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Malaysia, Indonesia set to renew Southeast Asia's biggest rivalry

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Over 80,000 fans will flock to Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on Thursday to see Indonesia take on Malaysia.

Malaysia's football rivalry with Singapore may have grown a little stale in recent years, but Thursday's 2022 World Cup qualifier against Indonesia in front of 80,000 fans in Jakarta promises to be extremely spicy.

The last two meetings between Malaysia and Singapore, in March 2019 in Kuala Lumpur and in October 2016 in the Lion City, were low-key affairs with low attendances.

That could not be in greater contrast to the anticipation ahead of Group G's opening game. At the moment in Southeast Asia,...

Asia's 2022 World Cup qualifiers drawn despite FIFA not knowing how many teams will play

The draw for the first phase of Asia's qualifying round for the 2022 World Cup finals featuring the continent's lowest-ranked nations was made on Wednesday, even though FIFA has yet to decide how many teams will participate in the tournament.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino continues to promote his plan to expand the tournament from 32 to 48 teams and potentially share the hosting duties originally awarded to Qatar with other nations in the Middle East.

Oman and Kuwait have been approached as potential...

Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines can learn from Vietnam's remarkable rise

It feels like more than a month since Vietnam were lifting the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup to be crowned Southeast Asia's best.

The celebrations in Hanoi after the final win over Malaysia in December were something to be seen, but there could be more to come. On Sunday, the Golden Stars defeated Jordan on penalties to move into the last eight of the 2019 Asian Cup. A showdown now awaits with heavyweights Japan on Thursday. An upset couldn't happen, could it?

To defeat the Samurai Blue would probably be...

Vietnam crowned Southeast Asia's best, Malaysia defy expectations

Ten years after winning their first AFF Suzuki Cup, Vietnam won a second on Saturday, turning the streets of Hanoi and Saigon red with delight as fans celebrated 3-2 aggregate victory over Malaysia.

In the end, Vietnam were just a little too good for their regional rivals over the two legs. And the same was true in the tournament overall. The Golden Stars were consistently the best team from the beginning -- a 3-0 win over Laos -- to the end, a 1-0 second leg victory over Malaysia.

Vietnam had stars...

Vietnam win AFF Suzuki Cup as Anh Duc Nguyen volley downs Malaysia

Leg 2Aggregate: 3 - 2
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Vietnam won the AFF Suzuki Cupfor the first time in a decade as Nguyen Anh Duc's volley secured a 1-0 win over Malaysia in the second leg of the final in Hanoi on Saturday for a 3-2 aggregate triumph.

Vietnam last won the regional title in 2008 and Anh Duc's fine first-half strike ensured Park Hang-seo's side overcame a robust Malaysia team to send the majority of the sold-out crowd at the My Dinh Stadium into raptures.

Needing to score to have any hope of winning the title after a 2-2 draw in the...