The RatedRR Podcast

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By: Zia-ul Raushan & Rhysh Roshan Rai

Analysis and insight into the beautiful game from a uniquely Asian perspective. Driven by curiosity, fueled by fun - we aim to discuss & dissect the global game with banter to match! Featuring folks from the Asian fraternity, we promise to keep you entertained and informed. Subscribe to The #RatedRR Podcast on Youtube, Spotify, Google & Apple to get all the latest content.

#63 🏆 HISTORY MAKERS: ANDERS APLIN
11/25/2022

Singapore Cup champion and Hougang United central defender, Anders Aplin, joins us on this episode of The #RatedRR Podcast to talk about Hougang’s history-making campaign and more. 

Anders talked us through the final, where the key battles were won and lost, what the messaging was before, during, and after the game and he also spoke about their determination to make up for a disappointing league campaign.

Aside from the highs, we also discussed the lows of their SPL season and the differences between Clement Teo and Firdaus Kassim who was installed as head coach at...


#62 📈 ONLY THE BEGINNING: JARED GALLAGHER
11/18/2022

Award-winning writer, Jared Gallagher, joins us on this episode of The #RatedRR Podcast. Oh yeah, he’s a university student,  podcaster and, you might have heard, a footballer too. 

The talented and driven Young Lions midfielder took the time to speak to us about how he balances his different interests in life with his playing career. We also discussed the challenging year that the Singapore U-23s and the Young Lions have had along with how Jared deals with the criticism he has received in his young career. 

We spoke about his career goals in footb...


#61 🦅 FLYING WITHOUT WINGS: JOSHUA PEREIRA
11/04/2022

The latest episode of The #RatedRR Podcast is here and we have freshly minted Singapore international Joshua Pereira on with us to talk about his rise with Geylang International this year that saw him called up for the Singapore side recently. 

Joshua also spoke to us about the challenges he faced while he was in National Service and out of the game for close to two years. He touched on the doubts he had during that spell and how he got back into the rhythm of playing professional football again with Geylang. 

All of that an...


#60 🚢 AT THE HELM!: LUKA LALIĆ
09/09/2022

Luka Lalic, Lion City Sailor’s interim head coach, joins us on episode 60 of The #RatedRR podcast.  There was some great insight here into how Luka is settling into the role, how he works to get the best out of his squad, the environment at the club and the support he receives from his backroom staff. 

With the SPL title race looking like it’ll be going down to the wire, Luka also touched on how he’s trying to ease the pressure on his players with every match being a must-win as the Sailors look to retain t...


#59 🇱🇦 🇸🇬 OCEAN OF TRUTH!: SATYASAGARA
09/01/2022

Satyasagara joins us on Episode #59 of The #RatedRR Show all the way from Laos. Another Singaporean head coach who is flying the flag overseas and has found success by winning the League and Cup double for Young Elephants FC. 

Satyasagara gave us plenty of insight into his time at the club, how he was able to guide the team to their double, the Singaporean presence in Laos and his advice for Singaporean players and coaches. Satyasagara also took the time to talk about Sundramoorthy’s impact on Lao Football and we also find out why he changed his...


#58 👋 IN SAFE HANDS!: ZAIFUL NIZAM
08/03/2022

The Eagles just keep soaring and we find out why on episode 58 of The #RatedRR Podcast with Zaiful Nizam. 

The Geylang International captain and custodian gave us insight into how the club has turned things around in the Singapore Premier League over the last few weeks and how they dealt with the morale sapping run of defeats from earlier in the season. Zaiful also paid tribute to the impact of Noor Ali and spoke about the team spirit driving The Eagles to greater heights.

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#57 🔙 BACK IN BUSINESS!: MADHU MOHANA
06/25/2022

Madhu Mohana joins us on this episode of The #RatedRR podcast as we talk about his return to the professional football scene with Balestier Khalsa. 

We’ll also talk about his departure from Tampines, how it went down and what he thinks of it all. All this and much more including his motivation behind starting his new businesses and how he is now managing his time running his companies and his football career. 

Tune in and join in the conversation by leaving your comments below. We believe you’ll enjoy this one. Remember to subscribe to the...


#56 🐯 CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!: AKBAR NAWAS
06/02/2022

Episode 56 of The #RatedRR Podcast is a special one with Balestier Khalsa head coach Akbar Nawas in the hot seat. Akbar was full of charisma and insight as he spoke about his season with the Tigers so far, the challenges he’s faced and what his targets are with the team in the near future. 

