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Vote For The Greatest Goal In AFF Championship History: Part 2

In a tournament that consistently produces some fantastic goals it’s no easy task to determine just which is the greatest of all time.

That’s why we’re pitting 16 outstanding goals against each other to let the 2022 AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup fans decide just which is the top goal in the tournament’s history.

It’s time for the next set of match-ups where we have more brilliant strikes from a pair of Indonesians, two Malaysians and further efforts from players from Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar.

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1. Cristian Gonzales (2010) v Chreng Polroth (2016)

Indonesian ace Cristian Gonzales scored an absolute belter from distance against the Philippines to delight the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium crowd and send his nation into the final back in 2010 – a huge goal at a vital time in a crucial match.

Will that be the goal to progress or will it be a wonder strike, also from distance, from Cambodia’s Chreng Polroth in the group stage of the 2016 tournament against neighbours Vietnam.

 

2. Chanathip Songkrasin (2020) v Nguyen Anh Duc (2018)

Thai superstar Chanathip is back for his second appearance with this finish on the end of a superb flowing move from his nation in the 2020 semi-finals as he returned to inspire the War Elephants to a record-extending sixth title while also picking up the MVP award for the third time.

But the Thai superstar will need to beat this volley from Nguyen Anh Duc in the 2018 final that led to Vietnam winning their second title after he was expertly teed up by Nguyen Quang Hai to delight those inside My Dinh Stadium. 

 

3. Safiq Rahim (2012) v Aung Kyaw Moe (2010)

Safiq Rahim may have scored more improtant goals for his country but he hasn't scored too many better than this superb, long-range free-kick to open the scoring against Laos at Bukit Jalil National Stadium in 2012. 

However, Myanmar’s Aung Kyaw Moe's exceptional strike against Vietnam two years earlier offers up plenty of competition as a pair of wonderful strikes battle it out for a place in the next round. 

 

4. Pratama Arhan (2020) v Khairul Amri (2012)

A laser into the far corner from Indonesian full-back Pratama Arhan was one of many highlights for the Garuda in the 2020 edition as their youthful side reached their sixth final and their talented defender displayed his potential in fine fashion.

His strike goes up a fantastic effort from the 2012 final when Khairul Amri swivelled and fired into the Thai net to put Singapore two up in the first leg in a contest the Lions eventually won 3-2 on aggregate for their fourth title.

Polls will end on November 30 at 18:00 SGT

Vote For The Greatest Goal In AFF Championship History: Part 1

It’s been the topic of debate for years right across Southeast Asia: which is the greatest goal scored in the AFF Championship’s long and storied history? Will the 2022 AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup provide more highlight reel strikes?

Every fan has an opinion and now you can have your say.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be rolling out a tournament-style challenge so that fans can vote for the greatest goal in the history of the AFF Championship.

That starts today with four match-ups where eight great goals go head-to-head with the four most popular then progressing through to the next round.

Have your say today and help your favourite goal reach the next round!

1. Chanathip Songkrasin (2014) v Phithack Kongmathilah (2018)

Thai maestro Chanathip Songkrasin sealed the 2014 AFF Championship title in emphatic fashion with this stunning left-foot strike to stun the home support at Bukit Jalil National Stadium to end his country's 12-year trophy drought.

 

While Phithack Kongmathilah's dipping, swerving, free-kick from range to put Laos in front against Malaysia at the same venue may have ultimately not been as significant, it's well worthy of its place in any 

2. Safee Sali (2010) v Manny Ott (2014)

It was the goal that killed off any hope of an Indonesian comeback in the 2010 AFF Championship final as Sefee Sali thumped home an unstoppable left-footed effort to silence Gelora Bung Karno Stadium and put his side four up on aggregate in their first title-winning campaign.

The Philippines stunned Indonesia with a 4-0 group stage win in Hanoi on route to the semi-finals in 2014 with Manny Ott scoring the pick of the bunch, rifling in a piledriver from 20 yards to give the 'keeper no chance.

 

3. Le Cong Vinh (2008) v Ikhsan Fandi (2018)

Vietnamese legend Le Cong Vinh’s fine, glancing, header in stoppage time of the 2008 final against Thailand secured a historic first-ever AFF Championship title for the Golden Star Warriors and what a header it was!

