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Goal Singapore Football Awards: Team of the Year

Goal Singapore Football Awards: Team of the Year

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As we approach the end of the Singapore's first ever football awards, we unveil the Best XI of the year!


Goalkeeper -

Hassan Sunny (Warriors FC/Singapore)

The goalkeeper has bounced back from injuries in the previous season to have a superb campaign for Warriors FC. He was instrumental in their improved results in the second half of the S.League season. Hassan showed that he has not lost his reflexes, and also made several outstanding saves for the national team this year whenever he has featured.

Right-back

Faritz Hameed (LionsXII)

Established himself as the LionsXII's first-choice right-back early on this season. His powerful, rampaging runs make him an asset offensively, while he is quick enough to fall back and provide cover when the team is on the back foot. Also made his Singapore debut this year following his fine form for club. However, injury saw him miss the latter part of the season but he should come back stronger next year.

Centre-back

Safuwan Baharudin (LionsXII/Singapore)

The young defender has gone from strength to strength as he had another excellent season at the heart of the LionsXII defence. Tough in the air and uncompromising on the ground, Safuwan is probably the best central defender in Singapore, if not the region. Already a regular for the national team, he also provides a genuine goal threat at set-pieces. And who can forget his brilliant lobbed goal against Perak?

Centre-back

Sirina Camara (Home United)

Converted from a full-back to a central position, the French youngster has gone on to have a superb 2013 for Home United. Part of the S.League's stingiest defence, Camara's rock-solid presence helped them to finish second and win the Singapore Cup. A good reader of the game and calm under pressure, Camara also scored a 40-yard stunner against Albirex Niigata in their last game of the season.

Left-back

Syed Thaha (Balestier Khalsa)

The seemingly unremarkable Syed has had a solid season for Balestier Khalsa, quietly starring in defence with his assured presence. A tough tackler, the determined full-back also never fails to provide his team with an extra outlet when they are on the attack. An underrated player who helped the Tigers concede the second-least amount of goals in the league and part of the League Cup winning side.

Central Midfielder

Qiu Li (Balestier Khalsa/Singapore)

The China-born Singapore international enjoyed a new lease of life at Toa Payoh Stadium as he became a man transformed. Always capable of the unexpected, the mercurial Qiu produced the goods on a much more consistent basis as he banged in 12 goals and helped the Tigers to their best ever league finish of fourth, as well as their first major trophy in the form of the League Cup.

Central Midfielder

Lee Kwan Woo (Home United)

The classy playmaker firmly stamped his quality on the league as he took to his debut season here like a fish to water. Lee has lit up stadiums all over Singapore with his remarkable range of passing and quick feet, in the process bagging 12 goals to end up as Home's league top scorer. The former Korean international's free-kick rocket against Tampines was one to savour, while he almost single-handedly won the game against Tanjong Pagar United in the Singapore Cup final.

Central Midfielder

Jozef Kaplan (Geylang International)

Bestowed with the captaincy at the start of the season, Kaplan stepped up to the fore and led a young Eagles side with admirable gusto. At times, the Slovakian attacking midfielder single-handedly dragged his team to victory and 14 goals is testament to his ability.

Striker

Shahril Ishak (LionsXII/Singapore)

The Singapore captain again starred for the LionsXII as they lifted their first Malaysian Super League title, scoring nine goals in all competitions and adding 11 assists. Shahril has adapted well to playing as a lone striker despite starting out as an attacking midfielder and has shown maturity and great leadership in a young squad. Skippered the Lions to a memorable win against Syria as well.

Striker

Chang Jo-Yoon (Woodlands Wellington)

After finding himself out of the team for most of the previous season at Balestier Khalsa, Chang bounced back to have a sterling campaign with Woodlands Wellington. The classy striker went on a seven-game consecutive scoring streak at one point and finished with 13 league goals, many of them beautiful finishes, as Woodlands stormed to a top-six finish.

Striker

Moon Soon-Ho (Woodlands Wellington)

The other half of the Rams' irresistible Korean strike-force, Moon has terrorised opposing defences this season with his quick thinking and goal poaching. His creativity meant that he often provided team-mates with chances, while he also notched up 15 goals on his own to finish as joint-top scorer in the league.

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