Singapore national football team

The Singapore national football team[nb 2] represents Singapore in men's international football and is controlled by the Football Association of Singapore, also known as the FAS, the governing body of football in Singapore. It is affiliated with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF). The team's colours are red and white. Singapore are colloqiually known as The Lions. The head coach is Tatsuma Yoshida.

Singapore
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Lions
AssociationFootball Association of Singapore (FAS)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationAFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coachTatsuma Yoshida
CaptainHariss Harun
Most capsDaniel Bennett (145)[1]
Top scorerFandi Ahmad (55)[2]
Home stadiumNational Stadium
Jalan Besar Stadium
FIFA codeSIN / SGP[nb 1]
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 160 Steady (16 September 2021)[3]
Highest72 (August 1993)
Lowest173 (October 2017)
First international
 Singapore 1–0 Republic of China 
(Singapore; 22 May 1948)[4]
Biggest win
 Singapore 11–0 Laos 
(Singapore; 15 January 2007)
Biggest defeat
 Myanmar 9–0 Singapore 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 9 November 1969)
Asian Cup
Appearances1 (first in 1984)
Best resultGroup stage (1984)
AFF Championship
Appearances12 (first in 1996)
Best resultChampions (1998, 2004, 2007, 2012)

Singapore generally plays their home matches at various stadiums around the country, most prominently at the National Stadium and Jalan Besar Stadium. The country has one of the oldest national teams in Asia, with the FAS being the oldest football association in the continent itself, being founded in 1892 as the Singapore Football Association. Despite the country having a relatively small population pool, it has generally punched above its weight by successively producing squads that has fiercely competed with its larger and much more populated neighbours.

This can be seen in their most significant successes, which have come in the regional AFF Championship, whereby Singapore had won four times in 1998, 2004–05, 2007, and 2012. Singapore was the first team to achieve this feat and the only team to win in all the finals that they had played. In 1998, Singapore defeated Vietnam in the final to capture the country's first major international football title. In the 2004–05 competition, Singapore defeated Indonesia in a two-leg final 5–2 on aggregate. Singapore retained the trophy in 2007, beating Thailand 3–2 on aggregate in the final. In 2012, Singapore won the trophy for a record 4th time, again defeating three-time champions Thailand 3–2 on aggregate in the final.

Singapore has also achieved notable results beyond their sub-confederation. In the 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification, Singapore became the only team to beat Iraq where Iraq were en route to their Asian Cup winning campaign. Singapore also drew with China 0–0 and 1–1 at home in 2006 and 2009 respectively. In March 2008, Australia also failed to beat Singapore when the game ended in a goalless draw. During the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Japan was held to a draw at home at the Saitama Stadium by Singapore, being the only game where Japan had dropped points in the group.

Singapore's main rivals on the international stage are their geographical neighbours, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, and past matches between these teams have produced much drama.

EtymologyEdit

The team's nickname, "The Lions", is derived from the name of the country itself, Singapore, which is also widely known as the Lion City. It also references the national animal of Singapore. Subsequently, the youth teams of the squad are called "The Cubs".

The Lion head symbol is also present in the logo of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS).

HistoryEdit

 
The Singapore team for the 1993 SEA Games
 
Fandi Ahmad is Singapore's most capped player, earning 101 caps and scoring 55 goals from 1979 to 1997.

Early years, Singapore FA (1892–1994)Edit

In 1892, the Singapore Amateur Football Association applied to become a registered society. The HMS Malaya Cup (which was later known as the Malaysia Cup) was launched in 1921 by officers of a British battleship in Malaya, and Singapore was one of the six teams that took part in the inaugural year, and won the event.

While the representative side in the Malaysia Cup and the Malaysian League was not the national team per se – this team included some foreign players – many Singapore football fans viewed the Malaysia Cup side as being the 2nd national team, and the team's exploits in the Malaysian competitions generally drew as much attention as Singapore's participation in other international tournaments. They either won or were runners up in the event every year until 1941, after which it was suspended because of World War II.

Overall, Singapore won 24 Malaysia Cup titles and two 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. 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.

At that time, Singapore hosted their first and so far, its only international competition, the 1984 AFC Asian Cup. The team was eliminated from the group stage with four points, a 2–0 win over India and a shocking 0–0 draw to giants Iran.

