Indonesia have the unenviable record of four losses out of four in AFF Suzuki Cup finals. Can the eternal bridesmaids of the AFF finally claim the trophy they so desperately want to win?
Indonesia’s final misfortune goes all the way back to their first appearance in the AFF showpiece in 2000, when they were hammered 4-1 by this year’s final opponents Thailand. Worawut Srimaka netted a hat-trick that day and remains the only player to do so in the final.
Two years later it was an action replay, the Garudas again losing to Thailand, only this time it was a much closer affair. A penalty shootout was required following a 2-2 draw, but Thailand kept their nerve to triumph 4-2 on spot kicks.
A third consecutive final in 2004 produced more heartbreak for Indonesia, this time at the hands of Singapore, who came out 5-2 winners on aggregate over two legs.
Can Boaz Solossa fire Indonesia to AFF Suzuki Cup glory?
Indonesia’s fourth and final final disappointment came in 2010, when Malaysia triumphed 4-2 on aggregate thanks to three goals over the two legs from in-form hitman Safee Sali.
Will it be fifth-time lucky for the Garudas this year, or will Thailand condemn them to more final heartbreak?