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Eye-Catcher: 30 May 2009

This is the first of the weekly “Eye-Catcher” posts on Saturdays.  If you come across anything interesting, amusing, entertaining or informative on the internet about football, sport, games or other activity, add a link or a summary as a comment below.

It’s easier than sending out mass e-mails.  🙂

Jokes even, but preferably about football, sports, games or other activity.

While the “Seven Days” posts on Mondays and Fridays cover current sports news and events, “Eye-Catcher” is about anything sports-related that catches your eye.

Categories: Fun, Sustainability
  1. Azmi
    Sat 30 May 2009 at 11:12 pm

    What a coincidence this topic is brought up. I just saw a youtube video of Singapore greatest football player, Fandi Ahmad, scoring his most memorable goal for FC Groningen against Inter Milan back in 1983. I believe this video hasn’t been seen by many yet.

    • rajiv
      Sun 31 May 2009 at 12:13 pm

      Did you read the brief account of Fandi’s career here?

      • Azmi
        Sun 31 May 2009 at 2:27 pm

        I did. In fact its an excerpt from wikipedia right? There are photos in the internet of him sitting beside Marco Van Basten during his Ajax trial. What a waste he didn’t pursue it or else his name would be etched as amongst the best players in Europe. Anyway he’s already been named FC Groningen’s top 11 players of the 20th Century I think. Thats a huge achievement already.

        • rajiv
          Sun 31 May 2009 at 10:31 pm

          Yup, Wikipedia, my favourite source of information. 🙂 Convenient.

  2. rajiv
    Mon 1 June 2009 at 1:46 pm

    On Soccernet:

    Forget Tim Cahill, Harry Kewell or Mark Viduka. For long-time Singapore fans, their favourite all-time Australian player could only be one man: Abbas Saad.


    The Lebanese-born, Sydney-raised Saad is remembered as one of the Singapore heroes when they won the Premier League and Malaysia Cup double in the days before the S-League when a united Singaporean team, consisting of locals and imports, played against Malaysian state sides.

    He scored a hat-trick as Singapore crushed Pahang 4-0 in the 1994 Malaysia Cup final.

    “Abbas was a glamour boy, the Beckham of Singapore,” said former Singapore international R. Sasikumar, of sports marketing company The Red Card. “He was one of the best players we ever had and a loveable character off the field.”

    But, in 1995, Saad would go from hero to villain after being convicted of match-fixing. He denied the charges and said that he never received any money. But after being found guilty of helping teammate Michael Vana fix games in the FAM Premier League, he was banned and fined S$50,000.

    By agreeing to score goals to help Singapore win, Saad says he was unwittingly implicated in the scandal. His global suspension was lifted the following year and he would leave Singapore to resume his career in Australia’s National Soccer League (NSL). But it was only a couple of months ago that Saad’s 14-year Singapore ban was finally revoked. Now, at the age of 41, he’s making an emotional return to the island state to play in an exhibition match.

    This Sunday, May 31st, Saad will join former teammates including Singapore legends Fandi Ahmad and V. Sundramoorthy in an All-Star side, which will play a curtain raiser to a game involving S-League side, Tampines Rovers and visiting A-League outfit, North Queensland Fury – whose star import is ex-Liverpool striker, Robbie Fowler.

  3. rajiv
    Wed 3 June 2009 at 2:16 pm

    It’s not just the salaries, The Daily Mirror reports that top players are pampered in other ways too.

    At Manchester United:

    Left-back Patrice Evra, 28, told how his every whim is taken care of by the club’s gofers – down to the simplest of DIY jobs.

    Under the watchful eye of player liaison manager Barry Moorhouse they are on hand 24 hours a day to have cars fixed, Jacuzzis repaired and domestic niggles sorted.

    Frenchman Evra, who lives in a £3million Cheshire mansion, said: “This club is a big family because everybody works together. You can ask Barry anything. When you have a problem with your car, the Jacuzzi or the light, he is there.

  4. rajiv
    Wed 3 June 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Chants. The best of the lot:

    “When the ball hits your head and you sit in row Z, that’s Zamora!”
    Heard at Bolton v Fulham to the tune of ‘That’s Amore’.

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