2014 AFF Championship

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2014 AFF Championship
2014 Kejohanan Bola Sepak ASEAN
2014 東盟足球錦標賽
2014 ஏசியான் கால்ப கோப்பை
Giải vô địch bóng đá Đông Nam Á 2014
2014 AFF Suzuki Cup Logo.svg
Tournament details
Host countries Singapore
Dates22 November – 20 December
Teams8 (from 1 sub-confederation)
Venue(s)8 (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Thailand (4th title)
Runners-up Malaysia
Tournament statistics
Matches played18
Goals scored65 (3.61 per match)
Top scorer(s)Malaysia Mohd Safiq Rahim
(6 goals)
Best player(s)Thailand Chanathip Songkrasin
Fair play award Vietnam

The 2014 AFF Championship, sponsored by Suzuki and officially known as the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup,[1] was the 10th edition of the AFF Championship, an international football competition consisting of national teams of member nations of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF).

Co-hosting rights to the group stages were awarded to Singapore and Vietnam with matches held on 22 November to 20 December 2014. Meanwhile, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand also hosted knock-out stage matches, as their teams advanced to the semi-finals.[2] Singapore were the defending champion, but failed to qualify from the group stage.[3]

Thailand won the tournament 4–3 in a two-legged final against Malaysia,[4] with manager Kiatisuk Senamuang being the first man to win the competition as a player then manager.[5]


Singapore and Vietnam were declared as co-hosts at the AFF Council on 3 April 2013.[6] Initially the Philippines and Indonesia were also considered as possible co-hosts.[7][8]


Singapore Kallang, Singapore Vietnam Hanoi, Vietnam
National Stadium Jalan Besar Stadium Mỹ Đình National Stadium Hàng Đẫy Stadium
Capacity: 55,000 Capacity: 8,000 Capacity: 40,192 Capacity: 22,500
National Stadium Jalan Besar Stadium Mỹ Đình National Stadium Hàng Đẫy Stadium
Location of stadiums of the 2014 AFF Championship.
Blue pog.svg Blue: Finals; Green pog.svg Green: Semi-Finals and Group Stage; Yellow pog.svg Yellow: Group Stage.
Thailand Bangkok, Thailand Malaysia Shah Alam, Malaysia Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Philippines Manila, Philippines
Rajamangala Stadium Shah Alam Stadium[9] Bukit Jalil National Stadium[10] Rizal Memorial Stadium[11]
Capacity: 49,722 Capacity: 80,372 Capacity: 110,000 Capacity: 12,873
Rajamangala Stadium Shah Alam Stadium Bukit Jalil National Stadium Rizal Memorial Stadium


  Qualified Teams.
  Teams Did Not Qualify.

Qualification was to have been scrapped for this edition of the tournament,[12] but at the AFF Council Meeting in Naypyidaw, Myanmar in December 2013, it was decided that the qualifying round would be retained, and Laos were awarded the hosting rights.[13] It was to involve the five lower ranked teams in the region, with games taking place between the dates of 12–20 October 2014.[2]

In August 2013, Football Federation Australia became a full member of the AFF,[14] thus making them eligible to compete in the ASEAN Football Championship starting with this edition of the tournament. However, Australia had no plans to compete against lower-ranked teams in AFF Championship and that they would continue to play in future editions of the EAFF East Asian Cup.[15]

Qualified teams[edit]

The following eight teams qualified for the tournament.

Country Previous best
 Singapore Winners (1998, 2004, 2007, 2012)
 Thailand Winners (1996, 2000, 2002)
 Vietnam Winners (2008)
 Malaysia Winners (2010)
 Indonesia Runner-up (2000, 2002, 2004, 2010)
 Philippines Semi-finals (2010, 2012)
 Myanmar Fourth place (2004)
 Laos Group stage (1996 to 2012)


The draw for the tournament was held on 5 August 2014 in Hanoi, Vietnam.[16]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
 Vietnam (co-host)
 Singapore (co-host)
 Myanmar (Qualification winners)
 Laos (Qualification runners-up)


Final tournament[edit]

Group Stage[edit]

Key to colours in group tables
Top two placed teams advanced to the semi-finals

Tie-breaking criteria[edit]

Ranking in each group shall be determine as follows:

  1. Greater number of points obtained in all the group matches;
  2. Goal difference in all the group matches;
  3. Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches.

If two or more teams are equal on the basis on the above three criteria, the place shall be determined as follows:

  1. Result of the direct match between the teams concerned;
  2. Kicks from the penalty mark if the teams concerned are still on the field of play;
  3. Drawing lots by the Organising Committee.

