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"Matchpix" - Aug 2021

SGPL - Albirex Niigata (Singapore) 1-2 Tanjong Pagar United 060821 Jags' GK Zharfan Rohaizad fisted away the danger Bounced from last week's defeat in the hands of Geylang International on the same venue, Tanjong Pagar United scored the biggest upset since their returning to the top-flight by beating defending AIA Singapore Premier League champions Albirex Niigata (Singapore) 2-1 last evening (6/8) at the Jurong East Stadium. Against the run of play, former White Swans star Reo Nishiguchi put the Jaguars ahead in the 33rd minute before it was cancelled out by Shuya Yamashita's header in the 81st minute. But Luiz Junior's audacious lob in the 84th minute confirmed their co-tenant's first defeat of the year. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES SGPL - Albirex Niigata (S) 4-1 Hougang United 130821 Ryosuke Nagasawa (middle) shielded the ball away from Cheetahs' Shahfiq Ghani  Right after last night's (13/8) AIA Singapore Premier League fixtur

Ibrahim Corner And The "Curva" Culture in Singapore Football

Snapped this before I was ushered back to the main stand No one, except for Sembawang Rangers fans, knows why it was called the "Ibrahim Corner" at this part of Yishun Stadium, where I took my place here prior to the start of the S.League match between Harimua Muda and Albirex Niigata (Singapore) back in March 2012. But one thing is for sure, for many Stallions faithful in the past, this stand facing the main stand of the stadium holds many memories for them. This was the place where local football used to have some of its most passionate supporters congregated during the Stallions' home games in yesteryears until the club decided to pull out in 2003 because of financial difficulties. One of the things I remembered of these Sembawang supporters was in 2005 when they turned up in numbers at Ibrahim Corner to show their support to former Sembawang Rangers coach Vorawan Chitavanich, who was in charge of Tampines Rovers, at a league game against the Young Lions at this sta

[Telegram Chat] - 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐀𝐫𝐞 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐎𝐧𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞?

The Google Search from 15/8 to 21/8/21 Good day to all, A random search on Google Trends to test the three names that generate some buzz in the otherwise tepid scene over the last week. As we noticed "K Kannan" was the first to peak after the much-publicized bid to have his ban lift by FAS . Zaiful Nizam was axed by the Tigers Follow that was the shock termination of Zaiful Nizam's contract by Balestier Khalsa after the internal disciplinary inquiry which resulted in a spike in his name is searched online. To round things up on a positive note was the naturalization of South Korean-born Song Ui-young as a Singapore citizen . Till then, stay safe and healthy and don't gather in numbers ❌ Thank you for your support. - 𝑻𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒎𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒂𝒈𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒊𝒆𝒓 𝒐𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒎'𝒔 𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒈𝒓𝒂𝒎 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒏𝒆𝒍 -

[Telegram Chat] - 𝐎𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐒𝐮𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐝

Good day to all, Two unfortunate incidents took place over the last weekend in the AIA Singapore Premier League. First was that infamous post-match interview by the league broadcaster with Hougang United's coach Clement Teo after his side lost 4-1 to Albirex Niigata (Singapore) which was widely discussed and the other would be the 4-2 defeat of Balestier Khalsa in the hands (again) to the Young Lions. I only saw the highlights of the BK-YL match and was left flabbergasted by the first goal conceded by Balestier Khalsa's keeper Zach Leong. I may sounded picking on this reserve Tigers' custodian but such a horrendous slip-up and poor decision-making is making a mockery out of the whole setup and should never allow happening even in a schoolboys' game. "People paid admission charge to watch a game of football and not a comedy like those defensive slip-ups that schoolboys be ashamed of, let alone being a top-tier game," I replied to my posting after shared the h

[Telegram Chat] - 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐌𝐫 𝐐𝐮𝐚𝐡 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐇𝐢𝐬 𝐍𝐒

A book not to be missed  Good day to all,  I would like to recommend you this book - the autobiography of Mr. Quah Kim Song, the former national striker in the 1970s.⠀ For those who know the background of Mr. Quah, I think I shan't dwell on that part, and for those who don't know who Mr. Quah was, please head to the nearest library to loan and read it. If anyone wants to know more about the history of the local football and those swinging days of the 1970s aka the "Kallang Roar" era, this is the book to read. But there is one chapter in which Mr. Quah detailed his NSF days and it is something noteworthy as it explained how he juggled his fledgling football career with his citizenry obligations. Do have a read of that chapter, since there is now an ongoing discussion about sportsmen serving their NS and see how the SAFSA can be revived to help in this cause.  That is the short update of the day. Till then, stay safe and healthy and don't gather in numbers ❌ Thank y

[Telegram Chat] - 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐲𝐧𝐝𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐎𝐟 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠

The late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew (as credited) Good day to all, I saw these words from the late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew from the source which I credited on the bottom of the shared picture. Perhaps, it may be the case for other aspects of Singaporeans but not necessarily when we come to talk about local football. I think we all know too well that there are some individuals around who always like to compare the past with the present and some to the extent of belittling the efforts of the present generation while gratifying the greatness of those in the past. In fact, this syndrome of comparing is nothing new and certainly did not occur only in recent years which I believe since the first day a football was kicked on the shores of Singapore, it already started. Just check out this blog post which I did in 2019 - "We Will Thank Raddy 20 Years Later, Instead Of Now ..." which there are few examples to show how deeply the syndrome of comparing is entrenched in local football. While it is good