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Bizarre own goal steals show as Inter beat Chelsea

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Singapore (AFP) – Inter Milan’s Geoffrey Kondogbia entered the annals of sporting infamy with a remarkable own goal but the Italian side held on to win 2-1 and condemn Chelsea to a successive pre-season defeat on Saturday in Singapore.

Inter led by two goals from Ivan Perisic and Stevan Jovetic, before what was supposed to be a routine backpass from substitute Kondogbia looped over his own goalkeeper and nestled into the top corner of the net from fully 40 yards, stunning the crowd of over 32,000.

Bizarre own goal steals show as Inter beat Chelsea

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Singapore (AFP) – Inter Milan’s Geoffrey Kondogbia entered the annals of sporting infamy with a remarkable own goal but the Italian side held on to win 2-1 and condemn Chelsea to a successive pre-season defeat on Saturday in Singapore.

Inter led by two goals from Ivan Perisic and Stevan Jovetic, before what was supposed to be a routine backpass from substitute Kondogbia looped over his own goalkeeper and nestled into the top corner of the net from fully 40 yards, stunning the crowd of over 32,000.

Chelsea boss Conte’s weight-loss secret? Touchline passion

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Singapore (AFP) – Passionate Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he loses up to three kilos during games because of his touchline antics and often feels “destroyed” afterwards.

The 47-year-old Italian made a stunning impact in guiding Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season in England after arriving last year.

Chelsea boss Conte’s weight-loss secret: touchline passion

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Singapore (AFP) – Passionate Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he loses up to three kilos during games because of his touchline antics and often feels “destroyed” afterwards.

The 47-year-old Italian made a stunning impact in guiding Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season in England after arriving last year.

Chelsea boss Conte’s weight-loss secret: touchline passion

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Singapore (AFP) – Passionate Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he loses up to three kilos during games because of his touchline antics and often feels “destroyed” afterwards.

The 47-year-old Italian made a stunning impact in guiding Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season in England after arriving last year.

Two-goal Eder helps Inter sink Bayern

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Singapore (AFP) – Eder scored two headers to lead Inter Milan to a 2-0 victory against a lacklustre Bayern Munich on Thursday in a preseason friendly game in Singapore.

There was a scare for the German champions when Franck Ribery limped off towards the end of the first half, but coach Carlo Ancelotti said later he suffered a minor ankle injury and would be back in action in days.

Eder scores brace to help Inter sink Bayern

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Singapore (AFP) – Eder scored a brace to lead Inter Milan to a 2-0 victory against a lacklustre Bayern Munich on Thursday in a preseason friendly game in Singapore.

Bayern dominated early on but it was Inter that managed to get a goal in the eighth minute against the run of play.

An Antonio Candreva cross found 30-year-old Eder, who dispatched his header past the Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich.

Eder scores brace to help Inter sink Bayern

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Singapore (AFP) – Eder scored a brace to lead Inter Milan to a 2-0 victory against a lacklustre Bayern Munich on Thursday in a preseason friendly game in Singapore.

Bayern dominated early on but it was Inter that managed to get a goal in the eighth minute against the run of play.

An Antonio Candreva cross found 30-year-old Eder, who dispatched his header past the Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich.

Football: Bayern won’t join transfer bidding war ‘madness’ – Hoeness

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Singapore (AFP) – Bayern Munich will not enter into a bidding war for star footballers, the German champions’ boss Uli Hoeness said, describing skyrocketing transfer prices as “madness”.

“I don’t want to buy a player for 150 or 200 million euros, I don’t want to join in such madness.

Football: Bayern won’t join transfer bidding war ‘madness’ – Hoeness

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Singapore (AFP) – Bayern Munich will not enter into a bidding war for star footballers, the German champions’ boss Uli Hoeness said, describing skyrocketing transfer prices as “madness”.

“I don’t want to buy a player for 150 or 200 million euros, I don’t want to join in such madness.

Bayern’s Ancelotti says decision on Sanches after pre-season

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Singapore (AFP) – Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti said Wednesday he would not be rushed into a decision about Renato Sanches’s future and they would sit down together after the pre-season.

It came after the Portuguese midfielder reportedly conceded Tuesday he was unhappy at Bayern and expressed an interest in AC Milan.

Bayern’s Ancelotti says decision on Sanches after pre-season

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Singapore (AFP) – Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti said Wednesday he would not be rushed into a decision about Renato Sanches’s future and they would sit down together after the pre-season.

It came after the Portuguese midfielder reportedly conceded Tuesday he was unhappy at Bayern and expressed an interest in AC Milan.

Inter open to Perisic offers as United circle

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Singapore (AFP) – Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti on Wednesday gave the clearest indication yet that Ivan Perisic could leave, saying the Serie A club will listen to serious offers for the winger.

The 28-year-old Croatian international has been strongly linked with a big-money move to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, while Premier League champions Chelsea are reported to be in for Inter midfielder Antonio Candreva.

Inter open to Perisic offers as United circle

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Singapore (AFP) – Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti on Wednesday gave the clearest indication yet that Ivan Perisic could leave, saying the Serie A club will listen to serious offers for the winger.

