Warriors FC

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Warriors FC
Warriors F.C. Logo.png
Full name Warriors Football Club
Nickname(s) The Warriors
Founded 1975; 43 years ago (1975)
Ground Choa Chu Kang Stadium
Capacity 4,600
Chairman Philip Lam Tin Sing
Head Coach Mirko Grabovac
League Singapore Premier League
2017 S.League, 5th
Website Club website
Current season

Warriors Football Club is a Singaporean professional football club that plays in the top-tier Singapore Premier League. Before they officially changed their name on 20 January 2013,[1] they were previously known as the Singapore Armed Forces Football Club (SAFFC) since their establishment on 16 February 1996. Despite their name back then, membership of the Armed Forces was not a prerequisite for players representing the team, and several international players have played for them.

Using a rhino as club mascot was their second suggestion after the S.League rejected their initial proposal of having a warrior as being out of line with the policy of clubs having animal mascots.[2]

Warriors F.C. is currently the most successful club in the history of the S.League, having won the title a record nine times: in 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014[3] and finishing second in 4 seasons: 1996, 1999, 2001, 2005 in the 22 years since the inception of the S.League.

The Warriors was based in Jurong Stadium till 2000 before moving to their current home ground Choa Chu Kang Stadium in 2001. In light of the preparation of the 2015 SEA Games, the Warriors had to vacate Choa Chu Kang Stadium and will instead play their home matches at the Woodlands Stadium for the 2015 season instead.

The Warriors have signed a five-year agreement with Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund (BVB), as reported in a FOX Sports Asia article.

History

1975–2006

The Singapore Armed Forces Sports Association (SAFSA) football team was formed in 1975 to provide talented footballers serving National Service with opportunities to play competitive football. That year, they won the President's Cup, a feat they repeated in 1978, when they also captured the National Football League title to complete The Double. Their Under-19 team won the national Under-19 title in 1979, 1980 and 1983, while the 1981 season of the National Football League saw the SAFSA football team emerge as champions without losing a game. The President's Cup was captured again in 1984 and 1986, the latter time as part of a second Double, as they also won the National Football League on goal difference. In 1990, the Pools Cup went to the SAFSA football team and their convincing displays led to their selection as one of eight clubs to compete in the newly formed S.League.[4]

Singapore Armed Forces FC's entry into the S.League in 1996 also resulted in the withdrawal of SAFSA from the NFL. SAFSA would not participate in the local football leagues again till 1999, when they rejoined the National Football League.

SAFFC finished second in 1996, 1999 and won the league in 1997 and 1998.

Former Singapore international Fandi Ahmad took over from Mladen Pralija in 1999.

Three coaches were at the reins during this period, each lasting only one season. SAFFC finished second in 2005 but otherwise outside the top two.

2006–present

Richard Bok took over as club head coach in 2006 & led the Warriors to 4 consecutive championship 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009.

In 2008, Armed Forces became the first Singapore club to achieve the "double" back-to-back, after winning both the S.League and the Singapore Cup in 2007 and 2008.

In Asian Football Confederation Club competition, he led Armed Forces to 2 Quarter Finals in 2007 & 2008. In 2009, Armed Forces qualified into the AFC Champions League group stage by defeating Thai Champion PEA FC and PSMS Medan of Indonesia in the East playoff thus Armed Forces making Singapore football history by being the first club from Singapore to qualified for the highest club competition in Asia.

Squad 2010

Armed Forces were drawn in a group with J.League champions Kashima Antlers, K.League champions Suwon Samsung Bluewings and Chinese Super League runners-up Shanghai Shenhua, and despite being confirmed as the group losers after a 5–0 loss to Kashima Antlers in Japan, they won their first ever point in the competition with a 1–1 draw against Shanghai Shenhua at home.

In 2010, Armed Forces qualified for their second consecutive AFC Champions League group stage by defeating Sriwijaya of Indonesia 3–0 at Jalan Besar stadium in Singapore and won on penalty in the East playoff Final with Muangthong United F.C. of Thailand in Singapore. Armed Forces were group with former Champion Gamba Osaka of Japan, Henan Jianye of China and again Suwon Samsung Bluewings of Korea. Armed Forces got their first ever away points with a draw against Chinese Super League side Henan Jianye in Henan, China. Thus equalling their 1 point in 2009. In the return leg on 13 April 2010 at Jalan Besar stadium in Singapore, Armed Forces record their first ever historical AFC Champions League win with a 2–1 victory over Henan Jianye. Eventually finishing 3rd in the group ahead of Chinese Super League team Henan Jianye putting Armed Forces and Singapore football on the map in Asia Football.

