Update 22 December 2012
Iraq topped the group, Jordan second, with Singapore dead last, losing all their matches, and a goal difference of minus 18.
Iraq & Jordan qualified for the fourth round, the round that truly mattered, for the top 2 of any of the 2 groups would make it to Brazil 2014, while the 3rd placed team would go to round 5.
As at the time of writing, Jordan is last, including a thrashing 0-6 away by Japan, while Iraq lie third behind Australia and leaders Japan.
Update 16 November 2011
As of today, Singapore has played 5 times (out of a total of 6 games), and have lost all 5.
2 Sep: 1-2 China (A)
6 Sep: 0-2 Iraq (H)
11 Oct: 0-3 Jordan (H)
11 Nov: 0-2 Jordan (A)
15 Nov: 0-4 China (H); China’s last 2 goals came when one of their players was sent off
29 Feb 2012: 1-7 Iraq (A)
If we had beaten Singapore in the 2nd round and advanced to this round, how would we have done?
In the other groups, Thailand and Indonesia also lie at the bottom of their group, with Indonesia having lost all 5 of their games, including a 1-4 thrashing at home by Iran.
Surely these exposes the huge gulf in class between South East Asian football and elsewhere.
Update 31 July 2011
In the 3rd round, Singapore was drawn with China, Jordan and Iraq. The top two from each group will go to the 4th round. Singapore’s first match will be away to China on 2nd September.
Update 29 July 2011
Malaysia were held 1-1 by Stretcherapore, oops Singapore, hence Singapore won 6-4 on aggregate and advanced to the 3rd round.
Some twitter comments:
Khairykj: Good atmosphere at Bee Jay. Bola itu bulat & all that jazz. Cheating, play-acting Singapore keeper & all that jazz. Don’t stop believing.
ShaolinTiger: Malaysia may not have won but I give them max respect for having a local team, coach & manager & playing like good sports.
amuse_gueule: Singapore is wearing their home colours, Malaysia is wearing their away jerseys. Halloooo!
elizabethwong: Someone should grab those laser-shooters by the ears and chuck them out of the Stadium!
zhukl: Khairul Fahmi vs singapore XI
__earth: Malaysia: shitty offense, shitty defense, great keeper.
Singapore is joined by Lebanon, China, Indonesia, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Qatar, Uzbekistan, UAE and Jordan in the next round. Good luck all.
28 July 2011
On 3rd July 2011 Malaysia created history by making it into the second round of the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, holding Taiwan 4-4 on aggregate and winning on the away goals rule.
Yes, not even during the heydays of the 1970s did we ever made it past the first hurdle.
It had been a long 38-year wait.
On 28th July 2011, another opportunity for greatness beckons. At 8.45pm the whole country will come to a standstill as Malaysia meet Singapore at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil. All 85,000 tickets have been sold out. The Prime Minister will watch the football match on a giant screen in Kedah with 10,000 people.
If we pass that hurdle, we’ll make it to the 3rd round, where there will be 20 teams: 5 automatic qualifiers (Japan, Australia, South Korea, Bahrain & North Korea) and 15 winners from the second round. These 20 will be drawn into 5 groups of 4 teams – the draw will be done in Brazil on 30th July 2011. The top two from each group will go to the 4th round.
In the 4th round, group winners and runners-up from the 3rd round will play in 2 groups of 5 teams. The top 2 teams from each group will be in the 2014 World Cup finals. The 2 3rd-placed teams will go to a 5th round.
In the 5th round, these 2 3rd-placed teams will play each other (2 legs of course).
The winner will go to the inter-confederation play-off, where the winner of the 5th round will play either (in 2 legs of course):
- CONCACAF’s 4th-placed team
- CONMEBOL’s 5th-placed team, or
- OFC’s 1st-placed team (determined in a draw)
The winner will be in the 2014 World Cup finals.
It’s a very long road indeed.