Singapore-based Rasvinder Singh writes about the grassroots football scene in Singapore, pre-Covid-19, and wonders if the same is true in Malaysia, and if it will ever return.
Grassroots coaches do more than just coach. They help shape children into better individuals, just like former Flames FC football coach, S. Gunasegaran.
Former international Serbegeth ‘Shebby’ Singh credits the fantastic boys of Italian Serie A outfit Atalanta BC. He says as individuals or a team, the Bergamo-based footballers truly shine bright.
Abbas Saad’s move from Singapore to Johor angered many, but the Australian felt he was pushed out and was happy to join Johor. He described his two seasons there as fabulous, writes Rasvinder Singh.
Footballers in the past, pictured with cigarettes or even an alcoholic drink in their hands, were treated like rock stars. If the same were seen today, the player will be mocked. This is part of the evolution of football.
Having 16 out of 24 teams qualify for the knockout rounds makes the group stages of Euro 2020 boring, writes Twentytwo13’s Graig Nunis.
When results don’t favour the Singapore football team, fans are often reminded of the impactful teams that played in Malaysia in 1993 and 1994. Singapore-based Rasvinder Singh writes about the aura of the islanders in the mid-90s.
Granting fans a voice of some kind – directly or through the state – is sensible in theory, but should be introduced with caution, writes Muhammad Yunus Zakariah.
The European Championship isn’t about 22 men chasing after a ball – but the connection it has with the billions of fans worldwide. And the memories leave a lasting impression, decades on.
Tunku Ismail Ibrahim made Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) a much-feared team in the region, but it must be noted that his time as Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president saw failures on the field. It remains to be seen if the national body will cave in to his request of managing the national team.
Football is a sport loved by all, regardless gender and economic standing. But in Singapore, only those who can afford it will be able to catch the biggest tournaments – like the European Championships – in the comfort of their own homes, writes Singapore-based football event organiser, Rasvinder Singh.
The future of Southeast Asian football is headed for exciting times as the region has in its midst some electrifying attacking talent, writes former international Serbegeth ‘Shebby’ Singh.
Singaporean Rasvinder Singh is a long-time supporter of Malaysian football. He says Singapore used naturalised players for short-term glory and adds Harimau Malaya should be represented by those with Malaysian blood.