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New Age Limits Add To Coach's Pressures

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I must admit to a feeling of massive underwhelment at the recent 'changes' announced by the Football Association of Singapore as they bid to improve the state of their flagship SLeague. Remember, this is a league where the last eight trophies have been won by just one team, Albirex Niigata, which features precisely zero local players.

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.

Stay Away Fans Highlight FAS Incompetence

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So I was at the Tampines Rovers v Balestier Khalsa game on Friday night in the SLeague and as far as I am aware the season hasn't finished and Albirex Niigata had not been crowned champions. So where were the fans? What has happened to all that early season hype, Pennantmania, that saw increased attendances across the league?

Kawata Hits Four In Young Lions Rout

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Welcome to the tropics Jermaine Pennant. Six goals and two red cards on his debut, the ex Arsenal winger lined up for his first start for Tampines Rovers against Warriors on Friday and it pissed down. Big time. And the game was called off. So there.

Last night saw last season's Cup Double winners Albirex Niigata put five goals past Young Lions without reply.

Pahang & Warriors Triumph

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Malaysia Cup Final

Pahang v Johor Darul Tazim 2-2 (Dickson Nwakaeme 2; Luciano Figuero, Jorg Diaz) 90,000

Pahang won the Malaysia Cup on penalties.


Tampines Rovers v DPMM 2-1 (Jozef Kaplan, Miljan Mrdakovic; Rodrigo Tosi)
Warriors v Albirex Niigata 1-0 (Hafiz Rahim)
Balestier Khalsa v Home United 0-1 (Suzukicastanheira Brunojunuchi)

1 - Warriors 27 16 5 6 53-35 53
2 - DPMM 27 15 5 7 63-30 50
3 - Tampines 27 14 7 6 44-32 49

Warriors secured the SLeague on the final day of an emotional campaign.

[S.League] We'll know on Friday if we can check in the trophy at airport or not

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Snap from Jurong East earlier
It is down to the final fixtures of the season before we will know if Warriors, since 2009 when they were still known as SAFFC, or Brunei DPMM, joining the ranks alongside with another foreign side - Etoile FC, are to be crowned the new Great Eastern Yeo's S.

Title Chasing DPMM Offer Free Admission

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STEVE Kean is expecting a tough challenge when DPMM FC entertain Singapore League (S-League) title contenders Warriors FC tonight in a game in which entrance will be free. S-League DPMM FC, who are on 46 points, will be looking for victory after three-time defending champions and second placed Tampines Rovers cut the lead at the top to only three points - while the trio of Warriors FC, Albirex Niigata (S) FC and Home United FC are all locked on 41 points.

Stags' title hopes took a dent after 2-0 loss to Warriors

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Agu Casmir (left) scored the first goal
Tampines Rovers' hopes of retaining the S.League title suffered a massive setback with a 2-0 defeat in the titanic clash against fellow title contender Warriors FC at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

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.

Tampines Rovers v Albirex Niigata 1-1

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Both Tampines and warriors had the opportunity to gain ground on the SLeague leaders DPMM over the last couple of evenings but both failed to take the opportunity leaving Steve Kean and his merry band to celebrate in Sharia ruled Brunei with lashings of fizzy pop.

Going into the game with a new coach, Tampines fell behind when Shuhei Hotta gave the visitors, who seemed to have more fans than the champions and supposed home team, an early lead.

SLeague Top Scorers

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  • 7 - Rodrigo Antonio Tosi (DPMM), Geison Moura (Hougang United, Miroslav Pejic (Warriors)
  • 6 - Roy O'Donovan (DPMM). Miljan Mrdakaovic (Tampines Rovers)
  • 5 - Kazuki Sakamoto (Albirex Niigata),Goran Ljubojevic (Balestier Khalsa)
  • 4 - Leo Felice (Geylang International), Diego Oliviera (Hougang United)
Note the Singaporeans in that list!


Warriors Coach In F Word Blast

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So Warriors coach Jorg Steinebrunner used the F word at a press conference yesterday. The outburst came after seeing his side lose 4-2 against Tampines Rovers with the ex PSM, Medan Chiefs coach angry at a decision to give the Stags a penalty when the score was 2-2.

In fairness it should be a word be used much in and around the Warriors camp.

