Geylang International FC
|Full name||Geylang International Football Club|
|Chairman||Leong Kok Fann|
|Head Coach||Kanan Vedhamuthu|
|Website||Club home page|
Geylang International Football Club (known as Geylang United from 1996 - 2012) is a football club based in Singapore. The club was founded in 1974 and they are now playing in the S.League. The club is based at Bedok Stadium and is coached by Vedhamuthu Kanan.
- 1 History
- 2 Seasons
- 3 Players
- 4 Home Stadium
- 5 Official Clubhouse
- 6 Honours
- 7 Sponsors
- 8 Club Officials
- 9 Team Manager
- 10 Coach
- 11 Performance in AFC competitions
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Established in 1974  as International Contract Specialists, the club changed its name to the famed Geylang International in 1975. Since the S.League was not yet started, the club took part in various competitions. The club have won three back-to-back titles in the National Football League from 1975 to 1977, six back-to-back titles in the FAS Premier League from 1988 to 1993 and another five titles in the President's Cup in 1976,1978,1990,1991 and 1995. Apart from local domestic league, the club also qualify for the Asian Cup Championship in 1989, 1990, 1991 & 1998 and Asian Cup Winners Cup in 1990/91 and 1991/92.
The club changed its name to Geylang United in 1996 with the S.League established on the same year whereby they became the first team to win the league title after beating SAFFC 2-1 in the Championship Play-off spot. They also beat the same team in the FA Cup final on penalties, earning the praise from the warriors coach, Vincent Subramaniam identify them as the Manchester United of Singapore. The victory in the Championship Playoff also saw them qualify for the 1997-98 Asian Club Championship. However they were beaten 8-2 on aggregate by 1996 J. League champions Kashima Antlers in the first round.
In 1997 season, they failed to defend both the S.League & FA Cup title, finishing fifth in the overall league table and losing in the cup final respectively. They won their second S.League title in 2001, where they qualify for the 2002–03 AFC Champions League qualification. They beat DPMM Brunei 7-0 on aggregate in the first round but were then eliminated after losing to China's Shanghai Shenhua 5-1 on aggregate in the next round.
Despite finishing runners-up in 2003 S.League, they qualify for the 2004 AFC Cup after Home Uniited won both the S.League and the Singapore Cup title. They lost to East Bengal in their opening match but manage to collect 13 points in their next five games. They qualify for the quarter-finals as runners-up and beat Perak FA 5-3 on aggregate in the semi-finals, where they lost 2-1 on aggregate to Al-Wahda. Despite that loss, both the Eagles & Home United had created history, becoming the first two Singaporean team to qualify for the semi-final in that same competition.
Their first Singapore Cup was in 2009 after beating Bangkok Glass FC 1-0 at the Jalan Besar Stadium, thanks to Hafiz Rahim's goal in the 82nd minute from a rebound after the ball struck the goal post twice. They qualify for the 2010 AFC Cup but were eliminated in the group stage. In 2012, two weeks before the start of the S.League season, former Singapore international Leong Kok Fann took over as the chairman of Geylang United, replacing the out-going Patrick Ang. On March 13, 2012, two days after their 7-1 humiliation at the hands of Home United, Coach Mike Wong was replaced by Geylang United Prime League Coach Kanan Vedhamuthu with immediate effect. The team almost won the 2012 Singapore League Cup after beating Albirex Niigata (S), Balestier Khalsa and Tampines Rovers in the previous stage of the competition but lost 2-0 to Brunei DPMM in the final.
On May 4, 2012,two former Geylang players were jailed on Friday for trying to fix the football club's game against Harimau Muda A. Both South Korean Jeon Byungeuk, 24 and Kim Jae Hong, 27, had tried to bribe Geylang United mid-fielder and fellow South Korean Mun Seung Man, to not score against the Malaysian team. Both were sentenced in prison.
In 2013, the club change its club logo and name to the old-famed Geylang International FC during a Pre-Season Conference held in Marina Bay Sands. Despite a top-3 finish prediction in the S.League 2013 from the legend Fandi Ahmad, the team failed to win most of the games as they finish 9th overall in the league. It was a disappointing finish for the team as long-term injury crisis was the main reason why they did'nt do well. The injury crisis was so bad that their assistant coach Mohd Noor Ali had to play for the team.
