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Articles by Paul Williams

22 January 2018
Outside of the under-22 team’s surprising run to SEA Games silver on home soil back in August, there was little to like about 2017 for Malaysian football fans.
29 November 2017
The newly created ‘ASEAN Player’ rule may have only just been implemented, but already we’re seeing the benefits it can bring to the region and why it should be adopted right across Southeast Asia.
22 November 2017
Asia is home to a number of iconic football stadiums – think the Azadi Stadium in Tehran, the Workers’ Stadium in Beijing and Saitama Stadium on the outskirts of Tokyo.
11 October 2017
When the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced the 2019 Asian Cup was expanding from 16 teams to 24, in Southeast Asia there was great hope that an expanded tournament would mean more teams from the region competing in Asia’s showpiece tournament.
14 September 2017
With the success of Chanathip Songkrasin in Japan with Consadole Sapporo, and with many of the region’s best young talents recently competing in the SEA Games, attention is now focusing on who could be the next Chanathip to make a successful move abroad.
25 August 2017
A lot can happen in the space of 12 months and so it proved with our third annual list of ASEAN's top football managers. This year our original No.1 was back in top spot, some coaches dropped off the list, while one country continued its emergence as a regional powerhouse... 
The saying goes there are lies, damned lies and statistics, but often statistics can help paint a picture of a particular landscape. When it comes to the opportunities for local coaches in Southeast Asia, they certainly do just that.
26 May 2017
It’s often said that the journey is as good as the destination and every good journey must have a beginning.  
30 March 2017
Rivalries and derbies are the lifeblood of football the world over and it’s no different in Asia, which has some of the most fiercely contested rivalries anywhere on the planet. 
22 February 2017
Sometimes footballers can have a tendency to lean on the comforts of home and remain in their local professional leagues. But, as Paul Williams reports, there are many benefits our 20 Under-20 can realise if they test themselves abroad...