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The 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup (also known as ASEAN Football Championship) is the seventh tournament contested. The tournament has been renamed as Suzuki Cup due to Suzuki becoming the primary sponsor. The group stage was held in Indonesiamarker and Thailandmarker from December 5 to December 10, 2008. Two legged home and away semi-finals and finals was held between December 16 and December 28, 2008.


The tournament would originally have been hosted by Myammarmarker because of the rotation system among ASEAN countries, however, they withdrew in August 2007 due to security concerns. In the third AFF council meeting in Balimarker, Indonesia and Thailand beat three other countries to win the right to host the (the other three were Malaysiamarker, Myanmarmarker and Vietnammarker). However, if both countries are unable to fulfill certain obligations set by the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF), Vietnam will step in and host the tournament. The winning team will take home USD100,000, runners-up USD 50,000, and USD 15,000 for the losing semi-finalists. Nikemarker will be an official supplier for the 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup.

10 days before the start of the tournament, safety issues were raised contending the safety of the teams who were due to play in Bangkok. This was because of the riots that were happening in the city which also resulted in the closure of the Suvarnabhumi Airportmarker (see 2008 Thai political crisis for further information). Due to the political crisis, the Football Association of Thailand stated that the Group Stages in the Thai capital Bangkokmarker would go ahead, or if the situation got worse, games would be moved to Chiang Maimarker in the north of the country or Phuketmarker in the South of the country.

As well as Thailand confirming themselves as steady hosts, Vietnam and Malaysia also stated that they would be prepared to host the tournament at short notice.

On November 29, with less than one week before the start of the tournament, the Group Stages held in Thailand were moved from the capital Bangkokmarker to the southern province Phuketmarker.


Indonesia prepare Bung Karno Stadiummarker in the capital city and Si Jalak Harupat Stadiummarker in Bandungmarker, while Thailand prepare Rajmangala National Stadiummarker and Suphachalasai Stadiummarker where both of them located in Bangkokmarker. All of the stadiums are 2007 AFC Asian Cup venues except of Si Jalak Harupat Stadiummarker. Bung Karno Stadium will be the opening match venue, while Rajmangala Stadium will be the final match venue.

Group stage matches in Thailand were switched from the capital Bangkokmarker to the southern provinces Phuketmarker at Surakul Stadiummarker on November 29 due to security issues in Bangkokmarker.


The qualification will take place in Phnom Penhmarker, the capital of Cambodiamarker, from October 17 2008 to October 25 2008. The five lower-ranked teams in Southeast Asia play within a round-robin tournament format and the top two countries in the group will qualify for this tournament.



Confirmed referees during the tournament:

Group stages

All times local (UTC+7)

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 3 0 0 10 1 +9 9
3 2 0 1 7 2 +5 6
3 1 0 2 4 8 −4 3
3 0 0 3 2 12 −10 0

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 3 0 0 11 0 +11 9
3 2 0 1 7 4 +3 6
3 1 0 2 5 6 −1 3
3 0 0 3 0 13 −13 0

Knockout stages

It is important to note that although the knockout stages were two-legged, away goals rule was not applied. If the total aggregate score of both teams after both matches remained the same, extra time would have been played, followed by penalty shootout if necessary.



First leg

Second leg

Thailand won 3–1 on aggregate

Vietnam won 1–0 on aggregate


First leg

Second leg

Vietnam won 3–2 on aggregate


Fairplay Award Suzuki Most Valuable Player
Dương Hồng Sơn


4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal


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