Myanmar and the Philippines, two countries with very diiferent approaches to football, are co-hosting the AFF Suzuki Cup for the first time.
Times are changing all over the world and Southeast Asia is no different, with Myanmar and the Philippines about to host the AFF Suzuki Cup for the very first time.
For both nations, the next few days can be a turning point in their football histories, though in different ways.
It can go unnoticed when discussing the fact that neither Myanmar nor the Philippines have won the competition, but the reality is neither have had home advantage in the group stage until now.
Playing at home gives countries a better chance of getting to the knockout stage and the more you get there, the more chances you are going to have to win.
A quick look at the history of the competition shows that teams that co-host get to the last four more often than not. Playing on home soil may not be the most important factor, but it is undoubtedly a factor.
Source : Internet