AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 winners to face Asian giants Korea Republic in inaugural Champions Trophy

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Asian heavyweights Korea Republic are set to face the winners of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 final between Malaysia or Vietnam in March 2019.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) and East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) regarding this in a meeting held at Hanoi in Vietnam on December 15.

According to the MoU, the winners of the AFF Suzuki Cup will now play the winners of the EAFF E-1 Football Championship in a new competition that has been named the AFF-EAFF Champions Trophy and will be held every two years.

 

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#대한민국_축구_대표팀 내년 3월 26일 스즈키컵 우승팀과 A매치 확정! . ‘2017년 동아시아연맹컵(E-1 챔피언십) 우승팀인 대한민국과 2018 AFF(동남아시아축구연맹) 스즈키컵 우승팀이 내년 3월 26일 경기를 갖습니다. 경기는 스즈키컵 우승팀의 국가에서 단판 승부로 열리며, 경기 명칭은 ‘2019 AFF-EAFF 챔피언스 트로피’입니다. 스즈키컵 우승팀은 오늘밤 베트남 하노이에서 열리는 베트남과 말레이시아의 결승2차전에서 가려집니다. 협약에 따라 양 연맹의 대회 우승팀간 경기는 2년마다 지역을 번갈아 오가며 지속적으로 개최되며, 두번째 ‘AFF-EAFF 챔피언 트로피’ 경기는 2021년에 치러질 전망입니다. 동아시아축구연맹 회장을 겸하고 있는 정몽규 대한축구협회장은 합의서 체결에 앞서 인사말을 통해 “두 연맹이 상호 축구발전을 위한 협력을 약속한 이후, AFF-EAFF 챔피언스 트로피 경기 개최에 합의하게 돼 기쁘다. 두 연맹의 우호관계가 국제축구연맹(FIFA)에 소속된 각 지역연맹 중 가장 성공적인 모범 사례가 될 것이라 확신한다”고 말했습니다!

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The first edition of the Champions Trophy is to be held in March next year with the current EAFF champions South Korea facing the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 champions who will be crowned during the second leg of the final to be held at My Dinh Stadium on Saturday.

The first Champions Trophy will be held on March 26, 2019 at the home ground of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 champions — which will be either Vietnam’s My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi or Malaysia’s Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

Meanwhile, the second AFF-EAFF Champions Trophy will be held in 2021.

“We are glad to have agreed to hold the AFF-EAFF Champions Trophy match after the two federations have promised to cooperate in the development of each others’ football. I am confident that the friendship of the two federations will be one of the most successful examples of partnership between regional federations in FIFA,” said Chung Mong-gyu, president of the EAFF.

The EAFF consists of some of the giants of Asian football in South Korea, China and Japan among others who compete against each other in the EAFF E-1 Championship every two years. The next edition of the EAFF Championship is to be held in South Korea on December 2019.

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