Amidst the farce surrounding Singapore football – from the lack of coordination within the S.League to the delay of proper elections for the country’s Football Association (FAS) – one sliver of good news has emerged, due to the efforts of an unlikely source. Extensively covered already, Singapore vice-captain Hariss Harun has moved to the Spanish third division on a season-long loan deal with CE L’Hospitalet (or … Continue reading 3 points as Hariss (finally) moves to Europe
As previously touched upon, Singapore’s talent pool is split into two pretty extreme categories – the high-performance, premier players and the inconsistent bunch who can’t seem to fulfil their potential. How can Sundram bring these players together and actually make a worthy enough impact in the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup? How can Sundram prove he is the man to take Singapore forward? Go for a … Continue reading How can Sundram make an impact at the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup?
Expectations are at its lowest as Singapore head into this year’s AFF Suzuki Cup. After last year’s brilliant start to the 2018 FIFA World Cup second round qualifying campaign – that miracle point in Japan the standout highlight – proved a false dawn, with back-to-back losses to Syria and amazingly Afghanistan at the end of that very same group stage, Singapore started 2016 with two … Continue reading What’s wrong with Singapore’s national team?
A problem that has plagued England for years, perhaps a decade or two. Not since England could call upon the services of Owen Hargreaves at Euro 2008 have they had a defensively-minded player in holding midfield. Scott Parker and Gareth Barry were probably the closest Fabio Capello could find, but their quality at international level was always in doubt – especially for the latter, after … Continue reading How BPL’s Surprise Packages Solves England’s Problem Position
With the failure to qualify for the next round of FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying, Singapore is left with the consolation of getting one step closer to qualifying for another elusive tournament, the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. What to make after that, though? Regardless of eventual qualification success or failure for the Asian Cup, the Football Association of Singapore has to look ahead and ditch … Continue reading Fandi & Sundram: Local Legends as Joint-Managers for Singapore?
Singapore has done well so far in Group E, averaging two points a game and sitting pretty in third. Bernd Stange’s side has definitely met the minimum expectations, so far gaining full points against the two lower-ranked two countries in the group – Cambodia and Afghanistan. Add a wholly unexpected draw against Japan in Saitama and an unfortunate defeat away against Syria, as it stands, … Continue reading How can Singapore get through to the next stage of World Cup qualifying?
A pretty good start to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup continued with a fortunate home victory against Afghanistan. The Lions will hope to do the double over Cambodia, having already beaten the Cambodians 4-0 in the away fixture. Related Articles: How To Raise The Standard How To Improve The S-League Singapore will be realistically aiming to beat Syria to the runners-up spot – with Japan … Continue reading Is this Singapore’s best line-up right now?
Standing at only 1.79m, relatively small in stature for a goalkeeper, Singapore’s custodian Izwan Mahbud continued his fine form this season with an outstanding performance in the defeat to four-time Asian Cup champions Japan. This followed on from his 18 saves during Singapore’s goalless draw away in Saitama. southeast asian minnows basking in the glory of a big scalp Izwan’s fine displays continued on from his heroics … Continue reading Singaporean In Focus: Izwan Mahbud
As the euphoria of reclaiming the Malaysia FA Cup slowly dies down for the LionsXII and their supporters, attention now turns to the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in June, incidentally hosted in Singapore. As such, here are the ratings for the victorious LionsXII side, with particular attention to the three (with *) in the squad for the upcoming Games. GK Izwan Mahbud (9): Sponsors’ pick … Continue reading LionsXII’s Malaysia FA Cup Triumph: Players’ Ratings
[Safuwan has since left Melbourne City to return to Singapore, after appearing in 6 A-League matches] He may come from a tiny island nation in Asia, but he has a built comparable to Europeans, a slender figure belying his strength and stamina that could match athletes from Africa, and football skills that some might associate with the South American continent. He is currently, undoubtedly, Singapore’s best all-round … Continue reading Singaporean In Focus: Safuwan Baharudin