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Michel Sablon to step down as Technical Director of Singapore

Michel Sablon will step down as Technical Director of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) on December 31 2018, after almost four years in the Lion City.

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In a news conference held at Jalan Besar Stadium on October 18, Thursday, FAS broke the news that the Belgian will be stepping down from his post five-and-a-half months earlier before his contract expires.

The 71-year-old Belgian assumed the role in April 2015 and came to Singapore with a glistening resume which included taking the Belgium national team to the semi-final of the 1986 FIFA World Cup as assistant coach.

He was also part of the Belgium coaching staff at the 1990 and 1994 FIFA World Cup, before being appointed as the Director of the 2000 UEFA European Football Championships.

Sablon’s best work came in the 2000s, when his 10-year blueprint as the Football Federation of Belgium’s Technical Director, transformed the sport in the country and nurtured the current crop of Belgian stars like Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois.