Top 10 Singapore football quotes in 2013

From Stange making a point with his own pebble, and the FAS President lamenting the effect of new media, we bring you the 10 quotes that got our attention this year

"I will just walk my dog more."

- Goal Singapore Football Awards' Coach of the Year winner Darren Stewart gave this reply when a Goal reporter asked about his future. The League Cup winning coach was surprisingly booted from Balestier Khalsa after the club's most successful season.

"What did FAS bring a marquee player for? To sit on the bench? Play only one half?"

- Former Korean international Lee Kwan Woo was one of the best players in 2013 and won the Goal Singapore Football Awards's Foreign Player of the Year award but had clearly not impressed Tanjong Pagar coach Patrick Vallee. Lee promptly gave his reply on field as he got on the scoresheet and inspired his side to a 4-0 whipping of the Jaguars in the Singapore Cup final.
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"They came here and passed the ball around like they have played on this pitch for ten years."

- V.Sundramoorthy points out how comfortable Atletico Madrid were on the artificial pitch at Jalan Besar Stadium, as he brushed aside complaints from visiting Malaysian coaches
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"He was like a father-figure."

- LionsXII goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud on V.Sundramoorthy's departure.
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"You can’t lift this pebble with one finger, it is impossible and you need your whole hand; if better, both hands."

- Bernd Stange at the press conference for his unveiling as the new Singapore coach surprised everyone present with a demonstration on teamwork. He even brought his own stone to make the point.
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"And please, I ask you a question. Do you see these strikers in our S.League? All these main positions of goalkeepers, central defenders, playmakers and strikers are in the end all foreigners."

- Stange again, this time lamenting the quality of players in the S.League.
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"Since it started about 16 years ago, it has grown so big that it brings in about $200 million to the Singapore economy every year."

- FAS President Zainduin Nordin stunned Singapore football fans with this statement about the S.League he made in a television interview.
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"With new media, it is more difficult for me. Not like last time, where you just read the papers.”

- Zainudin again, this time claiming new media has made his job tougher in the same interview.
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"He’s still playing, isn’t he? It’s not fair! We’ve all retired a long time ago but he’s still playing!"

- Robbie Fowler finds out Aleksandar Duric will be playing at the Football Masters.
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"I don’t know who exactly is Malay or Chinese. You know, what is Gabriel?"

- Stange makes his race-blindness absolutely clear. The Singapore coach was drawn into the debate over lack of participation from all races.
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