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Shebby Singh

As a player, Shebby Singh won everything there was to win in Malaysia football, and represented the country on the international stage.

It’s deja vu with the Blues

It was like watching a Roberto Di Matteo performance when Chelsea went to Madrid and defended their way to having one foot in the UEFA Champions... READ MORE

Weekend drama as Mourinho mocks, Moyes moans

It was shocking to say the least when Jose Mourinho mocked the referee by "congratulating" him during the post-match interview after Chelsea's... READ MORE

The big Red horse still on track into the final lap

As we start another weekend, albeit an extended weekend, in the English Premier League, it is quite difficult to get all excited. No doubt,... READ MORE

A Gareth Bale cracker leaves Barcelona in tatters

At the Estadio de Mestalla in the city of Valencia on Wednesday, Real Madrid faced with Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey final, a competition which... READ MORE

A Sterling performance in the midst of bad Kompany

Big games on the biggest stage demand the biggest names to step up to the plate. Vincent Kompany definitely stepped up to the plate... but for... READ MORE

Players face-off in Premiership match of the season

There is only one game in the English Premier League this weekend, truly. Two of the most delightful teams of the season in England could well... READ MORE

Only one team to avoid in Champions League semis

All said and done, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid deserve to be the semi-finalists of this edition of the UEFA Champions... READ MORE

A season where referees could decide the title

Some seasons, the best footballing sides win their respective leagues. Some seasons, the teams with the greatest individual talent win their... READ MORE

The Special One and the little horse that could

Well, it looks like Jose Mourinho does not have a striker. So, if Chelsea goes ahead and wins the English Premier League then it surely must be... READ MORE

A Blanc lesson leaves Mourinho with a mountain to climb

Chelsea started very poorly at the Parc des Princes, going down within five minutes as John Terry committed one of the cardinal sins of defending... READ MORE

Red Devils hold off meandering German assault

Defend deep and defend well, that is what Manchester United did admirably at Old Trafford on Tuesday night in the UEFA Champions League... READ MORE

Horror on the pitch, from knocks to crocks

You know it is an absolute horror of a weekend when you have a goalkeeper with a broken leg. It gets worse when another goalkeeper takes a bang... READ MORE

El Clasico and critics’ curious comments

Some critics argued that Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric dominated the midfield in the first half of El Clasico – Real Madrid v Barcelona – last... READ MORE

Liga Super Malaysia – satu pandangan

Hujung minggu ini akan mengemukakan hampir sepuluh perlawanan secara keseluruhan bagi semua pasukan. Dua belas pasukan yang beraksi di Liga Super... READ MORE

A goal-den weekend of stars, from Rooney to Messi

Can you beat that! When Wayne Rooney hit the ball on the half volley from just inside the halfway line, it took my mind back to a former Spurs... READ MORE

Now Manchester United must hammer out weekly win

Finally, Manchester United put in a comprehensive performance to advance into the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. The Red Devils ran... READ MORE

A tale of two managers or how to play off the media

Terror Tim So, the "poor" treatment of millionaire footballers, in the shape of Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood demonstrating his frustration on... READ MORE

David Moyes, if the shoe doesn’t fit . . .

Go. Go now, David Moyes. Go while there is some sympathy left among some sets of fans. Go, because you may be forgiven for coming into this... READ MORE

Rodgers to set the record straight over Fergie’s ‘top club’ boast

"My greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f****** perch. And you can print that." The above was famously quoted by none... READ MORE

The M-League saga, an apparent unfair advantage to one state

Table toppers Kelantan host Pahang in Kota Baru (8.45pm) tonight. The Steve Darby-led host look to defy all their supporters' sentiments, empty... READ MORE

Beyond perception, the real winners and losers in Champs League this week

There was one English team that tried to avoid defeat, while the other tried to win to progress to the next round of the UEFA Champions League... READ MORE

Just not Yemen’s day as 10-man Harimau squeak through

Now now, hold your horses. Let us first evaluate the performance of our national squad before blindly diving in with plaudits for those... READ MORE

Malaysia in the Asian Cup… slim, but with a chance of a miracle

Still but with an outside chance, Malaysia will play Yemen with the opportunity to qualify for the 2015 Asian Cup in Al Ain City tonight (10pm... READ MORE

Brendan Rodgers gets it right for Liverpool

Liverpool visit Southampton in a late kick-off tonight (1.30am, Sunday morning). One for the purists, this fixture at St. Mary's promises goals... READ MORE

