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Bai and Shahril's Lions career in jeopardy ....

(This entry is formulated based on the media information from the Football Association of Singapore ) The international careers of two Indonesia-based Singapore players Baihakki Khaizan (filed pictured above right) and Shahril Ishak (pictured above left) slipped into uncertainty following a statement issued by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) moments ago. In the statement, FAS president Mr Zainudin Nordin stated that while he “recognizes that professional footballers have a short career span, coupled with the risk of suffering sudden career-ending injuries. Hence, when the opportunity for more rewarding engagements arises, footballers have to consider them seriously, for their own and their families' well-being.” However, granted the status of the Indonesian Premier League (LPI) being a non-sanctioned tournament by the Indonesian FA (PSSI), hence, therefore not in-line with the existing FIFA policy, Mr Zainuddin had not ruled out the possibility of having the duo bar

Pelé and Cantona to grace the Courts-New York Cosmos partnership

(The content of this entry is based on the transcript of the media release issued by SPRG-Singapore, one of the coordinating agencies of this event) In a media release issued by the PR agency coordinating their visit to Singapore, it's confirmed the New York Cosmos contingent that includes footballing legends Pelé and Eric Cantona will be in Singapore as part of their Asian tour that includes a stopover in Hong Kong. Pelé's presence in the contingent is in his capacity as the honorary president of the legendary NASL club, while the former Manchester United skipper Cantona was recently named as the club's Director of Soccer. The visit by the two of most famous football names is made possible by retailing giants Courts, who recently dominates the backpages for their ground-breaking naming rights deal with S.League club, Young Lions (now known as Courts Young Lions), in an upcoming event to launch its partnership with the Cosmos. "I am delighted that our commercial team h

[Media Information] WELCOME TO THE WARRIORS ARENA

(Media Information from Singapore Armed Forces Football Club ) Singapore, 22 February 2011 – Singapore Armed Forces Football Club (SAFFC) welcomes fans to the Warriors Arena (Choa Chu Kang Stadium) with fun-filled activities, goodies and attractive prizes at all their home matches. Fans can look forward to a carnival atmosphere with free popcorns, cotton candies and balloons for kids. Andersen’s of Denmark Ice Cream will be giving away free premium ice creams to the first 300 season and paid ticket holders at selected matches. Season and paid ticket holders can try their luck on the pre-match game “Goal In One” kick and they stand a chance to win ipad, PSP, ipod shuffle and other attractive prizes. A lucky draw will be conducted after every five home matches to reward loyal fans. Prizes include ipad, Xbox Kinetic and etc. Terms and conditions apply. More details will be released on www.safwarriors.com.sg To promote family bonding , SAFFC will give free admission to one student

Paul C as a model of some streetwear products?

Balestier Khalsa apparently made it a priority to hold on to their key man - Paul Cunningham (pictured above) this season. I think this topic has been discussed for a while yet, up to this stage we only seen a handful of S.League players being used by corporate entities to endorse their products or services. (Picture courtesy of Vanda Sports Group ) With the ground-breaking deal between Courts and Young Lions (pictured above) had ushered in the partnership between the league and their corporate partners to a new level, so should we be start looking for similar opportunities to get these corporate big wigs to utilize what we have in the league - the players to take up some endorsement offers to supplement their income and more importantly to raise their own and the league profile to largely ignorant masses? Just like what Puma did last year when they signed 10 S.League players from clubs to front their "LOVE=FOOTBALL" campaign during the World Cup period. So think abou

Bai and Shahril sign for IPL's Medan Chiefs

Two Indonesian-based Singapore players - Baihakki Khaizan and Shahril Ishak (pictured below) had joined IPL (Indonesia Premier League) club Medan Chiefs following their release from ISL (Indonesia Super League) club Persib Bandung. The fate of the both Singaporeans were in much speculation with a tweet message posted by Baihakki on 6th February had made it crystal clear for him, at least, that time is up for him in West Java. The latest development of duo's fate was confirmed by the Sumatran side's German coach Jorg Steinebrunner. "All I can tell you now is both Baihakki and Shahril had agreed terms with our club management recently." said the former Woodlands Wellington coach. When asked if would it be a cause of concern for both Singapore stars for signing with Medan Chiefs, given the present status of the Sumatran club playing in a non-PSSI (Indonesian FA) sanctioned tournament, which is not in line with the FIFA regulations. "So far no action has been

[Media Information] FAS JUNIOR COE COMBINE TRIALS (For Age Group Under 8, 10 & 12)

Picture courtesy of FAS's Facebook Group (The following message was made available via Facebook group of the Football Association of Singapore ) Venue : Jalan Besar Stadium Date: 19 Feb 2011 (Under 8 & 10) and 20 Feb 2011 (Under 12) FAS will conduct trials for its 3 JCOE centres Under-8, Under-10 and Under-12 programme on Saturday and Sundays 19 and 20 February. The Under-8 trials will begin at 8.00am while the Under-10 will begin at 10.00am on Sat, 19 February 2011 while the Under-12 trials will begin at 8.00am on Sun, 20 February 2011. 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). Under-8 and Under-10 Trials Date : 19 February 2011 (Saturday) Under-12 Trials Date : 20 February 2011( Sunday) Time : Under-

