With four previous title wins, Singapore is the second most successful side in the competition having reigned supreme in 1998, 2004, 2007 and 2012. Hosting the tournament in its entirety for the 2020 edition, the Lions may well be habouring hopes of keeping the illustrious trophy in the island.
Japanese Tatsuma Yoshida is the man charged to bring glory back to Singapore and he will be relying on the very experienced captain Hariss Harun as the leader of the side.
Attacker Ikhsan Fandi is the key player for the Lions. Though young, Ikhsan will no doubt have learnt a lot training and playing with Norwegian side, Jerv.
Full squad: Hassan Sunny (Lions City Sailors), Izwan Mahbud (Hougang United), Syazwan Buhari (Tampines Rovers), Zharfan Rohaizad (Tanjong Pagar), Amirul Adli (Lion City Sailors), Iqram Rifqi (Geyland International), Irfan Fandi (BG Pathum United), Nazrul Nazari (Hougang United), Nur Adam Abdullah (Lions City Sailors), Safuwan Baharudin (Selangor), Shakir Hamzah (Tanjong Pagar), Tajeli Salamat (Lions City Sailors), Zulqarnaen Suzliman (Young Lions), Adam Swandi (Lion City Sailors), Anumanthan (Kedah Darul Aman), Hariss Harun (Lion City Sailors), Saifullah Akbar (Lion City Sailors), Hami Syahin (Young Lions), Shahdan Sulaiman (Lion City Sailors), Song Uiyoung (Lion City Sailors), Zulfahmi Arifin (Sukhotai), Amy Recha (Geyland International), Faris Ramli (Lion City Sailors), Ikhsan Fandi (Jerv), Ilhan Fandi (Young Lions), Gabriel Quak (Lion City Sailors), Hafiz Nor (Lion City Sailors), Shawal Anuar (Hougang United)
Malaysia have participated in every single one of the AFF Suzuki Cup but have only been champions once, with the 2010 cup-winning squad still commanding a lofty place amongst football fans in the country compared to the heartbreaks of losing in the final in 1996, 2014 and 2018.
Tan Cheng Hoe took over from Eduardo Vingada with the last edition being his very first assignment as the head coach. Tan took the team all the way to the final only to narrowly lose out to Vietnam in the showpiece double header.
Experienced Aidil Zafuan is the one tasked to lead the team but many will be looking at Safawi Rasid to rediscover his form to reclaim his place as one of the best players in the region.
Full squad: Khairulazhan Khalid (Selangor), Khairul Fahmi Che Mat (Melaka United), Kalamullah Al-Hafiz (PJ City), Syahmi Safari (Selangor), Shahrul Saad (JDT), Aidil Zafuan (JDT), Dion Cools (Midtyjlland), Rizal Ghazali (KDA), Arif Farhan (KDA), Arif Fadzilah (Terengganu), Quentin Cheng (Penang), Dominic Tan (Police Tero), Junior Eldstal (Chonburi), Baddrol Bakhtiar (KDA), Mukhairi Ajmal (Selangor), Faisal Halim (Terengganu), Akhyar Rashid (JDT), Safawi Rasid (JDT), Syafiq Ahmad (JDT), Guilherme de Paula (JDT), Luqman Hakim (Kortrijk), Shahrel Fikri (Selangor), R. Kogileswaran (PJ City), Arif Aiman (JDT)
This will be the first tournament for newly hired head coach Mano Polking who will have a tough ask to live up to the glory days of Thailand in the AFF Championship.
The War Elephants have competed in every single edition of this tournament starting with the inaugural one in 1996 where they emerged as champions. Four more trophies have been won, making them the most successful side in the competition.
Experienced keeper Siwarak Tedsungnoen is the captain but Chanathip Songkrasin is the obvious star of the side having played for a few years in J-League with Consadole Sappore and was a previous Most Valuable Player winner in the AFF Championship.
