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Hold Your Heads Up Boys, You’ve done us Proud: Singapore 0 – 3 Saudi Arabia

My palms became sweaty and my heart was in my mouth as the Saudi players launched attack after attack. As each Saudi attack fizzled out for a goal kick or throw in, it allowed me to catch my breath. However, it was but a momentary respite before play resumed again and my anxiety returned. Despite […]

‘El Loco’ – The Continental Tale Of Blake Ricciuto

You can learn a lot from a football player by his goal celebration. Kylian Mbappé’s understated shoulder fold comes to mind, a shout-out to his brother’s celebration of choice after scoring a goal in FIFA. A larger-than-life athlete, however, deserves a more glorious trademark – which calls to mind Cristiano Ronaldo and his now iconic […]

The SoccerKakis Podcast #4B

We’re splitting the episodes into two again! This week we once again discuss a range of topics, including Carlo Ancelotti’s move to Real Madrid and what that means in the Manager merry-go-round, how we rank the teams for the upcoming UEFA EURO 2020, the upcoming Copa América as well as how the USA and Singapore […]

The SoccerKakis Podcast #4A

We’re splitting the episodes into two again! This week we once again discuss a range of topics, including Carlo Ancelotti’s move to Real Madrid and what that means in the Manager merry-go-round, how we rank the teams for the upcoming UEFA EURO 2020, the upcoming Copa América as well as how the USA and Singapore […]

Uzbekistan 5 – 0 Singapore: Some Positives In Another Crushing Defeat?

Given the 4-0 thumping by Palestine, Singapore’s chances of qualifying for the next round have become seemingly impossible. It doesn’t help that our last two fixtures are against the favourites in the group: Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia. The national team knew that beating the Uzbeks would be an insurmountable task but this is football after […]

Serie A Team of the Season Part 2: The Midfield

A lot more stripes in this one… Welcome back to our Serie A Team of the Season, where we will be naming our midfield three in this team. Two were certain inclusions, one was probably a bit controversial, but all three play for teams that wear stripes, so Vikram did not enjoy making the graphics. […]

Serie A Team of the Season Part 1: The Defense

The Italian Job… Welcome to the final week of the Team of the Season series, after a slight delay, where we will be covering the final league of this series: the Italian Serie A. With a new champion for the first time in a decade, Serie A was one of the most interesting leagues from […]

The SoccerKakis Podcast #3

Episode 3 will be split into three parts but we’re trying out something new. We’ve decided to post all episodes simultaneously. In the first part [3A], we will focus on the UEFA Champions League and Europa League final reviews, looking at what Chelsea’s and Villareal’s victories mean for all parties involved. In the second part [3B], […]

A Tale Of Two Halves? Palestine 4-0 Singapore

The boys in red walked out of the tunnel, onto the pitch and lined up for the national anthem. As Majulah Singapura played, I couldn’t help but smile at the sight before me. I know that co-writer Kim was probably singing his lungs out at 2AM in the morning. International football has finally returned for […]

The SoccerKakis Podcast #2C

This week’s episode will be split into three parts and we will be focusing on the final day of the EPL season, Lille OSC and Atlético Madrid winning their respective league titles, the UEFA Champions League and Europa League Final previews, Coach Kim Do Hoon’s move to Lion City Sailors, and of course, the national […]

Majulah Singapura, It’s Time To Support The Lions

I will have the fortune of watching my Singapore national team compete in a matter of hours or so. We take on Palestine who have a lot to play for given the grave situation in the nation. I am also thankful to watch the Lions feature twice more in the week to come. Three matches […]

The Soccer Kakis Podcast #2B

This week’s episode will be split into three parts. We focus on the final day of the EPL season, Lille OSC and Atlético Madrid winning their respective league titles, the UEFA Champions League and Europa League Final previews, Coach Kim Do Hoon’s move to Lion City Sailors, and of course, the national team selections. In […]

On Carlo Ancelotti’s Return to Real Madrid

*long, disappointed sigh* Before we recorded our podcast episode yesterday (which you will hear later), I saw some reports out of Spain that Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti was seriously being considered for the Real Madrid opening following Zinedine Zidane’s resignation. I did not necessarily think much of it, and while I acknowledge on the podcast […]

