In the 13 editions of the AFF Championship, we've seen some of the greatest teams from Southeast Asia dazzle at ASEAN's festival of football and we've asked you to let us know which side has been the best to grace the tournament. 

Having presented you with eight contenders over the past week, the cast for the grand finale has been decided, with Vietnam's champions from 2008 and 2018, Singapore's 2004 winners and Indonesia's 2010 runners-up being voted into the final. 

We now ask you once more to vote for who you consider the best team to ever appear at the AFF Championship. Will it be one of two great Golden Star Warriors sides, the Lions of 2004 or the 2010 Garuda?

You decide by voting below!


The ding-dong battle between Thailand and Singapore in the early years of the AFF Championship was one of the great Southeast Asian football rivalries and, after Thailand had won three of the first four editions, the Lions roared back as a regional powerhouse by claiming their second title in 2004.

Having gone undefeated in the group stage they edged past Myanmar in the semi-finals, with a 20-year-old Shahril Ishak among the scorers in a 4-3 first-leg win in Kuala Lumpur before a hat-trick from Noh Alam Shah and a match-winning goal from Agu Casmir saw Singapore advance after extra-time following a 4-2 victory in Kallang.

But they saved their best for last, with Daniel Bennett, a 19-year-old Khairul Amri and Casmir all on the scoresheet in a 3-1 win over Indonesia in the first leg of the final before Indra Sahdan and Casmir netted as the 2-1 second-leg victory in Kallang sealed title number two after a 5-2 aggregate win.

It was a star-studded side that featured MVP winner Lionel Lewis, striker Alam Shah, Bennett, Casmir and the emerging talents of Shahril and Amri, but was it the finest ever seen at the AFF Championship?

VIETNAM (2008)

Vietnam became the first nation to break the dominance of Thailand and Singapore as they tasted success on home soil back in 2008 having previously finished as runners-up a decade earlier. 

Having lost their opening group stage match against Thailand, Alfred Riedl's team would not trip up again as they beat Malaysia and Laos to reach the semi-finals, with Nguyen Vu Phong's brace in a 3-2 win against the Malaysians key to their progression. 

Looking for a third successive title, Singapore were next to fall as Nguyen Quang Hai stunned National Stadium by scoring the only goal of the second leg to seal a 1-0 aggregate win and eliminate the holders.

A 2-1 win in Thailand in the first leg of the final after goals from Vu Phong and Le Cong Vinh set up a tense second leg that they drew 1-1 in Hanoi as Cong Vinh wrote himself in the history books by heading home a dramatic 94th-minute goal that sealed the 3-2 aggregate victory and sparked massive street celebrations right across the nation.


Indonesian fans must think they are under some kind of a curse as they’ve made the final more times than any nation outside of Thailand yet are still to taste victory in six previous outings.

That’s not for a lack of quality though and the 2010 team was a clear standout as they waltzed through the group stage, winning all three matches, including a comprehensive 5-1 victory against eventual champions Malaysia.

A 2-0 win over the Philippines in the semi-finals in which Cristian Gonzales scored home and away set up a return clash against Malaysia in the final where three goals in 11 minutes in the first leg from the Harimau Malaya left them with a mountain to climb in the second leg.

The 2-1 second-leg victory at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium wasn’t quite enough as Indonesia lost the final at a tournament in which they dazzled, with that dominance being recognised as Firman Utina won the MVP award.

VIETNAM (2018)

Vietnam’s Golden Generation lived up to their hefty reputations as they sealed a second AFF Championship title with a win on home soil in 2018 under the guidance of Korean tactician Park Hang-seo. 

Undefeated in four group stage matches where there didn’t concede a single goal, they then eased past the Philippines 4-2 on aggregate in the semi-finals before a 3-2 aggregate win over Malaysia in the final that sparked an all-night celebration in Hanoi.

Built on the defensive ethos that has become a tenet of the reign of coach Park Hang-seo the team also had plenty of class going forward with this being a breakout tournament for a player who is now the pin-up boy of Southeast Asian football in Nguyen Quang Hai.

The gifted playmaker and dead-ball specialist, who set up Nguyen Anh Duc for the winning goal in the final, won the MVP award whilst three of his teammates – goalkeeper Dang Van Lam and defenders Doan Van Hau and Tran Dinh Trong – were also named in the tournament's Best XI.

Poll will end on Friday, December 16 at 18:00 SGT