Vietnam to face Singapore and Myanmar at AFF Cup group stages
By Vu Duc – The Saigon Times Daily
|An overview of AFF Suzuki Cup 2010’s draw in Hanoi, Vietnam on Wednesday – Photo: TTXVN|
HCMC – Vietnam will face Myanmar and Singapore in their group stages at the Southeast Asian championship – AFF Suzuki Cup 2010, co-hosted by Indonesia and Vietnam from December 1 to 29, according to on Wednesday’s draw in Hanoi.
The biennial tournament will be competing with eight teams in two groups. The semifinals and finals will be played on a home and away format.
Vietnam are in Group B with Singapore, Myanmar and the runner-up team in the qualifying round. Meanwhile, co-hosts Indonesia will vie with 2002, 2004 and 2006 winners Thailand, Malaysia and the winners of the qualifying round in Group A.
Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, defending champions Vietnam and 2008 runners-up Thailand gained automatic entry into the final round. Meanwhile, Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines and East Timor will compete in a round-robin tournament for the two remaining slots in the tournament.
As scheduled, the qualifying round will see four underdog teams competing in a round robin in Vientiane, Laos from October 22 to 26.
The group stages will be held in Vietnam and Indonesia from December 1 to 8, with the top two teams from each group progressing through to the semi-finals. The semi-finals’ two legs will be held on December 15 to 16 and December 18 to 19.
The final two legs will be held on December 26 and 29.
The winners of the biennial event tournament will win US$100,000. The runners-up will pocket US$50,000, and the third-placed team receive US$15,000.
Hang Day Stadium in the center of Hanoi and My Dinh National Stadium will be host of the AFF Cup matches. Hanoi’s People’s Committee has committed VND60 billion (US$3.1 million) to upgrade Hang Day Stadium by September, according to the Vietnam Football Federation website.
All matches from the cup will be aired live on ESPN and Star Sports channels and other local stations.
Suzuki has been named as the main sponsor of the championships this year that were formerly the Tiger Cup until the name changed to AFF Suzuki Cup in 2008.
Under coach Henrique Calisto, Vietnam won the AFF Suzuki Cup in 2008 when it was co-hosted by Thailand and Indonesia. It was the first time in decades that it won the Southeast Asian championships, defeating Thailand 2-1 in Bangkok and tying 1-1 in Hanoi.
Vietnam hosted the cup in 1998 and won a silver medal after losing to Singapore 1-0 in the final at Hanoi’s Hang Day Stadium.
December 1 Thailand vs leaders in qualifying round
Indonesia vs Malaysia
December 4 Thailand vs Malaysia
Leaders in qualifying round vs Indonesia
December 7 Malaysia vs leaders in qualifying round
Indonesia vs Thailand
December 2 Singapore vs runners-up in qualifying round
Vietnam vs Myanmar
December 5 Singapore vs Myanmar
Runners-up in qualifying round vs Vietnam
December 8 Myanmar vs runners-up in qualifying round
Vietnam vs Singapore
Qualifying round fixtures
October 22 East Timor vs Philippines
Laos vs Cambodia
October 24 Cambodia vs East Timor
Philippines vs Laos
October 26 Philippines vs Cambodia
Laos vs East Timor
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