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.
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.
There are always going to be some coaches who miss out on FourFourTwo’s annual Top 15 ASEAN Managers list. Then there are those showing great potential who could be on next year’s list, like the five below:
Steve Darby and Bojan Hodak have experienced it all as coaches in Southeast Asia. As part of this year's look at FFT's Top 15 ASEAN Managers, both men explained some of the unique issues coaches can face in this region...
It’s a seemingly eternal debate for football clubs in most corners of the planet: employ a coach from abroad with different ideas and a fresh perspective but at the risk of them not adapting to the environment, or go with a home-grown option who understands the culture but may not have the experience of a foreign alternative.
Tan Cheng Hoe is comfortably one of the best local coaches to emerge from Malaysia in recent times. As part of our annual series on the Top 15 ASEAN Managers, the Malaysia national team assistant coach joined FFT for an exclusive chat...
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.