- That wasn't a penalty. Singaporean, Thai or Malaysian, it doesn't matter. Watching the replay from all possible angles (although in truth they weren't very helpful), it has to be said that it was an extremely harsh decision. And that's only because I can't seem to find a better word than "harsh".
- Singapore were crap. I agree with Jianxing; the supposed "star" players struggle to even get the ball under control. If the Malaysia Cup team sans the foreigners was an 8/10 in terms of talent and flair, I'd give the 2006 team (minus the foreigners too, which incidentally reduces the sample size to about 6) a 3/10. Fandi was world class, Sundramoorthy was a dribbling wizard and Malek Awab was to the team what Patrick Vieira was to Arsenal. I just can't see any individual being able to carry their team as much as these guys did. Indra Sahdan was supposed to be the Next Big Thing but was substituted after only 45 minutes. Daniel Bennett wears his heart on his sleeves but exodes a typical British style in defence (all huff and puff, brute force tackling, boots the ball away as soon as he gets possession) which actually hurts all attempts by the team to try and play the ball on the ground. The Malaysia Cup teams always did.
- Thailand were crap. Just a couple of years ago they were beating the likes of Bayern Munich in friendlies; recently they lost 4-0 to China. They look like a spent force - the Piyapong-Kiatisuk era is well and truly over.
Most South East Asian countries have not improved, and that's a sad fact. Many of them have taken steps backwards (Malaysia, Myanmar) and it's a real pity. The SEA games football gold medal match in the 80s and 90s used to play out like a mini Asian Cup Final; its modern equivalent is a huge kick in the face for AFF because, if I may be brutally honest, the current standard of ASEAN football is appalling.
Last edited by Great Outdoors; February 1st, 2007 at 15:57.