Thanks Ferguson

This was to be the last game for Alex Ferguson as the manager of Manchester United. A stunning 5-5 scoreline was symbolic to me, a symbol of adventurous pulsating football expected of Manchester United. Regardless the result, they play football. One of the reasons why most fans I spoken too, were not in favour of Mourinho.

http://www.footytube.com/v/MTc4NTE1

Everyone looking to David Moyes in anticipation. I’ve got a tiny feeling he can start another legacy of his own.

However, after a long term of being in Everton, where defence and hard running just to protect the backlines and a heavy reliance on set pieces and counter attack….will make Man Utd no longer a pleasant team to watch. Some attacking players like Kagawa and Nani may even be sold. Hope I will be wrong.

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900 times and still going…Ryan Giggs

Giggs played his 900th game for Man Utd, an awesome humongous feat.
A rare professional in today’s commercialized football game.

Our favourite Welsh Wizard, who ruled the left wing for many years.

The picture below is not really a tribute to Giggs.

It’s actually a tribute to LFC for finally winning something,
after 6 years of YNWA (You Never Win Anything).

Finally they won a cup. A Mishka Mushka one.

Tanjong Pagar and Tampines move

Tomorrow is S-League 2012 Charity Shield, league starts next Thursday, 7 days away and S-League has another surprise.

Tanjong Pagar United FC will now play its home game in Queenstown Stadium instead of Clementi.

Tampines Rovers FC will now play at Clementi Stadium instead of Tampines.


I stay near Clementi and had applied for Tanjong Pagar season tickets. I had not paid yet.



So now, I either:

Option A
Make my way down all the way to Queenstown Stadium to support Tanjong Pagar United FC, which will cost me 1 hour of journey time.

Option B
Support Tampines Rovers which is actually from the other side of the island at Clementi Stadium. Save on travel, but which means I will have to support Tampines only for a season, as they will shift back once the Tampines Sports Hub is ready.

WoW!! S-League is so “full of surprises”.

I can’t decide, and at this rate I might as well use the money set aside season tickets and buy a Manchester United jersey instead.

S-League 2.0? Nevermind. move news here

Lions XII vs KLFA

Manage to watch the Lions XII game last night at Jalan Besar Stadium. Went with L and her her cousins. Their nephew was playing for the KL team. So, there we were sitting among Singapore fans and cheering for every KL’s moves.

 

The penalty taken, look closely at Izwan’s MJ pose.

2-1 it was.

A typical injured Lions XII player and an ever present munching fans. Sometimes I wonder if they are watching movies or at a football match.

 

 

 

 

 

Singapore Super League

Indian Football set to have new league Feb25 – Apr8 with 6 teams. news here

30players & 6coaches auctioned, incl Marquee players.


Each team $2.5million, max 4 foreigners, min 6 U21 Indian players.



So, S-League, rather than dish out “Conference League standard” with 12 teams in tiny SG,



which we supporters cannot endure to watch…it’s too slow and too long..

probably a 2-3 months competition with marquee players and lesser teams,


most of us here will probably attend our 1st exciting S-League game.


Oh, and let’s call it Singapore Super League, SSL.

On another note, news about the new deputy CEO for S-League has appear.

The papers wrote a report that he was a bankrupt in France, unfit to run any businesses,


and yet now, he is now holding a very important post in Singapore’s football. Pathetic!


Still thinking white men superior is probably “near normal” in Singapore businesses….


but any white man will do? FAS?




TNP

“NEWLY-APPOINTED S-League deputy CEO Johan Gouttefangeas is a bankrupt in France.
He has also been banned from doing business there for five years.
Contacted by The New Paper yesterday, Gouttefangeas explained that the bankruptcy came about due to failed businesses in France”


TODAYonline


“….The FAS appointed Gouttefangeas to the position of CEO of the S-League on Jan 6. Unhappy over his appointment, his former club, Etoile FC, announced they were pulling out of the 2012 season on Monday to leave the competition with 13 teams this year.

Gouttefangeas had left Etoile FC S$100,000 in the red when he abruptly quit the club as chairman on June 24 last year and it was one of the main reasons why the 2010 S-League champions withdrew.

Gouttefangeas avoided speaking to Today at a luncheon attended by FAS officials as well as S-League club chairmen at the Amara Hotel yesterday. Today understands club chairmen were instructed not to address the issue to the media.

