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The 2008 AFF Championship is the seventh edition of the tournament. It is primarily sponsored by Suzuki and therefore officially known as the 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup.[1] was the 8th edition of the AFF Championship, The group stage was held in Indonesia and Thailand from 5 to 10 December 2008. Two-legged home-and-away semi-finals and finals were held between 16 and 28 December 2008.

2008 AFF Championship
2008 Kejuaraan Sepak Bola ASEAN
2008 อาเซียนฟุตบอลแชมเปียนชิพ
2008 AFF Suzuki Cup Logo.jpg
AFF Suzuki Cup 2008 official logo
Tournament details
Host countries Indonesia
 Thailand
Dates5–28 December
Teams8
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Vietnam (1st title)
Runners-up Thailand
Tournament statistics
Matches played18
Goals scored56 (3.11 per match)
Top scorer(s)Singapore Agu Casmir
Indonesia Budi Sudarsono
Thailand Teerasil Dangda
(4 goals)
Best player(s)Vietnam Dương Hồng Sơn
2007
2010

Contents

SummaryEdit

The tournament would originally have been hosted by Myanmar because of the rotation system among ASEAN countries, however, they withdrew in August 2007 due to security concerns.[2] In the third AFF council meeting in Bali, Indonesia and Thailand beat three other countries to win the right to host (the other three were Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam). However, if both countries are unable to fulfill certain obligations set by the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF), Vietnam will step in and host the tournament. The winning team will take home USD100,000, runners-up USD 50,000, and USD 15,000 for the losing semi-finalists. Nike will be an official supplier for the 2008 AFF Championship.[3]

10 days before the start of the tournament, safety issues were raised contending the safety of the teams who were due to play in Bangkok. This was because of the riots that were happening in the city which also resulted in the closure of the Suvarnabhumi Airport (see 2008 Thai political crisis for further information). Due to the political crisis, the Football Association of Thailand stated that the Group Stages in the Thai capital Bangkok would go ahead, or if the situation got worse, games would be moved to Chiang Mai in the north of the country or Phuket in the South of the country.[4][5][6]

As well as Thailand confirming themselves as steady hosts, Vietnam and Malaysia also stated that they would be prepared to host the tournament at short notice.[7][8]

On 29 November, with less than one week before the start of the tournament, the Group Stages held in Thai sport were moved from the capital Bangkok to the southern province Phuket.[9]

VenuesEdit

Indonesia prepare Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in the capital city and Si Jalak Harupat Stadium in Bandung, while Thailand prepare Rajamangala Stadium and Suphachalasai Stadium where both of them located in Bangkok. All of the stadiums are 2007 AFC Asian Cup venues except of Si Jalak Harupat Stadium. Bung Karno Stadium will be the opening match venue, while Rajmangala Stadium will be the final match venue.

Group stage matches in Thai sport were switched from the capital Bangkok to the southern provinces Phuket at Surakul Stadium in Phuket City on 29 November due to security issues in Bangkok.[9][10]

  Jakarta   Bandung   Phuket
Gelora Bung Karno Stadium Si Jalak Harupat Stadium Surakul Stadium
Capacity: 88,083 Capacity: 27,000 Capacity: 15,000
     
  Bangkok   Hanoi   Kallang
Rajamangala Stadium Mỹ Đình National Stadium Singapore National Stadium
Capacity: 49,722 Capacity: 40,192 Capacity: 55,000
     

QualificationEdit

The qualification took place in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, from 17 October 2008 to 25 October 2008. The five lower-ranked teams in Southeast Asia play within a round-robin tournament format and the top two countries in the group will qualify for this tournament.

SquadsEdit

RefereesEdit

Final tournamentEdit

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Singapore 3 3 0 0 10 1 +9 9
  Indonesia 3 2 0 1 7 2 +5 6
  Myanmar 3 1 0 2 4 8 −4 3
  Cambodia 3 0 0 3 2 12 −10 0
Singapore  5 – 0  Cambodia
Casmir   44'73'
Mustafić   61' (pen.)
Sahdan   71'
Alam Shah   89'

Indonesia  3 – 0  Myanmar
Budi   24'
Firman   28'
Bambang   64'

Singapore  3 – 1  Myanmar
Alam Shah   1'
Casmir   16'74'
Myo Min Tun   28'

Cambodia  0 – 4  Indonesia
Budi   15'54'70'
Bambang   76'

Myanmar  3 – 2  Cambodia
Moe Win   29'
Ya Zar Win Thein   35'
Myo Min Tun   85'
Sokumpheak   40'
Borey   77'

Indonesia  0 – 2  Singapore
Baihakki   3'
Shi Jiayi   50'

Group BEdit

  • All Matches played in Thailand.
  • All times are Indochina Time (ICT) – UTC+7
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Thailand 3 3 0 0 11 0 +11 9
  Vietnam 3 2 0 1 7 4 +3 6
  Malaysia 3 1 0 2 5 6 −1 3
  Laos 3 0 0 3 0 13 −13 0
Malaysia  3 – 0  Laos
Safee   68'87'
Putra   73'
Attendance: 5,000

