All for one, one for all for the AFF Suzuki Cup 2012. In the picture are: (L-R) National Men’s Football Team players Ian Araneta, Chieffy Caligdong and Aly Borromeo; Atty. Roland, Tulay, PFF secretary general; Nonong Araneta, PFF president; Satoshi Uchida, Suzuki Philippines Inc president; Ricardo Garcia, Philippine Sports Commission chairman; Shuzo Hoshikura, Suzuki Philippines Inc general manager for sales and marketing—automobile division, Eiji Kobayashi, Suzuki Philippines Inc general manager for sales and marketing—motorcycle division; and Misagh Bahadoran also of the National Men’s Football Team .
The countdown begins for the biennial football competition to crown the kings of football in the ASEAN region with the official draw for this year’s AFF Suzuki Cup held at the Chaturathit Ballroom at Golden Tulip Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. Organized by the ASEAN Football Federation and contested by the national teams of countries in the South East Asia region, the AFF Suzuki Cup is probably one of the most highly anticipated football tournament in the country today, for this has been the game changer that had redefined local football.
A qualifying round will be held in Myanmar on October 5 at the Youth Training Centre in Yangon where Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Laos, Timor Leste and host country Myanmar will compete in a round-robin tournament for the two remaining spots in the tournament. The top two teams from this Qualification Round will join the top 6 seeded ASEAN nations—Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines for the Group Stage eliminations scheduled on November 24 to December 1 in Thailand and Malaysia.
After which, The Semi-finals and Finals will be played on a home and away format from December 8 to 22, 2012.
PFF officials react to the draw results showing the Philippines in group A with football powerhouses Vietnam, Thailand and winner of qualifying group in Myanmar.
Official Draw Results :
GROUP A : PHILIPPINES , Thailand, Vietnam and winner of qualifying group in Myanmar
Group B : Malaysia, Indonesia , Singapore and second in qualiying group
Philippines Matches (Group Stage Eliminations) :
November 24 - Thailand vs. Philippines
November 27 - Vietnam vs. Philippines
November 30 -Winner qualifier vs. Philippines
Matches to be held in Thailand
Switch on for the AFF Suzuki Cup 2012
AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 will be the most digital edition of the tournament to date with fans being able to access information across a multitude of digital channels. The official website www.affsuzukicup.com will act as the hub of all tournament information providing news, team information, photos, videos and broadcast details. In addition, the official Facebook page www.facebook.com/affsuzukicup will provide fans with a platform to engage with each other and access exclusive content and competitions while the official Twitter feed @affsuzukicup will provide up to the minute information direct to fans.
In addition, the official Youtube channel www.youtube.com/affsuzukicup and official Ustream channel www.ustream.tv/affsuzukicup will provide live streaming of matches and match highlights throughout the tournament. You can watch the draw live on the official website www.affsuzukicup.com.
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