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[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.

[AFC Cup] Tigers ROAR to historic win over Lal Holud

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Jonathan Xu (13) opened the account of the evening
By all standards, it wasn't the best display of football in the evening that saw the match delayed by half an hour due to the activation of the Lightning Warning System (LWS), still gloss shall not be taken away that saw a more significant occurrence that took place on the field.

[AFC Cup] Gutted Defeat by Gallant Balestier in Maiden Continental Home Game

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Disbelief for Balestier for the late goal conceded
Even after they were gutted by a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat against defending MSL champions Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) in last evening's AFC Cup Group F encounter, Balestier Khalsa coach Marko Kraljevic is pleased with the performance put up by his team.

Kraljevic's "step-by-step" approach for the new season ...

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Coach Kraljevic speaking to the media (credit: Playmaker)
After their first pre-season friendly match against the visiting Johor Darul Takzim II (JDT II) that ended in a two-all draw at the Toa Payoh Stadium, Balestier Khalsa's Croatian coach Marko Kraljevic breathe a sign of relief when he addressed the media pack after the match.

"Online" Players Shortlisted by the Tigers

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Balestier's latest move caused many jaws dropped
Having hyped up the fraternity with their out-of-the-box online recruitment process, S.League club Balestier Khalsa had identified a number of those who came forward to register their interest in pursuing a professional football career by interviewed some of those who had been shortlisted.

"Matchpix" - October/November 2014

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  • Thank You Aleks 31/10/2014
Aleks watching the video tribute
It was an emotional evening when the time has come to call it a day for Aleksandar Duric and thanks for being the perfect model since I took up football photography.

[Singapore Cup] Tigers broke the "Domination" with an emphatic 3-1 win over Home United

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Zaiful (yellow jersey) dominated the play in his box
Just like how he did in the semifinals that aided Balestier Khalsa to the RHB Singapore Cup final after knocked out Tampines Rovers on penalties, custodian Zaiful Nizam is the Tigers' star of the night again.

[Singapore Cup] Tigers' Kraljevic unperturbed by past records to stay focus in Final showdown

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Balestier's coach Marko Kraljevic (file picture)
It is by no mean an easy feat to see Balestier Khalsa's coach Marko Kraljevic to lead the unfancied Tigers to the club's second Cup Final on consecutive season.

After all, the Croatian is considered a rookie for taking charge a S.

"Pinball" Duo could be swapping spots after Balestier's comeback 4-1 thrashing of Hougang

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Following their second consecutive defeat that saw them succumbed to a 4-1 loss to Balestier Khalsa earlier at the Toa Payoh Stadium, things aren't looking that positive for Hougang United all out of sudden.

[Starhub League Cup] Toothless Tigers overhelmed by the Cheetahs

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Defending Cup holders Balestier Khalsa are just a defeat away from being eliminated from the first major title they won last year, following a 3-0 whitewash by Hougang United who have been impressive this season since former international Amin Nasir took over during the mid-season last year.
Geison Moura (left) opened the account
It was a pretty physical Group D encounter between these two teams that banded together as the "Pinball Derby" - a term that was coined last season after former Cheetahs coach Johana Johari described the Tigers' game as "playing pinball" in their Singapore Cup Quarter-Final match that eventually saw the Toa Payoh-based side knocked the team from Hougang out of that tournament.

"Matchpix" - January / February 2014

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  • Friendly - Geylang Int'l 1-0 Tampines Rovers 25/1/14
Alex Duric (left) doubled-up as a stretcher man
First compilation of the year with the hosting Eagles beat the defending #sleague champions 1-0 at Bedok Stadium with a Leonel Felice strike from the spot in the dying minutes.

Tigers missing the spark from Park

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The match ended 1-1 (picture source)
Balestier Khalsa's coach Marko Kraljevic did not hide his disappointment for not having his playmaker Park Kang Jin on the field earlier.

"I'm not happy because I missed my playmaker (Park)," said Coach Kraljevic in his post match media briefing.

Kraljevic unperturbed for late start of the Tigers friendly schedule

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Marko Kraljevic taking charge at Toa Payoh
New Balestier Khalsa coach Marko Kraljevic appeared to be unperturbed for being late with their pre-season friendly schedule, as compared to other clubs, in preparation for the upcoming S.

[RHB Singapore Cup] Agony for the Tigers as Protectors march on to the Final

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Tigers came cross to tap on this melee in 20th minute
It was a dream that came to an abrupt end with Balestier Khalsa saw their unprecedented bid for a cup double ended in an agony.

Given a precedence that saw the newly crowned League Cup winners came from behind to beat Hougang United to be in the RHB Singapore Cup's "Final Four", hopes were high for the Tigers to repeat the same feat against Home United who were on a slim advantage of a goal margin after their semi-final first-leg win at Toa Payoh last week.