Full squad: Siwarak Tedsungnoen (Buriram United), Chatchai Budprom (BG Pathum United), Kawin Thamsatchanan (OH Leuven), Theerathon Bunmathan (Yokohama F Marinos), Suriya Singmui (Chiangrai United), Jonathan Khamdee (Odense), Narubadin Weeratwatnodom (Buriram United), Pawee Tanthatemee (Ratchaburi), Tristan Do (Bangkok United), Manuel Tom Bihr (Bangkok United), Philip Roller (Port), Elias Dolah (Port), Chanathip Songkrasin (Consadole Sapporo), Thanawat Suengchitthawon (Leicester City), Supachok Sarachat (Buriram United), Pathompol Charoenrattanapirom (BG Pathum United), Sarach Yooyen (BG Pathum United), Thitipan Puangchan (Bangkok United), Pokklaw Anan (Bangkok United), Weerathep Pomphan (Muangthong United), Picha Autra (Muangthong United), Kritsada Kaman (Chonburi), Worachit Kanitsribampen (Chonburi), Phitiwat Sukjitthammakul (Chiangrai United), Sivakorn Tiatrakul (Chiangrai United), Bordin Phala (Port), Pakorn Prempak (Port), Adisak Kraisorn (Muangthong United), Teerasil Dangda (BG Pathum United), Supachai Jaided (Buriram United)
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It hasn’t been a tournament to savour for Myanmar thus far and for sure they will be looking to improve on their previous best finish of a semi-final appearance achieved back in the 2004 and 2016 editions.
Antoine Hey returns for his second stint with the national team with the German having already experienced the AFF Championship in 2018 where he finished this in Group A behind Vietnam and Malaysia.
Maung Maung Lwin captains the side with prolific striker Aung Thu who plays for Buriram United these days being the vital cog in the Myanmar side.
Full squad*: Myo Min Latt (Shan United), Pyae Lyan Aung (Yadanarbon), Soe Arkar (Magwe), David Htan (Shan United), Win Moe Kyaw (Hanthawaddy United), Zaw Ye Tun (Yadanarbon), Ye Min Thu (Shan United0, Nyein Chan (Shan United), Hein Phyo Win (Shan United), Aung Naing Win (Ayeyawady United), Maung Maung Lwin (Yangon United), Hlaing Bo Bo (unattached), Yan Naing Oo (Yangon United), Maung Maung Win (Yangon United), Nay Moe Naing (Hanthawaddy United), Myo Ko Tun (Yadanarbon), Hein Htet Aung (Selangor), Suan Lam Mang (unattached), Than Paing (Shan United), Aung Thu (Buriram United), Kaung Htet Soe (Yangon United), Aung Kaung Mann (Sri Pahang)
*Final squad TBC
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Three time semifinalists, Philippines have yet to land the biggest prize in the region even though in recent times, they have been among the better placed teams in the FIFA rankings amongst the Southeast Asian teams.
Helmed by Sven-Goran Eriksson in the previous edition, the Azkals will be in the hands of Scott Cooper this time around. An experienced coach with time spent in Thai League between 2013 to 2018, Cooper will be well aware what challenges awaits him in the competition.
35-year-old central midfielder Stephan Schrock is the captain with his partnership in the middle of the park alongside Melaka United's Manny Ott seen as vital to Philippines' hope of advancing past the group stages.
Full squad*: Bernd Schipmann (Ratchaburi Mitr Phol), QUincy Kammeraad (ADT), Kevin Ray Mendoza (Kuala Lumpur City), Alvaro Silva (BG Pathum United), Carli de Murga (Terengganu), Mar Diano (ADT), Jefferson Tabinas (Mito Hollyhock), Luke Woodland (Ratchaburi Mitr Phol), Justin Baas (United City), Michael Kempter (St. Gallen), Martin Steuble (Muangkan United), Mike Ott (United City), Oliver Bias (ADT), Mark Winhoffer (ADT), Manny Ott (Melaka United), Jarvey Gayoso (ADT), Stephan Schrock (United City), Patrick Reichelt (Suphanburi), Kenshiro Daneils (Kaya-Iloilo), Matthew Baldisimo (Pacific FC), OJ Porteria (United City), Angel Guirado (St. Joseph's), Mark Hartmann (United City)
*Final squad TBC
Timor Leste squad
The 2020 edition will be only the third time that Timor Leste have competed in the finals, having previously done so in 2014 and 2018. This time around, they were supposed to face Brunei in the playoff to decide who will go into Group A but Brunei pull-out citing Covid-19 complications.
Timor Leste used a very young side in the last edition and while they got beaten in all four games in the 2018 edition, no doubt every single player would have picked up valuable lessons for Gaspar Quintao da Silva to utilise this year.
Centre back Victor wears the captain's armband while forward Joao Pedro da Silva Freitas who is still only 21 years old is the great big hope of Timor Leste football.
