Dual Arc winner Treve not retiring

SECOND ARC TRIUMPH: Treve winning her second successive Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe with jockey Thierry Jarnet astride at Longchamp yesterday week.
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Stylish French

Benzema says Les Bleus are too classy for Portugal

"We won with style and were really strong from the start. We went forward very well..." - Karim Benzema (above, left)
Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Kids have fun at JFA-FAS clinic

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U-17 World Cup bid a big step forward for S'pore

JFA OFFICIAL HIROMI HARA:

Hiromi Hara.
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In search of magic

Blue Samurai still finding their feet after World Cup hangover 

SUPPORT: Nearly 700 fans (above) turned up to watch Japan train yesterday at the Bishan Stadium, ahead of the Blue Samurai's clash with Brazil. 

SUPPORT: Nearly 700 fans turned up to watch Japan (above) train yesterday at the Bishan Stadium, ahead of the Blue Samurai’s clash with Brazil.
Mike Havenaar

His eyes were transfixed on a point in the distance, well beyond the Bishan Stadium gate that was 10 metres ahead of him, but there was something most strange about Mike Havenaar. 

Havenaar (right) is a 1.94m tall Caucasian forward in Japan's national football team, but that wasn't it. 

He was hissing - literally. 

Reminiscent of a young Harry Potter talking to magical serpents, Havenaar was seemingly lost in his own world, ignoring calls from reporters to stop and chat, still hissing as he exited the stadium after Japan's hour-long training session yesterday.  

The 27-year-old is one of a few new additions to the Japan team who will line up against Brazil at Singapore's brand new 55,000-capacity National Stadium at the Sports Hub tomorrow, as new coach Javier Aguirre continues to rally his charges along a different path. 

Even though a friendly, the match is a sellout and, while much of the focus of Singapore's fans will be on record five-time world champions Brazil, the Blue Samurai will have a sizeable force on the terraces of the National Stadium.

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Jefferson had Messi figured out

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In love with Luiz

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Neymar and Kaka are fans' favourites as Brazil-mania hits Singapore

STAR DRAW: Neymar and Kaka (above) are clearly the main attractions as fans capture the moments of Brazil's arrival right until they left on the team buses.
STAR DRAW: Neymar (above) and Kaka are clearly the main attractions as fans capture the moments of Brazil's arrival right until they left on the team buses.
PRIDE: Teacher Mariana Melo with colleagues and students, including 10-year-old Shojo, joining about 200 fans (above) to welcome the Brazilian stars.
PRIDE: Teacher Mariana Melo (above, far left) with colleagues and students, including 10-year-old Shojo (in white), joining about 200 fans to welcome the Brazilian stars.

It takes a special kind of attraction to get people out of their beds and head for Changi Airport early on a Sunday morning. The Brazil national football team have that kind of effect.

Barely 10 hours after they saw off fierce rivals Argentina 2-0 in a "Superclasico" international friendly at the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing, the Selecao arrived in Singapore at around 8am on Sunday.

The record five-time world champions play Japan in another friendly, at the 55,000-capacity National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub on Tuesday.

The match, which pits the biggest name in football against Asia's reigning champions, is a sellout.

For all their star power, there was no question who the two most popular Brazilians in Terminal 2 were - former Real Madrid man Kaka and Barcelona ace Neymar.

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Tags: brazil, neymar and kaka

Bold on gold

JOY: Kamala Jewellers director M. Narayana Samy (above) says customers buy gold jewellery during Deepavali as it is a joyous occasion.
JOY: Kamala Jewellers director M. Narayana Samy says customers buy gold jewellery (above) during Deepavali as it is a joyous occasion.
FINE APPAREL: Ms S. Susheela (centre) shows her daughter Gayathiri Vijayakumar (in blue), how to put on the sari, while Gayathiri's friend, Ms Siti Fatimah M.Y. looks on.
GLEE: Ms Siva Nangai and Mr Ella Maran, both 21, look for home decorations at a night market on Hastings Road next to The Verge shopping mall.

All that glitters is not just gold as preparations for the Festival of Lights pick up in Little India.

Buying that chunkiest gold necklace, getting the perfect sari or finding the yummiest sweets and snacks are just some of the traditions of Deepavali celebrations.

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YOUR SAY: A revamp would benefit our children

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