Flash Back: AFF Championship 1996 - 2016

Less than a week remains before the 2018 AFF Championship, the 12th edition of the competition, kicks off. To ignite your excitement for the biennial regional tournament, Goal recaps the previous editions, which have seen four different teams lift Southeast Asia's most prestigious football title. Click on the links to go to the individual tournament's flash back page.


Malaysia, Tiger Cup 1996

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The competition was first competed in 1996, and Malaysia gave a good account of themselves first time asking.



1998 AFF Cup

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The second edition of the competition was not a remarkable outing for the Harimau Malaya, and it was eventually won by their Causeway Derby rivals.



Malaysia team celebrating finishing third in the 2000 AFF Cup

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Malaysia improved on their performance, in the first edition of the tournament to be held in the new millenium, but still fell short of capturing their first ever title.



AFF 2002 Champions Thailand

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Another semi-final finish for the Tigers, and the competition would get its first ever back-to-back champions.



Amri Yahyah, Malaysia, AFF Championship 2004

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Malaysia would end up as the last third-place finishers in the competition history.



Singapore celebrating their 2007 AFF Cup title

The sixth edition of the tournament was slightly delayed, but with it came several format changes. A second team would win it back-to-back this year.



Malaysia 2008 AFF Cup team

Malaysia misfired in this edition, but a third team would win the competition at its conclusion.



Malaysia - AFF Cup 2012

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The Harimau Malaya finally broke their duck in the eighth edition of the tournament, having overcome opening day embarrassment.



Malaysia's Azamuddin Akil celebrating his goal 2012

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Another semi-final finish for Malaysia, while cup glory returned to familiar hands.



Malaysian players celebrating a goal against Singapore in the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup


Malaysia had to dig deep on multiple occassions throughout this edition to march into the final tie, but ultimately collapsed within five minutes of a second title.



Malaysia's Amri Yahyah disappointed after losing to Myanmar - 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup 27/11/16

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The latest edition ultimately ended in a forgettable outing for the Tigers.


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