Akbar also discussed his time in India with us and he spoke of his pride at watching his son, Saifullah, grow and develop into a professional player who now represents the country. 

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#55 ☕ KOPI WITH BORIS!: BORIS KOPITOVIC
05/20/2022

Boris Kopitovic joins us on Episode 55 of The #RatedRR Podcast to talk about his incredible scoring form in the Singapore Premier League this season, the job that Gavin Lee has done at the club and his relationship with the fans at Tampines Rovers. All that and much more on this week’s chat.

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#54 🔥 FIREPOWER!: ZIKOS CHUA
05/06/2022

Vasileios Zikos Chua joins us on episode 54 of The #RatedRR Podcast for an enlightening and entertaining chat with the Young Lions striker. 

With the SEA Games just around the corner, we spoke to Vasileios about Singapore’s preparations, camaraderie in the squad and ambitions for the tournament. 

Vasileios also spoke about how his young career in the Singapore Premier League has gone so far, his journey in the game, his plans for the future and what he wants to achieve. 

All that and much more in this one, including why he’s known as “Bil...


#53 💨 FAST & FURIOUS!: NICKY MELVIN SINGH
04/23/2022

This week’s episode of The #RatedRR Podcast sees Nicky Melvin Singh joining us to discuss his time with Albirex Niigata in the Singapore Premier League. Nicky spoke about what life is like as a young Singaporean footballer in a “foreign” club and the expectations that the players at Albirex have to live up to.

There was also plenty of insight into the work he puts in as he balances life as a professional footballer with his studies at Temasek Polytechnic, the relationships at Albirex, his pride at representing Singapore and how much he’s looking forward to the u...


#52 ⚽ FOOTBALL IS LIFE!: IZZATI & FARHANAH
04/17/2022

Episode 52 of the podcast sees two members of the Singapore Women’s National Team, Izzati Rosni and Farhanah Ruhaizat, joining The #RatedRR Podcast for a wonderfully refreshing and engaging chat.

Izzati and Farhanah gave us some great insight into their football journey, their time with the Lionesses, what it means to represent the nation and the state of the women’s game here in Singapore. There were plenty of emotional and honest moments too as they spoke about the sacrifices that female footballers have to put in to play the...


#51🚢 AHOY ASIA!: SONG UI-YOUNG
04/07/2022

On we go to episode 51 and beyond of The #RatedRR Podcast with Lion City Sailors and Singapore midfielder Song Ui-young in the hot seat for this week’s chat. 

Ui-young spoke to us about the Lion City Sailors and their excitement at embarking on their first ever AFC Champions League campaign. He took us through what he is expecting from the competition and the opportunity it provides for players to experience football at a much higher level. 

We then discussed his time with the Singapore national team, what he’s learned about his teammates on the in...


#50 ❤️ WE ARE FAMILY!: IRFAN & IKHSAN FANDI
04/03/2022

Episode 50 is here! We’ve been planning something special with this milestone in mind and it doesn’t get any better than having Irfan and Ikhsan Fandi on the show to help us celebrate and reward all our viewers and subscribers with this exceptional episode of The #RateRR Podcast. 

Irfan and Ikhsan talk about their time with the Singapore national team and get us up to speed on their lives and careers at BG Pathum United in Thailand. 

We’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to each and every one of our gues...


#49 🇭🇷 THE CLINICAL CROAT!: ŠIME ŽUŽUL
03/24/2022

The Clinical Croat, Sime Zuzul, joins us for episode 49 of The #RatedRR Podcast to talk about his time in the Singapore Premier League and the start of his Geylang International career. 

Sime gave us some insight into the different tactical approaches that he’s had to adapt to as he swapped the Tigers for the Eagles, the family atmosphere at Geylang and the coaching qualities of Noor Ali. 

All that and much more on this week’s episode, including his life off the pitch in Singapore, his appreciation for the Ultras Eagles and whether he’s thinki...


#48 👋🏾 HOW YOU DOING BRATE?: STIPE PLAZIBAT
03/16/2022

It’s time for a catch up with Stipe Plazibat! Episode 48 of The #RatedRR Podcast sees one of the SPL’s best all round forwards joining Raushan and Roshan to talk about what he’s been up to since leaving Singapore, his ill-fated spell in Romanian football and his hopes and plans for the future. 

Stipe touched on how he thinks the Lion City Sailors are doing, his departure from the club, his thoughts on the SPL this season and… referees. Will we be seeing him on our shores again? Tune in to find that out and much more...


