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Malaysia, Singapore fall to record lows in FIFA rankings

Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson discuss the new rule that will make S.League sides more youthful and examine the future of the national team.

Singapore and Malaysia have slipped to new lows in the latest FIFA rankings after both endured a miserable 2017.

Neither side won a fixture last year, as they fell out of contention for a place at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

This performance was reflected in the updated list, which saw both countries drop one more spot to establish new all-time lows.

Singapore now sit in 173rd place, while the Harimau Malaya are two places beneath them at 175.

The rankings stress the scale of the task facing Malaysia's...

 By Paul Murphy

Ex-England defender Gary Stevens sees Thai coaching gig fall through

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Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts evaluate Australia's World Cup group and assess whether they or any other Asian teams can progress.
 

Former Tottenham Hotspur and England defender Gary Stevens' proposed move to Thai League (T1) club Ubon UMT United has fallen through after a failure to agree terms, with former Premier League striker Mixu Paatelainen taking over as head coach instead.

Ubon announced that they had appointed Stevens in December, following the departure of Scott Cooper from the club.

However, Stevens confirmed that the deal had never been finalised, paving the way for ex-Finland boss Paatelainen to come to Thailand.

"Unfortunately...

 By Paul Murphy

Thai ace Theerathon Bunmathan gets Vissel Kobe loan deal in J.League

Muang Thong United utility player Theerathon Bunmathan will become the latest Thailand international to head to Japan after sealing a one-year loan deal with J.League side Vissel Kobe where Germany star Lukas Podolksi plies his trade.

Theerathon follows Muang Thong teammates Chanathip Songkrasin and Teerasil Dangda, who will be on loan at Consadole Sapporo and Sanfrecce Hiroshima respectively in 2018.

The 27-year-old joins former Bayern Munich and Arsenal striker Podolski for the 2018 season as...

 By Paul Murphy

Muang Thong United eye JDT playoff, win Mekong Club Championship

Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson discuss Pep Guardiola's promise to visit JDT if Manchester City win the Premier League title.

Muang Thong United warmed up for their upcoming AFC Champions League (ACL) qualifier against Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) by claiming their first trophy of the year as they defeated Vietnam's Sanna Khanh Hoa in the Mekong Club Championship final.

The 2016 Thai champions, who surrendered their league title to Buriram United last season, dismissed the challenge of the Vietnamese side as a 4-0 win in Bangkok earned them a 7-1 aggregate victory.

And Muang Thong gave a demonstration of...