Woodlands’ 2007 League Cup winners: Where Are They Now?
Park Tae Won
Upfront was this brilliant South Korean, who possessed a sweet left foot and superb technical ability. It was his 56th-minute strike that put the Rams three-nil ahead in the final.
Park played for Woodlands for four years till 2008, when he became only the eighth player to score 100 S.League goals. That came via a stunning freekick against Gombak United in his final appearance for the club.
The winger-cum-forward then joined SAFFC in 2009 and played there till the end of the following season, winning one S.League title and playing in two AFC Champions League campaigns before retiring.
He finished off his decade-long S.League career in the best possible way with a hat-trick against Beijing Guoan Talent.
Now 40, he is said to be coaching back in native Korea…
Completing the strikeforce was this lanky Moroccan, who was as close as it got to the complete centre-forward.
It was his 85th-minute free kick that rounded off the rout in that final.
Laakad proved to be a Rams legend despite coming to the S.League at the age of 28 – scoring 23 goals to win the Golden Boot in his debut season in 2006, winning the League Cup the next, before winning the Goal of the Year in 2008.
Laakad played for Pro Duta FC in Indonesia before retiring at the end of 2013
Injuries foiled a move to Home United as he spent the whole of 2009 recuperating, before returning to Woodlands in 2010, continuing what he did best.
With a tally of 67 goals in 130 appearances for the Rams, Laakad then left for Indonesia and continued to bulge the net for fun in three seasons with Pro Duta FC before retiring at the end of 2013.
Now 39, he is happily retired back in Morocco…
Coming on as an 82nd-minute substitute for Sazali was this wide man, who could run all day.
Imran truly made his mark on the S.League after joining Tampines in 2008, starring as a flying right wing-back in Vorawan Chitavanich’s 3-5-2 system. He won three straight S.League titles from 2011 to 2013 with the club, before joining Home United in 2015.
He then spent a season in amateur football with two different clubs, before being persuaded to come out of retirement to re-join Tampines for his 16th S.League season in 2017
Currently coaching with JSSL Singapore, the 35-year-old is contemplating hanging up his boots again with his contract not renewed by the Stags.