AFF Suzuki Cup – fan battles

The AFF Suzuki Cup is legendary for noisy, packed stadiums, but things go up another notch during a match between regional rivals. FOX Sports Asia takes a look at some of the most intense rivalries of the Southeast Asian region.

Thailand v Vietnam

Perhaps one of the biggest rivalries on the Southeast Asian territory, the countries have been squaring off in the field since 1995.

Unfortunately for the Golden Stars, Thailand has dominated the head-to-head since that 3-1 victory in the South East Asian Games in 1995, a competition they would go on to win.

Since then, the War Elephants have notched up 13 wins against Vietnam, who only have two wins.

Vietnam’s most memorable win was in the final of the 2008 AFF Championship, when a 2-1 win in the first leg in Bangkok set them up for their first ever title, which they secured after a 1-1 draw.

Singapore v Malaysia

Since Singapore left the Malaysian Federation and declared independence in 1965 there has been an intense rivalry between the two countries.

The rivalry extends to most things in life, but everyday things pale in comparison to the battle for supremacy on the football pitch, in what is another of Southeast Asia’s biggest rivalries.

On the international front, Malaysia have the upper hand in head-to-head clashes over the years, winning 30 times against 21 wins for Singapore and 21 draws, according to football stats website 11v11.com.

But when it comes to regional bragging rights, the Little Red Dot is king having won the AFF Championship four times (1998, 2004, 2007, and 2012) compared to just once for Malaysia (2010).

Things didn’t to well for the Lions in the last AFF Suzuki Cup meeting between the two, however, as two late goals saw Malaysia seal a 3-1 victory that dumped the defending champions out in the group stages in front of a packed national stadium.

Malaysia v Indonesia

These proud nations have one of the longest standing rivalries in Asia, having faced off no less than 95 times since 1957.

Indonesia earned one of their first pieces of silverware at the 1991 South East Asian Games. The Garudas would roll over Malaysia 2-0 in the group stages of the competition and progress all the way to the final, where they defeated Thailand.

However, Malaysia would get their own back in the first leg of the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup final. The rivals played in front of an enormous crowd of over 98 000 in Kuala Lumpur. A second half blitz from Harimau Malaysia saw them cruise to a 3-0 win.

While Indonesia would come back from a goal down in the second leg to win 2-1, it was too little too late as Malaysia earned their first AFF Championship title.

Indonesia lead the head-to-head ever so slightly with 39 wins to Malaysia’s 35, making it one of the most hotly contested rivalries in world football.

Philippines v Malaysia

Although a relatively young rivalry on the football field, this one has gathered added spice in recent years following the territorial dispute between the two nations in eastern Borneo.

A footballing backwater for so many years, the Philippines have a large deficit to make up in the head to head between the two rivals.

Since their first encounter back in 1962 Malaysia have won 11 games and lost only two.

The other five have ended in draws, with four of those coming in the last four meetings between the two sides to coincide with the Azkals overall improvement and rise up the FIFA rankings.

Paired in different groups in 2016, it is unlikely they will meet this time around, but if by some chance the two manage to meet in the semifinals it promises to be an electric atmosphere.

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