The Metphone Cambodian League, which is the top league in Cambodia has just completed the first leg. Due to the Coronavirus there is less time to complete the league than previously planned. In the first leg all the teams in the league played each other once and this was meant to be the case in the second leg as well. However, due to time restrictions the 13 teams have now been split into two groups.
The Coronavirus has not been nearly as damaging in Southeast Asia as it has in other parts of the world. Vietnam and Cambodia have not had a single death reported so far. With that in mind you’d expect the effects on football to be less than the effect, leagues in other parts of the world have suffered. Most leagues in Europe have finished now or are nearly finished
2020 is the last year of the sponsorship agreement between True Vision and the FA Thailand for the rights to broadcast Thai football. For Thai football it was a bit of a worry as clubs rely on the money they get from TV sponsorship. It was the job of the FA Thailand to find a new sponsor or to renegotiate with True. With the money in Thai football already on the decline
Liverpool FC have a massive fan base in Southeast Asia and are the most popular team in Thailand. The fans have been starved of success for quite a long time until Jergen Klopp came along to help establish the club as premier league champions in 2020. During the 2013/14 season under Brendan Rodgers Liverpool were in 1st place with three games to go
BG Pathum United FC, formally known as Bangkok Glass FC have been spending big upon their return to T1. In 2018 Bangkok Glass FC were relegated from T1 to T2 to the shock of everyone in Thai football. Traditionally one of the biggest clubs in Thailand with a great stadium and financially backed by one of the richest families in Thailand. They always finished in the top half
Mamadou Fofana from France had been playing football in the lower leagues of France and England for a number of years. In 2018 he made the decision that he wanted to play in Asia before his career finished. As he had just turned 30 it was now or never and he got in touch with us at Football Asia through LinkedIn. He ended up signing for a team in the Oman