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The Goal Singapore team take a look at the news stories that shaped local football in 2013

10. Fandi Ahmad appointed LionsXII coach

After a short selection process that allegedly saw over 70 applicants, the former Singapore international was selected to replace V.Sundramoorthy, whose own departure was a newsworthy event. Not long after three senior players were confirmed as departing for Johor. Baihakki Khaizan, Hariss Harun and Shahril Ishak will all be plying their trade for the two Johor teams next year.
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9. Match-fixing arrests

2013 saw no respite in match-fixing arrests. Two AFC Cup officials were found guilty of attempting to fix a match involving Tampines Rovers, and a spate of global arrests led by Interpol saw names being linked to Singapore again. In the most recent arrests in Singapore five individuals were detained under special orders and drew a response from Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean
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8. Atletico Madrid's Singapore visit

Atletico Madrid were the first European club side to play a friendly mathc in Singapore since the close of the old Kallang National Stadium, and their arrival also brought with them one of the summer's biggest transfer targets. Colombian Radamel Falcao's long-drawn out transfer saga was front-centre even as a Singapore Selection side put on a good fight against the La Liga side
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7. Adrian Dhanaraj loses cancer battle

29-year-old Adrian was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in late 2012 and despite early positive prognosis, the former S.League defender succumbed to the illness in September of this year. Tributes poured in from all quarters of the local football fraternity with many in shock over his passing.
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6. Singapore win SEA Games Bronze

A 2-1 defeat of rivals Malaysia led to Singapore's 7th Bronze medal at the SEA Games, a record tally that tied them with Malaysia. Hariss Harun's double helped ease the Young Lions' woes after a disappointing defeat to Thailand in the semi-finals.
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5. Tampines win third consecutive S.League title

An exciting early title race in the S.League soon turned into a two-horse race. It wasn't long before defending champions Tampines emerged the clear leaders as teams around them began to falter. The Stags eventually were crowned champions with games in hand after Albirex failed to close the gap on the leaders. The title marked the third year in a row that Tampines have won the title.
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4. LionsXII are MSL 2013 Champions

A first Malaysian Super League title since 1994 for the Singapode side made headlines and even Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong paid his tributes. The LionsXII even managed to get themselves mentioned at the annual National Day Rally. A 4-0 trashing of Felda United at home guaranteed the League title would be LionsXII's.
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3. Singapore upset Syria 2-1

Under new coach Bernd Stange, the Lions had not registered a competitive win and when they were up against West Asian champions Syria in the AFC Asian Cup qualifier, not many gave Singapore a chance. But a stirring performance stunned the visitors with goals from Khairul Amri and Gabriel Quak sealing a memorable 2-1 win at Jalan Besar Stadium.
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2. Worst haze on record affects fixtures

Singapore experienced its worst haze ever, as PSI Levels rose above 300 to hazardous levels. S.League matches were postponed causing a fixture congestion and the Football Association of Singapore found themselves at loggerheads with their Malaysian counterparts as Malaysian League matches involving LionsXII were not postponed.
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1. Bernd Stange is new Singapore coach

The end of 2012 saw the departure of Singapore's most successful coach, Radojko 'Raddy' Avramovic. The race to be the reigning Suzuki Cup champions' next Head Coach drew plenty of big names and after months of speculation, former Belarus manager, Bernd Stange was chosen for the hot seat.
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