Tasnim – KUALA LUMPUR, As excitement for the continental AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 starts to build, the-AFC.com picks out some of the key statistics from a tournament which boasts a proud history dating all the way back to 1956.
The Iran national football team holds three records in the competition.
The only nation to have claimed three successive titles is the Islamic Republic of Iran, who hoisted the trophy on home soil in 1968, in Thailand four years later and again in Tehran in 1976.
Ali Daei holds the record for most goals scored in the AFC Asian Cup, with the Iranian striker’s 14 goals coming between 1996 and 2004, including a record eight in the 1996 edition.
Finally, the highest official attendance recorded at the continental competition when Azadi Stadium was packed to the rafters to see IR Iran defeat Kuwait 1-0 to win the 1976 final.