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  1. 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.
  2. 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.......
  3. ...I would watch more often. 😁
  4. 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."
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Dear fellow REDS, starting a new thread for our beloved club. May JK and the lads power us to greater heights/glory. YNWA
  8. 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
  9. Civic2000

    2018 FIFA World Cup

    2018 World Cup Draws Can Admin help to change the title to "2018 FIFA World Cup" Thanks
  10. 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...
  11. Caldina

    AFF Suzuki Cup

    Which country will win?
  12. 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?
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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?
  20. 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
  21. 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]
  22. As per subject, dear members kindly advise where can i buy them? No online and no replica, i prefer any local retail shop, thanks Mod kindly remove or move this thread if u think off topic, thanks
  23. ins1dious

    I'm on Setanta Sports

    I didn't see a thread on this comedy show which used to be shown on Setanta Sports. The digs between Jose and Arsene are too funny... at a point... I was calling the gaffer (Arsene) as "The Voyeur" because of this show other awesome names is Cabbage Man Capello, The Big Boss and Sven as "It"... oh and I think Rafa was called as Mr. Potato Anyway... here's the 1st episode and another which is my favorite. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGmsGgATA5A The episode with the Voyeur... poor Arsene https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiBLRCl1x4
  24. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10153278646412934&id=93889432933 Look at his beautiful free kick and long shot. He could be the rising stars for singapore national team player soon to be.
  25. Wilson Raj Perumal: The man who fixed football (CNN) -- He rose from humble beginnings, worked his way through the local leagues before graduating to become a major player on the international stage, netting him millions of dollars along the way. But this isn't a tale about a footballing hero. This is a story about one of modern sport's greatest villains -- the man dubbed the most notorious match-fixer in the world. You may not be familiar with the name Wilson Raj Perumal but given how prolific he was, you might have watched one of the games he's fixed. "I never really counted, but I think it should be between 80-100 football matches," Perumal told CNN's Don Riddell in his first-ever television interview. Few doors seemed to be closed to Perumal. "I was on the bench at times, and telling players what to do, giving orders to the coach. It was that easy. There was no policing whatsoever." Officials were just as easy to target, he boasts, with "no barriers" when approaching select referees, while certain football associations would "welcome you with open arms," he added. It was only after his arrest and subsequent conviction in 2011 -- his fourth for football-related crimes - - that Perumal started coming clean on his former life, with the poacher-turned-gamekeeper now helping European police combat match-fixing. In all, Perumal claims to have pocketed around $5 million himself from match-fixing. However, he lost it all gambling, perhaps explaining why the 49-year-old recently published an autobiography, "Kelong Kings," recounting his journey from rural Singapore to football's globetrotting Mr Fix-it. "I had my boyhood dreams. I wanted to be a soldier but during my school days I got a criminal record and couldn't really pursue what I wanted to. And then I got attracted to betting when I was about 19-20 years old," he said. "I kind of got hooked and I didn't want to lose ... so I started fixing local matches," he says. Perumal plied his trade in Singapore's local football leagues in the late 1980s before joining what international crime-fighting organization INTERPOL recently described as "the world's most notorious match-fixing syndicate" allegedly headed by Tan Seet Eng -- better known as "Dan Tan," who is now reportedly in detention in Singapore. As the Internet age dawned in the mid-1990s, so Perumal's match-fixing horizons expanded. "We could see all these matches around the world ... I had the opportunity to target vulnerable countries ... people who were prone to accept bribes," he said. "So I registered a company and started e-mailing associations and building relationships." 