#47 🇭🇷 JAGUARS JUGGERNAUT: MIRKO ŠUGIĆ
03/09/2022

Mirko Šugić, the latest addition to Tanjong Pagar United’s midfield, joins us for episode 47 of The RatedRR Podcast. 

Mirko isn’t just a midfield maestro. Turns out, he’s an entertaining storyteller as well as he churned out anecdote after anecdote about his career so far, his move from Croatia to Singapore and how’s he’s settling in at the Jaguars. 

Why did he almost quit football? What kept him going? What’s his favourite local food? Why is the team spirit at Tanjong Pagar so strong? What can we expect from him this year?  All...


#46 🤜🏾 🤛🏾 BEST FRIENDS FOREVER!: RYHAN STEWART & RIKI KIMURA
03/02/2022

It’s always a blast hanging out with your best friend and that’s exactly how we all felt on this episode of The #RatedRR podcast with Riki Kimura and Ryhan Stewart.

The duo, recommended to us by Ikhsan Fandi, were in top form with wonderful banter and some great insight into their young careers. Friendship, rivalries, culture clashes, modelling, AFF U23, their futures and so much more in this week’s show. 

Fast paced, funny, entertaining and insightful. That’s what we thought of this one anyway. Let us know what you think in the comme...


#45 🛳️ ALL HANDS ON DECK!: CHEW CHUN-LIANG
02/24/2022

You’re going to love this one! It’s episode 45 of The #RatedRR podcast and we’ve got yet another great guest on the show as welcome the CEO of the Lion City Sailors, Chew Chun-Liang. 

Chun-Liang was open and full of honest insight as he spoke to The Rated RR duo about the voyage the Lion City Sailors have been on both on and off the pitch. 

Chun-Liang touched on the challenges they’ve faced, the milestones they’ve reached so far and their determination to keep growing as a club that develops not only itself...


#44 🟠 DARK HORSES?: FABIAN KWOK & IDRAKI ADNAN
02/17/2022

Hougang United’s Idraki Adnan returns to The #RatedRR Podcast and this time he’s not alone as his club captain Fabian Kwok also joins us for Episode 44 of the show. 

The pair spoke about Hougang’s preparations for the season, their impressive squad, they key signings, their targets for the season and whether Hougang United can challenge for the 2022 SPL title. 

Idraki also gave us an update on his return to action as he and Fabian spoke about the hunger and desire within the Cheetahs camp to make sure they maintain their pace throughout the seas...


#43 🦅 BEZECOURT BOLEH! : VINCENT BEZECOURT
02/09/2022

Get ready for some French Flair in the 2022 SPL Season as Vincent Bezecourt gives us all the details about what we can expect from him as he turns out for The Eagles this year.

The Frenchman also spoke about his fascinating professional journey from the East Coast of the USA with the New York Red Bulls to the East Coast of Singapore with Geylang International via a title winning season in Armenia which also saw him taking on Steven Gerrard’s Rangers in the UEFA Europa League.

All that and so much more on this we...


#42 🦌STAGS PRIMED!: DESMOND ONG
02/02/2022

What exactly does a chairman of an SPL club do? What was the reasoning behind the 5 year contracts? Was Gavin in any danger of getting the sack? What lessons were learned from last season? How can Tampines Rovers stay competitive against the might of the Lion City Sailors?

The answers to all that and much more on this week’s episode of the Rated RR podcast as Tampines Rovers chairman Desmond Ong joins Roshan and Raushan on the show to speak about all things TRFC. 

The Stags are primed for action as we edge closer tow...


#41 🇸🇬 THE ROAD AHEAD: YAZEEN BUHARI
01/26/2022

We’ve had some great guests on the show since we began and it’s another big one this week on The Rated RR podcast as we speak to the Football Association of Singapore’s General Secretary, Yazeen Buhari. 

Yazeen gave us some great insight into the search for the next Singapore national team coach and Technical Director. He also spoke about the challenges of organising the AFF Suzuki Cup, what comes next for Singapore football, the upcoming 2022 Singapore Premier League season and what his role as the General Secretary entails. 

Tune in for all that and...


#40 🐯BRAVE NEW WORLD!: DELWINDER SINGH
01/19/2022

It’s Delwinder Singh’s time to shine on this week’s episode of the #RatedRR podcast as Balestier Khalsa’s latest addition to their defensive ranks speaks to Raushan and Roshan about The Tigers and their vision for the 2022 Singapore Premier League season and beyond. 

