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Lazy Afternoon at East Coast Park catching some games of Futsal

Was at the " Sports Planet " this afternoon for a futsal event organized by " U Sports ", an affiliate of the NTUC. Never thought of putting up this post, until I decided that the sunset moment of the day does look good for some picture-snapping on my new iPhone, so why not... (Pictured above) Good about the futsal courts at "Sports Planet" are "stray-ball" proof, thanks to the nets that concealed the playing surface. I think the playing surface of the pitch is something similar to that of the Jalan Besar Stadium (that black sand-like particle based). Some of the players cheering their team-mates on from outside of the field, pretty glaring as it was close to evening when this shot was taken. In the end, I was told the union which represented me claimed the title of one particular catergory... Well Done.

[Feature] NIKE INTRODUCES 2010 NATIONAL TEAM KITS DESIGNED FOR INCREASED PERFORMANCE WITH LOWER ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

(The content of this entry is obtained via the transcript provided by Integrated Marketing Solutions Group [IMSG] - the PR agency for Nike Singapore ) (P.S: The copyrights of the images depicted in this blog entry belong to Nike.) Jerseys worn in South Africa and available at retail made from 100 percent recycled polyester, diverting 13 million plastic bottles from landfills Alexandre Pato of Brazil SINGAPORE (February 26, 2010) – Many of the world's leading players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Robinho and Ji-Sung Park will take to the pitch in South Africa this summer wearing the most environmentally-friendly and technologically-advanced kit in football's history. For the first time, all of Nike’s national teams, including Brazil, Portugal and The Netherlands, will be wearing jerseys made entirely from recycled polyester, each one produced from up to eight recycled plastic bottles. Nike unveiled the new national team kits with several footballers at a global media e

[Feature] NIKE LAUNCHES MERCURIAL VAPOR SUPERFLY II, DELIVERING GREATER SPEED AND EXCLUSIVE INSIDER ACCESS TO THE WORLD’S TOP PLAYERS

(The content of this entry is obtained via the transcript provided by Integrated Marketing Solutions Group [IMSG] - the PR agency for Nike Singapore ) (P.S: The copyrights of the images depicted in this blog entry belong to Nike.) With the the vibrant ultra-violet outlook, it is hard not to notice the presence of "Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II" on the field. Revolutionary football boot features Nike adaptive traction technology and helps players improve their performance with expert tips and training through Nike Football+ SINGAPORE (February 26, 2010) – At a global media event featuring footballer Cristiano Ronaldo in London, NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) today unveiled the Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II, a lightweight boot featuring a new, unique adaptive traction system designed for explosive acceleration. The Mercurial Vapor SuperFly II features a reengineered upper for enhanced fit and ball control for fast feet while the vibrant ultra-violet color boosts visibility on the

[AFC Cup Group H] Geylang Utd 1-1 NT Realty Wofoo Tai Po

(Pictured above) This attempt by Tai Po's Ye Jia (23) was the first "decent" shot of the game I took. SHORT SCRIBE To be honest, it was a poor first half for me as there were barely any worthy shot that deemed "photogenic" Time to time, I could only recall myself deleted those "unworthy" shots - in short, it was a frustration first 45minutes. Things were made even more challenging, when I was told to stay near to the corner area (pictured above), instead of roaming behind the goal within the limits set by the billboards, which were not existed during the game! (Pictured above) Geylang's skipper Miroslav Latiak had a good game as he practically involved most of the Eagles' offences. (Pictured above) Geylang's striker Peter Tomko (right) had a fairly quiet game. Things improved in the second half when Geylang were attacking towards the goal, which I still positioned behind, as they shown more innovative style of attacking plays as

[Event] SRC Soccer Friendship Program and Super Sixes Soccer Tournament 2010 [CLOSED]

(Press release by the Singapore Recreation Club ) SRC Convener’s Cup 2010 Saturday 27th February 2010 @Padang, City Centre, Singapore (10am to 5pm) The Singapore Recreation Club will be staging the 2nd SRC Super Sixes Soccer Tournament 2010 on Saturday 27th February 2010 at 10am at the Padang. This is a soccer tournament for players aged 38 and above. The objectives of the tournament are to foster friendship within the soccer fraternity and encourage sports as an important part of a healthy lifestyle regime as well as a way of life. Up to 16 teams will compete for the SRC Convener’s Cup. Expect an afternoon of festivities, fun, excitement and action on 2 specially created Six-a-side soccer pitches on the Padang. Audience will also be encouraged to participate in some of the activities. Expect to see top players parading their skills on the Padang including the likes of Steven Tan, Abbas Said, Esad Sejdic, Tamil Maren, Marko Kraljevic and more.

