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Thailand, Sven-Goran Eriksson's Philippines qualify for AFF Cup semifinals

Singapore's Faritz Hameed shows his dejection as Thailand players celebrate in the background
Singapore's Faritz Hameed shows his dejection as Thailand players celebrate in the background.

Thailand beat Singapore 3-0 on Sunday to advance to next week's semifinals of the Asean Football Federation Championship along with Sven-Goran Eriksson's Philippines.

Singapore needed to win against the defending champions to force their way into the top two in Group B of the regional championship yet their three-goal defeat means Thailand finish top of the standings while the Philippines take second after a 0-0 draw with Indonesia.

Thailand will face Malaysia in their semifinal, which will be played...

Thailand, Philippines maintain perfect start in AFF Cup

Philippines' defender Carli de Murga celebrates after scoring a goal
Philippines' defender Carli de Murga was on target in the 3-2 win against East Timor.

Thailand's Korrakot Wiriyaudomsiri scored direct from a corner as the holders beat Indonesia 4-2 in the AFF Suzuki Cup on Saturday, while Sven-Goran Eriksson notched up his second win in a row as Philippines coach.

Korrakot curled in his left-foot effort to cancel out Zulfiandi's long-range opener for Indonesia before delivering a free kick in first half injury time from which Pansa Hemviboon gave the defending champions the lead.

Milovan Rajevac's Thai side went into cruise control in the second...

Sven-Goran Eriksson starts Philippines stint with win in AFF Cup

Sven-Goran Eriksson started his stint as Philippines head coach with a 1-0 win over Singapore in their AFF Suzuki Cup opener on Tuesday evening.

The former England manager was appointed last month to lead Philippines through the AFF Suzuki Cup before taking the Azkals to their first appearance at the finals of the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in January.

The Swede, though, has work to do if he is to build a team that will make much of an impression at the continental championships early...

Indonesia's top league suspended after fan killed by mob of rival supporters

Indonesia's top league has been suspended indefinitely by the nation's football association after a Persija Jakarta fan was killed by a mob of supporters of rival club Persib Bandung over the weekend, according to local media reports.

Indonesian Soccer Association (PSSI) chairman Edy Rahmayadi told the Jakarta Post on Tuesday that an investigation into the death of Persija fan Haringga Sirila had been launched.

"We have to make sure the diagnosis is correct before we take action," Rahmayadi said.

"We...

 By Jason Dasey

Socceroo Bruce Djite enters into unknown with PSM in Indonesia

PJ Roberts assesses if Rafael van der Vaart is suited for a move to Indonesian club Bali United.

Even for an unusually well-travelled footballer like Bruce Djite, who was born in the United States to African parents, a move to Sulawesi in Indonesia seems exotic. The K-shaped island is more than 1500 kilometres from Jakarta, and a long boat ride across the Java Sea to the holidaying Australians in Bali.

But the former Socceroo striker seems more than comfortable with his new life at PSM Makassar.

The club known as the Eastern Roosters finished third in last season's Liga One. And under Dutch...