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[Feature] The Official Launch of 2TSS at Farrer Park on 4th January 2014

The logo of 2TSS (use with permission) Scheduled to launch officially on January 2014, 2Touch Soccer School (2TSS) is Singapore's newest soccer education program. The new setup is part of 2Touch International, a sport services provider which has been providing organisations and institutions with sports related programs since 2009. Cater for kids between the ages of 4-12, 2TSS hopes to impart the fundamental skills of soccer to the trainees and develop them holistically through the game as well. "2Touch Soccer School boasts a well-planned curriculum that will train players using the most modern methodologies and a consistent philosophy and structure. This highly engaging method of coaching will develop not only technical players but also players with high levels of decision-making skills." said Mr Khairul Asyraf, the Technical Director of 2TSS. According to its website, the school had planned an all-year round schedule for its classes to be conducted around the

WHY CRY OVER A CUP OF SPILLED MILK?

Mr Peter Lim (left) is planning to buy Valencia (file shot) Just what was the first reaction when you read about billionaire investor Peter Lim's plan to take over La Liga side Valencia CF ( 1 , 2 ) when our football in our own backyard is struggling to pull the much-needed funding and attention ? It's pointless and meaningless to say anything about Lim's latest foray in football scene, it is his money after all and he will decide where it deemed fit as any businessman would. So much so of keeping maintaining the "feel-good" sentiment to convince the sceptical masses, the latest move by Lim, whose significant involvement in the local sports scene is through his SOF-Peter Lim Scholarship scheme , will once again cast the spotlight on the local game administrators' ability to attract more homegrown corporate big wigs. Which I am sure more people would be appreciated to see Singapore Airlines back to the foray, instead of having Air Asia embossed acros

[Annual Review] "How is S.League?"

Some of those "ice-breakers" "How is S.League?"asked a colleague whom I chanced upon months ago. I replied:"If you ask this question, it would mean I didn't do my job properly, "It means somehow the league itself and its relevant information did not reach out to the wider audience they intended to." "Should have it done so, you would not ask me in the first place, isn't it?" I added. Another ice-breaker conversation that took place not long ago went like this after a day's work. "So Bishan stadium plays host for Home United (games), isn't?" queried by another colleague of mine "Yeah, it is." I answered. "Sorry lah, I don't quite follow the S.League, I just being confused lah." replied this colleague in an apologetic tone. "What's the problem again?" (imaginary dialogue) No worries, small chats as such are not uncommon since those guys are aware of my inv

[Aftermath of Singapore 1-1 Malaysia] Beware of the "Grenade" pass in the SEA Games

The Cubs are through to the SEA Games semis (file picture) Should Singapore U23 want to ensure any chance of a medal at the SEA Games football competition, it will have to fix the Achilles Heel in giving away crucial dead-balls in injury moments. In spite having their berth confirmed in the semi-final of the most coveted event of the biennial meet, the Cubs, for the second time in four games, saw victory slipped away in stoppages that left that bit of a sour taste in their 1-1 draw against "Auld Enemy" Malaysia in Naypyidaw. Defender Afiq Yunos's close range tap-in in the hour mark placed the Cubs on the lead position before a well-taken free kick by Md Rozaimi in the injury time save the Harimau Muda's campaign. A victory against the defending champions would be seen as a major morale booster for the Cubs who had not had a smooth-sailing preparation besieged with hiccups , as compared to the consistency enjoyed by the Harimau Muda . Finished the group sta

[Instant Reaction] Vietnam 0 -1 Singapore: Cubs rescued their SEA Games mission by skin of teeth

Sahil Suhaimi's (3) goal ensured Cubs' win (file picture) It was a hard fought win for the Singapore Under-23 in their 1-0 victory over their Vietnamese counterparts in their Group A SEA Games match. With this result, the Cubs propelled to the top of their Group on an undefeated record after this win and a draw earlier against Laos on Sunday . Once again, the Aide Iskandar's boys shown their bluntness in front of goal with just a goal registered on the record through their leading scorer Suhil Suhaimi's deflected strike that settled the difference in the injury time of the first half. Other than that, there wasn't much to crow about with the remaining of the match that seems far too familiar, except it was fair to acknowledge that Vietnam were by far the better side of the two with the intensiveness of their game coupled with some clever plays that threaten to punish the Singapore side in their box on several occasions. But football is such a cruel game

[Instant Reaction] When Cubs can't score, it's harder for a SEA Games glory...

Screengrab of Live streaming off Youtube If anything is a gauge from the last two matches played by the Singapore Under-23 against the Philippines last Sunday (6-0 win) and their SEA Games opener against Laos that ended 1-1 moments ago, I think it wouldn't be too surprising to those who tracking the Cubs preparation in recent weeks. Clearly, the writings are on the wall that Aide Iskandar's boys can't do one of the basic things in football - TO SCORE. If there's anything positive to gather from the match in Naypyidaw, it would be the passing, possession play that led more patient and systematic buildup of attacking moves without giving away the ball too easily with closing down of Laotians advancement swiftly in the match. Things were made easy right from the start when the Cubs were on a numerical advantage after the Laotian skipper was sent off for a violent play on Shafiq Ghani but that did not translate the much-needed boast for them. Instead, it became a

"Matchpix" - November 2013

(P.S: If you access this site via "come.to/matchpix", 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 - Home Utd 3-1 Albirex Niigata (S) 4/11/13 Runners-up medals at presentation The outcome of the match determined the positionings behind Tampines Rovers Football Club - the champions and saw Home United Football Club outmuscled Albirex Niigata FC Singapore 3-1 to claim the second and third spot respectively with a stunner by Sirina Camara. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES Singapore Cup Final - Home Utd 4-1 Tanjong Pagar Utd 8/11/13 Off to Asia again for the Protectors Home United Football Club claimed the other ticket to Asia with an emphatic 4-1 win over Tanjong Pagar United at the JBS. Clearly for all to see the tough fitness regime imposed by Korean coach Lee Lim Saeng paid off that saw the Protectors overcame

Everything looks alright except for the Cubs to score

Watching the game from the stands Let's not be too hard on the Singapore Under-23 when the 6-0 scoreline could have on a double-digit shutout over the Philippines in the fund raising match for victims of Typhoon Haiyan graced by the presence of Her Excellency Minda Calaguian-Cruz, the Philippines Ambassador to Singapore. Slated to be the last warming up prior to the team's departure to the SEA Games in Myanmar, the Cubs did show the type of "passing-and-dominating" style of football, preached by Lions coach Bernd Stange, right from the start but faltered when it matter the most - putting the ball to the back of the net. Having most of the possession that broke down the Young Azkals fortress on several occasions, the Cubs were left frustrated on those rued chances that they created with Sahil Suhaimi missing the sitter from eight yards away in the 18th minute accounted as the biggest miss of all. Doing my part for the charity Pounding on the momentum thou