In the FIFA World Rankings, Singapore's highest standing was in the first release of the figures, in August 1993, at 73rd.[6]

Turn of the millennium, AFF triumphs (1995–2005)Edit

Singapore won the bronze medal in the 1995 Southeast Asian Games. In the 1998 edition of the AFF Championship, the team won the group stage with victories over Malaysia and the Philippines. In the semi-finals, they beat Indonesia and subsequently edged out hosts Vietnam 1–0 in the final. This was the country's first ever international title.

Radojko Avramović took over as coach in July 2003. Singapore started the 2004 AFF Championship as underdogs but a 1–1 draw in their first game against hosts Vietnam, another draw against Indonesia, and wins against Cambodia and Laos saw them qualify for the semi-finals.

Singapore were drawn against 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 a reserve Myanmar goalkeeper even threw a water bottle at defender S. Subramani. Singapore went on to win 4–2 after extra time for an 8–5 aggregate victory.

Singapore then won the first leg of the two-legged final against Indonesia 3–1 in Jakarta, before winning 2–1 (5–2 on aggregate) in the second leg in front of a strong 55,000 home crowd at the former National Stadium.

Singapore was named 'Mover of the Year' by the AFC in 2005.

Singaporean fans at the former National Stadium for the 2004 AFF Championship final, where Singapore became champions of Southeast Asia once more

Asian Cup dream, continued AFF dominance (2007)Edit

 
Singapore's Daniel Bennett at Changi Airport, returning home with the triumphant Singapore team after the 2007 AFF Championship final.

In 2006, Avramovic then led Singapore into the 2007 Asian Cup qualifiers with a 2–0 victory at home over Iraq, but Singapore failed to build on this victory and then lost away to Palestine. The Singapore team then took on China away in Tianjin and lost to an injury time penalty. China travelled to Singapore for the second meeting and the Singapore defence held out for a 0–0 draw. A subsequent 2–4 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, who were unable to fulfil the fixture.

That subsequent year, Singapore hosted the group stages of the 2007 AFF Championship. After a 0–0 draw with Vietnam, Singapore then thrashed Laos 11–0 to record their largest-ever win. In the final group match, Singapore knocked Indonesia out of the tournament in a 2–2 draw. Singapore met Malaysia in the semi-final. The first leg saw a 1–1 draw in Shah Alam, while in the second leg at Singapore's National Stadium, following another 1–1 draw, Singapore beat Malaysia in a penalty shoot-out 5–4, 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, then secured a 1–1 draw in Bangkok thanks to a late strike from Khairul Amri to retain the AFF Championship trophy.[7]

Singapore's 11–0 win against Laos in the 2007 AFF Championship was also a national and tournament record.[8] Noh Alam Shah scored 7 goals in the match.[8]

Goal 2010Edit

In 1998, then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong had set a goal for the national team to reach the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa.

Singapore met Palestine in the first round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifying Tournament. Singapore won the first leg 4–0 away in Doha, and the Palestinians again failed to fulfil the away fixture, so FIFA awarded Singapore a 3–0 win. They was then drawn with Tajikistan in the second round: Singapore won the home match 2–0 and drew the return leg 1–1 on 18 November to progress to the third round of the Asian Qualifying Tournament for the first time, where they were drawn against Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Uzbekistan.

Singapore's group stage campaign began with a loss to Saudi Arabia, but the Lions then beat Lebanon 2–0 at home. Successive losses to Uzbekistan, 3–7 and 0–1, left Singapore with little chance of getting into the next round. Singapore were finally eliminated when they lost 0–2 to the Saudis at home.

Singapore finished third in the group with six points from six games after defeating Lebanon 2–1 in Beirut in their final game. With the elimination, the objective of Goal 2010 was not met.[9]

Revamp, fourth AFF title (2011–2012)Edit

In January 2011, the FAS decided to disband and revamp the national team over lacklustre results. In May 2011, national team coach Raddy Avramovic announced the new 33-strong national provisional squad for the upcoming international friendlies and 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.

Few days after releasing the provisional 33-man squad, national team training started in preparation of the match against Maldives. Avramovic led the new-look Lions in a game where Singapore won Maldives 4–0 at the Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore in a friendly match. After the 4–0 win against Maldives, a closed-door friendly match against Etoile FC (of the S.League) was played at the Jalan Besar Stadium, in which the Lions were triumphant thanks to goals from Aleksandar Duric and Qiu Li. Less than a week later before the World Cup qualifier, a final friendly was played against Chinese Taipei. Singapore won the match 3–2 with goals from Aleksandar Duric, Shi Jiayi and Fazrul Nawaz.

