ASEAN Region Thread

Discussion in 'Asian Football Confederation' started by druryfire, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. Pelefan

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    Mar 17, 1999
    #526 Pelefan, Apr 30, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2017
    Just wanted to clarify, especially in regards to Scott McIntyre's comments in his article above on the different AFF professional club systems, on the A-League being the only country in the region having a playoff system.

    The Philippines Football League, just like its predecessor the UFL, will have a playoff system after the double round robin format regular season is over, just like Australia's A-League and the US MLS and their champion will be the winner of the playoff system and not the overall regular season leader.

    This is because the Philippines is used to following the American sport system structure. This applies to the other Philippine professional sports leagues in basketball and volleyball as well as in college sports. This will help in increasing the number of competitive matches most clubs plays per season in addition to regular matches.

    The difference between A-League/MLS and the PFL though is that the Philippines plans to implement a promotion/relegation system for their clubs, like they have in Europe as well as in other countries in Asia. They have a 3 year plan to implement this, but in the meantime they are going to start with the top tier PFL that currently has 8 teams participating this season.
  2. Pelefan

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    #527 Pelefan, May 1, 2017
    Last edited: May 1, 2017
    Is this South-east Asia’s best foreign-born XI?
    Football is the global game and that is as apparent in Southeast Asia as anywhere else. Here is FOX Sports Asia’s eleven made up of ASEAN stars who were born elsewhere but have made a name for themselves in the region. [​IMG]

    by John Duerden
    GK: Neil Etheridge (Philippines)
    The former Fulham goalkeeper can now be found between the sticks in England’s third tier for Walsall, another episode in what has already been quite a career in Europe as well as South-east Asia.


    Now 27, the former England youth international made his international debut back in 2008 and starred two years later as the Azkals shocked their own fans as well as the whole of South-east Asia by reaching the last four of the AFF Suzuki Cup for the first time.

    LB: Matt Davies (Malaysia)
    While he prefers to play on the right, the Australian-born defender can do left when asked, as he was during the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup by-then Malaysia head coach Ong Kim Swee. Has the kind of engine that every modern full-back needs and loves nothing more than getting forward to deliver balls into the danger zone.

    CB: Daniel Bennett (Singapore)


    The veteran centre-back made his debut for Singapore way back in 2002 and after a gap of three years, was recalled for the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup. The former Walsall man soon showed why with a series of commanding performances, leading the backline with authority. Nobody has ever been able to question Bennett’s commitment to any cause as few have shown as much desire to win as this man from Great Yarmouth.

    CB: Fahrudin Mustafic (Singapore)
    It may be 36 years since the Tampines Rovers stalwart was born in Serbia, then Yugoslavia, and you can feel every single one when he crosses the white line.
    He oozes experience and versatility, able to play at the back or as a defensive midfielder. Still hanging around the national team scene, he came off the bench in March’s 0-0 draw in Bahrain, and is still playing with distinction and determination.

    RB: Tristan Do (Thailand)


    The Paris born-right back has few peers in Asia especially when it comes to getting forward. Do loves nothing more than crossing the halfway line and then crossing into the area, time and time again. As well as a fine right-foot, he has a fine-tuned engine and the ability to make his mark in Asia and also return to the continent of his birth to try his luck in Europe.

    MF: Stefano Lilipaly (Indonesia)


    Indonesia surprised many by reaching the final of the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup but had they know that this Dutch-born attacking midfielder was in such fine form then expectations may have been a little higher. His strike against Singapore in the final group game sent the Merah Putih in the last four and he was one of the best performers in the tournament.

    MF: Charyl Chappuis (Thailand)


    Chappuis has already had quite a career. Back in 2009, he was helping Switzerland win the Under-17 World Cup but the next time the cultured midfielder makes it to the global stage, he will do so as a Thailand international. After time in the Swiss leagues, Chappuis, now 25, came to Thailand in 2013 and helped Buriram United reach the last eight of the Asian Champions League.