But, speaking on condition of anonymity, one club official said: “The FAS just did not do their due diligence before hiring him. This has made a laughing stock of Singapore football.”

Another club official felt there was no other option but for the FAS to relieve Gouttefangeas of his duties.”

Revive support for S-League

Watching the LionsXII playing in Alor Star, Kedah, I still don’t understand why we should rekindle M-Cup romance. If it was A, K or J league that will be awesome…but M league? Doesn’t matter if they add the word Super to their league, calling it MSL, it still isn’t Superb at all. As much as Malaysian national team may appear to have improved, their play is still pretty much the same. And I do not enjoy the bad blood some Malaysian players seems to have whenever tackles come flying in especially for Singapore team. And it was boring, even the Kedah fans don’t pack the stadiums just for Singapore team anymore. It was eerily quiet, the stadium. The rejoining of the M-league is many steps backward. Just look at the 2 games so far.

Yes, it may be too early to judge, but their lack of import players can never improve them. How can a bunch of Malays siting around together ever improve themselves. More likely, everyone will just find a corner to relax to.

LionsXII players may just end up being exhausted with travelling around those Malaysian states, with no skills or techniques improvement at all, having to play in wet fields and against playing against small skinny and maybe some speedy players only.

I mean can Singapore National Team really improve when they have to face the Arab nations and North Asia players to bring us to the next level. Will the team be made up of majority LionsXII or those in S-League.

Even then, are we really happy beating other Southeast Asia teams and not advancing any further in Asian Cup or World Cup?


The decision to return to M-League should make some Singapore football lovers to
feel guilty for not supporting the S league before. I did felt guilt when the annoncement was made and after the flat Kelantan encounter and boring Kedah encounter, I may want to get Gombak United FC S-League 2012 season tickets.

Oh, wait a minute, Gombak United no longer plays at Gombak Stadium. So who plays at Gombak Stadium? No one? GUFC now plays at Jurong West, SAFFC plays at CCK.

Pre-season friendlies for S-League 2012 under way now.

Road to Brazil 2014 – 2nd Round Qualifiers

I joined the Die-Hard fans to support the Singapore team in Malaysia. A quick call to Akbar Hashim, transfer of money and I was ready. Miss those Malaysia Cup days and hopefully, we can indeed support Singapore in Brazil World Cup 2014. Hahaaa..

Malaysia got ball of their own.


Melissa Goh, KL CNA correspondent.


If you look closely at the picture below, you can see the Singapore flag on the Malaysian side. A defaced one. here at stomp

Telling the Japanese match officials their dream score.


Watching out for projectiles thrown by the Malaysian fans.

Waited for the stadium to clear, before we can leave. The Ultras were actually waiting for us outside, taunting and throwing a few things. Typical football taunts.
But the racial slurs are a bit uncalled for Losers
A fan i made friends with on this trip, JJ, recorded it here


Noticed the rider on bottom left of screen? Our bus was also pelted with pebbles along the way. The police did a good job though. They escorted the buses all the way to Sungei Besi toll.


Seoul Day 10: World Cup Stadium Not & Return Home

Our last day in Seoul, we decided to visit World Cup Stadium and hopefully some groceries shopping at Homeplus.

 
Denied entry into the stadium. Apparently, there was a concert rehearsal for the afternoon. There was like 4 fans with posters queueing up. Only 4. We gave up and proceeded to the supermarket.


A few shots of the stadium. Still wished I could have catch a K-League game in Seoul. I did try but the season ended, and FC Seoul played their last game of the season, 1 week before we arrived.



The peep.



R&B point.






Huge array of shells, crab sticks, lobsters, seaweeds etc, which we bought and eat with our instant noodles or rice. Supermarkets like these, with their fresh seafood is a quick easy way to save some money from overpriced halal food. Halal meat is rare, so we halal food is expensive. The savings on food, we splurged it on coffees instead. 😛

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Took the subway back to hotel, packed our bags, constructed a Xmas looking tip and check out.




Took the bus from the bus bay in the middle of the street.





There were some interactive activities at the airport terminal while waiting.



Did I mention I was looking for a Samsung NX100 advertisement while I was in Seoul. Interestingly I did not see any, till the very last day at the airport.





Goodbye Seoul! Thanks for the beautiful experience. Till we meet again.
Gamsa hamnida.