The Mouth Of The North: A Chat With R. Vengadasalam Part 1 – A Brief Overview

When it comes to controversy and immense passion for Singapore football, you don’t have to look much further than R. Vengadasalam. Endearingly called ‘Coach Venga’ by fans and players alike, he also goes by another moniker, ‘The Mouth Of The North.’ An apt name for the Woodlands Wellington icon who runs his mouth and isn’t […]

The Soccerkakis Podcast #2A

This week’s episode will be split into three parts and we will be focusing on the final day of the EPL season, Lille OSC and Atlético Madrid winning their respective league titles, the UEFA Champions League and Europa League Final previews, Coach Kim Do Hoon’s move to Lion CIty Sailors, and of course, the national […]

Addressing The Singapore National Team Selection

Our recent article featuring an interview with Kenny Poh Yi Feng certainly raised a few eyebrows. While we are grateful for the opportunity to share Kenny’s story, what caught my attention was the number of reposts of his article. Specifically, people were reposting his featured quote: “You will always think you have a chance but […]

Ligue 1 Team of the Season Part 4: Honorable Mentions

A chance for the rest of the league to shine… Welcome back to the Ligue 1 Team of the Season, where we will be wrapping this up by naming our honorable mentions. It was an incredibly competitive season, meaning some very talented players missed out on being in the main team, so we now get […]

Our Singapore Premier League Team Of The Week #9

The final fixtures before the international break have concluded. For the next month or so, we will not have any Singapore Premier League action, which means that we will not have any editions of our Team Of The Week until the resumption of the league in July. However, do not fret, for we have a […]

Meet Oriol Mohedano: The Tiger Tactician

Football in Cambodia is less renowned than other leagues in Southeast Asia, but make no mistake, it is a sleeping giant about to wake from its long slumber. Cambodians are passionate about the sport, and as more funds are being invested into the football landscape, it will certainly grow expediently. Only 34 years old, don’t […]

Ligue 1 Team of the Season Part 3: The Attack

Let’s add a bit of “va-va-voom”, as Thierry Henry would say… Welcome back to the Ligue 1 Team of the Season, where we name our front three. You might know who is in this, but I would be ready for a surprise near the end… Let’s get started. Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain) Yeah, Mbappé still […]

The SoccerKakis Podcast #1B

Following our pilot initiative, our first real episode is out! Well, not really. Based on the feedback on our pilot initiative, we’ve decided to split our lengthy podcast into two halves. This is the first half. Stay tuned for the second half, which will be out tomorrow. In this week’s episode, we discuss Aymeric Laporte’s […]

Ligue 1 Team of the Season Part 2: The Midfield

The team gets much more difficult to pick starting from here… Welcome back to the Ligue 1 Team of the Season, where today we will decide our midfield three. The defense was fairly easy, but things begin to get more difficult (and more controversial) from here, so be sure to stick around and see this […]

The SoccerKakis Podcast #1A

Following our pilot initiative, our first real episode is out! Well, not really. Based on the feedback on our pilot initiative, we’ve decided to split our lengthy podcast into two halves. This is the first half. Stay tuned for the second half, which will be out tomorrow. In this week’s episode, we discuss Aymeric Laporte’s […]

Ligue 1 Team of the Season Part 1: The Defense

How many PSG players will be here? You have to read on this week to find out… Welcome back to the Team of the Season series, where, for our penultimate entry week, we will be covering a league that is near and dear to my heart: France’s Ligue 1. With a title race going down […]

Tuchel’s Success Shows Lampard Wasn’t Ready

After a long hiatus, I am finally back to writing for SoccerKakis. Since no one has been wondering, I was actually busy with school and had submissions every week. The fundamental flaw in me is this, even though I am smart, I can be a bit slow when it comes to research, which is why […]

Part of a Forgotten Generation: The ‘Nice Guy’ Kenny Poh Yifeng Part 2

In Part 1, we looked at Kenny’s beginnings as a footballer, his time with Balestier Khalsa, and how he moved to Warriors FC. In this second part, we look at Kenny’s thoughts on the end of his career, his solitary national team cap, and what he has been up to today. For the next 4 […]