    MF: Brendan Gan (Malaysia)
    The former Sydney FC star impressed as soon as he arrived in Malaysia in 2011 to sign for Sabah and would bring energy and solidity to this midfield. Well, he would if he were fit. Injuries ruled Gan out of the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup and he was missed by Malaysia. If he can return from his ACL injury at the same level, will have the pick of Malaysia’s clubs.

    FW: Irfan Bachdim (Indonesia)


    The title of the ‘Asian Beckham’ was a little too easily applied to this handsome Dutch-born winger. Popular off the pitch, there were accusations that Irfan was letting his fame and good looks get in the way of what could be a fine career.
    A stint in Japan helped the skilful star buckle down and while injury ruled him out of the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup, the former FC Utrecht forward still has a bright future.

    FW: Hoang Vu Samson (Vietnam)

    The only one on this list who has yet to represent his country because that country used to be Nigeria. That is the sole reason stopping the most prolific goalscorer in the V-League’s history playing for Vietnam.

    After the retirement of Le Cong Vinh as the country’s main goalgetter, this 28 year-old seems to be the answer but it remains to be seen if he gets the call. If he can replicate his goalscoring from the V-League on the international stage then Vietnam really would be a team to fear.


    FW: Javier Patino (Philippines)

    Had the Spanish-born forward been available for the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup then the Philippines may well have got out of their group. Patino scores goals – he averaged more than one every other game for Buriram United in Thailand. He has also been more prolific than many bigger name stars in the Chinese Super League and fans back in the Philippines only wish he was available for selection more.

    Article includes a poll. The article could have included Phil Younghusband, the all time leading goalscorer for the Philippines with 45 goals.
  3. Pelefan

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    Mar 17, 1999
    Thursday, May 04, 2017

    Lessons To Be Learnt From Non Footballing Philippines
    This weekend sees the start of a new football era in Philippines with a new national league, called Philippines Football League, kicking off. The league boasts eight clubs and unlike the Manila based UFL that we have seen in recent years, the PFL will have teams based around the country with three in Manila, one just outside and the remaining four spread around the country.

    Kaya FC - Makati kick off the new league when they entertain Ceres Negros on Saturday afternoon with Stallion Laguna playing Meralco Manila later in the evening and there will be a further two games on the Sunday. Each team plays each other home and away before going into a play off system and deciding the winners by a grand final.

    It has been a remarkable few years for Philippine football fans. To all intents and purposes the game outside the islands was little known and even at the regional AFF Suzuki Cup they were perennial wooden spoonists. From 1996 until the start of the 2010 event they had won just one and drawn one out of 21 games played.

    All that changed that year under Simon McMenemy, who astutely tapped into the large numbers of overseas based players with mixed parentage, when they reached the semi finals for the first time in their history, losing 1-0 over to legs against Indonesia even though both games were played in Jakarta, Manila lacking a decent venue at the time. Suddenly people in the Philippines began to sit up and take notice of the football in their own backyard.

    The innovative thinking McMenemy introduced continued after he left. Realising there was little hope of making an impact in the region on the back of a weak domestic league, clubs started looking overseas and in 2012 Loyala Meralco entered the Singapore Cup for the first time, reaching the semi finals before being crushed by a strong Tampines side. A year later Meralco were joined by Global who went on to reach the semis, losing narrowly against Tanjong Pagar United. They repeated the feat two years later, losing to Albirex niigata over two legs in the semi. Last year saw Ceres reach the semi finals.

    Singapore football may not be that popular at home but its teams have been part of a valuable learning curve for Filipino sides as they strive to build on 2010.

    In 2015 Ceres and Global qualified for the AFC Cup with the former being knocked out of the qualifying round by Maizya and Global winning just one of their group stage games to finish third. Again, it's all about experience.

    A year later, Ceres finished top of their group, unbeaten against the likes of Tampines Rovers and Selangor. before going out in the Round of 16 at home to South China after extra time. Kaya finished second n their group but were thumped 7-2 by holders Johor Darul Ta'zim.

    In 2017 both Global and Ceres have finished top of their groups, Global defeating JDT and losing just once in their six games. Ceres finished level top with Hanoi but netted 16 goals in their six games including nine against Tampines Rovers. In the next round Global play Home United and Ceres face JDT.

