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  1. As requested by Akula ... Starting a new thread for 2020/21 season "Defending The Tittle"
  2. Singapore returned to World Cup and Asian Cup qualifying action after more than 18 months on Thursday (Jun 3) with a 4-0 loss to Palestine. The second round of joint qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup in China has resumed after a lengthy delay caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Palestine raced to a three-nil lead in the first half at the King Fahd International Stadium, prompting Singapore head coach Tatsuma Yoshida to make a double substitution at the break. But he admitted his match decisions had not gone the way he wanted. “The boys tried, but in the first half, they were a bit nervous,” he said after the match. “I am really disappointed (as) they can do more (and) that we could not show our full potential. I think if we played to our potential, maybe the result would be changed … I am very sorry for the Singapore fans. “I feel big disappointment, big pain … But it’s not on (the players). It’s because of my management and it’s on me.” The three goals Palestine were scored in a span of about 10 minutes and included two penalties by Tamer Seyam either side of an Oday Dabbagh strike. Yaser Hamed completed the scoresheet in the closing minutes of the game. The result means Palestine overtake Singapore in the Group D standings on goal difference, having played a game more. The match saw the international debuts of Ilhan Fandi and Saifullah Akbar, while Lions stalwart Baihakki Khaizan notched his 138th Singapore appearance, taking him to joint second on the country’s list of most-capped players. The Lions sit fourth out of five teams in Group D after six games. Their remaining ties in the group are against Uzbekistan on Jun 7 (kick-off at 2am on Jun 8, Singapore time) and Saudi Arabia on Jun 11 (kick-off at 2am on Jun 12, Singapore time). Saudi Arabia lead Group D on 11 points with Uzbekistan in second on nine. The sides have played five games apiece. All remaining Group D matches are being played in the Saudi capital. The top team of each of the eight second-round groups and the four best runners-up will progress to the third round of 2022 World Cup qualifying. They will also qualify for the 2023 Asian Cup. The remaining teams will continue to compete for places at the 2023 Asian Cup in subsequent rounds of qualifiers. Singapore kicked off their campaign for Qatar 2022 and China 2023 in September 2019, picking up seven points from five games before qualifying was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Elsewhere in Asian qualifying on Thursday, the United Arab Emirates beat Malaysia 4-0, Australia won 3-0 against Kuwait and Iran picked up a 3-1 victory over Hong Kong. Bahrain drubbed Cambodia 8-0 and Nepal beat Taiwan 2-0 while Qatar, who have already qualified for the 2022 World Cup as hosts, edged out India 1-0. Thailand and Indonesia played out a 2-2 draw, with Bangladesh and Afghanistan also sharing the points in a tie that finished 1-1.
  3. Spring

    EPL- 2020/2021

    New season, new thread..............may the best team win the EPL!!
  4. StreetFight3r

