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The Singapore national football team is the national football team of Singaporemarker. The team comes under the organisation of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS).

To date, the most significant successes of the team have come in the regional ASEAN Football Championship (formerly known as the 'Tiger Cup'), which Singapore has won three times in 1998, 2005 and 2007. In 1998, Singapore beat Vietnam 1-0 in the final to capture the country's first major international football title. In the 2004-5 competition, Singapore defeated Indonesia in a two-leg final 5-2 on aggregate. Singapore successfully retained the trophy in 2007, beating Thailand 3-2 on aggregate in the final..

Although Singapore is widely regarded as a minnow in the international footballing arena, the national team has ground out quite a few upset results and have made it hard for many away teams in recent years. In the 2007 Asian Cup qualifiers, for example, Singapore became the only team to beat Iraq en route to their Asian Cup winning campaign. Singapore and also drew with China 0-0 and 1-1 at home in 2006 and 2009 respectively. China also narrowly escaped with a 1-0 victory in Tianjinmarker thanks to a last minute penalty. Japan, Uruguay, Denmark and Saudi Arabia have also come away with narrow 2-1 wins in recent times. In September 2007, Singapore almost took the scalp of Gulf Cup champions, UAE but a late equaliser prevented a win for the Lions. In March 2008, Asian giants, Australia also failed to beat Singapore when the game ended in a goalless draw.

In the FIFA World Rankings, Singapore is currently the number 2 ranked Southeast Asian team behind Thailand and the number 17 in Asia (as of October 2009). Singapore was tagged as the Asian Football Confederation's 'Mover of the Year' in 2005..

In January 2007, Singapore achieved a national record 11-0 win against Laos in an ASEAN Football Championship match. Mohd Noh Alam Shah scored 7 goals in the match. .

Singapore's main rival on the international stage is their geographical neighbour, Malaysia, and past matches between these two teams have produced much drama.

Most of the players in the Singapore national football team currently play for club teams in Singapore's top professional league, the S.League, with the exception of Noh Alam Shah and Ridhuan Muhammad, Baihakki Khaizan and Precious Emuejeraye, who ply their trade in the Indonesian Super League.

In recent years, Singapore has included several naturalised citizens in its team. Notable foreign-born citizens who have played for Singapore include Egmar Goncalves from Brazilmarker; Mirko Grabovac from Croatiamarker and Itimi Dickson from Nigeriamarker. The current national team also consists of foreign-born citizens such as Daniel Bennett and John Wilkinson from Englandmarker; Qiu Li and Shi Jiayi from Chinamarker; Mustafic Fahrudin from Serbiamarker; Precious Emuejeraye, Itimi Dickson and Agu Casmir from Nigeriamarker; and the Bosniamarker-born former Australian Aleksander Duric..

History

1892-1950

In 1892, the Singapore Amateur Football Association applied to become a registered society. In those days however, football in Singapore was still a backyard sport played by the various communities and coached, refereed and administered by the British colonist. It was not until 1921 that football became organised. The HMS Malaya Cup (which was later known as the Malaysia Cup) was launched by officers of a British battleship in Malaya. Singapore was one of the 6 teams that took part in the inaugural year. While the the representative side in the Malaysia Cup and the Malaysian League was not the national team per se – and in 1980s and 1990s this team included some foreign players as permitted by Malaysian League rules – many Singapore football fans viewed the Malaysia Cup side as being the national team, and the team's exploits in the Malaysian competitions generally drew much more attention than Singapore's participation in other international tournaments.

By the time the 1930s had arrived, the first true star of Singapore football had emerged. Lim Yong Lian, a master of pace and acceleration and a goal getter of instinctive quality. More were produced in the 1930s and by the end of the 1930s, Singapore had entered every single final for 10 years of which they won 7. But even with World War 2 reaching closer to Singapore's shores, Singapore managed to win the 1941 Malaya Cup.

1921 - 1994

Between 1921 and 1994, the Football Association of Singapore entered a representative side in the Malaysia Cup and the Malaysian League. While this was not the national team per se – and in 1980s and 1990s this team included some foreign players as permitted by Malaysian League rules – many Singapore football fans viewed the Malaysia Cup side as being the national team, and the team's exploits in the Malaysian competitions generally drew much more attention than Singapore's participation in other international tournaments. Up to 1994, Singapore won 24 Malaysia Cup titles and 2 Malaysian League titles. .

