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"Matchpix" - August 2011

(P.S: If you access this site via "" , please click the "Facebook" icon after you click "HERE" when you want to view the album as that will redirect you to the album, thank you) S.League Match- Balestier Khalsa 0-1 Tampines Rovers (6/8/11) Ahmad Latiff (pictured above in yellow jersey) delivered the sucker punch at the last kick of the game to help Tampines Rovers beat Balestier Khalsa 1-0 at Toa Payoh Stadium. While the Tigers had a Mark McGough's goal disallowed which they claimed the Aussie's effort had crossed the goal line before Lions defender Fahrudin Mustafic cleared for safety in the first half. The win closed the gap to two points between Stags and leaders Home Utd. With the horrendous light condition at Toa Payoh, compromised at 1/320 and ISO6400 is a must when F5.6 is the main theme here. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES   S.League Match - Woodlands Wellington 1-5 Albirex Niigata [S] (

[Feature] Aiding in the revival of the Lions' fortune...

(The entry is formulated from the transcript obtained via Integrated Marketing Solutions Group - IMSG , the PR agency of Nike Singapore ) (P.S: The copyrights of the images depicted in this blog entry belong to Nike , unless stated on the images itself.) Their exploits on the field in recent weeks would not have been gone unnoticed and possible without Nike's Tiempo Legend IV Elite. With this latest football boots launched by the global sporting giants that are being wore lately by the triumvirate of Singapore National Football Team captain Shahril Ishak (pictured above left), veteran goal ace Aleksandar Duric (pictured above right) and "boy wonder" Hariss Harun, they had helped to propel the much beleaguered Lions back to prominence included that crucial win over Malaysia in the "Causeway Derby" that qualified them for the Asian World Cup Group Qualifiers, where they are due to meet China in days to come. Tiempo Legend IV Elite Being the 12th model of

[Instant Reaction] Thailand 0-0 Singapore - Hope no one is injury, please

Screen-grab of the livestreaming of the match As what Thailand's German coach Winfried Schaefer said before the game "Result doesn't matter" and so both his team and Singapore fought to a goal-less encounter in front a near empty gigantic Rajamangala Stadium. Singapore coach Raddy Avramovic surprised many by naming just recovered Fahrudin Mustafic in the starting eleven for this Bangkok friendly. Nonetheless, the Stags utility man was featured for the first 45 minutes before made way for Shukor Zailan before the start of the second half. While skipper Shahril Ishak was unfortunately to have his effort judged offside in the 54th minute, the hosts were guilty for not making full use of their chances created in the second half and could only kick themselves for making life a bit easier for Lionel Lewis, who also came on in the second half, at goal. The game looked pretty scrappy for large part of it, but the key now is avoid unnecessary injury and get thin

We need a "BIRCH" or "LOW" for our new CEO?

I think it would be interesting to use the following as an example since we are presently on the lookout for a new "S.League CEO" . I'm not sure if the recent announcement by the league authority that they are on the lookout for a new man in charge of the league did actually set a buzz in the local football community, which is of late swayed by a number of things that taken place of late such as the joint FAS-FAM MOU and the Lions' making it to group stages qualifiers of the World Cup . Nonetheless, I think as someone who is concerned about the future of Singapore football (even though, someone actually claimed I'm a 'killer' of it) I would like to share my thoughts here by using a case study not related to football from the past to the search for the new League boss. The title suggested - "We need a "BIRCH" or "LOW" for our new CEO?" therefore brought us to the main characters of this entry - JWW Birch and Hugh L

Singapore Cup - Emerging of the "FINAL FOUR"

