2019 SEA Games: Men’s football full schedule, time table, where to watch, live stream in PDF

SEA Games 2019

As many as 11 Southeast Asian nations will fight each other to finish on the podium when the men’s football competition in the 2019 SEA Games goes on the floor on November 25 in Philippines.

The competing nations have been split into two groups during a group stage draw with hosts Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Timor-Leste making up Group A while Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam featuring in Group B.

Top two teams from each group will qualify for the knockout stages with the semifinals scheduled for December 7 and the third-place play-off and final to be played on December 10. The Rizal Memorial Stadium and the City of Imus Grandstand will host the matches in the tournament.

Though the men’s tournament is an U-22 tournament for players born on or after January 1, 1997, all teams can field a maximum of two overage players in their 20-member final squads.

Thailand are the defending champions of the men’s football in SEA Games having defeated hosts Malaysia 1-0 in the gold medal match at Shah Alam Stadium back in 2017.

2019 SEA Games – Men’s football competition – Schedule, Fixtures

Group Stages

November 25, 2019 – Malaysia vs Myanmar – Group A
November 25, 2019 – Philippines vs Cambodia – Group A
November 25, 2019 – Vietnam vs Brunei Darussalam – Group B

November 26, 2019 – Thailand vs Indonesia – Group B
November 26, 2019 – Laos vs Singapore – Group B

November 27, 2019 – Myanmar vs Philippines – Group A
November 27, 2019 – Cambodia vs Timor-Leste – Group A

November 28, 2019 – Vietnam vs Laos – Group B
November 28, 2019 – Brunei Darussalam vs Thailand – Group B
November 28, 2019 – Indonesia vs Singapore – Group B

November 29, 2019 – Timor-Leste vs Myanmar – Group A
November 29, 2019 – Philippines vs Malaysia – Group A

December 1, 2019 – Thailand vs Singapore – Group B
December 1, 2019 – Laos vs Brunei Darussalam – Group B
December 1, 2019 – Vietnam vs Indonesia – Group B

December 2, 2019 – Malaysia vs Timor-Leste – Group A
December 2, 2019 – Myanmar vs Cambodia – Group A

December 3, 2019 – Indonesia vs Brunei Darussalam – Group B
December 3, 2019 – Laos vs Thailand – Group B
December 3, 2019 – Singapore vs Vietnam – Group B

December 4, 2019 – Cambodia vs Malaysia – Group A
December 4, 2019 – Timor-Leste vs Philippines – Group A

December 5, 2019 – Brunei Darussalam vs Singapore – Group B
December 5, 2019 – Indonesia vs Laos – Group B
December 5, 2019 – Vietnam vs Thailand – Group B

Knockout stages

December 7, 2019 – Winners Group A vs Runners-up Group B – Semifinal 1
December 7, 2019 – Winners Group B vs Runners-up Group A – Semifinal 2

December 10, 2019 – Losers SF1 vs Losers SF 2 – Third-place Play-off
December 10, 2019 – Winners SF1 vs Winners SF2 – Final

Singapore U-23s could get Faris Ramli boost for SEA Games 2019

Singapore SEA Games

Singapore U-23 national team’s hopes of claiming a medal in the SEA Games 2019 could be boosted by the inclusion of senior international Faris Ramli.

National teams taking part in the men’s football competition of the 30th Southeast Asian Games can field players aged above 23 years in the squad and Singapore are set to include Singapore Premier League 2019 Player of the Year Faris as one of the two overage stars.

“It’s 70 per cent (confirmed), yeah. We also hope that everyone is injury-free,” Singapore U-23 head coach Fandi Ahmad was quoted as saying by the New Paper. 

Faris had helped Hougang United finish third in the SPL last season and has recently made a switch to Malaysia Super League outfit Terengganu FC. Faris has previously played in the 2011, 2013 and 2015 editions of the SEA Games.

“Faris is Faris. He keeps the ball well, dribbles and releases the ball well. Maybe he only needs more training with us before we leave,” the coach said.

Warriors FC defender Tajeli Salamat is the other overage player marked for the SEA Games squad.

“What we need is an attacker and another defender. Tajeli gives flexibility, he can play in the defence on the right, left and centre. We were looking for a utility player, he can play anywhere,” Fandi said.

Fandi also revealed that he is in talks with Norwegian club Raufoss IL for the release of striker Ikhsan Fandi.

Singapore are in Group B of SEA Games along with Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos and Brunei Darussalam.

