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A potential World Cupper playing in our league? (Spotlight on Kiwi star Jeremy Christie)

Jeremy Christie (R) shields Joan Capdevila of Spain from the ball during the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup match between New Zealand and Spain ( Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images Europe) I had a chance to chat with New Zealand international midfielder Jeremy Christie, who was in town recently for a trial selection session organized by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) for the upcoming season, which is scheduled to kick-off next February. Jeremy was brought to our shores by Trebol Sports International , a local scouting and soccer talent management company, set up by ardent S-league fans. The New Zealand footballer is one of many top calibre players that Trebol Sports will like to bring to Singapore and other Asian leagues. "I used to play for Perth Glory before I decided to return to New Zealand to play for Wellington Phoenix” said the 26 year-old Kiwi who joined the New Zealand-based A-League franchise while still having a year left in his contract with the Weste

S.League Awards Nite 2009 - Behind the scene (my perspective)

The annual marquee event of the local football fraternity returned to Caldecott Broadcast Center after a two-year break, as all involved came together to honour the best of the best of the who and who of Singapore football. As I was tasked something else in the event, I did not watch the whole proceeding like two years at Suntec City , while hopping in and out of media at Orchard Hotel last year . SOME PICTURES FROM THE EVENT The registration counter at the entrance of the venue. The TV Theater was the main event hall of the night. A small section of the lobby outside the TV Theater turned into a makeshift media work area. Gombak United's star winger OJ Obatola claimed the first award of the night - Yeo's Young Player of the Year Award, before adding the "People's choice" award to his collection. Actress Rebecca Lim was about to make her way out, after some photo opportunity with "Assistant Referee of the Year"- Jeffrey Goh, when I snapped this...

Thank you, Yazid... for allowing us to go back early...

Geylang upset Bangkok Glass to ensure the Cup remains in Singapore. So what if Bangkok Glass were the dominating side in terms of attacking and having most of the possession throughout the game? So what if Geylang were the side being under siege and not getting enough balls behind the Thais' defence? Probably, in Glass Rabbits' coach J Surachai's (pictured above) words this should sums up perfectly. The game is about having ONE percent of the chance and Geylang took that chance and scored. Other than that, his former teammate at Home United, the Eagles' custodian Yazid Yasin had been another key factor to deny the Thais from bringing the Cup out to Bangkok via Changi Airport. Yazid Yasin (above) had a great game between the posts for the Eagles. SOME PICTURES FROM THE MATCH The Glass Rabbit (in blue, instead of their usual green-white stripe) dominated much of the play. Geylang did a good job to shackle Glass' dangerman Gbenga Ajayi (9) in the final. As me

Singapore announces advanced ticket sales for crucial Asian Cup Qualifier against Thailand

Media information by Football Association of Singapore ) SINGAPORE, 6th November 2009: Match Tickets for the crucial AFC Asian Cup Qualifier between Singapore and Thailand on 14 November will go on advanced sale from Sunday, 8 November during the RHB Singapore Cup final at the Jalan Besar Stadium. Ticket sales will start from 5.30pm onwards during the Singapore Cup final. Tickets will also be sold at Chua Chu Kang Stadium and the Geylang United club house from Tuesday, 10th November to Thursday, 12th November. Tickets sales will be from 10am to 7pm. For safety and security reasons, as required by the competition regulations, FAS has designated exclusive seating areas for the Thai fans (gallery ticket holders will be seated at Sectors 5, 6 & 7 while grandstand ticket holders will be seated at Sector 9(a)). MATCH DETAILS 2011 AFC Asian Cup Qualifying Round Group E Singapore vs Thailand Saturday, 14th November 2009, 7.30pm National Stadium, Singapore Ticket Details Grandstan

Another wash-out affair as Lions easily overcome a tame Garuda...

Hassan Sunny was the first player to come out for his warming up The Lions kept their composure well in the first half (save for that slip when they allowed the Indonesians to level shortly after they took the lead in the 10th minute) to restrict their guests from prowling deep into their half to maintain their 2-1 lead. In a washed-out second half, the Republic continued to control the match with the lack of serious test from their neighbours as one more goal from Aleksandar Duric was added on to round up the day at 3-1. SOME PICTURES FROM THE MATCH The match officials leaded the teams out. Sengkang's Noh Rahman (5) was named as the skipper for this game. The coin-toss and pre-match pleasantries. One-minute silence as a mark of respect to the late coach Sivalingam, who passed away on last Sunday. One of the Indonesian-based Lions - Fahrudin Mustafic (15) in a ball-tussling battle. Noh Rahman and Arif Suyono battled out on the flank. The Lions did well to cushion the att