Following Saturday’s dramatic result at Rajamangala Stadium, here are Football Channel Asia’s five key takeaways from this year’s :


1. are ’s undisputed top team after silencing doubters

Coming into the after a disastrous World Cup qualification campaign, there were some doubts as to whether Thailand could defend their regional trophy against a number of promising upstarts. After a slow group stage, however, Kiatisuk’s players did incredible work in the knockout stage to clinch the country’s fifth AFF title.

Aside from a 2-1 defeat against in the first leg of the final, Thailand recorded one comfortable victory after another, dominating their opponents from start to finish. The War Elephants’ AFF Suzuki Cup campaign was a huge success, and it seems likely that they will continue to dominate Southeast Asia for years to come.

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