Lions reform chases only red herrings

November 17, 2011

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In football, the road paved with failure more often than not ends up with a few lambs sacrificed on the altar of public opinion. For Singapore, point-less and having scored only one goal in five in the World Cup qualifiers ahead of a dead rubber tie in Arbil, the shout has gone out: heads must […]

Taking a bite out of the Group of Death

October 20, 2011

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Two weeks ago, the news that the Young Lions have landed in the ‘Group of Death’ at the SEA Games might well have been greeted with naked dread. After all, they had gone nine games without a win in the S.League, the availability of key players for the Games was up in the air and […]

A time of transition

October 12, 2011

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After Tuesday’s chastening at the hands of Jordan, Singapore’s feet will not be landing on the elevated stage of Round 4 of the World Cup qualifiers, barring a footballing miracle. With no major tournaments left this year for the senior national team, it’s time for national coach Radojko Avramovic and the Lions management to ponder […]

The Monkey: Singapore 2 Philippines 0

October 8, 2011

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The Monkey braved the one-night transformation of Jalan Besar Stadium into Lucky Plaza to bring you these notes from Friday’s international friendly between the Lions, preparing for next Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Jordan, and the Azkals of the Philippines. 1. Worrying portents for the Lions… To Singapore coach Radojko Avramovic, the high-pitched screams that […]

Lions send friendly SOS

September 30, 2011

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Like old friends, old rivals are always around when you need them the most. That sentiment may well be on the mind of Singapore coach Radojko Avramovic as he takes his Lions north for the Sultan of Selangor’s (SOS) Cup on Saturday. Ahead of the win-or-you’re-out World Cup qualifier against Jordan on October 11, the […]

style mesti ada museum: #4

September 25, 2011

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#4: FAS coaching course booklet and application form from 1977. The courses, of which there were 17 that year, were conducted by the Football Association of Singapore’s director of coaching Trevor Hartley. A former West Ham player, Hartley had managed English lower division side Bournemouth before arriving in Singapore in 1977.¬†Aside from setting up the […]

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Transfer reality beckons for clubs

September 19, 2011

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Clubs in the S.League are more or less paralysed, according to Hougang United coach Aide Iskandar, as long as the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) does not make clear its plans for the Malaysian Super League (MSL) and Malaysia Cup next year. Aide, the holder of a Malaysia Cup medal from the last time Singapore […]

Gloom at the NFA

September 15, 2011

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‘Rage, rage against the dying of the light.’ Will the Lions’ 6-4 aggregate win over Malaysia in July’s World Cup qualifier prove to be a desperate, final flourish – the closing of Singapore’s dominant chapter in the Causeway rivalry? Given that Radojko Avramovic’s men had the better of the Malaysians at both Jalan Besar and […]

The Monkey: Singapore 0 Iraq 2

September 7, 2011

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The Monkey briefly wondered if Jalan Besar Stadium is only capable of rocking¬† when Malaysia visit, before settling down to pen these notes from the World Cup qualifier between Singapore and Iraq. 1. A mixed bag from Singapore. A number of Lions turned in good defensive performances, yet theywere left pondering costly errors. Keeper Lionel […]

The Monkey: China 2 Singapore 1

September 3, 2011

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The Monkey’s eyes lit on Channel 5, not to watch a Manchester United reserve match but to catch the Lions in their World Cup qualifier against China at the Tuodong Stadium in Kunming. Here’s the verdict: 1. China scores an own goal. By hosting this match in the high altitude of Kunming, the China Football […]