Details of Vietnam head coach Park Hang-seo’s newly-signed contract emerge

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Vietnam head coach Park Hang-seo finally signed on the dotted lines of a much-awaited new contract with the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) on Tuesday.

The contract of the South Korean tactician, who has done wonders in Vietnamese football since signing as their head coach in 2017, was set to expire on January 2020, but the VFF has now sealed his services for three more years by offering him a much-improved deal.

Though financial details of the contract have been undisclosed, it is learnt that Park will earn a much bigger salary than the monthly earning of US$ 20,000 from the previous contract.

Nguyen Tien Linh seals Vietnam victory over Indonesia with a cool finish

However, with improved financial gains come even greater expectations from the former Korea Republic international.

According to reports, under the new contract, VFF expects Park to carry the Golden Dragons to the final of all the Southeast Asian tournaments the nation will take part in the next three years.

This includes the Southeast Asian Games 2019 which will be competed by the Vietnam U-23 national team and the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 with the senior national team who will be the defending champions at the ASEAN event.

Vietnam U-23s will also take part in the 2020 AFC U23 Championship in Thailand in January 2020 while the senior team is also expected to qualify for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup in China PR.

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Park has so far lead the Vietnam U-23s to the final of the 2018 AFC U23 Championship and the semifinals of men’s football in the 2018 Asian Games.

He also took the seniors to their second AFF Suzuki Cup triumph in 2018 and then reached the quarterfinals of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year.

(Photo courtesy: VFF)

Vietnam held to 1-1 draw by India in second international friendly match

Vietnam India

Vietnam women’s national team were held to a 1-1 draw by India in an international friendly match at the Vietnam Youth Football Training Centre in Hanoi.

In the second of the two friendly matches between the countries this week, Thai Thi Thao gave the home side the 1-0 lead in the 39th minute. But, Indian women restored parity in the 57th minute through Sorokhaibam Ranjana Chanu.

The Golden Girls had defeated India 3-0 in the first international friendly between the two sides on November 3.

The friendly matches are acting as warm up games for the Vietnamese women who will take part in the 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games in Philippines which starts later this month.


Vietnam, coached by Mai Duc Chung, will leave for Japan where they will begin a 10-day training camp on November 11. Defending champions Vietnam will return from Japan on November 20 before leaving for the SEA Games where they will face Thailand and Indonesia in group stages.

(Photo credit: Vietnam Football Federation)

OFFICIAL: Park Hang-seo agrees contract extension with Vietnam

Park Hang-seo Vietnam

In what comes as some very good news for football fans in Vietnam, South Korean tactician Park Hang-seo has agreed a contract extension with Vietnam Football Federation (VFF).

The Vietnam senior and U-23 head coach’s current contract with the VFF was set to expire in January 2020 and the negotiations to sign a new contract had dragged on for a very long time.

But, the VFF have now confirmed that Park has reached an agreement to extend his stay in Vietnam.

“This can be considered good news for Vietnamese football fans as well as an appreciation and recognition for the great contributions of coach Park Hang-seo since taking charge of Vietnam,” VFF said while confirming the development.

“A press conference to announce the contract extension between VFF and Park Hang-seo will be held on November 7 in Hanoi,” VFF added.

The former Korea Republic international has managed to take Vietnam football to new heights since signing as their head coach in 2017 leading the Vietnam U-23s to the final of the 2018 AFC U23 Championship and the semifinals of men’s football in the 2018 Asian Games.

He also guided the senior national team to their second AFF Suzuki Cup triumph in 2018 and then reached the quarterfinals of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 in the United Arab Emirates.

Nguyen Tien Linh seals Vietnam victory over Indonesia with a cool finish

Vietnam U-23s are currently preparing for the 2019 SEA Games to begin later this month and the 2020 AFC U23 Championship in Thailand at the start of next year.

Meanwhile, the seniors are level on seven points with Thailand at the top of Group G in the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup Joint-Qualifiers second round.

Vietnam women begin final preparations for SEA Games 2019 with 3-0 win over India

Vietnam India

Vietnam women have began their final stretch of preparations for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games with a 3-0 win over India in an international friendly match on Sunday.

Vu Thi Nhung gave hosts Vietnam the lead in the ninth minute at the Vietnam Youth Football Training Centre in Hanoi and the Golden Girls almost doubled their lead three minutes later only to be denied by India goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan.

India managed to avoid further damages up until the 85th minute when Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung gave Vietnam a two-goal cushion. Nguyen Thi Hang then sealed the 3-0 result for Vietnam in the second-half injury time.

The two sides will meet once again in the second friendly match on November 6.

Mai Duc Chung’s side will then set off for Japan where they will begin a 10-day training camp on November 11 as the defending champions prepare for the women’s football competition in the 30th SEA Games to begin in Philippines later this month.

They will return to Vietnam on November 20 before leaving for the SEA Games.

Vietnam are in Group B of the women’s tournament in SEA Games along with Thailand and Indonesia. They will open their campaign against Thailand at the Binan Football Stadium on November 26 followed by their second outing against Indonesia on November 29.

(Photo credit: Vietnam Football Federation)

Prodigy Luqman Hakim included in Malaysia preliminary squad for 2019 SEA Games

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Luqman Hakim Shamsudin, the 17-year-old forward who has earned a contract with Belgian club KV Kortrijk, has been included in Malaysia’s preliminary squad for 2019 Southeast Asian Games. 

Luqman, who will sign a five-year contract with the Belgian top division club once he turns 18 in March 2020, is one of the 28 players who have been called up by Malaysia U-23 head coach Ong Kim Swee for their SEA Games campaign.

The men’s football competition in the SEA Games is expected to get underway in Manila on November 25 with Malaysia pooled with hosts Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia and Timor-Leste in Group A.

Luqman is one of the five U-18 players who have been included in the preliminary list along with Harith Haiqal Adam Afkar, Muhamad Umar Hakeem Suhar Rezwan, Muhamad Mukhairi Ajmal Mahadi and Muhammad Azam Azmi Murad.

The list will be reduced to 20 players before the team leaves for the SEA Games on November 23.

Malaysia’s 28-member preliminary squad for 2019 SEA Games

Muhamad Shahrul Nizam Ros Hasni, Muhammad Danial Haqim Draman, Nik Akif, Nik Azli Nik Alias (all from Kelantan FA), Ariff Ar-Rasyid Ariffin, A Shivan Pillay, Damien Lim Chien Kai, Muhammad Jafri Muhammad Firdaus Chew (PKNS FC), R Dinesh, Mohamad Faisal Abdul Halim, M Kogileswaran (Pahang FA), Luqman Hakim Shamsudin, Harith Haiqal Adam Afkar, Muhamad Umar Hakeem Suhar Rezwan (Mokhtar Dahari U17 Academy), Mohd Fadzrul Danel Mohd Nizam, Mohammad Fayadh Mohd Zulkifli Amin (Kedah FA), Muhammad Haziq Mohd Subri, Muhammad Khairul Amizan Suhaimi (Perak TBG), Muhammad Azri Ab Ghani (FELDA United), Muhammad Haziq Nadzli (Johor Darul Ta’zim), Mohamad Hariz Kamarudin (JDT II), K Thivandaran (PJ City FC), Muhammad Mukhairi Ajmal Mahadi (PKNP FC), Evan Wensley Wenceslaus (Sabah FA), Muhammad Amirul Ashraf Ariffin (Selangor FA), Muhammad Azam Azmi Murad (Terengganu FC), Quentin Cheng (B-21 Central Coast Mariners), Muhammad Hadi Fayyadh Abdul Razak (Fagiano Okayama)

Dates set for two friendly matches between Indonesia and IR Iran U-23s this month

Indonesia

Indonesia U-23 national team will face IR Iran in two friendly matches this month as part of their preparations for this month’s 2019 SEA Games.

The Garuda Muda are preparing for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games which is slated to begin on November 26 while Iran are gearing up for the 2020 AFC U23 Championship which will be held in Thailand from January 8 to 26, 2020.

It was earlier reported that the two sides will play a friendly fixtures in November, however it has now been confirmed that they will play two matches instead of one.

The first match is scheduled to be held on November 13 at the Manahan Stadium in Central Java before they meet each other once again three days later at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta.

Hamid Estili’s Iran are in Group C of the AFC U23 Championship where they are pooled with Uzbekistan, China PR and Korea Republic with the top three sides from the tournament qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Meanwhile, Indra Sjafri’s Indonesia  are in Group B in the men’s football competition of the SEA Games along with Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam. Indonesia had reached the semifinals in the 2017 edition of the SEA Games.

They had emerged as the Southeast Asian champions at AFF U-22 Championship 2019 defeating Thailand 2-1 in the final held in February.

Thailand drop Sweden-born defender from 2019 SEA Games camp for lying about injury

Thailand Kevin Deeromram

Thailand head coach Akira Nishino has dropped Kevin Deeromram from his squad after the defender failed to report to the U-23 national team camp.

The 22-year-old Port FC star was among probables named by Nishino for the camp ahead of the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines and the 2020 AFC U23 Championship that Thailand will host in January 2020.

