Singapore – 2014 was the last time that a Singapore football club had won the Singapore Premier League and The Lion City Sailors became the first-ever Singapore football team to win the SPL title back in years.
It was a thrilling roller coaster ride for the football club to win against Balestier Khalsa at Jalan Besar Stadium with a score of 4-1 on October 10 (Sunday). This allowed the football team to pip defending champions Albirex Niigata in the finals of the current season.
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Reclaiming the glory
Within the six seasons after the league victory of the Warriors football club in 2014, the Singapore Premier League title was snagged by non-Singapore football clubs. This includes the DPMM football club from Brunei (2015 & 2019) and Albirex Niigata from Japan who won in 2016, 2018, and 2020.
This has ultimately left many football league fans wondering if any of their local football clubs would be able to take the league title back and win against the two teams that have proven their dominance over the recent years.
Fans were delighted that the streak had finally ended when the Lion City Sailors won the match and took home the title once more. The Sailors is the region’s first privatized football club when it was bought from the former Home United by Forrest Li last year.
If you’ve been following all the Straits Times news, the billionaire continued to fund the football club of which at this point, already features national-team mainstays which include the likes of Shahdan Sulaiman, Faris Ramli, Gabriel Quak, and Hariss Harun, the national captain.
Li did not stop there as he put together some of the best football players in their region including one of the best strikers today, Stipe Plazibat. He also acquired Brazilians Diego Lopes and Jorge Felipe. Lopes became the most expensive player in the Singapore Premier League’s history when Sailors bought him for $3 million.
We all know how this one has clearly worth all that money. The Lion City Sailors have absolutely transformed itself back into a club that’s worthy of becoming legitimate contenders for the league title.
It ended with such a close, epic, and dramatic fight!
The endgame is finally here as both the Sailors and Albirex have started the finals on 45 points. Fortunately, the Lion City Sailors had a better goal difference right from the start. If both clubs win their final matches, Albirex would need to get a score of at least 5 goals in order to overthrow the Sailors.
Albirex has successfully stormed their way in getting a 4-1 half-time lead against Tanjong Pagar United. Kiyoshiro Tsuboi, Albirex’s striker, made it possible for the club to score all of these four goals to offset the early goal made by Anaqi Ismit.
On the other hand, the Lion City Sailors took a very early lead in just 30 minutes. There was an incredible tension brewing at the Jalan Besar Stadium at that point where Song Ui-young, Sailor’s midfielder, took the opportunity to get this lead despite Balestier’s effort to play defensively through Aidil Johari.
Quak mitigated those worrying moments as he helped the Sailors take their lead back within the forty-first minute.
Overall, it was indeed a rollercoaster season for pretty much everyone on both sides. Both teams have modified head coaches, with Australian Aurelio Vidmar having left mid-season to hitch and join the side of BG Pathum United. The sweet league victory was finally for the Sailors’ to enjoy. For more sports-related Singapore news, keep it here.