James Younghusband's success for the Azkals helped spark an entire country's interest in the sport.
Football fever gripped Vietnam again on Saturday night as thousands of fans flocked streets of Hanoi to celebrate their country's AFF Cup win.
Vietnam's second AFF Cup has fans partying from Hanoi to Saigon, but it's not just the Golden Stars that should be pleased with a great tournament.
Vietnam beat Malaysia 1-0 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate to seal the AFF Suzuki Cup on Saturday.
Malaysia will not be provoked in any way by Vietnam in Saturday's AFF Cup final second leg, Tan Cheng Hoe has told ESPN in an exclusive interview.
It's been an AFF Cup to remember with a string of fine displays from some of Southeast Asia's biggest stars. Here is ESPN's Team of the Tournament.
Malaysia fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Vietnam in the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup final on Tuesday.
Both Malaysia and Vietnam are ready to explode with joy, pride and excitement ahead of the two-legged final of the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup.
Two goals in the last seven minutes sealed Vietnam's place in the final of the AFF Suzuki Cup on Thursday as they beat Philippines 4-2 on aggregate.
Ahead of Wednesday's semifinal second leg, few gave Malaysia more than a slight chance at the home of a Thai team going for AFF number six.
Malaysia reached the Asean Football Federation Championship final on away goals after a 2-2 draw with holders Thailand in the semifinal.
Thailand's Chatchai Budprom has warned Malaysia that they are in for a "nightmare" in the second leg of the 2018 AFF Cup semifinal in Bangkok.
If Malaysia can avoid conceding an early goal in Wednesday's semifinal second leg, the pressure on reigning AFF Cup champs Thailand will skyrocket.
Sven-Goran Eriksson suffered his first defeat as Philippines head coach on Sunday as visiting Vietnam secured a 2-1 first-leg advantage.
Holders Thailand escaped with a 0-0 draw against Malaysia in the first leg of their AFF Cup semifinal.
Former Singapore coach Bernd Stange has told ESPN FC that the country has to make big changes if it is to progress.
Over the past six months, Fandi Ahmad has restored pride to the Singapore national team. Now, it's up to FAS to decide if he gets the job long-term.
Thailand beat Singapore 3-0 on Sunday to advance to next week's semifinals of the Asean Football Federation Championship.
Singapore go to the hardest place in Southeast Asia knowing that they need a win to progress. It's a simple equation but a very, very tough test.
Under Sven-Goran Eriksson, the Philippines are more streetwise and readier to bare their teeth. Now, a place in the AFF Cup semis is up for grabs.
Malaysia face a do-or-die match vs. Myanmar on Saturday. Are Tan Cheng Hoe's men up to the task? John Duerden previews a potential AFF Cup classic.
Days after the Philippines dented Singapore's AFF Cup chances, clubs from the two countries found themselves drawn together in the 2019 AFC Cup.
Jovin Bedic scored a lucky late equaliser to secure a deserved 1-1 draw for Sven-Goran Eriksson's Philippines against champions Thailand.
Pre-tournament favourites Vietnam were held to a 0-0 draw by Myanmar as the duo remained locked in the top two positions in group A.
Coaching Cambodia is a tough job at the best of times. But for Keisuke Honda, who only has the role part-time, it could be near impossible.