From Manchester to Malaysia, curious decisions in football

Strange decisions and proposals have been made the past week in both English and Malaysian football, and for even stranger reasons. Let us... READ MORE

High-scoring Reds still too vulnerable

Sunday night's English Premier League action in Anfield between Liverpool and Swansea City was indeed the thriller I had predicted it would... READ MORE

The curious case of Mesut Ozil

Sunderland will head to The Emirates tonight (11pm) to face Arsenal and one Mesut Ozil. The best attacking midfielder in the world has now... READ MORE

Super Saturday in Super League as Cup excitement beckons

As soon as you mention them, they turn up trumps! As you may have read in the last article on the weekend fixtures in Malaysia, Terengganu were... READ MORE

Taking the Malaysian league by storm

One more weekend and then there is a welcome international break for what has been a fast and furious start to the new Malaysian football season.... READ MORE

The Gunners’ fixture list, a nightmare in the making

With the abject thumping at the hands of Liverpool on Saturday, so begins two months of football which could make or break Arsenal's season – 12... READ MORE

Lost in translation, the playmaker’s role in Arsenal

It is simply a case of too many cooks, not enough ingredients with Arsenal after an embarrassing display at Anfield. Brendan Rodgers's men... READ MORE

A Copa hard luck for Atletico, while Roma serve an Italian epic

There was some high-intensity Cup action in mid-week in both Spain and Italy, with the matches filled to the brim with delicious, flowing... READ MORE

Six-pointer encounters from Mersey to North London

The top billing for the weekend is not one but two critical matches that coincidentally are Mersey-North London battles. The more famous of... READ MORE

FA Cup drama filled with surprises, shocks and shame

There was a flurry of FA Cup fixtures in Malaysian football over the past five days, with the added excitement of some unwanted drama that was... READ MORE

Enticing FA Cup ties to jump start local football season

There is plenty to look forward to this weekend, with tantalising matchups in both domestic and international leagues. But first, let me take a... READ MORE

Name of the game this time? Consistency

So it was a thrashing. Whichever way one looks at it, and despite the red card for Danny Rose (which one expects to be rescinded), it was the... READ MORE

Overcoming MU’s playmaker conundrum, just a Mata of time

World class footballers have the tendency of injecting confidence and faith into any and all squads they enter. Mesut Ozil stands as the most... READ MORE

Poor Devils, but it’s nothing that £100 million cannot solve

It is always exciting to see a good penalty shootout as they do not happen too often. However, I got lucky this week and witnessed two. First... READ MORE

Super League lives up to name in opening round

Making your debut at anything or making a first appearance is always exciting, and I thoroughly enjoyed my debut on Astro Arena's coverage of... READ MORE

Malaysia’s best must get it right in foreign-powered Super League

As the 11th incarnation of the Malaysian Super League kicks off this weekend, it promises to be the most exciting one yet. A generation of... READ MORE

Still long way for Mourinho to join the greats

The English Premier League leadership changed hands three times over the extended weekend. When Chelsea went top on the Saturday, I groaned in... READ MORE

How to turn a good year bad, a plan to fail at Old Trafford

The biggest nonsense I heard in 2013 was the phrase "calendar year"! Absolute bull in my opinion! Who gives two hoots about calendar year in... READ MORE

A Battle of Brazil at Stamford Bridge

It was billed as the match of the weekend and it definitely lived up to its promise. To me, the thing to note after watching Chelsea take on... READ MORE

Match of the season and other Boxing Day thoughts

What do Lukas Podolski, Edin Dzeko and Victor Moses have in common? They all came on as subs on Boxing Day. They are attacking players. While... READ MORE

Strikers… can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em

So, we approach Christmas Day after three days of some hectic and excellent football and it seemed to be a kind of an anti-climactic end as it... READ MORE

Sherwood saviour for spendthrift Spurs

The best thing to happen this week, Tottenham Hotspur getting knocked out of the English League Cup. The worst thing to happen this week,... READ MORE

The best of ties, the worst of timing in Champions League draw

If you were anywhere as excited as I was in eager anticipation of the UEFA Champions League last 16 knockout round draw on Monday night, then you... READ MORE

From Magic City to Liverpool, the Premiership has never been better

The best 6-3 result I had ever heard of was the thrashing of England in 1953 by the Magical Magyars. The Hungarians ripped England apart at... READ MORE

Drawing on the best of Europe

The UEFA Champions League round of 16 draw will take place this evening in Nyon, Switzerland, and we will be able to catch the live telecast on... READ MORE