A decade on and Singapore's bright young star Ikhsan Fandi announced his arrival at the tournament in style, with an acrobatic overhead kick against Timor-Leste offering a glimpse of his potential.

 

4. Syahmi Safari (2018) v Kiatisuk Senamuang (1996)

Syahmi Safari's laser into the far corner gave Malaysia a crucial away goal against Thailand at Rajamangala in 2018 before the subsequent 2-2 draw saw the Harimau Malaya advance to the final.

Thailand legend Kiatisuk’s outstanding touch and thumping finish against Malaysia in 1996 sealed glory for Thailand as the War Elephants won the first-ever AFF Championship title. 

Polls will end on November 29 at 18:00 SGT

10 Things You Need To Know About The 2022 AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup

The highly anticipated AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup is now just four weeks away from kicking off as the 14th edition of Southeast Asia's festival of football promises fireworks on the pitch and incredible atmospheres off it. 

As the clock ticks quickly down towards the opening round of fixtures, we've looked back through the years to highlight some facts you need to know ahead of the 2022 edition.  

1) Four nations have tasted regional glory

Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia have all lifted the trophy down the years, making the AFF Championship one of the more diverse international tournaments.

Between them, Thailand and Singapore have lifted the trophy ten times, with Vietnam two-time champions and Malaysia victorious once. Indonesia, meanwhile, have reached the final on six occasions, but finished as runners-up each time.

 

2) Thailand will be aiming for a record-extending seventh title

Thailand are the tournament’s defending champions and have lifted the trophy on no fewer than half a dozen occasions, winning the inuagural edition in 1996 before going back-to-back in 2000 and 2002.

After 12 trophyless years, so dominant have they been in recent times that they’ve won three of the past four editions having been crowned regional champions in 2014, 2016 and 2020. 

 

3) Brunei Darussalam back on the regional stage

For just the second time Brunei will compete in the finals of the AFF Championships after storming to a 6-3 aggregate victory over Timor-Leste in the qualification playoffs.

Their only previous appearance came way back in the inaugural edition in 1996 where they won one of their four group stage matches, edging the Philippines 1-0 after an Irwan Mohammad goal.

 

4) Chanathip Songkrasin is the undisputed king of Southeast Asia

The Thai maestro has been a dominant figure on the regional stage for many years and has rightly earned the tag of the tournament’s greatest-ever player.

If there was any doubt about that claim, the fact that the attacking midfielder has won three tournament MVP prizes is testament to just how dominant he’s been over the past decade, having picked up the accolade in 2014, 2016 and 2020. 

5) Cambodia's shining jewel

For the first time, one of the newest stadiums in Southeast Asia will play host to matches in the 2022 AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup as Cambodia get set to kick off their campaign against the Philippines in Phnom Penh.

The new National Stadium was opened barely a year ago and designed to resemble a sailing ship and is a superb, state-of-the-art, facility in the Cambodian capital, where up to 60,000 fans are expected to cheer on their side. 

 

6) Teerasil Dangda can extend the all-time goals record

Having been joint top scorer in the previous edition, Thailand’s ace marksman Teerasil Dangda has now won the Golden Boot on a record four occasions, most recently when he finished as joint-top scorer with four goals at the 2020 edition.

He also went past Noh Alam Shah to be the tournament’s all-time leading scorer with 19 goals to his name and that’s a mark he could easily extend should he make Thailand’s final squad for the 2022 AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup.

 

7) Home & Away action returns

For only the second time, the AFF Championship group stage will be played on a home-and-away basis after the format was introduced in the 2018 campaign before the 2020 edition was centralised due to COVID-19.

This will allow more fans to witness their teams in action and again bring the full range of noise, colour and passion to the regional stage.

 

8) ‘Zico’ has done it all

Kiatisuk Senamuang is the only man to have won the AFF Championships as both a player and a coach, and indeed it was he who scored the only goal of the game in the 1-0 win over Malaysia in the inaugural final in 1996.

On the pitch, he was part of Thailand’s successes in the aforementioned 1996 edition, 2000 and 2002 whilst twice he led his nation to glory from the touchline (in 2014 & 2016).

 

9) Jakarta was where things all began

The ASEAN Football Federation was founded way back in 1984 (12 years before the first AFF Championships) at a meeting of half a dozen nations (Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Thailand) in the Indonesian capital.

Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar & Vietnam joined in 1996 with Timor-Leste following in 2004 and Australia becoming the latest of the dozen member nations in 2013, but they are the only member nation yet to have featured in the AFF Championships.

 

10) 684,727,487…and counting!

That’s the estimated population of Southeast Asia according to United Nations data on the eve of the competition.

It also means that Southeast Asia comprises almost ten percent of the global population and given the passion that football fans from the region will bring to the 2022 AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup, the event could be one of the most vibrant tournament on the football calendar.

Vote for Indonesia's Greatest Garuda at the AFF Championship

The AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022 continues to gather momentum ahead of the upcoming tournament in December and January as it reaches its next port of call on November 26: the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

Garuda stars Ilham Jaya Kesuma and Budi Sudarsono, along with VIPS and officials from the title sponsor Mitsubishi Electric, will be present at the free-to-attend event at Lippo Mall Puri in Jakarta, Indonesia.

And to mark the occasion, we’re looking back at some of the star performers for Indonesia from through the years who have helped their nation reach an impressive six AFF Championship finals.

Below are five players who have shone for the Merah Putih and we’re asking you, the fans, to vote for your favourite to be in with a chance of winning one of five signed Indonesia jerseys.

To enter the competition, make sure to create an account after placing your vote.

Pamungkas goes on a goalscoring spree

Bambang Pamungkas had to wait to stamp his mark on the AFF Championship as his involvement in the 2000 edition was limited by his loan move to Dutch club EHS Norad. But he more than made up for it two years later when he guided Indonesia to their second consecutive final, netting eight goals and claiming the Golden Boot.

Co-hosts Indonesia’s campaign only really got going in their second group game when Bepe, as he is affectionately known, produced a 22-minute hat-trick to down Cambodia 4-2. The Persija Jakarta frontman then scored four times in a resounding 13-1 win over the Philippines to script AFF Championship history.

The huge victory remains the biggest ever recorded in the competition, but his most important contribution of 2002 came in the semi-final against Malaysia as he scored the only goal of the game to send Indonesia into the final where they fell to a narrow defeat to Thailand despite Pamungkas converting in the penalty shootout.

He made three more appearances in the tournament in 2007, 2008 and 2010 – the latter in which he scored two late goals to down Thailand 2-1 in the group stage and proved to be a menace from the bench in the Garuda’s runners-up finish. His overall tally of 12 goals makes him one of the leading scorers of the AFF Championship and cements his legendary status among Indonesian supporters.

Firman puts on a midfield masterclass

Firman Utina's best showing in the AFF Championship came in 2010 when he dictated terms from the midfield and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player as he captained Indonesia to the final. The 28-year-old was at the top of his game from the get-go as he assisted Cristian Gonzales in the Garuda’s huge 5-1 win against Malaysia in their group stage opener.

Firman then scored twice as Indonesia recorded a 6-0 win over Laos in their next outing to reach the knockouts. With his vision and dangerous set-piece deliveries, he continued to create problems for the opposition in the semi-final as Indonesia posted a 2-0 aggregate win over the Philippines.

The final saw Malaysia take a 3-0 lead in the first leg in Kuala Lumpur and Indonesia once again ended up as the losing side despite conjuring up a 2-1 win in the return leg. Firman had a mixed evening in Jakarta, missing an early penalty with the score still goalless, but despite that blip, was dangerous with the ball and rallied his troops in Indonesia's valiant attempt to force a comeback.

This was the second final where Firman had ended up on the losing side having been part of the team that lost the 2004 showpiece. He also was a part of the Indonesia squad in the 2008 and 2014 editions of the Southeast Asian tournament, captaining his country again in the latter.

Kurniawan sparks an unlikely comeback

Twenty-year-old Kurniawan Dwi Yulianto took just 17 minutes to get off the mark in the inaugural AFF Championship in 1996, scoring in a 5-1 win over Laos in Indonesia's opener before he netted against Cambodia and Vietnam to guide Indonesia to the knockouts where they lost to Malaysia.

