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Tampines Rovers Football Club
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Full name Tampines Rovers Football Club
Nickname(s) The Stags
Founded 1945
Ground Jurong West Stadium
Ground Capacity 4,200
Chairman Krishna Ramachandra
Manager Akbar Nawas
League S.League
2016 2nd
Website Club home page

Tampines Rovers Football Club (nicknamed the Stags) are a professional association football club based in Tampines, Singapore, that play in the S.League. Founded in 1945, Tampines has won major trophies in Singapore football, including the Singapore Cup and the S.League. They have won the national league championship eight times, the Singapore Cup thrice, the S.League five times and the ASEAN Club Championship once. Their temporary home ground is the Jurong West Stadium[1] as their traditional home ground, the Tampines Stadium (opened 1 April 1989), is being replaced by the Tampines Town Hub. The Stags are also known for boosting a considerably high attendance at home and away games. Their main rivals are Geylang International, with whom they contest the Eastern Derby. Tampines Rovers is one of the wealthiest clubs in Singapore football. They're currently sponsor by Hyundai and Komoco Motors.

History[edit]

Several football enthusiasts from Tampines decided to form a football club in 1945. After many name changes, they finally decided on "Tampines Rovers" as the official club name. The Stags spent the 1950s and 1960s competing in the Singapore Amateur Football Association League, where they were among the top teams, until they were placed in Division II of the newly formed National Football League in 1974. 1975 was a watershed year for Tampines, as they were promoted to Division I after winning all their league matches and reached the President's Cup final, where they lost 0–1 to the Singapore Armed Forces Sports Association in front of a national record crowd of 30,000. They continued to challenge for honours for the next decade, reaching another President's Cup final in 1978, then emerging as national champions in 1979, 1980 and 1984. The Stags were relegated to the second tier in 1988, but under a new management team, won their league in 1994, and were one of eight clubs selected to compete in the newly formed S.League.[2]

However, Tampines did not finish higher than sixth place in the first six seasons of the S.League. In 2002, the Stags secured the services of Malaysian coach Chow Kwai Lam,[3] who guided them to the Singapore Cup and two fourth-place finishes.[4] Under the next coach, Vorawan Chitavanich, Tampines achieved the S.League and Singapore Cup double in 2004.[5] The following season, they successfully defended their S.League title, were named the 'S.League Team of the Decade' and became the first Singapore team to win the ASEAN Club Championship.[6] The Stags were Singapore Cup champions in 2006, but finished runners-up to SAFFC in the S.League.[7][8] The Stags was also the champion of S-League in 2011 and 2012. They were also runner-up in the 2012 Singapore Cup after losing 1–2 to SAFFC.

2016 Season[edit]

Signing 9 Lions XII players, Tampines Rovers FC begin with 6 unbeaten matches in the S.League. In February Tampines Rovers FC started with the 2016 AFC Cup.[9] Tampines Rovers FC finished second place in Group E with 10 points. Leaving the Red Giants behind with 2 points differences. The round of 16 is won with 10 men by Tampines Rovers FC versus Mohun Bagang by a late goal in the after extra time 1-2. This was also V. Sundramoorthy last match before taking on the Singapore national football team job as care taker. V. Sundramoorthy successor was his Assistant coach Akbar Nawas. He is been appointed to be the next head coach of Tampines Rovers FC followed with 8 straight wins and 28 goals. Tampines Rovers FC started the 2016 RHB Singapore Cup with a double win playing Global in the Quarter Finals. Global had a unbeaten score in the whole of 2016 season. The Stags will face their AFC Cup rivals Ceres from their group stage were they draw and lost a match and let them finish 1st in the AFC Cup 2016 group E.

