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How things got worse for Singapore football (AI-generated image) [Quora] - WHY HAS THE SINGAPORE NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM BEEN SO ATROCIOUS IN THE LAST FEW YEARS? There were a few opportunities in the past when we could have built on after winning those ASEAN titles . It should have been a natural progression to see us move forward to compete with the rest of Asia rather than remain in stagnancy at the ASEAN level. Unfortunately, the participation of “Lions XII” in the Malaysian League during 2012–2015 seems to accelerate the declining process. Mainly because most of the Singapore national players during that period played for Lions XII. While there were some successes for the team like clinching the Malaysia League title and the Malaysia FA Cup, it came with a heavy price. During that period (2012–2015), most of the national players did not have a chance to play in the AFC tournaments (i.e.: AFC Champions League, AFC Cup ). As such, these players missed the opportunity to play against v

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Two events in recent days prompted me to jot this note - the Singapore Cup and Tampines Rovers failed to qualify for the AFC Cup . The premier knockout tournament will see the nine teams from the Singapore Premier League (SPL) split into two groups with 5 teams in Group A and the rest in Group B. STAGS FAILED TO QUALIFY FOR A SPOT IN THE AFC CUP  In the meantime, Tampines Rovers found themselves being denied a spot in the continental tournament which they would easily qualify to the knock-out stages in the past when they were beaten 3-2 by Phnom Penh Crown of Cambodia in the qualifying play-off. Stags' coach Gavin Lee faced criticism after failing to qualify for the AFC Cup Ironically, Phnom Penh Crown was one of the many regional invitees in the past to play in the Singapore Cup competition. The above-mentioned tournament, at one point, was dubbed the "Asean Friendship Invitational" because of the participation of club sides from the neighbouring countries. OTHER PRO

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We read to widen not constraint our perspective The idea of sharing past occurrences of local football on this platform is to remind us what happened in the past and how those events should inspire us to do better. It is never meant to be a channel to allow certain groups or ideologies to claim superiority over other groups or beliefs. It has not been uncommon to see some lauded and immortalised the achievements of those many decades ago while belittling the efforts of those who did us proud in recent years. These thoughts came to me after I read a book recently in which a former national player lamented efforts by his club mates and himself in a continental tournament meant little significance to many fans who still basking in the glory of a domestic Cup competition which Singapore long associated in the past (need not for me to elaborate which Cup competition). This only tells us the parochial mindset that is etched in the mindset of some fans who still cannot let go of the past. Whi

"Matchpix" - November 2019, February 2020

Singapore Cup Final - Tampines Rovers 4-3 Warriors FC 021119 Tampines' players in jubilant mood Tampines Rovers claimed their fourth in history and first Singapore Cup win since 2006 after defeated Warriors Football Club 4-3 in nail-biting final at the Jalan Besar Stadium. The two last met in the final of the same competition in 2012 and saw Warriors (then known as SAFFC) walked away with the Cup on a 2-1 scoreline. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES AFC Cup - Tampines Rovers 2-1 PSM Makassar 120220 Stags celebrate after another Boris Kopitovic's strike Tampines Rovers Football Club kept Singapore football's flag flying proudly after beating PSM Makassar 2-1 in their AFC Cup Group H opener at JBS last night (12/2). Goals from Jordan Webb and Boris Kopitovic were enough to seal the win for the Stags in front of 1266 fans. Ferdinand Alfred Sinaga reduced the deficit for the guests in the 67th minute after Kopitovic's low driver t

Prove Your Point Outside!

