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Thank you for making this possible...

I was finger-scrolling on my facebook application on my iPhone, when I saw this feed (pictured below, which I 'prt-scr' hours later though) on the "News Feed" page. Hardly couldn't believe, I posted the link and ask those friends on my facebook, if I "did it"? With a resounding confirmation from them had assured me I done it!! Following that, I logged onto the organizers - " " website to gather some more information (as pictured above). I would like to thanks the "" for the recognition and congratulate both : - Grant Harrison ( ) - 1st runner-up Lai Wee Kiat ( ) - 2nd runner-up Taking this opportunity I would also like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all of you who have supporting this blog all the way with your thoughts, feedback, comments and discussions we engaged with each other for the betterment of local football. Also thanks to :- My fami

[Event] Be a Singapore flag bearer at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ with Sony Ericsson [CLOSED]

(Media Information by Sony Ericsson ) (P.S: Copyright of all images depicted in this blog entry belongs to Sony Ericsson ) This June, one Singaporean child will win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take to the field at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa! Sony Ericsson is launching a search for a Singapore representative to hold the FIFA flag up high at a FIFA World Cup™ match - and the winner’s parent gets to go along as chaperon. If the love for football runs in your family, here’s your chance to share a truly unique experience with your child. From now till 7 April 2010, simply send a fun photo of you and your child demonstrating that shared passion for football and tell us in 50 words or less why your child deserves to be a FIFA flag bearer. You could be on your way to witness that special moment of seeing your child on the pitch in front of the entire world! The most creative entry will win the Grand Prize of a pair of return economy class tickets to South Africa, 3N accom

Trying out on DSLR...

I think I'm more or less determined to get a DSLR camera after my patient is running thin with my Fuji S2000 . Because the S2000 is not a DSLR camera, there are so many limitations that it had become a frustrating chore to use it during my photo-taking at matches. But before that, I need to have a "try-out" before I decided to opt for which model (likely to be "C"). One of the key settings I learnt when taking action photos is the "white-balance", also it would preferably to be in "manual" mode instead of the "programmed" mode I used with the S2000. And once in manual mode of the "C" brand, the settings will be fixed and there'll be no altering (unless the "mood-swing" of the S2000). I should not dwell on too much of these photography technicalities, as it'll take ages to explain, instead, let's enjoy some of the shots I taken just now at the Jalan Besar Stadium, where Home United beat Sengkang Punggo

[Feature + Videocast] Nike videos on Launch of environmentally-friendly Nike World Cup National Team Kits, "Mercurial Vapor Superfly II",etc.

(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 videos depicted in this blog entry belong to Nike.) The following videos showcase two of the latest Nike products which were recently featured on this blog. Launch of environmentally-friendly Nike World Cup National Team Kits (feature write-up of this product on this blog, please click here .) The clip included interviews with players, Nike officials who share with us the how this revolutionized product could help to save the earth. Cristiano Ronaldo interview during launch of Mercurial Vapor Superfly II (feature write-up of this product on this blog, please click here .) Portugal and Real Madrid was featured in this clip when he was in London to unveil "Mercurial Vapor Superfly II" with insights from Nike officials on the how the boots were being developed. Brazil National Team talks about their s

AFC Champions League Group G - SAFFC 2-4 Gamba Osaka (JPN)

(In collaboration with Temasek Review Sports , the following match report was written by MJ,who was reporting on behalf of the online portal.) By MJ Recently-retired Singapore skipper Indra Sahdan Daud (left) tussling for better position with Gamba's defender Sota Nakazawa. AFC Champions League Match Day 3 saw 2008 winners Gamba Osaka FC come away with their first win of the season following a hard earned 4-2 victory over SAFFC at the Jalan Besar Stadium. SAFFC twice equalised but eventually the match was settled by a hat-trick from 22-year-old striker Shoki Hirai. Nakazawa in action again as he fought for the ball with SAFFC's Japanese winger Akiyoshi Taisuke (in foreground) SAFFC started the match with high energy and were almost rewarded immediately in the 3rd minute when Erwan Gunawan placed a free header straight at the Gamba keeper. Gamba Dominance That miss proved to be costly as Gamba recovered from the early scare to score in

[Event] Open trials for FAS Junior COE programmes [CLOSED]

(Media Information by the Football Association of Singapore ) SINGAPORE, 19 March 2010: The Football Association of Singapore will conduct trials for its Junior Centre of Excellence Under-8, Under-10 and Under-12 programmes on Sunday 28 March. The trials are specific for residents living in the Western parts of Singapore such as Jurong, Bukit Batok, Buona Vista and Bukit Timah. The Under-8 trials will begin at 9.00am while the Under-10 and Under-12 will begin at 3.00pm and 4.30pm respectively. All trials will be held at the Jalan Besar Stadium. The trials are open only to male Singapore citizens. All trialists are to report at least 30 minutes before the start of the trials and are also requested to bring along their own training attire (jerseys, shorts, socks, boots and shin pads are compulsory). What: Junior COE Under-8 trials When: Sunday 28 March 2010 Where: Jalan Besar Stadium Time: 9.00am (Registrations starts at 8.30am) Who: Singaporean males born in 2002 and 2003 What: Ju

Are we all convinced?

