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A tribute to Fandi Ahmad at the Sports Museum of Singapore's National Stadium.
A tribute to Fandi Ahmad at the Sports Museum of Singapore's National Stadium.

Fandi Ahmad (born 29 May 1962) is a soccer coach and former professional soccer player from Singapore. During his playing career, he enjoyed success playing in both Europe and Asia, and was captain of the Singapore national football team (1993– 97). He is considered by many to be Singapore's best-ever football player. His most regular playing position was that of striker, though he also sometimes played in midfield. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1200 × 1600 pixel, file size: 420 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1200 × 1600 pixel, file size: 420 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Singapore National Stadium (Chinese: 国家体育场; Malay: Stadium Nasional Singapura) is located in Kallang. ... is the 149th day of the year (150th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... In sports, a coach or manager is an individual involved in the direction and instruction of the on-field operations of an athletic team or of individual athletes. ... A professional can be either a person in a profession (certain types of skilled work requiring formal training / education) or in sports (a sportsman / sportwoman doing sports for payment). ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... Small Text For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... First international Singapore 2 - 3 South Korea (Singapore; April 11, 1953) Biggest win Singapore 11 - 0 Laos (Singapore; January 15, 2007) Biggest defeat Burma 9 - 0 Singapore (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; November 9, 1969) AFC Asian Cup Appearances 1 (First in 1984) Best result Round 1, 1984 Aide Iskandar, captain of... The striker (wearing the red shirt) has run past the defender (in the white shirt) and is about to take a shot at the goal, while the goalkeeper positions himself to attempt to stop the ball. ... The Midfield in relation to the football positions In association football, a midfielder is a player whose position of play is midway between the attacking strikers and the defenders (highlighted in blue on the diagram). ...

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Playing career

In 1978, at the age 16, Fandi then became the youngest-ever player ever to play for the Singapore national team (a feat erased in 2007 by young starlet Hariss Harun). In 1980 he was a member of the Singapore representative side which won the Malaysia Cup. He scored the winning goal in the final, where Singapore beat arch rivals Selangor 2-1. Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... The Malaysia Cup is a highly-prestigious annual soccer tournament in Malaysia. ... The Football Association of Selangor (Malay: Persatuan Bolasepak Selangor) enters a team in Malaysian football competitions to represent the state of Selangor. ...


In 1982, Fandi was offered a place at Ajax Amsterdam after a trial, but he rejected it due to his difficulties adapting to the language and lifestyle. Instead he chose to return to Asia and joined Niac Mitra in Indonesia. Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax (Euronext: AJAX) also referred to as Ajax Amsterdam, AFC Ajax, or simply Ajax (pronounced /ˈʌɪjaks/), is a professional football club from Amsterdam, Netherlands. ... Mitra Kukar is an Indonesian football club based in Surabaya, East Java. ...


In 1983, Fandi did move to the Netherlands, where he played for FC Groningen from 1983 to 1985 in the Dutch football league (Eredivisie). Prior to his arrival, Groningen had qualified for European football for the first time, and Fandi helped them in a dramatic European debut season by scoring in a shock 2-0 second round, first-leg win over Italian giants Inter Milan.[1][2] During the 1983-84 season, Fandi scored 10 times in 29 games. While in his second season at the club, Fandi made 15 appearances, scoring 2 goals. Fandi made a big impact on the Groningen fans, in 1999 he was voted one of the best 25 players ever to play for FC Groningen, earning him a place in the club's Hall of Fame.[3] In 2003, he was named in the club's best eleven of the twentieth century. Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... FC Groningen is a football club from Groningen in the Netherlands. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... The Eredivisie (English: Honorary Division) is the highest football league in the Netherlands. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... Football Club Internazionale Milano is an Italian football club based in Milan, Lombardy, which plays in Serie A. The club was founded March 9, 1908. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... FC Groningen is a football club from Groningen in the Netherlands. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Although Fandi was offered a place again at Ajax Amsterdam, he chose to return to Asia in 1986. (He has since said that he regretted not further plying his trade in Europe. Nottingham Forest made an informal enquiry about his availability in the late-1990s, but decided he was too old.) Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... History Nottingham Forest F.C. are an English football club, based at the City Ground, which is just outside the official boundary of Nottingham on the south side of the River Trent. ...