Delwinder explains why he chose to sign for the Toa Payoh based club and gave us insight into how preparations are going for next season, his thoughts on Akbar Nawas, the quality of the squad and his own Singapore National Team ambitions. 


#39 ⚓ ANU: THE ANCHOR
01/12/2022

The newest addition to the Lion City Sailors midfield, Anu, joins the #RatedRR duo on this week’s episode of the show to talk about his return to the Singapore Premier League and his decision to join the Sailors on their voyage this season. 

The Singapore international also spoke about his time with the Lions at the Suzuki Cup, his adventures in Malaysia under Aidil Sharin at Kedah and how he’s grown as a footballer and person over the years. 

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#38 🏆 LET'S TALK ABOUT SIX!: MANO PÖLKING
01/04/2022

Checking in with the Champion! Just days after guiding the Thailand National Team to AFF Suzuki Cup glory, head coach Alexandre ‘Mano’ Pölking joins The #RatedRR Podcast to tell us all about a whirlwind 4 months that saw him take over the reigns in September and culminated in coronation as the War Elephants were crowned kings of ASEAN. 

How did Mano turn the fortunes of a Thai team that were reeling from a run of bad results? How important is the balance between man-management and tactics? What is the impact Mdm Pang has had during his tenure? Who ar...


#37 🦁PRIDE OF LIONS: HARISS HARUN & NOH ALAM SHAH
12/28/2021

Oh, what could have been! A heartbreakingly cruel lost to Indonesia in the AFF Suzuki Cup Semi-finals saw the Lions bow out of the tournament. And who better to dissect the defeat than two Singapore legends from the past and present, Noh Alam Shah and NT Captain Hariss Harun. The duo join us for this week’s episode of the Rated RR podcast as we look back at Singapore’s campaign.

They were in great form and candidly gave us some great insight into the classic contest against Indonesia, their thoughts on some of the dubious calls and...


#36 💯 THE CENTURION: SAFUWAN BAHARUDIN
12/21/2021

You asked for it and we delivered! Singapore’s latest national team centurion, Safuwan Baharudin, joins us from inside the lions’ AFF Suzuki Cup camp on this week’s episode of The #RatedRR podcast. 

In this wide ranging interview, Safuwan spoke to us about the performances of the team at the competition, the reactions from the fans, the togetherness of the squad and he also looked ahead to the two legged semi-final against Indonesia.  Safuwan also candidly discussed his career and was generous with time as he took in some of the fans questions in the #YATA segment...


#35 🏆 AFF SUZUKI CUP 2020: TOURNAMENT SO FAR
12/15/2021

A winner of this very tournament with the Lions in 1998 and a local legend in Singapore football, Noor Ali joined us on the latest episode of The #RatedRR Podcast to talk all things AFF Suzuki Cup!

From reliving his exploits across 3 editions in this regional competition between 1998 to 2004, to casting his coaching eye on the current Singapore National Team's progress in the 2020 edition - Noor Ali offered a frank assessment of the tournament thus far. And that includes his opinions on the likes of Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia & Indonesia.

Can the Lions go all the way...


#34 🔴 GANBATTE!: TATSUMA YOSHIDA
12/01/2021

We’re almost set for kickoff ahead of the AFF Suzuki Cup and there’s no better way to warm up for the competition than to speak to the man who will be leading Singapore’s charge in the competition. 

Tatsuma Yoshida, the lions head coach, joins us for an insightful chat into his tactical approach, squad selection, his thoughts on the opposition and his targets for the upcoming Suzuki Cup campaign. 

Is the Singapore job the most challenging of his career? What has he learned from his time in charge of the national team? How does...


#33 🦁 LION CITY ROAR!: FARIS RAMLI
11/24/2021

One of the most exciting attackers in South East Asian football joins us on this week’s episode of The Rated RR show. 

Tune in as Singapore international and Lion City Sailors forward, Faris Ramli, joins us to talk about the national team, the upcoming AFF Cup, the Lion City Sailors project, his hopes for Singapore football and much more. 

This episode is longer than our usual shows but trust us, it’s well worth your time as Faris is insightful and entertaining. It’s so good that it’s even led to us asking if Faris c...


#32 🏠 HOME AWAY FROM HOME: ZULFAHMI ARIFIN
11/18/2021

Sabai Sabai. Zulfahmi Arifin joins us from Sukhothai on this week’s episode of The #RatedRR podcast to talk about his time in Thailand, the fascinating way in which he first made the move to the land of smiles, his thoughts on Thai football and Singapore’s recent training trip to Dubai.