    If the rise of Philippine football over the last seven years doesn't act as a wake up call for other more established countries in the region like Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore then I fear nothing will. Despite a poor showing at last years AFF Suzuki Cup it is easy to see the Philippines begin to challenge Thailand for regional supremacy. JDT are on their way to being a regional powerhouse but they have long since outgrown domestic football. The Philippines suckled at the nipple of Singapore football and have grown but Singapore itself is walking sedately through treacle to its own uncertain future after years of neglect and institutional apathy and it remains to be seen whether the recent election will change anything. And Indonesia? Are they even aware of what happens beyond their shores?

    Fair play to the Philippines. A non football nation has made massive strides in less than seven years thanks to a shared vision and dream.
  4. Pelefan

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    Mar 17, 1999
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    It's official now!

    The election result for the three FIFA Council members on #AFCCongress2017!


    The PFF‏ @philfootball 42m42 minutes ago

    PFF Pres Mariano Araneta wins a seat as @fifacom Council Member (by acclamation) for term 2017-2019 during the 27th @theafcdotcom
  5. Pelefan

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  7. Pelefan

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    Mar 17, 1999
    The AFF U15 tournament is being held in preparation for the 2018 AFC U-16 Championship qualification rounds so it has reverted to the U15 age group.

    In the first game Thailand beat defending U16(last year's age group) 2016 champion Australia 2-1. Other results during the first day saw Laos beating Singapore 2-0 and Indonesia tying Myanmar 2-2.
  8. Pelefan

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    Mar 17, 1999
    Indonesia set to host almost all tournaments in 2018

    With the exception of the premier event of the AFF Suzuki Cup, the FA of Indonesia (PSS) are set to hosts all tournaments in 2018.

    At the 13th Council Meeting that was held this morning in Tokyo, Japan – in conjunction with the invitation from the East Asia Football Federation (EAFF) – Indonesia have been confirmed as hosts for all seven football and Futsal Championships next year.

    The football tournaments are AFF Under-16 Girls’ Championship 2018 (June), AFF Women’s Championship (21 June – 4 July), AFF Under-19 Championship (2-14 July) and AFF U15 Championship (29 July – 11 August).

    The Futsal tournaments are AFF Futsal Championship (6-15 September) and the AFF Futsal Club Championship (1-10 May).

    Indonesia will also hosts the AFF Beach Soccer Championship slated for between October and November.

    In the meantime, the AFF Council also decided that from 2018 onwards, the Council Meetings will be held on a rotational basis.

    With that in mind, Australia will host the 14th AFF Council Meeting in 2018 in March in Sydney.

    And base on the rotation, the 15th edition will see Brunei playing hosts next.
  9. Pelefan

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    Mar 17, 1999
    100 Day Countdown: ASEAN teams ready to fly the flag in Jordan

    Wednesday, December 27, 2017

    Kuala Lumpur: After Thailand’s breakthrough qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015, a new cast of Southeast Asian stars will carry with them the hopes of the region at Jordan 2018.

    Philippines back on the big stage

    A freezing pitch in Dushanbe, Tajikistan was an unlikely setting for a milestone moment in Filipino football, but it was there that the Malditas, the women’s national team, ended a 15-year drought to qualify for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2018 with a 1-1 draw against Bahrain.

    The Philippines have appeared in the continental championship on eight previous occasions, but those outings all came in an era where there was no qualification tournament,

    Successfully qualifying for Jordan 2018 has the potential to usher in a new era for the women’s game in the country, according to Philippine Football Federation President, AFC Executive Committee Member and FIFA Council Member, Mariano V. Araneta Jr.

    “It has been a long wait, but finally the Philippine Women's National Team have this chance once again to play in the AFC Women's Asian Cup along with the best teams in the continent,” said Araneta.

    “The tournament presents a huge opportunity for our women's team to make history and inspire more girls to play football in the country.

    “Positive results in the Women's Asian Cup will surely encourage and motivate the next crop of women’s footballers.”

