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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 […]

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 0 Iraq 2

September 7, 2011

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The Monkey briefly wondered if Jalan Besar Stadium is only capable of rockingĀ  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 […]

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 […]

NS and the national footballer

August 5, 2011

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In the bowels of the cavernous National Stadium at Bukit Jalil, in the afterglow of the 1-1 draw with Malaysia that took Singapore into the third round of World Cup qualifiers, Radojko Avramovic was asked if the aggregate 6-4 victory would spark an upturn in the country’s footballing fortunes. Earlier he had loosed a spontaneous […]

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 […]