As he strolled off the pitch following the end of the AFC Cup Group H match that saw his side Tampines Rovers lost 3-2 to Selangor FA of Malaysia, it could also mean the end of continental involvement as a player for 42-year-old Aleksandar Duric since his appearance with Geylang United in 2004 followed by his stint with SAFFC that included appearance in the prestigious Asian Champions League in 2009.
"...However, there remains much hard work ahead and we will continue to strive towards our goals, work on other areas in which we are lacking, and bring Singapore football to the next level." said FAS President Mr Zainudin Nordin in a media statement that lauded the achievements by the team and various individuals from victorious Suzuki Cup winning side in the inaugural AFF Awards 2013.
(This entry is formulated based on information via the media release issued by the Football
Association of Singapore)
Bishan last hosted "A" international match in 2009Folks at Bishan will have another chance to see
some international football actions after a few AFC Cup matches (1,2) took place months ago, when
it was announced the Singapore national team will be facing their Hong Kong counterparts on the
15th of August at the Bishan Stadium.
Ahmad Fahmie's second half effort "Kena Tiang" (hit the upright)To Tampines Rovers, Kitchee SC of
Hong Kong had proven to be a tough proposition with their Catalan-inspired style of play in both's
second meetup in the AFC Cup Group F preliminaries.
The swift passing with the movement on and off the ball by the current Hong Kong Division One
table-toppers had definitely placed them on a much favourable position to break the deadlock in the
first half, if not for the heroics of Croatian custodian Sasa Dreven on several occasions.
Tampines Rovers' continental campaign is in danger of not having themselves crossing the AFC Cup
group stages for the first time since their participation with 1-0 defeat to Malaysian club side
Terengganu FA at JBS.
A horrific start to the game when Tampines's' custodian Sasa Dreven and defender Benoit Croissant
gifted Terengganu FA's Joseph Kalang Tie a perfect gift when the duo's miscommunication resulted an
one-nil lead in less than five from the kick-off.
Latiff (yellowed jersey) started this AFC matchAhmad Latiff Khamarudin made his much awaited start
of the season on local soil for Tampines Rovers that caught many by surprise in their AFC Cup
fixture against Song Lam Nghe An (SLNA) of Vietnam.
Still yet to clear the mandatory beep test which the ace midfielder failed earlier of the day for
the eighth time, the decision left many puzzled over the decision by Stags' coach Steven Tan.
Once upon a time SAFFC bestrode Singapore football in the same way Manchester United look down on the rest in England. Trophies were deemed a right and in one golden spell they collected the SLeague four times on the spin with two Singapore Cups and two Charity Shields thrown in for good measure. They even competed in the AFC Champions League on two occasions.
As part of the MOU, the national teams of both Singapore and Malaysia will play a two-match "home
and away" series in coming June at Jalan Besar and Kuala Lumpur as confirmed by a media release
issued by the FAS days ago.
According to Liga Singapura, while the dates against the "auld enemy" are confirmed, the Malaysians
had already penciled a few more possibilities with the likes of Thailand, India, Australia, New
Zealand, UAE, Singapore and Qatar in preparation for the defending for Suzuki Cup.
Coupled Tampines Rover's loss a day earlier in Vietnam, the 2-0 defeat suffered in the hands of Sumatran club Semen Padang by defending Singapore Cup holders Warriors in the AFC Cup Group E fixture had confirmed the exit of both Singapore clubs from the continental second-tier club tournament.
Having listened to what Warriors coach V Selvaraj said after his side's 1-0 win over the under-strength Churchill Brothers of India in this do-or-die AFC Cup decider, I was wondering if I was at the same game as he was at Jalan Besar.
Yes, the fact was that I tweeted before the game that the ball was at the eighth-time S.
Diego Michiels was one of the handful of players brought over by the Indonesian Football
Association (PSSI) to add some zest to what had become a predictable national team.
With an Indonesian father, Michiels was eligible and to press his claims he gave up his career in
the Netherlands, where he played for Go Ahead Eagles, and was snapped up by Pelita Jaya.
They sacked Alfred Riedl, they lost 10-0 away to Bahrain, they lost the SEA Games final to
Malaysia, PSV cancelled, players haven't been paid, no one really seems interested in their IPL,
match officials still assaulted, Galatasary cancelled, were Nacional even invited, now Everton have
withdrawn from the Java Cup.
