The ninth AFF Suzuki Cup final brings together the two most successful teams in the region's leading competition, Thailand and Singapore, who have each won the competition three times previously.
Ahead of the showdown between the War Elephants and the Lions, affsuzukicup.com has uncovered some interesting facts about past Asean Football Championship finals.
- The first four finals from 1996 to 2002 were played as single championship matches at a pre-determined venue. Thailand were hugely successful in that format, winning in Singapore in 1996, in Bangkok in 2000 and in Jakarta in 2002. However, they have not lifted the title since it became a two-legged affair in 2004.
- The teams that have scored the first goal in all of the previous finals have always gone on to win the title. Since the finals went to a two-leg format, the teams that have won the first leg have always held on in the return match to lift the trophy.
- Only three teams – Thailand in 2000, Singapore in 2004 and Vietnam in 2008 – have lifted the Asean Football Championship trophy in front of their own fans. The first final in 1996 between Thailand and Malaysia was played on neutral ground in Singapore but in the other four finals, Vietnam (1998), Indonesia (2002 and 2010) and Thailand (2007) watched their opponents claim the title on their home grounds.
- Malaysia became the first team to lift the title despite losing a match in the final after they went down 2-1 to Indonesia in the second leg in Jakarta in 2010. They had won the first leg 3-0 in Kuala Lumpur to take the tie 4-2 on aggregate.