At first glance, the inaugural Great Eastern-Hyundai Singapore Premier League (SPL) season ended like its predecessor, the S-League, did: with Albirex Niigata gleefully sweeping every domestic title on offer.
The optics are not pretty. With a predominantly Under-23 side, Albirex became the first team in the 22-year history of professional football in Singapore to go an entire season - 24 league matches and five RHB Singapore Cup fixtures - unbeaten.
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