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Canon Lion City Cup 2013

The Canon Lion City Cup is one of the oldest and prestigious youth football competition with the roots dating back to 1977. For a  football fan in Singapore, I remembered growing up watching local football heroes such as Fandi Ahmad and V.Sundramoorty in the Malaysia Cup. The Lion City Cup was where our local football heroes such as Fandi and Sundram were unearthed.

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Watching the Canon Lion City Cup for the past 2 years, 2011 and 2012, they were great and exciting to watch them in action, even though it was a youth football competition. Our local boys definitely benefited from playing with their counterparts from different continents, Europe, England and South America, and they will get more football experiences by playing with different opponents. During the matches, we can see the local boys playing their hearts, pride and passion out against their counterparts (that maybe more technically talented and physically bigger in size than them). I believed that our local boys playing in front of their home crowds at Jalan Besar Stadium, with the local Lions supporters cheering for them, played their hearts out even bigger.

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I went to the opening matches on Day 1, watching from the Grandstand of Jalan Besar Stadium. While our local boys lost to their opponents, we take pride that they played with guts and went all out. Shooting from the Grandstand was going to be interesting since we are not really at the ground level of the field and there were more obstructions too. Nevertheless, I had a fun time shooting football matches from a different perspective. On the final day, I managed to gain access with a media pass from Canon Singapore via Canon EOS World and I was able to shoot the Canon Lion City Cup 2013 Finals between PSV versus Corinthians and Singapore NFA U16 versus Singapore U15. I have always loved sports photography and it was awesome to shoot from the sidelines since my stint in 2011 shooting Canon Lion Cup 2011 from the sidelines with the media pass. I confessed that I was a bit rusty in shooting football matches and it took me some time during the match playing time to adjust and adapt again into a sports photographer for football matches. The Canon Lion City Cup Final 2013 played between PSV and Corinthians were evenly matched and great to watch. For a football fan and sports photographer at the same time, I do face the dilemma when I was watching the match from the sidelines more than getting ready to press my shutter to capture the football moments!

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In a sporting match, the actions and moments do not stop at the competition ground itself after the match is over. During Canon Lion City Cup 2013 Final, when the teams were playing for the winner via a penalty shoot out. The atmosphere was tense and we can see it from the sidelines, their behaviour and reactions. When the winning goal was shot and the winners Corinthians jumped and danced in euphoria, the losers PSV were dejected.

In a competitive football final, there is only 1 winner and 1 loser on the football pitch. A victory is well celebrated by all while a loss is sometimes alone. Corinthians beat PSV in Canon Lion City Cup 2013 Final, while Corinthians players huddle in a circle, united by their hands together and started praying, a PSV player sat down with his head down.The moment between a winner and a loser is seen here in my photograph on 500px.

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In a competitive sports game, there is definitely a winner and loser. While losing is painful and winning is sweet, there is definitely room for sportsmanship and friendship after the match and off the pitch. During Canon Lion City Cup 2013 Final, Corinthians beat PSV. Both teams congratulate each other on a match that was well played by both sides. While the agony of defeat can be seen and felt, there were also hugs, congratulations and consoling. That is the spirit of sportsmanship reflected in my photograph on 500px.

My sports photography collection/portfolio on Flickr and 500px had been built over the past 6 years since 2007 and being a sports enthusiast (and when I used to play more sports), I am looking forward to adding more sports photography into my portfolio and collection. As Canon Lion City Cup 2013 comes to an end, let’s look forward to Canon Lion City Cup 2014!


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Canon Lion City Cup 2011 – 3rd/4th & Final Games

After a week of intense football action, the Canon Lion City Cup 2011 were drawn to a close with the grand finale, the 3rd and 4th placing and the final itself. The teams that came to Singapore maybe youngsters, yet they provided with nice football skills and play, from the various football clubs around the world, it  was an eye-opener for the football  fans here in Singapore and a great competition to give our young Singapore U15 and U16 boys a chance to learn and play with/against players of their age range from different parts of the world. This would only serve them to improve their footballing skills and experiences!

The crowds were great, simply awesome and it was vocal and loud, giving the Singapore U15 and U16 teams great support during the entire matches. I was there again, to capture a piece of the action from the 3rd and 4th placing and the final, shooting from the sidelines of the Jalan Besar football field, as I was part of the 25 selected participants from the sports photography workshop to take photographs of the Canon Lion City Cup matches and a chance to win the prize of Canon 600D too!

I was lucky that I was able to loan a 300mm f4 prime telephoto lens from the event organiser and it was my first time using the 300mm prime lens! A great experience overall, although, it took me 1 game, the 3rd and 4th place game between Singapore U15 and Juventus U15 before I got the hang of it, just in time for the 2nd game, the final between Singapore U16 and Flamengo U15. Being up close to the action was great, fun and an enriching experience, adding more to my sports photography portfolio.

Both the Singapore U15 and U16 teams played well through out the tournament, giving their counterparts a run for their money and a great platform to showcase their skills and potential. From these matches, we might be seeing future rising football stars of our nation! The Singapore U15 beat Juventus U15 for 3rd place while Singapore U16 lost to Flamengo U15 for the final, regardless the results, the young boys had done really well! Let’s all wish them all the best for their footballing future!

The Canon Lion City Cup 2011 is over, let me bring you through the photographic memories and moments of the 3rd/4th placing and Final –

3rd/4th Placing – Singapore U15 versus Juventus U15

 

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Final – Singapore U16 versus Flamengo U15


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Canon Lion City Cup – Newcastle U15 vs Singapore U15

The Canon Lion City Cup 2011 kicked off with a great bang, a great match, end to end action till the last 5 minutes of injury time, bringing back the Singapore supporters roar into the Jalan Besar Stadium. This was the opening match between Newcastle Under-15 and Singapore Under-15.

Even though they were kids, under the age of 15 playing with each other, they definitely live up to playing attacking flowing football, with beautiful passing and shots on goal, with the usual footballers’ mistakes that were committed in the match (even by professional footballers). Lots of shouts, ooh, ah, words, encouragement, cheering and singing, the atmosphere was great, almost back to the days of Malaysia Cup! These boys gave us a great spectacle to watch and something to cheer them for, the passion and love for football rekindled.

Singapore U15 boys played like Lion Hearts, not intimidated by their counterparts from Newcastle, England, bigger in size and height, they fight for the football and played their guts out, encouraging the fans at Jalan Besar Stadium to cheer for them even louder and more passionate, and in turn, encouraging them to play even better and harder when the chips were down at 3-1, odds against the local boys. The never-die Lion Hearts inside them, with tactical substitutions playing a key  role, with the super-subs, making the comeback complete with a final score of 4-3 after 5 minutes of injury time played!

When the boys equalised and leveled the scoreline at 3-3, the stadium stood up and cheered for the boys loudly, lots of singing and cheering, you can see the teamwork and comradeship inside them, running towards the bench to celebrate with their other team mates, coaches and support staff. The unity and unison, the huddle and group celebration, demonstrated their togetherness and team spirit. At the final minute of injury time, when the winning goal was scored by the Singapore boys, it was the euphoria that sent the entire stadium into eruption of joy and emotions, the boys celebrating together on the field, simply ignite the stadium even further.

A great game, a great start, if you think watching the Singapore U15 boys would not be fun or exciting, do drop by their games during the Canon Lion City Cup and be amazed, mesmerised and motivated by them, to cheer and support local football again! Good luck to the Singapore U15 and U16 teams and Go Singapore!

 

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