Fare Thee Well, Alex

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Today marks the end of an era. Aleksander Duric will walk on to the pitch at Clementi Stadium for the last time as Tampines Rovers take on DPMM in what is effectively the title decider. If Duric leads Tampines to victory his last deed as a professional footballer could be to help one of his former clubs, Warriors, to list the SLeague.

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.

DPMM Suffer Rare Defeat

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There is an air of confidence around Choa Chu Kang these days. The Warriors are sensing a return to the glory days that saw them dominate the SLeague for so many seasons.

Formerly known as SAFFC, I ain't writing all that down again, in their glory days they won the SLeague four straight years and won the Singapore Cup twice.

Jermaine Pennant

Are Tampines 'Living The Dream'?

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Following the news Tampines Rovers had been asking the Football Association of Singapore for an advance the game's governing body has said No. Nien. Niet. Non. Mai dai. Yes, I know...rare for the FAS to do anything quickly. They still don't have a replacement lined up for Bernd Stange even though they knew yonks ago he would be leaving.

Mehmet Joins Tampines' Stag Do

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While Jermaine Pennant's signature on a Tampines Rovers contract has quite rightly attracted the headlines in recent years it is perhaps the acquisition of Billy Mehmet that might prove the more astute piece of business by the Stags as they seek to mount a sustained SLeague title challenge.

Pennant may boast the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool on his resume but is limited in his knowledge of football in Asian.

Official: Jermaine Pennant Completes ‘Sexy’ Move To Singapore Club Tampines Rovers (Photo)

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As the January transfer window really begins to kick into full swing, Jermaine Pennant has sealed a move to Tampines Rovers, thus becoming the highest-paid player in the history of the Singapore S-League in the process.

Pennant had been on trial with Tampines for a couple of weeks and, after proving himself up to scratch, has spent the last few days locked in negotiations with the club's chairmanKrishna Ramachandra.

Hougang United

Tampines Rovers v Hougang United 4-1

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Yeah I know it is a few days late. Sorry. Been busy with MyLittleGooner and his aspirations to be a goalkeeper. Shame he can't play further up the field or he could get in the Arsenal team...only Wenger would have him injured for two games going nine months.

Anyways, Tampines. After the proper, ok too many drums but you know what I mean, atmopshere at Jalan Besar Stadium for the Young Lions v Geylang clash I was looking forward to catching this one.

[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.


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.

Video: Ex-Arsenal and Liverpool star Jermaine Pennant on trial in Singapore

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Former Arsenal and Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant is currently on trial at Singapore side Tampines Rovers. The 32-year-old has been without a club...

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Brazilian great Ronaldinho set to open youth academy in Singapore

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Photo credit: AFP.

Brazilian legend Ronaldinho will arrive in Singapore next week to establish a youth academy in the soccer-mad city-state, a local club said Friday.

The World Cup winner will partner with local club Tampines Rovers and the International Football Group to jointly establish the Ronaldinho Football Academy, a Tampines Rovers statement said.

Brazilian great Ronaldinho set to open youth academy in Singapore

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Photo credit: AFP.

Brazilian legend Ronaldinho will arrive in Singapore next week to establish a youth academy in the soccer-mad city-state, a local club said Friday.

The World Cup winner will partner with local club Tampines Rovers and the International Football Group to jointly establish the Ronaldinho Football Academy, a Tampines Rovers statement said.

Aleksander Duric Testimonial

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Singapore. To mark his retirement from competitive football, Duric, who is into his final season with S.League club Tampines Rovers, will feature in the Castlewood Group Liverpool Masters - a friendly match between the Liverpool Masters and a Singapore Selection.
The game, to be played at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Nov 15, will double up as a testimonial match for the Bosnia-born Singaporean, who will be part of the local legends team led by Fandi Ahmad and V Sundramoorthy.

V Sundramoorthy

Tampines Move Quickly To Snap Up LionsXII Stars

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Tampines Rovers were second best in every respect in the recently concluded SLeague season. They finished second, they had the second highest goals scored tally and the second meanest defence but for a club with their heritage that is not enough and the Stags are already planning for the new season.

Coach V.

Stags Getting Ready For New Season

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Last season was a rarity for Tampines Rovers. After five consecutive top two finishes they finished just above the bottom half of the season in 3rd and the club will be looking for better in the 2015 SLeague.