On 20 January 2013, Armed Forces announced that they had changed their name to Warriors Football Club ahead of the 2013 S.League season.[1]

Alex Weaver, in his first full season as coach of Warriors FC, clinched the 2014 S.League title on the last day of the competition for the Warriors. With Brunei DPMM leading the table until the last day, the Warriors scored a 1–0 win over Albirex Niigata Singapore FC and they received a favour from Tampines Rovers FC, who beat Brunei DPMM FC 2–1 to hand Warriors FC their first title in 5 years and their 9th title in the league's 19 years history.

Seasons

Season Name Changed League Pos. P W D L GS GA Pts Singapore Cup League Cup
1996-1 Singapore Armed Forces FC S.League 4th 14 5 3 6 27 25 18
1996-2 1st 14 9 5 0 32 14 32
1997 1st 16 12 1 3 42 11 37
1998 1st 20 14 4 2 46 17 46 Runners-up
1999 2nd 22 14 7 1 63 24 49 Winners
2000 1st 22 16 4 2 53 15 52 Runners-up
2001 2nd 33 24 2 7 101 46 74 Third Place
2002 1st 33 26 6 1 104 37 84 Quarter-finals
2003 3rd 33 20 2–5 6 68 37 69 Group Stage
2004 4th 27 14 3 10 45 48 45 Quarter-finals
2005 2nd 27 15 7 5 54 41 52 Semi-finals
2006 1st 30 20 8 2 71 36 68 Quarter-finals
2007 1st 33 25 4 4 95 38 79 Winners Withdrew
2008 1st 33 24 5 4 85 34 77 Winners Quarter-finals
2009 1st 30 22 1 7 73 31 67 Round of 16 Runners-up
2010 4th 33 16 5 12 56 41 53 Round of 16 Quarter-finals
2011 3rd 33 21 3 9 74 39 66 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals
2012 7th 24 9 5 10 43 41 32 Winners Semi-finals
2013 Warriors FC 7th 27 9 8 10 38 38 35 Preliminary Group Stage
2014 1st 27 16 5 6 53 35 53 Preliminary Group Stage
2015 5th 27 11 4 12 40 51 37 Quarter-finals Group Stage
2016 7th 24 7 7 10 39 39 28 Preliminary Group Stage
2017 5th 24 9 7 8 33 36 34 Preliminary Runners-up
2018 Singapore Premier League
  • 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.

Management committee 2018

Club officials

Management

SPL (Singapore Premier League) technical staff

COE team technical staff

Women team technical staff

S.League / SPL coaches

Warriors FC have had many head coaches throughout their history, below is a chronological list of them.

Name Nationality Years Honours (S.League Champions) Honours (S.League 1st Runner-Up) Coach Of The Year Award Singapore Cup (Champions)
Vincent Subramaniam Singapore 1996–1998 1997, 1998 1996 1996, 1997
Mladen Pralija Croatia 1999 1999 1999
Fandi Ahmad Singapore 2000–2003 2000, 2002 2001 2000
Jimmy Shoulder Wales 2004
Kim Poulsen Denmark 1 July 2005 – 30 June 2006 2005
Richard Bok Singapore 9 May 2006 – 31 Dec 2012 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 2006, 2007, 2009 2007, 2008, 2012
V. Selvaraj Singapore 1 Jan 2013 – 12 June 2013
Alex Weaver England June 2013 – October 2015 2014
Jorg Steinebrunner Germany 1 Jan 2016 – 30 Jun 2016
Razif Onn Singapore 1 July 2016 – 21 December 2017
Mirko Grabovac Croatia 2018

Women Team Coaches

Name Nationality Years Honours (Women Premier League) Champions Honours (Women Challenge Cup) Champions Honours (Women Youth League) Champions
Hisham Roslan Singapore 2016 - Present 2016, 2017, 2018 2016, 2017, 2018
Hassan Ismail Singapore 2017 - Present 2017

Players

Current squad

As of 11 March 2018[5]

