Browsing All posts tagged under »World Cup qualifiers«

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]