up
- Maldives – Qualification Group C winners
- Tajikistan – Qualification Group C runners-up
- North Korea – Qualification Group D winners
- Nepal – Qualification Group D runners-up
Each team could name a squad of 23 players.
|Key to colours in group tables|
|Top two placed teams advance to the semi-finals|
- Greater number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
- Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
- Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
- Goal difference in all the group matches;
- Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches;
- Kicks from the penalty mark if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play;
- Fewer score calculated according to the number of yellow and red cards received in the group matches; (1 point for each yellow card, 3 points for each red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for each direct red card, 4 points for each yellow card followed by a direct red card)
- Drawing of lots.
|Report[permanent dead link]||Adhuham 20'|
|Report[permanent dead link]||Attieh 4'
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|Rasheed 51'||Report[permanent dead link]|
|Report[permanent dead link]||Tagaýew 7'
Biraj 79' (o.g.)
|Report[permanent dead link]||Wadi 59'
|Pak Nam-Chol I 58'
Jang Kuk-chol 70'
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|Report[permanent dead link]||Khamroqulov 61'
|Report[permanent dead link]||Pak Nam-Chol I 4'
Jang Kuk-chol 86'
|P. Younghusband 10', 73'||Report[permanent dead link]|
|Jon Kwang-ik 3'
Ri Kwang-hyok 34'
Pak Nam-Chol I 59'
Ri Chol-myong 70'
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|Negmatov 45+1'||Report[permanent dead link]||P. Younghusband 54'
Á. Guirado 80'
|Report[permanent dead link]||P. Younghusband 25'|
|Pak Kwang-ryong 42', 68'||Report[permanent dead link]|
Third place play-off
|P. Younghusband 4', 25' (pen.)
Á. Guirado 42'
J. Guirado 69'
|Report||Abuhabib 21', 67'
|Şamyradow 2'||Report[permanent dead link]||Jong Il-gwan 36'
Jang Song-hyok 87' (pen.)
Man of the Match:
|2012 AFC Challenge Cup Champions|
|Fair Play Award||Golden Shoe||Most Valuable Player|
|North Korea||Phil Younghusband||Pak Nam-Chol I|
Team of the tournament
The team of the tournament – Dream Team in a 4-4-2 formation.
- Goalkeeper: Ri Myong-guk
- Defenders: Ri Kwang-hyok, Şöhrat Söýünow, Khaled Mahdi, Jon Kwang-ik
- Midfielders: Arslanmyrat Amanow, Guwanç Rejepow, Pak Nam-Chol I, Jong Il-gwan
- Forwards: Pak Kwang-ryong, Phil Younghusband
- Coach: Yun Jong-su (North Korea)
- 6 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- 1 own goal
- Biraj Maharjan (playing against Turkmenistan)
Post-tournament team ranking
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