After some surprising results of late, has the early doubts cast on Beijing Guoan Talent removed? They scored their first victory over the AFC Cup qualified Geylang United 3-1 at the Jalan Besar. Talents had a lengthy de-briefing after their loss to Tampines earlier this week Following that, they took the lead in their home fixture against another traditional powerhouses - Tampines Rovers but only succumbed to a Khairul Amri-inspired fightback in the second half which saw many of their players suffered from muscle cramps towards the end of the match. Because of that symptom, many would have, again, cast their doubts when they took another traditional powerhouses - Home United at Jalan Besar Stadium. Great diving heading effort by the Talent's striker in the Protectors' box in their 4-1 win over their supposedly illustrious opponents at JBS. But things turned out the other way round when the young Chinese squad shocked the fraternity by beat the Protectors 4-1 on the artificial

Afterthoughts on Indra Sahdan's retirement from international football.

Indra in action for Singapore selection against Selangor Selection in 2009 SOS Cup I'm not sure how many of you out there react to the retirement of Lions' erstwhile skipper Indra Sahdan Daud from international football. Some of the feedback I gathered from the grapevine were disbelief and surprise (not shocking though), while contrastingly, for those who are long enough in the local scene would not be too much a surprise of the SAFFC's striker decision to quit the national team. Ideally speaking at his age, it's pretty normal for players to prioritize his objectives in life and normally most players would opt for club football instead fighting for the nation. In the past, I would have deemed this as “unpatriotic” act for turning down the nation in times of it, but having a thought this afternoon and this is the conclusion. If like what Indra had mentioned “playing football for the national team was a privilege that he no longer sees himself fit to enjoy”,

Jolted in the second half as Etoile spoiled the spoils in their first "Test" match with the Protectors

The moment after Mendy's (left) header that turned into the first goal of the night The much-anticipated "Test" match against the traditional powerhouses for on-form Etoile got underway at the Clementi Stadium. The French got off to a dream start as early as in the first minute when the towering Frederic Mendy finished off from close-range.   Etoile doubled their tally in the 37th minute when Protectors' keeper Lionel Lewis tripped an on-surging Mendy (pictured above) in the box to allow Matthias Verschave to score on the rebound after Lewis denied the spot-kick on the first attempt.   Karim Boudjema (middle) overpowered his markers  Relief for the home team they managed to cut the deficit in the 43rd minute with a Choi Chul Woo's effort, but it wasn't before the French restored their two-goal advantage in the 45th minute by Karim Boudjema.   A dejected Etoile's custodian Brice Morandini sat on the ground If it was to say Etoile dominated the first

[Feature] More on Nike (Red) Campaign

(The content of this entry obtained via the transcript provided by Integrated Marketing Solutions Group [IMSG] - the PR agency for Nike Singapore ) (P.S: The copyright of all the images depicted in this blog entry belong to Nike, unless stated) Nike (RED) Ambassador: National Team Midfielder John Wilkinson INTRODUCTION Following in the footsteps of Indra Sahdan and Hariss Harun , the next National Team football player to lace up the Nike (RED) ambassador boots is midfielder John Wilkinson. His last three seasons with Singapore Armed Forces FC have been hugely successful, with league title wins in all of them. We recently did an interview with John where he shares his thoughts on the (RED) campaign, settling down in Singapore with a family and his love for the game. Nike (RED) Campaign Hi John, thanks for being here with us today. To start off, how do you feel about being a Nike (RED) campaign ambassador? "I feel honoured to be part of the Nike (RED) campaign, and hope to bring a

AFC Champions League Group G - SAFFC 0-2 Suwon Samsung Bluewings (KOR)

The SAFFC's foreign legion being sandwiched by the Suwon's defence in a dead-ball situation SHORT SCRIBE Unlike last year, when he wouldn't want to risk his key players because of "the weather and the field”, the Korean legend Cha Bum-kun must have decided that pride means everything as he brought along his strongest squad despite those "damaging factors" looming over his head. After all, his Bluewings did not enjoy a good start to both their domestic and continental venture. (Pictured above) SAFFC's winger Ahmad Latiff(left) up against Yang Sangming Evergreen custodian Lee Woon Jae was virtually untested throughout the game (any idea what was that written in Korean?). But nonetheless, the Korean did what according to the script by defeated the resilient Warriors 2-0. The sucker punch came at the stroke of half time when Brazilian import Juninho's free-kick broke the deadlock. The Warriors did what they planned for the game when the match