For The Record...
"In an interview with Yahoo! Singapore, Zainudin (Nordin, FAS President) reiterated that the S-league will not become a "poorer cousin" once the LionsXII start their Malaysia Cup campaign."

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

"Abang" Taking Charge in November

Fandi Ahmad will take charge of the Suzuki Cup campaign
It was a mere formality when the earlier press conference was called to announce Young Lions coach Fandi Ahmad as the man in charge of the Singapore National Team for the upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup campaign in November.

This hastily-arranged media gathering more or less confirmed a Straits Times' report that appeared days ago which suggested the former Singapore skipper “will hold the fort for the national team while the search continues for the coach who will lead the Lions on a permanent basis”.

So when the panel that comprised Messrs Lim Kia Tong (FAS president), Edwin Tong (FAS vice-president), Yazeen Buhari (FAS Acting General Secretary) and Fandi, himself, took their seats before the start of the event, the awaiting media at the venue already knew what was on the agenda.

Fandi speaking to the media after the presser
“I am really exciting of the new Suzuki Cup format,” said the one-time FC Groningen striker on the new format that will have the participating teams of the biennial tournament being divided into two groups of five and play a round robin system with each team playing two home and two away fixtures at the group stages.

As the result, the four-time Asean champions are being scheduled two Group B home fixtures under this new format – against Indonesia on the 9th of November before taking on the winning team of the qualification play-off (either Brunei and Timor Leste) on the 21st of November.

When asked by a member of the press who would be assisting him for the Suzuki Cup campaign, the 56-year-old tactician revealed former national players like S Subramani and Noh Alam Shah are among those shortlisted.

Noh Alam Shah (file snap)
“I am truly honoured to be called upon by the legend of Singapore football to assist him in whatever way I can,” said Alam Shah in his text reply when told his name was one of those mentioned by Fandi.

“Representing the country as a player or an official doesn't make any difference, it is still something proud for me or for any other individual (to do so).

“The Lions may not be doing well at this moment but everything has an end, I truly believe the bad streak will end with Fandi's introduction as the coach (for this Suzuki Cup tournament).”

“On my part, I will try my best to motivate everyone in camp to do their best in every match and make the players understand what is the flag on their chest means when they don the jersey for a match.” added the former Tampines Rovers marksman.

Monday, April 30, 2018

"Matchpix" - April 2018

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  • SGPL - Balestier Khalsa 0-1 Albirex Niigata (S) 080418
Balestier's Zaiful Nizam claimed the ball
One thing I should appreciate taking snaps for 5.30pm KO is the bright sunlight and take note when the sun goes down when close to 7pm. Ok with the outcome of this Great Eastern-Hyundai Singapore Premier League match between Balestier Khalsa Football Club and Albirex Niigata FC Singapore at the Toa Payoh Stadium.

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  • SGPL - Balestier Khalsa 2-1 Warriors FC 290418
Players from both Balestier Khalsa and Warriors tussling in the box
Another win for Balestier Khalsa Football Club in the Great Eastern-Hyundai Singapore Premier League placed them behind leaders Albirex Niigata FC Singapore in the league table.

Meanwhile Warriors Football Club are still trying to find the right formula as the poor start to the season continue to drag.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

[Event] ICC Singapore Set To Rock Again in July

(This entry is formulated by the media release issued by Full Circle PR, the PR agency for "ICC Singapore" with all images depicted in this entry belong to International Champions Cup)

(L-R) José Luis Caminero, Robert Pirès and Maxwell Scherrer
Football fans, mark your calendar this coming July when the International Champions Cup (ICC) will return to Singapore with three of Europe’s top football clubs.



Following the success of last year’s tournament that saw 104,407 fans turned out at the National Stadium to catch the likes of Chelsea, FC Bayern Munich and FC Internazionale Milano, the second installment of the Singapore edition of the ICC will see the participation of Arsenal, Atlético de Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at the same venue on 26th, 28th and 30th of July.

Patrick Murphy, President & Chairman, Catalyst Media Group.
Acknowledged the positive reception of last year’s tournament in this part of the world is Mr Patrick Murphy, Chairman and President of Catalyst Media Group (CMG), the exclusive developer of the ICC in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the global distributor of the event media rights.

In a press conference held this afternoon to unveil this year’s tournament, Mr Murphy said:“The support we witnessed in Singapore at the International Champions Cup last year was phenomenal, and we are excited to return to the National Stadium as this year’s only Asian stop in a revamped global tournament format.”

“We are committed to bringing the best of football to the people here and look forward to working with the Singapore Tourism Board to grow and create exclusive experiences for the fans in Singapore and the region.” he added.

Melissa Ow, Deputy Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board
Echoing the same thoughts is Ms Melissa Ow, Deputy Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board (STB).



“We are pleased to be the only Asia-Pacific stop of the revamped International Champions Cup this year, making Singapore an attractive destination for fans within and beyond Asia this July. Together with our partners, we are committed to delivering a memorable event experience for fans and our visitors.” said Ms Ow whose organization signed a four-year partnership with CMG last year to stage the ICC in the Singapore Sports Hub.

The said press conference also saw the presence of former players of the participating clubs such as José Luis Caminero (Atlético de Madrid), Robert Pirès (Arsenal) and Maxwell Scherrer (PSG) to drum up support for their represented clubs.