Full squad*: Aderito (Boavista), Fernando (Benfica Laulara), Natalino (unattached), Duarte (Lalenok United), Gaspar (Lalenok United), Candido (Ponta Leste), Joao Panji (Assalam FC0, Adelino Trindade (Ponta Leste), Gumario (Lalenok United), Victor (Karketu Dili), Filomeno Junior (Benfica Laulara), Avigmas (Boavista), Mouzinho (Benfica Laulara), Gelvanio (Karketu Dili), Elias (Lalenok United), Armindo (Porto Taibesse), Danilson (DIT), Paulo Gali (Lalenok United), Osvaldo Belo (Karketu Dili), Rufino Gama (Lalenok United), Savio (Boavista), Joao Pedro (Benfica Laulara), Kefi (Boavista)
*Final squad TBC
The Golden Dragons are the hottest property in ASEAN football currently who have continued to build on their 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup success by reaching the Round Three of the World Cup 2022 qualifications and will undoubtedly head into the competition this year as the red-hot favourites to retain their title.
Head coach Park Hang-seo is one of the most revered man in the whole of Vietnam having guided his team to their second AFF Suzuki Cup triumph two years ago. The man who was once assistant to Guus Hiddink during South Korea's incredible run to the 2002 World Cup, Park is an intimidating character by the side of the pitch.
Centre back Que Ngoc Hai is the inspirational captain in the squad with midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai as the star pupil of Park's side. With a magic wand as a left foot, Quang Hai is one the greatest talents to have ever emerged in the region and is continuosly linked to a big move to either J-League or European club.
Full squad*: Bui Tan Truong (Ha Noi), Nguyen Van Hoang (SLGA), Tran Nguyen Manh (Viettel), Quan Van Chuan (Phu Tho), Que Ngoc Hai (Viettel), Do Duy Manh (Hanoi), Nguyen Thanh Thung (Hanoi), Tranh Dinh Trong (Hanoi), Nguyen Phong Hong Duy (HAGL), Vu Van Thanh (HAGL), Bui Tien Dung (Viettel), Ho Tan Tai (Binh Dinh), Pham Xuan Manh (SLNA), Do Thanh Think (SHB Da Nang), Bui Hoang Viet Anh (Hanoi), Nguyen Thanh Binh (Viettel), Nguyen Quang Hai (Hanoi), Pham Duc Huy (Hanoi), Nguyen Tuan Anh (HAGL), Luong Xuan Truong (HAGL), Do Hung Dung (Hanoi), Phan Van Duc (SLNA), Nguyen Hoang Duc (Viettel), Tran Minh Vuong (HAGL), Le Van Xuan (Hanoi), Nguyen Van Toan (HAGL), Ha Duc Chinh (SHB Da Nang), Nguyen Tien Linh (Binh Duong), Tran Van Dat (Hanoi), Nguyen Cong Phuong (HAGL)
*Final squad TBC
One of six teams that have participated in all 12 editions of the AFF Championship thus far, Indonesia could perhaps count themselves as the unluckiest team having finished bridemaids on five separate occasions with the 2002 edition being the closest they ever came to landing the coveted trophy when they were edged out in the penalty shoot-out by Thailand.
The Garudas will be led this time around by Shin Tae-yong who tookover from Simon McMenemy midway throught the joint 2022 World Cup/2023 Asian Cup qualification and presided over the remaining Group G matches that included a 2-2 draw against Thailand.
Evan Dimas is not only the captain of the side but arguably the one on whom all things flow through. The 26-year-old midfielder is the connector from defence to attack but also the creative fulcrum of the time that leans on his incredible stamina.
Full squad*: Muhammad Riyandi (Barito Putera), Syahrul Trisna Fadilllah (Persikabo), Nadeo Arga Winata (Bali United), Ernando Ari Sutaryadi (Persebaya), Fachruddin Aryanto (Madura United), Victor Chukwuekezie Igbonefo (Persib), Ryuji Utomo Prabowo (Penang), Alfeandra Dewangga Santosa (PSIS), Elkan William Tio Baggott (Ipswich Town), Pratama Arhan Alif Rifai (PSIS), Moh. Edo Febriansah (Persita), Rizky Ridho Ramadhani (Persebaya), Rizky Dwi Febrianto (Arema FC), Asnawi Mangkualam (Ansan Greeners), Marckho Sandi Merauje (Borneo), Evan Dimas Darmono (Bhayangkara), I Kadek Agung Widnyana Putra (Bali United), Rachmat Irianto (Persebaya), Ahmad Agung Setia Budi (Persik Kediri), Ricky Richardo Kambuaya (Persebaya), Syahrian Abimanyu (JDT), Irfan Samaling Kumi (PSS Sleman), Ramai Melvin Rumakiek (Persipura), Witan Sulaeman (Lechia Gdanks), Egy Maulana Vikri (FK Senica), Yabes Roni Malaifani (Bali United), Kushedya Hari Yudo (Arema FC), Dedik Setiawan (Arema FC), Hanis Saghara Putra (Tira Persikabo), Ezra Harm Ruud Walian (Persib)
*Final squad TBC
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With seven previous appearance in the AFF Championship finals including the last two editions in 2016 and 2018, Cambodia can be considered one of the regulars in the group stage of the tournament but has never made into the knockout stage of the competition.
