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Pressure? This feels like a holiday to me, says Bernd Stange

In an exclusive interview, Bernd Stange takes stock of his challenges in his first year as national coach of the Singapore football team

Published on Apr 13, 2014 3:38 PM
 

He is a product of the Cold War, hails from Germany and some say he is the wind of change trying to blow through Singapore football.

Almost a year after his appointment as the national coach and after some mixed results, Bernd Stange is under pressure to deliver.

Media-friendly yet curiously elusive, he is always available for comment at the training ground or at the Football Association of Singapore's (FAS) office in Jalan Besar but never shares his mobile-phone number with the press.

In this exclusive interview, Stange picked a cafe at Kallang to meet with The Sunday Times.

 
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Kick-start new roar

This stadium is not built for Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift. It's built for high-profile sports in Singapore. And football in the No.1 sport in Singapore. We have to bring the Kallang Roar back.

- BERND STANGE, Singapore national football coach, on rallying fans again


Not pitch-perfect

Singapore has good athletes, a strong economy, government grants and fantastic weather. It snows for six months in Belarus. We have everything. I have to tell the truth about the pitches. We need more support.

- STANGE, on need to upgrade fields


Ball's in player's court

I've never ever seen a football player who only has a night training session who gets better by sitting in a Starbucks cafe in the morning.

- STANGE, on going the extra mile


HIS FIRST 12 MONTHS

2013

  • beat Myanmar 2-0 in Yangon (friendly, June 4)
  • beat Laos 5-2 in Vientiane (friendly, June 7)
  • lost to Oman 0-2 at Jalan Besar Stadium (Asian Cup qualifying, Aug 14)
  • lost to China 1-6 in Tianjin (Sept 6)
  • lost to Hong Kong 0-1 in Hong Kong (Sept 10)
  • beat Laos 1-0 at Jalan Besar (friendly, Oct 10)
  • beat Syria 2-1 at Jalan Besar (Asian Cup qualifying, Oct 15)
  • lost to Syria 0-4 in Teheran (Asian Cup qualifying, Nov 15)
  • beat Cambodia 1-0 at Hougang (friendly, Nov 24)

2014

  • lost to Jordan 1-3 at Jalan Besar (Asian Cup qualifying, Feb 4)
  • lost to Oman 1-3 in Muscat (Asian Cup qualifying, Mar 5)

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