After a record three AFF Cup wins and exciting forays into the latter stages of qualification for the World Cup and regional competitions, Singapore's relatively successful run in the international scene came to an end when they crashed out at the group stages in the 2010 AFF Cup.
A second appearance in the group stages of the AFC Zone World Cup qualifiers looked to have set things back on track. But following an Aleksandr Duric goal away to China in the first group match, Singapore never again found the net till Isa Halim scored a consolation in the final fixture, marking a 6-match run of straight defeats.
The final blow to Singapore seemed to have come from the 7-1 defeat to Iraq in Doha, Qatar, with many raising concerns over the state of Singapore football; especially after having achieved better results in recent years against the same opponents. Notably, the Lions were the only team to inflict defeat upon Iraq on the Middle-Eastern team's route to Asian Cup success in 2007.
In our poll conducted last week, a clear majority of 73% of our readers agreed that the defeat was a signal for overhaul and that the team had been in decline for awhile.
Another 18% conceded that the overall performance from the team was bad, but echoed coach Raddy Avramovic's sentiments that there was a gulf in standard that we need to accept, while approximately 9% held out claiming there wasn't a need for any overhaul.
Meanwhile Singapore's place in the Fifa rankings took another hit as they dropped two places to 150 following the recent defeat to Iraq and draw against Azerbaijan.