It wasn't really a good game for...

me, as a photographer shooting match pictures at a sunset timing of 5pm, at least (the constant need to adjust the setting according to the lighting was so taxing). I need to crop and sharpen the image of the shot above Honestly speaking, based on where I MUST be positioned (close to the corner flag) during the opening match of this new season, I think I'm not in the right position to pass any rating of this game between Courts Young Lions and SAFFC. Some of the feedback I gathered after the game went like these, "Quite a poor game, huh?" commented one of them, "Warriors couldn't match the cubs (Young Lions) pace at times and defence is a suspect this year with or without Daniel Bennett (who was suspended for this opener)." On the contrary, SAFFC's coach Richard Bok felt otherwise as he lauded his defenders' performance after saw his team clinched the victory over their hosts. "After last year's disappointment, we decided to strengthen

Still early days but here's an appetizer from the Stags

Locals' pride was salvaged in the last 10 minutes of the game as Tampines Rovers came from behind to snatch a dramatic 2-1 win over the recently-revamped defending champions Etoile FC in the season opener - The Charity Shield at the Jalan Besar Stadium. Things didn't start off too pretty for the Stags as they found themselves with a goal down from a spot-kick from Etoile in less than 20 minutes. And things just don't looked good when Tampines found themselves struggled upfront with lone striker Aleksandar Duric being deprived the service of Ahmad Latiff Khamaruddin as the ace midfielder was replaced in the 43rd minute due to a slight knock on his left knee. While due the lack of acclimatization for the defending champions prior this match, it wasn't hard to see the sign of fatigue being reflected on the face of the French as the match progressed. "The team was formed barely 15 days ago and coupled the fact that we just flew in from France, therefore we just lac

[Media Information] Etoile FC to take on Tampines Rovers in the S.League Charity Shield

(Media Information from the Football Association of Singapore ) SINGAPORE, 7 February 2011: The 2011 S.League Charity Shield will pit the Great Eastern – YEO’S S.League defending champions Etoile FC and RHB Singapore Cup runners-up Tampines Rovers at the Jalan Besar Stadium this Wednesday, 9 February at 7.30pm. As a curtain raiser to the 2011 S.League season, the two powerhouses will go head to head for a good cause as proceeds from this year’s edition will go to the President’s Challenge 2011. An initiative started by President S.R. Nathan in 2000, the President’s Challenge is an annual series of community-based activities aimed at helping the less fortunate. Facts and Figures ahead of the big clash: This will be the fourth edition of the S.League Charity Shield. SAFFC clinched the first ever S.League Charity Shield after edging out Home United 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 full-time draw in 2008. To date, the Stags have never beaten the Stars in all domestic competitions. Wedn

2011 Pre-season friendlies ...[edited]

GEYLANG UNITED 13-1 REVOLUTION FC (MALAYSIA) on 9th Jan 2011 Geylang Utd beat Revolution FC from Malaysia 13-1 in friendly fixture at the Bedok Stadium. By the first half of the game, the Eagles were already 7-0 up against the amateur outfit from the other side of the Causeway. With a comfortable margin, Geylang altered much of their original first XI in the second half to wrap the game with six more goals with two from a trialist known as "Mikey" (Mihailo Dutina - pictured above "floating in the air") with the visitors pulled one consolation along the process. TAMPINES ROVERS 4-1 BALESTIER KHALSA on 15th Jan 2011 Balestier (pictured above red jersey outfit) coach Salim Moin, "I'm not too worry about the scoreline. "I felt it was a better performance in the second half, as compared to the poor first half which I think was terrible." "At least, in the second half we saw some movements and passing of the ball kind of play, which I want

Former NASL player Tatters joins Rams

In a joint press release statement by scouting agency, Trebol Sports International (TSI) and their working partners, Football Management International (FMI) had announced the following player, Scottish defender Graham Tatters (pictured above, courtesy of Flickr ) had signed for Woodlands Wellington. Together with Balestier's Lim Young Woo, Tatters was here for the centralized trials organized by FAS back in last November and were the only two out of the 19 players (to this date) being offered a contract to play in the S.League. The 26 year-old first started his senior career with Wilmington Hammerheads in the United Soccer Leagues Professional Division (the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid) before heading back to his place of birth to play for Elgin City in the Scottish Third Division in 2009, having played his collegiate soccer for University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Youtube Clip of Tatters in action The utility man last played for FC Tampa Bay in the

[Media Information] More Funding for S.League Clubs for 2011 season

(Media Information from the Football Association of Singapore ) Singapore, 1 February 2011: The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) today confirmed that the 12 S.League clubs participating in the 2011 Great Eastern-YEO’s S.League will be receiving additional funding support for the new season which begins on 12 February. The Club Chairmen were informed of the additional funding support by FAS President and Mayor for Central Singapore District Zainudin Nordin at a briefing session for Club Chairmen which was held on 31 January at the Jalan Besar Stadium. At the session, Mayor Zainudin informed the Clubs that the increase in funding support for the 2011 Great Eastern – YEO’S S.League season was meant to assist clubs in strengthening their financial position, improve the Clubs’ management capabilities and capacities, to attract better quality players to inject more competitiveness and intensity to the S.League for football fans as well as to expand the Clubs’ community engagement