The Singapore Cup has become one of the most respected world football knockout competitions in the Eastern Region of world. Clubs come from Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Australia to compete for a chance to hoist the cup and call themselves champions.
The event runs at the same time as the S League, so many of the clubs from the latter take a break from league competition to participate.
In 2012, Singapore Armed Forces FC reigned supreme.
Here is a look at the brackets thus far, as well as the schedules and players who are already making their mark.
Brackets, Results and Schedule
The tournament is currently in the round of 16 with two clubs having already won their matches.
Here is a look at the bracket, the results of the two matches played and the schedule for the upcoming matches, per SLeague.com.
|Date and Time||Matchup||Score|
|May 26 ||Harimau Muda at Loyola Meralco Sparks FC ||0-3|
|May 28 ||Home United FC at Albirex Niigata FC (S)||3-2|
|May 29 - 7:30 a.m ET||Geylang Intl. FC at Woodlands Weyland FC|
|May 29 - 7:30 a.m ET||Tampines at Hougang|
|May 30 - 7:30 a.m ET||Brunei DPMM at LAO Police|
|May 31 - 7:30 a.m ET||Boeung Ket FC at Tanjong Pagar United FC|
|Jun 01 - 7:30 a.m ET||Balestier Khalsa at Courts Young Lions|
|Jun 01 - 7:30 a.m ET||Global FC at Warriors FC|
Players Who Have Already Made an Impact
Masrezwan Masturi, Home United FC
Home United won their first match and Masturi was the star.
He scored two of his club's three goals en route to a huge road win over Albirex Niigata. Masturi struck at the 24th and 48th minute of the match to set the table for Song Ui Young's game-winner in 117th minute in extra time.
While Masturi didn't get an opportunity to be the hero, he certainly left his imprint on the match.
Phil Younghusband, Loyola Meralco Sparks FC
Perhaps no player has been as dynamic as the 25-year-old Filipino star. He scored two goals in Loyola Meralco Sparks' 3-0 manhandling of Harimau Muda.
The latter never seemed to have a chance in this match; Younghusband's speed and playmaking was the major culprit.
He was a man among boys—literally—as the Malaysia under-20 club from Harimau Muda could not contain him. It is easy to see why Younghusband posted this image on his Instagram account; he certainly played like a super hero on Monday,
Players to Watch in Upcoming Matches
Mamadou Diallo, Hougang
He's athletic, explosive and fearless. Diallo has scored one goal in four matches this season, but he could use the Singapore Cup as a means to make himself a hot commodity on the transfer market.
He flashes the "You Can't See Me" taunt after finding the back of the net.
Ben Starosta, Global FC
Everything isn't about scoring goals. Starosta is a solid defenseman whose primary position is centre-back. He has the ability to contain strong strikers and to take pressure off goalkeeper Paolo Pascual.
He will get his first opportunity to display his skills against Warriors FC striker Sufian Anuar. The latter has two goals in just three matches, but Starosta won't back down from the challenge.
Whenever he is matched up with Anuar, expect to see an entertaining battle.
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