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SINGAPORE YOUTHS LOST FOOTBALL GAME AGAIN, THIS TIME TO NEW CALEDONIA

In news that does not surprise anyone anymore who is a fan of football, especially local football, the Singapore Under 18's loss again in a friendly last night. This time, they were beaten by New Caledonia 2-1 at Bishan Stadium. So, anyone knows were New Caledonia is?

It is actually a French territory comprising dozens of islands in the South Pacific with an estimated population of 278,000.

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TIMOR LESTE BEATS SHAMEFUL SINGAPORE IN UNDER 18 FOOTBALL

In yet another series of embarrassing results, Singapore’s Under-18 footballers lost 3-1 to Timor Leste’s U18s at the on-going ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) U18 Championships on yesterday. Timor Leste was not even an independent country when Singapore's S-League was born. The supposed superior professional league, that was formed so that Singapore have a bigger pool of professional footballers who are supposed to dominate the region in the years after the formation of the S-League. What a joke!

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FANDI AHMAD'S THIRD SON IS ALSO ON PATH TO PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL IN EUROPE

The young teen arrived in England last Friday, with his father joining him a day later. Ilhan will live in the school boarding. In addition to training and studying at the college, Ilhan will also train two or three times a week with the i2i Football Academy also based in York. The academy also has contacts with various English clubs such as Leeds and Manchester City.

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JAPANESE CLUB ALBIREX WANTS TO BECOME LOCAL TEAM, DOES COMMUNITY OUTREACH

The duo, 12 year old Danial Feroz and 13 year old Tan Yu Hen, will attend the Yuhua Albirex Football Academy (Yafa) training tour from Sept 2-10 to train at Albirex's parent club in Niigata, Japan. Their trip, worth $3,000, is sponsored by the Albirex Sports Development Fund, an initiative from the club to develop sports in Singapore. Both teens are secondary students, and they will spend the week in Niigata to experience the football training there and experience first hand the Japanese culture.

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YOUNG LIONS FOOTBALL IS A FAILED PROJECT, TIME TO SCRAP THEM

The recent failure of our SEA Games squad to get past the Group stage confirms this - the majority of its players came from the Garena Young Lions. The abject performance is blamed on the lack of physical fitness, tactical awareness, team play and ability to score goals. This is despite year-round exposure to top-level S-League football. It is time to scrap the Young Lions' S-League team.

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