Bundesliga Team of the Season Part 4: Honorable Mentions

Das Besten of die Resten Welcome back to the final part of our Bundesliga Team of the Season, where, after another delay that we apologize for, we will be wrapping up the team with our honorable mentions. The variety of top performers throughout the Bundesliga this season means we get a variety of honorable mention […]

Our Singapore Premier League Team Of The Week #8

Once again, it was goals galore in the Singapore Premier League, and we have selected our best eleven from this past weekend’s matches. Tampines and Hougang were in red hot form this game week, with both clubs scoring 5 goals each in their respective wins over Balestier and Geylang. Elsewhere, Albirex narrowly beat the Young […]

Bundesliga Team of the Season Part 3: The Attack

Yeah, you probably know who will be here… Welcome back to the Bundesliga Team of the Season, where today we name our front three. These are pretty obvious, let us get right to it. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) I mean, obviously. Robert Lewandowski is the best goal scorer on the planet. He might very well […]

Bundesliga Team of the Season Part 2: The Midfield

And here come the Bayern players… After a slight delay due to technical issues, we are back with the Bundesliga Team of the Season. In this part, we name our midfield three. And yes, there are Bayern players here now. They were coming eventually. Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich) Joshua Kimmich might be one of the […]

On Harris Harun’s ‘Home’coming: Time For Someone To Walk The Plank?

I got inspired by Kim’s writing style and I’m taking a crack at it The calm waters have been disturbed. The other vessels search around for the source of this disturbance. And then, in the distance, they find it. A captain is boarding the dreadnaught that is Lion City Sailors. Sorry, scratch that. The Captain […]

Bundesliga Team of the Season Part 1: The Defense

Das Team of the Season… Welcome back to our Team of the Season series, where we begin our third league of this series: the Bundesliga in Germany. While the perennial winners Bayern won again, there was a lot of interesting results throughout the league table, with many teams challenging the previous duopoly of Bayern-Dortmund. We […]

So…We Started A Podcast

And here is how you can listen… Hi, everyone. We just wanted to make a formal announcement that Vikram and I have started a podcast. We aim for the podcast to be weekly, though we are still figuring things out, and we aim to discuss a wide variety of topics in European and Asian football, […]

Part of a Forgotten Generation: The ‘Nice Guy’ Kenny Poh Yifeng Part 1

When I first started the Interview Series, there was a group of commenters who routinely called for Kenny Poh Yi Feng to be interviewed after each article was produced. Well, my friends, here you go.  The Foreign Talent Sports Scheme may have helped usher in Singaporean football’s period of success in the 2000s and early […]

Our Singapore Premier League Team Of The Week #7

Ah well, short-lived, wasn’t it? With increasing community cases in our little red dot, we have since moved to Phase 2 measures and consequently, fans are once again no longer allowed to attend live matches. That being said, I am thankful that the Singapore Premier League still continues. Barring the absence of fans, this week […]

La Liga Team of the Season Part 4: Honorable Mentions

I changed my mind quite a bit here… Welcome back to the La Liga Team of the Season, where today we will go over our honorable mentions. These were quite difficult for me to pick, much more so than the Premier League honorable mentions. With how open La Liga has been this season, there have […]

La Liga Team of the Season Part 3: The Attack

You know who one of them is… Welcome back to La Liga Team of the Season, where today we will name our three forwards who shone brighter than the chasing pack. There is clearly one very obvious choice here, so we start with him first… Lionel Messi (Barcelona) I mean, of course he was going […]

La Liga Team of the Season Part 2: The Midfield

Slightly easier to choose than the defense… Welcome back to the La Liga Team of the Season. In this part, we will be selecting our midfield three, which will probably be less controversial than the defense. It will also be a largely “big team” affair, unlike the defense featuring significant contribution from players outside of […]

La Liga Team of the Season Part 1: The Defense

A bit of Spanish flair this week… Welcome back to our Team of the Season series. This week we will be venturing to the Iberian Peninsula to talk about Spain’s top flight, La Liga. As with last week, we start with the defense and progress up the pitch before rounding the series out with some […]

From Japan, With Love – The Story Of Kyoga Nakamura

A group of scouts looked intently upon the football pitch in Japan’s Toyota Stadium, and they could all be seen jotting down notes, collectively seeking to unearth the next great footballing prospect to propel their clubs to dreams of silverware. But where they all contemplated the virtues of the different players, a smartly-dressed figure was […]

