National Football Academy (Singapore)
The National Football Academy referred to as NFA, is a football academy based in Jalan Besar, Singapore. It was launched by the Football Association of Singapore on 13 August 2000 with the aim of developing Singapore's most promising young footballers. Trainees are scouted through a systematic talent identification process before being given the chance to develop their skills under some of the best youth coaches in the country. With teams at every age level from U-14 to U-18, the NFA co-ordinates the development of young Singaporean footballers at a national level through the domestic league system, international youth tournaments as well as overseas training attachments; the NFA Under-18 team is made up of promising Singaporean players under the age of 18 and serves as a feeder squad to the Young Lions as well as other clubs in the S. League; the FAS enters both the NFA Blues U-17 and NFA Reds U-18 teams in the Prime League, the official reserve league of the S. League to allow their players to gain more exposure and match experience by playing against older and more established players.
The NFA U-15 and U-16 teams participate in the annual Lion City Cup organised by the FAS since 2011. The NFA has produced many graduates. NFA U-15 performance record at the Lion City Cup NFA U-16 performance record at the Lion City Cup The NFA Blues is based at the 3,200-seater Jurong West Stadium for its Prime League matches. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality; the NFA Reds is based at the 3,000-seater Bukit Gombak Stadium for its Prime League matches. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Lion City Cup Young Lions Singapore national youth football team Singapore national football team
The dollar or peso sign is a symbol used to indicate the units of various currencies around the world, including the peso and the US dollar. The symbol can interchangeably have two vertical strokes. In common usage, the sign appears to the left of the amount specified, as in $1. A common hypothesis holds that the sign derives from the symbolic representation of the Pillars of Hercules; this representation can have either a banner separately around each pillar, or, as in the Spanish coat of arms, a banner curling between them. In 1492, Ferdinand II of Aragon adopted the symbol of the Pillars of Hercules and added the Latin warning Non plus ultra meaning "nothing further beyond", indicating "this is the end of the world", but when Christopher Columbus came to America, the legend was changed to Plus ultra, meaning "further beyond". The Pillars of Hercules wrapped in a banner thus became a symbol of the New World; the link between this symbol and the dollar sign is more seen in Spanish coins of the period, which show two pillars, each with a separate banner, rather than one banner spanning both pillars.
In this example the right-hand pillar resembles the dollar sign, additionally directly relates to the use of money. The symbol was adopted by Charles V and was part of his coat of arms representing Spain's American possessions; the symbol was stamped on coins minted in gold and silver. The coin known as Spanish dollar, was the first global currency used in the world since the Spanish Empire was the first global empire; these coins, depicting the pillars over two hemispheres and a small "S"-shaped ribbon around each, were spread throughout America and Asia. According to this, traders wrote signs that, instead of saying "Spanish dollar", had this symbol made by hand, this in turn evolved into a simple S with two vertical bars; when the United States gained their independence from Great Britain, they created the US dollar, but in its early decades they continued to use the Spanish dollar, more trusted in all markets. The United States after independence, was still using the pound sterling as currency.
This is attested in state legislation of the early 1780s, referring to pounds and pence, which predated the U. S. Constitution and federal legislation. Given the origin of this theory – related to Spanish colonisation of the Americas – it is that the cifrão or peso signs share the same origin, that the double stroke usage is a stylistic variant, rather than a distinct character; the sign is first attested in Spanish American, Canadian and other British business correspondence in the 1770s, referring to the Spanish American peso known as "Spanish dollar" or "piece of eight" in North America, which provided the model for the currency that the United States adopted in 1792 and the larger coins of the new Spanish American republics such as the Mexican peso, Peruvian eight-real and Bolivian eight-sol coins. This explanation holds that the sign evolved out of the Spanish and Spanish American scribal abbreviation "pˢ" for pesos. A study of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century manuscripts shows that the s came to be written over the p, developing into a close equivalent to the "$" mark.
A variation, though less plausible, of this hypothesis derives the sign from a combination of the Greek character "psi" and "S". There are a number of other hypotheses about the origin of the symbol, some with a measure of academic acceptance, others the symbolic equivalent of false etymologies. Among the various hypotheses, the simplest one is that the barred S is a typo modified 8, from its obvious link with the pieces of eight, the popular name of the Spanish dollar; the added bar should be the same used to distinguish a letter dedicated to a currency value, like £. Kingdom of Sicily deniers minted by Manfred of Hohenstaufen in the Kingdom of Sicily between 1258 and 1266 had what can be construed as an early dollar symbol; these coins were circulated outside Europe due to the Crusades, including the Crusade that targeted Tunis. Several alternative hypotheses relate to the dollar sign drawn with two vertical lines. A dollar sign with two vertical lines could have started off as a monogram of'USA', used on money bags issued by the United States Mint.
