Familiar enemies reunite as 2024 ASEAN Championship offers Causeway derby

Some recent rivalries, as well as those of a more historic nature, will be renewed later this year after Tuesday’s draw for the 2024 ASEAN Championship pitted some familiar foes against each other.

The four semi-finalists of 2022 will not have to wait as long to return to face their quarter-final opponents from the previous edition, after defending champions Thailand were drawn in Group A alongside Malaysia, while runners-up Vietnam did so. two years, It is likely to compete with Indonesia for the first place in Group B.

While they are not archenemies in the traditional or geographical sense, familiarity has certainly bred contempt as Vietnam and Indonesia share an increasingly fierce rivalry after several battles in recent times, both at senior and youth level.

Both teams are also currently in the same group in the second round of the Asian qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup along with the Philippines, who, interestingly, have also been included in Group B of this year’s ASEAN Championship along with Myanmar and Laos.

With two more matches left before the second round of the Asian World Cup qualifiers concludes, the Philippines will still face Vietnam and Indonesia on that front next month (June 6 and 11 respectively) as precursors to what will continue at the end of this year. .

But from a more historical perspective, few rivalries in Southeast Asian football are as great as those between Malaysia and Singapore, and the Causeway derby will take place again in 2024, with the latter also tied in Group A on Tuesday.

This means that both teams will meet in the group stage of the ASEAN Championship for the second consecutive tournament, with Malaysia claiming bragging rights last time after a resounding 4-1 thrashing of their neighbours.

Singapore and Thailand are no strangers either, as they are both in the same group in the Asian World Cup qualifiers and will meet in that campaign once again on June 11 at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium.

Rounding out Group A are Cambodia and the yet-to-be-determined winner of the qualifying round, which will be Brunei Darussalam or Timor-Leste.

Although the Timorese had qualified for back-to-back editions since the ASEAN Championship expanded to a ten-team tournament in 2018, they missed out on 2022 after being stunned in qualifying by Brunei, who in turn returned to the top competition. international of the region. for the first time since its creation in 1996.

The Bruneians will host the first leg on September 7 before the second leg takes place seven days later in Timor-Leste.

Once the group stage lineup is complete, teams will have just over two months to finalize their preparations for the 2024 ASEAN Championship, which is scheduled to start on November 23 and run until December 21. .

DRAW FOR THE 2024 ASEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Group A

B Group

  • Vietnam

  • Indonesia

  • Philippines

  • Burma

  • Laos