Browsing All posts tagged under »Radojko Avramovic«

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Monkey: Thailand 0 Singapore 0

August 25, 2011

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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 […]

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 […]

Raddy-Raja wordplay

July 22, 2011

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Ahead of their World Cup qualifier on Saturday, the coaches of Singapore and Malaysia have been almost as busy providing quotes as preparing their respective teams. Here’s an account of the verbal tennis match that ensued between the Lions’ Radojko Avramovic and Malaysia’s Datuk K. Rajagobal. “(Malaysia) played rational football – not attractive but direct, […]