The letters U and S superimposed resemble the historical double-stroke dollar sign: the bottom of the'U' disappears into the bottom curve of the'S', leaving two vertical lines. It is postulated in the papers of Dr. James Alton James, a professor of history at Northwestern University from 1897 to 1935, that the symbol with two strokes was an adapted design of the patriot Robert Morris in 1778. Robert Morris was such a zealous patriot – known as the "Financier of the Revolution in the West" – that James came to believe that this hypothesis is viable. A similar idea claims that the letters U and S would stand for unit of silver, referencing pieces of eight again, but, unlikely since one would expect it to be in Spanish instead. Another hypothesis is. According to Ovason, on one type of thaler one side showed a crucifix while the other showed a serpent hanging from a cross, the letters NU near the serpent's head, on the other side of the cross the number 21; this refers to the Bible, Chapter 21.
A similar symbol, constructed by superposition of "S" and "I" or "J", was used to denote German Joachimsthaler. It was known in the English-speaking world by the 17th century, appearing in 1
Fahrudin Mustafić is a retired Singapore footballer who spent most of his playing career as a centre-back for S-League side, Tampines Rovers FC and retired at the end of the 2018 season. He obtained his Singapore citizenship after two years and plays for the Singapore national football team. Born in Novi Pazar, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia, Fahrudin started playing in the youth team of FK Novi Pazar since he was 10, until his departure to Singapore, he played in the youth teams until 2000, when he joined the senior squad and played two seasons with Novi Pazar in the Second League of FR Yugoslavia. In January 2002 he was brought to Singapore with the help of fellow Serbian and Tampines Rovers player, Sead Muratović. Impressive displays in his first two seasons earned. Fahrudin or Farra as he is affectionately known by fans of Tampines Rovers and the national team, made his debut for the national team in a friendly against Denmark in January 2006. Known as a tenacious player, he became a pivotal member of the national set-up with his crisp passing and tight marking ability.
He is proficient in taking penalties and was the first-choice penalty taker for both club and country. Fahrudin was part of the national side that took part in the 2007 AFF Championship, where he played a key role in helping Singapore retain the championship, he scored his first goal for Singapore during the 2007 AFF Championship Final through a controversial penalty kick against Thailand at the National Stadium. In September 2009, Fahrudin was bought by Indonesia Super League club Persija Jakarta. Following his release by Persija Jakarta, he joined Persela Lamongan, he returned to his former club Tampines Rovers in June 2011. At the end of the 2018 Singapore Premier League season, Fahrudin announced his retirement from playing professional football, having played more than 300 official games with Tampines Rovers. Tampines RoversS. League: 2004, 2005 Singapore Cup: 2004, 2006Singapore AFF Championship: 2007, 2012 Fahrudin Mustafić at National-Football-Teams.com "FIFA Player Statistics: Mustafic FAHRUDIN".
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Singapore national football team
The Singapore national football team is the association football national team of the city-state of Singapore. It is organised by the Football Association of Singapore; the most significant successes of the team have come in the regional AFF Championship, which Singapore has won four times in 1998, 2004–05, 2007, 2012. Singapore is the first team to achieve this feat and the only team to win in all the finals they played. In 1998, Singapore beat Vietnam 1–0 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. In 2012, Singapore won the trophy a record 4th time, again defeating three-time champions Thailand 3–2 on aggregate in the final. 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 drew with China 0–0 and 1–1 at home in 2006 and 2009 respectively.
In March 2008, Australia failed to beat Singapore when the game ended in a goalless draw. In January 2007, Singapore achieved a national record 11–0 win against Laos in the 2007 AFF Championship. Mohd Noh Alam Shah scored 7 goals in the match. In the FIFA World Rankings, Singapore's highest standing was in the first release of the figures, in August 1993, at 73rd. Singapore was the Asian Football Confederation's'Mover of the Year' in 2005. Singapore's main rivals on the international stage are their geographical neighbours and Indonesia, past matches between these two teams have produced much drama. Over the years, Singapore has included several naturalised citizens in its team such as Fahrudin Mustafić from Yugoslavia, Daniel Bennett from England, Shi Jiayi and Qiu Li from China. Singapore is the 165th-ranked team in the world as of October 2018. In 1892, the Singapore Amateur Football Association applied to become a registered society; the HMS Malaya Cup was launched in 1921 by officers of a British battleship in Malaya, Singapore was one of the six teams that took part in the inaugural year, 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 national team, the team's exploits in the Malaysian competitions drew much more attention than 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 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, began to put much more focus on the performance of its national team in international competitions. Singapore won the bronze medal in the 1995 Southeast Asian Games, after losing 0–1 in the semi-finals to the hosts and eventual gold medalists, Thailand.
