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The 2017 S.League is due to kick off on Sunday 26th February, when defending champions Albirex Niigata FC will take on Tampines Rovers FC. The match will take place at 6pm in the National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub, in what will be an explosive start to the season for the Singaporean football league. Following Albirex Niigata’s triumph last season, the pressure is on as they kick off in 2017 as champions. With head coach Naoki Naruo returning to Japan at the end of last year and former Shimizu S-Pulse and Ventforet Kofu boss Kazuaki Yoshinaga taking over this season, the team is ready and raring to go under new direction. Preseason matches for Albirex Niigata looked promising, winning all 5 friendly fixtures. With Tampines Rovers being one of the oldest clubs in the S.League and finishing second in the S.League in 2016, the Stags need to come back fighting at the start of the 2017 season. At the beginning of the 2016 season, a significant number of remarkable local players hung up their boots – one of them being Imran Sahib who had played in the S.League for 15 seasons. However, 2017 sees his return to professional football, kicking off the season playing for Tampines Rov
Pennant played for Tampine Rovers last season.
Mitre started sponsoring the S-League in 2016
The 2017 EFL cup final is fast approaching, as Manchester United are due to take on Southampton on Sunday 26th February at Wembley Stadium. Despite Man United’s 2nd leg defeat against Hull, the Red Devils managed to secure their spot in the final by winning 3-2 on aggregate. If they are victorious at Wembley this month, this means José Mourinho will have managed to double the trophy tally of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, following last year’s FA Cup win under Louis van Gaal. Given that Manchester City
The Ryman League’s clubs and their fans can start looking forward to benefitting from a new match ball and benchwear sponsorship partnership with leading international sports brand Mitre. The partnership will kick-off in at the beginning of the 2017-18 season, and will see all 72 clubs throughout the Rymans League use a unique Mitre professional football and wear Mitre benchwear when on the touchline! The football will be engineered with Hyperseam technology – a patented technology designed to deliver unrivalled perfor
Ryman League chairman Nick Robinson is pictured shaking hands on the new partnership with Chris Degnan of Mitre.
There is no denying it, football is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. It requires 90 minutes of mud, sweat and (occasionally) tears - and that is not to mention the hours of training put in before the game. There are a number
It is often said that attack is the best form of defence, so why not go all out? Used within a confident and prepared team, an attacking formation can cause a lot of problems for your opponents. But without the right preparation, your defence could
Rangers' Kenny Miller in action with Hearts' Alim Ozturk.
Becoming a world-class rugby coach requires bags of experience. However if you know the game and have the right attitude, there’s nothing stopping you from getting started! But before you get out on the training field with your team, there are a number of key pointers all coaches should bear in mind. So whatever age and skill you’re working with, spare some time for these top tips ... Warm up, warm down From a young age kids at school are taught the importance of warming up and warming down. As a coach, it is your responsibility to save some time at the beginning and end of training for some aerobic exercises. A quick warm up and down might eat into your valuable training session, but it’s vital for avoiding injury and reducing stress to both the body and mind. Get to know your team Whatever age you’re teaching, it’s crucial to get to know your team. It’s all well and good knowing each of your players by name, but try to understand their strengths and weaknesses. The more you know abo
Head coach Eddie Jones (L) and assistant coach Mark Ella watch players warm up before the start of their game against Australia.j
You’re in shape, you’re pumped up and your team is ready. It’s time to vacate the changing room and lead your team to victory. But as you head onto the pitch one thing becomes clear. You’re going to be up against the elements! Playing football in the wind and rain can be fun, so long as you’re prepared. If not, it’s a completely different ball game! The wind and rain show no mercy, so make sure the elements are on your side with this list of essentials to bear in mind. 1. Footwear is key Whether you’re taking it to the
Rangers' Kenny Miller in action with Hearts' Alim Ozturk.
WIN a brand new kit for your junior football team and EFL tickets! Through its partnership with the EFL, Wickes believes support begins at home, so in turn it wants to support local communities that are passionate about football. And where better to start than the potential EFL stars of tomorrow? Wickes have teamed up with the EFL and Mitre to support grassroots football and offer the ultimate kit giveaway for junior sides, with 72 sets of brand new kit to be won by the lucky winners and their footy teams. All you need
The end of the month is here, and that means it’s time for one thing and one thing only - Mitre’s goal of the month! This month the EFL and SPL have shown no mercy when it comes to providing us with some spectacular goals. So without further ado, here is our top 3 goals of the month … Bronze Hogan - Brentford Clenching the bronze spot this month is Scott Hogan for Brentford. Well, the bronze should really be distributed between all of Brentford's players, as this goal against Blackburn is a perfect examp
Skip to 2.10 to see Hogan clench bronze.
Skip to 0.10 to see Lookman slot one away for Charlton Athletic.
The role of a goalkeeper is quite simple, protect your net. But with a team of 11 players raining down shot after shot, this can be quite a challenge. The goalkeeper has one of the hardest positions on the pitch. Their team, the coaches and their fans count on them game after game to put their body on the line - literally! So we’ve decided to dedicate our time to 3 of the best keepers the EFL has to offer this season, and appreciate some serious talent between the sticks. David Stockdale - Brighton & Hov
Adam Smith of Northampton Town Makes a diving save.

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