    The Philippines were drawn alongside China PR, Thailand and hosts Jordan at the official ceremony on the shores of the Dead Sea earlier this month, and – having avoided heavyweights Australia and Japan – they sense an opportunity.

    “The draw results look fair for our chances to qualify for the next round. Any group will always be a challenging group for the Philippines women's team,” Araneta said.

    “The team should see the group draw as an opportunity to represent the Philippines at the highest level and to make it a memorable tournament.

    “Everyone in the team is motivated since the tournament also serves as the qualifiers for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, which is the main target of the team,” he concluded.

    Thailand aiming for second Women’s World Cup

    One team who know what it takes to reach the Women’s World Cup are Thailand, who defied history to not only qualify, but claim a historic first ever win at Canada 2015.

    Nuengrutai Srathongvian was the head coach for those achievements, and – after over a year away from the top job – she is back at the helm, having replaced former Manchester City and Leicester defender Spencer Prior in September.

    Drawn to meet Jordan, China PR and the Philippines in Group A, a return to the world stage is Nuengrutai’s clear objective ahead of Jordan 2018.

    “The group is less tough than last time since most of the teams have similar capabilities especially Jordan and Philippines,” said the experienced head coach.

    “In fact, only China have a higher ranking than us. There’s a really good chance of us going to World Cup once again.”

    Thailand had a mixed 2017. They won seven matches in a row between January and August, and only missed out on SEA Games gold medal on goal difference, but suffered home defeats to New Zealand and Jordan to close out the year.

    Despite their patchy form, Nuengrutai believes the Thais are capable of reaching the semi-finals for the first time in more than 30 years.

    “Our ultimate goal is definitely being the second of the group,” she said.

    “If we want to go to the World Cup, it is essential for us to get at least second place in the group stage, meaning that we must defeat both Jordan and Philippines, and we know that both teams have been preparing for the tournament really well.

    “Getting to the semi-finals would be considered as a great achievement for the team, since this result would mean that our team will be guaranteed of a place in the World Cup.”

    Thailand beat the Philippines 3-1 at the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur in August, but Nuengrutai is under no illusions as to the potential difficulty of the all-ASEAN clash on April 12.

    “We cannot overlook the Philippines. They've played against us so many times, meaning that they will be familiar with our game play,” she said.

    “A good preparation based on our past matches could make the game difficult for us; therefore, we also have to improve much in order to reach our goal in this tournament.”

    Vietnam ready to challenge Asia’s best

    While Thailand remain the highest-ranked team in ASEAN, Vietnam are the only Jordan 2018 qualifiers to have traversed 2017 without losing a single match.

    They went within 90 minutes of a first ever Women’s World Cup appearance when they hosted the Women’s Asian Cup four years ago, but Vietnamese hopes of going one better in Jordan were dealt a blow at the official draw earlier this month.

    Mai Duc Chung’s side will meet reigning champions Japan, World Number 4 Australia and a much-improved Korea Republic in what has been dubbed the ‘group of death’, but the highly-respected boss is excited by the challenge.

    “We have to accept the result. It’s a challenge that we’re there with strong opponents such as Australia, Japan and Korea, but we will try our best in this challenge,” he said.

    “With this draw result, many people may think that Vietnam will not have chance to go further, but for me, this is a really good chance for us to play with strong teams in Asia and the World.”

    Vietnam produced an electric brand of football in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifying tournament in Hanoi in April, with Hunyh Nhu and Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung just two of the star performers in Chung’s highly-organised side.

    The SEA Games-winning head coach, who recently served as caretaker for the Vietnamese men’s national team, disclosed that his team will prepare for the tournament with a clash against one of the world’s most famous clubs.

    “We are planning a training camp in Germany and will play a friendly match against Bayern Munich women’s team,” he revealed.

    “As we will play against strong opponents, the players’ fitness and competition spirit will be prepared very well.”

    The AFC Women’s Asian Cup begins with Thailand meeting host nation Jordan on April 6, while the Philippines will face China PR on the same day.
  10. Pelefan

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    Mar 17, 1999
    Vietnam makes the AFC U-23 Championship by defeating Qatar 4-3 in a penalty shootout.

