My 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup Diary

I just collected all my thoughts and posts in various outlets into this diary about the recently concluded Asian Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup which was held from November 19 to December 17, 2016:

November 19, 2016
AZKALS GAME ONE: AZKALS 0, SINGAPORE 0

Good game by the Azkals, their Passing and Possession game was pretty good, but without Javier Patino and Daisuke Sato the finishing just wasn’t there, unable to beat a team with only ten men after one of the Singaporeans accidentally kicked Phil Younghusband in the chest and was sent off on a Red Card.
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2016 AFF SUZUKI CUP: Azkals Post-Mortem, Offense and Defense

I just wanted to take a look at the Goals Statistics of the Azkals’ games in the 2016 Asian Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup and try to analyze how well they did both on Offense, and Defense. I am going to limit the data on the Goals only since it is the most important, game deciding factor anyway.

‘Data’
Below are the Goals data of all the six games that were played between the three teams in Group A during the Knockout Phase of the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup:

Singapore – Azkals, 0-0
Singapore – Thailand, 0-1
Singapore – Indonesia, 1-2
Indonesia – Azkals, 2-2
Indonesia – Thailand, 2-4
Azkals – Thailand, 0-1

‘Defense’

  • Total Number of Goals Allowed – The Azkals allowed a total of three Goals in three games, which is worst than Singapore and Thailand who only allowed two Goals in the same number of games. In this metric, Indonesia was actually the worst after allowing seven Goals in three games.
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AZKALS 2016 SUZUKI CUP GAME THREE: Azkals 0, Thailand 1

Well, as expected, the Azkals lost to Thailand. I was still sort of hoping otherwise before this game, there was a lot of hype about it, there was even a call to arms by Azkals fans to go to the Philippine Sports Stadium (PSC) in Bulacan to show support for the team.

An acquaintance who is an avid Football fan even asked me on Facebook about it, he went but I just opted to watch the game on TV. And the Azkals fans were out in force tonight, filling the lower stands of the PSC which I think is about as good as it will get for that stadium and for the Azkals in this country.

’Game Play’
The team started very shakily when Coach Thomas Dooley opted to rest some players after two hard games and put in some young players instead like Kenshiro Daniels and Marco Casambre, a teenager playing for Global FC.
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