Tigers took their chances well in the "PINBALL" battle against Cheetahs

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Balestier Khalsa claimed all three points in the newly-christened "Pinball Derby" with a 3-1 rout over Hougang United at the Toa Payoh Stadium.

Following the result, the visiting Cheetahs saw themselves engulfed further deep at near bottom of the standings on eleventh position, while the hosting Tigers boasted their positioning that propelled them to fourth after 19 matches played.

Caretaking Johana off to losing start as Cheetahs slumps continue...

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The match in progress at Hougang Stadium
For the past week, I was not able to attend any games due to my shift work and thought it wouldn't be a bad idea to go down to Hougang Stadium for a match after my work in Bishan area.

Martin "No-SHOW" and Zaiful's SHOW in Tampines win

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Tampines coach Nenad Bacina
Thought of wanting to take a better view of how Tampines Rovers' "Marquee Player" Martin Wagner would fare, after only saw him in action at the Charity Shield from a flat perspective.

Unfortunately for the second game on the roll, the Argentine signing was left on the bench without having a role in the game at Clementi that saw the defending champions came from behind to record their first win in three recent outings against a resilient Balestier Khalsa.

Tampines Rovers

SLeague Latest

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Home United v Tampines Rovers 0-1 (Mustafic Fahruddin)
Geylang International v Woodlands Wellington 2-1 (Leo Felice, Fabian Kwok; Fadhil Noh)
Hougang United v Harimau Muda 0-1 (Azam Azih)
Tanjong Pagar v Young Lions 3-1 (Firdaus Idros, Zerka Monsef, Ramdani Kamel; Iqbal Hussain)

1 - DPMM 23 14 4 5 58-24 46
2 - Tampines 24 12 7 5 38-28 43
3 - Albirex N 23 12 5 6 49-35 41
4 - Warriors 23 12 5 6 44-30 41
5 - Home United 24 12 5 7 48-36 41
6 - Balestier K 23 10 6 7 42-29 36

Tuesday sees DPMM host Warriors while Balestier play Albirex tomorrow.

[Singapore Cup] Zaiful's heroics propelled Tigers to the Final

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Zaiful dived to deny Mustafic's spot-kick
The fairy tales continued for Balestier Khalsa after they secured a berth in the RHB Singapore Cup Final, where they are going to face either Home United or Brunei DPMM on the 7th of November at Jalan Besar, after knocked out Tampines Rovers on penalties in the semi-final at the Toa Payoh Stadium last evening.

Singapore League Cup Finals

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Plate Final - 24/07 Tampines Rovers v Balestier Khalsa
Cup Final - 25/07 Tanjong Pagar v DPMM

Both ties to be played at Jalan Besar Stadium.

DPMM making their third consecutive appearance in the final; they lost to Balestier Khalsa last year and defeated Geylang 2-0 the year before.

"Matchpix" - April 2013

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  • Prime League - Balestier Khalsa 1-3 Tanjong Pagar Utd 20/4/13

The visitors walked away with a 3-1 win over the hosts whom being the defending champions have not able to get off to a good start in their title defending campaign.

SLeague Coninues To Prioritise English Football

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The good news is the SLeague fixtures are out. The bad news, for fans looking for a game to go to on a Saturday night, which is probably just me, is there aren't many.
12/02 - Young Lions v SAFFC19/03 - Young Lions v Gombak United09/04 - Young Lions v Woodlands Wellington30/04 - Tampines Rovers v Balestier Khalsa
Once the English season has finished then games are more regular but in the opening few weeks the above is it.

League Cup

[Starhub League Cup] Tigers need a favour from Cheetahs now...

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Tigers' keeper Zaiful Nizam also fumbled this cross
Strange things had happened prior to the Starhub League Cup fixture between Brunei DPMM and Balestier Khalsa.

While faulty goalposts were the reason behind the rescheduling of the match between Tampines Rovers and Warriors FC at Clementi Stadium the day before, the sights of lighting and flashes of thunders did not cause the activation of the Lighting Warning System (LWS) at the Jalan Besar Stadium when it should.

"It's not about me" as Stewart guided Balestier to the League Cup Glory

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2013 League Cup Winners - Balestier Khalsa
"It's not about me." said Balestier Khalsa coach Darren Stewart at the post-match press conference following his side's 4-0 shutout of defending holders Brunei DPMM in the Starhub League Cup Final at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

SLeague

"Mak, I missed the LAST BUS home, help!!!"

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Please plan your journey home
I would only say my eyelids barely open when the League Cup match between Balestier Khalsa and Brunei DPMM proceed into second half.

It wasn't a boring match to some extend with some few exchanges in between the two, but the only grump was the fact that second 45 only kicked off at 2235hrs.

