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We will never have another like Khairul Amri

We will never have another like Khairul Amri

It was a moment that I will never forget. Singapore football has had its fair share of glorious moments over the years, but that was the first one I witnessed live with my own eyes albeit through live television. As a young boy not even into his teens, I remember sitting on the sofa watching intently as the second leg of the 2007 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Championship final played out in Bangkok. The match was finely poised, with the aggregate score at 2-2 after Thailand had levelled the match through a 50th-minute strike from Pipat Thonkanya. With extra-time looming,…
ICC 2019 Match Report: Tottenham Hotspur’s Kane’s injury-time stunner caps off a thriller at the National Stadium

ICC 2019 Match Report: Tottenham Hotspur’s Kane’s injury-time stunner caps off a thriller at the National Stadium

For a moment, it seemed as though time had stopped.  All eyes were firmly etched on the increasing trajectory of the ball, and there was a growing sense of anticipation that something, just something might happen.  Stupendously, a bulge of the net later, it did happen, cue contrasting emotions of disbelief, despair, and delirium all around the stands. Just like that, without even a whisker of warning, Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur scored one of the greatest goals in the history of the National Stadium in the 93rd minute to hand the English side a dramatic 3-2 win against Italian…
ICC 2019 Match Report: Boo boys mar Man Utd win in front of record National Stadium crowd

ICC 2019 Match Report: Boo boys mar Man Utd win in front of record National Stadium crowd

A record-crowd of 52,897, made up of largely Manchester United supporters, witnessed the Red Devils edge Inter Milan 1-0 at the National Stadium in the International Champions Cup last Saturday night. While the sea of red that engulfed the stands and the noise levels that emanated throughout the stadium were worth marvelling at, the boos directed at Man Utd captain Ashley Young were certainly not. Young, 34, was one of 10 substitutes brought on by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the 63rd minute, but his introduction was met with an appalling chorus of boos when his name was read out…
ICC 2019 Game and Player Analysis: Juventus

ICC 2019 Game and Player Analysis: Juventus

The club’s new manager, Maurizio Sarri, will be keen to start his spell at Juventus with the right tone by getting acquainted with his players during pre-season – both off and on the pitch.  Juventus’ first visit to Singapore since 2014 will present an excellent warm-up for Sarri before he heads home to Italy for his real baptism of fire with the Old Lady.  2018/2019 Season Summary Death, taxes, and Juventus clinching the Serie A. The only constant may be change, but Juventus looks primed to challenge this adage.  They extended their Scudetto winning streak to an unprecedented eight years…
ICC 2019 Game and Player Analysis: Tottenham Hotspur

ICC 2019 Game and Player Analysis: Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur will face the reigning champions from Italy, Juventus FC, for their ICC friendly match in Singapore.  Loyal Spurs supporters will know that it has been decades since they last stepped foot here in Singapore. Their last visit was in 1995 when they played a friendly game against our national team.  Think about it: the last time Spurs visited Singapore in 1995, Blackburn Rovers were the champions in the Premier League, Michael Jordan came out of retirement from the National Basketball Association (NBA), the first Toy Story movie was released, Goh Chok Tong was Prime Minister of Singapore, and…
ICC 2019 Game and Player Analysis: Inter Milan

ICC 2019 Game and Player Analysis: Inter Milan

Having secured Champions League football next season together with Antonio Conte’s appointment, Inter Milan’s upcoming season will have plenty for fans to look forward to. Their first return to Singapore since 2017 for the International Champions Cup will offer a glimpse to what to expect for the incoming season. 2018/2019 Season Summary Inter Milan experienced a slow start to the 2018/2019 season but picked up the pace midway through to clinch the final Champions League spot – something most of the Nerrazzuri fans would have gladly taken at the start of the season. Their qualification last season made it two…
ICC 2019 Game and Player Analysis: Manchester United

ICC 2019 Game and Player Analysis: Manchester United

With four teams from Italy and England flying over to our sunny island to warm themselves up for the rigours of the upcoming season, we have decided to recap their performances last season as a build up for their upcoming International Champions Cup 2019 (ICC) friendly matches here. Seeing that this is the first time this team will be visiting Singapore since 2001, we shall start with Manchester United.   2018/2019 Season Summary Do you remember a time when you have to queue for a long time to ride the roller-coaster at a theme park?  But do you also remember the times…
Japan’s Sunwolves Super Rugby Defeat: A Dismal Reflection of Asian Rugby

Japan’s Sunwolves Super Rugby Defeat: A Dismal Reflection of Asian Rugby

Hayden Parker plays in a near-empty stadium in Singapore. In a lugubrious-looking stadium filled with only but a handful of devoted rugby enthusiasts, Japan’s Sunwolves played out their defeat against the previous year finalists, South Africa’s Lions. The team was plagued with low morale even before the match begun — just the day before, SANZAAR, the Southern Hemisphere rugby body announced a harrowing decision to axe the Sunwolves after their 2020 season. Despite the continued, arduous efforts from Head Coach Tony Brown to assure the fanbase that the Sunwolves would carry on displaying the best version of their game, few…
Friendly, What Friendly? PSG and Atletico Produce a Cracking Finale for ICC Singapore

Friendly, What Friendly? PSG and Atletico Produce a Cracking Finale for ICC Singapore

If this was meant to be a pre-season friendly, then it turned out to be everything but one. We often hear, read, and witness first-hand about how drab these matches can get, and about how fans are not getting their money’s worth because of the absence of star players. But for the 22,007 fans present at the National Stadium last night for the International Champions Cup (ICC) match between Paris Saint Germain and Atletico Madrid, they will certainly talk about this contest for the next few days and weeks, if not months and years to come. If they arrived disappointed…
Özil Sets Arsenal on the Way to Thrilling 5-1 Win against PSG

Özil Sets Arsenal on the Way to Thrilling 5-1 Win against PSG

What a difference a week makes. Just seven days ago, Mesut Özil was at the centre of a heated debate following his decision to retire from the German national football team. There were critics, supporters, and those who were simply too stunned to formulate an opinion. But at the National Stadium in Singapore last night, all the 29-year-old received was pure love and affection. Özil, who captained Arsenal, won the hearts of the 50,308-strong crowd (a majority of whom were Arsenal fans) as he put in an inspired display to help the Gunners defeat Paris Saint Germain 5-1 in their…
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