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BACK TO GLORY? “Sleeping Giant” Singapore following the right track in 2020

BACK TO GLORY? “Sleeping Giant” Singapore following the right track in 2020

After years of failure at the regional area, coupled with witnessing the rise of the neighbor countries, Singapore has now found their way to resurface and dream of conquering South East Asia once again.

Following the trend of recruiting East Asian managers, Singapore has appointed the Japanese manager Tatsuma Yoshida – a manager with plenty of experience in J1-League. Yoshida signed a two-year contract, with the option for an extension of another two years.

The 44-year-old may have a rather unimpressive CV, as he didn’t last at Kashiwa Reysol and Albirex Niigata for more than 1 year, and suffer relegation with Ventforet Kofu, but his experience, vision and desire are what appeal the Singapore FA.

Under his reign until now, Singapore has played 9 matches, with 3 wins. They can not overcome the Middle East teams, but showing valiant effort in the matches.

BACK TO GLORY? “Sleeping Giant” Singapore following the right track in 2020

As well as appointing Yoshida, Singapore has recruited its new Technical Director, Joe Palatsides. The former Melbourne City FC assistant manager signed for Singapore 24 hours after the signature of Tatsuma Yoshida.

Palatsides, who played and coached in Australia and Greece, will oversee the development of Singapore football in all aspects, which includes enhancing the development of the national age-group teams, grassroots and women's football, as well as further strengthening the youth development and coaching structures.

BACK TO GLORY? “Sleeping Giant” Singapore following the right track in 2020

The staff is filled with Singapore legends, with the view of helping the youth development and the national players to connect to Yoshida and Palatsides phylosophies. The assistant managers include AFF Suzuki Cup past winner Nazri Nasir, all-time AFF Suzuki Cup top scorer Mohd Noh Alam Shah. And in charge of the U23 team is the Singaporean football legend, Fandi Ahmad.

Until now their chance at qualifying for the next phase of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round is still a long way to go. They are in a group where Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia show their domination, and potentially qualifying for the next stage. Their dream of reaching out to the world level or Asian level still seems a little bit far-fetched.

BACK TO GLORY? “Sleeping Giant” Singapore following the right track in 2020

The dream may start in the regional area. They will hope to revive step-by-step, first with the last games in the FIFA World Cup qualification stage against the group leaders. But then, the main target is the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020, in December.

Singapore won three South-east Asian titles in five AFF Suzuki Cups from 2004 to 2012 but has since suffered three straight first-round exits. The “Sleeping Giant” will hope to wake up under the reign of Tatsuma Yoshida, to once again become a major force in South East Asia.

BACK TO GLORY? “Sleeping Giant” Singapore following the right track in 2020