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S.League All Stars side named for the "TAKE ACTION With Albirex Niigata Singapore" Charity Match

(Media Information from the Football Association of Singapore ) SINGAPORE, 30 March 2011: The S.League All Stars side to face the TAKE ACTION With Albirex Niigata Selection in the S.League Cares, TAKE ACTION With Albirex Niigata Singapore Charity Match at Jalan Besar Stadium this Saturday, 02 April has been officially announced. The S.League All Stars are coached by three-time S.League Coach of the Year, Richard Bok of SAFFC (pictured above). Bok is assisted by another Singapore football stalwart, S.Subramani of Home United. Courts Young Lions skipper Hariss Harun will lead the All Stars for the first half with Balestier Khalsa’s Paul Cunningham wearing the captain’s armband for the second half. All proceeds raised from the Charity Match will directly support the Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. Football fans who attend the Charity Match can also contribute through donation boxes which will be placed around the stadium. “We really hope that many, many people are c

[Feature] Nike Mercurial Superfly III: Delivering Greater Speed and Innovation

(This entry is formulated based on and partly extracted from the press release issued by Integrated Marketing Solutions Group [IMSG] - the PR agency for Nike Singapore ) (The copyright of images and video clip featured in this entry belong to Nike ) (Picture above) Mercurial Vapor Superfly III provides better traction control to allow better acceleration on the field. BACKGROUND Introducing Nike's Mercurial Vapor Superfly III claimed to be its most innovative football boot to date for its cutting edge technology designed for quick acceleration. “In a game that’s being played faster every season, speed is imperative and players need to be faster with the ball. They need to accelerate, react and change the game quicker than the opposition.” explained the renowned sports equipment giants in a release. The design of this innovative boots includes consultation with some of the world’s fastest players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Alexandre Pato and resulred a boot that gives pl

[Media Information] S.League Cares, TAKE ACTION With Albirex Niigata Singapore

(Media Information from the Football Association of Singapore ) (Pictured above left-right) Singapore Red Cross Director of Operations Mr Lim Theam Poh, Co-Chairman of S.League Cares Fundraising Committee Mr Zulkifli Baharuddin, FAS President Zainudin Nordin, Hidetoshi Nakata, Co-Chairman of S.League Cares Fundraising Committee and Albirex Niigata (S) Chairman Daisuke Korenaga (picture obtained together with transcript below) SINGAPORE, 27 March 2011: Great Eastern-YEO's S.League, Albirex Niigata Singapore and Hidetoshi Nakata’s TAKE ACTION Foundation have today launched S.LEAGUE CARES, TAKE ACTION WITH ALBIREX NIIGATA SINGAPORE, a series of fund-raising events for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. Among the events lined up in the coming week include a Gala Dinner on Thursday, 31st March at Resorts World Sentosa and a Charity Match between the S.League All-Stars and TAKE ACTION With Albirex Singapore Selection side at Jalan Besar Stadium on 2nd April. A host

"What next for Singapore Football?"

Mr Terence Ong, who is now pursing a degree in communications wrote to me last November for some help in a school assignment he was doing. Months later, I met him at a game at Jalan Besar and suggested to him that if would it be OK for me to reproduce that assignment for this blog and credit him as a "guest columnist" and he's fine with it, so here it goes... . "What next for Singapore Football?" by Terence Ong Ko Po Hui, 34, remembers the way things were when he first caught the Singapore national team in action as a budding 8-year old, “Things were different back then. We were in the Malaysia Cup and were the darlings of local football fans. The attention was always on the Lions and the National Stadium saw capacity crowd attendances week in, week out.” (Pictured above) Singapore (white) vs Selangor (yellow) was the marquee match of the Malaysia Cup Reminiscing about the golden period of Singapore football from the 70s to the early 90s, the owne