Starting high, the weekend may live up to its promise

After the midweek European fixtures and the expected progress of English clubs into the knockout stages, it is time to take a peek at the... READ MORE

From average to mediocrity, the Moyes transformation plan

Here we go again! It is Manchester United looking more and more like a kampung team with every passing weekend. But, that is stating the... READ MORE

A super striker in an average team in a beautiful league

Whoever drew up the recent midweek fixtures before the beginning of the season surely has to be applauded. The clever selection of Crystal Palace... READ MORE

Gunning for glory, but lacking killer touch

Let's be frank, if the English Premier League (EPL) was to end today, would we complain about Arsenal being Champions? Of course not, simply... READ MORE

A good week in Europe, a better weekend in England

With the English clubs involved in mid-week action, we cannot but look at how they performed in Europe before moving on to the weekend preview of... READ MORE

Rubbish or pathetic? Or both?

Diabolical refereeing decisions, goalkeepers in clogs and pathetic Spurs! It certainly was a weird weekend. Actually, Tottenham Hotspur were... READ MORE

Too close to call in highly-anticipated Merseyside derby

Everton vs Liverpool (kickoff 8.45pm, tonight) I am excited. As a neutral, when was the last time you could say the same about the Merseyside... READ MORE

All is not lost, Malaysia

Asian Cup Qualifying Group D - Malaysia 0 Qatar 1 It was a 100% improvement from the Malayan Tigers as they stepped up the pace and played with... READ MORE

Help, save the Tigers

Malaysia ideally needed three points. We played for a draw. We came home empty handed. That is the aftermath of our trip to Bahrain in the 2015... READ MORE

A much-needed intervention for the good of Malaysian football

A 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Kuwait last Friday was Harimau Malaya's sixth consecutive loss in international friendlies. Off the field, the... READ MORE

A Premiership season of endless possibilities

This past weekend was a sight to behold in England: shocks, stunning stops and one nils. We can safely say that the race for the title this... READ MORE

Forget form, roaring Gunners face daunting Battle of Old Trafford

They are the best team in Europe, at the moment. They played a very controlled and disciplined game in midweek in Europe, away at a side whose... READ MORE

A weak-end of football as players and teams go “missing”

A top of the table clash on Saturday between Arsenal and Liverpool highlighted the gulf in class between both sides, chiefly in midfield. Lucas... READ MORE

Individual contests to light up top matches this festive weekend

With a top of the table clash in the English Premier League tomorrow, and a local derby in the Malaysia Cup Final on Sunday, there are a few... READ MORE

Can one man make a difference? Arsene knows

We still park on pavements. Yet today, I feel there is more reason to curse and swear than worry about parking on pavements. Yes, I know, parking... READ MORE

Big ties for big teams, a promising weekend in the EPL

Well, I see we still don’t use indicators when we drive over here. But it is nice to be home, albeit for an uncertain length of time. More... READ MORE

Simple and effective Spanish masterclass

JULY 3 — We will put our pass master onto your pass master because we have two more pass masters than you have! That, in essence, was the Spanish... READ MORE

Spanish missing class, as Germans miss the boat

JUNE 29 — Veteran coach, World Cup winner, European Championship winner, twice Champions League winner and twice Spanish Primera Liga winner, but... READ MORE

Gallant show, poor tactics

JUNE 26 — So, England’s adventure in Polkraine comes to an end with a mild whimper. Not for the fact that they were eliminated, but for the... READ MORE

Euro 2012: A no-striker zone

JUNE 12 — As the games are coming in thick and fast – and I am not talking about Mario Balotelli or Fernando Torres – it is almost impossible to... READ MORE

The best XI of the season in the EPL

MAY 22 — The English Premier League (EPL) season has ended and we all know it was the best as proven by the statistics. Not to mention, it was... READ MORE

Blues for Bayern

MAY 19 — Should Chelsea not win the UEFA Champions League tonight (2.45am tomorrow, Malaysian time), for the most part, there will only be one... READ MORE

The unsung heroes (Part 2)

MAY 17 — The English Premier League season came to an end on Sunday and new heroes and legends were born with the breathtaking climax in the match... READ MORE

Last-gasp City make it a terrific finish

MAY 15 — And so the mind went back to May 1999 and the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, as injury-time goals won Manchester United the UEFA Champions... READ MORE

The unsung heroes (Part 1)

MAY 12 — There are always heroes and they will be applauded and lauded come end of the season in the English Premier League (EPL). But the truth is... READ MORE

The weakest link

MAY 8 — For Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso, read Jay Spearing and Jordan Henderson and therein unfolds the saga of Liverpool Football Club. Most... READ MORE

