Analysis

AFF Suzuki Cup 2018: 5 Southeast Asian origin players who could’ve played

There’s no denying that most Europe-based footballers with Southeast Asian heritage or ancestry are very good in terms of skills and ability given the level of competition and the more established football setups in Europe.

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What they could offer could definitely boost their respective national teams in tournaments such as the AFF Suzuki Cup.

Let us take a look at some players based in Europe who are eligible to play for Southeast Asian national teams and their abilities attributes that they could provide to the game.

Mark van der Maarel (Defender/Right-back, FC Utrecht, Eligibility: Indonesia)

Mark van der Maarel was born and currently based in the Netherlands, but has Southeast Asian heritage through his mother who hails from Indonesia.

Playing mainly as a right-back, Mark van der Maarel’s main role is on the defensive end with a usually battling role that demands several duels with attacking wingers.

Despite being a predominantly defensive player, being an operator down the right flank requires him the versatility to be a facilitator in the offence as well, if needed, whether it’s by supplying dangerous balls into the box for his strikers to work on or giving it a go on occasions if the opportunity presents itself.

Now 29 years of age, in terms of his international career, Mark has only featured in the U21 Netherlands team for a UEFA U21 Championship qualifier and has yet to break into the senior Dutch side.

Despite being eligible to play for Indonesia, he has yet to suit up for the team.

Maybe it’s time for him to make the move.

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