Singapore Cup 2013: Top Players Featured in Tournament

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVJune 1, 2013


The Singapore Cup has quickly become one of the marquee knockout tournaments in world football, and that means it's sure to be flooded with top talent. 

While many of the contenders in the Singapore Cup aren't household-name organizations, each of these clubs own players who will make their way up to the top of professional football in their careers. 

Let's take a look at the players in the Singapore Cup who stand out the most. 

Phil Younghusband, Loyola Meralco 

The 25-year-old who spent 1997-2008 in the Chelsea system is the safest bet to notch the most goals in the Singapore Cup. 

Ever since joining the United Football League, Younghusband has been on a tear. He's scored more goals than he has appearances, with 39 goals in 31 games. 

The Phillippino striker has emerged as one of the best strikers not to play in a marquee league, and there's no reason to believe that he'll stay in the UFL if he can find greener pastures.

That's why watching him in the Singapore Cup is so important, because he may not be dominating at this level for very long before moving on up.

Jozef Kaplan, Geylang United

Kaplan is one of the best players to play professionally in Singapore, and his skills will be on display for Geylang United all tournament. 

He got things started off incredibly, with a hat-trick performance in his side's 4-1 victory in their opener against Woodlands Wellington. Kaplan proved to be uncontainable, controlling the pitch with ease against an inferior opponent.

The 27-year-old has netted 17 goals in 39 appearances with the club, coming off four years playing for Tatran Liptovský Mikuláš in Slovakia.

Kaplan's strong performance in his first match of the tournament indicates we could be in for a huge finish in this tournament. 

Shahraizen Said, DPMM FC

The Brunei native has emerged as one of the top players in this tournament in large part to the damage he has done in Singapore in his career.

Said's influence on DPMM goes all the way back to 2004, when he was guiding them through the Malaysia Super League with 21 goals in his 2006-07 campaign. He's shown the ability to carry his team through long stretches.

His ability has shown itself already, as he started the tournament off with two goals in his club's first match. 

The 27-year-old will prove in this year's Singapore Cup why he's one of the best players out there in the event.