Lion City Sailors FC

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Lion City Sailors Football Club, commonly referred to as Lion City Sailors, LC Sailors or simply Sailors or LCS, is a Singaporean professional football club based in Singapore. They compete in Singapore Premier League, the top tier of Singapore football league system. LCS is one of the most successful and wealthiest football clubs in Singapore. Their home ground is Bishan Stadium. In 2021, the Sailors smashed the Singapore League transfer history with a record S$3 million signing of Diego Lopes and Jorge Felipe for an undisclosed fee, only for the latter to not be featured for the Sailors so far, and the Sailors lost 3-1 to Hougang United FC.

Lion City Sailors
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Full nameLion City Sailors Football Club
Nickname(s)The Sailors
Short nameLCS
Founded1945; 76 years ago (1945) (as Police Sports Association)
1997; 24 years ago (1997) (as Home United)
14 February 2020; 14 months ago (2020-02-14) (as Lion City Sailors FC)
GroundBishan Stadium
Capacity3,500
OwnerSea Limited
ChairmanForrest Li
ManagerAurelio Vidmar
LeagueSingapore Premier League
2020Singapore Premier League, 3rd of 8
Current season

HistoryEdit

The Police Sports Association was founded in 1945 to organise football activities for the Singapore Police Force. It sent two teams to compete in the Singapore Amateur Football Association League in the 1950s and 1960s, but neither team won any trophies. Under coach Choo Seng Quee, Police SA won the inaugural President's Cup in 1968, then reached and lost the next two finals. In 1979, it joined the National Football League, was placed in Division III, and immediately earned promotion to Division II. In 1980, Police SA won the Division II title, the President's Cup and the Boggars Cup. In 1985, it was national league champions, after setting a national record as the only team to go unbeaten for 17 consecutive games. The performances of Police SA led to its selection as one of eight teams to compete in the newly formed S.League.[1]

When the S.League was formed in 1996, the club was known as the Police Football Club. The following year, its name was changed to Home United to reflect the fact that the team represented not only the Singapore Police Force, but also other HomeTeam departments of the Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs such as the Singapore Civil Defence Force and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.

Home United was two-time S.League winners and holders of a record six Singapore Cup trophies. It was the first club to achieve the S.League and Singapore Cup double in 2003.[2]

The team's nickname was the "Protectors"; its mascot, a dragon; its home ground, the Bishan Stadium.

On 14 February 2020, the club was privatised for the first time in its history, when Singaporean billionaire Forrest Li announced that he had purchased a 100% stake in the club.[3] Home United Football Club was officially renamed Lion City Sailors Football Club, and its signature red kits and badge were replaced with white tops and a blue crest. LCS' main aim following its rebranding was to boost professionalism in Singaporean football, with becoming a Southeast Asian super club in the same mould as Malaysian giants JDT very much the long-term goal. [4]

On 21 January 2021, the Lion City Sailors created history by smashing the Singapore Premier League transfer-fee record with the signing of midfielder Diego Lopes from Portuguese top-flight side Rio Ave for 1.8 million euros on a three-year deal.[5]

Lion City Sailors Football AcademyEdit

Home United was the first and only S.League club to own and operate its own football academy. Located at 8 Mattar Road, HYFA comprises ten futsal courts, two full-size football pitches, an events plaza, staff offices, meeting rooms and a Sports Performance Centre.

According to its mission statement, HYFA will: help local, talented youths to achieve excellence in the sport of football as professional players, technical support staff, club administrators, or referees, in tandem with their academic pursuits; help them become law-abiding and responsible individuals; and help raise the standards for professional football clubs in Singapore so that Singapore qualifies for the World Cup.

In June 2020, numerous news sources announced the launch of the new the Lion City Sailors Football Academy and further plans on youth development and its investments.

PlayersEdit

SquadEdit

As of 27 January 2021[6]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   SIN Ho Wai Loon
3 DF   SIN Tajeli Salamat
4 DF   BRA Jorge Fellipe
5 DF   SIN Amirul Adli
6 DF   SIN Abdil Qaiyyim Mutalib
7 MF   SIN Aqhari Abdullah
8 MF   SIN Shahdan Sulaiman
9 FW   CRO Stipe Plazibat
10 MF   BRA Diego Lopes
11 FW   SIN Hafiz Nor
13 GK   SIN Adib Hakim U23
14 MF   KOR Song Ui-young
16 MF   SIN Justin Hui U23
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF   SIN Saifullah Akbar
18 GK   SIN Hassan Sunny (captain)
19 MF   SIN Naqiuddin Eunos
20 DF   SIN Nur Adam Abdullah U23
22 MF   SIN Gabriel Quak
24 GK   SIN Rudy Khairullah
25 MF   SIN Haiqal Pashia U23
26 MF   SIN Aizal Murhamdani U23
27 MF   SIN Adam Swandi
30 MF   SIN Faris Ramli
FW   SIN Amiruldin Asraf U23
GK   SIN Veer Karan Sobti U23

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 MF   SIN Iqram Rifqi (to Geylang International)
15 DF   SIN Faizal Roslan (to Geylang International)
37 MF   SIN Anaqi Ismit U19 (to Tanjong Pagar United)
47 MF   SIN Bill Mamadou U19 (to Young Lions FC)
52 GK   SIN Putra Anugerah Sahrin U19 (to Young Lions FC)
GK   SIN Riki Kimura U23 (to Balestier Khalsa)

Club officialsEdit

ManagementEdit

  • Chairman: Forrest Li[7]
  • General Manager: Badri Ghent

Technical staffEdit

  • Team Manager: Herwandy Hamid
  • Head Coach: Aurelio Vidmar
  • Assistant Coach: Noh Rahman
  • Goalkeeper Coach: Chua Lye Heng
  • Sports Performance Specialist: Shazaly Ayob
  • Sports Trainer: Fazly Hasan

HonoursEdit

League

  • 1985

Cup

  • 2019
  • 1980
  • 1968

Reserves

  • 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2014, 2016, 2017
  • 2013, 2015, 2016

Performance in AFC competitionsEdit

2001: Second round
2004: Semi-finals
2005: Quarter-Finals
2006: Group stage
2008: Quarter-finals
2009: Round of 16
2012: Round of 16
2014: Group stage
2017: Zonal Finalist
2018: Inter-zonal Semi-finals
2019: Group stage

AFC clubs rankingEdit

As of 13 MARCH 2019.[8]
Current Rank Country Team
46   Istiklol
47   Al-Wehdat
48   Lion City Sailors
49   Al-Zawra’a
50   Altyn Asyr

SponsorsEdit

Kit Supplier Main Sponsors
  Puma   Sea Limited

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Malathi Das and Palakrishnan (1996), "S.League: the kick-off", Singapore Professional Football League Pte Ltd, p. 33
  2. ^ "Darby fears for S'pore football".
  3. ^ "Football: Singapore tech firm Sea takes ownership of Home United; club changes name to Lion City Sailors FC". CNA. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Inside Lion City Sailors - The making of Singapore's first superclub". Goal. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  5. ^ Narendaren Karnageran (21 January 2021). "Lion City Sailors sign Rio Ave's Lopes in landmark S$2.9m transfer". The New Paper.
  6. ^ "SPL 2021 Club Guide: Lion City Sailors". Singapore Premier League. 12 March 2021. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Football: Singapore tech firm Sea takes ownership of Home United; club changes name to Lion City Sailors FC". CNA. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  8. ^ "AFC Club Ranking 2019".

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