Given the make up of the eastern half the AFC Cup group stage there was always going to be some
representatives from the region going through to the knock out stage and it was five that made it
with some drama along the way.
Terengganu may have sacked their coach at the start of the week but it didn't stop them flying to
Hong Kong and getting a 2-2 draw with Kitchee.
A disappointing evening for SLeague champions Tampines Rovers as they bowed out of the AFC Cup at
the Jalan Besar Stadium, drawing 0-0 with Hong Kong side Kitchee.With one game remaining, away to
Vietnamese side Song Lam Nghe An, Tampines have just five points from their five group games and a
single win; admittedly a surprising one away to Malaysian side Terengganu.
Never conceded a goal at the stroke of half time - that is one of the golden rules of the game.
Which is something Home United is guilty of when they allowed Citizen AA to gain their
psychological advantage by doing so with that clinical strike from the left inside the box by their
Japanese import Yuto Nakamura.
OK the Malaysian season has finished. The Malaysia Cup will be drawn at the end of July and will
start after Ramadhan.
Kelantan won the Super League and the FA Cup. They are still going strong in the AFC Cup, facing
Arbil home and away in September.
The Malaysians have decided it has been a few years since they last changed the format of their
league so in 2013 the top flight will have 12 teams instead of the present 14 so we have a mad rush
to escape the drop.
Steve Darby has slammed Terengganu's sacking of coach Mat Zan Mat Aris saying he 'was amazed'. The
team from the north east of Malaysia sit third in the Super League but were recently dumped out of
the FA Cup by Premier League side Sime Darby.
'The results at Terranganu have been excellent, ' says Steve talking to Jakarta Casual, ' last year
they won the FA Cup, runners up in league and Malaysia Cup and this year reached semi final of FA
Cup and in the top 3 of the M league!
Saudi Arabian football will be well represented in the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions
League. Following this week's Round of 16 matches three sides from Saudi Arabia made it through to
the last eight with another five teams, all hailing from different nations, Â to join them in the
business end of the tournament.
Indonesian teams have hardly set Asian football on fire. Ever. So it is refreshing to report that
Arema, struggling in the bottom half of the Indonesia Premier League, managed to travel to Hong
Kong and defeat Kitchee 2-0 to earn a place in the quarter final stage of Asia's AFC Cup.
Arema of course only reached the Round of 16 after winning their final group game 6-2 to overturn a
poor goal difference and no one gave them much chance in Hong Kong.
Persibo Bojonegoro and Indonesian football would have been better served had they rejected the opportunity to compete in the 2013 AFC Cup. They are playing in Asia's second tier club competition by dint of winning the Indonesia Cup last season but they do have the feel of a professional football club this season.
It's been a mixed start to life in the AFC Cup, Asia's second tier cup competition, for Indonesia's representatives Semen Padang and Persibo Bojonegoro. Semen Padang, who won the Indonesia Premier League in 2012, have been drawn in Group E alongside Kitchee (Hong Kong), Churchill Brothers (India) and The Warriors (Singapore â€“ formerly known as Singapore Armed Forces)and they have begun the campaign positively.
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It's been one hell of a confusing season for Arema fans. Two teams, players who have interchanged
between the two, both starting the season badly.
The fans responded by staying away which is something I don't understand. They like to say they are
the best fans in the land, and indeed have won awards twice for that, but then when their team lose
a game or two they don't bother.
AFC Cup Action
While much of the world is looking forward to a Champions League final pitching Bayern Munchen
against Chelsea, here in South East Asia the much more humble AFC Cup is nearing the end of the
group stages and for clubs from the region it has been a largely successful campaign thus far.
It's not been a good week for Singaporeans. Liverpool lost again while a whole heap of folks who
have just discovered football found that Manchester City couldn't beat Sunderland last weekend.
To cap it all LionsX11 are top of the Malaysia Super League having defeated Negeri Sembilan 4-2
(P.S: That's precisely why "Instant Reaction" is an essential tag in this blog for cases as
The latest roll-out this morning by the league authority informed that fans who purchase two adult
tickets at selected S.League matches with entitled a complimentary King George's Stand ticket for
the Malaysian Super League (MSL) match between LIONSXII and Perak, 10th April 2012.