Keeping Regional Football Local

Brunei’s Phenomenal Youth Progress

(Brunei Darussalam National Under-16 Side before their 2-1 qualifying win over Hong Kong in September. Main Photo Credit: Chinese Taipei Football Association) Usually regarded as minnows in Southeast Asia and beyond, an exciting batch of young boys from Brunei Darussalam... 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 →

How Southeast Asian Clubs Can Prosper in Asia

(Headline Photo Credit: Muangthong United) Muangthong United kept Thailand’s – and Southeast Asia’s – flag flying high in the AFC Champions League on 26 April when they defeated Australian side Brisbane Roar 3-0 at home in their penultimate group stage... Continue Reading →

A Puskas Award Doesn’t Maketh An Local Football Icon

16 February 2016 was the date Malaysia football finally hit the headlines again - for the right reasons this time. For Mohd Faiz Subri’s physics-defying curler of a free kick goal in Penang’s 4-1 Malaysia Super League win over Pahang... 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 →

Have Timor Leste ‘Cheated’ Their Way to Silver Medals?

(Headline Photo Credit: Huang Xiaolong/ Asean University Games 2016) Before the biennial Asean University Games (AUG) football tournament in Singapore, Timor Leste had not made any notable impression at international football since their sovereign independence in 2002. 10 days in... 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.

Southeast Asia in AFC Champions League 2015 Review: Silver Lining Despite Poor Show

(Headline Photo Credit: Buriram United) The 2015 AFC Champions League (ACL) was a forgettable campaign for Southeast Asia as none of the regional representatives advanced beyond the group stage for the second successive year. Automatic first round entrants Becamex Binh... Continue Reading →

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