Korean and Chinese clubs join Singapore League

Two foreign clubs - Korean Super Reds FC (Korea Republic) and Liaoning Guangyuan FC (China) - have joined the Singapore's professional S-League for the 2007 season. With Sporting Afrique FC having pulled out, 12 teams will be battling for the honours. Nine of these are local teams while Albirex Niigata, a feeder team from Japan, is the third foreign club. The Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) was investigating the placement of its U-23 national team but was reportedly unsettled by the minimum five-year commitment.

“I am confident of a top-three finish,” Super Reds coach Hong In Woong, who was earlier the coach of Sporting Afrique, told AFCMedia. Most of Hong’s team is made up of U-23 players. Liaoning Guangyuan FC, was formed through a partnership between Chinese Super League side Liaoning Football Club and sponsor Shanghai Guangyuan Co.

Singapore Armed Forces FC is the defending champions while Tampines Rovers are the Singapore Cup holders. Both the teams are playing in the AFC Cup 2007.

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