Premier League Team of the Season Part 4: Honorable Mentions

A chance for me to cure my indecisiveness and recognize the players I was very close to putting into the main team… Welcome back to the Premier League Team of the Season. This part will cover the “honorable mentions”. Each league will have eight honorable mentions, which include one goalkeeper and a somewhat even spread […]

Premier League Team of the Season Part 3: The Attack

Harry Kane and friends… Welcome back to our Premier League Team of the Season. In this part, we will name the three best attacking players of this season, which, again, were fairly easy to pick. I will not lie to you all, most of this team picks itself. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) Alright, let us […]

Premier League Team of the Season Part 2: The Midfield

You already know who these three players will be, so let’s just get this show on the road… Welcome back to the Premier League Team of the Season. This piece will cover the three midfield positions, which, to be honest, were fairly easy to pick. We are in a 4-3-3 formation, so there will only […]

Premier League Team of the Season Part 1: The Defense

For those that love to defend, as the English say… Welcome to our Team of the Season series, as we look to round up a very weird year of European football by giving you our team of the season for Europe’s Top Five leagues. We will devote one week to each league, releasing each team […]

An American Watches the SPL

Vikram made me watch a week of Singaporean Football, and I have some thoughts… So I watched this most recent match week of the Singaporean Premier League as part of my taking part in Vikram’s SPL Team of the Week series. Saturday evening’s entertainment was Tanjong Pagar’s remarkable 2-2 draw against Tampines Rovers, while on […]

The Rory Winters Story Part 3: Shaping Minds and Careers

Read Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven’t already! In the second part of this three-part article, we shared how Rory experienced a revelation. Football may have been his first love, but coaching had been his calling in life. Guiding and nurturing others came naturally to Rory, who was extremely passionate about this new […]

Our Singapore Premier League Team Of The Week #6

This Gameweek marked a special moment for the Singapore Premier League. Starting from this week, up to 250 fans could come down and watch games without having to do a COVID-19 test. Many fans turned up in the various fixtures and their presence made a huge difference. I went down to catch the Sailors fixture […]

The Day That Fans Rose Up

On the life, and presumed death, of “The Super League”, and why we must not stop after this victory… So… A lot has happened, huh? I am sure we all saw what happened on Sunday, as 12 European football clubs made the joint announcement that they would be leaving UEFA to form “The Super League”. […]

The SPL Round 1 Round-Up Part 2: The Bottom Half

In Part 1 we discussed the top half of the league The first round of the Singapore Premier League has concluded, and as teams prepare for the second round of fixtures, let’s take a look at how each team has fared. Despite the varying level of success of each club, one thing is for certain […]

The Rory Winters Story Part 2: The Journeyman Phase

Released by Oldham and without another club at 18, Rory was faced with several tough decisions. Does he take a gamble and continue pursuing his footballing aspirations? Or, does he give up the footballing dream and concentrate on school? Rory had always believed journalism would be a viable alternative should the footballing dream ever fail […]

The SPL Round 1 Round-Up Part 1: The Top Half

The first round of the Singapore Premier League has concluded, and as teams prepare for the second round of fixtures, let’s take a look at how each team has fared. Despite the varying level of successes of each club, one thing is for certain – it has been goals galore in the first 7 match […]

Our Singapore Premier League Team Of The Week #5

Gameweek 5 featured both the Eastern (Tampines Rovers vs Geylang International) and Western (Tanjong Pagar United Vs Albirex Niigata) derbies and, as usual, a ton of goals. It also concludes the end of round 1 of the Singapore Premier League, and it’s insane to think we are one-third of the way into the season. Your […]

Hansi Flick Is Leaving? Already?

On the rumblings of managerial turmoil in Bavaria and why they make more sense than many think… So we have already covered Bayern Munich’s historic sextuple-winning team and how great they are and how great manager Hansi Flick has been and blah blah blah. Something else is happening in Bavaria, something major. There is now […]

Aurelio Vidmar to BG Pathum United? Who Should The Sailors Turn To?

