Singapore have participated in each of Asia's qualifying campaigns for the FIFA World Cup™ since 1974. However, the Lions have yet to make a real impact by reaching the final stage. The closest they came was on the road to USA 1994, when they recorded five wins, including a 1-0 success against Qatar, only to finish in third place and go out.
With both Daniel Bennett and Aleksandar Duric's retirement after the 2012 AFF Championship, Singapore have undergone big changes under new boss Bernd Stange. A little over one-thirdis all that remains of the squad that won the fourth regional title three years ago and Stange's transitional side disappointed in the 2014 AFF Championship as they crashed out after group campaign as defending champions. The team's experienced core remains captain Shahril Ishak captain and Khairul Amri, both of whom have scored regularly for both club and country.
A vastly experienced manager in Germany, Stange has been coaching Asian teams since the late 1990's. The former Hertha BSC boss's assignments include Perth Glory and the Oman and Iraq national teams.
16 - The number of games Singapore have won thus far in the continental qualifying.
The former stars
Fandi Ahmad, Daniel Bennett, Aleksandar Duric