Good day folks. It is time to whip out your calendars in whatever form you prefer them and mark down these dates! Whichever way you look at it, the fact that the LionsXII team is back in the Malaysian Super League (MSL) has undoubtedly churned up much fanfare amongst local football supporters. Even those who constantly remain in opposition against the S League have stood up and took notice of the latest developments.
Well, it is time to welt your appetites with the newly released fixtures for the LionsXII! All eyes will be at the Jalan Besar Stadium on the 10th of Jan 2012 when our lions team face reigning MSL Champions Kelantan who are interestingly enough, managed by a former S league coach, Peter James Butler. It will be a true test of our credentials and is also likely to set a precursor on what is to be expected from our local boys in the MSL this season. The away leg has been scheduled to be on the 5th of May at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium in Kota Baru.
And then there is the rivalry between Singapore and Selangor. Akin to the El Clasico as well as the Merseyside derby and etc. Past meetings between both sides have been littered with violence on and off the field that well in what is a sure sign of the intense rivalry between the two sides. Well, this rivalry will be renewed on the 7th of February 2012 at the grand dame of a venue, the Bukit Jalil Stadium. The 85’000 capacity stadium is expected to be filled to its brim as the rivals face off once again. It is interesting to note that Selangor for all their promise, only finished 3rd in the MSL last season whilst achieving semi-finalist status in the two cup competitions in what was a disappointing campaign. The home leg for the lionsXII will be played on the 23rd of June 2012. Get ready for a rollicking atmosphere folks!
Other interesting ties would be the games against MSL League Runners Up Terengganu on the 28th of January 2012 at home and also on the 19th of June in Kota Tinggi. A particularly interesting tie would see our lions team play Malaysian Cup Winners Negeri Sembilan on the 11th of February at home with the away leg being played on the 26th of June.
To say that us here at opod are eagerly awaiting in anticipation at the MSL kickoff is an understatement. We say roll on the new year and hopefully a bright future for our lionsXII team!
LionsXII's Malaysia Super League fixtures
Jan 10 vs Kelantan (H)
Jan 14 vs Kedah (Darul Aman Stadium, Alor Star)
Jan 17 vs Kuala Lumpur (H)
Jan 21 vs Sabah (Likas Stadium, Kota Kinabalu)
Jan 28 vs Terengganu (H)
Feb 7 vs Selangor (Bukit Jalil Stadium)
Feb 11 vs Negeri Sembilan (H)
Feb 14 vs Perak (Perak Stadium, Ipoh)
Mar 3 vs Felda United (H)
Mar 17 vs Sarawak (Negeri Sarawak Stadium, Kuching)
Mar 31 vs T-Team (H)
Apr 7 vs Johor FC (Pasir Gudang Stadium, Johor Baru)
Apr 14 vs PKNS (Petaling Jaya Stadium, Kelana Jaya)
Apr 17 vs PKNS (H)
May 5 vs Kelantan (Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium, Kota Baru)
May 12 vs Kedah (H)
May 15 vs Kuala Lumpur (Hang Jebat Stadium, Malacca)
June 16 vs Sabah (H)
June 19 vs Terengganu (Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium, Kota Tinggi)
June 23 vs Selangor (H)
June 26 vs Negeri Sembilan (Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium, Paroi)
June 30 vs Perak (H)
July 3 vs Felda United (Hang Jebat Stadium, Malacca)
July 7 vs Sarawak (H)
July 10 vs T-Team (Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium, Kota Tinggi)
July 14 vs Johor FC (H)