As we've discovered in our series on Southeast Asia's Biggest Exports, players from this region have often struggled to leave a mark on the global game. But we think the footballers listed here should be playing in some bigger leagues overseas right now...
Football is truly the world game, with players from all corners of the globe making their mark at some of the highest levels the sport has to offer. So what about Southeast Asia? Which footballers from our region have made the biggest impact on foreign shores?
Hosts Malaysia were handed a relatively easier group at the SEA Games after avoiding Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines and defending champions Thailand, all of whom can consider themselves in a group of death.
Southeast Asian interest in 2018 World Cup qualifying faded as Thailand sank to the bottom of Group B. Fortunately, there is still plenty going on in the region when it comes to the 2019 Asian Cup. FourFourTwo takes a look at four ASEAN teams and how they may fare in Tuesday’s next round of games.
Vietnam entered the FIFA Under-20 World Cup as just the third Southeast Asian team to have qualified for the tournament. They ended it with the region’s first point and an enhanced reputation both on and off the pitch.