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TOURNAMENT

RECORD

Losing finalist in

2000, 2002, 2004
2010 & 2016

 

Nickname

Garuda

(Eagle)

Merah Putih

(The Red and White)

National Coach

Luis Milla

(Spain)

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TOURNAMENT RECORD

Losing finalists in

2000, 2002, 2004, 2010 & 2016

Nickname

Garuda

(Eagle)

Merah Putih

(The Red and White)

National Coach

Luis Milla

(Spain)

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About Indonesia

Against all the odds and most of the predictions, Indonesia reached the final of the AFF Suzuki Cup for a fifth time in 2016.

After a lengthy period in the international wilderness, popular opinion was that it would take Indonesia time to get back up to speed.

Wily coach Alfred Riedl, in his third spell at the helm, had other ideas and set a final place as the target.

His side delivered in some style and came close to going one better, narrowly losing 3-2 on aggregate to defending champions Thailand in a pulsating two-legged final.

There was little indication of the heroics to come in the opening game of Group A with Thailand beating Indonesia 4-2.

But the Merah Putih regrouped and qualified for the last four thanks to a 2-2 draw with hosts the Philippines and a 2-1 victory over four-time champions Singapore.

A 2-1 home win over Vietnam in the first leg of the semi-final gave Indonesia hope of reaching their fifth final and they delivered in extra-time of the return leg thanks to a 97th minute penalty from Manahati Lestusen that saw them progress 4-3 on aggregate.

Indonesia won the opening leg of the final 2-1 before falling to two goals from young striker Siroch Chatthong in Bangkok.

Spain’s Luis Milla, a former player with both Real Madrid and Barcelona, took over as coach from Riedl in early 2017 and the national team played sparingly during the year.

But with football back on track in the country and club sides producing good results in AFC competition in front of record crowds there should be no lack of confidence when the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 rolls around.

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