MORNING! Yes, I know I said this one would be out after the West Asia round-up and technically speaking it still is so hush your noise. If I’m honest with you, I totally underestimated how long the West Asia one would take and I needed to have something to eat as I was wasting away after I eventually finished it. Maybe a slight exaggeration, but you get the gist.
In South East Asia we’ve got: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand & East Timor. Vietnam are, of course, part of South East Asia as well, however, they are one of the lucky ones to have their own individual review. Lucky sods. Let’s take it from the top and start with Brunei.
DST (Brunei) Super League
Sadly, we begin with a league that isn’t running at the moment so there’s not much to round-up! What you need to know is, MS ABDB won the league by three points from Kota Ranger while Jerudong and Menglait fell through the trap door and won’t be seen again. Not next season, anyway.
One to watch in the league is Tabuan Muda who will are actually the Brunei U23 side, so watching them develop over the next season or so will be intriguing, to say the least. Not much else to say about Brunei so we’ll move on.
Metfone Cambodian League
Now, this one we can get stuck into as the league has only just begun meaning that it’s prime time to get involved and see who’s doing well and who has had better days. Top of the table, NagaWorld are the team to beat at the moment and they maintained their unbeaten start to the season as they put three without reply past Asia Euro United. Believe it or not, they’ve only conceded once in the opening five games. Good darts.
Hot on their heels is Boeung Ket as they too are unbeaten after the opening five games of the season. In fact, the only difference between themselves and NagaWorld is the fact that they’ve conceded a few more goals. At the opposite end of the table, it’s not looking good at all for Western Phnom Penh or EDC (Electricite Du Cambodge) as after five games they’re both leaking over four goals per game on average. Both pointless. Shite.
It’s not difficult to pick a game of the week as one game was a nine-goal thriller which involves an Englishman. Sean Sainsbury, come on down. I was hoping to speak to him, nonetheless, I haven’t heard off him since the game. Story of my life.
Sean manages Phnom Penh Crown, who are Cambodia’s most successful club when it comes to league titles so it would’ve been good to speak to him. Maybe one day. Anyway, Phnom Penh Crown were on the wrong end of the nine-goal thriller as they lost 6-3 to Svay Rieng; one of the reasons why this result was even more astounding was that going into the game, Phnom Penh Crown had only conceded one goal. Madness.
Western Phnom Penh (12th) 0-3 Visakha (3rd) | Soltilo Angkor (10th) 1-2 National Police Commissary (4th) | Boeung Ket (2nd) 2-0 National Defense Ministry (5th) | Angkor Tiger (9th) 3-1 EDC (11th) | Svay Rieng (6th) 6-3 Phnom Penh (7th) | NagaWorld (1st) 3-0 Asia Euro United (8th).
GO JEK Traveloka (Indonesia) Liga 1
This has to be one of the worst leagues in the world for travelling. Yes, you could argue Russia is a lot worse and I’d be inclined to agree, but, when you consider that the teams in Indonesia are spread across several different islands. I’ve done some daft things in my time in terms of turning up at the wrong grounds and what have you. One thing that I haven’t got on my mishap CV is going to the wrong island. One for the bucket list.
After five games, it’s tighter than a duck’s arse. Where that saying come from, I don’t want to know. Only two sides remain unbeaten in the division, first-placed Persipura and fourth-placed Bali United and both of those respective sides won last time out, Persipura saw off Mitra Kukar 2-1 and Bali United beat Barito Putera 2-0.
I’m not too sure who Barito Putera are, but it’s making me hungry. Bali have based their football on being strong at the back as they’ve only conceded two goals so far this campaign, so they’re going to be worth observing over the coming months.
No-one is cut adrift at the foot of the table, although, Arema are yet to win this season; last Saturday they lost to Madura United 3-2 and when you consider they were 2-1 up with twenty minutes left, it wasn’t a good result at all.
Let’s take a look at the results from the weekend just gone:
PSIS (14th) 1-4 Persija (2nd) | PSMS (13th) 1-0 Perseru (16th) | Persipura (1st) 2-1 Mitra Kukar (15th) | Madura United (3rd) 3-2 Arema (18th) | Persib (7th) 3-1 Borneo (9th) | PSM (5th) 4-3 PS TIRA (17th) | Bali United (4th) 2-0 Barito Putera (8th) | Peresebaya (6th) 1-1 Sriwijaya (12th) | Bhayangkara (11th) 1-1 Persela (10th).
Lao Premier League
YOUNG ELEPHANT. That is all. Don’t worry, I’m not reminiscing about Dumbo, that’s the name of a team who plays in the top division in Laos. Such is the wonder of the world. Funnily enough, they’re actually doing rather well as they sit second behind reigning champions Lao Toyota.
No games have been played for a few weeks so there’s no point rounding up what hasn’t been done, regardless, I can tell you that the league is still in its infancy this campaign as the most any one team has played is five and some have played as little as two.
Fingers crossed, it should be back this weekend, so hopefully, I’ll have some news for you next week.
Malaysian Super League
The Malays (?) are slightly ahead of their Indonesian counterparts as they’ve played a game more. However, there were no games the weekend just gone due to the second legs of the Quarter-Finals being played in the Malaysian FA Cup which saw no real surprises. Pahang, PKNP, Selangor & PKNS all march on to the Semi-Finals which are yet to be drawn as far as I’m aware.
If you are looking for a ‘shock’ if you will perhaps look no further than Pahang turning over league-leaders Johor Darul Ta’zim (Johor DT) 3-0 in their own backyard. Patrick Cruz was the man who caused the damage as he scored all three to send Pahang into the last four and take home the match ball. Thinking out loud, considering Pahang are only third and four points behind Johor DT, this may well give them a psychological advantage later on in the season.