Fandi's played for Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia from 1986 to 1990, helping them win the Malaysia Cup three times in 1987, 1988 and 1989. He also won the Malaysian Golden Boot Award in 1988. He then joined OFI Crete in Greece in 1990. But this stint in Europe lasted only a few months, and he returned to Malaysia to join Pahang in 1991, and helped them win the Malaysian League and Malaysia Cup double in 1992. The Football Association of Kuala Lumpur enters a team in Malaysian football competitions. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... OFI Crete, or more commonly OFI (Greek: ΟΦΗ - Όμιλος Φιλάθλων Ηρακλείου - Omilos Filathlon Irakleiou), the Fans Club of Heraklion, is a Greek association football club based in the city of Heraklion, on the island of Crete. ... Pahang FA is a Malaysian football club based in Kuantan. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 1993, Fandi returned to Singapore to play for the Singapore side in the Malaysian League. That year he tasted Malaysia Cup final defeat for the first time when Singapore were beaten 2-0 by Kedah. But the following year, with Fandi as captain, Singapore won the Malaysian League and Malaysia Cup double, and Fandi scored in the Malaysia Cup final as Singapore routed his former side Pahang 4-0. Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The Football Association of Kedah (Malay: Persatuan Bola Sepak Kedah) enters a team in Malaysian football competitions to represent the state of Kedah. ...


1994 was Singapore's last year of involvement in the Malaysian competitions, as the Football Association of Singapore decided to withdraw and focus on developing its own domestic tournaments. Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is the governing body of football in Singapore. ...


In 1996, Singapore's new S.League was launched and Fandi captained Geylang United to winning the inaugural S.League championship title. Following that he moved to the Singapore Armed Forces Football Club (SAFFC) and captained them to winning the S.League title in 1997 and 1998. He then became SAFFC's coach and guided them to winning the S.League again in 2000. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The S.League is the top professional football (soccer) league in Singapore. ... Geylang United Football Club is a professional soccer club which plays in Singapores S.League. ... The Singapore Armed Forces Football Club (SAFFC) is a professional soccer club which plays in Singapores S.League. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Fandi won over 100 caps playing for the Singapore national team, scoring 50 goals. He helped Singapore win the Silver Medal at the Southeast Asian Games in 1983, 1985 and 1989 and also the 2004 Tiger Cup with Singapore as the assistant coach. The Southeast Asian Games Federation logo and flag The Southeast Asian Games (also known as the SEA Games), is a biannual multi-sport event involving participants from the current 11 countries of Southeast Asia. ... The twelfth Southeast Asian Games was held in Singapore from 28 May - 6 June 1983. ... The thirteenth Southeast Asian Games was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 8 December - 17 December 1985. ... The fifthteenth Southeast Asian Games was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 20 August - 31 August 1989. ... Logo of the 2004 Tiger Cup. ...


Clubs

Team Nation Years
Singapore (Malaysia Cup team) Flag of Singapore 1978-1982
Niac Mitra Flag of Indonesia 1982-1983
FC Groningen Flag of Netherlands 1983-1985
Kuala Lumpur FA Flag of Malaysia 1986-1990
OFI Crete Flag of Greece 1990
Pahang FA Flag of Malaysia 1991-1992
Singapore (Malaysian League team) Flag of Singapore 1993-1995
Geylang United FC Flag of Singapore 1996
Singapore Armed Forces FC Flag of Singapore 1997-1998

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Coaching career

Fandi's first coaching job was at SAFFC, who he guided to winning the S.League title in 2000. He was appointed a Council Member of the Football Association of Singapore in 2001, becoming the youngest person and the first former international player to achieve this. He continued to coach professionally in Singapore and served as Assistant Coach of the Singapore team which won the regional Tiger Cup competition in 2005. He also coached the national under-23 team and the Young Lions in the S.League, before joining the Indonesian club Pelita Jaya as a coach under a 3-year contract in 2006. The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is the governing body of football in Singapore. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... The Tiger Cup is a biennial international football competition organised by the Asean Football Federation, contested by the national teams of nations in Southeast Asia. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Young Lions are an under-23 soccer team from Singapore. ... Pelita Jaya is an Indonesian soccer team located in Purwakarta, West Java, Indonesia. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Personal and family life

He is the son of Ahmad Wartam, who was football goalkeeper in the 1960s.[1]


Fandi is married to former South African model Wendy Jacobs (now naturalised and also known as Sarah Abdullah), and has five children.


Fandi's oldest child, Irfan, albeit only 10 years old, has been tipped to make it big in the football scene in Singapore.


References

  1. ^ http://www.centralsingapore.org.sg/site/voices/voices17/in-harmony.shtml

External links

  • Singapore Sports Council Hall of Fame biography

  Results from FactBites:
 
Fandi Ahmad at AllExperts (658 words)
Fandi Ahmad (born 29 May, 1962) is a former professional soccer player from Singapore.
Fandi's next move was to Malaysia, where he played for Kuala Lumpur and helped them win the Malaysia Cup three times in 1987, 1988 and 1989.
Fandi was appointed a Council Member of the Football Association of Singapore in 2001, becoming the youngest person and the first former international player to achieve this.
Fandi Ahmad - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (624 words)
Fandi's first coaching job was at SAFFC, who he guided to winning the S.League title in 2000.
He was appointed a Council Member of the Football Association of Singapore in 2001, becoming the youngest person and the first former international player to achieve this.
Fandi is married to South African model Wendy Jacobs, and has five children.
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