[Feature] No Young Lions, but Fearless and Game

(The content and images of this entry are obtained via former Balestier Khalsa's Head of youth development, Mr Mohamed Zainudeen with the objective of spreading the words about the development of disability football in Singapore) Twenty-five year old Khairul Anwar, born with cerebral palsy, has waited a lifetime to take part in a football league, representing his country. At the end of February, his heart’s desires were granted when he got to lace up his boots and tackle after Team Malaysia. For the first time, a futsal tournament involving disabled youths from Singapore and Malaysia took place in Kuala Lumpur. A team of 18 Singaporeans, made up of youths with both cerebral palsy and intellectual disability, led by Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC)’s Kids Inclusive Sports Club, made the overnight trip to hone their skills against their friendly competitors. A total of 10 players with cerebral palsy were sent by Asian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA)’s Teach Me servic

[Event] US$30,000 awaits your team!!

(The entry is formulated based on the transcript of the media release obtained from renowned PR agency, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide - the coordinating agency of this event) Tournament poster (above) obtained from Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide This coming April will see some fast paced, dynamic street football action taking place at Ngee Ann City, as international acclaimed brewery Tiger Beer will be hosting the inagural "Tiger Street Football" regional tournament from 16 to 17 April 2011. The objective of this tournament is to elevate the level of play and passion for football on the streets of Singapore, as well as in other part of this region, namely Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and China. Instead of having matches being played on those conventional futsal courts, a unique oval, caged, hard-court pitch with no side-lines will be constructed on the venue to stage the 5-a-side knock-out competition that promotes a shorter, high-energy game of two 6-minute halve

[Appeal] Pray for Japan - 17th Mar, Albirex Niigata (S) vs Etoile FC

(Picture above)Bruno Castanheira (left) holds symbol logo for supporting the disaster, while Tatsuro Inui has message board for people in Japan, which is given by children of MULBERRY LEARNING CENTRE LLP which is located at 3rd floor of Jurong East Stadium. (picture credit: Albirex Niigata-S) As part of their effort to help their fellow countrymen who are being devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that wrecked Japan last week, Albirex Niigata (Singapore) had announced that all proceeds from their match against defending champions, Etoile FC on 17th March will be donated to the charity causes back in Japan. According to an email from the club made known to the media, donation of all gate collections will go to CIVIC FORCE , an NGO based in Japan which specializes in emergency response to large scale natural disaster. The club's main sponsor, Canon will also be setting up a booth to sell players and match day photos at S$1 a piece with all the proceeds would be donated to CI

[AFC Cup] Stags hold Muangthong at bay

Tampines Rovers (in yellow) gave themselves a good account against their much-fancied Thai opponents, Muangthong United (in red top), in this AFC Cup Group G encounter at the Jalan Besar Stadium. The Stags managed to absorb the Twin-Qilins' slow turbo play up front, while catch them on the break, which worked in 23rd minute when veteran Aleksandar Duric finished off the ball in the box following a latched-on pass off a Hassan Sunny's drop-kick. But the hosts' joy was short-lived when Choeichiu Phichitpong's 25m top-corner shot blasted the roof of Hassan's goal in the 31st minute to stunt the close to 2,000 crowd at the ground. It was even-stevens with the game proceed into the second half and Duric was guilty to miss a few clear-cut chances that were defused by the Thai defence (as pictured above). With clock ticking away, it was clear that both sides would be pleased with a draw that possessive play dominated the later stages on the game till the final whis

[Media Information] Verdict of FAS Disciplinary Committee (on Slobodan Pavkovic)

(Media Information from the Football Association of Singapore ) (Picture above) The "sending off" that triggered the incident SINGAPORE, 15 March 2011: The FAS Disciplinary Committee convened on Tuesday 15 March 2011 with regard to the charge against Courts Young Lions Technical Director Slobodan Pavkovic. Pavkovic had been charged for breaches of misconduct which brought the game into disrepute during the Great Eastern – YEO’S S.League match between Courts Young Lions and Geylang United FC at Jalan Besar Stadium on 3 March 2011. Having investigated the incident and having considered all the relevant facts and circumstances, the Disciplinary Committee came to the following decision: (i) Pavkovic, who admitted to the charge, was found guilty of the charge. After much deliberation, the Disciplinary Committee decided that the punishment meted out by FAS – a touchline ban for the rest of the Great Eastern – YEO’S S.League season and a fine of $10,000 – is s

[AFC Cup] Bent for Revenge for the "Twin Qilins"...

