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Stange: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

What did Singapore head coach Bernd Stange do right? What was questionable? 

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It all started promisingly, but come April 15, 2016, Bernd Stange’s three-year tenure in charge of the Singapore national team will come to an end.

The German will leave Singapore having not delivered most, if not all, of the promises he made when he first took over in May 2013.

Chances are that he won’t be missed, despite having an overall record that fared better than his predecessors.

Here, FourFourTwo’s Nigel Chin sums up the 68-year-old’s time in charge of the Lions.

The good

To call Bernd Stange a complete failure will be harsh, because under his charge the Lions did manage to achieve some shock results.

The first that comes to mind was last June’s 0-0 draw against Japan in Saitama, although it has to be said the Samurai Blues were rather wasteful against Singapore despite creating numerous chances.

There was also the 2-1 triumph against Syria in October, 2013, when Stange made astute substitutions that helped the Lions earn an unlikely victory.

Otherwise, most of Stange’s victories came against weaker opponents such as Brunei, Cambodia (four times), Papua New Guinea, Laos (three times), and Myanmar (three times).

Faris was one of those given his debut by Bernd Stange

However, Stange does deserve applause for his belief in blooding the youngsters. He gave debuts to players such as Faris Ramli, Sahil Suhaimi, Amirul Adli, Adam Swandi and Madhu Mohana.

Madhu, in particular, has gone on to establish himself as the first-choice centreback, while Shakir Hamzah and Hafiz Sujad have become indispensable players in the national team. 

Continue on page 2 for 'The Bad'