The left-back had pulled out of the national team camp citing an injury. However, it has emerged that Kevin was among the players who were named in a warm-up game for Port FC during the same time U-23 national camp was being held.

Kevin was part of the Thailand U-23 national team that won the gold at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia two years ago.

 

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“We [coaches] presented [Kevin’s] name to Nishino for a place in the senior team but decided that he would be of more use in the U-23s. There are not many left wing-backs around who are below 23 years, so we wanted him to train with the youth team,” Thailand assistant coach Anurak Srikerd was quoted as saying by the Bangkok Post.

“But we were informed that he could not join the team because he had an injury. And this was not the first time — every time we gave him a national team call-up, he excused himself by citing injury,” Anurak told the Thai news outlet.

“The proper procedure would have been to report to the camp and then pull out. At least, when he is in the camp and he is not feeling well, the national team doctor can look after him. His acts show he doesn’t realise the importance of being a national team player,” the Thailand assistant coach added.

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“At first, Nishino said he will not call him for any national side again because Kevin doesn’t seem to be willing to play for the national team. However, we are not closing the door on him for the national team. We want him to change his attitude because he could be one of the key players for Thailand in the future,” he said.

Thailand are in Group B of the men’s football competition in the 2019 SEA Games along with Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam and Laos. The matches are slated be held from November 26 to December 10.

Former Indonesia head coach expresses interest to return in place of Simon McMenemy – Reports

Nguyen Tien Linh seals Vietnam victory over Indonesia with a cool finish

Simon McMenemy’s future as Indonesia national team head coach hangs in the balance after his side suffered their fourth successive defeat in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on Tuesday.

Scottish tactician McMenemy, appointed on December 2018, has seen his side lose to Malaysia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam as the 2022 World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup Joint-Qualifiers second round reached its halfway point.

And the Indonesian supporters and football authorities seem to have lost their patience in the former Philippines head coach following their latest 3-1 defeat to Vietnam at the Kapten I Wayan Dipta Stadium in Bali on the fourth matchday of the qualification campaign.

Interestingly, reports from Indonesia suggest a former Tim Garuda head coach has expressed his interest in returning to the national team if the position becomes vacant.

That coach is none other former Barcelona and Real Madrid defensive midfielder Luis Milla who served as the team’s head coach during 2017 and 2018.

Milla had taken over from Alfred Riedl and guided the team to a bronze medal finish in the men’s football competition at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. However, his contract was terminated on October 2018 by PSSI.

But, that hasn’t stopped the Spaniard’s name from being linked with the Timnas job.

CNNIndonesia.com are reporting that the former Spain international will be willing to return to work in Indonesia.

“I heard from a trusted source concerned that he would negotiate his salary if he was asked to train the Indonesian national team again, because he had fallen in love with Indonesia,” the country’s Youth and Sports Ministry spokesperson Gatot S Dewa Broto was quoted as saying by CNNIndonesia.com.

Vietnam U-22s maintain unbeaten record after 1-1 draw against UAE in friendly

Vietnam AFC u23 SEA GAmes

Vietnam U-22 national team have held the United Arab Emirates (UAE) U-22s to a 1-1 draw in a friendly match at the Hong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City. 

After a goalless first half, Tahnoon Al Zaabi opened the scoring for the visiting UAE side in the 49th minute, but the hosts struck back immediately as Ha Duc Chinh found the equaliser in the 52nd minute.

The score remained 1-1 as the referee brought an end to the game meaning that Vietnam U-22s maintained their unbeaten streak in matches this year as they warm up for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games slated for next month.

Before Sunday’s game, Vietnam had played two friendly matches in 2019 recording 2-0 wins over Myanmar and China PRthe second result leading to the sacking of Guus Hiddink as the head coach of the China U-22s.

The men’s football competition in the 2019 SEA Games, hosted by Philippines, will be held from November 26 to December 10, 2019 and Vietnam are in Pot 3 for the group stage draw along with Myanmar.

Thailand and hosts Philippines are in Pot 1 while Malaysia and Indonesia are in Pot 2. Pot 4 consists of Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Brunei Darussalam. The group stage draw for the SEA Games football competition is to be held on October 15.

Park Hang-seo’s Vietnam will also take part in the 2020 AFC U23 Championship scheduled to be held in Thailand on January 2020.

(Photo credit: Vietnam News Agency)

V Sundramoorthy’s Laos U-22s to train in Qatar ahead of 2019 SEA Games

Laos

Laos U-22 national team will head to Qatar for their preparations ahead of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games which is to begin in the Philippines towards the end of November.