Singapore were eliminated in the group stages. The national team again reached the semi-finals of the Southeast Asian Games in 1997, losing to Indonesia, lost to Vietnam 0–1 in the third-place match. However, in the 1998 edition of the AFF Championship, Singapore's team led by coach Barry Whitbread won the group stage with victories over Malaysia and the Philippines. In the semi-finals, they subsequently edged out hosts Vietnam 1 -- 0 in the final; this was the country's first international title. Jan B. Poulsen, part of Denmark's backroom staff at the 1998 World Cup, was appointed the Technical Director of the Football Association of Singapore in 1999. Due to poor results by Singapore in the 2000 AFF Championship, coach Vincent Subramaniam was sacked and Poulsen took over as coach in December 2000. Singapore hosted the 2002 AFF Championship, but lost 0–4 to arch-rivals Malaysia in their first game. Before the game, local newspaper The New Paper was encouraging fans to turn up in numbers. After the game, the Lions attributed their heavy defeat to the unexpected large crowd.
Singapore went on to win 2–1 over Laos, but a 1–1 draw in the final group game against Thailand was not enough for them to reach the knock-out stages. Poulsen was sacked after the tournament. Radojko Avramović took over as coach of the flailing and deflated Singapore national football team 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, 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 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 won the first leg of the two-legged final against Indonesia 3–1 in Jakarta, before winning 2–1 in the second leg in front of a 55,000 home crowd.
In 2006, Avramovic 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 lost away to Palestine. The Singapore team took on China away in Tianjin and lost to an injury time penalty. China travelled to Singapore fo
Shahril Ishak is a Singaporean football player who plays for Home United in the S. League. Shahril is the captain of Singapore national football team. Awarded the AFF Suzuki Cup MVP, he led Singapore to become the first nation to win four titles in the tournament's history, he followed it up by winning the inaugural AFF Player of the Year award in 2013. He is a natural centre midfielder who can play as a striker or winger. Along with Baihakki Khaizan, Hassan Sunny and Khairul Amri, Shahril was in the pioneer batch of the National Football Academy in 2000. Shahril had played for S. League clubs Young Lions and Home United, he soon made his international debut. After four seasons, Shahril Ishak left the Young Lions in 2007 to join Home United. Shahril made his Home United debut in at the start of the 2007 season, he played his final game for Home United on 21 Sep 2010, scoring two crucial goals against title rivals Tampines Rovers FC. He left for Indonesia with five games remaining in the S. League season.
He finished his last season in Home United with 17 goals to his name and was the third highest scorer during the 2010 S. League season, he won the 2010 S. League Player of the Year award. In 2010, Shahril signed a 1 year contract with Indonesian side Persib Bandung, along with his fellow Singapore national football team player, Baihakki Khaizan. In February 2011, Shahril signed a one-year deal worth $400,000 with Liga Primer Indonesia side, Medan Chiefs, he went on to score 8 league goals in 32 matches for Medan Chiefs. He returned to Singapore with newly formed club side LionsXII in December 2011. During his stint at LionsXII, he won the 2013 Malaysia Super League title in his second season as well as scoring 17 goals in 34 appearances, finishing as the club top scorer in the 2013 season. Shahril signed a 4-year contract at the end of the 2013 Malaysia Super League by joining Malaysia Premier League club, Johor Darul Takzim II F. C.. He was given the number 17 shirt upon his arrival to the club.
He was appointed as the captain for his new club in the 2014 Malaysia Premier League. He was converted back to a centre midfielder/play-maker role and led his new club to a 5th placing position, finishing the season with 7 goals and 8 assists for his new team, he led Johor Darul Takzim II F. C. for the 2015 Malaysia Premier League as the captain again, led his club to a 5th placing position again, finishing the season with 5 goals and 6 assists. In total, Shahril scored 23 goals in 75 appearances for JDT II between 2014 and 2016. Sharil returned to Singapore to play in the S. League with Warriors FC for the 2017 S. League campaign together with Baihakki Khaizan, he scored his first goal for the club in a 4-3 win over the Garena Young Lions and notched his first brace for the club in a 2–2 draw with Home United FC, scoring both goals in the final 9 minutes of the match, extending the Warriors' unbeaten run at the start of the season to 6 games. He scored a further two goals in the Warriors' tenth league game of the season, sealing a 2–0 win over Geylang International to end a wretched two months spell for his club, where they only won once and was dumped out of the Singapore Cup.
