Millions of people will tune in to watch Thursday's clash between Malaysia and Indonesia as the road to Qatar 2022 begins.
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The draw for the first of Asia's World Cup qualifiers was made on Wednesday, even though FIFA has yet to decide how many teams will play in 2022.
Vietnam's success at the Asian Cup is not because of any secret formula. It's a recipe thier Southeast Asian rivals can replicate.
Vietnam's second AFF Cup has fans partying from Hanoi to Saigon, but it's not just the Golden Stars that should be pleased with a great tournament.
Vietnam beat Malaysia 1-0 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate to seal the AFF Suzuki Cup on Saturday.
Malaysia will not be provoked in any way by Vietnam in Saturday's AFF Cup final second leg, Tan Cheng Hoe has told ESPN in an exclusive interview.
Malaysia fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Vietnam in the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup final on Tuesday.
Both Malaysia and Vietnam are ready to explode with joy, pride and excitement ahead of the two-legged final of the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup.
Ahead of Wednesday's semifinal second leg, few gave Malaysia more than a slight chance at the home of a Thai team going for AFF number six.
Malaysia reached the Asean Football Federation Championship final on away goals after a 2-2 draw with holders Thailand in the semifinal.
Thailand's Chatchai Budprom has warned Malaysia that they are in for a "nightmare" in the second leg of the 2018 AFF Cup semifinal in Bangkok.
If Malaysia can avoid conceding an early goal in Wednesday's semifinal second leg, the pressure on reigning AFF Cup champs Thailand will skyrocket.
Holders Thailand escaped with a 0-0 draw against Malaysia in the first leg of their AFF Cup semifinal.
Malaysia face a do-or-die match vs. Myanmar on Saturday. Are Tan Cheng Hoe's men up to the task? John Duerden previews a potential AFF Cup classic.
Vietnam maintained their perfect start to the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup on Friday as Park Hang-seo's side beat Malaysia 2-0 at Hanoi's My Dinh Stadium.
Malaysia are moving forward but don't yet have the look of AFF Cup champions. Vietnam will show just how close, or far away, they are.
Thailand's football chief wants a third consecutive AFF Cup title but has warned that Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines make 2018 a hard task.
Malaysia opened the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup with a 1-0 victory over Cambodia in Group A on Thursday.
Malaysia's hopes of kicking off their AFF Cup with a win over Cambodia have been boosted by confirmation that mentor Keisuke Honda will be absent.
There are plenty of local rivalries at play in Group A of the AFF Cup. ESPN FC runs the rule over Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos.
In mid-December, the biggest game in world football will not be staged in the strongholds of Europe or South America - it will be in Southeast Asia.
Peter Velappan, hailed as "one of the most important architects" of Asian football, passed away aged 83 on Saturday.
For coach Tan Cheng Hoe, the AFF Cup offers a chance to show progress with a young side and right the ship after an awful period in team history.
The ex-Socceroo, now with Perak TBG, admits he left a "stagnant" A-League under bitter circumstances and hopes to recreate Malaysia Cup glory.
Perak have been backed to take inspiration from Leicester City by pulling off a stunning upset to lift the Malaysia Super League (MSL) title in 2018.