Do Suzuki Cup combatants have Euro 2016 counterparts?

Football fans around the world are currently engrossed in Euro 2016. John Duerden has taken a closer look and believes there are similarities between some of the European Championship combatants and some national teams in Southeast Asia ahead of this year's AFF Suzuki Cup...

So, you don't think there are any similarities between Malaysia's football team and that of England? Can't see any common characteristics between Indonesia and Italy?

Think again. FourFourTwo senior columnist John Duerden has taken a closer look at both Euro 2016 and AFF Suzuki Cup nations and you might be surprised by the results.

Let us present to you Euro 2016: Southeast Asian Style!

Both countries, with exciting and popular domestic leagues, hark back to so-called glory days that are getting increasingly distant

Spain/Thailand

The reigning kings of Europe and the defending champions of Southeast Asia have even more in common than their recent titles suggest.

Firstly there is the way they play. Thailand are developing their own version of the tiki-taka style that took the football world by storm at the 2008 Euros and 2010 World Cup and are the ASEAN team that is most comfortable on the ball.

Some of the pass-and-move groove that came out of Bangkok in recent months evoked memories of BarcelonaSpain are also the only nation ever to win consecutive Euro titles and are chasing a third straight triumph in France.

The War Elephants, meanwhile, were the first team to win back-to-back AFF crowns (2000, 2002), a feat they can again achieve later this year.

Spain and Thailand have similar continental records

Malaysia/England

Malaysia is a country that can never quite decide whether it wants a foreign or a local coach and the debate never seems to end. Ditto England.

Both countries, with exciting and popular domestic leagues, hark back to so-called glory days that are getting increasingly distant.

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They are also times that, perhaps, aren’t seen as quite so glorious by others.

These Lions and Tigers still produce good players and are still capable of going far, but for some reason they rarely get the success they crave – as their respective medias are always quick to point out.

Malaysia, like England, are trying to recapture past glories

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