Vikram Jayakumar

An avid Manchester United fan that specializes in English Premier League and Asian football analysis. Besides my beloved Red Devils, I’m passionate about Singaporean and Malaysian football as well. Other than that I love heavy metal music, beer, and milk and cookies.

Our Singapore Premier League Team Of The Week #16

It hasn’t been the best of weekends for the Eastside clubs, with Geylang International and Tampines Rovers getting smashed by Albirex Niigata (5-0) and Hougang United (7-3), respectively. As a result, Tampines are in a precarious position and are dangerously flirting with the prospect of missing out on continental competition next season. On Sunday, Lion […]

Podcast: Our Champions League Guide & Predictions Part 2 – Groups E to H

We continue going through the other remaining groups in this episode and the latter groups have some interesting matches for sure. Manchester United will look for revenge against Villareal following last season’s Europa League final loss, Chelsea and Juventus will be a mouthwatering clash and Bayern Munich will be looking to capitalize on Barcelona’s period […]

Podcast: Our Champions League Guide & Predictions Part 1: Groups A to D

That’s right. If you need a quick guide for all the champions league teams, and I repeat ALL the champions league teams, we’ve got you covered. We discuss key transfers of each club and their form in their respective domestic leagues. From Lionel Messi reuniting with Pep Guardiola in Group A to even new debutants […]

SoccerKakis X The Goal Assembly Podcast: Lee Kang-in & Takefusa Kubo, Prodigies Collide At Real Mallorca

Korea and Japan are leading Asian nations but rarely have generational talents from each state played together at the same club.  Considering that, we are witnessing a rare spectacle as exceptional talents Lee Kang-in and Takefusa Kubo will be playing alongside each other at Real Mallorca in the LaLiga this season. Together with Russell Tan, […]

Podcast: Transfer Deadline Madness – The Rest of Europe Edition

Of course, we wouldn’t only cover the Premier League. Jack would never allow it. Besides looking at Kylian Mbappé’s failed move to Real Madrid and what this means for all parties involved, we look at Moise Kean’s move to Juventus, Luuk de Jong’s surprise move to Barcelona, Eduardo Camavinga’s move to Santiago Bernabéu, Antoine Griezmann’s […]

Podcast: Transfer Deadline Madness – The English Premier League Edition

Transfer Deadline Day rarely disappoints and it was truly an eventful last day of the window with a host of players making some expected and unexpected moves.  Tune in to hear us share our thoughts on Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United, Daniel James to Leeds United, Saul to Chelsea, Takehiro Tomiyasu to Arsenal, Odsonne Édouard […]

Our Singapore Premier League Team Of The Week #15

Gear up folks, we’re in for a nail-biting finish. The conclusion of last week’s fixtures means that 4 games remain for the majority of the teams, while Lion City Sailors and Tampines Rovers have five games remaining each. Matchday 17 certainly produced thrilling matches with Lion City Sailors and Hougang United battling it out in […]

Podcast: The TransferMerry-Go-Round Continues

Ronaldo has moved to United instead of City and we kind of recorded this a few hours before the Red Devils announced the signing. We also discuss Kylian Mbappé’s potential move to Real Madrid, Saúl Ñíguez’s loan to Chelsea, Moise Kean departing Everton and many other players!

Podcast: Evaluating The LaLiga Top Dogs

With Messi’s departure from Barcelona and Ramos’s departure from Real Madrid, El Clásico will never be the same for many modern-day fans. Of course, new stars will be born, but this is an interesting period for the Spanish the top-flight. With both LaLiga titans in a period of transition, could this mean other clubs have […]

Podcast: Important Questions For Some Premier League Clubs

We’re switching things up a bit.  This episode primarily focuses on three Premier League clubs – Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspurs, and Manchester United. After the first two weeks of EPL action, these teams have stood out for the right and wrong reasons.  Arsenal have been abysmal in the league and despite thrashing West Brom during the […]

Our Singapore Premier League Team Of The Week #14

The Singapore Premier League was back in action this past weekend and the “weekend” kicked off on Thursday where Balestier Khalsa took on Tampines Rovers who were looking to bounce back from their 4-1 thumping by Lion City Sailors. Unfortunately for the Stags, they slumped to another heavy defeat again – this time a shock […]