After winning the Malaysia Cup and league double in 1994, the Football Association of Singapore withdrew from the Malaysian competitions following a dispute with the Football Association of Malaysia over gate receipts, and have not been involved since. Singapore subsequently launched its own professional league, the S.League, in 1996, and also began to put much more focus on the performance of its national team in international competitions. .

1995 - 1999

With the local football scene still suffering from Malaysia Cup hangover, Singapore won the bronze medal in the 1995 Southeast Asian Games, after crashing out in the semi-finals 1-0 to the hosts and eventual gold medalists, Thailand.

The national team then produced some uninspiring results as they crashed out in the group stages of the 1996 Tiger Cup, which Singapore hosted. .

The national team continued their jinx of missing out on the gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in 1997, losing in the semi-finals again to Indonesia. This time they also missed out on the bronze medal, when they lost out to Vietnam 1-0 in the third-placing match. .

However in the 1998 edition of the Tiger Cup, against all odds, Singapore's team led by coach Barry Whitbread stormed through the group stages with victories over Malaysia and the Philippines. In the sem-finals, they beat Indonesia and subsequently edged out hosts Vietnam 1-0 in the final. This was the country's first ever international title. .

2000 - 2002

Jan B. Poulsen who was part of the Danish backroom staff in the 1998 World Cup, was appointed the Technical Director of the Football Association of Singapore in 1999. However, due to poor results by Singapore in the 2000 Tiger Cup, coach Vincent Subramaniam was sacked and Poulsen took over as coach in 2001.

2 points out of a possible 18 in the World Cup 2002 qualifiers meant that Poulsen had to deliver in the 2002 Tiger Cup, which was to be held at home, in order to keep his job.

On 18 December 2002, Singapore faced arch-rivals Malaysia in their first game of the Tiger Cup. 40,000 home supporters watched in horror as Singapore crashed 4-0 to their northern neighbours. To this day, the loss remains a major stain on Singapore's international results. Singapore went on to win 2-1 over Laos, but a 1-1 draw in the final group game against Thailand wasn't enough to book a place in the knock-out stages...

Poulsen was sacked following the premature exit of the team from the tournament.

2003 - present

Radojko Avramovic took over as coach of the flailing and deflated Singapore national football team in 2003.

A string of wins in friendlies and a narrow 2-1 loss at home against Japan were signs of the brighter future for Singapore under Avramovic.

Singapore started the 2004 Tiger Cup as underdogs. Many brushed off the team's chances of even making it to the knockout stages. However, a hard-fought 1-1 draw in their first game against hosts Vietnam showed that Singapore meant business. Another draw against Indonesia meant that Singapore needed only to win against minnows Cambodia and Laos to make it to the semi-finals. And they did just that with two thumping wins.

Singapore were drawn with another underdog, Myanmar, in the two-legged semi-finals. Singapore took a 4-3 away lead back home for the second leg. In the ill-tempered second leg, three Myanmar players were sent off and Singapore went on to win 4-2 (8-5 on aggregrate).

Singapore then won the two-legged final against Indonesia 3-1 in the first leg in Jakartamarker, before winning 2-1 (5-2 on aggregrate) for the second leg in front of a 55,000-strong delirious home crowd. It was Singapore's second Tiger Cup title and there was more to come.

Avramovic then led Singapore into the 2007 Asian Cup qualifiers with a stunning 2-0 victory at home over much-fancied Iraq, courtesy of goals from strikers Khairul Amri and Mohd Noh Alam Shah. However, Singapore failed to build on to this victory and then lost away to the much weaker team from Palestine. The Singapore then took on China away in Tianjinmarker and they held out till the 93rd minute, when then-captain Aide Iskandar conceded a penalty and Shao Jiayi of China dully converted the kick. China came to Singapore for the second meeting and the Singapore defence held out for a 0-0 draw. A subsequent 4-2 loss to Iraq dashed Singapore's hopes of qualifying for the Asian Cup. The Asian Cup qualifying campaign ended with a default 3-0 victory over Palestine as the war-torn country had troubles travelling to Singapore for the match.

