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Japan's Tatsuma Yoshida in line to succeed Fandi Ahmad as Singapore boss - sources

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Tatsuma Yoshida was most recently in charge of J-League side Ventforet Kofu.

Former J-League manager Tatsuma Yoshida is in line to be appointed as next coach of the Singapore national team, sources have told ESPN.

The Lions have been without a boss since they were eliminated from the group stage of the AFF Cup in November. Despite calls for caretaker coach Fandi Ahmad to be given the job on a permanent basis, the former striker was never in the running.

Lim Kia Tong, president of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), made it clear from December that he was looking...

Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines can learn from Vietnam's remarkable rise

It feels like more than a month since Vietnam were lifting the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup to be crowned Southeast Asia's best.

The celebrations in Hanoi after the final win over Malaysia in December were something to be seen, but there could be more to come. On Sunday, the Golden Stars defeated Jordan on penalties to move into the last eight of the 2019 Asian Cup. A showdown now awaits with heavyweights Japan on Thursday. An upset couldn't happen, could it?

To defeat the Samurai Blue would probably be...

Singapore 'have gone backwards' - Bernd Stange unimpressed by AFF Suzuki Cup campaign

Singapore were eliminated at the group stage of the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup on Sunday, but while many saw their performances as a step forward former coach Bernd Stange has told ESPN FC that the country has to make big changes if it is to progress.

The German spent three years in charge of the national team from 2013 but was not happy with what he saw from them in Southeast Asia's biennial competition, especially in the 3-0 loss to Thailand on Sunday that sealed a first-round exit.

"Nothing has changed...

Singapore must back Fandi Ahmad despite AFF Cup elimination

As all fans in Singapore know, it is either famine or feast when it comes to the AFF Suzuki Cup. Prior to the start of the 2018 edition, the Lions had won four out of 11 titles and crashed out in the first round in six others. Now it is seven.

After losing the final Group B game 3-0 to Thailand in Bangkok, Singapore finished third, two points behind the Philippines in that all-important second place. It marks a third successive group stage failure.

But there are first-round exits and then there...

Thailand, Sven-Goran Eriksson's Philippines qualify for AFF Cup semifinals

Singapore's Faritz Hameed shows his dejection as Thailand players celebrate in the background
Singapore's Faritz Hameed shows his dejection as Thailand players celebrate in the background.

Thailand beat Singapore 3-0 on Sunday to advance to next week's semifinals of the Asean Football Federation Championship along with Sven-Goran Eriksson's Philippines.

Singapore needed to win against the defending champions to force their way into the top two in Group B of the regional championship yet their three-goal defeat means Thailand finish top of the standings while the Philippines take second after a 0-0 draw with Indonesia.

Thailand will face Malaysia in their semifinal, which will be played...