With the new season already on the horizon, some of South-East Asia’s most notable clubs have converged in Bangkok, Thailand for a set of friendly games in preparation for the upcoming campaign. Our feature today follows four clubs and their preparations in Thailand’s capital city.
Hanoi FC - Vietnam
In preparation for the AFC Champions League qualifier against Bangkok United, V.League Champions Hanoi FC have toured around Thailand to play some of the Angel's domestic opponents. While many key members of their squad are away on international duty with Vietnam at the AFC Asian Cup, this tour should still provide strong preparation for their upcoming encounter.
Hanoi FC 3-1 BG Pathum United (Goals by Truong Van Thai Quy, Hoang Vu Samson, Ho Minh Di)
Samut Prakan City 2-2 Hanoi FC (Goals by Nguyen Van Quyet x2)
Muangthong United - Thailand
Muangthong United participated in the 2018 Leo Cup, where they saw off T2 Samut Sakhon FC in their opening round before being eliminated by Vietnamese Champions Hanoi FC.
Muangthong United 1-0 Samut Sakhon FC (Goal by Weerawut Kayem)
Muangthong United 1-3 Hanoi FC. (Goal by Heberty)
Binh Duong - Vietnam
Becamex Binh Duong are also preparing for a continental campaign with their visit to Thailand. They will face Persija Jakarta, Shaan United and Ceres Negros in one of the three ASEAN zone groups at the AFC Cup. As such, they faced one of the region's biggest clubs, Thai League runners-up Bangkok United, also with the aim of preparing for an upcoming adventure.
Bangkok United 0-1 Binh Duong (Goal by Dinh Hoang Max)
Army United 1-1 Binh Duong (Goal by Shumeyko Veniamin)
Johor Darul Ta'zim - Malaysia
Johor Darul Ta’zim are preparing to make history by being the first team from Malaysia to compete in the AFC Champions League, and they will surely be targeting yet another Malaysian Super League title. These friendlies in Thailand will be crucial for the side to build good chemistry, with the number of new signings they have made in the recent transfer window.
Bangkon United 2-2 Johor Darul Ta’zim (Goals by Syafiq Ahmad, Aaron Niguez)
Ratchaburi Mitr Phol FC 2-1 Johor Darul Ta’zim (Goal by Hazwan Bakri)