Thailand  2 – 0  Vietnam
Sutee   34'
Suchao   45+4'
Attendance: 20,000

Malaysia  2 – 3  Vietnam
Putra   20'85' Phạm Thành Lương   16'
Nguyễn Vũ Phong   72'86'

Laos  0 – 6  Thailand
Ronnachai   19'
Patiparn   30'
Arthit   40'52'
Anon   79'89'
Attendance: 10,000

Thailand  3 – 0  Malaysia
Sutee   23'
Teerasil   46'76'

Vietnam  4 – 0  Laos
Nguyễn Việt Thắng   48'
Phạm Thành Lương   63'
Huỳnh Quang Thanh   66'
Phan Thanh Bình   80'

Knockout stagesEdit

Note: Although the knockout stages are two-legged, away goals rule is not applied. If the total aggregate score of both teams after both matches remained the same, extra time would have been played, followed by a penalty shootout if necessary.

  Semi-finals Final
                         
  Thailand 1 2 3  
  Indonesia 0 1 1  
      Thailand 1 1 2
    Vietnam 2 1 3
  Singapore 0 0 0
  Vietnam 0 1 1  

Semi-finalsEdit

First Leg
Indonesia  0 – 1  Thailand
Report Teerasil   6'

Vietnam  0 – 0  Singapore
Report
Second Leg
Thailand  2 – 1  Indonesia
Teeratep   73'
Ronnachai   89'
Report Nova   9'
Attendance: 40,000

Thailand won 3–1 on aggregate.


Singapore  0 – 1  Vietnam
Report Nguyễn Quang Hải   74'

Vietnam won 1–0 on aggregate.

FinalEdit

 
Vietnamese fans.
First Leg
Thailand  1 – 2  Vietnam
Ronnachai   75' Report Nguyễn Vũ Phong   40'
Lê Công Vinh   42'
 
Vietnam Champions.
Second Leg
Vietnam  1 – 1  Thailand
Lê Công Vinh   90+4' Report Teerasil   21'

Vietnam won 3–2 on aggregate.

AwardsEdit

 
Vietnamese supporters celebrate after the Final.


 2008 AFF Championship 
 
Vietnam
First title
Most Valuable Player Golden Boot Fair Play Award
  Dương Hồng Sơn   Agu Casmir
  Budi Sudarsono
  Teerasil Dangda
  Thailand

GoalscorersEdit

Team statisticsEdit

This table shows all team performance.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD
Final
1   Vietnam 7 4 2 1 11 6 +5
2   Thailand 7 5 1 1 16 4 +12
Semi-finals
3   Singapore 5 3 1 1 10 2 +8
4   Indonesia 5 2 0 3 8 5 +3
Eliminated in the group stage
5   Malaysia 3 1 0 2 5 6 −1
6   Myanmar 3 1 0 2 4 8 −4
7   Cambodia 3 0 0 3 2 12 −10
8   Laos 3 0 0 3 0 13 −13

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Suzuki Sponsor AFF Suzuki Cup 2008". Aseanfootball.org. 7 August 2008. Archived from the original on 15 August 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2008.
  2. ^ "Thailand, Indonesia to host 2008 ASEAN championships". Reuters. Archived from the original on 7 April 2008. Retrieved 24 December 2007.
  3. ^ "Indonesia and Thailand Hosts For ASEAN Football Championship 2008". Archived from the original on 7 April 2008. Retrieved 24 December 2007.
  4. ^ "Worawi: 'It's still on!". AFC. 28 November 2008. Archived from the original on 30 April 2009. Retrieved 28 November 2008.
  5. ^ "AFF Suzuki Cup en español". Periodismo de fútbol internacional. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 27 November 2008.
  6. ^ "Suzuki Cup tournament could be moved from Bangkok to Phuket due to political chaos". Bangkok Post. 29 November 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2008.
  7. ^ "Vietnam top candidate to replace Thailand as AFF Cup host". VietNamNet. 28 November 2008. Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2008.
  8. ^ "Malaysia willing to replace Thailand as AFF Cup host". VietNamNet. 27 November 2008. Archived from the original on 7 December 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2008.
  9. ^ a b "Thailand shifts Suzuki Cup out of troubled Bangkok". Yahoo! Sports. 29 November 2008. Archived from the original on 15 December 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2008.
  10. ^ "Suzuki Cup meet will be held in Phuket from December 6, says Worawi". Bangkok Post. 30 November 2008. Retrieved 30 November 2008.
  11. ^ "Wasit Indonesia Masih Dipercaya" (in Indonesian). Pikiran Rakyat Online. 29 October 2008. Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. Retrieved 5 November 2008.
  12. ^ "Thailand-Malaysia Move To Bangkok". AFF. 7 December 2008. Archived from the original on 8 December 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2008.
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