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Confusion reigns as ASEAN Super League prepares to kick off

Hafiz Sujad of Lions XII shoots during a match against Kedah on Sept. 12. (Courtesy of the Football Association of Singapore)

SEOUL -- The last time a southeast Asian nation qualified for the soccer World Cup was 1938. There is plenty of passion for the game in this huge region situated between India and China, but countries such as Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia have fallen far behind one time rivals such as South Korea and Japan, now regarded as Asia's best.

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