Disclaimer: I do not want Vidmar to leave the Sailors I stumbled across this article thanks to our pals at Lions Of Asia, and I think it is worth addressing. Yes, this may just be nothing more than the work of some journalists churning material for the rumour mill. However, let’s assume that this is […]

Jesse Lingard and the Story of Second Chances

How Jesse Lingard’s rise from the ashes is the feel-good story of the season in the Premier League… We all undoubtedly know who Jesse Lingard is at this point. The English attacking midfielder has seemingly been in the world’s eye for years now, and not necessarily for the right reasons. The kid from Warrington, a […]

The Rory Winters Story Part 1: The Beginnings

To many in Singapore, Rory Winters is a an unfamiliar name, but his footballing story may be relatable. Rory was part of the English footballing system since he was 7 years old and he played professionally until he was 23 years old. He played semi-professionally since then, and then retired from the game 3 years […]

Our Singapore Premier League Team Of The Week #4

Game Week 4 saw Matchdays 5 and 6 unfold, and what a week indeed! It was goals galore in both matchdays with Tampines slotting 7 past Young Lions and Lion City Sailors racking up 8 goals against Geylang International. In this combined team of the week, we have a pretty diverse line-up from a range […]

An Article By A Fan: Transfer Fees In The SPL

An Article By Bob Wong Singapore Premier League’s 2021 edition was always going to be a different league, taking into account the widespread impact of Covid-19. Looking at the other countries where we saw big clubs’ revenues drop drastically due to the lack of fans, many expected this year’s campaign to be a prudent one […]

Circumventing The K-League ASEAN Quota Conundrum

In 2020, the K-League launched the ASEAN Quota, where K-League clubs were given an extra foreign player spot for players from Southeast Asia. This move was designed to help expand the K-League’s marketability in the ASEAN region, but in the past 2 years, only one club has utilized it. In 2021, K2 club Ansan Greeners […]

Our Singapore Premier League Team Of The Week #3

We heaved a huge sigh of relief at end of the International break because we knew that the Singapore Premier League would finally resume again. And boy, it did not disappoint. This week, we have a more diverse team than the previous edition. While Hougang United have continued their incredible run, other players in other […]

The United States National Team Failed to Qualify for the Olympics…Again…

Why this is still a failure, but not a colossal one, for a program needing important victories… So, many of you who read this blog might see me, as an American, and wonder how football is going for us Yanks. I dabbled in this topic when talking about the season ticket prices for my new […]

The Story of Victor Yanez: The Important Untold Story of Football

Many of us around the world may be unfamiliar with Victor Yanez. He seems like an ambitious Jesuit priest-in-training if you meet him without any context about his past. Yet, what if I told you he was supposed to be the next breakout star in North America? Yanez indeed had a pretty fantastic career as […]

UEFA’s Faustian Bargain

UEFA’s impending Champions League reforms are nothing more than a desperate money grab from teams ready to break away A story that has lingered under the surface during this season is now coming into prominence, as the UEFA Executive Committee is holding a meeting next week to vote on, and likely pass, a very serious […]

Harry Kane, It’s Time To Go

After their latest disappointment, it is time for Harry Kane to leave Tottenham… Harry Kane, lad, you do not need this negativity in your life. You are a fantastic player; you do not need to be dealing with this. Now, we love loyalty here. Players building a connection with a club and supporters, sticking out […]

Our Singapore Premier League Team Of The Week #2

Game Week 2 saw a ton of drama unfold, with Matchday 2 and Matchday 3 of the Singapore Premier League being played mid-week and over the weekends, respectively. To stress, we are featuring the players that have been consistent over the two matches. In that sense, don’t be that surprised about the sheer number of […]

We Need VAR For The Singapore Premier League To Help The Referees

While Game Week 2 showed signs of improvement from a refereeing standpoint, I think the Singapore Premier League can benefit from the inclusion of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system. Why? Well, our current referees need all the help they can get. Bad calls ruin a game. Patrick Kinghorn has been pretty vocal opponent for the […]

Everyone Calm Down, Barcelona Is Fine…Probably…

I think…maybe…let us talk about it… So, is Barcelona in crisis? Sort of. I previously wrote a few articles about the developing issues at Barcelona. Their collapse in the Champions League against Bayern Munich last season spelled the end of the disastrous presidency of Josep Maria Bartomeu and really shone a light on just how […]