The Singapore International midfielder also spoke about his excitement at representing the nation at the upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup and Singapore’s prospects in the competition. Zulfahmi provided some great insight into the workings of Tatsuma Yoshida and so much more in this episode. 

Tun...


#31 🎱 MIDFIELD MAESTRO: SHAHDAN SULAIMAN
11/10/2021

Midfield Maestro, Shahdan Sulaiman, joins us for this week’s episode of The Rated RR podcast. The Singapore international spoke to us about the national team’s preparations and targets for the upcoming AFF Cup. 

Shahdan discussed the importance of the Lion City Sailors project, their title winning season and the reason he feels like he’s 23 rather than 33. He’s not stopping anytime soon! The midfield metronome also took the time to answer some fan’s questions in our #YATA segment. 

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#30 🦁DARE TO DREAM: ERNIE SULASTRI & NURHIDAYU NASZRI
11/06/2021

Our Lionesses, Ernie Sulastri and Nurhidayu Naszri, join us on this episode of The Rated RR podcast to discuss the recent AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifying campaign, their journeys in the game, the state of the women’s football here and things that need to be done to support its growth. 

Daring to dream is the first part, having the drive and desire to achieve those dreams is the other. There was proper inspiration and insight covering a wide spectrum of talking points in this episode from two talented footballers at different points in their careers. 


#29 🇸🇬 SERVING THE NATION: JACOB MAHLER & JOEL CHEW
11/03/2021

Fresh from representing Singapore at the AFC U23 Asian Cup Qualifiers, Jacob Mahler & Joel Chew join the #RatedRR duo to discuss the Lions' showing at the tournament - dropping crucial points in their opener against Timor Leste, the win against the Philippines and going toe-to-toe with the reigning champions South Korea.

We also quiz the two on the praise heaped on their Young Lions team in the recently concluded 2021 SPL Season, their thoughts on National Service and the knock-on effect it has on their footballing careers, the challenge of juggling NS & Football and their aspirations for the...


#28 🔶THE DEPUTY: FIRDAUS KASSIM
10/27/2021

Great bosses get applauded, but an able No. 2 doesn’t get much attention. However, it’s a task that requires great finesse and quality to succeed.  Listen in to Hougang United’s assistant coach, Firdaus Kassim, as he discusses the ins and outs of his role and his assessment of The Cheetahs season in the Singapore Premier League.

Firdaus also provided some fascinating insight into his relationship with head coach Clement Teo, the Cheetah's plans to push on next season on the tactical & transfer fronts. 

Tune in, subscribe, share and have your say on “The Deputy” in...


#27 👋🏽 AU REVOIR: MARKO KRALJEVIĆ
10/20/2021

“I’m the best coach!” - Marko Kraljevic on the latest episode of The Rated RR podcast. This was a very enjoyable episode with Marko’s personality, sense of humour, and insight into his time with Balestier really coming to the fore. Marko discussed his time at Balestier Khalsa, the highlights of his coaching career so far and his plans moving forward.

Don’t miss this one with The Tigers’ longest serving and most successful head coach, Marko Kraljevic. Send us your thoughts as well and subscribe to our channels for more great content. We are also on Spotify, A...


#27 🔶 THE DEPUTY: FIRDAUS KASSIM
10/20/2021


#26🥇OLE ALLEZ ALLEZ: GABRIEL QUAK
10/14/2021

SPL champion and AIA goal of the season winner, Gabriel Quak joins us on the latest episode of the Rated RR podcast. This one went on for a little longer than normal as it was a thoroughly engaging chat with the Singapore international. 

Gabriel spoke to Roshan & Raushan candidly about the title winning season with the Lion City Sailors, adaptation to different coaching styles, his hopes for Singapore at the AFF Cup and much more. Plenty to glean from this one so do tune in, send us your thoughts as well and subscribe to our channels for m...


#25 🏆 SPL SUPER SUNDAY: WHO DARES WINS!
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10/06/2021

The final countdown. A title up for grabs. History in the making. 

The Lion City Sailors in the driving seat for their first domestic crown and there’s no room for error with the defending champions Albirex Niigata determined to fight until the end. It’s going to be a massive weekend in the Singapore Premier League and with that in mind, the Rated RR podcast decided to switch gears with a comprehensive look at what we’ve seen so far this season and what we can expect on the final matchday of the 2021 campaign. 

SPL comm...