For the 2007 ASEAN Football Championship (previously known as the Tiger Cup), Singapore was drawn into a group similar to the one they had in the 2004 competition. The pressure was on for Singapore to deliver at home and they started their defence of the title with an uninspiring 0-0 draw with Vietnam. Singapore then trashed minnows Laos 11-0 to record their largest-ever win, gaining a precious 3 points and an unassailable goal difference. In the final group match, Singapore knocked Indonesia out of the tournament in a tight, fiercely fought 2-2 draw. Singapore met their northern rivals Malaysia in the semi-final. In the first leg, Singapore stole a 1-1 draw away in Shah Alammarker. In the second leg at Singapore's National Stadiummarker, following another draw, Singapore beat Malaysia in a penalty shoot-out 5-4 following heroics from goalkeeper Lionel Lewis saving the final Malaysian spot kick from Mohd Khyril Muhymeen Zambri. In the final against Thailand, Singapore won a controversial first leg at home 2-1, and the secured a 1-1 draw in Bangkokmarker thanks to a late strike from Khairul Amri to retain the ASEAN Football Championship trophy.

On the 24 June 2007, only 16 years 7 months and 5 days old, Hariss Harun became the youngest ever player to don the national jersey as he came on in the second half in a friendly against North Korea.

Singapore met Palestine in first round of the FIFA World Cup 2010 Asian Qualifying. Singapore won the first leg 4-0 away in Doha, Qatar thanks to a brace from Shi Jiayi plus goals from John Wilkinson and Noh Alam Shah gave Singapore a massive advantage going into the second leg at the National Stadiummarker on 28 October. However, the Palestinians did not turn up for the game, citing travel problems. Thus, FIFAmarker awarded Singapore with a 3-0 win. Singapore was drawn with Tajikistan in the second round. In the first leg, Singapore's oldest debutant, 37-year-old Aleksandar Duric bagged a brace in his debut for the Lions.

On the 9 November 2007, just hours before the kick off of the World Cup 2010 qualifiers against Tajikistan, then-captain of the national team, Aide Iskandar sensationally retired from international football, and by doing so, he handed down the skipper's armband to Indra Sahdan.Singapore won the corresponding fixture 2-0 and subsequently drew the return leg 1-1 on 18 November to progress to the group stage of the FIFA World Cup 2010 Asian Qualifying, where they were drawn against Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Uzbekistan. Singapore went into the third round with a genuine chance of advancing to the final group stage of the Asian qualifying section and were poised to give Uzbekistan a run for their money in the race for second place.

Singapore kicked off their first ever World Cup Qualifiers in the Third Round inauspiciously by losing to one of Asia's big guns, Saudi Arabia. But the Lions then rallied back and defeated Lebanon 2-0 on home ground with goals from Fazrul Nawaz and Aleksandar Duric. But after losing to Uzbekistan 3-7 and 0-1, Singapore's chances of getting into the 4th Round of the qualifiers were slim although they are still mathematically in contention of qualifying.

Singapore were finally put out of the competition when they lost 2-0 to Saudi at home in a game that Singapore needed to win to stay in contention. In the end Singapore finished third in the group with six points from six games after defeating Lebanon 2-1 in Beirutmarker in their final game.

For the 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup held in Indonesia and Thailand from 5 December-28 December, Singapore was drawn in Group A to meet co-hosts Indonesiamarker, Myanmarmarker and Cambodiamarker. Singapore progressed from the group, topping the table. However, they lost out to eventual winners Vietnam, 2-1 on aggregate.

For the 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification, Singapore was drawn in Group E, consisting of Iran, Thailand and Jordan. The qualifying campaign will start in January 2009 and will end in March 2010. It would be a round-robin format on a home and away basis. The top 2 teams in the group would qualify for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Doha, Qatar. On the 28th of January 2009, Singapore defeated Jordan with a 2-1 scoreline, thus moving to second place on the group table after getting romp by Iran 6-0 in the first match. After the victory, the local newspapers carried reports of the Jordanians assaulting Singapore players and staff. AFC has since said they were investigating the matter.

Under-23 Team

Singapore uses a team made up of players who are aged 23 years old or below for competitions like the SEA Games and the Merdeka Cup. For competitions like the Olympics and the Asian Games, an Under-23 team is also used but 3 senior players may also be included. The current Under-23 team is composed mostly of senior national team players like Shaiful Esah and Hariss Harun.



Kits

In modern times Singapore's kit has been supplied by Admiral, Puma, Umbro, Grand Sport, and Tiger. In November 2006, just before the 2007 ASEAN Football Championship kicked off, Nikemarker signed a year's deal of kit sponsorship worth SGD$1,000,000. Nike still supplies the kit for the Singapore national team as of now.

