Tag: World Cup

Mahathir supports Asean bid to host World Cup 2034

Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad supports the initiative by Asean to host a joint FIFA World Cup in 2034 in the region. Malaysia should not miss the opportunity for a first in Southeast Asia after the Asean countries mooted the idea yesterday at...

Racist slurs fly after reports emerge that a Singaporean damaged London ambulance in World Cup frenzy

Singaporean Jian Kangyue along with three other people (Scott Dennett, James Elton, and Larissa Bell) appeared before the Camberwell Magistrates Court in London on November 29, Thursday, having been accused of damaging the bonnet and windshield of an ambulance during this year’s World Cup...

How FAS can use World Cup to generate more enthusiasm in football?

Obbana Rajah With the World Cup just around the corner, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) should capitalise on the event to garner more support for the game and the home team. Singapore may not be participating in Russia in June, but we should use...

Hurray, watch World Cup 2018 football: No price hikes and nine free matches for Singapore fans

Suresh Nair GOOD news for Singapore football fans: You will get front-row seats to watch June’s World Cup Finals in Russia. The three local broadcasters - Mediacorp, Singtel and StarHub - are collaborating for the first time to bring this year's World Cup coverage to Singapore,...

48 teams for the expanded World Cup football in 2026: Is this madness?

Suresh Nair CRAZY some may say, making the World Cup competition as crowded as Chinatown or Little India but a vote will be taken this week to have 48 countries at the 2026 event. In numerical terms, it’s 50 per cent bigger and there will be...

World Cup and Singapore

By Michael Y.P. Ang Only 77 countries have ever qualified for the World Cup finals. But 132 of Fifa's 209 member countries, nearly two-thirds of the football world, have yet to savour the elite tournament for football's holy grail. Since World Cup qualifying is organised according...

World Cup and xenophobia (or lack of it) in Singapore

By Michael Y.P. Ang No country is immune to xenophobia, and it is unlikely to disappear as long as human nature is what it is. The issue is whether xenophobia is so widespread that it impedes the healthy functioning of a country. Certain Singaporeans seem determined...

Unconstructive Singapore politics, Italian fascism and the World Cup

by Michael Y.P. Ang Since it began in 1930, the World Cup has been linked to political, economic, social and cultural developments. Using FIFA's premier event to serve political ends is commonplace. Goh Chok Tong tried to do it when he was prime minister. So...

Political lessons from Man U’s football fiasco

by Michael Y.P. Ang It is difficult to argue against the sacking of Manchester United inept manager David Moyes, who has almost single-handedly turned what was recently a global power in club football into an outfit no Red Devils supporter can be proud of. Under  Moyes,...