Coach Rafiq Ali has been replaced by V Sundramoorthy, a legend in Singapore delighting in the name of The Dazzler (maybe he was involved with a washing detergent?


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.

Tremendous Team Spirit Behind Warriors Comeback Win Over Stags, said Weaver

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Watched the game from the media tribune
Warriors FC bounced back from their midweek debacle to claim maximum points in 3-2 win over arch-rivals Tampines Rovers at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

A pleasing Alex Weaver walked into the room before attributed the factors behind the comeback win over the Stags.

"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.


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First and foremost, I would like to extend my congratulations to Warriors FC in clinching the S.League title (which they last won in 2009 when they were still known as SAFFC).

Secondly, I would like to pay my compliments to Brunei DPMM for being the pace-setters for large part of the campaign that pushed the benchmark to see another nail-biting ending.

"Matchpix" - August 2014

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  • "I Bianconeri" in Singapore
No Carlos Tevez after all .

Thai Premier League

Sunny Hopes For Thai Army

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Singapore international keeper Hassan Sunny is currently trying his luck in the Thai Premier League. He is having trials with Army United, coached by former Brighton and Hove Albion defender gary Stevens.

Sunny was part of the Warriors team that lifted the SLeague title last season and had signed for Tampines Rovers for the new campaign but his new side have said they will not stand in his way should he be able to secure a move to the Thai league, considered by many one of the strongest in the region.

Hong Kong, Myanmar Sides Too Much For Tampines, Kelantan

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Kitchee v Tampines Rovers 4-0

Something is going on in Hong Kong football that seems to be passing insular South East Asia by. A couple of things of late have made me sit up and take notice...first was Pakistan international Zesh Rehman leaving the 'popular' Thai Premier League's Muang Thong United for a two year stint at Kitchee.

The Rest

AFC Cup Quarter Final Draw 2016

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13/09 South China (Hong Kong) v Johor Darul Ta'zim (Malaysia)
13/09 Air Force Club (Iraq) v Al Muharraq (Bahrain)

14/09 Al Ahed (Lebanon) v Al Jaish (Syria)
14/09 Bengaluru v Tampines Rovers (Singapore)

20/09 JDT v South China
20/09 Al Muharraq v Air Force Club

21/09 Al Jaish v Al Ahed
21/09 Tampines Rovers v Bengaluru

Tough ask for Tampines against Bengaluru but the Indian side will be without coach Ashley Westwood who stepped down recently.

Free Tickets To Rival Clubs Is Insult For Stags Fans

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Tonight sees Tampines Rovers host Selangor in the AFC Cup knowing a win will secure their place in the knock out stage. A pretty important game you would imagine against a regional rival and one I as a football fan would certainly make the effort to go and see if I was in the area.

Moving the game to the National Stadium was a bold move.

Houllier To Be Stags Ambassador

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There is so much money swirling round in football no big name pro need be out of the limelight for long. Football has this capacity to invent jobs for people, jobs that essentially are all about a name and keeping that name out there.

English clubs have been going down the ambassador role for several years now.

JDT Begin AFC Cup Defence

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Group E - Tampines Rovers, Selangor, Ceres, Dhanmondi
Group F - Balestier Khalsa, Kitchee, New Radiant, Kaya
Group H - Johor Darul Tazim, Bengalaru, Lao Toyota, Ayeyawady

AFC Cup winners' JDT's failure to overcome Muang Thong United in the AFC Champions' League Play Off means they get a chance to regain their title and to do so they must overcome a familiar foe.

Tampines Rovers - SLeague's Glamour Club?

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One thing the SLeague has failed to do over recent years has been to market itself. It seems those at the very top have next to no idea how to sell the most popular game in the world to people in their very own backyard. Given such inertia perhaps it is time the clubs took up the mantle and heading into 2016 season perhaps Tampines Rovers are the side best equipped to do so.

Rampant Stags Claw Back Into AFC Cup Contention

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There may have been people out there ready to write off Tampines Rovers chances in the AFC Cup after Kitchee went to Jalan Besar and hit them 5-0 in the first group stage game.

After they travelled to Myanmar and were beaten 3-1 by Nay Pyi Taw they were ready for the last rites out in eastern Singapore for the team that plays in western Singapore.