south east asia

AFC Cup

Time To Wrest AFC Cup From Kuwaiti Clubs?

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The losses by Persib, Warriors and Johor Darul Ta'zim in the AFC Champions League qualifying rounds won't have come as a big surprise but it does mean South East Asia will have some pretty strong competitors in the AFC Cup but whether one can make it all the way to the final remains to be seen.

As is often the case away form will be key with some clubs perhaps better set up to get something on their travels than others.

Mijo Reunites With Bojan?

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Reports today suggesting Deltras Croatian defender Mijo Dadic is set to sign for Malaysia Super League champions Kelantan.

If true then Dadic, pictured playing for previous club Persiba Balikpapan, will be teaming up with fellow Croatian Bojan Hadak who coached him during his first spell in Malaysia with MyTeam.

Mijo Reunites With Bojan?

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Reports today suggesting Deltras Croatian defender Mijo Dadic is set to sign for Malaysia Super League champions Kelantan.

If true then Dadic, pictured playing for previous club Persiba Balikpapan, will be teaming up with fellow Croatian Bojan Hadak who coached him during his first spell in Malaysia with MyTeam.

Arema Preview

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AFC Cup Action
While much of the world is looking forward to a Champions League final pitching Bayern Munchen against Chelsea, here in South East Asia the much more humble AFC Cup is nearing the end of the group stages and for clubs from the region it has been a largely successful campaign thus far.

SEA Games

Aide: SEA Games is the priority for Young Lions now...

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Adam Swandi scored in the 75th minute
True enough, to do well in the 28th South East Asia (SEA) Games football competition in coming June will be the utmost priority for the perceived national developmental squad - Courts Young Lions in the first phrase of this season's S.

Indonesians Finally Being Noticed

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It's been a good while since any Indonesian played overseas. A few dipped their tootsies in the Malaysian league before all foreigners were banned from there but for an Indonesian to play in Malaysia is like an Englishman playing in Scotland. Yeah, the language differs a little but it's not great leap into the unknown.

Raja Takes It On The Chin

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Malaysia are currently going through their most successful time in a bloody long time. ASEAN Cup winners, two time SEA Games winners, got further than any other regional side in the Olympic Qualifiers, Malaysia at the moment are too big for ASEAN yet too small for the wider Asia.
With its weak domestic infrastructure, constant doubts about the fairness of the games and strong state Football Associations Malaysia is nowhere near ready to take on Asia on a level playing field, no matter how good the players and the coach are.

English Premier League

AFF Suzuki Cup – The Other Side of the Soccer World

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The Premier League's December program is starting to click into full gear and plenty of eyes in South East Asia will be looking on the games with the usual fanatical interest.

Football is huge in South East Asia, from Vietnam to Indonesia the appetite for the game is insatiable. Walk around streets of Malaysia or Singapore and you'll see a plethora of different kits from top Premier League sides to the big two in Spain.

AFF Suzuki Cup – The Other Side of the Soccer World

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The Premier League's December program is starting to click into full gear and plenty of eyes in South East Asia will be looking on the games with the usual fanatical interest.

Football is huge in South East Asia, from Vietnam to Indonesia the appetite for the game is insatiable. Walk around streets of Malaysia or Singapore and you'll see a plethora of different kits from top Premier League sides to the big two in Spain.

Stepping up: negotiating a multi-division jump

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[W]andering around Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok in a jet-lagged haze last November, I was stopped in my tracks by the sight of a club shop selling merchandise for an English football team. Nothing too surprising in that, you might think - after all, the Premier League is hugely popular in South East Asia, and we had been welcomed to Thailand by Singha Beer in association with Chelsea and on our drive into the city centre were confronted with tower-block-high adverts featuring Wayne Rooney's pasty bonce.

Arsenal in Malaysia 2012 : Day 1

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A smile goes a long way

Hello all. It's been a long, hectic and draining day but it's only the first day of Arsenal's arrival for 2012 version of their tour to Asia. Early morning showers did not dampen the spirits of Arsenal fans here in Kuala Lumpur as they all came out in droves to welcome the team.