Our Singapore Premier League Team Of The Week #1

My buddy Kim Ng co-wrote this one with me. Cheers Fam! The 2021 edition of the Singapore Premier League has finally kicked off, and what a thrilling first game week we’ve had. We want to start something new here at SoccerKakis, so we’re launching our very own Team Of The Week Series! Of course, your […]

The Juventus-Ronaldo Project Has Failed

And it is time to acknowledge how far Juventus have fallen… So Juventus are out of the Champions League. In the Round of 16 stage. Again. Juve’s extra time away goals loss to FC Porto is the second time in as many years that the Bianconeri were eliminated at the first knockout hurdle in the […]

Hearing From The Interviewees – Thoughts On the New Season

The 2021 Singapore Premier League Season is going to kick off in less than 24 hours, and while it’s a real shame that fans are unable to attend the matches in person, there is a lot of hype for this campaign. Several clubs have made high profile signings, and it’ll be interesting to see how […]

The Luke Shaw That Was Promised

After all these years, it looks like United have the left back they have been wanting… United have had a very good season, no one is going to doubt that. Their most recent win over Manchester City is another testament to the fact that United have made serious tangible steps forward this season. While they […]

What Season Ticket Prices Can Say About a League

Charlotte FC’s Inaugural Season Ticket prices have caused a stir, but why is this only part of a bigger issue? So you all may have wondered, since I am an American, why I have not delved more into the stories of Major League Soccer? Surely there is plenty to talk about related to how the […]

The Year’s Potential Breakout Stars: Part 3

The most anticipated trilogy since Star Wars… Here we are, part three. More young stars to keep an eye on for the next year. They might be the ones making headlines or potentially joining your team by the end of the year. Antony, Ajax/Brazil Everyone loves an exciting and tricky Brazilian, right? Especially among those […]

The Year’s Potential Breakout Stars: Part 2

Because who does not like an exciting future… We all love looking out for the next big thing in football. I love it because I am a nerd who is just fascinated by things like this. And it appears you all loved it as much as I did. I wrote a piece as part of […]

Breaking Barriers: A chat with Seut Baraing, one of Cambodia’s finest

Height has been a factor for some, if not many managers, when they select their players. Often, managers want tall, commandeering defenders who can win aerial battles and towering forwards who can easily head in goals. Thus, many shorter footballers often get overlooked because of their height. Take for example Angel Gomes at Manchester United. […]

On Everton’s Addition of Joshua King

The most 11th hour signing of the window… Among the interesting stories from a quiet Transfer Deadline Day, the player who seemed to be involved in the biggest tug-of-war saga was Bournemouth striker Joshua King. The 29 year old Norwegian was a fixture of the Cherries team during their time in the Premier League, and […]

On Liverpool’s Signing of Ozan Kabak

And Ben Davies, but mainly Ozan Kabak… Liverpool signings are like London buses. You wait forever for one to show up and two show up at the same time. The Reds’ center back crisis has been well-known for quite a while now, and an additional season-ending injury to Joel Matip has only made it substantially […]

Revisiting The Foreign Sports Talent Scheme

I grew up in an era when the Singapore National Team featured several naturalized players. The Foreign Sports Talent Scheme was introduced in 1993 by the Table Tennis Association, and the Football Association of Singapore adopted it in 2000. Itimi Dickson, Precious Emuejeraye, Agu Casmir, Qiu Li, Mirko Grabovac, Egmar Gonçalves, and Mustafić Fahrudin are […]

On Martin Ødegaard’s Move to Arsenal

Out of the blue… Earlier this week, Arsenal announced the signing of 22 year old Norwegian dynamo Martin Ødegaard. The player joins on a six-month loan from Real Madrid without any option or obligation to purchase, having turned down the opportunity to rejoin Real Sociedad on a similar six month loan deal. He was specifically […]

Why Chelsea Sacked Frank Lampard

And where they go from here… Well, we have reached the moment we all secretly knew was coming. Chelsea announced the sacking of manager Frank Lampard, a day after the club’s 4-1 win over Luton Town in the FA Cup seemingly eased some of the pressure on the Englishman’s shoulders. Even then, with only two […]

On Fikayo Tomori’s Move to AC Milan

Are you sure, Chelsea? On Sunday, AC Milan announced the loan signing of young English center back Fikayo Tomori from Chelsea. The player joins the Italian giants on loan for the rest of the season, but the loan also, perplexingly, includes a buy option of around €30 million (£25 million) should Milan want to make […]

The Fans Forum: Trust The [Lion City Sailors] Process

Article Written by Kim Ng When news of Home United’s privatisation broke, many reacted with anger at losing a familiar fixture in the S-League. Whereas everything else stayed the same, we saw it as a bunch of corporate types trying to take away what semblance of team pride that was left in our small league. […]

MY CLUB IS IN THE ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE!