'Like two hands prepared to clap' The 49-year-old's first foray into international match-fixing -- a 1997 friendly match between Zimbabwe and Bosnia Herzegovina -- failed, he says. Perumal alleges up to six players from the Zimbabwe team had agreed to lose the match 4-0 in return for a share of $100,000. But the game played in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia finished in a 2-2 draw. "We gave them a result that was difficult to accomplish and what happened during the game was that one player accidentally kicked the ball into the net." A decade later, Perumal targeted Zimbabwe again in what became known as the "Asiagate" scandal with both players and officials receiving bribes tofix a string of matches between 2007 and 2009. "We were like two hands prepared to clap," Perumal says. Former FIFA match-fixing investigator, Terry Steans was shocked when he was handed a FIFA case file on match-fixing in Zimbabwe in 2009. "I read that file and thought: 'No. It can't be. It can't be this easy and it can't be this prevalent,'" Steans told CNN. "Five years later, I know yes it was and yes it is. But that file opened our eyes and it was to set FIFA Security, at that time, on a path to try and discover as much as we could about the fixers and how prevalent and widespread they were." Zimbabwe's game was destroyed by the fixing scandal, Steans says. Dozens of players and officials were sanctioned, some receiving life bans while others were barred from playing for several years. The Footballers Union of Zimbabwe has been critical of the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) investigation but Steans says ZIFA deserves credit for taking action. "They appointed an investigation committee and they took the investigation as far as they possibly could do." CNN invited ZIFA to comment on match-fixing in the country but they hadn't responded by the time of publication. Hat trick of jail terms Perumal says he achieved around a 70-80% success rate and claims to have rigged games at the Olympics, World Cup qualifiers, the women's World Cup, the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the African Cup of Nations. But his attempts to corrupt didn't always go undetected by the authorities, notably in Singapore where he was imprisoned three times for football-related offences. In 1995, he was jailed for 12 months for trying to bribe a football player. Four years later he was imprisoned for 26 months for introducing a referee to a match-fixer and in 2000 he attacked a footballer with a hockey stick prior to a game -- an offense he says he deeply regrets. In 2011, the football authorities eventually caught up with Perumal again, this time in Finland where he was arrested and subsequently jailed for fixing matches in the Veikkausliiga, the country's premier football division. Perumal served one year of a two-year sentence before being extradited to Hungary where he has been helping police there with match-fixing investigations in the Balkans. Steans was shocked when police showed him Perumal's list of contacts. "Perumal had 38 countries in one phone book contacts list -- he had officials and players from those 38 countries," Steans told CNN. "If you then go to his laptop address book, there were over 50. FIFA has 209 associations ... so we are talking a quarter of FIFA associations for one fixer," he added. "As we now know, he used most of these people and used them for his own ends and his syndicate's ends and made a lot of money out of it." He might have lost all his ill-gotten gains but Perumal looks back fondly on that period of his life. "I have no regrets. It was like, it was a phase of my life and I enjoyed it and I traveled around the world. I had a good time." There are glimmers of remorse. Perumal says he feels sorry for fixing some matches but then says there are "no regrets" for others. "Football is no longer a sport. It is more like a business now. So I think we're just trying to make money out of this business. People want to win and they will do anything just to get a result." Pitch battle FIFA says preserving the game's integrity is "a top priority" and in 2011 announced it was giving INTERPOL €20 million ($26.5 million) to fight match-fixing. "We take any allegations of match manipulation very seriously and are looking into those," FIFA's media department told CNN via email. "Obviously we are aware of publications such as 'Kelong Kings.' We do not further comment on our activities and we do not share investigative reports. "FIFA continues to work closely with law enforcement agencies as well as the respective public authorities and other sports organizations on a national regional and global level to tackle the issue of match manipulation." But Perumal thinks they could be doing more. "FIFA has not come up with enough strategies or methods or publicity or marketing or whatever you can call it, to combat match-fixing," Perumal says. "FIFA are doing a lot of things to combat racism but I think match-fixing is more of a problem than racism. I'm not saying FIFA shouldn't pump in so much money (to tackle racism) but what I'm saying is that match-fixing is a more pressing issue." Steans says Perumal has been "value for money" for investigators helping them understand how match-fixers operate. "Wilson is a bit of an enigma," he says. "But you know what, every piece of information that he gave out of Finland and Hungary that came our way was right." The former FIFA man is still fighting match fixing, working as a consultant for a sports corruption company. But given the recent past, he fears for football's future if match fixing continues to carry on virtually unchecked. "We end up with a game that lacks integrity, with the game's reputation in tatters and with fans not really knowing what they're watching," Steans says. "Will fans watch? We'd probably end up with something similar to Zimbabwe where fans walked away, sponsors walked away ... You will end up with a game that means nothing. Just means nothing. "And when it means nothing, sponsors don't want it and fans don't want it either. So teams would be playing in empty stadiums. It'd be a desert." http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/26/sport/football/match-fixing-wilson-raj-perumal-corruption/index.html?hpt=hp_c1