The men’s football competition in the 2019 SEA Games is slated to be held from November 26 to December 10 and Laos are one of the 11 Southeast Asian nations who will be competing in the event for the gold medal.

The Laos side, coached by former Singapore national team head coach V Sundramoorthy, is expected to train in Qatar, the hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, from November 10 to 18 before heading back to Southeast Asia for the 30th edition of the multi-sport event.

The Singapore legend has called up 40 players to his preliminary squad for the competition who are taking part in a camp at Vientiane before flying out to Qatar next month.

Laos had withdrawn from the AFF U22 Championship 2019 held in Cambodia earlier this year.

The Laotians are in Pot 4 for the SEA Games 2019 group stage draw which is to be held in Manila on October 15.

Pots for the 2019 SEA Games Men’s Football

Pot 1 – Philippines (Host), Thailand (2017 Champions)

Pot 2 – Malaysia (2017 Runners-up), Indonesia (2017 Bronze winners)

Pot 3 – Myanmar (2017 Fourth place), Vietnam (Third in Group B with 10 points)

Pot 4 – Singapore (Third in Group A with six points), Laos (Fourth in Group A), Brunei Darussalam (Fifth in Group A), Timor-Leste (Fifth in Group B), Cambodia (Sixth in Group B)

(Photo credit: Lao Football Federation)

Thailand have a bright future, says Fulham youngster Ben Davis after turning down Singapore

Ben Davis Singapore Thailand

Fulham FC youngster Ben Davis, who has turned down Singapore to play for Thailand, has said that he sees bright future for Thai football that will help him succeed as a footballer.

Davis, born in Thailand, moved to Singapore at the age of five and played for the Singapore national teams at the youth level, but was named by Thailand in their preliminary squad for the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian Games last month.

In 2017, Davis had become the first Singaporean to sign a professional contract with an English top division club when he signed for Fulham. But things took a turn when he was denied deferment to the obligatory national service by the Singapore government.

 

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Davis defaulted on his national service earlier this year and his family made it clear they were ready to let go the Singaporean citizenship for the sake of the 18-year-old’s footballing career leading to the Thailand call up to the SEA Games.

And now, Davis has claimed playing for Thailand was the best choice he could make.

“I have decided now. I talked to my family about choosing my citizenship. I have a chance to choose to play up to four countries — Singapore, Thailand, Wales and England. I have decided to choose the Thailand national team,” Davis told True4U (via Today Online).

“At first, my dad wanted me to play for the Singapore national team, but for some reason, that did not happen. Thailand has given me an opportunity. I will try to do my best to pay back,” he said during the television interview.

“My dream is to play in the top leagues of the world, including the [English] Premier League, La Liga in Spain, and most importantly, the UEFA Champions League,” he added.

The Thailand U-23s, coached by Akira Nishino, will be in action in the 30th SEA Games in Philippines from November 26 to December 10 before taking part in the 2020 AFC U23 Championship that they will host in January next year.

Indonesia U-22s to face China, Jordan and Saudi Arabia in international tournament

Indonesia U-22

The Indonesia U-22 national team will travel to China PR to take part in the Three Gorges Bank Cup International Football 2019 which will feature four national teams.

The team, coached by Indra Sjafri, will take part in the tournament being held in Chongqing that will help the Indonesians in their preparations for the 30th Southeast Asian Games which will begin in Philippines next month.

2017 SEA Games bronze medallists will take part in the four-nation tournament that will also feature the teams of hosts China, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

Garuda Muda will face Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the tournament on October 9 before facing the Chinese on October 11. Their last opponent will be Jordan who they will face two days later on October 13.

AFF U22 Championship 2019 winners Indonesia are in Pot 2 for the 2019 SEA Games group stage draw which is scheduled to be held on October 15.

Hosts Philippines and 2017 champions Thailand are in Pot 1 while 2017 runners-up Malaysia and Garuda Muda are in Pot 2. Myanmar and Vietnam make up Pot 3 while Pot 4 features Singapore, Laos, Brunei Darussalam, Timor-Leste and Cambodia.

The men’s football competition in the SEA Games is to be held from November 26 to December 10 and will feature 11 Southeast Asian nations competing for the gold medal.

Indonesia’s Three Gorges Bank Cup International Football 2019 fixtures

October 9, 2019 – Saudi Arabia vs Indonesia

October 11, 2019 – China PR vs Indonesia

October 13, 2019 – Jordan vs Indonesia