Thursday, December 30, 2010

AFF Suzuki Cup Final 2010

The AFF Suzuki Cup 2010 final was contested this week between Malaysia and Indonesia. This is the championship of ASEAN(The Association of Southeast Asian Nations) contested every years. Malaysia had beaten defending champions Vietnam 2-0 in one semifinal while Indonesia defeated The Phillipines by a similar 2-0 score in the other semifinal.

This is an emerging soccer region and while the quality of the football is quite poor (Indonesia and Malaysia are ranked 127 and 144 respectively in the FIFA rankings), tournaments like these make more teams stronger for Asian Championships and World Cup qualifying. Thailand, the leading power in this region, was the sole power for the longest time but now are consistantly knocked off by the other countries in the region. Didn't even make the semis this year after the drew against Laos. LAOS!!!!!

Here are the highlights. There were huge crowds! 90000 in Kuala Lumpur and 100000 in Jakarta!

1st Leg: Kuala Lumpur

2nd leg: Jakarta

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