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December 17, 2015 12:01 UTC
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Making Up For The Lost Time ...

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"This was for me the hardest night of international football in my career. The two players on my side were like horses, running up and down, and I didn't expect that (Almawas) was that fast, or that (Al Shibbli) was that good."

Those words expressed in the papers by defender Shakir Hamzah after Singapore's 2-1 defeat to Syria last month came as a shock to me.

Fiery Misery Ended Stags' Season 2015 ...

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Referee Muhd Taqi (right) sticking close to action
The night ended in a misery for Tampines Rovers for not only unable to clinch the S.League title as a farewell gift for their long-serving former chairman and benefactor - Mr Teo Hock Seng but also saw the one-all draw against Harimau Muda ended in an undesirable manner when two of their players were accounted for the three marching orders flashed out by referee Muhd Taqi.

[WCQ2018] Stange: "It was a CORRECT RESULT"

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Izwan Mahbud in agony as Southampton's Yoshida (22) celebrates
Everything went according to the script when Japan chalked up a 3-0 win over Singapore at the National Stadium last evening.

The result not only allowed the Blue Samurais to hold onto the top position in the AFC World Cup Qualifiers Group E standings but as a sort of revenge for that goal-less draw played in Saitama back in June as well.

Stags Screwed Up ...

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Coach Sundram (right) looked away as Tigers celebrate
For some reasons, there is a saying - not to be on the losing side of the final home match of your season, even at the expenses of a close friend of yours and the 4-3 win by Balestier Khalsa over title-contenders Tampines Rovers proven the theory.

Eagles did just right to help their "neighbours" ...

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Bruno celebrates after scoring in 58th minute
It is a massive win that could change the Great Eastern - Yeo's S.League title race completely with this 2-1 upset at Bedok this evening.

Putting aside the win that lifted Geylang International from the foot of the league table, the considerable damage had inflicted on leaders Brunei DPMM who may still leading the pack with five points clear of their nearest rivals Tampines Rovers.

[WCQ2018] Toothless Lions should have done better in 2-1 win over Cambodia

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Lions (red) failed to capitalize the possession
Honestly, things were looking bright from the start before the lack of bite in front of goal saw Singapore walked away with a narrow 2-1 win over Cambodia in the joint World Cup/Asian Cup Qualifiers played at Kallang last evening.

[WCQ2018] - Uninspring Lions got better ahead of Unlucky Afghans

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Teams lined up for the national anthems (Ko Po Hui)
Hardly an inspiring game for those who paid dearly (to some) and braced themselves amid the hazy uncertainty to turn out at Kallang for this World Cup Qualifiers fixture between Singapore and Afghanistan.

Patient, Passion, Conviction as Sablon rolls out his vision ...

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Mr Sablon delivered his presentation
In short, "patient" and "time" are the key prerequisites summed up by FAS Technical Director Michel Sablon in presenting his much-awaiting blueprint to revamp the beleaguered development scheme of Singapore football to the media this afternoon at the Jalan Besar Stadium.


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Despite going down in the two matches they play against their much illustrious opponents, many people which included the likes of Stoke City's manager Mark Hughes and his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger, lauded the performance of the Singapore Selection in the just concluded Barclays Asia Trophy.

[Barclays Asia Trophy] It's Toffees vs The Gunners in Final...

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The Barclays Asia Trophy will be a battle between Arsenal and Everton on this coming Saturday after cleared their hurdles along the way.

The Gunners booked their ticket after shutout the Singapore Selection four goals to none. The Toffees, on the other hand, defeated Stoke City on penalties to confirm theirs after a goal-less outing.

[Barclays Asia Trophy] - Humid worries, No Bus Parking ...

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BAT2015 pre-match presser
Everything is ready to get set for the seventh edition of the Barclays Asia Trophy - the gala event that will see three Barclays Premier League teams - Arsenal, Everton and Stoke City to feature alongside a Singapore Selection that comprises of mainly the Singapore national players with a few S.

[TNP League Cup] Albirex turned up for the occasion to win on late note.

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Albirex won the Cup for the second time
It was thought the match would proceed into extra time after Fumiya Fogure levelled the scores in 75th minute to place Albirex Niigata (Singapore) on equal terms with Balestier Khalsa with minutes ticking away in The New Paper League Cup Final.

[TNP League Cup] Tired Eagles left grounded against tepid White Swans

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Atsushi Kawata headed home the lead
Geylang International coach Jorg Steinebrunner couldn't hide his disappointment after saw his men conceded three goals without reply against a less intense Albirex Niigata (Singapore) in the first semi-final played on past Sunday.

[TNP League Cup] Laggy Warriors CRUSHED by Precise Tigers

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Kristic (center) got a hat-trick
This could be the only trophy not within the reach of the most successful club in the S.League anytime soon, given the kind of display the Warriors dished out hours earlier.

The local scene got back to action after the SEA Games recess with The New Paper League Cup kicked start last evening with Alex Weaver led his troops to Toa Payoh to face their fellow AFC Cup representatives - Balestier Khalsa whom themselves were former winners of the Cup back in 2013.

[TNP League Cup] Extensive Coverage Expected for This Year's tournament

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A new milestone with TNP sponsor the League Cup
The New Paper League Cup, which will be title-sponsored by the local daily of the same name, held its draw earlier of the day at the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) headquarters at Toa Payoh North.