When the reigning TPL champions Muangthong United make their return to the Jalan Besar Stadium tomorrow to take on Tampines Rovers, I expect it would be a fiery AFC Cup showdown. After all, when the "Twin Qilins" were here last February , they were crushed out of a chance to make it to the continent's biggest club tournament - Asian Champions League (ACL) proper, following their loss to the Singapore's SAFFC on penalties. The agony left a bitter taste on the taste bud of the then coach of the Thai side, René Desaeyere (pictured above). It's a pity that such a game had to depend on 'lottery' (penalty shootout), but it's not lottery because there's a referee (in charge of the game). said the Belgian coach during the post match press conference that denounced his SAFFC counterpart Richard Bok's "lottery" theory to their win. A year later, however, saw the same story repeated for MTU, as they are commonly known, when they found thems

Taking it positively...

I must admit that sometimes some of my entries, comments may not be "music" to everyone's ears, but I believe these are my mere expression of opinions and thoughts. Which is why as a thumb of rule, I always remind myself not to go overboard with the usage of words and phrase that might be uncomfortable to the others. It's not the fact that I fear to incur any wrath of others that might jeopardize my blogging career, rather it's because I believe there's not point of being aggressive and impose your thoughts to the others without conviction. At the meantime, I would be glad if the other parties would take some of my comments and feedback positively (which I'm glad that most of them do). Had those above-mentioned thoughts, when I got some quibbles in the morning that TNP published some news article that had SAFFC striker Indra Sahdan Daud (pictured above) and Hougang United coach Aide Iskandar voiced out some issues regarding the S.League. For Indra'

[Media Information] Four-match suspended ban for Woodlands Wellington head coach R. Balasubramaniam

(Media Information by the Football Association of Singapore ) The ban will only come into effect if he is found guilty by the DC of any further misconduct committed prior to 31 Dec 2011 SINGAPORE, 11 March 2011: The FAS Disciplinary Committee convened on Thursday 10 March 2011 with regard to the charges against Woodlands Wellington head coach R. Balasubramaniam (pictured above). Balasubramaniam had been charged for breaches of misconduct after the Great Eastern – YEO’S S.League match between Woodlands Wellington Football Club and Albirex Niigata FC at the Woodlands Stadium on 21 February 2011. Having investigated the incident and having considered all the relevant facts and circumstances, the Disciplinary Committee came to the following decision: Balasubramaniam, who admitted to the charge, was found guilty of the charge. He has been suspended from the area immediately surrounding the field of play, and in particular from the technical area and substitutes’ bench for four S-Leag

Testing post following Quake

This may sounded weird, but I am kinda sure the earthquake that took place in Japan this afternoon had more or less damage the server accessibility to "blogger.com". Moments after the quake was reported, it seems to me I am not able to access other blogs hosted by "blogger.com" as well that I thought it's essential to test out if there's a problem in view this blog. Thanks for your kind attention and support with our thoughts with those who suffered in the quake in Japan #prayforjapan in your tweets get your instant update of this Blog!!

[Media Information] Slobodan faces touchline ban and $10,000 fine & Rescheduling of S.League matches due to Yemen vs Singapore Olympic qualifiers

(Media Information from the Football Association of Singapore ) The Football Association of Singapore released the two following media statements pertaining two separate matters. 1) FAS gives Slobodan S.League touchline ban and $10,000 fine Technical Director will also face DC on March 15 SINGAPORE, 9 March 2011: We refer to the incident in which FAS Technical Director Slobodan Pavkovic was sent off during the match between Courts Young Lions and Geylang United on 3 March 2011 at Jalan Besar Stadium for manhandling the referee, Mr. Sukhbir Singh, in the 77th minute. FAS has taken administrative disciplinary action against Slobodan Pavkovic and imposed a touchline ban for the rest of the Great Eastern – YEO’S S.League season with immediate effect. In addition, Slobodan has also been fined $10,000. “I deeply regret my actions and I fully accept the punishment meted out by FAS. I approached the referee immediately after the match to apologise in person and the next day met FAS man

