In its 22-year history, the AFF Championship has thrown up numerous memorable moments to stir the emotions of the passionate support throughout Southeast Asia.

We turn back time to pick out six headline moments from the competition and ask you, the fans, to vote for your favourite in our poll at the end.

1. "Shoulder of God" (September 5, 1998, Hanoi)

 

Having exited at the group stage at the inaugural edition in 1996, Singapore enjoyed a far better tournament in 1998, when they advanced to the final against hosts Vietnam with their unbeaten record still intact.

And it was the Lions’ lucky number 13 who won the game midway through the second half as the towering R. Sasikumar attempted to head into the net only to see the ball fortuitously bounce in off his shoulder for the only goal of the game to give Singapore their first title.

2. Indonesia Go Goal Crazy (December 23, 2002, Jakarta)

Gelora Bung Karno Stadium has witnessed some incredible matches over the years but few, if any, will have been as one-sided as Indonesia’s group stage match against the Philippines in 2002, when the Garuda went into the contest knowing only a win would see them progress.

Three up after 16 minutes, though, and the contest was as good as over but the goals kept raining in. Bambang Pamungkas and Zaenal Arief chalked up four apiece as the match ended 13-1 in what remains the biggest winning margin in the competition’s history.

3. A Seven-Goal Haul (January 15, 2007, Singapore)

Singapore again made the headlines in 2007 as the prolific Noh Alam Shah wrote his name into the history books in an 11-0 thrashing of Laos on home soil. The hosts were 3-0 up at the interval with the striker seeking his hat-trick having netted twice, before a second-half rout ensued.

Alam Shah claimed his treble on the hour and had five to his name with 15 minutes still to play. A double hat-trick arrived on 88 minutes and he was in seventh heaven after completing his record haul in added time as Laos were seen off in emphatic style.

4. The Le Cong Vinh Show (December 28, 2008, Hanoi)

The second leg of the 2008 final between Vietnam and Thailand was on a knife edge with the aggregate score tied at 2-2 as the game moved into added time at My Dinh Stadium. The 40,000 fans inside knew a goal from the visitors would end Vietnamese hopes of a first title.

But a 23-year-old Le Cong Vinh ensured legendary status when, after scoring the winner in Bangkok four days earlier, he headed home a free-kick from the left deep into stoppage time to spark joyous celebrations all around as his nation lifted their first and, to date, only title.

5. A Star is Born (November 20, 2016, Yangon)

Cambodia have never progressed beyond the group stage at the Suzuki Cup but their own version of “CR7”, Chan Vathanaka, had fans dreaming in the early stages of the 2016 edition when he gave his side the lead after eight minutes in their opener against Malaysia.

The 2010 winners levelled but the then 22-year-old jinked past the Malaysian defence on the hour and rifled in a stunning second to leave the prospect of a major shock on the cards. It was not to be, though, as Cambodia eventually lost 3-2, but Vathanaka had offered real hope for the future.

6. Chanathip Doubles Up (December 20, 2016, Bangkok)

Chanathip Songkrasin announced his arrival in style in 2014, scoring in the second legs of the semi-final and final as Thailand won their first AFF Suzuki Cup since 2002 and the silky forward was named the Most Valuable Player.

Two years later and history repeated itself, with Chanathip setting up the decisive goal in the second leg of the final as Thailand defeated Indonesia 3-2 on aggregate to lift a record fifth title and their playmaker became the first player to win back-to-back MVP awards.

 

Which is your Favourite AFF Suzuki Cup Moment?
  • 12 Votes
    “Shoulder of God”
    0.26%
  • 4430 Votes
    Indonesia Go Goal Crazy
    96.79%
  • 24 Votes
    A Seven-Goal Haul
    0.52%
  • 51 Votes
    The Le Cong Vinh Show
    1.11%
  • 18 Votes
    A Star is Born
    0.39%
  • 42 Votes
    Chanathip Doubles Up
    0.92%
Total 4577 Votes