Shahril had a great season despite his advancing years, scoring 1/3 of his team's goals and playing in all 24 league games, starting 23 of them. It was announced on New Year's Day 2018 that Sharil had returned to Home United for the 2018 S. League season, coming into replace last season's top-scorer Stipe Plazibat who had left for Thailand as well as Khairul Nizam who had moved in the other direction to Warriors FC. Singapore's most natural creative midfielder to emerge in recent years, Shahril Ishak has established himself as the heartbeat of the Lions engine room since he made his international debut aged just 19 against Maldives on 4 March 2003. With winger Muhammad Ridhuan, defender Baihakki Khaizan and keeper Hassan Sunny, he was part of the "NFA Gang of Four", the quartet which had played together since their early teenage years and earned senior international honours in 2003, he has been employed in various positions across the midfield by coach Radojko Avramovic, but Shahril staked a strong claim for an influential central role with a series of convincing performances there in the second half of 2004.
He played a major role in the victory in the Tiger Cup in 2005 and the ASEAN Football Championship in 2007. He was part of the 2005 SEA Games squad and the 2006 Asian Games, he was part of the Singapore Under-23 team that took part in the 2007 Southeast Asian Games in Korat, Thailand that won a bronze medal. Capped for Singapore at senior, U23, U18 and U16 levels. In August 2010 Shahril was revealed as the new captain of the national team, led the Lions for the AFF Suzuki Cup in December. On 24 February 2011, Shahrill Ishak converted a penalty into a goal in a 2–2 draw against Azerbaijan national football team. Shahril is an inductee of the FIFA Century Club; as captain, he was instrumental in Singapore's 2012 AFF Championship win, scoring 4 goals in 7 appearances to help the Lions win their 4th title. Shahril was selected as part of the Singapore Selection squad for The Sultan of Selangor’s Cup to be held on 6 May 2017. Away from the pitch, Shahril is the founder of inloveXtns, a clothing brand jointly managed with his wife, Nur Hidayah, started in late 2014.
The business began in 2013 as a streetwear label called The Number Seventeen – a reference to Shahril’s jersey number and TNS for short. All TNS apparel are designed by Shahril; as of match played November 2016. Caps and goals may not be correct. Young Lions and LionsXII are ineligible for qualification to AFC competitions in their respective leagues. LionsXII Malaysia Super League: 2013 Singapore ASEAN Football Championship
The AFF Championship is a biennial international association football competition, contested by the men's national teams of the member of ASEAN Football Federation, determining the sub-continental champion of Southeast Asia. It was founded as the Tiger Cup after Singapore-based Asia Pacific Breweries, makers of Tiger Beer, sponsored the competition from its inauguration in 1996 until the 2004 edition. After Asia Pacific Breweries withdrew as title sponsors, the competition was known as the AFF Championship for the 2007 edition. From 2008, Japanese auto-company Suzuki bought the naming rights for the competition, the competition has therefore been named the AFF Suzuki Cup for sponsorship reasons; the winner of the AFF Championship qualifies for the AFF–EAFF Champions Trophy. The 12 AFF Championship tournaments have been won by four national teams; the most recent championship in 2018, was won by Vietnam, who beat Malaysia 3–2 on aggregate in the final. Sports marketing and event management firm, Lagardère Sports has been involved in the tournament since the inaugural edition in 1996.