AFC CUP 2016[edit]

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification CER TAM SEL SJD
1 Philippines Ceres 6 3 3 0 12 4 +8 12 Knock-out stage 2–1 2–2 5–0
2 Singapore Tampines Rovers 6 3 1 2 10 6 +4 10 1–1 1–0 4–0
3 Malaysia Selangor 6 2 2 2 8 8 0 8 0–0 0–1 2–1
4 Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi 6 1 0 5 7 19 −12 3 0–2 3–2 3–4
Source: AFC

Bracket[edit]

  Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                     
 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 2  
 Jordan Al-Wehdat 1  
   Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya  
   Syria Al-Jaish  
 Iraq Naft Al-Wasat 0
 Syria Al-Jaish 1  
   Winner QF1  
   Winner QF2  
 Lebanon Al-Ahed 4  
 Syria Al-Wahda 0  
   Lebanon Al-Ahed
   Bahrain Al-Muharraq  
 Bahrain Al-Muharraq 1
 Jordan Al-Faisaly 0  
   Winner SF1
   Winner SF2
 Philippines Ceres 0  
 Hong Kong South China (a.e.t.) 1  
   Hong Kong South China
   Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim  
 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 7
 Philippines Kaya 2  
   Winner QF3
   Winner QF4  
 Hong Kong Kitchee 2  
 India Bengaluru FC 3  
   India Bengaluru FC
   Singapore Tampines Rovers  
 India Mohun Bagan 1
 Singapore Tampines Rovers (a.e.t.) 2  

Crest and colours[edit]

The club selected the stag as its animal mascot as the animal is a symbol of wisdom, its antlers are associated with the tree of life and in Chinese culture, it is a symbol of virility.[10]

Stadium[edit]

From 2012 to 2014, Tampines Rovers played their home games temporarily at the Clementi Stadium and in 2015, they shifted their home games temporarily to Jurong West Stadium as their traditional home ground, the Tampines Stadium, will be demolished to make way for the new Tampines Town Hub. Tampines Rovers will be moving back to their original home ground when the new Tampines Town Hub opens in 2018. The Tampines Town Hub will have a new football stadium that will able to hold up to 8,000 spectators and will also contain other sport facilities such as a swimming complex and also a gym.

Supporters[edit]

The Yellow Brigade is the official supporting group for the club. It is one of the largest supporters group in the S.League dedicated to the club. They are also known for its fanaticism and their support towards the club. The Yellow Brigade main colour is black and yellow with mainly yellow football Scarf and Yellow Banners to represent the beloved colour of the club. They will also appear at the Stadium for the home match. The Yellow Brigade also bring drums, trumpet and flags to every match.

Players[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

As of 04 July 2016 [11]

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 Izwan Mahbud
2 Singapore MF Ismadi Mukhtar (vice-captain)
3 Singapore DF Jufri Taha
4 Singapore MF Fahrudin Mustafic (captain)
5 Singapore MF Noh Rahman
6 Singapore MF Yasir Hanapi
8 Singapore MF Shahdan Sulaiman
9 England MF Jermaine Pennant
10 Singapore FW Fazrul Nawaz
11 Canada MF Jordan Webb
12 Singapore MF Fabian Kwok
No. Position Player
13 Singapore MF Izzdin Shafiq
14 Singapore DF Afiq Yunos
15 Singapore MF Nawari Ahmad
16 Singapore MF Hafiz Sujad
17 Singapore DF Shakir Hamzah
18 Singapore FW Sufian Anuar
19 Singapore DF Irwan Shah
21 Singapore GK Joey Sim
23 Singapore GK Fashah Iskandar
25 Republic of Ireland FW Billy Mehmet

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 GK Admad Fadly
27 Singapore MF Muhammad Adil
30 Singapore DF Aide Shazwandi
31 Singapore FW Andin Addie
32 Singapore FW Ariyan Shamsuddin
33 Singapore FW Noor Faridzuan Fuad
No. Position Player
34 Singapore DF Kenneth Lee
35 Singapore FW Haiqal Sulaiman
37 Singapore MF Ribiyanda Saswadimata
38 Singapore FW Gautam Selvamany
42 Singapore GK S Sakthishwar
43 Singapore MF Saifullah Akbar
45 Singapore MF Ashshiddiq Misban

