Community Shield – The Video!

The Great Eastern Community Shield, doubling as the S.League opener, was held at the National Stadium on 26 February 2017. Before the match, a “Football Fan Zone” event was held. All S.League teams (except DPMM Brunei) had set up booths, which included games and selling of 2017 club merchandise. A mini-football tournament for children also took place, with a few S.League teams such as Tampines Rovers, Home United, Balestier Khalsa putting-in teams. Mascots for all team made an appearance to take photos with fans. With the event wrapped up, it was time for the Community Shield.

Tampines Rovers

Starting XI: Izwan Mahbud, Ismadi Mukhtar, Fahrudin Mustafic, Madhu Mohana (C), Son Yong Chan, Ryutaro Megumi, Syed Haziq, Daniel Bennett, Yasir Hanapi, Ivan Dzoni, Irwan Shah

Substitutes: Jufri Taha, Imran Sahib, Jamil Ali, Khairul Amri, Hafiz Rahim, Joey Sim, Haikal Hasnol

Yellow Cards: Madhu Mohana (24’), Yasir Hanapi (49’, 64’), Daniel Bennett (57’), Ryutaro Megumi (84’), Son Yong Chan (90’)

Red Cards: Yasir Hanapi (64’), Madhu Mohana (88’), Ismadi Mukhtar (90’)

Goals: Ryutaro Megumi (36’)

Substitutions:

31’ Syed Haziq OUT, Hafiz Rahim IN

66’ Ivan Dzoni OUT, Khairul Amri IN

86’ Fahrudin Mustafic OUT, Jufri Taha IN

Head Coach: Juergen Raab

Albirex Niigata (S)

Starting XI: Takuya Akiyama, Yuki Yamanouchi, Naomi Tanaka, Shuto Inaba (C), Ryota Nakai, Hiroyoshi Kamata, Tsubasa Sano, Kento Nagasaki, Yasutaka Yanagi, Rui Kamada, Yosuke Nozawa

Substitutes
: Shuhei Yamada, Shoichiro Sakamoto, Ryuya Motoda, Shoma Kondo, Kenya Kodama, Jumpei Yamada, Koki Sato

Goals: Shoichiro Sakamoto (74’, 82’)

Substitutions:

60’ Tsubasa Sano OUT, Shoichiro Sakamoto IN

60’ Rui Kamada OUT, Ryuya Motodo IN

90’ Ryota Nakai OUT, Shoma Kondo IN

Head Coach: Yoshinaga Kazuaki

A penalty that had to be retaken, six yellow and three red cards given — watch the video to see what went on before, during and after, the match, including the post-match press conference.

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Tampines Rovers Under-15 Trials

We are pleased to announce that trials for this year’s Tampines Rovers Centre of Excellence Under-15 squad will take place:

Friday 3 March 2017
4.30 PM
Tampines SAFRA
1/A Tampines Street 92, Singapore 528882

Please wear football attire including boots and shinpads.

Are you eligible?

The easiest way to work it out is: Your 16th birthday must not be during 2017.

(The photo shows the 2016 U-15 lads on their post-season tour to Batam, Indonesia; check out the U-15 videos on our YouTube Channel).

Heartbreak for Tampines

By the Fan-In-The-Stands

The 2017 season of the S.League kicked-off yesterday with the S.League Champions Albirex Niigata taking on Singapore Cup and S.League runners-up, Tampines Rovers. The game was held at the National Stadium in front of 15,480 fans. Tampines Rovers started the game with an advantage, already having played two competitive matches before this fixture. The latest being an AFC Cup win against Malaysian Super League runners-up Felda United.

Albirex Niigata however, started the game the stronger side, forcing Tampines keeper Izwan to make some very good saves early in the first half. Tampines did manage to take the lead mid-way through the first half after a brilliant cross from Ivan Dzoni found the head of Japanese winger, Ryutaro Megumi who put it past experienced goalkeeper Yosuke Nozawa. Albirex definitely felt hard done-by after that goal, having dominated Tampines in the first half and the goal being Tampines’ first shot on target. Albirex may
have been attacking throughout the first half, but Yasir Hanapi came close with a looping shot from slightly outside the box. Rovers also had a penalty call turned down after Ivan Dzoni turned his man and was taken down in the box.