Singapore had initially worn sky blue shirts and shorts as their home kit. In the late 80's, The Lions adopted the national colours of red and white for their home kit while they kept blue as the colour for the away kit. This tradition stayed on through the 90's. However, in 2006, kit supplier, Nike reverted the national team's colours back to blue as its home kit and white as the change kit, for the 2007 ASEAN Football Championship. The move raised a few eyebrows since red had been the traditional colour for nearly two decades. But right after the ASEAN Football Championships, red was the colour again and it is still the colour of the national team jerseys as of now.

Before 2006, Singapore had been using the same kit for nearly 5 years, supplied by Tiger who had a tie-in with Diadora. Now with the team under sponsorship of American sportswear giant, Nike, the kits are expected to be changed every 2 years. The previous home kit (used during the 2007 ASEAN Football Championship) made its final appearance on 4 February 2007 against Thailand. The current kit was first used on 24 June 2007 against DPR Korea. The jersey has white trims at the edge of the sleeves and around the neck. Unlike most national teams which use the country's footballing association as a logo on the kit, the national flag of Singaporemarker takes up the spot on the left chest instead while a white Nike logo is on the right chest and. This symmetry also applies to the away jersey. The numbering and lettering font and colour is the same as the previous two home jerseys.

On 13 February 2008, a leaked photo from a photo shoot surfaced on the internet showing the unreleased kit showing national captain, Indra Sahdan Daud modelling the kit with Hariss Harun. The new kit was officially announced on 20 March 2008, featuring tight-fit jerseys in the two traditional team colours: Atom red for the home games and Marina blue for the away matches. The kit was worn for the first time by the national team in the international Friendly against Australia in preparation for the World Cup 2010 qualifier home game against Lebanon on 26 March 2008.

Home stadium

Before the Kallang National Stadiummarker was opened in 1973, from 1932, Jalan Besar Stadiummarker hosted all home games of Singapore's representative side's which participated in the Malaysia Cup.

On the 11th of April 1953, Singapore played its first international game, hosting South Korea in a friendly that Singapore lost 3-2 at the Jalan Besar Stadium. Jalan Besar Stadium continued to host Singapore's Malaysia Cup and international matches till the 55,000 capacity Kallang National Stadiummarker opened in 1973. From then on, all of Singapore's representative side's home games in the Malaysia Cup and the national team home matches were played at the Kallang National Stadium.

However, the National Stadium was slated for demolishment in early 2007 to make way for the new Singapore Sports Hubmarker which was to be completed in 2011. Singapore played Australia in what was supposedly the last game ever to be played at that stadium. However, due to some delays caused by the addition of new plans for the Singapore Sports Hub, the National Stadium continued to host more of the Singapore's matches. Since the supposed 'last game', the stadium has hosted 5 more matches, and it was also be the venue for 2 more World Cup 2010 qualifier matches which was played in June 2008 and a friendly match against the Brazilian Under-23 team who were preparing for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

As of 14th November 2009, the stadium remains open and has hosted numerous matches involving teams like Liverpool FC since the 'supposed closing date'. There were reports that the stadium was not going to be demolished anytime soon.

In the event that the National Stadium finally makes way for the Sports Hub, Singapore is slated to play all of their future matches at the Jalan Besar Stadium, although they are possibilities of having the The Float at Marina Baymarker as a venue for home games.

From the start of 2004, Singapore has played its home matches in 5 different stadiums all over Singapore.

*figures correct as of July 12 2008

View from The Float at Marina Bay Grandstand


World Cup Record



Asian Cup Record

  • 1956 - Did not enter
  • 1960 - Did not qualify
  • 1964 - Did not enter
  • 1968 - Did not qualify
  • 1972 - Did not enter
  • 1976 - Did not qualify
  • 1980 - Did not qualify
  • 1984 - Round 1
  • 1988 - Did not enter
  • 1992 to 2007 - Did not qualify


ASEAN Football Championship Record

This competition was formerly known as the Tiger Cup

Asian Games Record (Under-23 Team Since 2002)

