SINGAPORE — Portugal will be national footballer Hariss Harun's first port of call for the 2013-2014 European season after he finishes his National Service commitments on Aug 9, top football agent Jorge Mendes told TODAY. Also heading there is defender Safuwan Baharudin, who will follow his Singapore and LionsXII team-mate in the summer to start a professional career in Europe.
It has taken almost six months but Singapore have finally appointed a new coach to replace the now departed Radojko Avramovic and after months of less than frantic speculation, we are after all talking about Singapore where they are more concerned about Sir Alex Ferguson than their own national team, the Football Association have opted for Bernd Stange.
SINGAPORE - After a five-month search, the Football Association of Singapore has finally found its new national head coach. The national body has unveiled former Belarus coach Bernd Stange as the man who will be stepping into Radojko Avramovic's shoes at a media conference today (May 15). FAS officials said he was chosen because of his familiarity with Asian football, having coached at Perth Glory, Oman and Iraq, and his track record of lifting small countries such as Belarus up the FIFA ladder into the top-30 positions.
Local reports in Singapore yesterday suggested Peter Taylor was the front runner for the Singapore national team. He does have a short term gig with one of England's age groups but could be available after that.
The former Southend United, Crystal Palace and Tottenham winger made history when he played for his country while still a third division player.
We are near the end of April. Singapore won the ASEAN Cup last December, then Raddy Avramovic stepped down. Four months on and the Singapore authorities still have no replacement despite hiring some no doubt expensive head hunter to scour the field of great and good.
This story suggests we are still some three weeks away from knowing who the new man will be which suggests a new face in time for a double header friendly against Malaysia in June.
Yesterday was another fun filled few hours in the ASEAN Cup in KL. In the first game Indonesia defeated Singapore 1-0 in a result that suprised many but shouldn't have.
For a while now Singapore's issue has been one of consistency. They were impressive putting hosts and champions Malaysia to the sword in the opening game but against Indonesia couldn't find the same fluidity.
I don't think many people were expecting this! Malaysia have come into the AFF Cup on the back of a poor run of results but were expected to turn things around in the competition proper but never got going against a very committed and hard working Singapore signed who signalled their intent from the first minute.
Three Lebanese soccer officials have been charged with receiving sexual bribes to fix an AFC Cup match in Singapore, a government law-enforcement agency of the island city-state said on Thursday.
Referee Ali Sabbagh and assistant referees Ali Eid and Abdallah Taleb were hastily replaced by officials from Thailand and Malaysia for Tampines Rovers' 4-2 defeat by East Bengal of India on Wednesday.
Today in Asian football corruption news, three grubby Lebanese match officials have been charged with receiving "sexual bribes" in return for fixing anAFC Cup match in Singapore. The dirty, dirty little ponies.
SINGAPORE — Football fans in Singapore will get a chance to hear the national team's past and present skippers tell of their stories as well as catch the AFF Suzuki Cup on display at the launch of Nike's limited edition 4 Stars National Team Kits this Sunday. Due to overwhelming demand for the national team kits following Singapore's triumph in the recent Suzuki Cup, the sportswear giant has produced 100 limited edition sets — comprising of home and away jerseys packed in a collector's box — which will only be available at the Nike Store in Suntec City from 3pm onwards.
SINGAPORE - Former SAFFC captain Nenad Bacina is expected to be unveiled as the new coach of Tampines Rovers at a press conference hosted by the club on Friday ahead of the kick-off of the Great Eastern-Yeo's S-League 2013 season.
The 41-year-old, who led Hougang United to eighth spot in the S-League last year, told Croatian news agency Dalmacijia News that he had accepted club chairman Teo Hock Seng's offer to lead the Stags in their title defence this season.
The Thai national team were worried. Back in July the coach, Winnie Schaeffer, was moved to write an open letter to the Football Association calling for them to get serious and put in place a programme for the team ahead of the ASEAN Football Federation Cup.
The previous cup had seen the Thais suffer the ignomy of not getting out of the group stage and there was a feeling the nation's team had been sacrificed on the alter of a powerful domestic league with its influential club owners.
What I really hope the outcome of us heading to the AFF Suzuki Cup Final for the first time five years is not being overshadowed by the "PalmerGate" that took place so suddenly this afternoon.
The Lions kept their composure throughout the game and was unfortunately not able to add more to the tally after Khairul Amri's 25-yard shot from outside sent the mostly red-shirted supporters into a state of euphoria in the 19th minute.
(This entry is formulated based on the media release issued by the Football Association of Singapore)
Former Singapore skipper and ex Hougang United coach Aide Iskandar (pictured left, on extreme right in the recent NexLions Cup post-match press conference) is taking over from his one-time Lions colleague Robin Chitrakar as the new head coach of Courts Young Lions in the upcoming S.
In a way this was a repeat of their opening group game against Malaysia. Singapore sprang from the traps and they made sure they got in the faces of their Thai opponents early doors as I believe football people like to say.
The Thais may have come into this game as slight favourites over the two legs, and that crucial away goals will give them a massive boost back at Supachalasai, but last night they were made to look very average indeed by a harrying, aggressive, pumped up Singapore.