EPL Has Beens Visit Jakarta

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So we have the EPL All Stars in Jakarta for the weekend. In a masterpiece of timing their visit coincides with the national team hosting Inter Milan and tomorrow has the domestic biggy...Persija v Persib.

Why the hell would anyone wanna see a bunch of middle aged, pot bellied men hugging each other, enjoying their own private jokes and occasionally condescending to toss a wave or a thumbs up to the paying, braying, fan.

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Franchise FC Win First Game In CLeague

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OK, so it was 30 March but hey, my internet is pretty slow!

Albirex Niigata have been spreading their presence through South East Asia; first in Singapore's SLeague and this season making their debut in Cambodia's CLeague.

It hasn't been the best of starts for the Japanese side.

Semen Padang Hang On In AFC Cup

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Semen Padang continue to fly the flag for South East Asia after they narrowly lost 1-0 in Kolkota against East Bengal in front of 30,000.

The home team had to graft for their win, waiting until the 70th minute for Japanese striker Ryuji Sueoka, once of Albirex Niigata, Geylang United, Balestier Khalsa and Bangkok United) to settle the tie on the night.

Liverpool

Liverpool defender Martin Kelly gets a marriage proposal in Bangkok

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Martin Kelly receives marriage proposal in Bangkok: @MartinKelly1990 #lfctour pic.twitter.com/aSWfh3CkJo Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 26, 2013 Martin Kelly's lovely new locks appear to be going down very well in south-east Asia. The Liverpool defender received a marriage-proposal-by-banner during the team's pre-season stay in Bangkok.

LFC Launch Garuda Partnership

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Liverpool FC's Global Official Airline partners Garuda Indonesia were at Anfield for the ceremonial launch of their three-year partnership with the club.
Managing director Ian Ayre joined Emirsyah Satar and Elisa Lumbantoraun of Garuda Indonesia and His Excellency T. M. Hamzah Thayeb, the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, for a press conference before the visitors headed on to a stadium tour and then a tour of the club's Melwood training base.

Spoof: Film industry to sue Liverpool’s Charlie Adam for wayward ‘Hollywood balls’

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The world's biggest film studios – including Universal, Warner Brothers and Fox – have released a joint statement today revealing that they will be suing Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam for defamation of the film industry's character. The studios are seeking compensation totalling $36 million over the Scot's persistent use of the ‘Hollywood ball' long [.

Arsene Wenger

European Clubs Eye Bumper Asian Payday

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The English football season has ended but there will be little rest for the players as they contemplate adding to their air miles with the traditional pre season tours and as usual Asia will feature heavily as clubs target that crucial market. After several years of enjoying the Austrian Alps Arsenal it seems have become a fixture of the Asian football calendar in the last two years and this year proves to be their most extensive yet.

Arsenal Players In South East Asia

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Not many one time Arsenal players have found themselves playing in South East Asia. Perhaps the most notable being the great, late, David Rocastle who had a short spell with Sabah in the late 1990s. Funnily enough Rhys Weston, who played precisely one game for the Arsenal away to Newcastle in 2000 has just signed for Sabah who are coached by David McCreery.

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Indonesia's Finest Football Ambassadors

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Persebaya fans greet their Persitara counterparts
Persebaya's notorious support, known as Bonek, are in the news again. This time though the news isn't about rioting fans or supporters falling off trains. Instead the news is positive. At a time when Indonesian football is just another synonym for disaster the fans of Persebaya Surabaya are being held up as a positive.

Indonesia's Finest Football Ambassadors

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Persebaya fans greet their Persitara counterparts
Persebaya's notorious support, known as Bonek, are in the news again. This time though the news isn't about rioting fans or supporters falling off trains. Instead the news is positive. At a time when Indonesian football is just another synonym for disaster the fans of Persebaya Surabaya are being held up as a positive.

