Balestier Khalsa FC

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Balestier Khalsa FC
Balestier Khalsa.png
Full name Balestier Khalsa Football Club
Nickname(s) The Tigers
Founded 1898
Ground Toa Payoh Stadium
Ground Capacity 3,896
Chairman Thavaneson Selvaratnam
Head Coach Marko Kraljević
League S.League
2016 8th
Website Club home page
Current season

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. [1]

History[edit]

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.[2]

Balestier United Recreational Club[edit]

The club's name was changed to Balestier United Recreation Club[3] 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 Central FC[edit]

In 1996, Balestier United Recreational Club became a founder member of the S.League and changed its name to Balestier Central FC.

Clementi Khalsa FC[edit]

Clementi Khalsa FC logo

Clementi Khalsa FC 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.

Merger[edit]

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.

Balestier Khalsa FC[edit]

On August 10, 2012, Balestier Khalsa won the first League Cup Plate Final as the team defeated Courts Young Lions in the at Jalan Besar Stadium. On 14 September 2013, The Tigers went one level higher by scoring a huge 4–0 win over Brunei DPMM in the League Cup Final and clinched their first ever silverware. Balestier Khalsa signed former U-21 Croatian international Goran Ljubojević on February 11 2014 as their first ever marquee signing.[4] The Tigers won their first ever Singapore Cup on 7 November 2014.[5]

Seasons[edit]

As Balestier Central / Balestier Khalsa

Season S.League Singapore Cup Singapore League Cup
Pos P W D L F A Pts
1996-1 3rd* 14 7 3 4 22 18 24
1996-2 3rd* 14 7 3 4 25 19 24
1997 4th 16 8 4 4 43 26 28
1998 4th 20 9 4 7 47 43 31 Group Stage
1999 7th 22 6 8 8 25 27 26 Semi-finals
2000 12th 22 3 5 14 16 42 14 Round of 16
2001 7th 33 8 11 14 43 57 35 Group Stage
2002 11th 33 6 5 22 50 103 23 Group Stage
2003 11th 33 5 2–6 20 37 76 25 Quarter-finals
2004 8th 27 6 2 19 36 73 20 Quarter-finals
2005 7th 27 10 6 11 45 52 36 Preliminary
2006 7th 30 10 7 13 50 61 37 Semi-finals
2007 9th 33 7 8 18 44 63 29 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals
2008 12th 33 3 8 22 26 60 17 Round of 16 Third Place
2009 11th 30 4 6 20 22 58 18 Round of 16 Group Stage
2010 8th 33 10 7 16 26 40 37 Quarter-finals Preliminary
2011 10th 33 7 5 21 28 63 26 Round of 16 Preliminary
2012 6th 24 11 6 7 23 20 39 Round of 16 Group Stage
2013 4th 27 12 7 8 38 28 43 Runners-up Winners
2014 7th 27 11 7 9 46 34 40 Winners Group Stage
2015 4th 27 12 8 7 39 35 44 Quarter-finals Runners-up
2016 8th 24 4 7 13 23 42 19 Semi-finals Group Stage

As Clementi Khalsa

Season Pos P W D L F A Pts Singapore Cup
1999 11th 22 3 6 13 29 55 15 Round of 16
2000 8th 22 5 10 7 33 46 25 Round of 16
2001 9th 33 7 9 17 43 76 30 Group Stage
2002 10th 33 7 4 22 45 84 25 Group Stage
  • 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 play-off 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.

Sponsors[edit]

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Cup

  • 1992
  • 1958

Reserves

  • 2012, 2013
  • 2012

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

2015: Group Stage
2016: Group stage

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 16 February 2017 [6]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Singapore GK Reno Nathan
2 Singapore DF Fadli Kamis
3 Singapore DF Hanafi Salleh
4 Singapore DF Ashrul Syafeeq
5 Singapore MF Shah Hirul
6 Singapore DF Tajeli Selamat
7 Myanmar MF Aung Kyaw Naing
8 Singapore MF Raihan Rahman
9 Myanmar MF Kyaw Zayar Win
10 Myanmar MF Nanda Lin Kyaw Chit
11 Singapore MF Huzaifah Aziz
No. Position Player
12 Singapore DF Sheikh Abdul Hadi
13 Singapore DF Zulkhair Mustaffa
14 Singapore DF Syahfuddin Eska
16 Singapore GK Naqiuddin Nodin
18 Singapore DF Ahmad Syahir Sahimi
19 Singapore GK Zaiful Nizam (captain)
20 Singapore MF Jonathan Tan
21 Singapore FW Danial Tan
22 Singapore MF Hamzah Fazil
23 Singapore MF Hanafi Akbar
24 Singapore MF Hazzuwan Halim

Prime league players[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
26 Singapore Syed Amer Haikal
27 Singapore FW Ahmad Salihin
28 Singapore DF Delvyn Tan
29 Singapore Haziq Nidzam
30 Singapore Rafiqin Kamal
31 Singapore Majeed Jamil
32 Singapore DF Hakeem Amran
33 Singapore Amirullah Fauzi
34 Singapore Ierhan Raushan
35 Singapore Riswan Packir
36 Singapore DF Tan Yee Heng
No. Position Player
37 Singapore MF Anirhan Jumadi
38 Singapore MF Fariz Faizal
39 Singapore GK Syahrul Nizam
40 Singapore GK Zacharial Leong
41 Singapore MF Azrin Junaidi
42 Singapore Nasrullah Noor
43 Singapore MF Fauzi Zainuddin
44 Singapore Kavin Sugumaran
45 Singapore MF Zaid Hussain
47 Singapore Ryan Goh
47 Singapore Mussaveer Shaikh

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Untold Stories, Southeast Asian Clubs: Balestier Khalsa". fourfourtwo.com. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Untold Stories, Southeast Asian Clubs: Balestier Khalsa". 
  3. ^ "History and Tradition of Balestier Khalsa FC". Balestier Khalsa. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ljubojevic hopes for injury-free season at Balestier - Goal.com". goal.com. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Balestier Khalsa with first-ever RHB Singapore Cup win". espnfc.com. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "S.League.com - Team Profile". sleague.com. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 

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