[Feature] ROONEY FACES TORRES LASER ACCURACY CHALLENGE IN NEW VIRAL FILM FROM NIKE FOOTBALL [edited]

(The content of this entry is obtained via the transcript provided by Integrated Marketing Solutions Group [IMSG] - the PR agency for Nike Singapore ) (P.S: The copyrights of the video and the screen-shots depicted in this blog entry belong to Nike.) Fernando Torres and Wayne Rooney are being featured in this viral film Two of the world’s deadliest strikers, Wayne Rooney and Fernando Torres, come together in a new viral film from Nike to showcase the accuracy of the new Total 90 Laser III boot (pictured below) launched on Saturday 16th January. The Total90 Laser III boot is designed to allow strikers to put the ball exactly where they want to, and the film features Wayne Rooney in a ‘Mission Impossible’ style accuracy challenge, as lasers flash across a goal in a futuristic setting to create a series of ever-harder targets for the Manchester United and England forward to hit. Torres is certainly not making life easier for the England striker by those sophisticated laser target

2010 League Cup fixture and schedule

(Screen-shots of the following diagrams were extracted from the media information from the Football Association of Singapore ) Click on the diagrams to have a bigger view The fixtures and schedules of the 2010 League Cup are reflected as above. Please take note of the following: Matches to kick-off at 7.45pm "Live" telecast matches to kick-off at 7.30pm Third place play-off to kick-off at 5.oopm (Kick-off as in Singapore time)

First posting of the year of "Harimau"...

Just wondering if you guys encounter this situation like I always do when the discussion is on Singapore soccer that some people tend to pan it down mercilessly? Not that long ago, I received an email from a reader who asked me "to stop writing about the S.League" simply because "will kill sg football in the long run" [sic]. Further discussion with this reader via email, I came to realize that he's one of those nostalgic folks who still clamouring for the return to the Malaysia Cup. While I may not agree to what this reader had suggested (keep the s-league and at the same time send a Singapore representative team to take part in both the m-league and m-cup [sic]) , as I was one of those "sick and tired" of those bullying tactics by those folks in KL that pulling out was the wise thing to do so then. However, the point of this blog entry is not to set as a platform to debate whether who is right or wrong about that "pulling out". Instead,

The New Boys' debut - Etoile FC 1-0 Beijing Guoan Talent FC

Referee Abdul Malik officiated this historical match INTRODUCTION It was a historical day at the Jalan Besar Stadium, as the season 2010 welcome the both Etoile FC and Beijing Guoan into the foray of the S.League. For the record, the French-based Etoile is the first European-based club, while the feeder club from the Chinese capital is the fourth Chinese-based club to be feature in our league. SHORT SCRIBE I was at the pitchside to snap some shots during the first half, before heading to an elevated angle to catch this "live" game of the season after the break. In the first half, what I saw was a stout Beijing defence that did a job in holding the French side at the bay, as in what their coach said the post-match press conference "they played according to my instruction", with Etoile striker Frederic Mendy was certainly a lone figure upfront with unwanted attention from those green-shirted men. We hope it's just "first match jittery" for Frede

[Feature] WORLD’S TOP FOOTBALLERS JOINED BY KOBE BRYANT AND MARIA SHARAPOVA TO LACE UP AND SAVE LIVES IN NEW SHORT FILM FROM NIKE