Club Officials[edit]

Management[edit]

Reference:[12]

Technical Staff[edit]

Reference:[13]

Managers[edit]

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

League

  • 1979, 1980, 1984

Cup

ASEAN Competition[edit]

Performance in domestic competitions[edit]

Season S.League Singapore Cup Singapore League Cup
Pos P W D L F A Pts
1996-1 8th 14 3 3 8 18 27 12
1996-2 7th 14 2 2 10 10 28 8
1997 6th 16 4 3 9 22 38 15
1998 6th 20 8 5 7 41 40 29 Group Stage
1999 10th 22 4 8 10 25 39 20 Quarter-Finals
2000 7th 22 7 6 9 30 27 27 Quarter-Finals
2001 6th 33 14 6 13 60 55 48 Group Stage
2002 4th 33 16 11 6 67 39 59 Winners
2003 4th 33 17 3–2 11 63 40 59 Quarter-Finals
2004 1st 27 20 3 4 76 29 63 Winners
2005 1st 27 18 3 6 77 35 57 Semi-Finals
2006 2nd 30 16 9 5 70 42 57 Winners
2007 3rd 33 24 5 4 77 32 77 Runners-up Quarter-Finals
2008 4th 33 20 5 8 66 37 65 2nd Runners-up Quarter-Finals
2009 2nd 30 16 8 6 47 25 56 Quarter-Finals Quarter-Finals
2010 2nd 33 21 6 6 68 30 69 Runners-up Quarter-Finals
2011 1st 33 25 3 5 71 25 78 Quarter-Finals 2nd Runners-up
2012 1st 24 16 4 4 49 24 52 Runners-up Semi-Finals
2013 1st 27 17 5 5 59 36 56 Preliminary Quarter-Finals
2014 3rd 27 14 6 7 42 32 49 Semi-Finals Plate Winners
2015 2nd 27 14 7 6 44 25 48 Quarter-Finals 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 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 18 May 2014

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

2014: Group stage ( Group H )
2013: Group stage ( Group H )
2012: Group stage ( Group F )
2011: Round of 16 ( lost to Arbil 0–1 )
2007: Quarter-finals ( lost to Al Faisaly 3–7 on Aggregate )
2006: Quarter-finals ( lost to Al-Wahdat 0–5 on Aggregate )
2005: Quarter-finals ( lost to Al Faisaly 0–2 on Aggregate )

References[edit]

  1. ^ "S.League: Uniformed giants move North, Asia One". AsiaOne. Retrieved 5 Feb 2015. 
  2. ^ Malathi Das and Palakrishnan (1996), "S.League: the kick-off", Singapore Professional Football League Pte Ltd, p. 50
  3. ^ Fariq Rahman, "Kwai Lam helming S-League club", The Malay Mail, 11 April 2002
  4. ^ "Tampines Rovers beat Jurong FC 1–0 to win Singapore Cup", Channel NewsAsia, 14 October 2002
  5. ^ "S.League champs Tampines make it double with Singapore Cup win", Channel NewsAsia, 3 October 2004
  6. ^ Alvin Foo, "Tampines are S-League Team of the Decade", The Straits Times, 21 November 2005
  7. ^ Atsushi Fujioka, "Singapore – List of Champions", RSSSF, 8 November 2012.
  8. ^ Erlan Manaschev, "Singapore – List of Cup Winners", RSSSF, 8 November 2012.
  9. ^ "2016 AFC Cup Competition Regulations" (PDF). AFC. 28 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "S.League: the kick-off", p. 18
  11. ^ "Tampines Rovers FC – Team Players 2015". S.League. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Management – Tampines Rovers FC". Tampines Rovers. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "Staff – Tampines Rovers FC". Tampines Rovers. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  14. ^ a b Dan, Guen Chin (28 April 2014). "Rafi Ali to lead Tampines Rovers". Today. 

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