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[Instant Reaction] 北京国安为新联赛第十二只球队

(P.S: The Chinese text in the title says - "Beijing Guoan confirmed as the 12th team of S.League" ) The logo of Beijing Guoan FC (picture credit:  Logowik  **) The dust had settled as it was declared CSL club Beijing Guoan will join Etoile FC as the debutantes for Season 2010, which is scheduled to kick off on 1st February.  The announcement of the decision is much to the dismay of many fans who are clamouring for more local flavours in Singapore's only professional league (i.e.: praying for the returning of the likes of Sembawang Rangers, Jurong FC, etc.) Unfortunately, the league authority stood by their  “foreign team will bring in flavour and lift the playing standard (although, it wasn't the case all the time except for Albirex's first season and Super Reds' 2008 season)” theory with the last slot being given to the team hailed from the Chinese capital.  I am aware that the news is not well-received by the fans, but the decision is FINAL and time should

[Feature]Total90 Laser III by Nike

(This feature write-up is obtained via a transcript by Integrated Marketing Solutions Group , the PR agency of Nike Singapore ) NIKE COMBINES BOOT TECHNOLOGY WITH DIGITAL TRAINING PROGRAMME TO CREATE TOTAL GAME IMPROVEMENT PACKAGE The colour combination of electric green, black and red gives a distinctive look to Total90 Laser III. Interactive Training Drills and Expert Coaching From Juventus FC Combine with New Total 90 Laser III boots to Improve Accuracy and Power Portland, Oregon, USA (December 10th 2009) - NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) today unveiled the next generation of its Total90 Laser boot - the Total90 Laser III - featuring a newly configured 'Shot Shield' strike zone (patent pending) designed for more power and accuracy. Purchasing the boots opens access to Nike Football+, a digital coaching program (available via web, mobile internet or iPhone application) to help players improve their skills with access, insights and instruction from top players and coaches. Ev

Interesting Stats.....and probably unknown fact

Did you know the following stats and fact? Prolific strikers in Singapore football history such as Quah Kim Song, Fandi Ahmad, V Sundramoorthy (pictured above) NEVER scored a penalty throughout their international career. Quah Kim Song (pictured above) only scored NINE times in his 69 appearances for the national team that begun in 7th August 1971 (vs Burma) and won his last cap in 17th April 1981 against Malaysia in the Ovaltine Cup. He only came in as a sub ONCE when facing Burma in the 1975's SEAP Games while started in every game he played. 2008's Referee of the Year, T Aravinthan (above, the only picture I have of him) was capped ONCE in 1992 when he fielded as a sub against Myanmar in an international friendly on 25th November 1992 (honestly, I don't believe that in the first place!) Fandi Ahmad (picture taken during the SOS Cup 09) is currently the top-scorer in the national team history (54 goals), while second on the list is Arema Malang's Noh Alam Shah

It's a carnival event

Some time ago, I blogged something about having football carnival to stage at the floating platform . I was at the annual SCC 7s rugby tournament months back, and toying the idea if these two organizations, the Singapore Cricket Club (SCC) and the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), could work together to have something like the rugby carnival, which is considered something of an institution in club sevens rugby in the world. These kids were having a good time practicing "ruck". While the ladies gathered around "shelter tables". While some of the men were found here at the stout stand. It doesn't if you're young or old, man or woman, girls or boys, or whether you know anything about rugby or not - the main thing was everybody was having a good time over that weekend. The SCC 7s is more than just a rugby tournament, it's also place where people of all ages get together to rekindle friendship, making new contacts at this marquee Padang outin

[Countdown to Season2010] Balestier Khalsa 0-1 Woodlands Wellington

SHORT SCRIBE Attended my second pre-season friendly today at the Toa Payoh Stadium, where Balestier Khalsa played hosts to the visiting Woodlands Wellington. For the record, the guests Rams, who only played their first friendly since their season preparation today, defeated their hosts 1-0 with a solitary header from Asraf Rashid in the first half. PICTURES FROM THE MATCH Daniel Hammond (above pictured first from left) is one of those few featured players switched sides between Balestier and Woodlands in this friendly. Making his return to S.League is Moroccan striker Laakkad Abdelhadi (above picture right), who was the S.League Player of the Year in 2006 and leading scorer in that same year. Some actions in the Tigers' box in the first half. Balestier's 'keeper Ahmadulhaq Che Omar (above) played for the Rams last season, while his opposite number Hafez Mawasi was on Tigers' payroll last year. Anand Rajan (running with the ball) is one of the players retained by