[Feature] Fostering of relationship with the signing YOG Cubs by Nike

(This entry is formulated based on and partly extracted from the press release issued by and pictures credited to Integrated Marketing Solutions Group [IMSG] - the PR agency for Nike Singapore ) The relationship between Singapore football and Nike break new frontiers with the signing of three players from last year's Singapore YOG squad by the sporting equipment giants. Seen as part of the brand's commitment in supporting local footballing young talent, Nike had signed team captain Jeffrey Lightfoot (pictured above), striker Hanafi Akbar and midfielder Ammirul Emmran. Under the newly-inked deal, Nike will be sponsoring personal training products for these players for the next two years, according to the transcript of the media release obtained by this blog. Furthermore, specific Nike products had been identified for the triumvirate based on their positions and playing styles to enhance their game on the field. "The products that the players will get to wear are the

Partnership between BoLASEPaKO.com and SOCCERSTOP.COM

The use of this corporate is courtesy of SOCCERSTOP.COM Another milestone for the blog as I'm pleased to announce the partnership between BoLASEPaKO.com and SOCCERSTOP.COM . SOCCERSTOP.COM is a leading retailer in soccer equipment based in United States with several outlets located in the Rocky Mountain region. Since 2004, the on-line store of SOCCERSTOP.COM was launched to offer both to their local and distant customers name brand soccer products at great prices with the convenience of shopping on the Web. PLEASE CLICK ON TO SOCCERSTOP.COM TO FIND OUT WHAT IS IN STORE FOR YOUR SOCCER NEEDS.

LION CITY CUP is BACK!!

(This entry is formulated based on and partly extracted from the press release issued by The Red Card Group) Tournament logo extracted from the press release made available The tournament that churned out the names like Fandi Ahmad, V Sundramoorthy and Indra Sahdan Daud, who went on to represent Singapore national team since its inaugural back in the late 1970s, will make its return this coming June. Last held in 2009, the year's tournament will see renowned Japanese imaging and optical products manufacturer Canon as the title sponsor of the 23rd edition of this tournament, which is credited for being the inspiration behind FIFA’s introduction of the World Youth Under-17 and Under-19 Championships. "Nurturing the next generation of athletes is crucial for a sporting country like Singapore. Canon has always been a firm and long-term supporter of sports.” said Mr Andrew Koh, Senior Director and General Manager of the Consumer Imaging & Information Pr

"Star Blogger" - Tweet Tweet" for #sleague awareness

Hi Guys, this is my first article for SINGAPORESPORTS.SG 's " StarBlogger " column and the first topic I blogged about is the use of "twitter" in the S.League fraternity. In which I spoke to various clubs' officials and fans random on their views and opinions on utilizing the mentioned social media tool to generate the much-needed awareness for the S.League and local football on the whole. And many thanks to Singapore Sports Council for this opportunity that allows me to share my thoughts. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO ACCESS TO THE FULL ARTICLE.

The KING signed on my notepad!!!

The KING signed on my notepad!! It's not wonder that wherever he been to, he will always bring joy to everyone he meet and yours truly is one of them. Never in my wildest dream that I thought I could meet the man who is regarded by the world as the best footballer seen on the earth. But there I was at the Jalan Besar Stadium and Pelé was right in front of me! With another legendary footballer Eric Cantona (pictured above), both of them are in Singapore with American soccer legend Cobi Jones as part of the New Year Cosmos Asian tour contingent. The contingent were in attendance at the home of Singapore football to be part of the press conference to officially launch the two Courts Young Lions initiatives, namely the Courts Young Lions iPhone application and the Official Courts Young Lions Fans' Club. Following the press conference, the three former footballers sent the crowd of 2,728 into a state of frenzy when they made their appearance during half-time of the S.Leag