Singapore received a bye to the second round of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification in 2011 because of their accession to the third round of the qualifying in the previous World Cup.

Their second round opponents were regional rivals Malaysia, whom they beat 5–3 in the first leg with goals from Aleksandar Duric, Qiu Li, Mustafic Fahrudin and Shi Jiayi. The second leg was held at the National Stadium, Bukit Jalil on 28 July 2011. A 1–1 draw thanks to a key Shi Jiayi goal in the second half was enough to put Singapore through to the 3rd Round of Asian Zone World Cup 2014 Qualifiers.

In the preliminary draw in Brazil on 30 July 2011 by the football governing body FIFA, Singapore was drawn into Group A for their Round 3 of the Asian qualifiers with Jordan, Iraq and China.

Singapore kicked off the third round with a 1–2 loss to China in Kunming. They then succumbed to a second defeat, 0–2, against Iraq. The next match was slated to be held at Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore on 11 October against Jordan which Singapore lost 0–3. A 0–2 defeat to Jordan in Amman ended the Lions' chances of progress. Singapore ended the year with a 0–4 defeat at home to China PR, their 5th consecutive loss. Iraq then dealt the Singapore team a heavy 1–7 loss in Doha, Qatar, with Singapore bowing out with no wins.

2012 AFF ChampionshipEdit

In 2012, Singapore started their tournament with a 3–0 win over close rivals Malaysia.[11] They then lost 0–1 to Indonesia before winning 4–3 in the knockout stage decider against Laos.[12] to top the group and qualify for the semi-finals.

Against the Philippines in the semi-finals, Singapore won 1–0 on aggregate. The solitary goal from Khairul Amri during the home leg of the semi-finals[13] was enough to set up a meeting with Thailand in the finals.

The Lions won the first leg of the finals 3–1 in Singapore. Despite losing the away leg 0–1, Singapore was able to pick up the 2012 AFF Championship, their fourth championship. Singapore holds the record for the highest number of AFF Championship titles.[14] Raddy Avramovic retired as Singapore coach after the tournament.

post–Avramovic, notable results (2013–2015)Edit

The FAS announced on 15 May 2013 that they had appointed Bernd Stange as the head coach of the national team.[15] Multiple wins that year resulted in Singapore's FIFA World Rankings rising nine places to 156 in July 2013.[6]

The Lions entered the 2014 AFF Championship as the defending champions trying to defend the cup on home soil, but their title defence was spoiled with a 1–2 defeat over Thailand, which they also faced back in 2012. Then, they beat Myanmar 4–2 before bowing out after suffering a 1–3 defeat to rivals Malaysia. The Lions finished with 3 points and 3rd in Group B, and are the first team in the history of the AFF Championship to bow out from the group stage as the defending champions.

For the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, they kick started their campaign with an away game against Cambodia on 11 June 2015 which ended 4–0 in favour of Singapore.[16]

Following which, they travelled to Saitama Stadium in Japan where they held the hosts to a goalless draw, topping the group.[17] However, they were defeated by Syria 0–1 at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat, Oman, marking their first loss in the group stages of the tournament.[18] The Lions then beat Afghanistan by a scoreline of 1–0 and their 2nd consecutive win against Cambodia, winning the game 2–1. Singapore would finish in third place in the table with a total points of 10.

Stagnation, renewed hopes (2016–present)Edit

 
The Singapore team in 2017

In April 2016, a month after the match against Afghanistan, the FAS announced that Bernd Stange contract would not be renewed and he left the Singapore national football team.[19] After a few months of Stange's departure, FAS announced the new caretaker coach was to be then Tampines Rovers head coach V. Sundramoorthy.[20]

For the 2016 AFF Championship, Singapore was grouped with Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines. They started their tournament with a 0–0 draw over the Philippines. They then lost 0–1 to Thailand where Thailand's Sarawut Masuk scored a late winner in the 89th minute. Singapore actually needed at least a draw with Indonesia and Thailand have to beat Philippines to qualify for the semi-finals. It was great news in the first half as Singapore was leading 1–0 but Singapore's conceded 2 late goals for Indonesia to qualify for the semi-finals. Singapore ended their 2016 AFF Championship at the group stage.

