Awayday blues

August 29, 2011


Khairul Amri in Dushanbe in 2007

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 […]

The Monkey: Thailand 0 Singapore 0

August 25, 2011


The Monkey hopped onto an internet stream to catch Thailand and Singapore play out a 0-0 draw at the Rajamangala Stadium. Here are the notes he scribbled: 1. A draw was a fair result. Singapore had a legitimate goal wrongly ruled out for offside in the 55th minute. Shi Jiayi’s sweet ball split the Thai […]

Independence days, part II

August 24, 2011


Singapore captain Quah Kim Swee

Going into the 1965 South-East Asian Peninsular (SEAP) Games, the mood in the Singapore camp was clearly one of confidence. “Beautiful soccer” was the verdict of acting Singapore Amateur Football Association (SAFA) president Kee Yew Leng after a 1-0 friendly win over Johor in November. Musing over the depth of the squad, Kee was of […]

The Monkey: Albirex 2 SAFFC 2

August 19, 2011


The Monkey navigated his way past the uncles and pundits propping their feet up at the Jalan Besar Stadium to bring you these notes from the Singapore Cup quarter-finals: Albirex 2 SAFFC 2 (Albirex win 5-4 on pens). 1. SAFFC have a soft underbelly. With an experienced backline and a solid midfield core on paper, […]

Posted in: s.league

Independence days, part I

August 19, 2011


Singapore captain Lee Kok Seng with the Malaya Cup in 1965

In August 1965, the air around Jalan Besar Stadium was thick with the scent of uprising. The month had already brought momentous events – a Malaya Cup triumph and national independence within the fortnight. In the days following independence however, Singapore football seemed determined to prove the truth of the maxim ‘divided we fall’. At […]

When Skinner stood up for Singapore

August 10, 2011


As he chased India’s Arun Ghosh around the Jalan Besar field one August evening in 1965, it’s likely that all Wilfred Skinner had on his mind was a little payback. A little lesson to teach, that you do not slyly kick Singapore’s number one when he is on the ground, having just pulled off another […]

style mesti ada museum: #3

August 7, 2011


#3: Trading cards from the S.League’s 1999 season, released by Taiwanese company Cardwon. From left are Billy Bone (Geylang United), Tamil Marren (Jurong FC), Ahmad Latiff (SAFFC), Dragan Talajic (Tanjong Pagar United), Toh Choon Ming (Gombak United), Darren Stewart (Balestier Central), Bogdan Brasoveanu (Clementi Khalsa), Fahmie Abdullah (Gombak United) and V. Sundramoorthy (Jurong FC). The […]

Posted in: museum

NS and the national footballer

August 5, 2011


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 […]

Rajaratnam’s ideals show the way

July 31, 2011


Aleksandar Duric

‘Regardless of race, language or religion’. The ideals of the late S. Rajaratnam, Singapore’s first Foreign Minister and chief ideologue of a Singaporean identity, live on in our national pledge. In 1977, Rajaratnam was the guest of honour when Singapore hosted Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand and Indonesia in the World Cup qualifiers. Some 34 years […]

Malaysia v Singapore: Key battles

July 27, 2011


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 […]