Balestier Khalsa FC
|Full name||Balestier Khalsa Football Club|
|Ground||Toa Payoh Stadium|
|Head Coach||Marko Kraljević|
Balestier Khalsa Football Club is a professional football club which plays in Singapore's S.League. The club's logo depicts a Tiger, the nickname of the club, on top of a pair of Kirpan. The logo is made up of key elements from the two clubs it was merged from. The Tiger is the mascot of the Balestier half of the merged entity while the kirpan is a religious dagger worn by members of the Sikh faith, who were a major backer of half of the merged entity through the Clementi club.
Tracing their origins all the way back to 1898, the club was formed as Fathul Karib and based in Farrer Park. One of the highlights over the following half century, before the side was renamed Balestier United Recreation Club in the 1970s, was providing nine players to the Singapore side which competed in the 1958 Asian Games, losing 2-1 to both continental heavyweights South Korea and Israel.
Balestier United Recreational Club
The club's name was changed to Balestier United Recreation Club in April 1975, when it joined the inaugural National Football League. The team captured the Singapore Cup in 1958 and 1992. The club played in the Singapore Premier League (the forerunner to the S.League) from 1988 to 1995. The club became the first club in Singapore to bring in foreign players when they signed two Yugoslavian players, Josko Spanjic and Boris Lucic, for the 1989 season. Balestier United are currently still active in local football, competing in the National Football League Division 1. Former Balestier Khalsa players such, Ruhaizad Ismail, Daniel Ong and Syafiq Zainal all playing for this team currently.
In 1996, Balestier United Recreational Club became a founder member of the S.League and changed its name to Balestier Central.
Clementi Khalsa was formed as a club to represent Singapore's Sikh community and joined the S.League in 1999. Prior to the merger with Balestier Central, the club was based in the Clementi area of Singapore and played its home games at the Clementi Stadium.
The club is an amalgamation of Balestier Central Football Club and Clementi Khalsa Football Club who merged at the end of the 2002 S.League season. Due to its link with Clementi Khalsa, the club is very popular amongst Singapore’s Sikh community.
In 2013, Darren Stewart signed several players from his former team, Gombak United and formed a strong foundation of the team, including foreign players Kim Min-ho and Park Kang-jin, together with Singapore national team player Qiu Li and proved to be a success. On 14 September 2013, The Tigers went one level higher by scoring a huge 4–0 win over DPMM FC in the League Cup Final and clinched their first ever silverware. Captain, Paul Cunningham and the team lift the trophy as well as clinching 3rd placing in the Singapore Cup.
Balestier Khalsa signed former U-21 Croatian international Goran Ljubojević on February 11, 2014 as their first ever marquee signing. As well as Emir Lotinac of Serbia from Novi Pazar. The Tigers won their first ever Singapore Cup on 7 November 2014, beating Home United 3-1 with Goran, Kim and Park scoring the goals. Thus, qualified for AFC Cup in the following year.
The Tigers make their continental competition debut on 24 February 2015, losing 0-3 to Hong Kong Premier League champions, Kitchee. 10 March, they almost held eventual 2015 champions, Johor Darul Ta'zim to goalless draw but the visitor scored in the stoppage time. Balestier Khalsa finally got their historical first win in the following week, Jonathan Xu scoring his and Tiger's maiden AFC Cup goal and Miroslav Krištić's goal beating East Bengal 2-1. On 10 July 2015, Balestier Khalsa lost narrowly 2-1 against Albirex Niigata (S) to finish runner up in the League Cup.
In 2016, Balestier Khalsa qualified for AFC Cup as Singapore's 2nd best local team and got their first away goals/ point in the AFC Cup, held Dhivehi Premier League champions, New Radiant 2-2 at Malé. They continue to improved their run in the competition and winning Kitchee & New Radiant 1-0 and 3-0 at home. Balestier Khalsa finished 4th in the Singapore Cup after losing to Ceres-La Salle in the third place playoff.
In 2017, due to tight budget, Balestier Khalsa signed 3 Myanmar national football team players, Aung Kyaw Naing, Kyaw Zayar Win, Nanda Lin Kyaw Chit from Nay Pyi Taw, Ayeyawady United and Yadanabon respectively.
- As of 5 March 2018
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U23 These players are under the age of 23 to fulfill the league requirement of minimum of 6 U-23 players per team.
- Winners : 2012, 2013
- Winners : 2014
- Runners-up: 2015
- Winners : 2012
- Winners : 1992
- Winners : 1958
As Balestier Central/ Balestier Khalsa
|Season||League||Pos.||P||W||D||L||GS||GA||Pts||Singapore Cup||League Cup||Top goalscorer||Managers|
|1996-1||S.League||3rd*||14||7||3||4||22||18||24||Goran Paulic||22||Robin Chan|
|1998||4th||20||9||4||7||47||43||31||Group Stage||19||PN Sivaji|
|1999||7th||22||6||8||8||25||27||26||Semi Final||Eric Francis||6|
|2000||12th||22||3||5||14||16||42||14||Round of 16||Jason Ainsley||4|
|2001||7th||33||8||11||14||43||57||35||Group Stage|| Ali Imran Lomri
|2002||11th||33||6||5||22||50||103||23||Group Stage||Itimi Owepa Wilson||23||Robin Chan|
|2003||11th||33||5||2-6||20||37||76||25||Quarter Final||Kim Eun-Cher||9||Abdullah Noor|
|2004||8th||27||6||19||22||36||73||20||Quarter Final||Park Tae-won||7||Jang Jung|
|2005||7th||27||10||6||11||45||52||36||Preliminary Round||Kengne Ludovick||20|
|2006||7th||30||10||7||13||50||61||37||Semi Final||15||Abdul Karim Razzak|
|2007||9th||33||7||8||18||44||63||29||Quarter Final||Quarter Final||Ryuji Sueoka||9|
|2008||12th||33||3||8||22||26||60||17||Round of 16||Third Place||Paul Ekollo||6||Nasaruddin Jalil|
|2009||11th||30||4||6||20||22||58||18||Round of 16||Group Stage||Oh In-kyun||5|
|2010||8th||33||10||7||16||26||40||37||Quarter Final||Preliminary Round||Rivaldo Costa||11|| Nasaruddin Jalil
|2011||10th||33||7||5||21||28||63||26||Round of 16||Preliminary Round||Mark McGough||8||Salim Moin|
|2012||6th||24||11||6||7||23||20||39||Round of 16||Plate Winners||Park Kang-jin||4||Darren Stewart|
|2013||4th||27||12||7||8||38||28||43||Third Place||Winners||Qiu Li||12|
|2014||6th||27||11||7||9||46||34||40||Winners||Plate Runners-up||Goran Ljubojević||20||Marko Kraljević|
|2015||4th||27||12||8||7||39||35||44||Quarter Final||Runners-up||Miroslav Krištić||16|
|2016||8th||24||4||7||13||23||42||19||Semi Final||Group Stage||Niko Tokić||10|
|2017||7th||24||5||4||15||17||33||19||Preliminary Round||Group Stage||Hazzuwan Halim||5|
As Clementi Khalsa
|1999||S.League||11th||22||3||6||13||29||55||15||Round of 16|
- The 1996 season of the S.League was split into two series.
- 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.
|1992-93||Asian Cup Winners' Cup||First Round||Quảng Nam Đà Nẵng||Withdrew|
|2015||AFC Cup||Group F||Kitchee||1–2||3–0||4th|
|Johor Darul Ta'zim||0–1||3–0|
|2016||AFC Cup||Group F||New Radiant||3–0||2–2||3rd|
AFC clubs ranking
- As of 1 Dec 2017.
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