The second half started as planned for Tampines, winning a penalty in the 59th minute after Daniel Bennett was pushed in the box during a Tampines corner. Ivan Dzoni slotted home the penalty and was about to wheel off in celebration before referee, Sukhbir Singh, called for a retake as Tampines midfielder, Hafiz Rahim’s leg was inside the box before Ivan Dzoni took the kick. Yasir Hanapi and Daniel Bennett tried to motivate Ivan before taking his second penalty kick; however Ivan’s shot hit the inside of the post as goalkeeper, Yosuke Nozawa dived the other way helplessly.

Moments before that miss, Tampines midfielder Yasir Hanapi, was shown a yellow card as he committed a foul just outside the penalty box. Yasir, being the heartbeat of the Tampines midfield, got his second yellow on the 64th minute after pulling-back his opponent. It only got worse for Tampines as Albirex clinched the equaliser in the 74th minute after some brilliant passing outside the box. Albirex then took the lead on the 82nd minute as Shoichiro Sakamoto got his second goal of the game as his leg reached the ball just before Izwan could.

Madhu Mohana then got a straight red card in the 88th minute after a lunge to get a 50/50 ball. The referee, Sukhbir Singh, felt that Madhu, even though winning the ball, came in hard with his studs showing and deemed the tackle, reckless and/or dangerous. Khairul Amri had a penalty appeal waved away after he felt he was pulled down in the box before he could shoot. Tampines full-back, Ismadi Mukhtar received a red card in injury time as assistant referee, Victor Teo, noticed an off-ball incident.

This win surely puts Albirex as favourites to win the League. However, Tampines can be confident that, had the penalty stood, they would have seen the game out — after the brilliant defending in the first half. Congratulations to Albirex Niigata winning 2-1 on the night.

Rovers Dazzling Display Thwarted

by Greenrover

Fifteen thousand poured into the ultra-comfortable and accommodating National Stadium at Sports Hub, so aloof from the rudimentary heartland arenas that long-suffering S.League fans have deserted in droves over the years, but after an enthralling first-half, the mainly Tampines Rovers’ fans and their local club allies, spent the latter part of the second-half berating the match official, for his critical decisions, as Great Eastern Community Shield holders, Albirex Niigata (S), came from a goal down to beat the pretenders to the throne, 2-1.

They did it thanks to two late well-taken goals from substitute, Shoichiro Sakamoto who was thrown into the fray along with fellow-attacker, Ryuya Motoda, in an ultimately successful attempt to thwart Tampines’ ambitions of protecting a one-goal lead.

And while those two players were the catalyst for their team’s revival after their regular strikers had made a profligate start, having been denied repeatedly by in-form Stags’ keeper, Izwan Mahbud, it was another unrelated factor that preyed on the minds of both the coach and the Rovers’ fans, not to mention their aggrieved players.

Holding a handy 36th minute 1-0 lead, following an excellent strike by their Japanese newcomer, Ryutaro Megumi, who brilliantly headed home a pinpoint cross from his Croatian partner, Ivan Dzoni, on the right by-line, after Ismadi Mukhtar had sent the blond-thatched number 20 on his way, down the wing.

When a simple push on Daniel Bennett in the penalty-area, in the 58th minute, saw Albirex staring defeat in the face, thus it was that Tampines’ fans leapt for joy as soon as their Golden Boy sent the keeper the wrong way by finding the top right corner of the net from the penalty spot.

But the kick was ordered to be re-taken, by referee Sukhbir Singh, after some player encroachment he’d spotted on the edge of the ‘D’ and this time the young striker could only find the frame of the goal, having once again sent the keeper diving in vain to his right.

That was one huge reprieve for the defending S.League champions, who carried all before them in 2016 and presented here with only six of last season’s squad in their first major outing.

