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AFF Suzuki Cup form guide


10-Jul-2012
A quick glance at what the 11 competing teams have done since their participation in the last edition of the AFF Suzuki Cup in 2010.

Brunei

Jan 2011 World/Asian ranking: 197/45
Jul 2012 World/Asian ranking: 201/44
Brunei missed the qualifying tournament for the AFF Suzuki Cup in 2010 and have not played an official senior international match since the qualifiers for the AFC Challenge Cup in April 2009. However, their U-23 side took part in last year’s South-East Asia Games in which they recorded a win against the Philippines and a draw with Laos. Their under-21 team impressed earlier this year by beating Indonesia 2-0 in the final of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy to win the title for the first time.

Cambodia

Jan 2011 ranking: 163/33
Jul 2012 ranking: 192/33
Since narrowly missing out on a spot in the last AFF Suzuki Cup, finishing behind both Laos and the Philippines on goal difference in the qualifiers, Cambodia have seen fairly little action at senior international level. They finished bottom of their group in the qualifiers for the AFC Challenge Cup in March 2011 after losing games against Maldives, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and were beaten 8-6 on aggregate by neighbours Laos in the first round of the World Cup 2014 qualifiers in mid-2011.

Indonesia

Jan 2011 ranking: 125/18
Jun 2012 ranking: 153/25
Indonesia have endured a poor run of form since their loss to Malaysia in the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup final. They finished bottom of their group in the qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup, losing all six matches including an embarrassing 10-0 setback at Bahrain in their final game. Nil Maizar became the team’s head coach in the wake of that heavy loss and his new-look side drew 2-2 with Philippines in an international friendly in Manila in early June.

Laos

Jan 2011 ranking: 168/34
Jun 2012 ranking: 190/39
Laos achieved one of their best ever results when they drew 2-2 with Thailand in the last AFF Suzuki Cup but they have played just a handful of senior international matches in the past 18 months. They beat Cambodia in the first round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, coming back from a 4-2 loss in the first leg to win the return game 6-2 after extra-time, and took a surprise 2-0 lead against China in the second round before they were overcome by an avalanche of goals in a 13-3 aggregate defeat.

Malaysia

Jan 2011 ranking: 142/23
Jun 2012 ranking: 157/28
The defending champions have seen plenty of action in international friendlies during the past 18 months although they missed an opportunity for more competitive matches when they lost 6-4 on aggregate to Singapore in the second round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers last year. The Tigers are unbeaten in five matches this year, trouncing Sri Lanka 6-0, drawing twice with the Philippines and drawing 2-2 and winning 2-0 against Singapore in their recent Causeway Challenge matches.

Myanmar

Jan 2011 ranking: 149/27
Jun 2012 ranking: 180/36
Myanmar will play in the AFF Suzuki Cup qualifiers for the first time this year after finishing last in their group in 2010 when they lost twice and drew 0-0 with the Philippines. They managed only one point in three matches in last year’ AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers and their only senior international victory in the past 18 months was a 2-0 win over Mongolia last July. They have done better at U-23 level, taking bronze at last year’s SEA Games and qualifying for the 2013 AFC U-22 Asian Cup earlier this month.

Philippines

Jan 2011 ranking: 153/29
Jun 2012 ranking: 152/24
Since their surprise appearance in the semi-finals in 2010, the Philippines have been the busiest South-East Asian side, playing over 20 senior international matches. Although they were eliminated in the second round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers by Kuwait, the Azkals impressed during the AFC Challenge Cup in March when they beat India and Tajikistan and finished third after a 4-3 win over Palestine. They drew 0-0 with Malaysia and 2-2 with Indonesia in friendlies last month.

Singapore

Jan 2011 ranking: 139/22
Jun 2012 ranking: 158/29
The Lions recovered from their group stage exit at the last AFF Suzuki Cup to reach the third round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers with a 6-4 aggregate victory over Malaysia last year. But despite starting the third round with a narrow 2-1 defeat in China, they went on to lose all six games including a 7-1 loss to Iraq in February. They came from two down to draw 2-2 at home with Malaysia in the annual Causeway Challenge in June but lost 2-0 in the return game in Kuala Lumpur.

Thailand

Jan 2011 ranking: 119 (17)
Jun 2012 ranking: 135 (19)
After going out at the group stage of the AFF Suzuki Cup for only the second time in 2010, Thailand showed marked improvement in the third round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers as they beat Oman 3-0, drew 0-0 with Saudi Arabia and suffered a pair of narrow defeats against Australia. German Winfried Schaefer has remained as the national coach ensuring a sense of continuity as the Thais seek their first victory in the tournament since 2002.

Timor Leste

Jan 2011 ranking: 201 (46)
Jun 2012 ranking: 204 (45)
Timor Leste’s winless record at the AFF Suzuki Cup continued in 2010 when they lost all three matches in the qualifying competition in Laos. Their only two senior international matches since then were back-to-back losses to Nepal in the AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers last year but their U-23 side put on a creditable show in the 2011 SEA Games when they beat Brunei and the Philippines and finished third in their group.

Vietnam

Jan 2011 ranking: 136 (21)
Jun 2012 ranking: 120 (16)
Following their semi-final elimination by Malaysia in the last AFF Suzuki Cup, Vietnam saw little action last year as they hammered Macau 13-1 on aggregate in the first round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers but lost 4-2 on aggregate to Qatar in the second round. After a quiet start to this year, they played three international friendlies in June under newly appointed coach Phan Thanh Hung, losing 3-0 to China but beating Hong Kong 2-1 and Mozambique 1-0.