    Goalkeeper Bui Tien Dung’s two penalty saves sensationally earned Vietnam a place in the AFC U23 Championship final on Tuesday as the Southeast Asian side defeated Qatar 4-3 in a penalty shootout after an extraordinary 2-2 draw at the end of extra-time.

    Tien Dung stopped efforts from Qatari duo Ahmad Moein and Sultan Al Brake to seal the victory, one which continues Vietnam’s incredible journey in the competition under the wily guidance of head coach Park Hang-seo, and now sets up a title showdown against either Korea Republic or Uzbekistan on Saturday.

    While the victory moves Vietnam, incredibly, a step nearer to the title, it sees Qatar fall at the semi-final stage for the second successive competition following their fourth-place finish at the tournament’s last edition in 2016.

    With a place in the final potentially only 90 minutes away, the opening period proved to be a cautious affair, as Qatar, with captain Moein pulling the strings in midfield, constantly prodded and probed a resolute Vietnamese backline which refused to give an inch.

    Indeed, a Bassam Al Rawi free-kick from range in the 36th minute was the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock, until defender Bui Tien Dung’s foul on striker Almoez Ali in the penalty area just three minutes later saw referee Muhammad Taqi point to the spot.

    The dynamic Akram Afif duly kept his nerve to convert from 12 yards and hand Qatar a slender advantage ahead of the break.

    However, after seeing Almoez Ali – the tournament’s leading goalscorer – fire narrowly over shortly after the restart, Vietnam were soon to draw level.

    Nguyen Quang Hai was at the heart of things for the Southeast Asians, first seeing his free-kick rattle the bar and then, following Qatar’s inability to clear Nguyen Phong Hong Duy’s cross, pouncing to slam the ball home from close-range to claim an equaliser on 69 minutes.

    Qatar duly responded with an Afif shot from distance, before they regained the lead through Almoez Ali’s scrambled 84th minute effort, only to lose it again in dramatic fashion moments later when Quang Hai curled a superb shot past Mohammed Al Bakari to signal the need for extra-time.

    By way of contrast to what had just gone before, chances were few and far between during the additional 30 minutes, leaving Tien Dung to emerge as the hero in the subsequent penalty shootout as Vietnam celebrated wildly and Qatari hearts were broken. –
  11. Pelefan

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    Mar 17, 1999
    Kawin and Etheridge lead a golden age of goalkeepers in ASEAN football


    John Duerden believes Kawin Thamsatchanan and Neil Etheridge are just two examples of why the goalkeeping situation in ASEAN football has never been healthier.

    It was sad to learn of the news this week that Malaysian goalkeeping legend Chow Chee Keong passed away at the age of 69. An international for his country at the age of 15, he was also named the best goalkeeper in Asia by the Asian Football Confederation at the age of 18 – the first of five successive times.

    Chow had an amazing career, playing in Hong Kong and England. In football terms, it may have provided the legendary number one some comfort to know that goalkeeping in Southeast Asia has never been in better hands.

    Chow had a short spell in England with Bedford Town but – these days – there are goalkeepers playing at a much higher level. Just look at Neil Etheridge. The Philippines number one has played 32 out of 33 games in the English Championship for Cardiff City, something that is a fine achievement in its own right. But there’s more.

    With 13 games of the 46 game season remaining, Cardiff are second and on course for automatic promotion to the English Premier League. The Bluebirds are four points clear of Aston Villa in third. Etheridge was signed in the summer as cover for the injured Lee Camp.

    Fifteen clean sheets and many more plaudits later, Etheridge is the undisputed number one at the club and Camp, now fully recovered, has been sent out on loan. It shows the mental strength of the goalkeeper, now 28, that he bounced back from being released from clubs and, for a time, without a club.

    “Neil has done an incredible job in the last couple of years,” Chris Greatwich, former Philippines international team-mate and coach of Kaya FC in the Philippine Football League, told FOX Sports Asia.

