2014 AFF Championship
|2014 Kejohanan Bola Sepak ASEAN|
2014 ஏசியான் கால்ப கோப்பை
Giải vô địch bóng đá Đông Nam Á 2014
|Host country|| Singapore|
(for group stage)
|Dates||22 November – 20 December|
|Teams||8 (from 1 sub-confederation)|
|Venue(s)||8 (in 5 host cities)|
|Champions||Thailand (4th title)|
|Goals scored||65 (3.61 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Mohd Safiq Rahim|
|Best player(s)||Chanathip Songkrasin|
|Fair play award||Vietnam|
The 2014 AFF Championship, sponsored by Suzuki and officially known as the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup, 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 with Vietnam.
Singapore were the defending champion, but failed to qualify from the group stage. Thailand won the tournament 4–3 in a two-legged final against Malaysia, with manager Kiatisuk Senamuang being the first man to win the competition as a player then manager.
|National Stadium||Jalan Besar Stadium||Mỹ Đình National Stadium||Hàng Đẫy Stadium|
|Capacity: 55,000||Capacity: 8,000||Capacity: 40,192||Capacity: 22,500|
|Bangkok, Thailand||Shah Alam, Malaysia||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Manila, Philippines|
|Rajamangala Stadium||Shah Alam Stadium||Bukit Jalil National Stadium||Rizal Memorial Stadium|
|Capacity: 49,722||Capacity: 80,372||Capacity: 110,000||Capacity: 12,873|
Qualification was to have been scrapped for this edition of the tournament, 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. It was to involve the five lower ranked teams in the region, with games taking place between the dates of 12–20 October 2014.
In August 2013, Football Federation Australia became a full member of the AFF, 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.
The following eight teams qualified for the tournament.
|Country||Previous best |
|Singapore||Winners (1998, 2004, 2007, 2012)|
|Thailand||Winners (1996, 2000, 2002)|
|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.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
| Vietnam (co-host)
| Myanmar (Qualification winners)|
Laos (Qualification runners-up)
|Key to colours in group tables|
|Top two placed teams advanced to the semi-finals|
Ranking in each group shall be determine as follows:
- Greater number of points obtained in all the group matches;
- Goal difference in all the group matches;
- 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:
- Result of the direct match between the teams in question;
- Penalty shoot-out if only two teams were tied and they met in the last round of the group;
- Drawing lots by the Organising Committee.
P. Younghusband 45+1'
Reichelt 77', 88'
|Quế Ngọc Hải 11'
Lê Công Vinh 68'
|P. Younghusband 16' (pen.)
|Report||Vũ Minh Tuấn 27'
Lê Công Vinh 84'
Nguyễn Huy Hùng 88'
Ramdhani 20', 50'
Souksavanh 89' (o.g.)
|Report||Sayavutthi 28' (pen.)|
|Ngô Hoàng Thịnh 9'
Vũ Minh Tuấn 50'
Phạm Thành Lương 58'
|Khairul 20'||Report||Mongkol 9'
Chappuis 89' (pen.)
|Report||Adisak 43', 90'
|Kyaw Zayar Win 55'
Kyaw Ko Ko 62' (pen.)
Hariss 35', 42'
Khin Maung Lwin 75' (o.g.)
|Khairul 83'||Report||Safee 61'
Safiq 90+3' (pen.)
Indra Putra 90+5'
- The match was delayed one hour due to the heavy rain.
- The match was delayed due to raining.
- First Leg
|Safiq 14' (pen.)||Report||Võ Huy Toàn 32'
Nguyễn Văn Quyết 60'
- Second Leg
Kroekrit 57', 86'
Thailand won 3–0 on aggregate.
|Lê Công Vinh 22' (pen.), 79'||Report||Safiq 4' (pen.)
Đinh Tiến Thành 29' (o.g.)
Malaysia won 5–4 on aggregate.
- First Leg
|Chappuis 72' (pen.)
- Second Leg
|Safiq 7' (pen.), 58'
Thailand won 4–3 on aggregate.
|2014 AFF Championship Champion|
|Most Valuable Player||Top Scorer Award||Fair Play Award|
|Chanathip Songkrasin||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.
|Rizky Pora||in Group A v Philippines||Group A v Laos|
|Supardi Nasir||in Group A v Laos|
|Vũ Minh Tuấn|| in Group A v Indonesia
in Group A v Philippines
|Semi-finals (1st Leg) v Malaysia|
|Mohd Amri Yahyah|| in Group B v Myanmar
in Group B v Singapore
|Semi-finals (1st Leg) v Vietnam|
|Shukor Adan|| in Group B v Thailand
in Group B v Singapore
|Semi-finals (1st Leg) v Vietnam|
|Gary Steven Robbat||in Group B v Myanmar||Group B v Thailand|
|Baihakki Khaizan|| in Group B v Thailand
in Group B v Myanmar
|Group B v Malaysia|
|Adisak Kraisorn||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
- Evan Dimas
- Samsul Arif
- Mohd Amri Yahyah
- Norshahrul Idlan Talaha
- Safee Sali
- Shukor Adan
- Kyaw Ko Ko
- Kyaw Zayar Win
- Manuel Ott
- Martin Steuble
- Paul Mulders
- Rob Gier
- Simone Rota
- Shaiful Esah
- Mongkol Tossakrai
- Prakit Deeporm
- Tanaboon Kesarat
- Ngô Hoàng Thịnh
- Nguyễn Huy Hùng
- Nguyễn Văn Quyết
- Phạm Thành Lương
- Quế Ngọc Hải
- Võ Huy Toàn
- 1 own goal
This table will show the ranking of teams throughout the tournament.
|Eliminated in the group stage|
|2014 AFF Championship television broadcasters in Southeast Asia|
|Country||Broadcast network||Television station|
|Indonesia||MNC Media||RCTI, MNC TV, Global TV|
|Malaysia||Media Prima, Astro||TV3, TV9, Astro Arena|
|Philippines||ABS-CBN Corporation||ABS-CBN Sports+Action|
|Singapore||MediaCorp||Okto: Sports on Okto|
|Thailand||BBTV, TrueVisions||CH7, 7HD True Sport HD,|
|Vietnam||VTV||VTV2 and VTV6|
|2014 AFF Championship international television broadcasters|
|Asia-wide||Fox International Channels||Fox Sports Asia|
Incidents and controversies
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.
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. 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.
At the end of Malaysia 1–2 loss to Vietnam, some Malaysian hooligan fans began attacking Vietnamese fans, resulting in injuries. 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. 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. 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. Another nine people's was arrested for the same offence between 11–12 December.
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.
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. 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.
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