To be honest, I am not sure what is the approach of most Singaporean players playing in tournaments like the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Cup - an opportunity to gauge their worth against regional opponents at a higher competitive setting OR an extra burden to their domestic commitments that might affect their game? And to be honest again, at this stage I still have doubts that the Singapore Premier League (SGPL) is an ideal platform to allow Singaporean players to showcase their worth to the regional market given the lack of intensity and competitiveness in recent years, as compared to some Football Association of Singapore (FAS) top officials envisage for (if I'm not wrong). Home United's (red) 2018 AFC Cup run was a rare success in ongoing doldrums That is why it is important for SGPL clubs to do well in the AFC Cup or at the higher tier AFC Champions League (ACL), if given the chance to do so, when recent years' results have been poor except for Home Unit

"Matchpix" - August 2018

AFC Cup - Home United 2-0 Ceres–Negros FC 080818 Shahrin Saberin (18) skipped across a Ceres player in this move Home United Football Club beat Ceres-Negros FC 2-0 in the second-leg of the AFC Cup Asean Zonal Final and qualified for the next stage of the tournament on a 3-1 aggregate. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES AFC Cup - Home United 0-2 "4.25" SC 210818 HUFC's Song Ui-young (8) tussling with Pak Jin-myong of 4.25 It was a different ball game when Home United Football Club progressed to the inter-zonal stages of the AFC Cup tournament. The Protectors lost 2-0 in the first-leg of the series against 4.25 SC from DPRK. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES

"Matchpix" - August 2017

(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) AFC Cup Asean Zonal Final (1st-Leg) - HUFC 2-1 CNFC 020817 Home United surpassed expectations Home United Football Club enjoying a slim advantage after defeated Ceres-Negros FC 2-1 in the first leg of the AFC Cup Asean Zonal Final at the JBS. The second-leg was played on the National Day at Bacolod but the Protectors failed to make the cut. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES S.League - Balestier Khalsa 2-2 Warriors FC 170817 Rain-soaked surface marred the game The match was delayed due to the activation of the LWS and saw the game kick-off at 8.45pm amid continuing drizzle. It was a fair result for both Balestier Khalsa Football Club and Warriors Football Club on a wet, muddy surface. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF T

"Matchpix" - May 2017

(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) AFC Cup - Tampines Rovers 2-4 Ceres Negros FC 030517 Tampines' Yasir Hanapi (left) being shielded away from the ball One of the poorest displays I seen from a side representing Singapore on the international front. Tampines Rovers Football Club were seems clueless when they took on to the field against the Filipinos with the lack of courage and decisive instinct to make their way to the heartland of their opponents. Another woeful exit from the continent that one wouldn't feel sorry about it. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES  2017 Sultan of Selangor Cup - 060517 Snapped this accidental moment ... The Singapore Selection retained the Sultan of Selangor Cup by beating Selangor Selection 3-2 at the National Stad

"Matchpix" - April 2017

(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) AFC Cup - Tampines Rovers 1-2 Hanoi FC 040417 "Farra" found himself sandwiched in this aerial duel Tampines Rovers's continental campaign is all but over at that point of time after this defeat at home to Hanoi FC, a team they beat on the same ground six years in the same tournament. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES AFC Cup - Home United 4-1 Yadanarbon FC 180417 The expression said it all Home United beat the Myanmarese champions Yadanarbon FC to make it to the AFC Cup Asean zonal semi-final. It was a fiery contest that saw the four players sent off from the match. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES S.League - Hougang Utd 1-0 Balestier Khalsa 270417 Referee W Ravisanthiran (m

[AFC Cup] Stags Barely Found Their Flair In The Felda Opener

Fazrul Hazli (right) scored the consolation for "The Fighters" Barely surprised many when the first half of this AFC Cup Group G fixture between Tampines Rovers and Felda United from Malaysia ended scoreless. But what really surprised the crowd of 1277 at the Jalan Besar Stadium was the three-minute stoppage added on by the referee, which I doubt the decision went down too well with the audience, when many were more eager to head out for a breather following an uninspiring half of football. Ivan Dzoni (extremely right) facing pressure from Felda's defenders  In charge of his first competitive match since his recruitment weeks ago, Juergen Raab seems to adapt a much conservative approach that departed from the usual offensive flair associated with Tampines in the past. Whilst we aren't sure if it is because the 58-year-old former Courts Young Lions coach still in the process of assessing the strength of his new team and resulted the team in yellow consist

