BGPU and JDT’s Success Proves that ASEAN Teams are Slowly Catching Up to Their East Asian Peers

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The 2002 AFC Champions League final – the inaugural final of the competition’s current format – saw Thai side BEC Tero Sasana (now Police Tero) narrowly losing out the title to Emirati giants Al-Ain 2-1 on aggregate. Since then, no ASEAN club has matched the Silver Shield Dragons’ achievements in the continental stage. After BEC Tero’s remarkable run to the ACL final twenty years ago, ASEAN sides in the ACL were more often than not being used as a means for larger sides to get themselves six easy points. The likes of Persipura Jayapura, Duoc Nam Ha Nam Dinh, Persik Kediri, SHB Da Nang, Topenla…

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