Two years later, Kurniawan only scored once, in the 3-3 third-place playoff against Thailand as Indonesia eventually won on penalties. In 2000, Kurniawan netted thrice, including a brace against Myanmar, and he would play a pivotal role as the Garuda reached their first ASEAN final, only to lose to hosts Thailand. But the former FC Luzern striker was saving the best for his last.

After missing the 2002 tournament, 'Kurus' was at the peak of his powers in 2004. The 28-year-old scored in Indonesia’s 6-0 win over Laos before a brace in an 8-0 defeat of Cambodia. In the semi-final first leg, visiting Malaysia won 2-1 despite Kurniawan opening the scoring.

Malaysia broke the deadlock in the second leg, but Kurniawan’s introduction from the bench changed Indonesia’s fortunes. The striker scored from a defensive error sparking an Indonesia fightback that ended in a 5-3 aggregate win. However, Kurniawan’s relationship with the AFF Championship ended without him lifting the trophy – despite him scoring 13 times over four editions – as the Garuda once again fell in the final, this time to Singapore. 

Boaz’s flair lights up the ASEAN showpiece

In an international career spanning 15 years, Boaz Solossa appeared in three AFF Championships, guiding Indonesia to the final on two occasions. He became one of the youngest Indonesians to play in the tournament with a memorable debut in 2004 when the 18-year-old striker took only 25 minutes to open his account by giving the Garuda a 1-0 lead against Laos.

Awing the crowd with his pace and trickery, Boaz then netted from a tight angle for his second as Indonesia posted a 6-0 win. The Garuda then recovered from a 2-1 first-leg deficit to lead 4-3 against Malaysia in the semi-final second leg when Boaz produced a moment of magic – turning the defender with his first touch before side-stepping the goalkeeper and scoring his fourth of the tournament.

Indonesia fell in the final for the third edition running in 2004 as they were beaten 5-2 by Singapore. It took Boaz 10 years for his second appearance only to see Indonesia exit the group; however, a 30-year-old Boaz returned in 2016 to lead his country with a display reminiscent of his exploits as a teenager, scoring twice in the group stage as Indonesia reached the semi-final.  

The Persipura Jayapura legend scored the winner from the spot against Vietnam in the semi-final first leg as Indonesia reached the final with a 4-3 aggregate win. But Boaz’s hopes of leading his nation to ASEAN glory fell short as Thailand edged them 3-2 on aggregate in the final.

Pratama shows promise in debut campaign

At 20, Pratama Arhan has already shown enough to prove he is a superstar in the making. The gifted defender may yet to have achieved legendary status like the other names on the list, but his youthful brilliance at the 2020 edition earned him GOAL NXGN Award for Young Player of the Tournament.

Part of a talented squad that included Egy Maulana, Witan Sulaeman and Asnawi Mangkualam, Pratama, now with Japanese second-tier side Tokyo Verdy, guided Shin Tae-yong’s side to the final, scoring twice and assisting twice. The left-back assisted captain Evan Dimas to score the team’s second before his pinpoint corner was glanced into the goal by Rachmat Irianto as Indonesia beat Laos 4-0 in the group stage.

Pratama’s marauding runs have become a feature of the recent Garuda side and it was from one such foray in the first half that Irfan Jaya found his second to give Indonesia a 2-1 lead against Malaysia in their final group fixture. He then added his name to the scoresheet with a left-footed pile-driver as Indonesia emerged as group winners with a 4-1 win.

The defender then came to Indonesia’s rescue against Singapore in the semi-final second leg. With Indonesia on the brink of exiting, Pratama held his nerve to score in the 87th minute to take the game to extra time from where Indonesia progressed to the final. The final again proved futile for Indonesia as they lost to Thailand, but the rise of Pratama and his teammates signaled a new dawn for Indonesian football.

WIN A INDONESIA JERSEY SIGNED BY THE LEGENDS!

We are giving out 5 signed jerseys to 5 lucky winners. Cast your vote above and create an account with us in order to be eligible to win one of the signed jerseys. The 5 lucky winners will be contacted through email on the 25th of November (5pm Indonesia Time). Winners will be asked to claim their prize at the Indonesia Trophy Tour location on 26 October from 2pm - 5pm.

Eligibility: Contest only available for fans in Indonesia.

Indonesia Trophy Tour address: Lippo Mall Puri in Jakarta, Indonesia

Good luck to all contestants!

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