On 13 June 2017, Singapore lost 0–6 in a friendly against Argentina, which was then ranked 2nd in the FIFA world rankings.[21]

In 2019, Singapore participated in the inaugural Airmarine Cup, defeating Malaysia 1–0 to face Oman in the final. The game ended in a 1–1 draw, with Singapore unfortunately losing in the penalty shootout 5–4, finishing as runner-up of the tournament.

Team imageEdit

 
National team kit during the early 2010s

There have been different suppliers for the jerseys, from Admiral, Puma, Umbro, Grand Sport to Tiger. In November 2006, Nike signed a year's deal of kit sponsorship worth S$2,500,000.

Singapore had initially worn blue shirts and shorts as their home kit. However, in the late 1980s, 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 1990s. For the 2007 AFF Championship, the national team's colours reverted to blue as its home kit and white as the other kit.[22]

Before 2006, Singapore had been using the same kit for nearly 5 years, supplied by Tiger who had a tie-in with Diadora. The kit used during the 2007 AFF Championship made its final appearance on 4 February 2007 against Thailand. The next 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 Singapore 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.

In 2008, a new kit was officially announced, featuring tight-fit jerseys in the two traditional team colours: red for the home games and 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.[23]

In November 2010, Nike Singapore launched a new football kit for Singapore, specially made for the 2010 AFF Championship. The home kit's design was of half dark red and light red. The away kit features half navy blue and light blue that was once worn by Singapore football team in 1970's era.

In recent years, the national team kits sports the FAS logo instead of the Singapore flag.

Home stadiumEdit

From 1932 until the National Stadium was opened in 1973, Jalan Besar Stadium hosted all home games of Singapore's representative sides which participated in the Malaysia Cup. Since then, all of Singapore's home games in the Malaysia Cup and the national team home matches were played at the National Stadium.

The National Stadium was slated for demolishment in 2010 to make way for the new Singapore Sports Hub which was completed in 2014. Singapore played Australia in what was planned to be 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 5 more matches, and it was also the venue for 2 more World Cup 2010 qualifier matches. While the stadium was being rebuilt as part of the new Sports Hub, the Singapore national team played its home games at the Jalan Besar Stadium, sharing it with the former LionsXII and the Cubs (U15 and U16 teams).

Since the start of 2004, Singapore has played its home matches in 7 different stadiums all over Singapore.

Singapore national football team home stadiums
Image Stadium Capacity Location Last match
  National Stadium 55,000 Kallang v    Uzbekistan
(15 October 2019; 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification)
  Jalan Besar Stadium 8,000 Kallang v    Turkmenistan
(5 September 2017; 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification)
  Bishan Stadium 6,000 Bishan v    Mongolia
(12 October 2018; Friendly)
  Choa Chu Kang Stadium 4,268 Choa Chu Kang v    India
(16 October 2012; Friendly)
  Jurong West Stadium 4,200 Jurong West v    Pakistan
(19 November 2012; Friendly)
  Jurong East Stadium 2,700 Jurong East v    Brunei
(6 June 2015; Friendly)
  Hougang Stadium 3,800 Hougang v    Hong Kong
(9 September 2014; Friendly)
  Yishun Stadium 3,400 Yishun v    Cambodia
(17 November 2014; Friendly)

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D* L GF GA
  1930 to
  1974
Did not enter Did not enter
  1978 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 5 6
  1982 3 0 1 2 1 3
  1986 4 0 1 3 2 11
  1990 6 2 1 3 12 9
  1994 8 5 0 3 12 12
  1998 4 0 1 3 2 8
   2002 6 0 2 4 3 8
  2006 6 1 0 5 3 13
  2010 10 5 1 4 17 17
  2014 8 1 1 6 8 24
  2018 8 3 1 4 9 9
  2022 8 2 1 5 7 22
    2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Best: None 0/22 0 0 0 0 0 0 75 21 11 43 81 142

AFC Asian CupEdit

Asian GamesEdit

Asian Games record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
  1951 Did not enter
  1954 Group stage 2 0 1 1 2 7
  1958 2 0 0 2 2 4
  1962 Did not enter
  1966 Fourth place 7 2 1 4 11 15
  1970 to
  1986
Did not enter
  1990 Group stage 3 1 0 2 7 13
  1994 Did not enter
  1998
Since 2002 See Singapore national under-23 football team
Total Best: Fourth place 14 3 2 9 22 39