    “He has progressed from the lower reaches of the English football pyramid to be playing in the Championship. He has worked really hard. He has a good manager who is proven at this level and has shown he can guide teams to promotion. It would be great to see Neil playing in the English Premier League.”

    It would be an amazing achievement. To get to the top tier of English football via the long slog of a promotion season in the Championship is doing it the hard way.

    In Asia, only the Chinese Super League has an average attendance greater than that of England’s second tier. The Championship possesses three European Cups, more than the whole of France. It is one of the most watched leagues in the world and full of big clubs that have spent big to get back to where the really big money is.

    Etheridge seems to have improved as the season has progressed. His performance in the recent 4-1 win over Leeds United was top-class. If Cardiff do make it to the top, manager Neil Warnock will look back at signing the 28 year-old and allow himself a smile of satisfaction. If Etheridge does make it then anyone who has watched him will know he is more than capable of handing the Premier League.

    If that wasn’t enough for the region, there was more this week. While Etheridge has been working hard in England, Kawin Thamsatchanan was doing the same in Thailand. The Thai international goalkeeper was studying English and trying to find a way into Europe – very difficult for a Southeast Asian goalie.

    He made his debut in Belgium this week for First Division B club OH Leuven in a 1-1 draw. He made some fine saves.

    “I’m pleased to play the debut game tonight,” said the 28-year-old. “I’ve done my best tonight, I’ll take this fantastic opportunity to develop the quality on the pitch. [Playing in an] European league is not easy; I have to prove myself to the coach and the team. I want to give my best for Thailand, OH Leuven and the team”

    Kawin has been a big star in Southeast Asia for years. He could have stayed where he was. He could have lived a very nice life at Muangthong United and lived in one of the most vibrant cities in the world. He could have lived off the adulation of fans at home.

    Instead, he chose to move to Belgium, not, with all due respect from a non-footballing perspective, the most exciting of destinations. Few Asian players have moved so far out of their comfort zone. All hope he will be successful in Belgium but making the first step is half the battle for him and others to follow in the future.

    Southeast Asia may have lost a legendary goalkeeper this week but there are worthy successors to old ‘Crazy Sword’ Chow. Goalkeeping has never been better in Southeast Asia. This is a golden age.
  12. Pelefan

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    Mar 17, 1999
    Matchday Two: ASEAN Zone Preview

    Sunday, February 25, 2018
    Kuala Lumpur: The 12 teams in the ASEAN Zone of the AFC Cup return to action in the coming week as Matchday Two promises to deliver more enticing encounters.

    The sides in Groups F and G will kick off the action on Tuesday before Group H takes centre stage a day later, after which the three tables will begin to take shape.

    See also :


    Analysis: Missed opportunities a bane for Shan United
    February 14 2018


    Analysis: Song Lam Nghe An impress with total control
    February 11 2018


    Matchday One - Group G: Bali United 1-3 Yangon United
    February 13 2018

    Group F

    The Philippines’ Ceres Negros began their 2018 campaign in stunning style by posting a 9-0 victory over Cambodia’s Boeung Ket in a scoreline that equalled the tournament’s biggest ever win.

    On Tuesday, Ceres will be in Singapore to face Home United – who defeated Myanmar’s Shan United 1-0 last week – in what is a repeat of the 2017 ASEAN Zone final that saw Ceres crowned regional champions.

    After the demoralising loss last week, Boeung Ket will look to bounce back when they host Shan as both teams aim to put their first points on the board in a clash that pits together the Cambodia and Myanmar champions.

    Debutants Shan will be making their first away trip in the continental competition, while Boeung Ket’s only points to date in the AFC Cup came against Myanmar opposition in the form of Magwe FC in the 2017 group stage.

    Boeung Ket (CAM) v Shan United (MYA)

    Venue: Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh

    Kick-off: February 27, 18:30 UTC+7

    Home United (SIN) v Ceres Negros (PHI)

    Venue: Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore

    Kick-off: February 27, 19:30 UTC+8

    Group G

    Myanmar’s Yangon United got off to the perfect start in Group G last week as Guinean striker Sekou Sylla scored twice in a 3-1 victory over Bali United.

