The S.League has seen many talented foreign players grace Singapore's shores over the 20 years of its existence. Gary Koh picks out 10 of the best.
10. Dragan Talajic
Goalkeeper • Croatia • Tanjong Pagar (1998 - 2000)
With his suave looks and lightning quick reflexes, the Croatian goalkeeper was a prominent presence between the posts as he turned out for the Jaguars in their most successful S.League period. He possessed a dependable pair of hands that was allied with a strong command of his box as he helped the Jaguars emerge with the tightest defence in the league in his first season at Queenstown Stadium. Talajic was also involved in the club’s only silverware success in 1998 as he denied Singapore Armed Forces and Sembawang Rangers to keep clean sheets in both Singapore Cup and FA Cup finals respectively.
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9. Hamid Reza Estili
Midfielder • Iran • Geylang United (1996 - 1997)
A cultured defensive midfielder, the Iranian international was signed by Geylang just before the start of the 1996 season with little fanfare. His ability to shield the defence and help the transition from midfield to attack made fans sit up and notice his abilities in the middle of the park. Before he made his name in global football by scoring against the USA in the 1998 World Cup, he was already demonstratubg his knack of popping into the box at the right time to score vital goals. A highlight came during the 1996 S.League championship playoff final when he scored the all-important second goal against Singapore Armed Forces to seal 2-1 win.
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