I always felt Group B was the trickiest and most interesting group of the 2012 ASEAN Football Federation Cup. Holders and hosts Malaysia went into the competition on the back of a string of poor results in friendlies and their opening defeat against Singapore had a hysterical nation all but calling for Rajagopal's ouster.
Today's post will take a break away from Arsenal and instead concentrate on another football team that's close to heart (if this was not what you hope for to be sent to your inbox, then just click on the 'x' button). A team that calls on the national pride so often observed in major championships such as the World Cup or the European Championships.
Just had Mabel bending my ear over the latest nonsense to come out from the Football Association of Singapore. Now I know we do have a good titter about what goes on in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand but there are times when Singapore just leads the field it ain't fair on the rest. Changi is one example.
Liverpool U18s had to settle for the runners-up place in the inaugural NexLions tournament after losing 2-0 to Sporting Lisbon in Singapore on Sunday. Having beaten Singapore 1-0 in their opening match on Friday, the Liverpool team, featuring three 16-year-olds, was hoping to exact revenge on the highly rated Portuguese outfit after suffering two consecutive defeats against them in the European NexGen series.
With the U21 reserve league on its winter break and a bit of time to fill for Liverpool's various youth teams, a handful of the club's more promising prospects are headed off to Singapore for a U19 mini-tournament this week. With only four teams involved, Liverpool are set to face off against a Singapore XI on Friday for the right to play the winner of Manchester United and Sporting Lisbon in Sunday's final while the two losing sides face off in a third-place playoff.
I know Singaporeans like football. You know Singaporeans like football. Put a red shirt on a player with the Singapore flag on their tit and Singaporeans rally round; especially if they are winning. It's just they don't give a toss about the SLeague.
Most cities have a built in local identity that has been acquired over centuries or decades.
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The distinguished guests at the draw ceremony
Graced by the presence of distinguished guests with the likes of the British High Commissioner to Singapore alongside with the Dutch and Brazilian ambassadors to the Republic with the German Embassy was represented by their Deputy Head of Mission, the draw and schedules for the upcoming 25th Canon Lion City Cup were decided this afternoon at PARKROYAL, the official hotel of the tournament.
The Singapore Cup has a slight change this season. Now a draw will be made ahead of each round. Before the draw for the whole comp was done in advance and a team would know its path to Jalan Besar and the final.
Again there are four invited foreign teams and while there is a Cambodian entrant again it isn't Phnom Penh Crown.
KUANTAN (3 April 2013) – Vietnam and Singapore have been selected as the Group Stage hosts for the next edition of the AFF Suzuki Cup in 2014. The selection of the host cities was confirmed by the AFF Council during their meeting here this afternoon. Being selected as the preliminary hosts will be a huge boost for Singapore as they defend the title they sensationally won last year.
(This entry is formulated based on the press release issued by the event's PR agency, Full Circle Public Relations with pictures depicted in it being credited to Chelsea FC)
Coach Kane Cowburn (white top) from Chelsea FC Foundation leads the session
English Premiership powerhouses Chelsea Football Club is the latest global name set to make its mark on Singapore football landscape through its new joint initiative with starCom Management Pte Ltd to launch the Chelsea FC Soccer School Singapore (CFCSS SG).
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 – formerly known as Singapore Armed Forces)and they have begun the campaign positively.
Times are hard for the S.League, the top flight of professional football in Singapore. Despite some clubs having a rich histories that extend back into the nineteenth century, average attendances of the twelve-team league dropped to a pitiful 932 last season.
The former British territory is passionate about football, but as someone who visited recently, I can attest to the fact that the locals are primarily concerned with watching the English Premier League.
A Singaporean national at the core of a global soccer match-fixing scandal provided key information that led to this week's disclosure by Europol that it suspects that as many as 680 games on four continents were fixed by Asian crime syndicates and their European helpers.
There will be a slight Singapore feel to Persiba this season. They have brought in Precious Emeujeraye (former Woodlands Wellington, Sriwijaya, Persija) and Luca Savic (Young Lions, SAFFC, Barcelona) as part of a rebuilding that has seen coach Hans Peter Schaller leave along with a host of big names.
Liverpool U18s will face Sporting Lisbon in the final of the inaugural NexLions Cup after beating Singapore 1-0 on Friday in the Jalan Besar Stadium. A single first-half back-heeled goal from Samed Yesil was enough to secure victory for the youngsters - who only arrived in Singapore late on Wednesday afternoon - and set up what promises to be a mouth-watering clash with the highly-rated Portuguese outfit on Sunday night.
The Football Association of Singapore is pleased to announce the ticketing details for the upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup 2012, Semi-Final match (2nd Leg) between Singapore and Philippines, scheduled to be played at Jalan Besar Stadium on 12 December 2012, 8pm.
Singapore topped Group B on goal difference after they secured wins over Malaysia (3-0) and Laos (4-3) and will now look forward to meeting Philippines in the semi-finals which will be played in a Home and Away format.
Singapore. Singapore fans have been left feeling angry and hurt after being labelled "dogs" by Malaysian spectators during their weekend AFF Suzuki Cup win, a report said on Wednesday.
Video posted on YouTube shows thousands of Malaysian fans chanting "Singapore itu anjing" (Singapore are dogs) during Sunday's group game in Kuala Lumpur, when Singapore beat the defending Southeast Asian champions 3-0.