    Yangon now return home to face Vietnam’s FLC Thanh Hoa, who claimed three points on their tournament debut after Pape Omar Faye scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Global FC of the Philippines

    Global, who reached the ASEAN Zonal semi-finals last year, will look for a positive response in Manila on Tuesday when they host Bali in a game that sees the Philippines take on Indonesia for the first time in the competition.

    Having suffered defeat in their maiden game on the continent, Bali will be targeting an improved performance on the road as they look to pick up their first-ever points in the tournament.

    Yangon United (MYA) v FLC Thanh Hoa (VIE)

    Venue: Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon

    Kick-off: February 27, 15:30 UTC+6:30

    Global FC (PHI) v Bali United (IDN)

    Venue: Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila

    Kick-off: February 27, 19:30 UTC+8

    Group H

    The 2015 AFC Cup winners Johor Darul Ta’zim will aim to build on their impressive 3-0 opening-day victory over Persija Jakarta when the Malaysian team travel to Vietnam to take on Song Lam Nghe An on Wednesday.

    The Vietnamese side also got off to a winning start as Ho Phuc Tinh and Ho Khac Ngoc scored the goals in a 2-0 away victory against Singapore’s Tampines Rovers.

    Persija’s tournament debut in Malaysia may not have gone to plan but the Jakarta club lifted the Indonesia President’s Cup last week after defeating domestic rivals Bali United in the final and will go into the game with Tampines with renewed optimism.

    After enduring a disappointing group stage last year, Tampines have now been beaten in five of their last six games on the continent and will be desperate to reverse that trend in the Indonesian capital to avoid being cut off at the bottom of the standings.

    Song Lam Nghe An (VIE) v Johor Darul Ta’zim (MAS)

    Venue: Vinh Stadium, Vinh

    Kick-off: February 28, 15:30 UTC+7

    Persija Jakarta (IDN) v Tampines Rovers (SIN)

    Venue: Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta

    Kick-off: February 28, 18:30 UTC+7

    See also :


    Group H: Tampines Rovers FC 0-2 Song Lam Nghe An FC
    February 10 2018


    Group G: FLC Thanh Hoa 1-0 Global Cebu FC
    February 10 2018


    Matchday One - Group A: Air Force Club 2-2 Al Jazeera
    February 12 2018
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    hi i'm from singapore and this is my football blog which i've recently started -

    mainly covering singapore football but i do plan on covering other football news as well
  14. Pelefan

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    Mar 17, 1999
    AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 winners to face Asian giants Korea Republic in inaugural Champions Trophy

    Asian heavyweights Korea Republic are set to face the winners of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 final between Malaysia or Vietnam in March 2019.

    A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) and East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) regarding this in a meeting held at Hanoi in Vietnam on December 15.

    According to the MoU, the winners of the AFF Suzuki Cup will now play the winners of the EAFF E-1 Football Championship in a new competition that has been named the AFF-EAFF Champions Trophy and will be held every two years.

    The first edition of the Champions Trophy is to be held in March next year with the current EAFF champions South Korea facing the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 champions who will be crowned during the second leg of the final to be held at My Dinh Stadium on Saturday.

    The first Champions Trophy will be held on March 26, 2019 at the home ground of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 champions — which will be either Vietnam’s My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi or Malaysia’s Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

    Meanwhile, the second AFF-EAFF Champions Trophy will be held in 2021.

    “We are glad to have agreed to hold the AFF-EAFF Champions Trophy match after the two federations have promised to cooperate in the development of each others’ football. I am confident that the friendship of the two federations will be one of the most successful examples of partnership between regional federations in FIFA,” said Chung Mong-gyu, president of the EAFF.

    The EAFF consists of some of the giants of Asian football in South Korea, China and Japan among others who compete against each other in the EAFF E-1 Championship every two years. The next edition of the EAFF Championship is to be held in South Korea on December 2019.
  15. Pelefan

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    Mar 17, 1999
    The AFF-EAFF Champions Trophy might entice Australia to join the AFF Championship eventually.

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