[AFC Cup] Brave Stags Ended Their Asian Dreams Painfully But Gracefully

Izwan Mahbud ended his first club continental venture Without any doubt, it was a painful exit from the tournament that saw Tampines Rovers ended their continental campaign in the hands of Bengaluru FC of India after a goal-less affair which allowed the latter to cruise to the AFC Cup semi-final stage on a wafer-thin advantage of an aggregate score of one goal to none. Nonetheless, the Stags shouldn't be faulted for tried all means to put themselves back on level terms when they signalled their intention right from the start with the series of offenses they launched towards the team from Bangalore who elected to opt for a safety first approach by being the absorber of those raids. Amrinder Singh (1) raised above all to fist the ball  Hafiz Abu Sujad (16) tried his luck from a distance Such conservative tactics seems to serve the Indian side well as the designated home team who were left frustrated on countless of occasions on those chances they failed to convert thr

[AFC Cup] Stags Out of Group Wilderness After Five Years ...

Yasir Hanapi (middle) scored the winner After seven five years in wilderness, Tampines Rovers finally made it out of the group stages of the AFC Cup tournament by beating Malaysian powerhouses Selangor FA one-nil at Kallang in front of a crowd of 11,875. The solitary goal was a well-taken attempt from Yasir Hanapi in the 32nd minute that was deemed enough to pave the way for the Stags into the Round of 16. “It was a great goal." said Tampines' coach V Sundram moorthy after the game of the match winner. "He (Yasir) took it well, bend the ball away and it's goal of a match winner." Noh Rahman (5) denied R Gopinathan (25) from advancing Little much were said by the shy 27-year-old midfielder who was also named Man-of-The-Match at the post-match media gathering when asked on his thoughts for scoring that all-important goal. "I am very happy to score that (winning) goal and I can't describe my feelings now." replied Yasir who only joined

[AFC Cup] Tigers Upset HK's Kitchee To Notch First Win of The Year ...

Unfancied Balestier scored their first win of the year Not only Balestier Khalsa got their first victory of the year last evening at the AFC Cup by causing an upset by defeated Hong Kong powerhouses Kitchee SC at the Jalan Besar Stadium, the win also placed them at the top of the Group F table after Kaya FC of the Philippines beat Maldives' New Radiant with the same scoreline Against the run of play with the visitors dominated much of the possession, Balestier took the lead in the 31st minute when Zulkiffli Hassim made no mistake from a cross floated in from the right from Fadhil Noh. "I am not surprise as I had a feeling that I will score," said Zulkiffli on the solitary goal he scored that gifted the Tigers their first competitive win of this season. "And I am happy that we won this game with this goal." "Zul" was on his way out of JBS before sharing his thoughts "I think tonight we played very compact and defended well against Kit

"Matchpix" - March - April 2015

(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) AFC CUP - Balestier Khalsa 0-1 JDT 10/3/15 Balestier (orange) denied a point in dying minutes against JDT Balestier Khalsa were just seconds away to clinch their first historical point on the continental level before a slip up at the back cost them the game dearly. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES AFC CUP - Balestier Khalsa 2-1 Kingfisher East Bengal 17/3/15 Jonathan Xu (13) scored one of the Tigers' goals Tigers upset the Indian football powerhouses to collect their first points in Asia in maximum fashion. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES Friendly: Singapore 2-2 Guam 31/3/15 Guam's 'keeper rose to claim supremacy Switched to AWB for this compilation and thought the colours loo

[AFC Cup] Tales of the Two...

Balestier Khalsa's maiden Asian venture is laudable By all accounts, it is nothing glamorous about when your team are anchored at the foot of the group with only three points from five matches played and zero chance to make it to the next phrase. However, observers shall not pick on Balestier Khalsa for what they accomplished till this stage. After all, it's considered a massive achievement for a club of this magnitude to compete at this level on a shoestring, as compared to the other Singapore representative, Warriors FC who are playing their fourth AFC Cup tournament with a much bigger war chest. But coming to the closing stage of the group stages with one more game to go, the defending S . League champions found themselves languishing at the bottom of Group E with a duck to account for, as compared to the Tigers who secured a win over Kingfisher East Bengal at home. Alex Weaver struggled to compete on the continent front  Many observers pointed out much have