(The content of this entry is obtained via the transcript provided by Integrated Marketing Solutions Group [IMSG] - the PR agency for Nike Singapore ) (P.S: The copyrights of the video and image depicted in this blog entry belong to Nike.) In support of Nike and (RED)’s unique two-pronged partnership approach to fight HIV/ AIDS in Africa, leading footballers Didier Drogba, Andrei Arshavin, Clint Dempsey, Denilson, Marco Materazzi, Javier Mascherano, Fabio Cannavaro along with Maria Sharapova and Kobe Bryant came together in a new viral film released by Nike this week to encourage fans globally to “Lace Up Save Lives”. The film is part of the (PRODUCT)RED™ partnership. Nike produces (RED) branded laces, with 100% of Nike’s profits from the sales of (NIKE)RED laces going to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria – which funds medication for those living with HIV – and football-based community initiatives that deliver education and understanding around HIV/AIDS prev

Tough League Cup draw for Home, Gombak and Tampines‏

(Media information by Football Association of Singapore ) SINGAPORE, 9 February 2010 – Of the top four S.League clubs to receive a bye to the quarter-finals, Home United, Gombak United and Tampines Rovers find themselves facing with a challenging League Cup journey after they were drawn in the same half of the competition’s quarter-finals. Home United have been drawn against 2008 League Cup winners Gombak United in their quarter-final match-up, with the winner of the Tampines Rovers – Woodlands Wellington / Albirex Niigata clash awaiting in the semi-finals. In contrast, 2009 League Cup runners-up SAFFC should be relatively pleased with the draw having been drawn at home against either Beijing Guoan Talent or Sengkang Punggol in the quarter-finals. All eyes were on S.League new boys Etoile FC and Beijing Guoan Talent, who have been drawn to face Balestier Khalsa and Sengkang Punggol respectively in the preliminary round. The other two preliminary round matches will see Woodlands

[Feature] Nazri Nasir Teams Up With The Cage: Cage F.I.T.T

(This feature and pictures used in this entry are brought to you by " The Cage " via " Strategic Public Relations Group Singapore ", a renowned public relations consultancy) Nazri Nasir was the captain of the first Singapore national team to lift up a regional trophy - the Tiger Cup in 1998 2 February 2010, Singapore – Former national football captain and local hero Nazri Nasir (pictured above) has teamed up with The Cage, Singapore’s pioneer indoor football facility, to develop a new fitness training concept called Cage F.I.T.T. The Cage F.I.T.T programme aims at getting anyone fit for the game that he loves in a fun and unique group training environment. Cage F.I.T.T, which stands for Functional muscle development, Intensity suited to each fitness level, Technical skills transfer and Tactical application of skills and conditioning, is a programme designed with a mix of conditioning from a variety of other sports and footba

"I want to go to Japan!!!"

That was what SAFFC's skipper-cum-custodian Shahril Jantan (picture above in foreground) said to this blogger before the start of the penalty-shootout that would determined who will join the elites of Asian club sides in the lucrative Asian Champions League . And the 'keeper, who missed the last weekend's game against Sriwijaya due to suspension, got his wish at the end of the day after the S.League champions progressed to the group stages of the tournament following a nail-biting finish that saw hot favourites - Thai League champions Muangthong United knocked out of the competition. SHORT SCRIBE To be honest, teams from Thailand are never easy opponents to play with, as they are by far technically more sounded and skilful, thus it's always a pleasure to watch them play. And true enough that right from the start of the kick-off, the hosts were being stretched to their limit as the "Twin Qilins" utilized both the flanks and their pacey football to wreck

First Week of the Season 2010 [edited]

Some snapshots of the first week of the season... (Pictured above) The Young Lions warming up prior to their season opener against Woodlands Wellington at the Jalan Besar Stadium. (Pictured above) So were these cheerleaders from the Republic Polytechnic... (Pictured above) At the tunnel that leading to the pitch at the Jalan Besar Stadium - Young Lions and Woodlands Wellington gearing up and raring to go. (Pictured above) A Young Lions' supporter waving a big flag that bears the logo of the team. (Pictured above) Some eager parents armed with their cameras and video to capture their daughters who were getting ready for the cheerleading routine at the Albirex's opener against Home United. (Pictured above) The cheerleaders from Albirex Niigata performed before their match against Home United at the Jurong East Stadium. (Pictured above) This trio are having a discussion on the match they watching - Gombak Utd vs Tampines Rovers at the Jurong