    European Super League

    A group of the world’s richest soccer clubs, including Manchester United and Real Madrid, announced plans for a European breakaway league starting in August, a project that could herald the sport’s biggest shakeup in decades and make elite teams even wealthier. The marquee names -- six from England, three from Italy and three from Spain have signed up so far -- would play each other midweek as an alternative to the prestigious UEFA Champions League, according to a statement early Monday. In addition to what will be 15 permanent teams, another five will qualify each year for the so-called Super League. Establishing a new elite tournament in Europe would effectively end the Champions League’s decades-long reign as the world’s premier club contest, and revolutionize the sport’s structure. It would also funnel billions of dollars into the game’s upper echelons, following a year in which revenue has dropped as matches take place in largely empty stadiums. The 15 founding teams would share an upfront payment of 3.5 billion euros ($4.2 billion). Real Madrid’s Florentino Perez will be chairman of the group with Juve’s Andrea Agnelli and Manchester United’s Joel Glazer as vice-chairs. “We will help football at every level and take it to its rightful place in the world,” Perez said in the statement. “Football is the only global sport in the world with more than four billion fans and our responsibility as big clubs is to respond to their desires.” By creating a system in which five places a year are available through a qualification process, the organizers are seeking to head off criticism that the competition is closed -- as with the National Football League in the U.S. and the National Basketball Association in North America. The group also pledged “solidarity payments” to European soccer of more than 10 billion euros. But even before the plans were announced, national leagues from England, Spain and Italy, plus the sport’s governing body in Europe, hit back at what they called a “cynical project” founded on self-interest. In addition to considering legal action, their joint statement raised the prospect of throwing teams out of their domestic leagues. Under the new project, any club would remain in its domestic league but pull out of the Champions League. FIFA, the global governing body and organizer of the World Cup, weighed in last week, saying it would ban players who took part in the breakaway. That could potentially throw next year’s World Cup in Qatar into chaos. Political heavyweights also chimed in, with leaders from U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson to former Italian Premier Enrico Letta voicing their concern. French President Emmanuel Macron praised French clubs for not signing up so far. The proposed league also comes as UEFA, the European ruling body, tries to push through a controversial program of its own this week. It wants to expand its tournament to 36 teams, giving each team 10 pre-knockout group matches compared to six now, an increase that irked some teams complaining the season already has too many games. The Super League’s plans: An August start with clubs in two groups of 10, playing home and away matches The top three in each group automatically qualify for the quarter finals. Teams finishing fourth and fifth will compete in a two-legged play-off for the remaining quarter-final positions. A two-leg knockout format will be used to reach the final at the end of May, which will be staged as a single fixture at a neutral venue. A women’s league will be also be launched “as soon as is practicable.” Proponents argue the new Super League would create a more exciting competition because the top teams would play each other more often. It would also be lucrative for them, with permanent membership removing the uncertainty of the Champions League, whose teams must qualify annually or risk losing broadcasting and sponsorship revenue. But the idea of creating a competition that removes the drama of a smaller team such as four-time champion Ajax winning the trophy or of a bigger club having to qualify in the first place, has angered supporter groups and former players. Fans of Chelsea, owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, highlighted what they regard as the greed within soccer. Gary Neville, who won eight Premier League titles as a Manchester United player and now works for Sky Sports, said he was “absolutely disgusted” with the move. The idea that teams could take part in a league and never be relegated from it was, he said, an “absolute disgrace.”
  5. Spring