AFF ChampionshipEdit

AFF Championship record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
  1996 Group stage 4 2 1 1 7 2
  1998 Champions 5 4 1 0 9 2
  2000 Group stage 4 2 0 2 4 2
   2002 3 1 1 1 3 6
   2004 Champions 8 6 2 0 23 10
   2007 7 2 5 0 18 6
   2008 Semi-finals 5 3 1 1 10 2
   2010 Group stage 3 1 1 1 3 3
   2012 Champions 7 4 1 2 11 6
   2014 Group stage 3 1 0 2 6 7
   2016 3 0 1 2 1 3
  2018 4 2 0 2 7 5
Total Best: Champions 57 27 15 15 98 52

SEA Games recordEdit

Southeast Asian Games record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
  1959 Did not enter
  1961
  1963 Cancelled
  1965 Preliminary round 2 0 0 2 1 6
  1967 Did not enter
  1969
  1971 Group stage 2 0 0 2 2 11
  1973 Fourth place 4 1 2 1 2 4
  1975 Bronze medalists 3 0 2 1 4 5
  1977 Group stage 2 0 0 2 1 7
  1979 4 1 1 2 4 8
  1981 Fourth place 4 1 1 2 5 4
  1983 Silver medalists 4 3 0 1 12 3
  1985 4 2 1 1 6 4
  1987 Group stage 2 0 2 0 0 0
  1989 Silver medalists 4 2 1 1 7 4
  1991 Bronze medalists 4 2 2 0 4 1
  1993 5 3 2 0 16 5
  1995 6 3 2 1 11 5
  1997 Fourth place 6 2 2 2 6 6
  1999 6 3 2 1 8 5
Since 2001 See Singapore national under-23 football team
Total Best: Silver medalists 62 23 20 19 89 78

All-time record against other countriesEdit

Below is a list of matches of Singapore's matches against FIFA-recognised teams.[24]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 29 players (including 2 standby) were selected for the AFF Suzuki Cup provisional squad. [25]

Caps and goals updated as of 11 June 2021, after the match against   Saudi Arabia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Hassan Sunny (1984-04-02) 2 April 1984 (age 37) 85 0   Lion City Sailors
1GK Izwan Mahbud (1990-07-14) 14 July 1990 (age 31) 54 0   Hougang United
1GK Syazwan Buhari (1992-09-22) 22 September 1992 (age 29) 0 0   Tampines Rovers
1GK Zharfan Rohaizad (1997-02-21) 21 February 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Tanjong Pagar United

2DF Safuwan Baharudin (1991-09-22) 22 September 1991 (age 30) 96 11   Selangor
2DF Shakir Hamzah (1992-10-20) 20 October 1992 (age 28) 53 3   Tanjong Pagar United
2DF Nazrul Nazari (1991-02-11) 11 February 1991 (age 30) 42 0   Hougang United
2DF Irfan Fandi (1997-08-13) 13 August 1997 (age 24) 29 1   BG Pathum United
2DF Zulqarnaen Suzliman (1998-03-29) 29 March 1998 (age 23) 13 0   Young Lions
2DF Amirul Adli (1996-01-13) 13 January 1996 (age 25) 12 0   Lion City Sailors
2DF Jacob Mahler (2000-04-20) 20 April 2000 (age 21) 3 1   Young Lions
2DF Iqram Rifqi (1996-02-25) 25 February 1996 (age 25) 2 0   Geylang International
2DF Nur Adam Abdullah (2001-04-13) 13 April 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Lion City Sailors
2DF Tajeli Salamat (1994-02-07) 7 February 1994 (age 27) 0 0   Lion City Sailors

3MF Hariss Harun (captain) (1990-11-19) 19 November 1990 (age 30) 101 10   Lion City Sailors
3MF Shahdan Sulaiman (1988-05-09) 9 May 1988 (age 33) 67 4   Lion City Sailors
3MF Zulfahmi Arifin (1991-10-05) 5 October 1991 (age 30) 48 1   Sukhothai F.C.
3MF Anumanthan Kumar (1994-07-14) 14 July 1994 (age 27) 21 0   Kedah Darul Aman
3MF Adam Swandi (1996-01-12) 12 January 1996 (age 25) 10 0   Lion City Sailors
3MF Saifullah Akbar (1999-01-31) 31 January 1999 (age 22) 3 0   Lion City Sailors
3MF Song Ui-young (1993-11-08) 8 November 1993 (age 27) 0 0   Lion City Sailors
3MF Hami Syahin (1998-12-16) 16 December 1998 (age 22) 6 0   Young Lions STA

