26 June 2006

Referee Kayu... NOT!

WC Referee Stat - 20060621
Well, looks like we are part of the World Cup after all! TodayOnline has an article on our Shamsul Maidin coming in to rank at 2nd spot based on's rating of the referees.

While nobody has any idea how the rating is calculated but don't care lah. 2nd Spot! Woo Hoo! Majulah Singapura! *feeling patriotic* 

Looking at the numbers, we are just a mere 0.1 point away from the leader (Graham Poll) and since our numbers is a reflection of FIFA's satisfaction with our guy, I am sure there will be more assignments for him in the second round. Perhaps then, would be a good opportunity to put in a stellar performance and overhaul Poll's ass to top the table.

Then it got me thinking about what our Gahmen was trying to do all these years to get ourselves into the World Cup.

We got our S-League which honestly is heading nowhere. We would have been better off had we continued to stay in the Malaysian Cup tournament. So what if we have to play 11 men again 14 (11 players + 1 referee + 2 linesmen)? We beat them 4-0 during the last final, didn't we?

Then some fruitcake (Mah Bow Tan or Goh Chok Tong?) came up with a Vision 2010 for us to qualify for the world cup. Well, that was quietly shelved wasn't it?

Also, we have the sports school which up to now, hasn't produced anything tangible to justify their own existence. Ok, ok, perhaps it is not fair to be dragging them into this rant just yet for after all, the school is still in its infancy.

With all the miserable news piling up one on top of another, pardon me if I feel overly excited like a giggly teenage girl when our brudder Shamsul puts us on the world cup map.

AND that gives me an idea.....

.... how about we set up a referee school?

I'd bet we stand a better chance sending 11 guys to the World Cup via this channel.

Haiz.... Singapore football.... sad story... haiz....

Latest Update (24 Jun 2006): After Graham Poll poor showing at the Croatia vs Australia match, the English referee too a tumble all the down to 10th, leaving our Shamsul to take over the top spot. Congrats.
- Voxeros

1. Mum2One left...
Monday, 26 June 2006 8:03 am
Yah... that Graham Poll ah... lucky we drew with Croatia otherwise I don't think Aussies will be very forgiving of him. Did you see all that handball by Croatia?!! On the other hand, I think bad referee judgment and dirty games are all part of the game. But what goes around, comes around... Good on Shamsul! I agree, I think with the type of environment Spore has, they produce better policemen then players so what a great idea for a Referee School!

2. sunflower left...
Monday, 26 June 2006 9:07 am
2nd Spot! Woo Hoo! Majulah Singapura! *eye rolled*

3. JayWalk left...
Monday, 26 June 2006 4:23 pm ::
Mum2One: Imagine a Singaporean referee chasing the players all over the field with a rotan!!

sunflower: First place liao!!! ...mari kita rakyat singapura......

4. Zhe Bin left...
Monday, 26 June 2006 4:34 pm
Haha that Graham Poll should be damn paiseh lor. Portugal Vs Netherlands so many cards that Russian ref also never blur (okay let's not go into whether all are correct decisions). But Graham Poll really joke sia. Hahaha!

5. Mum2One left...
Monday, 26 June 2006 5:23 pm
Hahaha... what about a whistling rotan?

6. JayWalk left...
Monday, 26 June 2006 8:25 pm ::
ZheBin: I have seen Graham Poll in action during the English Premier League and he is quite a competent referee.

Perhaps it was the overwhelming BIG match atmosphere that got to his head?

I have reasons to believe that the last match was a blip in the radar. I still think he is a good referee.
Problem is that FIFA may not be as forgiving as I.

Mum2One: Acherly, it would be quite a hilarious scene to see 22 grown men running scared from a rotan wielding mad referee!

7. sunflower left...
Friday, 30 June 2006 10:44 am
Jay he is not selected for the final list - the 12 referees for the quarter-final stages.

8. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 1 July 2006 11:26 pm :: 
sunflower: Perhaps the consolation is that he wasn't selected because his job is done and not because he was sidelined for cocking up.

Frankly, it is understandable why he was not selected for he hasn't the experience on such a grand level. Next world cup perhaps!

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