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2020: Southeast Asia Football (Almost) Overcame COVID-19

2020 saw the Southeast Asian football calendar turned topsy-turvy as the COVID-19 pandemic forced rescheduling of fixtures with eventual successfully-concluded seasons. It came at the cost of international football and domestic cups though. Here's the chronicling of an eventful year. #ASEANFootball #COVID-19

5 Challenges in Pandemic-Affected AFF Suzuki Cup

The global pandemic COVID-19 has forced the postponement of the biennial AFF Suzuki Cup to 2021. The long-lasting effects of the virus in Southeast Asian football goes beyond the scheduling as AseanBola analyses the impact it has on the regional flagship regional tournament.

From Closed Door to Shutdown: How COVID-19 Forced Southeast Asia into Football Inactivity

Despite attempts to keep football going during the early outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, things changed following the declaration of the virus as a pandemic, with dominoes falling and eventually leading to a blanket Southeast Asian football shutdown by the end of March 2020 in the space of less than a fortnight. #COVID19 #ASEANFootball

COVID-19 v SARS: Pandemic Impact on Southeast Asian Football

(Main Photo: AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal group stage action taking place in Cambodia in the midst of the global and regional COVID-19 outbreak on 10 March. Photo Credit: Southeast Asia is feeling the brunt of the outbreak of the... Continue Reading →

Mending FAS-AFC Relations After Zainudin’s Disastrous Football Diplomacy

(Headline photo: AFC General Secretary Windsor John (middle) poses with the FAS Council after the press conference following a meeting between AFC and FAS. - Photo Credit: Football Association of Singapore) A new chapter in Singapore’s football diplomatic relations to... Continue Reading →

AFC Cup Format Improvements Needed for ASEAN Clubs’ Benefit

(Headline Photo Credit: Home United Football Club) With a major overhaul in the competition structure of Asia’s second-tier club competition the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup this year, Southeast Asian club football enters into a new realm of uncertainty. Gone... Continue Reading →

European Club Tours in Southeast Asia in 21st Century

While overseas tours by football clubs have been growing in numbers and miles since the early half of the 20th century, it is in the 21st century when they take a commercial dimension as the big-name teams travel beyond their... Continue Reading →

Southeast Asia in AFC 2015 Review: Much Promise with Johor Darul Ta’zim Making History

AseanBola reviews Southeast Asia's overall and individual showings in what was a year of tremendous breakthrough in the 2015 AFC Cup, especially for Malaysia club representatives Pahang and eventual tournament champions Johor Darul Ta'zim.

ASEAN’s World Cup Qualifying Dreams Remains a Pipedream

Following the joint World Cup-Asian Cup qualifying results of the Southeast Asian representatives over the past fortnight, the aspiration of reaching the top echelons of the world game remains just as that. The majority of the region endured a torrid... Continue Reading →

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