Partisan sections of the crowd erupted at that perceived injustice and clearly it was to prove a turning point in what had been a keenly-contested opening match of the 2017 Great Eastern-Hyundai S.League season, to that stage.

Those crammed into the packed arena demonstrated how people will come to watch the local game, if provided with the necessary incentives, in this case the splendour of the Sports Hub and the two most competitive teams from the previous campaign both in action on the opening day.

Tampines fans came out of the woodwork in huge numbers to watch, having lost their beloved Tampines Stadium five years ago and are eagerly looking forward to returning there to greet their team once more, as soon as the newly-built Tampines Town Hub’s football stadium opens in mid-season.

Until then, they clearly showed how much passion they retain for their local side, even if there were a sizeable number of fans from all of the other clubs who shared the sense of occasion with them.

There’s little doubt that, when playing in their own stadium, Tampines Rovers are the best-supported club in the land and are just itching to return to their Tampines stamping ground, their traditional and spiritual home.

This match proved yet again that you don’t need an EPL fallen-angel to pull in the crowds, spurious attractions, gimmicks or lucky draws; you need crowd engagement, a loyal fan following and a team that does you proud in every game.

Despite losing and having three players sent off, two in the last few minutes when the game appeared already done and dusted, Stags’ fans would have been proud of their players.

Sadly, when they step out at Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday evening against Hougang United in what is nominally a Tampines home game, the Stags will have to do without the suspended Yasir Hanapi, captain, Madhu Mohana and Ismadi Mukhtar, the latter pair missing the following game as well.

It’s to be hoped that the passionate Tampines fans turn out in reasonable numbers again, maintaining their fervour and trusting that football will do all of the talking this time, with the house-full signs being posted outside the stadium long before kick-off. Be early to avoid disappointment.

Having beaten Malaysian Super League side Felda at the same comfortable stadium, 2-1, in an AFC Cup Group game ten days earlier there’s every reason for optimism as new coach, Juergen, looks to fill the gaps left by his absent men.

No doubt, ahead of the next game, apart from watching Hougang United in action on Monday night he’ll have spent many hours poring over the video of Sunday’s blockbuster to iron out any deficiencies and put his mind at rest about who was most responsible for the loss of points at the Sports Hub.

Majulah Tampines!

By Greenrover

Tampines Rovers got their 2017 AFC Cup campaign off to a winning start when they accounted for Malaysian Super League outfit, Felda United, 2-1 at Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday night.

It was just as well they did as there’s going to be tougher AFC Cup games than this to contend with in the weeks ahead, with two consecutive away matches to play in the Philippines and Vietnam respectively.

There’s at least some breathing space after this coming Sunday night’s Community Shield game against reigning champions Albirex Niigata (Singapore) before the discrete AFC Cup squad heads off to foreign lands.

On opening night, in front of an encouraging crowd of almost 1,300 fans, the Stags virtually controlled the game from the opening whistle, although the scoreline might not reflect the relative comfort of the win.

“I felt we were always going to win it,” said coach Herman Zailani, standing in for an indisposed head coach Jurgen Raab.

“Even when we conceded a late goal I wasn’t too concerned,” he insisted.

Be that as it may, Tampines Rovers would probably have preferred to maintain a clean sheet and establish more than this slender one-goal advantage from their opening home encounter.

There were plenty of positives to be taken from the game, against an opponent undergoing some turmoil off the field and whose own start to their domestic season has been less than ideal.

The Stags had the luxury of Singapore internationals Khairul Amri, Hafiz Rahim and Sahil Suhaimi warming the bench and it was the second goal, put away effortlessly by star striker, Amri, that ensured ultimate victory.

A late consolation from Felda would not have pleased either Raab or his players, who dropped their focus enough to give the Malaysian side a sniff at snatching a valuable point.

The team has a decidedly new look about it and it’s clear that it’s obviously still settling down.

Two of the players registered for this AFC competition only, can’t play in Sunday’s opening S.League fixture that doubles as the annual Community Shield.