[Media Information] FAS Disciplinary Inquiry – Balestier Khalsa FC’s Zulkiffli Hassim hit with match suspension and fine for making racist remarks

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Zulkiffli Hassim (in red) will be suspended for five matchesSINGAPORE, 10 APRIL 2012 – Balestier Khalsa FC striker Zulkiffli Hassim has been slapped with a five-match ban in the S.

Eagles Plummet Home

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There has been a wonderful freshness to the SLeague in its opening weeks as teams like Hougang United and Balestier Khalsa have flirted with the top positions but the weekend just gone has shown the traditional big boys flexing their muscles and how.

Tampines won the title last year, confirming the triumph with a 5-0 rout of Balestier Khalsa.

Eagles Plummet Home

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There has been a wonderful freshness to the SLeague in its opening weeks as teams like Hougang United and Balestier Khalsa have flirted with the top positions but the weekend just gone has shown the traditional big boys flexing their muscles and how.

Tampines won the title last year, confirming the triumph with a 5-0 rout of Balestier Khalsa.

Trio-levation hopes for the Tigers

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After weeks of speculation within the local football fraternity, former Gombak United coach Darren Stewart (file pictured right) is confirmed as Balestier Khalsa coach for the upcoming 2012 season.

A former Australian international himself, Stewart starred for the Tigers when they were still called Balestier Central in the S.

Another round of Rams-Tigers exchange...

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I'm not sure if anyone of you out there notice this scenario since the early days of the S.League that there are these two clubs been "close trading partners".

It's not uncommon to see players of this particular club swapping jerseys for another particular side after a season or two that in recent years seems to have intensified.

"Matchpix" - October 2011

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  • 2011 Sultan of Selangor Cup - (Match Day and Balik Kampong)
Malay rock legend Amy Search (pictured above) wowed the 65,000 at the Shah Alam Stadium in this annual event initiated by the Sultan of Selangor with motive in fostering relationship between Singapore and Selangor whom both shared an unique rivalry in the Malayan football history.

"Matchpix" - August 2011

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  • S.League Match- Balestier Khalsa 0-1 Tampines Rovers (6/8/11)

Ahmad Latiff (pictured above in yellow jersey) delivered the sucker punch at the last kick of the game to help Tampines Rovers beat Balestier Khalsa 1-0 at Toa Payoh Stadium.

While the Tigers had a Mark McGough's goal disallowed which they claimed the Aussie's effort had crossed the goal line before Lions defender Fahrudin Mustafic cleared for safety in the first half.

Former NASL player Tatters joins Rams

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In a joint press release statement by scouting agency, Trebol Sports International (TSI) and their working partners, Football Management International (FMI) had announced the following player, Scottish defender Graham Tatters (pictured above, courtesy of Flickr) had signed for Woodlands Wellington.

Geylang United

Singapore Cup Draw Reunites Old Friends

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Geylang United v Tampines RoversHome United v Woodlands WellingtonEtoile v Tanjong PagarGombak United v Balestier KhalsaSAFFC v Phnom Penh CrownSouth Melbourne v Albirex NiigataHougang United v Young TigersPattaya United v Okkthar United
Five foreign teams this year, well seven if you include Etoile and Albirex Niigata.

Singapore Cup continues to pepper with strong regional flavour

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(Pictured above) The result of the draw

Defending champions Bangkok Glass confirmed the earlier quibbles of not coming back to defend the RHB Singapore Cup they won last year, while last season's runners-up Tampines Rovers will face Geylang United in a "eastern derby" showdown.

Potential Players with Merits to be selected for Singapore National Squad.

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Having saw what he tweeted in the first place, I prompted Mr Neo Chee Seong (who contributed an article last month) to come up with his list of players to fill up the vacuum after the disband of the Singapore National Team.

Many thanks to Mr Neo for sharing his views on this issue.

Potential Players with Merits to be selected for Singapore National Squad.

The Rest

[AFC Cup] Tales of the Two...

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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.

Qiu Li Returns Home

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Singapore international forward Qiu Li is set for his third stint at S-League giants Home United. The China-born star (right), who turns 33 in June, was without a club after he decided not to accept a pay cut at Balestier Khalsa. Yesterday, Qiu played the full match in Home's 2-1 loss to Malaysian Super League (MSL) side ATM FA at the Jurong West Stadium.

[Media Information] I.T.E. BOYS GO THROUGH TO FINALS - BUSINESS TEAM DO THE BUSINESS IN STYLE

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Singapore, 19 June 2012 - Over the years the H-TWO-O Ultimate Champions League has grown from its early days, based on the theme that ‘football is for everyone' to what it is today - where players from Secondary Schools, Polytechnics and Institutes of Technical Education are bestowed the opportunity to showcase their talents in this free tournament and bid for one of three chancesto see Manchester United play in the English Premier League.

"Matchpix" - March 2012

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  • S.League - Balestier 1-1 Gombak 4/3/11
6400 is something you cant avoid when you are shooting at Toa Payoh Stadium.