Millions of South East Asian football fans will be paying close attention to the AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 draw which takes place in Bangkok, Thailand tomorrow
Millions of South East Asian football fans will be paying close attention to the AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 draw which takes place in the Chaturathit Ballroom of the Golden Tulip Sovereign Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand tomorrow. Winning the region’s most prestigious football tournament has become a fixation for all teams involved, and several will be out with all guns blazing in an attempt to capture the trophy.
The Malayan Tigers rose to the occasion and defeated Indonesia for the title two years ago. It was the first Suzuki Cup title that Malaysia has won since the inauguration of the AFF-organized tournament in 1996 with the win generating euphoria among the Malaysian football fans.
The ninth edition of the competition will be hosted jointly by Malaysia and Thailand. As group stage hosts, these countries will be placed into separate groups. The eight finalists will be divided into four pots, with each pot containing the names of two nations based on the team rankings.
The first pot will contain the names of Malaysia and Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam will be in the second pot, Singapore and the recently emerging Philippines will be in the third pot and the fourth pot will be for the two other nations who qualify for the event.
The qualifying competition will be held in Myanmar from the 5th October to the 13th October and will be contested by five countries: Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Timor Leste and Brunei. The two highest place teams in the qualifying competition will book their place for the main competition.
Since its inception in 1996, the total amount of people who have viewed this competition has rapidly increased. The previous edition of the competition, which was held in Vietnam and Indonesia, pulled in an amazing 192 million viewers in South East Asia alone.
With the advantage of playing as hosts, Malaysia will be eager to defend their prized crown while Thailand will look to reclaim their reputation as the giants of South East Asian football.