Group A[edit]

  • All matches to be played in Vietnam.
  • Times listed are local (UTC+7)

Team Pld
 Vietnam 3 2 1 0 8 3 +5 7
 Philippines 3 2 0 1 9 4 +5 6
 Indonesia 3 1 1 1 7 7 0 4
 Laos 3 0 0 3 2 12 −10 0
Philippines 4–1 Laos
Rota Goal 40'
P. Younghusband Goal 45+1'
Reichelt Goal 77'88'
Report Sayavutthi Goal 21'
Vietnam 2–2 Indonesia
Quế Ngọc Hải Goal 11'
Lê Công Vinh Goal 68'
Report Zulham Goal 33'
Samsul Goal 84'

Philippines 4–0 Indonesia
P. Younghusband Goal 16' (pen.)
Ott Goal 52'
Steuble Goal 68'
Gier Goal 79'
Laos 0–3 Vietnam
Report Vũ Minh Tuấn Goal 27'
Lê Công Vinh Goal 84'
Nguyễn Huy Hùng Goal 88'

Indonesia 5–1 Laos
Evan Goal 8'
Ramdhani Goal 20'50'
Zulham Goal 82'
Souksavanh Goal 89' (o.g.)
Report Sayavutthi Goal 28' (pen.)

Group B[edit]

Due to problems with the pitch at the National Stadium,[17] the Asean Football Federation have decided for two venues for the Group B matches.[18]

Team Pld
 Thailand 3 3 0 0 7 3 +4 9
 Malaysia 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
 Singapore 3 1 0 2 6 7 −1 3
 Myanmar 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 1
Malaysia 0–0 Myanmar
Singapore 1–2 Thailand
Khairul Goal 20' Report Mongkol Goal 9'
Chappuis Goal 89' (pen.)

Malaysia 2–3 Thailand
Amri Goal 28'
Safiq Goal 61'
Report Adisak Goal 43'90'
Chappuis Goal 72'
Myanmar 2–4 Singapore
Kyaw Zayar Win Goal 55'
Kyaw Ko Ko Goal 62' (pen.)
Report Shaiful Goal 15'
Hariss Goal 35'42'
Khin Maung Lwin Goal 75' (o.g.)

Thailand 2–0 Myanmar
Tanaboon Goal 12'
Prakit Goal 84'
Singapore 1–3 Malaysia
Khairul Goal 83' Report Safee Goal 61'
Safiq Goal 90+3' (pen.)
Indra Putra Goal 90+5'
  1. ^ The match was delayed one hour due to the heavy rain.
  2. ^ The match was delayed due to raining.

Knockout stage[edit]

  Semifinals Final
A2  Philippines 0 0 0  
B1  Thailand 0 3 3  
    B1  Thailand 2 2 4
  B2  Malaysia 0 3 3
B2  Malaysia 1 4 5
A1  Vietnam 2 2 4  


First Leg
Philippines 0–0 Thailand
Malaysia 1–2 Vietnam
Safiq Goal 14' (pen.) Report Võ Huy Toàn Goal 32'
Nguyễn Văn Quyết Goal 60'

Second Leg
Thailand 3–0 Philippines
Chanathip Goal 6'
Kroekrit Goal 57'86'

Thailand won 3–0 on aggregate.

Vietnam 2–4 Malaysia
Lê Công Vinh Goal 22' (pen.)79' Report Safiq Goal 4' (pen.)
Norshahrul Goal 16'
Đinh Tiến Thành Goal 29' (o.g.)
Shukor Goal 43'

Malaysia won 5–4 on aggregate.


First Leg
Thailand 2–0 Malaysia
Chappuis Goal 72' (pen.)
Kroekrit Goal 86'

Second Leg
Malaysia 3–2 Thailand
Safiq Goal 7' (pen.)58'
Putra Goal 45+2'
Report Chappuis Goal 82'
Chanathip Goal 87'

Thailand won 4–3 on aggregate.



 2014 AFF Championship Champion 

Fourth title


Most Valuable Player Top Scorer Award Fair Play Award
Thailand Chanathip Songkrasin Malaysia Mohd Safiq Rahim  Vietnam


In the final tournament, a player was suspended for the subsequent match in the competition for either getting a red card, or accumulating two yellow cards in two different matches.

