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Asian Cup Diaries - Everybody wants Chhetri, an Iraqi dream come true

Yusuf before Iraq's game against Vietnam outside the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Yusuf before Iraq's game against Vietnam outside the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
 

The Asian Cup is considered the World Cup for Asian nations, and one can see a glimpse of that in the playing styles on display. The West Asian nations (Saudi Arabia, Iran) are tough, rugged and play a fairly physical game, while those from further east (China, South Korea) are quick, technical and extremely clever at controlling the tempo in games. Then there are teams like India, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines and Turkmenistan, who are either all on debut or returning to this tournament after a...

 By Kenneth Tan

Faris Ramli beaten to top award by Nagasaki at FAS Nite 2017

Home United's Faris Ramli was pipped to S.League Player of the Year (POTY) by Kento Nagasaki, of Albirex Niigata (S), at the inaugural Football Association of Singapore (FAS) Nite 2017.

Despite enjoying an outstanding individual season, which garnered 21 goals and as many assists in all competitions, Faris finished second behind Nagasaki, who helped Albirex complete their second consecutive quadruple of trophies.

Home teammate Stipe Plazibat, who finished second-top scorer in the S.League with 25...

 By Kenneth Tan

Sundram refuses to blast sloppy Singapore after Asian Cup defeat

A defiant V. Sundramoorthy refused to criticise his side, despite Singapore falling to a costly 2-1 defeat against Turkmenistan away in Ashgabat.

The Lions did well to level matters through Irfan Fandi on 27 minutes after debutant Vahyt Orazsahedov opened the scoring for the hosts on Tuesday night.

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It looked as if they'd done enough to take a crucial point home before Orazsahedov fired home his second of the night three minutes into injury time to break their hearts.

The result dented their hopes...

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Singapore concede 93rd min goal in Asian Cup loss in Turkmenistan

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A first international goal from Irfan Fandi was not enough for Singapore at Kopetdag Stadium in Ashgabat on Tuesday night as they fell to a late 2-1 defeat to Turkmenistan.

The Lions seemed on course for a heroic away draw before suffering a 93rd-minute sucker punch when the home side scored their winning goal.

Earlier, the eldest son of Singapore legendary forward Fandi Ahmad equalised for Singapore on 27 minutes to cancel Vahyt Orazsahedov's 18th-minute opener.

Continuing in the 3-4-3 formation...

 By Kenneth Tan

Hariss, Shahdan 'familiar' Singapore duo for Sundram in Asian Cup QF

Midfielder Shahdan Sulaiman is eyeing a strong end to 2017 by earning half a century of international caps when Singapore take on Turkmenistan away in Tuesday night's crucial 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifier.

Only eight of the 24-man squad have more caps to their names -- Hassan Sunny, Daniel Bennett, Mustafic Fahrudin, Hariss Harun, Shahril Ishak, Safuwan Baharudin, Fazrul Nawaz and Khairul Amri.

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The 29-year-old has not had the best of times since fracturing his fibula and dislocating his ankle in...