Wasn't able to attend any of the Singapore Cup matches over the few days until today due to work commitments and ultimately saw the lack of update of the blog until this. As the result of the concluding matches played over the past few days saw the emerging of the "FINAL FOUR" for one of the holy grails in Singapore football. ALBIREX NIIGATA (SINGAPORE) The reigning League Cup winners are the on the course of gunning their second title of the season after eliminated SAFFC on penalties after a 2-2 draw on aggregate at the Jalan Besar Stadium. (Picture above) Koichi Sugiyama is the most successful coach to date of the White Swans since they joined the league in 2004 HOME UNITED I was actually at the "next door" when the second leg of the Home United-Tampines Rovers quarter-finals took place at the Bishan Stadium. Unfortunately, I was not able to have a clear view from where I was and had to depend on the "tweets" updating to keep my abrea

Still pending for Hariss and Safuwan

The fate of both Hariss Harun and Safuwan Baharudin (pictured below) to join the national team for the upcoming World Cup group stages qualifiers is still hung in a balance, despite having their names on the 24-men squad list released by the Football Association of Singapore this evening. Would Sufawan having the last laugh? "We are still hopeful that both Hariss and Safuwan would get the relevant clearance over their NS liability, which we will get a clearer picture in days to come." according to the FAS official this blog spoken to pertaining the duo's status. Other than two youngsters that gave a good account of themselves in the recent "Causeway Derby", there aren't many changes made by coach Raddy Avramovic in his selection other than inclusion of Geylang United's Sevki Sha'ban and Hafiz Rahim. Izwan Mahbud in action against the Malaysians With Lionel Lewis back in action for Home United last night against Tampines Rovers in th

Should it be more apt to use 2004 clip than 1994 clip? [edited]

I was watching the National Day rally that ended moments ago and thought would like to add my less-than-a-dime thought having saw a clip of the 1994 Malaysia Cup Final win over Pahang by the Singapore team . The Prime Minister was quoting someone who shared with that moment as a 17 year-old by saying that "The most memorable moment during the whole Malaysia Cup, to me, was not the players, instead, the integrity of the fans, to come together as one, and only in this competition where we see strangers become good friends and buddies become families," (as mentioned on this report ). Okay, while it was a fact back then everything came to a standstill and everyone was gluing to the live telecasting on their television, but I thought the clip below would be a better choice to illustrate that point. After all, that illustrated point took place right at home in 2004. - Kallang Roar, Kallang Wave... how I miss you both... Gathered some thoughts from the blog's FB page

[Media Information] Changes in the 2011 Great Eastern-YEO’S S-League and RHB Singapore Cup fixtures

(Media Information from the Football Association of Singapore ) SAFFC hold the record number of win of the S.League title SINGAPORE, 11 August 2011: Due to the closure of several stadiums for the upcoming Presidential Elections and also to facilitate our National Team's preparations for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Asian Qualifiers, Third Round matches this year, the following 2011 Great Eastern-YEO’S S.League and Singapore Cup matches have been rescheduled or moved to a new venue. The changes are as follow: Great Eastern- YEO’S S.League/ RHB Singapore Cup Match No Match Original Venue New Venue Original Date New Date Kick Off SC10 Singapore Armed Forces FC vs Albirex Niigata FC Choa Chu Kang NA 15-Aug 14-Aug 08:00:00 PM SC16 Albirex Niigata FC vs Singapore Armed Forces FC Jurong East Jalan Besar 21-Aug 18-Aug 08:00:00

everything is PRIORITY, the league is getting the LEAST PRIORITY!

Who wouldn't want to see Singapore football prosper unless he/she doesn't give a damn. Whilst we are experiencing that bit of little "renaissance" taking place since 28th July , let just not get too carry away and it's time to get real. I am kind of agree with what former Straits Times' Sports Editor Godfrey Robert said in his column in his recent column published in The New Paper. The League title race is expected to stretch due to the rescheduling of fixtures The veteran journalist suggested that more emphasis should be place on the S.League and added disruption to the league fixtures should be at its minimum. His concern is not without any valid reason. Since with the upcoming World Cup qualifiers and the pending Presidential elections, the league is set to brace itself another round of league rescheduling. And heaven knows if the league fixtures would be completed in time as scheduled on early November, especially when there are talks of