Between 1996 and 2006, Tiger Beer was the title sponsor. Suzuki Motors has been title sponsor of the tournament since 2008. From 2004, the knockout stage is played over two legs on a home-and-away format. Since the 2007 edition, there was no third place match. Hence, semi-finalists are listed in alphabetical order. Moreover the away goals rule was not applied in the earlier tournaments, but only from the 2010 edition. Starting with the 2018 edition, a new format would be applied; the nine highest ranked teams would automatically qualify with the 10th and 11th ranked teams playing in a two-legged qualifier. The 10 teams would be split in two groups of five and play a round robin system with each team playing two home and two away fixtures. A draw will be made to determine where the teams play while the format of the knockout round would remain unchanged. Legend Bold denotes players still playing international football. Football at the Southeast Asian Games East Asian Football Championship Arabian Gulf Cup SAFF Championship West Asian Football Federation Championship Official website AFF Cup at RSSSF.com
Hassan bin Abdullah Sunny is a Singaporean professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Thai League 2 club Army United and the Singapore national team. Along with Baihakki Khaizan, Shahril Ishak and Khairul Amri, Hassan was in the pioneer batch of the National Football Academy in 2000. Hassan has played for S. League clubs Tampines Rovers, Geylang United and Young Lions. According to an interview with him done in November 2007, he only started playing football competitively when he was 10, captaining his school, May Primary School, he went on to represent Braddell Secondary School football team as well. Hassan started out in football as a midfielder, only switching to between the sticks due to an asthma attack he suffered when he was 12, he quipped that his happiest football memory was that, back in 1999, he scored the winning goal from the halfway line in a game that ended 2-1. Hassan joined the Eagles from the Singapore U-18 team and cemented his spot in the first team, earning an S.
League Young Player of the Year nomination for his confident performances and knack of pulling off blinding saves. In December 2011, Hassan joined SAFFC, after four years of service as Tampines Rovers' first-choice goalkeeper, his brilliant performances in the 2014 S. League season helped the Warriors win the S. League title, he became the first goalkeeper to win the S. League Player of the Year award in 2014. Hassan joined Army United F. C. for the 2015 Thai Premier League season. He made his debut in a 1-0 win over Royal Thai Navy F. C.. After a series of games in good form Hassan excelled in a surprising 1-0 away win at Suphanburi F. C. handing the latter side their first home defeat of the 2015 season as well as giving Hassan man-of-the-match award. After the game Suphanburi player Jakkaphan Pornsai said Hassan's performance was the main reason Suphanburi lost the match. In November 2015 Hassan signed a new two-year contract with the club. In December 2016 after the relegation of Army United from Thai League 1, Hassan Sunny was released from the team, ending two years of service at the Thai club.
Following his release from the Thai League side, Hassan signed for S. League side Home United FC. After the end of 2017 S. League season, Hassan Sunny re-signed for Army United and will play for them in the 2018 Thai League 2 season, he made his second debut for the club in the club's season opener against Nongbua Pitchaya on 10 February 2018, facing off against another Singaporean goalkeeper, Izwan Mahbud, making his debut. A graduate of the National Football Academy, Hassan forced his way into the Singapore against India after a superb debut season with Geylang United in 2003. With midfielder Shahril Ishak, defender Baihakki Khaizan and winger Muhammad Ridhuan, he is part of the'NFA Gang of Four', the quartet which has played together since their early teenage years and earned senior international honours in 2003, he kept goal for the U-23 team that participated in the 2003 South-East Asian Games in Vietnam, before joining the Young Lions for the 2004 S. League season, his first appearance in a Lions shirt came in August 2003 when the young keeper replaced Rezal Hassan at half-time in a friendly against the Japan Olympic team.
He had to wait until 18 February 2004 for his first cap for the Singapore though, which came against India in a World Cup qualifier. He has been a regular fixture in the national team, though only as a substitute for Lionel Lewis. However, due to his poor performances in the Merdeka Cup in 2007 with the Under-23 team, he was dropped for the friendly against UAE and Jasper Chan was called up in his place, his fine display at the 2007 SEA Games helped the Singapore Under-23 squad win the bronze medal - their first SEA Games medal since 1995. He performed well in a World Cup Qualifier match against Saudi Arabia, but Singapore lost the match 2-0. On 28 July 2008, Hassan played the first half as part of a Singapore Selection side in a friendly match against the Brazil Olympics Team and made outstanding saves against Diego and Alexandre Pato's shots, letting in only three goals. In 2016, UK based, he admitted to the Straits Times that he thought that it was a late April Fools joke. Hassan won his 75th cap for the Lions in early September 2018 against Mauritius.
He was selected as part of the Singapore Selection squad for The Sultan of Selangor’s Cup to be held on 6 May 2017. As of match played November 2016. Caps and goals may not be correct. Young Lions is ineligible for qualification to AFC competitions in their respective leagues. Singapore AFF Championship: 2004, 2007 Southeast Asian Games: Bronze Medal - 2007 Warriors FC S-League: 2014 S. League Player of the Year: 2014 Hassan Sunny at Soccerway Hassan Sunny at National-Football-Teams.com Player profile - doha-2006.com