The 28-year-old Croatian international has been strongly linked with a big-money move to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, while Premier League champions Chelsea are reported to be in for Inter midfielder Antonio Candreva.

Morata’s Chelsea debut upstaged by Bayern’s Mueller

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Singapore (AFP) – Big-money signing Alvaro Morata made his debut for Premier League champions Chelsea on Tuesday but was upstaged by two-goal Thomas Mueller as Bayern Munich won 3-2 in Singapore.

The Spanish international striker signed for Chelsea from Real Madrid in a deal reported to be worth up to 80 million euros ($92m) last week, and climbed off the bench with about 30 minutes remaining of the match.

Morata’s Chelsea debut upstaged by Bayern’s Mueller

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Singapore (AFP) – Big-money signing Alvaro Morata made his debut for Premier League champions Chelsea on Tuesday but was upstaged by two-goal Thomas Mueller as Bayern Munich won 3-2 in Singapore.

The Spanish international striker signed for Chelsea from Real Madrid in a deal reported to be worth up to 80 million euros ($92m) last week, and climbed off the bench with about 30 minutes remaining of the match.

Pedro suffered multiple fractures – Conte 

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Singapore (AFP) – Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said Monday that forward Pedro sustained “multiple fractures” to his face after colliding with Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina.

The 29-year-old Spaniard was taken to hospital with a bloodied face after Ospina flew into him while clearing a ball with two fists during the Blues’ 3-0 pre-season win over their London rivals in Beijing on Saturday.

Messi-less Argentina smash six past Singapore

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Singapore (AFP) – Argentina shrugged off Lionel Messi’s controversial absence by thumping six goals past minnows Singapore in a one-sided friendly on Tuesday.

Messi’s pre-game departure - reportedly to prepare for his wedding - prompted grumbles among fans but Argentina were not short of firepower as six different players found the net.

Messi-less Argentina smash six past Singapore

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Singapore (AFP) – Argentina shrugged off Lionel Messi’s controversial absence by thumping six goals past minnows Singapore in a one-sided friendly on Tuesday.

Messi’s pre-game departure - reportedly to prepare for his wedding - prompted grumbles among fans but Argentina were not short of firepower as six different players found the net.

Football: Argentina to take on minnows Singapore

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Singapore (AFP) – Lionel Messi’s Argentina will take on football minnows Singapore in a June friendly match in the city-state, organisers said Wednesday.

Argentina, ranked second in the world by FIFA, will kick off at the National Stadium against 159th placed Singapore on June 13 to mark the 125th anniversary of the island’s football association.

Football: Argentina to take on minnows Singapore

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Singapore (AFP) – Lionel Messi’s Argentina will take on football minnows Singapore in a June friendly match in the city-state, organisers said Wednesday.

Argentina, ranked second in the world by FIFA, will kick off at the National Stadium against 159th placed Singapore on June 13 to mark the 125th anniversary of the island’s football association.

La Liga chief tells China ‘not just about cash’

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Singapore (AFP) – China’s cash-rich Super League needs to work on improving local talent as well as dipping into its deep pockets to attract top foreign players, the La Liga chief said Thursday.

Javier Tebas told AFP he was “not worried at all” about the best La Liga players being tempted by lucrative salary offers as the level of competition in Spain was already a strong incentive for them to stay on.

La Liga chief tells China ‘not just about cash’

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Singapore (AFP) – China’s cash-rich Super League needs to work on improving local talent as well as dipping into its deep pockets to attract top foreign players, the La Liga chief said Thursday.

Javier Tebas told AFP he was “not worried at all” about the best La Liga players being tempted by lucrative salary offers as the level of competition in Spain was already a strong incentive for them to stay on.

Man Utd greats to bring football cafes, hotels to Asia

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Singapore (AFP) Manchester United greats Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville have teamed up with a Singaporean billionaire to open football-themed cafes and hotels in Asia, a spokesperson for the tycoon said Wednesday.

The two sportsmen and Peter Lim, owner of Spain's Valencia football club and Singapore-based property developer Rowsley Ltd, are looking at opening the first Cafe Football outlet in Asia in 2017, the spokesperson said.

Man Utd greats to bring football cafes, hotels to Asia

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Singapore (AFP) Manchester United greats Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville have teamed up with a Singaporean billionaire to open football-themed cafes and hotels in Asia, a spokesperson for the tycoon said Wednesday.

The two sportsmen and Peter Lim, owner of Spain's Valencia football club and Singapore-based property developer Rowsley Ltd, are looking at opening the first Cafe Football outlet in Asia in 2017, the spokesperson said.

Indonesia

Singapore v Argentina

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In an ideal world my plan was simple. Head to Phnom Penh to watch Cambodia v Indonesia, down to Singapore for their game with Chinese Taipei before returning to Indonesia for their friendly with Puerto Rico. I would like to have caught Thailand v UAE but the Thais, in their infinite wisdom, make it difficult for foreigners to buy tickets for games, something the mainstream media, which dotes so much on the kingdom, would do well to address amid their usual fawning gumpf.