    EPL- 2019/2020

    New EPL season starting in 9 days time n with it, all hopes n dreams of players, managers n fans alike of winning silverware n glory come May 2020.......
  6. Dear Fellow Reds, Nearly a year ago, I started the 2018/19, wishing that Klopp powers us to greater heights. That was achieved when we bring back number 6. But I think a lot of us is wishing for him to end the 30 year wait. So this time round, for season 2019/2020, it shall be our dream. YNWA.
  7. ...I would watch more often. 😁
  8. Nearly a decade after Goal 2010, the ambitious plan to qualify Singapore's national football team for the Fifa World Cup, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is reviving its hopes of competing in the world's biggest football tournament in 2034. Speaking exclusively to The Straits Times on Saturday, FAS vice-president Edwin Tong said that it was a "realistic" goal for the Lions to achieve in 15 years' time. "We've always wanted to be somewhere on the world stage, so we need to start," said Mr Tong, the Senior Minister of State for Health and Law. "2034 is 15 years away...so you're looking at boys today who are maybe eight, nine to 14, 15 and if you can cultivate the programme that has that endgame in mind, it will do us a lot of good." The FAS' goal for the Lions to play in the 2034 World Cup will inevitably draw comparisons with Goal 2010, which flopped over a decade after it was first mooted in 1998. Sceptics will also point to Singapore football's slump in recent years, which saw the Lions' Fifa ranking dipping to an all-time low of 173 in October 2017 after a winless run of over 11 months. Singapore are currently ranked 162nd. But Mr Tong remains unfazed, saying: "If we're worried about trying to set up a goal and failing, we'll never get there. So we have to be realistic about our prospects; we're not aiming for the next 10 years, but set ourselves a 15-year horizon." He also pointed to the expanded 48-team format for the 2026 World Cup and beyond, which will see the number of Asian places increased by the current 41/2 to eight. He added: "There are a bit more opportunities...The obvious powerhouses, Korea, Japan, Australia, maybe some of the Middle Eastern countries, Saudi Arabia and Iran, the next tier you have Uzbekistan, Central Asians, and of course South-east Asians." "We can look at that as a goal. So it's not unrealistic, but it's also not easy," added Mr Tong, who was speaking at the unveiling of Singapore's first "Friendly Street" at Jalan Bintang Tiga by the Singapore Kindness Movement. Goal 2034 would be used to "focus and shape everything" that the FAS and its stakeholders do and he stressed that grassroots football, youth development, infrastructure and schools would be key to achieving success in 15 years' time. The FAS is currently engaging its stakeholders and refining its proposal, he added. In November 2017, the FAS unveiled its three-point plan for youth development aimed at widening the base of players, improving the quality of coaches and increasing opportunities for youth to play football. The national sports association said then that it hoped to reap the benefits in five to 10 years' time and that the ultimate aim was to develop talented young players to compete in a professional league and eventually the national team. However, Mr Tong said on Saturday that this was "not enough". He added: "We need to have key pillars, we start with grassroots and schools, we must align the way in which kids play football in schools and then we must have the support of facilities for training and matches. "Inevitably we have to work out what to do with National Service (NS), how we can align NS, which is important, with the needs of football." He suggested a "relook" into former club models such as the Singapore Armed Forces Sports Associations (Safsa) and Home United, which allowed full-time National Servicemen to train and play competitive matches. While qualifying Singapore for the 2034 World Cup may seem like a lofty goal, Mr Tong said it would "mean a lot to Singaporeans and sports fans" to see the Lions on the world's biggest football stage. He added: "It will give the country a lift and it is a goal that we want to be realistic about. It's not easy, but if you don't try, you'll never get anywhere. So we set ourselves a target, we try to lift everyone and push everyone behind it."
  9. SINGAPORE - Tatsuma Yoshida's Lions survived a nervy end to score a 2-1 upset of Palestine in their World Cup qualifying match at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday (Sept 10). The result against the Palestinians, who are 60 places higher in Fifa's world rankings, sent Singapore to the top of Group D. Singapore had opened their campaign with a 2-2 draw with Yemen a week earlier. As in the draw with Yemen, the Lions started the game at breakneck speed, and scored in the fourth minute after left wing-back Shakir Hamzah was quickest to a loose ball on the edge of the Palestine penalty box, and fired past Rami Hamada for the opening goal. But the visitors, who had beaten Uzbekistan 2-0 last week in Ramallah, equalised in the 14th minute through Yaser Hamed, who finished from close range after the ball bobbled fortuitously for him in the penalty box. Singapore defender Safuwan Baharudin, however, restored the Republic's lead six minutes before half-time, rising highest at a corner kick to power a header home. With the game finely balanced, both sets of players squared off in melees in the dying moments of the match, but the Lions, roared on by 6,011 fans, kept their cool to see out the game and secure an excellent result. Yemen host Saudi Arabia at midnight (Singapore time) in Riffa, in Group D's other match tonight.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_AFF_U-18_Youth_Championship Singapore right at the bottom of the table. Why are our youth so lousy despite drinking plentiful of expensive formula milk since newborn?? Go sports school with highly-paid sports professionals to train them. Clean water. Clean air. Nice bed. Nice aircon bedroom. High education. High calories food. Wear most expensive sports apparels. Parents subscribed to expensive tv sports package. Still can lose out to 3rd world countries with little to nothing of the above while growing up. Think North Korea.
  11. Dear fellow REDS, starting a new thread for our beloved club. May JK and the lads power us to greater heights/glory. YNWA
  12. UCL 17/18 starts with tonight (Wed early morning) 1st leg qualifying matches. Liverpool facing Hoffenheim away tonight. JK press conference : "Nothing has changed on one side or the other side," he said from a press conference in Germany on Monday. "He's not available for us at the moment. That's the main issue. He cannot play for Liverpool in this moment. Everyone can imagine this is a blow for us. "We have to prepare for this game without him like we have to prepare for it without Adam Lallana, or Daniel Sturridge. link: http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11669/10988680/jurgen-klopp-admits-philippe-coutinho-absence-is-a-blow-as-liverpool-prepare-for-hoffenheim
  13. Civic2000

    2018 FIFA World Cup

    2018 World Cup Draws Can Admin help to change the title to "2018 FIFA World Cup" Thanks
  14. have just read this interesting article from soccernet... China has 1.3 billion population yet cannot assemble a team to dominate Asia, never mind the world... not even PRC, the overseas Chinese (HK, Taiwanese, Singapore, Malaysia, etc) also tend to emphasize on studies and seldom football, or other sports even Jeremy Lin has to work double hard for his NBA dream, after he has proven his academic brilliance in Havard the football genes are just not in our DNA...
  15. Caldina