One of those newcomers, Raspreet Sandhu, impressed enormously and it was his expert cross that led to 25 year old Korean Son Yong Chan opening the scoring just over an hour into the game.

Those two players looked the part, as did Japanese forward, Ryutaro Megumi, whose cross set up Amri’s goal seven minutes from the end.

With both the Korean and Japanese starlets free to play on Sunday hopes are high that the new season can begin in style against an imposing Albirex Niigata (S).

Sahil and Raspreet are only participating in the AFC Cup at this stage, but either, or both, could feature in the local league if they are able to demonstrate consistency and offer the team something special.

Sahil only had ten minutes to show his wares, so he’ll be looking for more game-time in the matches coming up against Ceres Negros and Hanoi FC.

Son, a very worthy Man of the Match and not only for his superbly-taken opening goal, but for his all-round midfield supremacy, joined the Stags from Ceres and has mixed feelings about meeting his former club so soon after leaving them.

“I can show them what I can do with my new team,” he observed at the post-match press conference. “I’ll aim to show them what they’re missing!”

Albirex will provide a tougher challenge than Felda did, but the confidence gained from this opening AFC Cup fixture should ensure that the Stags are in the right frame of mind to face the boys from Jurong East.

Sunday’s game is becoming more tantalising with each passing day.

Click on the following link to view the Post-match Press Conference Video

Match Stats:

Tampines Rovers
Starting XI: Izwan Mahbud, Ismadi Mukhtar, Mustafic Fahrudin, Daniel Bennett, Madhu Mohana, Son Yong Chan, Ryutaro Megumi, Raspreet Sandhu, Yasir Hanapi, Ivan Dzoni, Irwan Shah
Substitutes: Jufri Taha, Syed Haziq, Khairul Amri, Hafiz Rahim, Farhan Rahmat, Joey Sim, Sahil Suhaimi

Yellow Cards: Izwan Mahbud (93’)
Goals: Son Yong Chan (64’), Khairul Amri (83’)
Substitutions:
70’ Ivan Dzoni OUT, Khairul Amri IN
75’ Yasir Hanapi OUT, Hafiz Rahim IN
84’ Raspreet Sandhu OUT, Sahil Suhaimi IN
Head Coach: Juergen Raab

Felda United
Starting XI: Nor Fazly Alias, Mootaz Jounaidi, Lucas Cano, Zah Krangar, Shukor Adan, Stuart Wark, Aizulridzwan Razali, Hasnizaidi Jamian, Hadin, Ridzuan Pula, Farizal Harun
Substitutes: Kalamullah Rowi, Khairul Ismail, Fakrul Aiman, Fazrul Hazli, Syahid Zaidon, Gaston Cellerino, Alif Yusof

Yellow Cards: Ridzuan Pula (39’), Farizal Harun (40’)
Goals: Fazrul Hazli (87’)
Substitutions:
68’ Ridzuan Pula OUT, Gaston Cellerino IN
81’ Radin OUT, Fazrul Hazli IN
Head Coach: Mohd Nik

A Big Thank You

Thank you to all our fans who visited us at the new Tampines Town Hub this morning. The official fan club was there to sign-up the queue that formed to become part of the Tampines Rovers’ family. Many current and former Tampines Rovers players and coaches were present to chat with fans and take selfies… lots of selfies 🙂

Organised to coincide with an Active SG football event at the hub, we were honoured by the support of Teo Ser Luck (Minister of State, Ministry of Manpower & Mayor, North East District). Excitement was definitely in the air as we took a look at the progress of the new football stadium. We are looking forward to our homecoming later this year.

In the meantime, we have our first AFC Cup game against Felda United at Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday 21st February and the Community Shield (and S.League season opener) at the National Stadium on Sunday 26th February. Don’t miss out on what promises to be a very exciting season ahead for all of us in the Tampines Rover’s family.

Autograph Hunter Targets Tampines Rovers

Adrian Dzieniszewski, from Poland, describes himself as a ‘traveller’ who has been collecting autographs from around the world since 2005. He has recently travelled to Thailand, Cambodia, Albania, Hong Kong, England, Malaysia to name but a few; he is now in Singapore, his 28th country.

