The Boy's a Bit Special: Emmeric Ong

Name: Ong Yu Min Emmeric

Place of Birth: Singapore

Date of Birth: 25th January 1991

Nickname: Emm

Coach Fandi told me to work hard and take my chance whenever given. He knows it's difficult for me to break into the first team but he doesn't want me to give up.

As a boy I supported... Liverpool 

Positions: Central Defender/Right Back/Left Back/Central Midfielder

Teams played for: Tampines, Hougang, Courts Young Lions

Strengths: Reading of the game

Weaknesses: Decision making

Hero: Steven Gerrard. I've grown up watching him play and he's been an inspiration to me and I'm sure many others. 

I play a bit like... Martin Skrtel! I find that his reading of the game is good and he is physical like me. But his decision making is sometimes a bit poor too. 

Highlights: Selected for the S.League All Stars team in 2012 despite only being a Prime League player. 

Lowlights: Missing the 2011 and 2013 SEA Games due to National Service and injury. 

Toughest opponent: I'll have to say Hidetoshi Nakata. It was during a charity match after the Japan earthquake. Though he is retired, I think he still has what it takes to play professionally and is no doubt one of the best players Asia has ever had. 

Best player you've played with: This is a tough one, I guess I'll go with Mamadou Diallo. I played alongside him during my Hougang days and was really impressed by his talent. Not only that, but he's hard working and a really down to earth guy. 

Biggest practical joker: Aziz Zainuddin. I knew him from Temasek Polytechnic and we got to play together in the Prime League for Hougang. Though he isn't playing currently, he's someone I miss sharing a dressing room with. 

Most embarrassing moment: Misplacing a back pass during an S.League game against Brunei DPMM which led to a goal. 

Best advice you've been given: Coach Fandi told me to work hard and take my chance whenever given. He knows it's difficult for me to break into the first team but he doesn't want me to give up.

Wheels: None.

Dream car: Porsche Panamera. I like its sleek design and the fact it's a 4-door car. 

Hobbies: Computer games, bowling.

Flicks: There are a lot to choose from but I'll go with Argo. I watched Divergent recently too; it was good! 

Playstation or XBox? Playstation, although I own an Xbox. It was a gift so I can't complain, but I think the graphics on Playstations are better.

FIFA or Pro Evo? FIFA of course. 

Messi or Ronaldo? Ronaldo. He's worked hard to get where he is today. Not that Messi doesn't work hard, but Ronaldo does most of the work himself whereas Messi has two or three able assistants.

Celebrity crush: Jessica Alba. Don't you agree she's too pretty? 

Most famous person you've met: Fabio Cannavaro. I met him during a Courts event in 2012 at Jalan Besar. 

If I hadn't been a footballer... I'd be a teacher. I like interacting with kids.

Tell us something we don't know about you: I hate mushrooms. The golden mushrooms are okay, but not the strong-smelling black ones!

In five years time I'll be... At the peak of my career and hopefully involved in the national team.