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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Singapore v Malaysia: Key battles

July 21, 2011

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Defence: Singapore keeper Lionel Lewis looks to be recovering well from an adductor muscle tear. But Lions coach Radojko Avramovic may consider that Malaysia’s star forward Safee Sali likes to play off the shoulder of the last defender, and his pace could fashion one on one chances. Izwan Mahbud’s international experience pales in comparison to […]