Targeting mainly national team players, to-date he has over 5,000 autographed photographs. In September 2016, Adrian met a Singaporean in Albania. He was planning a tour around south-east Asia and was advised to visit “the biggest club in Singapore”, Tampines Rovers.

We caught up with him when he attended our senior squad training session yesterday. His travels and love of football are fascinating. His most famous autograph encounter was with Cristiano Ronaldo. Adrian remembers well when Portugal played Poland in an international friendly. He stood outside the hotel for three days in a temperature of minus ten; with a large crowd hoping for a signature. When Ronaldo came back from training, he held up his Ronaldo photograph and struck lucky.

Adrian also has autographs from the whole England squad, excluding Rooney (who refused), Cavani, Suarez and the best Polish player, Lewandowski, from whom he got an autograph when Lewandowski played at Znicz Pruszków in 2007.

Apart from Rooney, his most memorable refusal came from former Sporting manager Ricardo Sa Pinto. At the airport (too tired), at breakfast (too early), at lunch (before match), at the match (see me after the match), after the match (too tired). In all Adrian tried seven times; but to no avail.

At our training session he managed to get the autographs of many Singapore internationals. He left us with his photographs of currently injured Fazrul Nawaz and Shakir Hamzah (as his rushed off to his next country). We are more than happy to fill-in his gaps for him. After all, it would take quite some time to collect the autographs of Tampines Rovers internationals.

Stags Ready For Felda United

Stags Up Early For Training In Preparation For Felda United AFC Cup Match

With only five days to go before our first AFC Cup game, our Stags were up early this morning for a training session at the PUB Recreation Centre. Having had a rest day yesterday, they were back to work with a high-intensity session under the blistering heat — so hot some of our players even had to wear sunscreen to protect themselves.

Head coach Juergen Raab was right there under the sun with all of our players, constantly pushing and motivating the squad to ensure they were training at a high standard and were all up to par. Coach Thomas Silvas and Coach Sugunan Perinan were very involved as well; ensuring that all the players stretched properly and worked on their fitness. Both were also continuously assisting Juergen throughout the session. William Phang, our goalkeeper coach, put Izwan Mahbud and Joey Sim through an intense session as well. Team manager Alif Danial was present at the training session, dealing with off-pitch matters concerning the team.

An intense session it was, with our players walking off the pitch completely drenched in sweat. Our sports trainer Premjit Singh and logistics officer Goh Koon Hiang were there for the players immediately after the training ended, providing the squad with drinks and fruit, such as grapes, bananas and apples, to aid with the players’ recovery. These fruits offer antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins that players need after a training session to help the body replenish itself. In fact, whilst our squad was training, Premjit and Goh were up in the stands separating all the grapes from their stems! Whilst taking the fruit, the players were joking amongst themselves, saying it was “feeding time”.

Juergen Raab ended the session by speaking to the players and coaches as a whole, summarising how he thought the training went and giving the players what some would call a “motivating and inspirational” talk.

Overall, the squad are in good spirits and are preparing well for their first AFC Cup game of 2017 against Felda United on 21st February at Jalan Besar Stadium.

See the photo gallery below for photos from the training session today!

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Second Pre-season Win for Our Women

At ITE College East yesterday evening, the final selection for this year’s Tampines Rovers Women team took on local Junior College, Meridian, in our second pre-season friendly match.

For us, the game was a game of two halves, with the stronger players coming on in the second half. The first half finished 0-0 with our women unable to put the the finishing touch on any of the numerous chances they created. To their credit, Meridian put up a strong defence.

The second half was a different affair, our attacking force was rested, and the expected starting XI sprung in to action. Some fast-paced play down the left wing, in particular, led to many crosses into the six-yard box. As the pressure mounted, the Meridian defence was finally beaten. The game finished 5-0 and, following the 4-2 victory in the game against GDT Circuit FC the previous week, bodes well for Coach Ratna’s squad in the upcoming Women’s National League Season.