Scandal-hit Indonesian chief deported from Singapore

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Jakarta (Indonesia) (AFP) Indonesia's football chief was due to face questioning over a corruption scandal Wednesday after he was deported from Singapore, ending more than two months on the run.

La Nyalla Mattalitti, who was also at the centre of a row last year that led to FIFA banning Indonesia from international football, arrived back in his home country on Tuesday.

Scandal-hit Indonesian chief deported from Singapore

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Jakarta (Indonesia) (AFP) Indonesia's football chief was due to face questioning over a corruption scandal Wednesday after he was deported from Singapore, ending more than two months on the run.

La Nyalla Mattalitti, who was also at the centre of a row last year that led to FIFA banning Indonesia from international football, arrived back in his home country on Tuesday.

Thriller In Manila Back On The Cards

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This years sees the highlight of the ASEAN football calender with the ASEAN Football Federation Championship. Back in 2014 the trophy was hosted by Vietnam and Singapore with the masterful Thais cruising to victory despite a valiant effort by the Malaysians in the final.

The plan this year was for Myanmar and Philippines to host the competition.

Gary Neville

‘Best Goal Of My Career’ – Gary Neville Scores Nonchalant Flicked Volley During Kick-About In Singapore (Video)

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Former Manchester United teammates Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs spent last week out in Singapore overseeing the launch of the latest addition to their 'Hotel Football' business venture.

As part of the launch event, both Neville and Giggs took part in the 'Cafe Football Cup Final' a glorified kick-about between two teams of local players.

Valencia’s Asian boss admits cultural differences

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Singapore (AFP) Asian ownership of European football clubs can be tough because of cultural differences, Valencia's Singaporean president said on Friday after a turbulent period at the Mestalla Stadium.

Chan Lay Hoon, who was brought in by Valencia's billionaire owner Peter Lim, said she had had a tough first season at the club marked by the ill-fated reign of Gary Neville.

Valencia’s Asian boss admits cultural differences

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Singapore (AFP) Asian ownership of European football clubs can be tough because of cultural differences, Valencia's Singaporean president said on Friday after a turbulent period at the Mestalla Stadium.

Chan Lay Hoon, who was brought in by Valencia's billionaire owner Peter Lim, said she had had a tough first season at the club marked by the ill-fated reign of Gary Neville.

Tampines Rovers

More Tales Of Woe From Singapore

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Truth be told I have all but given up on the SLeague. Albirex Niigata winning the title completes the foreign club domination of Singapore football with the Japanese side also winning the League Cup and preparing to face off against token local side Tampines Rovers in the Singapore Cup Final later this month.

Ex Gooner Pennant To Tampines Rovers

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Jermaine Pennant at Tampines Rovers? Ex Arsenal, ex Liverpool, once England's most expensive teenager when Arsene Wenger signed him for 2 million quid while he was 15 years old, now aged 32, just what the hell is he doing in Singapore and is it a good deal for the Stags, now with a new chairman and desperate to regain the SLeague they have seen go elsewhere in the last two seasons.

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Home Win AFC Cup Thriller

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As I headed to the AFC Cup tie between Home United and Than Quang Ninh I had Red Card TV's rant about Singapore football fans going through my mind. I recognised the symptoms having gone through the same rage and bemusement a few years back. Singapore football ain't that bad. It's been better of course but even though I don't get here as much as I used to there is still much to enjoy.

The Mixed Experiences Of Singaporeans Abroad

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I'm a big fan of players and coaches getting out of their comfort zone and working in new environments. Alien sights and sounds, different perspectives may not always make you better at your job, they should, but they help you grow as a person. The world extends beyond your village and while the grass may not be greener at least you get to try different grass.

Singapore's Annus Horriblus

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Singapore boast two of the finest goalkeepers in South East Asia, namely Hassan Sunny and Izwan Mahbud not to mention the all round ability of Safuwan Bahruddin and the consistency of Hariss Harun. Not four years ago they were winning the AFF Suzuki Cup. This year they exited the biennial competition in Manila with 270 minutes of football producing just one goal for their small band of fans to cheer.

Singapore's National Stadium Criticised. Again

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Singapore's new National Stadium has courted nothing but controversy since it opened two years ago with much of the criticism directed towards the pitch. Now as is so often the case these days instead of just getting some grass and laying it as people have done in sports for decades them mealy mouthed mutants have to go on and on about criteria, specifications blah blah blah.

Philippines Enjoy AFC Cup Double Over Singapore

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Oh dear Singapore. Just when it seems things are finally getting back on track domestically for the much mocked SLeague, its representatives in the AFC Cup go and get beaten by Philippine clubs. Yep, the Philippines.

You know how Arsenal were only invented in 1996 when that Frenchman arrived?

Albirex Niigata Singapore FC 2016 hummel Home and Away Kits

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Albirex Niigata Singapore FC have released their 2016 hummel home and away kits. The satellite [...]