    AFF Suzuki Cup

    Which country will win?
  16. How do you guys watch football singapore? In UK got many subscribers but here in sg everything is so hard due to expensive prices Anybody know how to watch? Apart from subscribing to Singtel's expensive packages at like 60+ dollars a month watching only like 1 or 2 times per week, anyone got better Lobang? Saw eleven sports pass but only got FA cup and serie A no app and Laliga The problem is singtel holds rights for epl, starhub has beinsport for Laliga How?
  17. This should be a good starting point. Monaco reject world record £103 million bid for Kylian Mbappe from Real Madrid Many clubs after him but Monaco is unlikely to sell
  18. Anybody already bought tickets for this? Saw some tix going on Carousell for $300 for a pair. Still considering to go or not. English Premier League giants Arsenal have announced a 25-man squad for their pre-season tour to Singapore for the International Champions Cup (ICC) next week. Mesut Ozil, Mohamed Elneny and Alex Iwobi have returned from World Cup duty to join their team-mates, who have been training since the start of July, for the trip to Singapore. The squad will leave London for Singapore on Sunday (July 22). Arsenal play LaLiga side Atletico Madrid at the National Stadium on July 26 and take on French giants Paris Saint-Germain two days later. Both matches kick off at 7.30pm. Tickets to the 2018 International Champions Cup in Singapore are still available at www.sportshub.com.sg/ICC2018. https://www.straitstimes.com/sport/football/football-arsenal-announce-25-man-squad-for-singapore-leg-of-international-champions
  19. Barcelona's Lionel Messi is the most valuable player in the world, what do you think? http://www.football-observatory.com/Top-transfer-values-Messi-outranks-Ronaldo-and-1141
  20. No wonder Singapore soccer is in such a sorry state. Waste time to elect new team. New CPIB drama to watch. ------------ http://www.straitstimes.com/sport/football/football-sportsg-files-police-report-over-alleged-misuse-of-funds-at-bill-ngs Football: Police raid offices of FAS, 3 football clubs after SportSG files report over suspected misuse of funds SINGAPORE - Police have raided the offices of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and three football clubs on Thursday (April 20) as part of a probe into the alleged misuse of funds at Tiong Bahru Football Club. Besides the FAS premise at the Jalan Besar Stadium, police officers also visited the clubhouses of TBFC in People’s Park Complex, Hougang United at Hougang Stadium and Woodlands Wellington at Prinsep Street. The statement said: "Following the media reports that Tiong Bahru Football Club had donated $500,000 to the Asean Football Federation (AFF) through the FAS (Football Association of Singapore), SportSG looked into the matter, and received further information on 18 April 2017. SportSG's latest statement on Thursday added: " On 3 April 2017, SportSG received a letter from a named individual alleging that a senior officer of a Football Club had instigated another Club to delay and/or obstruct the completion of audits until after the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) Elections, scheduled to be held on 29 April 2017, with false reasons.
  21. Starting the ball rolling will be Champion Leicester. Leicester City have agreed a deal to sign Genk midfielder Wilfred Ndidi for £15m. Will be completed early January.
  22. Not sure where to put this developing tragedy... has been going on since morning... but it's mostly confirmed now. 76 dead, 5 survive. Plane was also carrying the Chapesoense football team to Colombia for the Copa Sudamericana final against Colombian side Atlético Nacional. This was a fairy tale season for them as they'd been promoted to the top flight in 2014 only. Read somewhere else that they were supposed to travel in their own chartered plane but was refused permission by Brazil authorities. So they had to switch to this tragic flight. https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2016/nov/29/brazilian-team-chapecoense-onboard-plane-that-crashed-over-colombia-latest Daily Mail has more pictures http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3980974/Plane-carrying-72-passengers-including-Brazilian-football-team-crashes-Colombia-reports-say.html
  23. http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/man-united-transfers-dutch-teen-5502856 Man Utd is tracking this wonderkid dubbed as the next Robben interesting.... reminds me of the past wonderkids who were dubbed the next so and so.... some lived up to the expectation, but many failed spectacularly the most successful is of cos: Messi - next Maradona (except that he hasn't win the World Cup for Argentina yet) others: Robinho - next Pele (full of fanciful tricks, won many trophies but still failed imo) Bruno Cheyrou - next Zidane (who remembers this chap? Liverpool bought him but he couldn't really make it) Lassana Diarra - next Makelele (looks like Makelele but played nothing like the legendary DM) Romelu Lukaku - next Drogba (still got many years to prove himself... after all Drogba was a late bloomer) Paul Pogba - next Vieira (may even exceed the legend himself in another few years) Harry Kane - next Sheringham (looks like a good deal, hope he can make it!) who else you can think of?
  24. Spurman

    Venga for fas president

    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-football-has/3041302.html I like this interview. Machiam hard truths. Uncensored. And yes. FAS sucks... they need an overhaul
  25. Starting the ball rolling: BREAKING NEWS: West Ham to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Havard Nordtveit on free transfer. Nordtveit will join West Ham on 1 July 2016. [sky Sports]