An Unrecognized Saviour Between The Sticks- Zainol Gulam Shares It All

Yep, that’s right. Zainol Gulam has left Geylang International, and it looks as if he’s going to embark on a new chapter in his career. When I found out about this, I knew I couldn’t wait any longer and sprung into action. Singapore, we have a goalkeeper crisis on our hands. Zainol’s departure from the […]

Our Singapore Premier League Team Of The Week #13

So finally, Tampines Rovers play their first Singapore Premier League fixture following their AFC Champions League expedition. As a result, we have all eight teams battling it out over the weekend for the first time in months.  It wasn’t just the stags that returned, though, but we also witnessed a goal-fest again after a surprising […]

The SoccerKakis Podcast Episode 12: The EPL Preview

The English Premier League is right around the corner and we couldn’t help but do an EPL Preview. And we had Rynaldy return for this one! After all, a lot and we mean a lot has happened since the end of last season. In part 1 of our EPL Preview, we look at the top four […]

Making Up For Lost Time – Jun Tan’s Untold Football Story Part 2

Do Read Part 1 If you have not already~ For younger and newer fans to the Singapore Premier League, Balestier Central merged with Clementi Khalsa at the end of 2002 to form Balestier Khalsa. Yes, that’s right Balestier Khalsa, existed as two separate teams nearly two decades ago. But enough of a lesson on the […]

Our Singapore Premier League Team Of The Week #12

Happy National Day everyone! Singapore turns 56 today! The Singapore Premier League is full of twists and turns. Hate it as much as you want but you cannot deny that it is an entertaining competition. Even though there weren’t many goals this time round, this week’s fixtures did produce two shocks – Tanjong Pagar United […]

The SoccerKakis Podcast Episode 11

And yes, that’s right, we are back with yet another episode. Unfortunately, we recorded this episode before the major announcement that Lionel Messi will be parting ways with Barcelona – truly an end of an era. Stay tuned for an article on that.  Meanwhile, we looked at three other major pieces of transfer news and […]

Making Up For Lost Time – Jun Tan’s Untold Football Story Part 1

If you’re a follower of the Singaporean football scene, Jun Tan is a name that should be familiar to you. If it isn’t, then his company Junpiter Futbol would indeed ring a bell. For the past decade or so, Jun has been photographing matches and interviewing players all around Asia. From meeting footballing icons like […]

Our Singapore Premier League Team Of The Week #11

And we are back with yet another weekend of football filled fun. Matchday 13 sees more action but we wanted to wait till the end of the Lion City Sailors and Tampines Rovers match before making our selections. However, that match got called off and instead, these are the contenders worthy to be included in […]

The SoccerKakis Podcast Episode 10

And we’re back with another episode! This week we dive deep into transfer discussions but surprisingly, we talk more about other teams than our own [Everton and Manchester United]. In Part 1, we look at Tottenham Hotspurs’ recent transfer dealings in the window and potential moves that may or may not happen. Under Nuno, Spurs […]

Our Singapore Premier League Team Of The Week #10

After a two-month break, the Singapore Premier League is finally back. This past weekend saw the return of our beloved sides battle it out and with the return of fixtures, comes the return of the SoccerKakis Singapore Premier League Team of The Week series. The second leg of the SPL started off with a banger […]

Our SPL Stars To Watch: A SoccerKakis X Lions Of Asia Initiative

Payers Jointly Selected By SoccerKakis and Lions Of Asia In a matter of days, we see the resumption of the second leg of the Singapore Premier League. While we will be closely monitoring the Singapore Premier League title race, we plan to track a number of players until the end of the season. Who is […]

The Brain Gain: Evaluating Singapore’s Reverse Football Brain Drain – Short Term Benefits & Next Steps?

