Japanese Albirex Niigata team wins 1st-ever S'pore Premier League by being undefeated all season

Where art thou, Singapore football?

Belmont Lay | September 30, 2018, 03:55 PM

Foreign Japanese side Albirex Niigata won the first-ever Singapore Premier League (SPL) by being unbeaten the entire season.

The SPL is the revamped S-League that started in 2018.

Won the league two months early

Albirex had already won the league in July, more than two months before the end of the season, but made history on the last match by defeating Warriors FC 2-1 on Saturday, Sept 29.

This means Albirex won 21 times and drew thrice in 24 games.

The draws were against Balestier Khalsa, Home United and Hougang United.

The Japanese side, also known as the White Swans, are three-time league champions.

New records

Albirex also set a new record for the biggest points gap between the winners and the runners-up.

Home finished second with 43 points -- 23 behind Albirex's tally of 66.

The previous record of 20 points was set in 2002 by Singapore Armed Forces FC (now known as Warriors FC) in the S-League, which is the SPL's predecessor.

Albirex also has the distinction of embarking on a 18-victory winning streak this season.

More trophies

The Japanese team are looking to dominate further.

They are looking to win all the trophies available once more, having done so in 2016 and 2017.


They currently hold a 3-2 lead on aggregate over Home in the Singapore Cup semi-final.

The second leg will be played on Oct. 3 and the winner of the tie will take on either Brunei DPMM or Balestier Khalsa in the Singapore Cup final on Oct. 6.

H/T Channel News Asia