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.
Malaysia are moving forward but don't yet have the look of AFF Cup champions. Vietnam will show just how close, or far away, they are.
Thailand's football chief wants a third consecutive AFF Cup title but has warned that Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines make 2018 a hard task.
It's close to two decades since Sven-Goran Eriksson last won a trophy. That's why this Philippines move will be a litmus test of his legacy.
Hariss Harun scored the only goal of the game as Singapore surprised 2016 finalists Indonesia; Adisak Kraisorn fired six goals for Thailand.
Malaysia opened the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup with a 1-0 victory over Cambodia in Group A on Thursday.
Malaysia's hopes of kicking off their AFF Cup with a win over Cambodia have been boosted by confirmation that mentor Keisuke Honda will be absent.
Group B of the AFF Cup is the tougher of the two groups. ESPN takes a look at Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Timor Leste and the Philippines.
There are plenty of local rivalries at play in Group A of the AFF Cup. ESPN FC runs the rule over Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos.
Eriksson has been appointed on a six-month deal that includes an option to extend, according to reports in the region.
In mid-December, the biggest game in world football will not be staged in the strongholds of Europe or South America - it will be in Southeast Asia.
The Philippines fell flat in the 2016 edition, but the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup could just be the Azkals' best chance at finally winning some silverware.
Singapore legend Fandi Ahmad has a short contract but he should use that as a positive. Expectations are low and he will not be blamed for failure.
For coach Tan Cheng Hoe, the AFF Cup offers a chance to show progress with a young side and right the ship after an awful period in team history.
The quarterfinal run of Malaysia at the AFC U23 Championship helped coach Ong Kim Swee prove his doubters wrong, including FAM boss and JDT owner TMJ.
Qualifying for the Asian Cup will be first priority for Philippines, followed by Suzuki Cup success. Five 2018 Philippines wishes by Michael Church.
Coach V. Sundramoorthy is set to rack up plenty of air miles in 2018 as he monitors the Lions' overseas talent before November's AFF Suzuki Cup.
Hanoi-based coach Steve Darby gives his five Vietnam football wishes for 2018 as the Golden Stars aim for a second AFF Suzuki Cup title in December.
Paul Murphy shares five wishes for Thailand football in 2018 as the Southeast Asian champions chase a third consecutive AFF Suzuki Cup title.
Coach K. Rajagobal, who guided Malaysia to the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup, says fans at his new club PKNS FC must be 'realistic' for the 2018 MSL season.
Don't expect overnight success, or for Malaysia to replicate the Cup glory of his former club team Kedah, says new national boss Tan Cheng Hoe.