The Singapore National Team has always had several players plying their trade overseas. Truth be told, we need it. While the Singapore Premier League and its former iteration as the S.League has always produced a decent level of football, our best footballers should be forging moves abroad. Playing in an overseas league is challenges these […]

The SoccerKakis Podcast Episode 9

Another week, another podcast but a new face join us this time around! Rynaldy joins the podcast team and offers his insights into the discussions at hand. In our first part, we look at the ongoing situation in Barcelona. All is not well with the Catalan giants. The club is forced to offload a number […]

The SPL Resumes: The Rest Of The Pack

How can I leave the other teams out? Of course, I wasn’t going to. Also, if you haven’t already, do take a look at the title race preview that I previously wrote. Balestier Khalsa Balestier Khalsa find themselves leading the rest of the pack, and it will be hard for the team to bridge the […]

The SoccerKakis Podcast #8

The ongoings of the football world never let us rest and this week, we take a look at many interesting events. In this first part, we look at the 2020 Euros finals and discuss how it went to Rome instead of coming home. England went out on penalties and our hearts go out to Marcus […]

The SPL Resumes: The Title Race Preview

With the Singapore Premier League resuming in a matter of days, I decided to take this time to preview the second half of the SPL season. Even though there are only 8 teams in the SPL, the title race is certainly exciting, and every team in the top half of the league is certainly a […]

The Soccerkakis Podcast Episode 7

In this week’s podcast episodes, we discuss several things yet again! In the first part, we look at the Euros and discuss aspects of the four semi-finalists. We look at how the Denmark national team has surprised everyone and have become everyone’s second favourite team. Will Gareth Southgate and England bottle it? Would fatigue affect […]

The SoccerKakis Podcast #6

In this week’s episode, we review the first round of the Euros, preview the second round of the competitions, look at the transfer merry go round and discuss UEFA’s abolishment of the away goals rule. We are releasing both parts this time around! Alternatively listen to the podcasts at: https://anchor.fm/soccerkakis

The SoccerKakis Podcast #5B

Another week, another podcast episode. This time, we look at the first round of the euro matches (and a few second-round fixtures), transfer moves and Tampines Rovers’ upcoming AFC Champions League expedition. In the second part, we look at various transfer moves and discuss the Stags’ inaugural AFC Champions League journey!

The S.E.A Farer – Franklin Anzité’s Southeast Asian Expedition Part 1

Yes, I have a knack for finding former Étoile FC players. When the 2011 Étoile FC team first got announced, a few names caught my eye. These players had international caps for African nations before their stint with Singapore. Jonathan Justin had turned out for Mauritius. Mohamed Doumbouya clocked in an appearance with Mali in […]

The SoccerKakis Podcast Episode 5A

Another week, another podcast episode. This time, we look at the first round of the euro matches (and a few second-round fixtures), transfer moves and Tampines Rovers’ upcoming AFC Champions League expedition.  We look at the Euros in the first part, where we discuss all the highs and lows from round 1, including Christian Eriksen’s […]

Electric Elijah! Meet Geylang International’s Spark in Midfield

If you had been watching Geylang International’s matches this season, you’d notice that for a good period of time, the club was in a state of chaos. The team was ravaged with injuries, and the ever-inspirational Barry Maguire was on the sidelines for a lengthy spell. Yet, there was a silver lining in that storm […]

What would Singapore’s National Team look Like with 0 caps? – Celebrating the #NOCAP Squad Part 1

When Tatsuma Yoshida first took the reins of the national team, he ushered in a new era of Singapore football. Under icons V. Sundramoorthy and Fandi Ahmad, the national team had unfortunately grown stale during their tenures as national team managers, but Yoshida’s management was refreshing. Fans were behind the former Jurong FC player, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Meet Taiichiro Saito, The Man Who Made Football His Life-long Career Part 2: Working with 40,000 Cambodian kids and The Ongoing Venture into Academy Management

In Part 1, I looked at Saito’s rarely spoken about playing career that saw him leave Japan and ply his trade in Singapore, Australia, Ghana, and Bolivia. However, at the age of 32, Saito decided it was time to draw his playing days to a close. Yet, it is always impossible for someone as passionate […]

The Ludovic Casset Story Part 1: Making History in Vietnam

Ludovic “Ludo” Casset may be an unfamiliar name to many in Southeast Asia, but it is a name that many Vietnamese football fans are well aware of. The current Etoile FC Academy director in Singapore had a short but eventful professional playing career with Đà Nẵng F.C in the V.League 1. While some of his […]

Meet Taiichiro Saito, The Man who made football his life-long career Part 1: The rarely spoken about playing career

To the grassroots football fraternity in Singapore, Taiichiro Saito is a familiar name. Saito was the founder of Global Football Academy (GFA) and is the current founder and managing director of two organizations – Soriya (in Cambodia) and Football For Everyone. While COVID-19 may have grounded him in Singapore for months, Saito would have been […]

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