Top five foreign-born players at this year's AFF Suzuki Cup
There is plenty to look forward to at the AFF Suzuki Cup – the games, the names and the fans.
There are also a number of players who were born overseas before coming to Southeast Asia and representing their new homelands.
Here FourFourTwo lists five that could have a big impact at the tournament.
Darren Lok (Malaysia)
What a saga it was to get this England-born striker in the squad for the AFF Suzuki Cup.
No disrespect to Lok, but it shows that stocks in Malaysia are running pretty thin when the coach has to go looking in the sixth tier of English football to add some firepower. Eastbourne is a seaside town where people go to retire, but it could be a launching pad for an exciting international career.
There have been, and are, gems in the lower leagues of Europe. Over the next few weeks, Lok has a chance to really make some headlines and some of them may even filter back to Europe.
He has already had quite the introduction to Malaysian football. In the space of a week in September, Lok received a Malaysian passport, made his debut for club Johor Darul Ta'zim II (JDT II), earned an international call-up and was then withdrawn from the training camp, a victim of the ongoing spat between JDT and the national team.
Still, on October 7, the baby-faced 25-year-old came off the bench for his debut against Singapore at the National Stadium. He worked hard but, with his team under the cosh, did not get a chance to show what he was capable of. But there should be chances in Myanmar to make a difference for his new country.
Javier Patino (Philippines)
The Spanish-born striker scored a brace on his international debut against Cambodia in 2013. It has been unfortunate for the Azkals that his club commitments have often prevented the 28-year-old from playing as much as he – and plenty of fans – would have liked.
And after missing out on the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup due to injury, this could be his time to stamp his authority on the tournament. He has already shown he has what it takes to score goals at the top levels of Asia, averaging more than a goal every two games in two memorable seasons for Thailand powerhouse Buriram United.
That took him to the Chinese Super League in 2014 where he faces some of the best strikers around with Henan Jianye. His two seasons with one of the country's smaller and more unfashionable clubs have been successful with 19 goals to his name for the northerners.
Defenders should watch out.