Making the right choice: England FA 1 Liverpool 0

MAY 3 — It has been an eventful extended weekend. Something that started on Saturday night and, for me, ended on Wednesday morning. The football... READ MORE

Tactics win again as Spaniards vanquished

APRIL 27 — Two great semi-final second-leg matches in the UEFA Champions League; two matches in which the fresher teams prevailed; and some of the... READ MORE

Amazing race… to the finish

APRIL 24 — The title race is well and truly back on in England. Meanwhile, over in the continent, the Bundesliga championship has already been... READ MORE

Destiny calling for Clasico duo despite setback

APRIL 20 — The outcome of the first leg of semi-finals in the UEFA Champions League this week seems to have given the edge to the two teams which... READ MORE

What were they thinking?

APRIL 17 — Reading Tottenham minds: Carlo Cudicini: “Why always me?” Kyle Walker: “I will never be Dani Alves.” William Gallas: “I am the best... READ MORE

The not-so-professional game match officials

APRIL 10 — I told you so! My apologies, it is really not in my nature to say such things but you really have to forgive me for venting my... READ MORE

Milan’s missing man

APRIL 8 — On my last trip to India I watched an in-flight movie titled “No One Killed Jessica.” It was about a model gunned down in cold blood in... READ MORE

How do you solve a problem like Liverpool?

APRIL 6 — To paraphrase a famous song from the “Sound of Music.” It has been a case of another week, another game, another loss and that takes... READ MORE

I am tired…

MARCH 28 — I am tired of Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp’s perceived greatness. I am tired of watching Spurs bumbling and fumbling their... READ MORE

A pair of Manchester flops

MARCH 17 — This time of the season, we would expect teams to saddle up and start galloping towards the goals that have been identified at the start... READ MORE

Hawk-eyed?

MARCH 14 — The word “video technology” has to be banned entirely as far as football is concerned. It is a bad word and an insult to FIFA, the gods... READ MORE

It’s make or break time at the tight end

MARCH 10 — The biggest weekend of the season is upon us and it is a situation of kill or be killed from now on. With the English Premier League... READ MORE

Chelsea FC, the joke’s on you

MARCH 6 — A funny thing happened on Saturday night at ESPN-StarSports in Singapore when a good friend joined me to watch Liverpool host Arsenal in... READ MORE

Lumbering and lumberers

MARCH 3 — The departure of defender Chris Samba from Blackburn Rovers last week did not really dishearten nor sadden me despite it being considered... READ MORE

Speaking as a disappointed Spurs fan . . .

FEB 28 — Never have I seen so much rubbish as displayed by Tottenham Hotspur in the pathetic display against Arsenal on Sunday. It was a splendid... READ MORE

Some major FA Cups over the weekend

FEB 21 — The weekend’s FA Cup action has thrown up two replays, one warranted and the other a total shambles. The talk is all about Andre... READ MORE

Welcome to the Smackdown! Or wait… it’s the EPL

FEB 14 — After all the hype and intent to showcase goodness, respect and honour the past weekend, could it have been instead the worst weekend n... READ MORE

Ciao Fabio, hello to a brighter England future

FEB 11 — So Fabio Capello has finally made his exit from the England team. Under the circumstances, it was an understandable move as he could not... READ MORE

Rooney for Chelsea? Why not?

FEB 9 — If that was the team in transition, then Chelsea, after their six-goal thriller against Manchester United, really do not need to change... READ MORE

The dark side rears its ugly head

JAN 26 — It is always an exciting weekend when Mario “The Brat” Balotelli hits the headlines as it would likely to have been about the great goals... READ MORE

A Swan-sea of surprises

JAN 21 — Football has always thrown up surprises with some incredible performances by a team, be it in domestic leagues or in the international... READ MORE

The transfer paradox of the EPL

JAN 14 — The January transfer rumour mill started well before the start of the year, but surprisingly the actual transfers have been few. I guess... READ MORE

The best XI in the Premiership so far

DEC 23 — The English Premier League (EPL) season 2011/2012 will reach its halfway mark at the end of the year (just eight days away) with the 19th... READ MORE

Euro2012 draw: Group of Death

DEC 16 — Continuing my look at how the recent draw for the next Uefa European Championship, to be held in June/July 2012, turned out, it brings me... READ MORE

Clowns in the court of English football

DEC 13 — From the ridiculous to the downright embarrassing is how I would describe the English Premier League (EPL) shenanigans that have gone on... READ MORE