The Rest

Uniform Sides Struggle For Fan Base Across South East Asia

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PS TNI fans at Patriot Stadium v Bhayangkara
Love them or loathe them it seems the uniform sides making their debut in Indonesia's top flight are in it for the long haul and if the first few games are anything to go by they are among the division's entertainers with goals galore in their games.

Thai International Progress Hampered By Domestic Issues

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Thailand have won six of their last 10 internationals. The best team in South East Asia? Of course they are. Look at that recent record. However, remove the games from their AFF Suzuki Cup triumph and what do have left? One draw, two defeats in last three games. In their last eight games they can boast a single draw and seven defeats.

Singapore's Annus Horriblus

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Singapore boast two of the finest goalkeepers in South East Asia, namely Hassan Sunny and Izwan Mahbud not to mention the all round ability of Safuwan Bahruddin and the consistency of Hariss Harun. Not four years ago they were winning the AFF Suzuki Cup. This year they exited the biennial competition in Manila with 270 minutes of football producing just one goal for their small band of fans to cheer.

Banten Revival

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There was a time when the port of Banten on the north coast west of Jakarta, was the premier trading hub of South East Asia. Yep, even more so than Melaka or Singapore.

Cilegon United line up before their game with Pidie Jaya

Much has changed of course since then and today Banten is just another province in Indonesia suffering from a creaky infrastructure thanks to the heavy goods vehicles that transit on their way to and from Sumatra.

The Curious Case Of Pusamania Borneo

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After I had been leaving on South East Asia a few years I decided to cut back on some of my personal belongings. A few books and some clsothes got lost by the wayside.

And I made the heart wrenching decision to leave my logic locked in a left luggage locker at Heathrow Airport. It was for the best.

Hong Kong, Myanmar Sides Too Much For Tampines, Kelantan

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Kitchee v Tampines Rovers 4-0

Something is going on in Hong Kong football that seems to be passing insular South East Asia by. A couple of things of late have made me sit up and take notice...first was Pakistan international Zesh Rehman leaving the 'popular' Thai Premier League's Muang Thong United for a two year stint at Kitchee.

Arema & Persib Among The Biggest In Asia

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I have long talked about the sheer size of some Indonesian clubs. The likes of Persija, Persebaya, Persib and Arema have no idea how big they can be because they don't take on board that kind of thinking.

Teraktor TBZ have the largest average support in Asia with 58,077 apparently followed by Urawa Red Diamonds on 44,210.

Aceh Governor's Cup Semi Final

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Most of South East Asia will be tuned into the first leg of the ASEAN Cup Final tonight between Singapore and Thailand at the tiny Jalan Besar Stadium.

Across the Melaka Strait it is semi final time of the Aceh Governor's Cup.

19/12 Aceh v DPMM, Semen Padang v Selangor

The final will be held on 22 December as will the 3/4 place play off

Arsenal’s flawless win ignored by the media?

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Media Bias against the Gunners? by AS

So who enjoyed today's game? It was an awesome display and the goal against us was the only spoiler. But that's how Wenger has made us. We find faults even in a near perfect display.

All right, now I wanna ask you guys something and share it with you all.

FIFA Tell Si Sa Ket Pay Up

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FIFA have actually made a decision. Nope, it's not April Fool's Day.

Like much of South East Asia, Thai club Si Sa Ket have been dicking FIFA round for a pretty long time. They were ordered to pay former coach David Booth $225,000 back in February but of course they never bothered. (Complete story can be found here).

[Event] Special Olympics South East Asia Unified Football Tournament

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Football transcends barriers of nationality, race, creed, gender, age, social status and in the case of Special Olympics intellectual disability. Karyn Tan of Special Olympics explains what football means to its athletes, and introduces its latest event "Special Olympics South East Asia Unified Football Tournament


The tournament posterThe hallmarks of a great football match are simply ability and talent.