Women Premier League squad

As of 22 March 2018

Women National League squad

As of 4 March 2018

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 Nurul Radiatul Ain Binte Md Shahlan
2 Singapore MF Alysha Jasleen Bte Abdul Jamil
3 Singapore DF Puteri Liana Binte Abdul Aziz
4 Singapore FW Wan Amirah Bte Wan Mohd Alam Syah
5 Singapore GK Azura Binte Azlan
6 Singapore DF Wan Nabilah Bte Wan Mohd Alam Syah
7 United States MF Serra Pizano
8 Singapore FW Valerie Ong Siu Kym
9 Singapore FW Sitti Shahirah Binte Baharom
10 Singapore FW Siti Nor Aqilah Binte Md Syazali
11 Singapore MF Nurul Lisa Binte Mohammad Syahrin
12 Singapore FW Iffa Afrina Binte Milhan
13 Singapore DF Iffah Kamilia Bte Mohd Zaiful
No. Position Player
14 Finland MF Sointu Inkeri Laine
15 Singapore FW Atiqah Hazirah Binte Muhammad Ismail
16 Singapore DF Umairah
17 Singapore DF Isty Qamah
18 Singapore GK
19 Singapore DF
20 Singapore MF
21 Singapore MF
23 Singapore MF
24 Singapore DF
25 Singapore DF Dini Dannisha Bte Rosli

Pre-season friendlies 2018

  Win   Draw   Loss

17 March 2018 Singapore Warriors FC 0-0 Singapore National U23 Jalan Besar Stadium
24 March 2018 Singapore Warriors FC 0-4 Japan Singapore Albirex Choa Chu Kang Stadium

Pre-season friendlies 2017

  Win   Draw   Loss

(Asia Clubs Championship Cambodia 2017 - Phnom Penh)

5 February 2017 3rd & 4th Petaling Jaya Rangers F.C. Malaysia 0-2 Singapore Warriors FC Olympic Stadium

Honours (domestic league performance)

League Champions Runners-up Championship years
S.League
9
4
1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014
National Football League
3
0
1978, 1981, 1986
Prime League
4
4
1997, 1999, 2000, 2007
Cups Champions Runners-up Championship years
Singapore Cup
4
2
1999, 2007, 2008, 2012
Singapore League Cup
0
0
Singapore FA Cup
4
1
1997, 2006, 2008, 2017
President's Cup
3
0
1975, 1984, 1986
Singapore Charity Shield
3
1
2008, 2010, 2015

Performance in AFC competitions

2009: Group stage
2010: Group stage
2015: Second Qualifying Rounds
1999: First round
2000: Second round
2002: First round
2007: Quarter-finals
2008: Quarter-finals
2013: Group stage
2015: Group stage
1998: Second round
2001: First round

AFC clubs ranking

As of 25 February 2018.[6]
Current Rank Country Team
126 Singapore Warriors FC
127 Kyrgyzstan Dordoi Bishkek
128 North Korea April 25
129 Vietnam Than Quảng Ninh
130 Lebanon Salam Zgharta

Player of the Year Award

Season Name!
1996 Croatia Ivica Raguž
2000 Croatia Mirko Grabovac
2002 Thailand Therdsak Chaiman
2007 Singapore Aleksandar Đurić
2008 Singapore Aleksandar Đurić
2011 Bosnia and Herzegovina Mislav Karoglan
2014 Singapore Hassan Sunny

Top scorers

Season Name Goals
1996 Croatia Jure Ereš 28
1999 Croatia Mirko Grabovac 23
2000 Croatia Mirko Grabovac 19
2001 Croatia Mirko Grabovac 39
2002 Singapore Mirko Grabovac 34
2007 Singapore Aleksandar Đurić 37
2008 Singapore Aleksandar Đurić 28
2009 Singapore Aleksandar Đurić 28
2011 Bosnia and Herzegovina Mislav Karoglan 33

* Mirko Grabovac was a naturalised Singapore player from 2002 until he renounced his Singapore citizenship in 2008.

* Aleksandar Đurić was a naturalised Singapore player from 2007

Sponsors

  • 2018 Official Kit Supplier: Umbro

References

  1. ^ a b "SAFFC renamed as Warriors FC". ESPN Star. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013.
  2. ^ http://www.safwarriors.com.sg/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10&Itemid=11
  3. ^ http://www.sleague.com/Web/main.aspx?ID=693b0933-5803-4580-a1bf-c0504756b2ee,,&TargetPageID=
  4. ^ Malathi Das and Palakrishnan (1996), "S.League: the kick-off", Singapore Professional Football League Pte Ltd, p. 38
  5. ^ S.League.com - Team Profile
  6. ^ "AFC Club Ranking (25th February 2018)". globalfootballranks.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 16 January 2018.

External links

  • Official club website
  • S.League website page on Warriors FC
  • Joma
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