4FW Faris Ramli (1992-08-24) 24 August 1992 (age 29) 59 9   Lion City Sailors
4FW Gabriel Quak (1990-12-22) 22 December 1990 (age 30) 36 5   Lion City Sailors
4FW Ikhsan Fandi (1999-04-09) 9 April 1999 (age 22) 18 8   Jerv
4FW Shawal Anuar (1991-04-29) 29 April 1991 (age 30) 12 1   Hougang United
4FW Hafiz Nor (1988-08-22) 22 August 1988 (age 33) 8 1   Lion City Sailors
4FW Amy Recha (1992-05-13) 13 May 1992 (age 29) 0 0   Geylang International
4FW Ilhan Fandi (2002-11-08) 8 November 2002 (age 18) 1 0   Young Lions STA

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up in the last 12 months to the Singapore squad.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Zaiful Nizam (1987-07-24) 24 July 1987 (age 34) 3 0   Geylang International v.   Saudi Arabia, 11 June 2021
GK Fashah Iskandar (1995-05-06) 6 May 1995 (age 26) 0 0   Tanjong Pagar United March 2021 centralized training

DF Faritz Abdul Hameed (1990-01-16) 16 January 1990 (age 31) 33 0   Tanjong Pagar United September 2021 centralized training
DF Hafiz Sujad (1990-11-01) 1 November 1990 (age 30) 44 1   Hougang United September 2021 centralized training
DF Baihakki Khaizan (1984-01-31) 31 January 1984 (age 37) 142 5   Tampines Rovers v.  Saudi Arabia, 11 June 2021
DF Madhu Mohana (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 (age 30) 33 0   Tampines Rovers v.  Saudi Arabia, 11 June 2021
DF Darren Teh (1996-08-19) 19 August 1996 (age 25) 2 0   Geylang International March 2021 centralized training
DF Lionel Tan (1997-06-05) 5 June 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Hougang United March 2021 centralized training
DF Ryhan Stewart (2000-02-15) 15 February 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Young Lions March 2021 centralized training

MF Yasir Hanapi (1989-06-21) 21 June 1989 (age 32) 40 1   Tampines Rovers September 2021 centralized training
MF Afiq Noor (1993-12-25) 25 December 1993 (age 27) 0 0   Hougang United September 2021 centralized training
MF Idraki Adnan (1999-03-13) 13 March 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Hougang United v.  Saudi Arabia, 11 June 2021
MF Christopher van Huizen (1992-11-28) 28 November 1992 (age 28) 4 0   Geylang International March 2021 centralized training
MF Farhan Zulkifli (2002-11-10) 10 November 2002 (age 18) 0 0   Hougang United March 2021 centralized training

FW Hazzuwan Halim (1994-02-02) 2 February 1994 (age 27) 4 0   Balestier Khalsa v.  Saudi Arabia, 11 June 2021
FW Khairin Nadim (2004-05-08) 8 May 2004 (age 17) 0 0   Young Lions March 2021 centralized training

Notes:

  • STA Player on standby
  • SUS Player suspended
  • RC Player suspended for yellow or red card accumulation.
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
  • RET Retired from the national team
  • WD Player withdrew from the squad for non-injury related reasons

Previous squadsEdit

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2019Edit

10 October 2019 2022 FWCQ Saudi Arabia   3–0
(FIFA Ranking Points: –5.73)
  Singapore Buraidah, Saudi Arabia
Abdulfattah Asiri   28'67'
Abdullah Al-Hamdan   61'
Hariss Harun   83' Stadium: King Abdullah Sport City Stadium
Attendance: 14,560
Referee: Kim Hee-gon (South Korea)
15 October 2019 2022 FWCQ Singapore   1–3
(FIFA Ranking Points: –6.62)
  Uzbekistan Singapore
Ikhsan Fandi   45+1'
Shawal Anuar   30'
Odil Ahmedov   14'
Eldor Shomurodov   51'90+1'
Jaloliddin Masharipov   57'
Stadium: National Stadium
Referee: Shen Yinhao (China)
19 November 2019 2022 FWCQ Yemen   1–2
(FIFA Ranking Points: 13.73)
  Singapore Riffa, Bahrain
18:00 UTC+3 Nasser Al-Gahwashi   85' Report Ikhsan Fandi   19'
Hafiz Nor   52'
Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium
Referee: Minoru Tōjō (Japan)

