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Singapore rise nine spots to go above Malaysia in FIFA world rankings

Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson break down Singapore and Malaysia's recent poor home outing in the Asian Cup.

Singapore are above Malaysia on the FIFA world rankings for the first time in more than a year after climbing nine spots.

This comes after the Lions secured consecutive 1-1 draws against Hong Kong and Turkmenistan in their most recent international matches in August and September.

Singapore are at 162nd, four spots above Malaysia, who remained at 166th, according to the latest list.

The Malaysians have failed to win four consecutive games since Portugal's Nelo Vingada took over as head coach in...

 By John Duerden

British coach Simon McMenemy defies the odds to go top of table in Indonesia

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson discuss Simon McMenemy's success at Bhayangkara FC.

The international headlines written about the Indonesian Liga 1 at the start of the 2017 season focused on marquee signings such as Michael Essien and Didier Zokora. At the end, they may be all about Simon McMenemy.

The British coach has taken unfashionable Bhayangkara to the top of the 18-team table, with just one third of the season remaining. The dream is on, though the 39-year-old is trying his best his players focused.

"Everyone is getting excited, but it is my job to keep the players grounded,...

 By Nicolas Anil

Malaysia aim to dethrone Thailand to win SEA Games gold medal

Jason Dasey talks to Malaysia U22 coach Ong Kim Swee about the host nation's ambitions at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.

Malaysia say they won't alter their game plan when they take on defending champions Thailand in the Southeast (SEA) Asian Games men's football final on Tuesday in front of 80,000 fans at Shah Alam Stadium.

Both sides are approaching the gold medal match on the back of gruelling semifinals.

N. Thanabalan's header four minutes from time on Saturday gave the Malaysians a hard-earned 1-0 victory over Indonesia. At Selayang Stadium, the Thais needed a 96th-minute goal from skipper Chenrop Samphaodi to...

 By Nicolas Anil

SEA Games hero Thanabalan credits father as Malaysia book final

Malaysia team v Indonesia SEA Games semi
In Tuesday's final, Malaysia will be keen to avenge a recent defeat against Thailand.

Malaysia striker N. Thanabalan paid tribute to his father for helping develop his aerial prowess which guided the home nation to a place in Tuesday's Southeast (SEA) Asian Games men's football final.

Thanabalan scored the only goal of the game in the 1-0 semifinal victory over Indonesia at Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday night.

His deft header into the bottom corner confirmed Malaysia's path to the gold medal match where they will face defending champions, Thailand.

The Thais scored an added-time...