Press Conference 31 January 2015 Begonia Hall Downtown EAst Singapore
One Community, One Club, One Dream….
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Unveiled the new Apparel Sponsor was made during the press conference. The partnership with Dreamatron was already made known previously.
Dreamatron, a local sportswear brand will be providing the club a whole range of apparel including jerseys, shirts and other attires for GIFC players and officials.
Geylang International head coach Jorg Steinebrunner is not ruling out a possible title challenge after assembling a competitive squad in the off-season.
It has been 14 long years since the Eagles last lifted the S.League trophy, with things particularly difficult in recent times and having finished out of the top half for four successive seasons.
After losing the first three games last season, Steinebrunner succeeded Kanan Vedhamuthu in the Geylang hot seat and managed to push them to a decent eighth-placed finish.
Season 2015 marks the German’s first full season in charge and he has made massive moves in the off-season transfer window.
Out went the likes of Joey Sim, Fabian Kwok, Aliff Shafaein and the Argentine legion of Leonel Felice, Franco Chivilo and Joaquin Lopez.
In came a total of seven new local players with the notable ones being S.League ever-present Yazid Yasin, former Tanjong Pagar United defender Hafiz Osman, athletic full-back Syed Thaha, as well as three new foreign signings in Tatsuro Inui, Bruno Castanheira and Jozef Kaplan.
With such an eye-catching squad assembled for the new campaign, much of the pre-season talk has been centred around Geylang possibly having a tilt at the title.
Speaking at the team’s pre-season press conference which was held at the NTUC Club at Downtown East on Saturday night where local sports brand Dreamatron was unveiled as the apparel sponsor for the upcoming season, Steinebrunner acknowledged that his new-look side do have the potential to achieve this feat.
“You’re not wrong by saying we’re dark horses,” he said.
“It’s nice that people have recognized our work in the transfer market. The foreigners whom we have brought in are established players who have played in the S.League for a number of years; they’re acclimatized and already have the local mentality. Also they’re young and still can develop – look at Jozef, he’s only 28 and the other foreigners are around 24 to 25.”
“Every football team goes through a spell where results are not so good. I think if we have such a bad spell, these good dynamics can bring us out of it.”
Geylang International 2015 squad
Yazid Yasin, Farhan Amin, Hairul Syirhan Mardan
Yuki Ichikawa, Sevki Sha’ban, Kento Fukuda, Anaz Hadee, Hafiz Osman, Syed Thaha, Khairulnizam Jumahat
Hafiz Nor, Mustaqim Manzur, Tatsuro Inui, Nor Azli Yusoff, Shah Hirul, Huzaifah Aziz
Bruno Castanheira, Jozef Kaplan, Shawal Anwar