2021Edit

3 June 2021 2022 FWCQ Palestine   4–0   Singapore Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Seyam   19' (pen.)30' (pen.)
Dabbagh   23'
Hamed   85'
Report (FIFA)
(AFC)
Madhu Mohana   19' Stadium: King Fahd International Stadium
Attendance: 294
Referee: Abdulla Mohamed (UAE)
7 June 2021 2022 FWCQ Uzbekistan   5–0   Singapore Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Masharipov   6'34'
Shomurodov   45+1'
Ahmedov   50'
Fandi   88' (o.g.)
Otabek Shukurov   12'
Odiljon Hamrobekov   59'
Islom Kobilov   90+1'
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Baihakki Khaizan   10'
Zulfahmi Arifin   34'
Shakir Hamzah   52'
Stadium: King Fahd International Stadium
Attendance: 75
Referee: Ali Abdulnabi (Bahrain)
14 December 2021 AFF Championship Singapore   v   Brunei /   Timor-Leste Kallang, Singapore
Stadium: National Stadium


Coaching staffEdit

As of 29 September 2021
 
Radojko Avramović, nicknamed 'Raddy' by Singaporeans, is Singapore's most decorated and longest serving coach, winning the AFF Championship three times.
 
Tatsuma Yoshida is the current head coach of Singapore.
Position Name
Technical Director   Joe Palatsides
Head Coach   Tatsuma Yoshida
Assistant Coach   Fandi Ahmad
Assistant Coach   Nazri Nasir
Goalkeeper Coach  

Former coachesEdit

Performance by coachEdit

The following table provides a summary of the Singapore national team under each coach. Includes both competitive and friendly matches.

Statistics correct as of 7 Jun 2021
Manager Singapore career Pld W D L Win % Achievements
  Milouš Kvaček February 1992 – May 1992 0 0 0 0 !
  P. N. Sivaji May 1992 – December 1993 0 0 0 0 ! 1993 Southeast Asian Games – bronze
  Ken Worden January 1994 – March 1994 0 0 0 0 !
  Douglas Moore March 1994 – May 1995 0 0 0 0 !
  Barry Whitbread June 1995 – November 1998 0 0 0 0 ! 1995 Southeast Asian Games – bronze
1998 AFF Championship – champions
  Vincent Subramaniam December 1998 – December 2000 0 0 0 0 !
  Jan Poulsen December 2000 – January 2003 0 0 0 0 !
  Radojko Avramovic July 2003 – December 2012 64 24 13 27 037.5[64] 2004 AFF Championship – champions
2007 AFF Championship – champions
2012 AFF Championship – champions
  V. Sundramoorthy January 2013 – May 2013 1 0 0 1 000.0
  Bernd Stange May 2013 – April 2016 32 15 3 14 046.9
  V. Sundramoorthy May 2016 – April 2018 23 3 5 15 013.0
  Fandi Ahmad May 2018 – Dec 2018 8 5 1 2 062.5
  Nazri Nasir March 2019 – June 2019 2 1 1 0 050.0
  Tatsuma Yoshida June 2019 – 12 3 3 6 025.0

Key: P–games played, W–games won, D–games drawn; L–games lost, %–win percentage

HonoursEdit

Regional
  Champions (4): 1998, 2004, 2007, 2012
  Third place: 2008
  Silver medalists (3): 1983, 1985, 1989
  Bronze medalists (4): 1975, 1991, 1993, 1995
Minor Titles
  • AYA Bank Cup
  • Airmarine Cup
  •   Runners-up (1) : 2019

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ IOC country code for Singapore, including association football.
  2. ^ Chinese: 新加坡國家足球隊
    Malay: Pasukan bola sepak kebangsaan Singapura
    Tamil: சிங்கப்பூர் தேசிய கால்பந்து அணி
  3. ^ Officially appointed as national coach on 1 January 1994.
  4. ^ Appointed S.League CEO in May 1995.

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