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Vietnam 2-2 Indonesia


Indonesia hold Vietnam

 By John Duerden

May 29 is D-Day as Indonesian football faces suspension from FIFA

Indonesian national team could miss out on the 2018 World Cup qualification campaign starting in June should FIFA suspend the country on May 29.

For years, Indonesia has been the crazy uncle of Asian football. The football system in the massive archipelago has been dysfunctional for so long that strange seems normal, the bizarre barely remarked upon.

Despite all this, the prospect of the country being suspended by FIFA has made people sit up and take notice. The possibility of a quarter of a billion people having no seat at the football table is very real. At least crazy uncles are still part of the family -- Indonesia risks being cut off.


Indonesian powers-that-be could set back the game further

Indonesian club Persipura Jayapura are top of their AFC Cup group despite the turmoil behind the scenes in Indonesian football.

We are in familiar territory in Indonesia. A new government is elected and an early target seems to be football. We saw this in 2010 in a conflict that spawned a short-lived rebel league, the consequences of which are still being felt today.

Arema Indonesia and Persebaya 1927 are legacies of that mess. The present Indonesia Super League boasts an Arema and a Persebaya Surabaya who claim the name. But the government, through the Professional Sports Council, says those two clubs may not play in the...

SEA Games: Singapore duo Qaasimy and Irfan bank on home support

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson break down Singapore and Malaysia's chances following their World Cup draw.

Singapore U23 duo Al-Qaasimy Rahman and Irfan Fandi are hoping that playing on home soil will give them the advantage over their Group A opponents when the football tournament for the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games kicks off next month.

The men's football draw was held on Apr. 15 at the Black Box, Sports Hub where Singapore were drawn into Group A alongside Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Philippines.

Group B will see defending champions Thailand take on Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Brunei and Timor...

SEA Games: Singapore announce 30-man provisional squad

LionsXII striker Sahil Suhaimi will play an integral part as Singapore try to win the elusive SEA Games football gold medal come June. Photo credit: Football Association of Singapore

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has announced a 30-man provisional squad that will be participating at the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in June this year.

With the bulk of the team coming from S.League club Courts Young Lions, Balestier Khalsa duo Ho Wai Loon and Nurullah Hussein were surprise inclusions. Joining them will be Home United's Muhaimin Suhaimi and Stanely Ng.

Fandi Ahmad's LionsXII outfit will provide four players (Zakir Samsudin, Faris Ramli, Sahil Suhaimi...

ISL suffers as chaos behind the scenes shows no sign of ending

Indonesian football fans must be wondering when their domestic league will ever have a smooth season.

If a week is a long time in politics, then it is an eternity in the wild, wacky world of Indonesian football. And, unfortunately, most of the headlines continue to relate to events off the field, even though the Indonesia Super League (ISL) has finally kicked off after a two-month delay.

Take for example the machinations of the Professional Sports Body of Indonesia (BOPI), a group set up under the Sports and Youth Ministry to oversee professional sports -- yet not officially recognised by FIFA.