  • 1951 - Did Not Enter
  • 1954 - Eliminated at Group Stage
  • 1958 - Eliminated at Group Stage
  • 1962 - Did Not Enter
  • 1966 - 4th Position
  • 1970 - Did Not Enter
  • 1974 - Did Not Enter
  • 1978 - Did Not Enter
  • 1982 - Did Not Enter
  • 1986 - Did Not Enter
  • 1990 - Eliminated at Group Stage
  • 1994 - Did Not Enter
  • 1998 - Did Not Enter
  • 2002 - Did Not Enter
  • 2006 - Eliminated in Preliminary Round


SEA Games Record (Under-23 Team since 2001)

  • 1959 - Did Not Enter
  • 1961 - Did Not Enter
  • 1963 - Cancelled
  • 1965 - Eliminated at Preliminary Round
  • 1967 - Did Not Enter
  • 1969 - NA
  • 1971 - Eliminated at Group Stage
  • 1973 - 4th Position
  • 1975 - Bronze Medallists
  • 1977 - Eliminated at Group Stage
  • 1979 - Eliminated at Preliminary Round
  • 1981 - 4th Position
  • 1983 - Silver Medallists
  • 1985 - Silver Medallists
  • 1987 - Eliminated at Group Stage
  • 1989 - Silver Medallists
  • 1991 - Bronze Medallists
  • 1993 - Bronze Medallists
  • 1995 - Bronze Medallists
  • 1997 - 4th Position
  • 1999 - 4th Position
  • 2001 - Eliminated at Group Stage
  • 2003 - Eliminated at Group Stage
  • 2005 - Eliminated at Group Stage
  • 2007 - Bronze Medallists


Singapore Squad

Latest squad



Singapore's current squad, formed to compete in friendly against Indonesia on November 4, 2009and the Asian Cup 2011 qualifier match on November 14 and November 18 2009 against Thailand,was announced on October 30, 2009 by head coach Radojko Avramovic.

Caps, goals and numbers are as of Novemberr 18, 2009 and the conclusion of the last match vs Thailand in Bangkok.







withdrew due to injuries
Iwithdrew due to illness
removed from the squad due to breach of discipline
Sadded subsequently as a substitute

Recent call ups

The following players have been called up for the team in 2009.

were not eligible for selection for the last match due to injuries

Previous squads



Backroom staff



Player History

Singapore captains



Singapore Head-Coaches





Titles

See also



References



External links



Name
DOB (Age)
Club
Caps (goals)
Most Recent Call up
Goalkeepers
Jasper Chan Young Lions 0 (0) vs , August 12, 2009 (Friendly).
Hyrulnizam Jumaat Young Lions 0 (0) vs , January 27, 2009 (ACQ).
Defenders
Jumaat Jantan Home United 7 (0) vs , January 27, 2009 (ACQ).
Isa Halim Home United 21 (0) vs , October, 2009.
Midfielders
Mustaqim Manzur SAFFC 5 (0) vs , January 27, 2009 (ACQ).
Forwards
Agu Casmir Gombak United 24 (11) vs , October, 2009.
Head Coach Radojko Avramović
Assistant Coach Peng Ho Wee
Team Manager Eugene Loo
Goalkeeping Coach Lee Bee Seng
Goalkeeping Coach Koh Chuan Wee
Goalkeeping Coach K.Krishnan
Fitness Coach Aleksandar Bozenko
Psychologist Alvin Lim
Physiotherapist Yeo Hwee Koon
Masseurs Audrey Lim
Sheik Abdullah Ismail
Player
Reign
Indra Sahdan Daud
2007-present
Aide Iskandar
2003- 2007
Nazri Nasir
1997-2003
Lim Tong Hai
1997
David Lee
1996
Fandi Ahmad
1993-1997
Terry Pathmanathan
1989-1992
Razali Saad
1986-1988
Malek Awab
1985-1986
Au Yeong Pak Kuan
1981-1984
Samad Alapitchay
1977-1981
Seak Poh Leong
1973-1976
Quah Kim Lye
1966-1972
Lee Kok Seng
1954-1965
Harith Omar
1950-1953
Head-Coach
Reign
Played
Won
Drawn
Lost
2003 -
86
32
22
32
2000 - 2002
1998 - 2000
1996 - 1998
1994 - 1996
1994
1992 - 1994
1992
1990 - 1992
(2nd stint)
1988-1989
1986 - 1988
1984-1986
1979-19?
1978
(3rd stint)
1977
19?? - 19??
1973 at least
(2nd stint)
1967
(1st stint)
1950s

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