Player Offences Suspensions
Indonesia Rizky Pora Red card in Group A v Philippines Group A v Laos
Indonesia Supardi Nasir Red card in Group A v Laos
Vietnam Vũ Minh Tuấn Yellow card in Group A v Indonesia
Yellow card in Group A v Philippines
Semi-finals (1st Leg) v Malaysia
Malaysia Mohd Amri Yahyah Yellow card in Group B v Myanmar
Yellow card in Group B v Singapore
Semi-finals (1st Leg) v Vietnam
Malaysia Shukor Adan Yellow card in Group B v Thailand
Yellow card in Group B v Singapore
Semi-finals (1st Leg) v Vietnam
Malaysia Gary Steven Robbat Yellow card Yellow-red card in Group B v Myanmar Group B v Thailand
Singapore Baihakki Khaizan Yellow card in Group B v Thailand
Yellow card in Group B v Myanmar
Group B v Malaysia
Thailand Adisak Kraisorn Red card in Semi-finals (1st leg) v Philippines Semi-finals (2nd leg) v Philippines

*Players who received a card during the final are not included here.


6 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

Team statistics[edit]

This table will show the ranking of teams throughout the tournament.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Thailand 7 5 1 1 14 6 +8
2  Malaysia 7 3 1 3 13 12 +1
3  Vietnam 5 3 1 1 12 8 +4
4  Philippines 5 2 1 2 9 7 +2
Eliminated in the group stage
5  Indonesia 3 1 1 1 7 7 0
6  Singapore 3 1 0 2 6 7 –1
7  Myanmar 3 0 1 2 2 6 –4
8  Laos 3 0 0 3 2 12 –10

Media coverage[edit]

2014 AFF Championship television broadcasters in Southeast Asia
Country Broadcast network Television station
 Australia None
 Brunei RTB RTB1
 Cambodia TVK TVK
 Indonesia MNC Media RCTI, MNC TV, Global TV
 Malaysia Media Prima, Astro TV3, TV9, Astro Arena
 Myanmar MRTV MRTV
 Philippines ABS-CBN Corporation ABS-CBN Sports+Action
 Singapore MediaCorp Okto: Sports on Okto
 Thailand BBTV, TrueVisions CH7, 7HD True Sport HD,
 Timor-Leste RTTL TTL
 Vietnam VTV VTV2 and VTV6[19]
2014 AFF Championship international television broadcasters
Asia-wide Fox International Channels Fox Sports Asia

Incidents and controversies[edit]

During a group match between Singapore and Malaysia at the Singapore National Stadium, irate Singaporean fans began throwing bottles of water and toilet rolls on the pitch and players gate tunnel at the end of the match due to what was seen as awful decision-making by Oman referee Ahmed Al-Kaf, who awarded the Malaysian side a penalty kick resulting in an advantage for them.[20]

Other incidents occurred soon during the first semi-final between Malaysia and Vietnam in Shah Alam Stadium, where some of the Malaysian fans were seen pointing green laser lights on the field, as recorded on the match video in television camera.[21] The laser incident is a continuation from Malaysian hooligans, as it also happened during the previous edition of AFF Championship semi-final against Vietnam and in the final against Indonesia in 2010.[22][23]

At the end of Malaysia 1–2 loss to Vietnam, some Malaysian hooligan fans began attacking Vietnamese fans, resulting in injuries.[21] The hooligans rushed to assault Vietnamese fans, who tried to flee and had no intention of fighting back. Bottles, smoke bombs and other dangerous objects continued to get thrown even after the Royal Malaysia Police arrived at the scene to quell the scuffles.[24] This was heavily criticised by the Vietnamese side for the rioting shown by some of the Malaysian supporters. As a result, the website of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) had been hacked in a denial of service attack, perhaps from Vietnam.[25] Other Malaysian supporters together with the Malaysia Minister of Youth and Sports, Khairy Jamaluddin condemn the hooligan fans attitude and has offer their apologies to all Vietnamese fans, adding that five of the perpetrators had been arrested.[26][27][28] Another nine people's was arrested for the same offence between 11–12 December.[29]

The Philippines team received a death threat before their 2nd semi-final match against Thailand. Sources say the threat has something to do with the scuffle during 1st leg between Filipino defender Amani Aguinaldo and Thai striker Adisak Kraisorn, which led to Adisak being red-carded and suspended for the 2nd leg.[30]

In the semi-final between Malaysia and Vietnam, the Vietnam had won the first-leg in Malaysia with a 2–1 score. However, in the second-leg played in Hanoi, Vietnam lost 2–4, thus losing 4–5 on aggregate with Malaysia advancing to the finals. After that defeat, the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) launched a probe into the defeat, citing potential match-fixing due to the seemingly apathetic performance of the players compared to the first-leg.[31] However, the AFF said that the match was not fixed and went on to say that through Swiss-based sports integrity specialist Sportradar, no unusual betting had taken place during the match.[32]


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