Ryu Hirose was handed the reins in March, taking over from Felix Dalmas. The 65-year-old will have the help of one Keisuke Honda who remains the General Manager of the Cambodian national football team.
Hard man defender Soeuy Visal is the captain of the team with this year's tournament widely seen as the perfect ground for teenage forward Sieng Chanthea to make his mark in the region and perhaps garner club offers from abroad after the completion of the competition.
Full squad*: Hul Kimhuy (Boeung Ket), Vireak Dara (Prey Veng), Keo Soksela (Visakha), Ken Chansopheak (Visakha), Sath Rosib (Boeung Ket), Tes Sambath (Visakha), Yue Safy (Phnom Penh Crown), Chheng Meng (Visakha), Leng Nora (Prey Veng), Sor Rotana (Prey Veng), Soeuy Visal (PKRSR), Sareth Krya (PKRSR), Chan Sarapich (Prey Veng), Soeuth Nava (Boeung Ket), Sin Sovannmakara (Prey Veng), Orn Chanpolin (Phnom Penh Crown), Min Ratanak (PKRSR), Sos Suhana (Nagaworld), Chrerng Polroth (Visakha), Prak Thiva (Phnom Penh Crown), Kouch Sokumpheak (Nagaworld), Choun Chanchav (Phnom Penh Crown), Nhean Sosidan (Tiffy Army), Lim Pisoth (Phnom Penh Crown), Prak Mony Udom ( PKRSR), Ean Pisey (PKRSR), Sieng Chanthea (Boeung Ket), Keo Sokpheng (Visakha), Chan Vathanaka (Boeung Ket), Leng Nora (Prey Veng)
*Final squad TBC
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Consistency is the name of the game for Laos when talking about them in relation to the AFF Championship. Out of the 12 editions thus far, they were involved in 11 editions with the 2020 AFF Suzki Cup going to be their 12th appearance in the finals.
The same consistency can also be seen in the management of the national team with V. Selvaraj the third Singaporean head coach in a row for Cambodia after Mike Wong and V. Sundramoorthy where a place in the semi-final will surpass all previous achievements for Laos in this competition.
Billy Ketkeophomiphone is the pillar in which Selvaraj will be hoping to be able to ensure that Laos can become a competitive side in Group B.
Full squad*: Solasak Thilavong (Young Elephants), Xaysavath (Young Elephants), Seeamphone Sengsavang (Young Elephants), Keo Oudone SOuvannasangso (Army), Kaharn Phetsivilay (Young Elephants), Aphixay Thanakhanty (Young Elephants), Loungleuang Keophouvong (Young Elephants), Chitpasong Latthachack (Young Elephants), Thipphachanh Inthavong (Chantahabouly), Anantaza Siphongphan (Ezra), Phoutthavong Sangvilay (Ezra), Sengdaovy Hanthavong (Viengchanh), Nalongsit Chanhthalangsy (Viengchanh), Xeedee Pomsavanh (Army), Phoutthasay Khochalern (Samutprakan City), Mitsada Saitafah (Satun United), Chantahvixay Khounthoumphone (Savannakhet), Phathana Phommathep (Ezra), Phoutthalak Thongsai (Ezra), Kydavone Souvanny (Young Elephants), Bounphachan Bounkong (Young Elephants), Manolom Phetphakdy (Young Elephants), Sisawad Dalavong (Army), Vongphachan Phoutthavong (Twenty Six United), Billy Ketkeophomiphone (USL Dunkerque), Souk Aphone Vongchiekham (Udonthani), Vannasone Douangmaity (Young Elephants), Somxay Keohanam (Young Elephants), Visith Bounpaserth (Salavan), Chony Wenpaserth (Ezra)
*Final squad TBC