Kuala Lumpur ( 21 December 2012) – The Philippines Football Federation and Football Association of Singapore are bidding to host the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup, a biennial regional football tournament of Southeast Asia. The Philippines will host their first time of Asean Football Federation (AFF) championship and Singapore a co-host of 1996 Tiger Cup ( formerly name of AFF Championship), 2002 Tiger Cup and 2007 AFF Championship Cup will host their fourth time of the biennial regional tournament.
Philippines Football Federation (PFF) vice-president Ismael Batiles said ” We want to bring AFF Suzuki Cup back home to the Philippines because football are becoming popular in here and the youth have participated a lot of football clinic. It really the right time, we bring football as popular sports like basketball” . The Philippines national football team aka the Azkals are regional most improvement team. In 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup, the Azkals defeated Vietnam a champions of 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup at the group stage, it was one of the biggest upsets in the history of the tournament. The team reach the knockout stage for first time, eventually losing to Indonesia in the semifinals. The 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup, the Azkals also were in the semifinal, the first leg of semifinal Philippines were drawn to Singapore 0-0 at Rizal Memorial Stadium; Singapore won the semifinals though by winning the return leg in Singapore, 1–0.
Football Association of Singapore (FAS) general secretary Winston Lee said ” It’s good idea we come back as the host of this wonderful biennial football tournament. We already win the first leg of finals against Thailand 3-1 and i hope we could win the second leg of the final as the Champion of 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup.Philippines is very good team and I’m very delighted that we co-host with them.”
Both of the PFF and FAS leaders have agree to use their new stadiums, Philippines Arena and Singapore Sports Hubs as primary venue of 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup. Jalan Besar Stadium and Rizal Memorial Stadium would be the second venue.