MATCH SCHEDULE
  • 26/7 - Atlético de Madrid vs Arsenal
  • 28/7 - Arsenal vs PSG
  • 30/7 - PSG vs Atlético de Madrid
TICKETS ON SALE FROM 30/4/18
This year, UnionPay, the Official Payment Brand of 2018 International Champions Cup in Singapore will be the first sponsor to offer their Cardholders the option to purchase tickets. Customers with UnionPay cards will also enjoy a 10% discount starting on April 24th and throughout the on-sale period.

Official on-sale to the public will begin at 10am on April 30th at www.sportshub.com.sg, Sports Hub Box Offices as well as other physical locations. For more information, please visit www.internationalchampionscup.sg.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

"Matchpix" - February-March 2018

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  • ABL - Slingers vs Formosa Dreamers 110218
"黑人"posed with fans
It was an ASEAN Basketball League match full of errors that eventually saw the hosts Singapore Slingers walked away with a 72-65 win over the cellar dwellers Formosa Dreamers 寶島夢想家.

Taiwanese celebrity "黑人" 陳建州's presence at the courtside added much glamour to the game and saw the Dreamers GM had a impromptu "meet-the-fan-session" before and after the match.

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  • ABL - Slingers vs Chongson Kungfu 040318
Former Slingers star Justin Howard (55) up against Chris Charles
What amazed me was the fact that Chongson arrived at this ASEAN Basketball League game with only seven players to rotate throughout the game which was your typical Singapore Slingers home performance at Singapore Sports Hub's OCBC Arena.

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  • AFC Cup - Tampines Rovers 0-0 JDT 060318
Tampines (gold top) struggled against an under-strength JDT
Nothing fantastic about this AFC Cup match when many jaws were dropped when JDT (JOHOR Southern Tigers) started their game without their notable names against Tampines Rovers Football Club till second half when Singapore skipper Hariss Harun stepped onto the field for the visitors. The main grouse of the game last night was the poor light conditions that I struggled with my new lenses -_-||.

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  • AFC Cup - Home United 6-0 Boeung Ket 140318
Boeung Kat's GK Sou Yaty watched helplessly as the second goal went in
Sweet revenge for Home United Football Club who crushed Boeung Ket Football Club in this AFC Cup fixture, a week after the Protectors lost to the same opponents in Phnom Penh.

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  • The Launch of Singapore Premier League (#SGPL) 210318
In full colours for the SGPL brigade
The only professional sporting competition in this Republic is now called "Singapore Premier League" (#SGPL).

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  • Friendly - Singapore U23 0-3 Indonesia U23 210318
Rusyaidi Salime earned a yellow in the match
A group of schoolboys up against a team of professional players in this friendly fixture to commemorate the 50th year of bilateral ties between Singapore and Indonesia.

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  • SGPL - Albirex Niigata (S) 2-1 Tampines Rovers 310318
"Shell-shocked"
The Great Eastern-Hyundai Singapore Premier League (SGPL) kicked with the defending champions Albirex Niigata FC Singapore retained the Community Shield following a 2-1 win over Tampines Rovers Football Club at the National Stadium, Singapore Sports Hub.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

A Squished Lion Head

If the rebranding of S.League as Singapore Premier League (SGPL) is being seen as a litmus test for the current Football Association of Singapore (FAS) Council, it would mean there is little confidence on them from the general public.

Right after the unveiling of this worst kept secret of Singapore football days ago, barrage of skepticism were hurled from all corners on the Republic's only professional sporting competition, labelled it nothing more than just comestic makeover than attempt to eradicate the root problems once and for all.

"They are just trying to bury the ghost, without realising that soil can’t keep the spirit out of its tomb," said a former FAS official who declined to be named when sharing his thoughts on this rebranding exercise with this blogger via text.

He added:"Instead of fixing something that’s broken, they give it a new coat of paint and call it new." on the changes such as the name of the competition which many fans opined the name 'PREMIER LEAGUE' is already synonymous with the dominant English Premier League (EPL).

TO BE INSPIRED THE 'RIGHT' WAY. (source)
Other than the name that drawn criticism from the fans, the new Lion head logo is not spared from controversy either.

A number of fans registered their opinions (source:1, 2) on the new logo which some critics insisted there are similarities with a logo once proposed for Detroit Lions in the States and that of the EPL's.

A feedback posted by Sytse Korts, a member on this blog's Facebook page did not mince his words when he suggested the new logo is like "a lion head that looks like it got squished between MRT carriages".

Korts went on to denounce the timing of the rebranding in his post, when he added:"If they (FAS) were gonna (sic) do a name change, it should have been done with more fanfare; announce it now to start in 2019,

"But no, FAS does this less than two weeks before the season starts; no time to properly advertise and build synergy with other brands or have community outreach."

The introduction of the SGPL logo (via FAS media release)
The above mentioned thoughts were echoed by a reader who first posted his thoughts on this blogger's personal platform that was reproduced as one of the comments on this blog's previous entry prior to this.

"This isn't how you do rebranding. Who even rebrands weeks before the start of the season?" said Bhas K.

"Rebranding was the final shot at redeeming Singapore soccer and they (FAS) blew it with this superficial cosmetic toothless exercise.

"There are structural and systemic issues that need to be addressed all the way down to club level as part of rebranding. No one is going to come watch your league just cause you have a new logo and name."

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