Four years ago, Southeast Asia hosted the Asian Cup. This timearound, the 10 countries in the region are watching from thesidelines after none qualified for the continent’s biggest footballtournament.Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam played well enough whileco-hosting the 2007 tournament to spur hopes they might be ready tochallenge for the title this year.But only five nations in the region made it through to the finalround of qualification for the 2011 Asian Cup: Thailand, Indonesia,Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia. And those countries had a dismalcampaign, winning just two of the 20 matches they contested againstteams from outside Southeast Asia.”We have to think of the bigger picture,” said Peter Butler, aformer midfielder with the English Premier League club West HamUnited who has coached in the top divisions in Singapore, Malaysia,Indonesia and Myanmar, and is currently leading the BEC Tero Sasanateam in Thailand.”We need better coaching and better facilities,” he added.”Southeast Asia was left behind a long time ago when Japan andKorea showed everyone the way. It is hard to see the gap beingclosed as the top nations are reaping rewards for developmentschemes and infrastructure put in place years ago. Southeast Asiahas a lot to do.”Alfred Riedl, who led Vietnam to the quarterfinals of the… Read full this story
- Steven Smith could miss World Cup as part of staggered return
- Agribank named among strongest banks in Asia-Pacific
- Catcha.com growing its presence in S E Asia
- Build your own Asian b2b e-market
- Unlocking Asian Supply Chain
- 'Trying to make sure captaincy change will not impact World Cup preparation'
- World Cup Worry For Bangladesh As Mustafizur Rahman Suffers Ankle Injury
- Apple analyst weighs in on iPhone SE 2 rumors
- The Women's Cyclocross World Cup in Waterloo Was the Bike Race of the Century
- The Definitive 'Asian Flush' Guide: What To Know If You Get The Glow
SE Asia misses out on Asian Cup have 304 words, post on www.foxsports.com at January 10, 2011. This is cached page on Vietnam Dance. If you want remove this page, please contact us.