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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 […]

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: 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 […]

Awayday blues

August 29, 2011

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Ahead of Singapore’s higher Chinese test in Kunming, style mesti ada takes a look at the Lions’ away record over the last decade – and the need for the Football Association of Singapore to get out their addressbooks. Between January 2001 and August 2011, the Lions played 66 international matches on foreign soil, spanning two […]

Malaysia v Singapore: Key battles

July 27, 2011

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Defence: A number of issues here for Singapore coach Radojko Avramovic to ponder. Despite conceding three goals last Saturday, rookie keeper Izwan Mahbud’s overall performance was comforting. The more experienced Lionel Lewis looks like he will be ready to play, but the Home United keeper won’t be a hundred per cent fit. Lewis could have […]

Tigers looking forward to makan besar

July 26, 2011

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Singapore may carry the lead into the second leg of their World Cup qualifier against Malaysia. But ahead of Thursday and an anticipated full house at the 85,000 seat Bukit Jalil Stadium, it’s the Malaysians who are sounding confident. Presumably the Harimau get to eat every day, but Thursday appears to be the day they […]