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Scrappy win by Jaguars at the expenses of the Young Lions

View from the top of the match Tanjong Pagar United put their recent slide to a halt with a scrappy 3-2 win over Courts Young Lions at the Jalan Besar Stadium. By any account, it wasn't the best display of football shown by the Jaguars, but having snapped the recent poor run of form had relieved some pressure off their French coach Patrick Vallee. Speaking to the media after the game, the 2010 title-winning coach lauded the performance shown by his depleted side. "I'm very happy and proud of my players today for not giving up," said the Frenchman, "It was a good effort shown and especially by (Monsef) Zerka for putting up a very good performance." For the record, the Moroccan marquee signing of the last season's Cup losing finalists netted a hat-trick to see him broke his scoring duck for the campaign after a barren spell that lasted for four matches. Capitalized on opportunities as the result of some defensive slip-ups by the hosts, the f

Inspirational Scholes reaffirm Courts' commitment to local football

Scholes (center, facing the camera) Manchester United legend Paul Scholes wooed the crowds this morning at Courts Megastore in Tampines where he made his appearance at the invitation by the leading IT and furniture retailer. As part of their 40th anniversary celebration, Courts decided that the presence of the former England midfielder dovetailed the occasion with Scholes, himself, will be celebrating his 40th birthday this coming November. A day before this morning, the ex-England international was at the Jalan Besar Stadium where a special coaching session was held between him and the players from Courts Young Lions, the S . League team that is being sponsored by Courts . For having played his entire career for the Red Devils, it was no surprise to have the most questions on them fielded by the media in a roundtable session. Scholes snapping some shots Sharing his thoughts on the result of the Champions League draw last night, where the beleaguered powerhouses ar

New Initiative to give a Head Start to a viable coaching career path

(This entry is formulated based on the media release issued by the Football Association of Singapore , images depicted in this blog entry are issued alongside with the same media release.) Group Photo for the Launch (credit: FAS) In a move to give footballers a head start to a viable coaching career path, a collaboration between the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and the Republic Polytechnic (RP) had launched recently to provide opportunity for players who are keen to make that progression. Under the new program, the pilot batch of the 22 selected students from the RP’s Diploma in Sports Coaching course will be awarded the AFC (Asia Football Confederation) ‘C’ Coaching Certification, accredited by the game's continental governing body, upon successful completion of their course. On top of that, these students will also be awarded the National Coaching Accreditation Programme (NCAP) Level One Certificate, a coaching certification accredited by the Singapore Sports

[AFC Cup] Wafered Home salvaged the pride amid hazy haze...

Yasir Hanapi (with ball) scored in the 26th minute While the 1-1 draw against Indonesian side Persipura Jayapura that might have dented their chance of advancing forward to the next round, it was an improved performance by an S.League club in this round of the AFC Cup group stages with Home United restored the much-needed pride for the Singapore clubs in the second-tier continental club tournament. The result came after the forgettable 5-0 washout by Hong Kong's Kitchee SC over Tampines Rovers in late February in another group stages match that cast a doubt if any of the Singapore representatives would able to make it to the round of 16 of the competition. Lee Kwan Woo (13) tussled with Im Junsik As a team representing the Singapore professional football league, Home United's Korean coach Lee Lim Saeng emphasized his will to do well in the tournament, which he last led the reigning Singapore Cup holders to the octo-finals back in 2012, in spite of the thin squad he


(This entry is formulated based on the media release issued by CROWD Pte Ltd , the PR agency for Nike Singapore ) (P.S: The copyrights of the images depicted in this blog entry belong to Nike, unless stated on the images itself.) The "high-cut" Magista by Nike The first impression of the new Magista Football boot from Nike would instantly bought many fans back to the early days of the game when the "high-cut" design of any football boot was the conventional design then. Thus, in a move to revolutionize the look and feel of its latest product, the sporting giants decided to go along with that retro yet "radical" look to "redefines the concept of how football boots look and perform", according to the media release issued. Born from four years of R&D in the Nike Sport Research Lab and with feedback from some of the world’s best attacking laymakers, including Barcelona’s Andrés Iniesta and German forward Mario Gotze, the Magista is d

ASL as a National Team League Competition, instead?

National Stadium is one of ASL's venues? ”This, I hope will be a spill over to Our S.League. Rather than taking away another 25 players, technical and medical team from the league.” said a friend, in a text conversation, to me not that long ago. The "spill over" he referred was not the one the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) projected in the first place from the Lions XlI's participation in the Malaysian Super League (MSL) to the S.League . Rather, this friend, who is an official of a S.League club, suggested to have the proposed Asean Super League (ASL) to be participated by national teams instead of the suggested franchise basis . "Eight to ten countries, rather than franchise teams, will attract capacity crowds rather than re-create another following." argued this friend of mine on the downside of filling up teams in ASL with zero background. Hong Kong (white) vs Singapore - a common fixture He added:"FAs are finding it toug

"Matchpix" - January / February 2014

(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) Friendly - Geylang Int'l 1-0 Tampines Rovers 25/1/14 Alex Duric (left) doubled-up as a stretcher man  First compilation of the year with the hosting Eagles beat the defending #sleague champions 1-0 at Bedok Stadium with a Leonel Felice strike from the spot in the dying minutes. Another challenge task as I had constantly battle with the changing light conditions amid the evening sunset. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES ACL Playoff - Tampines Rovers 1-2 South China AA 2/2/2014 The Stags did not have a good competitive start to the year with a 2-1 loss to 南华 of Hong Kong and will them back in the AFC Cup for the third time in running. The loss of the reigning S.League champions meant Balestier Khalsa will not be competin