Balestier Khalsa FC

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Balestier Khalsa Football Club is a Singaporean professional football club that competes in the Singapore Premier League. Founded in 1898, Balestier Khalsa is considered as the oldest football club in Singapore.

Balestier Khalsa
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Full nameBalestier Khalsa Football Club
Nickname(s)The Tigers
Founded1898 (as Fathul Karib)
1975 (as Balestier United Recreation Club)
1996 (as Balestier Central)
2002 (as Balestier Khalsa)
GroundToa Payoh Stadium
Capacity3,800
ChairmanS. Thavaneson
CoachAkbar Nawas
LeagueSingapore Premier League
2021Singapore Premier League, 7th of 8

HistoryEdit

Tracing their origins all the way back to 1898, the club was formed as Fathul Karib and based in Farrer Park. One of the highlights over the following half century, before the side was renamed Balestier United Recreation Club in the 1970s, was providing nine players to the Singapore side which competed in the 1958 Asian Games, losing 2–1 to both continental heavyweights South Korea and Israel.[1]

Balestier United Recreational ClubEdit

The club's name was changed to Balestier United Recreation Club[2] in April 1975, when it joined the inaugural National Football League. The team captured the Singapore Cup in 1958 and 1992. The club played in the Singapore Premier League (the forerunner to the S.League) from 1988 to 1995. The club became the first club in Singapore to bring in foreign players when they signed two Yugoslavian players, Josko Spanjic and Boris Lucic, for the 1989 season. Balestier United are currently still active in local football, competing in the National Football League Division 1. Former Balestier Khalsa players such, Ruhaizad Ismail, Daniel Ong and Syafiq Zainal all played for the team as well.

Balestier CentralEdit

In 1996, Balestier United Recreational Club became a founder member of the S.League and changed its name to Balestier Central.

Clementi KhalsaEdit

 
Clementi Khalsa FC crest

Clementi Khalsa was formed as a club to represent Singapore's Sikh community and joined the S.League in 1999. Prior to the merger with Balestier Central, the club was based in the Clementi area of Singapore and played its home games at the Clementi Stadium.

MergerEdit

The club is an amalgamation of Balestier Central Football Club and Clementi Khalsa Football Club who merged at the end of the 2002 S.League season. Due to its link with Clementi Khalsa, the club is very popular amongst Singapore's Sikh community.

Balestier KhalsaEdit

On 10 August 2012, Balestier Khalsa won the first League Cup Plate Final as the team defeated Young Lions in the Jalan Besar Stadium.

In 2013, Darren Stewart signed several players from his former team, Gombak United and formed a strong foundation of the team, including foreign players Kim Min-ho and Park Kang-jin, together with Singapore national team player Qiu Li and proved to be a success. On 14 September 2013, The Tigers went one level higher by scoring a huge 4–0 win over DPMM FC in the League Cup Final and clinched their first ever silverware. Captain, Paul Cunningham and the team lift the trophy as well as clinching 3rd placing in the Singapore Cup.

Balestier Khalsa signed former U-21 Croatian international Goran Ljubojević on 11 February 2014 as their first ever marquee signing.[3] As well as Emir Lotinac of Serbia from Novi Pazar. The Tigers won their first ever Singapore Cup on 7 November 2014, beating Home United 3–1 with Goran, Kim and Park scoring the goals.[4] Thus, qualified for AFC Cup in the following year.

The Tigers make their continental competition debut on 24 February 2015, losing 0–3 to Hong Kong Premier League champions, Kitchee. 10 March, they almost held eventual 2015 champions, Johor Darul Ta'zim to goalless draw but the visitor scored in the stoppage time. Balestier Khalsa finally got their historical first win in the following week, Jonathan Xu scoring his and Tiger's maiden AFC Cup goal and Miroslav Krištić's goal beating East Bengal 2–1. On 10 July 2015, Balestier Khalsa lost narrowly 2–1 against Albirex Niigata (S) to finish runner up in the League Cup.

In 2016, Balestier Khalsa qualified for AFC Cup as Singapore's 2nd best local team and got their first away goals/ point in the AFC Cup, held Dhivehi Premier League champions, New Radiant 2–2 at Malé. They continue to improved their run in the competition and winning Kitchee & New Radiant 1–0 and 3–0 at home. Balestier Khalsa finished 4th in the Singapore Cup after losing to Ceres-La Salle in the third place playoff.

In 2017, due to tight budget, Balestier Khalsa signed 3 Myanmar national football team players, Aung Kyaw Naing, Kyaw Zayar Win, Nanda Lin Kyaw Chit from Nay Pyi Taw, Ayeyawady United and Yadanabon respectively.

PlayersEdit

As of 15 Sep 2021 [5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   SIN Riki Kimura (on loan from Lion City Sailors)U23
2 DF   SIN Fadli Kamis (Captain)
3 MF   SIN Max Goh Yi Qi
4 MF   SIN Faizal Raffi
5 DF   SRB Ensar Brunčević
6 MF   SIN Aarish Kumar U23
7 MF   SIN Hazzuwan Halim
9 FW   JPN Shuhei Hoshino
11 FW   SIN Iqbal Hussain
13 DF   SIN Amer Hakeem U23
14 MF   SIN Hariysh Krishnakumar U23
15 MF   SIN Gautam Selvamany
17 MF   SIN Sameer Alassane U23
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 DF   SIN Ahmad Syahir
22 DF   SIN Khalili Khalif
24 DF   SIN Ho Wai Loon (on loan from Lion City Sailors)
28 MF   SIN Gareth Low
39 DF   SIN Aiman Zavyan U23
44 MF   SIN Aravindhan Ramanathan U21
45 FW   SIN Joshua De Souza U21
46 DF   SIN Aqil Yazid U21
50 MF   SIN Seng Hong Kai U21
52 DF   SIN Keshav Kumar U21
55 DF   SIN Aidil Johari U21
66 MF   SIN Puvan Raj U21
MF   JPN Ryoya Tanigushi

Remarks:
U23 These players are under the age of 23 to fulfill the league requirement of minimum of 6 U-23 players per team.

On LoanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
12 DF   SIN Jordan Emaviwe U23 (to Young Lions)
61 GK   SIN Martyn Mun U21 (to Young Lions)
FW   SIN Syukri Noorhaizam (National Service till 2022)

HonoursEdit

Winners: 2014
Runners-up: 2015
Winners: 2013
Runners-up: 2015
Winners: 2012
Runners-up : 2014
Winners: 2012
Winners: 1992
Winners: 1958

ReservesEdit

Winners: 2012, 2013

Domestic recordEdit

As Balestier Central/ Balestier Khalsa

Season League Pos. P W D L GS GA Pts Singapore Cup League Cup Top goalscorer Managers
1996-1 S.League 3rd* 14 7 3 4 22 18 24   Goran Paulic 22   Robin Chan
1996-2 3rd* 14 7 3 4 25 19 24
1997 4th 16 8 4 4 43 26 28 21
1998 4th 20 9 4 7 47 43 31 Group stage 19   PN Sivaji
1999 7th 22 6 8 8 25 27 26 Semi-final   Eric Francis 6
2000 12th 22 3 5 14 16 42 14 Round of 16   Jason Ainsley 4
2001 7th 33 8 11 14 43 57 35 Group stage   Ali Imran Lomri
  Daorueang Krongpol
8
2002 11th 33 6 5 22 50 103 23 Group stage   Itimi Owepa Wilson 23   Robin Chan
2003 11th 33 5 2–6 20 37 76 25 Quarter-final   Kim Eun-Cher 9   Abdullah Noor
2004 8th 27 6 19 22 36 73 20 Quarter-final   Park Tae-won 7   Jang Jung
2005 7th 27 10 6 11 45 52 36 Preliminary Rd   Kengne Ludovick 20
2006 7th 30 10 7 13 50 61 37 Semi-final 15   Abdul Karim Razzak
2007 9th 33 7 8 18 44 63 29 Quarter-final Quarter-final   Ryuji Sueoka 9
2008 12th 33 3 8 22 26 60 17 Round of 16 Third place   Paul Ekollo 6   Nasaruddin Jalil
2009 11th 30 4 6 20 22 58 18 Round of 16 Group stage   Oh In-kyun 5
2010 8th 33 10 7 16 26 40 37 Quarter-final Preliminary Rd   Rivaldo Costa 11   Nasaruddin Jalil
  Salim Moin
2011 10th 33 7 5 21 28 63 26 Round of 16 Preliminary Rd   Mark McGough 8   Salim Moin
2012 6th 24 11 6 7 23 20 39 Round of 16 Plate Winners   Park Kang-jin 4   Darren Stewart
2013 4th 27 12 7 8 38 28 43 Third place Winners   Qiu Li 12
2014 6th 27 11 7 9 46 34 40 Winners Plate Runners-up   Goran Ljubojević 20   Marko Kraljević
2015 4th 27 12 8 7 39 35 44 Quarter-final Runners-up   Miroslav Krištić 16
2016 8th 24 4 7 13 23 42 19 Semi-final Group stage   Niko Tokić 10
2017 7th 24 5 4 15 17 33 19 Preliminary Rd Group stage   Hazzuwan Halim 5
2018 Singapore Premier League 6th 24 7 6 11 25 36 27 Third place   Keegan Linderboom 5
2019 9th 24 4 5 15 37 58 17 Group Stage   Hazzuwan Halim
  Šime Žužul
10   Khidhir Khamis
  Marko Kraljević
2020 5th 14 5 4 5 22 28 19   Sime Zuzul 6   Marko Kraljević
2021 7th 21 5 4 12 31 52 19 15
2022   Akbar Nawas

As Clementi Khalsa

Season League Pos. P W D L GS GA Pts Singapore Cup
1999 S.League 11th 22 3 6 13 29 55 15 Round of 16
2000 8th 22 5 10 7 33 46 25
2001 9th 33 7 9 17 43 76 30 Group stage
2002 10th 33 7 4 22 45 84 25
  • The 1996 season of the S.League was split into two series.
  • 2003 saw the introduction of penalty shoot-outs if a match ended in a draw in regular time. Winners of penalty shoot-outs gained two points instead of one.

Continental recordEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Position
1992–93 Asian Cup Winners' Cup First round   Quảng Nam Đà Nẵng Withdrew
2015 AFC Cup Group F   Kitchee 1–2 3–0 4th
  Johor Darul Ta'zim 0–1 3–0
  East Bengal 2–1 3–0
2016 AFC Cup Group F   New Radiant 3–0 2–2 3rd
  Kitchee 1–0 4–0
  Kaya FC 0–3 1–0

SponsorsEdit

Kit Supplier Main Sponsors
  Adidas   Jeep

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Untold Stories, Southeast Asian Clubs: Balestier Khalsa". Archived from the original on 22 April 2016. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  2. ^ "History and Tradition of Balestier Khalsa FC". Balestier Khalsa. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Ljubojevic hopes for injury-free season at Balestier - Goal.com". goal.com. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Balestier Khalsa with first-ever RHB Singapore Cup win". espnfc.com. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Balestier Khalsa FC Player List". Singapore Premier League. 12 March 2021. Retrieved 12 March 2021.

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