An Article by Brendon Tan Musings from a Tampines Rovers fan on the club’s first-ever foray into the group stages of the Asian Champions League. 27th January 2021 – that is the magic date. As of writing this, we are less than a week to the 2021 Asian Football Confederation Champions League (ACL) draw which […]

One Last Hurrah!: Young Lions Shouldn’t Be Scrapped (Just Yet)

Where do I begin with the Young Lions? The club was formed in 2003 to provide some of the most talented Under-23 footballers with regular professional footballing experience. Besides having the chance to play together on a regular basis and maintaining team cohesion, the Young Lions project provided these players the opportunity to play against […]

The Liverpool-Manchester United Aftermath

Bit of a damp squib of a match… Well, that did not live up to the hype and expectation. Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United. The points are shared at Anfield, and the match that was billed as the match of the season did not end up being the best match of the weekend (thanks for picking […]

The Battle of Anfield Road

A preview of the biggest match of the Premier League season… Well, kind of a big game coming up this weekend, then. On Sunday, top of the league Manchester United travel to Anfield to face their bitter rivals and the team directly behind them, second-placed Liverpool. This has been billed as must-see TV, a heavyweight […]

Re-evaluating the Under-23 Rule of the Singapore Premier League

I think change is mostly good. When an organization makes changes, it should be commended for actively making some positive change or at least intending to do so. Nevertheless, it is important to evaluate the effectiveness of the changes made after some time. In this light, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) needs to assess […]

Captain Cambodia: The Thierry Bin Tale

If you are an ardent follower of Southeast Asian football or a Cambodian football fan, Thierry Chantha Bin is definitely not an unfamiliar name to you. The Cambodian superstar has been a talisman for both club and country over the years. National team captain on multiple occasions, Thierry is an icon in Cambodia. Yet, unlike […]

On Moussa Dembélé’s Transfer to Atlético Madrid

Best for all involved? The first of Olympique Lyonnais’ Champions League heroes looks to be out the door, as young French striker Moussa Dembélé looks to be close to sealing a transfer to Spanish giants Atlético Madrid. As reported by Sky Sports’ transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the deal will be a six-month loan deal with […]

Meet Geylang International FC Sensation Darren Teh Part 2: The Story Continues

In part 1, I looked at Darren Teh’s beginnings as a footballer and the professional journey he embarked on. Since signing with Geylang in 2017, Darren Teh has largely been a mainstay in the Eagles backline. In this second part, I will look at his professional career thus far, his national team call-up, and his […]

An Inspiration to Aspiring Footballers: Varghese Jayan, The Self-made Man Part 2

In Part 1, I looked at Varghese’s initial beginnings into football and how he managed to earn a move to Singapore to further his education with Temasek Polytechnic. During his first 2 years in Singapore, Varghese had played for Eunos Crescent and Katong in the National Football League (NFL). He had also had a month-long […]

Looking to 2021 Part 4: Stories to Watch

The stories that will develop this year that you need to keep an eye on… Welcome back to the final part of our 2021 preview series. In this part, we will be looking at the big, overarching stories that look to dictate conversation in the football world this year. These are the things you need […]

Looking to 2021 Part 3: Teams to Watch This Season

In this part, we look at the sides that you need to watch when you have the chance… AC Milan Are AC Milan back? Will they win the Scudetto? I have no idea, but they are certainly a team to keep an eye on. They are a fun team to watch, and while they may […]

Looking to 2021 Part 2: The Big Names to Watch

Looking at the big names that could take up the headlines this year… Welcome back to Part 2 of our 2021 preview series! Today, we are looking at the players who will likely be the center of attention this year for a variety of reasons. Most, if not all, of these players will be more […]

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