It’s back to the hustle & bustle of league action this week, so be sure to drop by next week to see what bedlam has taken place.
Myanmar National League
Again, another league with a peculiar break. When the teams in Myanmar take to the field this weekend, it would’ve been three weeks since their last league game which makes no sense whatsoever. Nothing to suggest that a cup competition took place in the meantime either.
When the next set of fixtures do take place, which hopefully will be this weekend, it will mark the halfway point of the Myanmar League which currently see Yangon United three points ahead of Magwe who have impressively kept six clean sheets in the opening ten games of the season.
In life, sometimes you just know that something is not going to sort itself out just by glancing at it. That’s exactly what I’ve done when I’ve looked at the state of basement-side Myawady. From the opening ten games, they’ve got a rather glum-looking two points and there’s more chance of me walking on the moon in the next year than there is of them surviving. Famous last words. Like the others, this should be back this weekend.
Philippines Football League
Strange is a word I’d strongly advise anyone to have in their head before reading this. In the Philippines, there are only six teams in the top division and this is down to two teams dropping out only a couple of months before the season was due to start. Such is the beauty of Asian football.
Each team plays the other twice at home and twice away before they draw lots for the final set of fixtures to see who plays who at home, so on and so forth. Making sense? Na, not too me either. Of course, with their only being six teams in the division, it means that there are only three fixtures a week to look at. Ceres-Negros maintained their perfect start to the season as they beat Global Cebu 2-0 as their terrible start continued.
Elsewhere, Davao Aguilas kept the pressure on Ceres as they won on their home turf against JP Marikina and Kaya-Iloilo scored four in the first-half as they comfortably beat Stallion Laguna. Stallion Laguna have not had much luck recently as they’ve also been deducted three points after failing to comply with a disciplinary decision. I wonder if that will come back to haunt them later in the season…
Global Cebu (6th) 0-2 Ceres-Negros (1st) | Davao Aguilas (2nd) 3-2 JP Marikina (4th) | Kaya-Iloilo (3rd) 4-1 Stallion Laguna (5th).
Singapore Premier League
I regret using the word strange last time out as I think the Singaporean Premier League might just about top it. For starters, there are only nine teams in the league and that sets the alarm bells ringing straight away as why would anyone in their right mind want an odd number of teams in the league? Even more bizarre than that, nobody from Singapore has won the Singapore Premier League in the last three seasons.
You may think I’m on about a Singaporean coach which would be an educated guess, but you’d be wrong as I am in fact referring to the ACTUAL TEAM. Albirex Niigata who are a Japanese satellite team have won the league on the last two occasions and the year before that, DPMM won it. They’re from Brunei. Yeah, I know. Madness.
This season doesn’t seem like it’s going to be any different as Albirex Niigata sit top with twelve points from four games, nevertheless, they sat out the last round of fixtures as we only had three for some reason.
Warriors and Tampines Rovers thrashed out at a goalless draw, Home United won away and bottom of the table Hougang United picked up their first point of the season as they drew at home with Balestier Khalsa. Another weird one this weekend as we’ve only got two games to look forward to. Ah well.
Warriors (7th) 0-0 Tampines Rovers (2nd) | Geylang International (8th) 1-4 Home United (6th) | Hougang United (9th) 1-1 Balestier Khalsa (5th).
Thai League 1
Finally, we’re back to a ‘normal’ league! Well, as normal as you can come across in this neck of the woods, in this instance, FIVE teams get relegated and there’s only eighteen of them in the league. Good grief. What it does mean is that even though there’s only been eleven games played thus far, Air Force Central are already eight points adrift. To be fair to them, at least they picked up a valuable point last time around against away at fellow strugglers Thai Navy.
In what was undoubtedly the most eagerly-awaited tie of game week eleven, third-placed Chiangrai United hosted table-topping Buriram United and even though the game was only decided by one goal, it will come as shock to some people that Chiangrai came away victorious.
One set of people that were most definitely caught off-guard by this were the bookies as they had Buriram as below even money which I get in some regards, but, when you see that Chiangrai have only lost four times at home in the last twenty games, you have to question to bookies just simply look at the league table? More on that later in the week.
A special mention must go to the wonderfully named ‘Bill’ as he brought Ratchaburi Mitr Phol back from the dead twice against Suphanburi which meant they got a crucial point as it still seems like they are yet to make their mind up whether they want to get sucked into a relegation battle or challenge for an AFC place. Go for the latter, lads.
Bangkok Glass (14th) 0-1 Bangkok United (2nd) | Thai Navy (15th) 1-1 Air Force Central (18th) | Ubon UMT United (17th) 1-1 Chainat Hornbill (16th) | Chonburi (12th) 1-1 SCG Muangthong United (6th) | Port (5th) 1-0 PT Prachuap (4th) | Chiangrai (3rd) 1-0 Buriram United (1st) | Police Tero (13th) 2-1 Sukhothai (8th) | Nakhon Ratchasima (7th) 2-0 Pattaya United (11th) | Suphanburi (10th) 2-2 Ratchaburi Mitr Phol (9th).
Liga Futebol Amadora Primeira Divisão (East Timor)
This league snuck onto the list at the last minute, hence it is completely out of place from an alphabetical perspective. I wish it hadn’t got anywhere near the list as this league seems to be some sort of Iberian love-in as we’ve got teams such as Boavista, Benfica, Atletico and more.
Thankfully, there are no games from the last week to look at which means I can give myself a bit of time to try and figure what on earth is going on with East Timor’s finest. You have my word that I’ll have much more of an idea next week on this league. I may even do a special on it, how’s that for you?
Hope you’ve enjoyed reading that as much I have writing it because it really is so much fun learning about random countries and the football that takes place there. There will be much more of this throughout the coming days and weeks, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled.
Until the next time.