|(L-R): R Sasikumar, FAS President Zainudin Nordin, Lim Kok Hin of Canon|
The likes of local luminaries such as Fandi Ahmad, V Sundramoorthy to Baihakki Khaizan and Shahdan Sulaiman were just a few to name who played in the tournament and went on to don the national team jersey in their later stages of their career.
Since 2011, the organisers had invited youth teams from renowned clubs from Europe and South America that counted the likes of Juventus, AFC Ajax, CR Flamengo and Manchester City competed in the previous editions.
MIX OF CONTINANTAL FLAIR IN THE TEAM LINEUP
The line-up for this year that will see the participation from Brazilian club Corinthians, German side Eintracht Frankfurt, PSV Eindhoven from Holland, English club Arsenal with the National Football Academy fielding its U16 and U15 team to make up the roster.
Sharing his thoughts on the components of this year's lining up in the media release issued following the introductory press conference of the tournament, R Sasikumar, the Managing Director of the Red Card Group (the event organizers of the tournament) opined:“This is definitely a line-up that is worthy of a 25th anniversary. The diversity in the line-up will pose a good challenge for our young local football talents. This year, we have FIFA Club World Cup Champions Corinthians and also Arsenal, known for grooming some of the biggest football stars in the world,
“The achievements of our young footballers coupled with the presence of big teams from past editions of the Canon Lion City Cup have made this a must-see competition. I am grateful to the teams for agreeing to be part of this year’s tournament. Canon and the Football Association of Singapore have supported us fully for the past two editions and I am thrilled to be able to celebrate the landmark of the 25th year together.” added the former Singapore defender.
The Team Lineups for 25th Canon Lion City Cup
Indeed, Canon's involvement with Singapore football gone beyond its role as the title sponsor for the tournament, they had also sponsored two National Football Academy (NFA) players, Amer Nazri and Amirul Azmi to train with the prestigious AFC Ajax Academy on a two-week training stint in March.
“We want to contribute to the community through various avenues, including the sports arena, and the Canon Lion City Cup has served as a fantastic platform as this is where many of our young local football talents are discovered and eventually groomed to represent Singapore,” said Mr Andrew Koh, General Manager of Consumer Business, Canon Singapore in the same release.
Over 4,000 people came out to the Jalan Besar Stadium last year to catch the 24th Canon Lion City Cup final encounter between the NFA Under-16 team and AFC Ajax. The 25th Canon Lion City Cup promises to be an even bigger hit with the fans.
The 25th Canon Lion City Cup is kicking off from June 8th to 16th 2013 in Singapore at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
The six teams will be grouped into two groups of three teams and will play in a single round robin format. The top two teams from each group will progress to the semi- finals, where the winners will vie for a place in the grand finals, to be played on 16 June 2013.
The unsuccessful teams in the semi-finals will contest the 3rd/4th placing play-off whilst the two teams that are eliminated in the group stage will play in the 5th/6th placing match.
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