About a month after the 2013 S.League ended, the club confirms that they will only retain 5 local players ahead of the new season. Since they need to get new foreign players, Kanan Vedhamuthu (Team Coach) and Andrew Ang (Team Manager) travel to Argentina to sign Leonel Felice, Franco Chivilo and Joaquin Lopez. In addition, another Argentinian, Nazareno Valez has also join the team as the team's assistant coach. The other two foreign player spot was filled up by the duo of former Albirex Niigata Singapore players, Kento Fukuda and Yuki Ichikawa. Also, the team squad is mostly filled up by ex-national players such as Ridhuan Muhammad, Hamqammal Shah, Mustaqim Mansur and many more. To gel up the team before the new season start, they played several friendly matches against several S.League clubs before travelling to India where they took part in the IFA Shield 2014. As the new season kicks off, the team was hit with controversies when a newpaper report from the local press news slams the team,opting to use it as a club “in chaos”, and to allege that “…trouble is already brewing at the Bedok Stadium…”. Five days later, the club make an official response to the press news on their club page, explaining the real situation to the fans and supporters.
|Season||Pos||P||W||D||L||F||A||Pts||Singapore Cup||Singapore League Cup|
|2006||10th||30||6||5||19||22||62||23||Round of 16|
|2007||6th||33||10||9||14||43||44||39||Round of 16||Withdrew|
|2008||6th||33||13||6||14||56||57||45||Round of 16||Round of 16|
|2010||5th||33||12||11||10||32||30||47||Round of 16||Quarter-Finals|
|2011||8th||33||13||2||18||43||63||41||Round of 16||Quarter-Finals|
|2012||11th||24||5||6||13||28||50||21||Round of 16||Runners-up|
- The 1996 season of the S.League was split into two series. Tiger Beer Series winners Geylang United defeated Pioneer Series winners Singapore Armed Forces in the Championship playoff to clinch the S.League title.
- 2003 saw the introduction of penalty shoot-outs if a match ended in a draw in regular time. Winners of penalty shoot-outs gained two points instead of one.
Last updated on 25 February 2014
First Team Squad
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
For details on Geylang International FC's reserve squad, see Geylang International FC (Prime League)
Bedok Stadium, located in the eastern part of Singapore is the home ground for the eagles. It is used mostly for both football matches and jogging. Besides that, the pitch is also used by the club for their training sessions. The stadium has a grass football pitch, a 8-lane running track and partial athletic facilities. The stadium will be closed to the public during S.League matches. The stadium can hold up to 3,800 spectators. The stadium is currently managed by the Singapore Sports Council.
The clubhouse is located at level 2 of Bedok Sports & Fitness Center, which located beside the stadium. Members will get to enjoy facilities like fruit machines, home theater system for movie screenings, a pool table and a dart board. Fans are also able to purchase club Official Merchandise there. Also on display are some of the major trophies that the club have won over the years.
- S.League: 2
- 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993
- National Football League: 3
- 1975, 1976, 1977
- President's Cup: 5
- 1976, 1978, 1990, 1991, 1995
- 1996: Hitachi
- 1997-2002: ?
- 2003: Akira
- 2009-2010: Five Stars Tours
- 2011: EVA Air, Evergreen Marine
- 2012-2013: None
- 2014: Rotary Engineering
- Chairman: Leong Kok Fann
- Vice-Chairman: Lau Kok Keng
- Honorary Secretary: William Tan Ong Huat
- Honorary Treasurer: Dr Kong Chee Seng
- Club Advisor: Lee Yi Shyan
- Club Patron: Othman Haron Eusofe
- Head Coach: Kanan Vedhamuthu
- Prime League Coach: Nazareno Velez
- Sports Trainer: Rebekah Marie
- Equipment Officer: Abdul Halim Yusop
- Goalkeeper Coach: Kumar Krishnan
- Attaphol Buspakom (2006)
- Lim Tong Hai (2008)
- Mike Wong (2009–March 2012)
- William Tan (March 2012 – 2013)
- Andrew Ang (2014–present)
- Haji Ahmad Bakri Fahrin (1974–1976)
- Dennis Bent (1977–1978)
- Cheng Meng Sak (1979)
- Zayid Ramsay (1980–1988)
- Sulaiman Karim (1989–1991)
- Subhash Singh (1991–1994)
- Amri Khaizan (1995–1999)
- Jakbir Khalil (2000–2001)
- Dhalil Hainan Ibrahim (2002–2007)
- Jozef Herel (2008)
- Mike Wong (2009–March 2012)
- Kanan Vedhamuthu (March 2012–present)
Performance in AFC competitions
- AFC Champions League: 1 appearance
- 2002-03: Qualifying East - 3rd Round
- Asian Club Championship: 4 appearances
- AFC Cup: 2 appearances
- Asian Cup Winners Cup: 2 appearances
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- "Patrick Ang to retire as Eagles chairman". TNP.
- "V.Kanan to replace Mike Wong". TNP.
- "Mission Possible for Geylang". TNP.
- "Former Geylang players involve in match-fixing". Asiaone.
- "Geylang set for 2013 season". TODAYonline Sports.
- "Noor Ali to come out of retirement for geylang". Goal SG.
- "Geylang go gaucho". TNP.
- "Nazareno as new Eagles assistant coach". Goal SG.
- "Eagles drawn in Group A". gifc.
- "Geylang in chaos". Goal SG.
- "Club response to TNP news article". gifc.
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