Global mean business
GOOD RUN: Global FC (in red) lost to Tanjong Pagar in the semi-finals last year. - SPH FILE PHOTOS
With names like Misagh Bahadoran, Jason de Jong, Mark Hartmann, Jeffrey Christiaens, Daisuke Sato and Charley Pettys in their squad, Global FC's team feature players from all over the world.
Intriguingly, these players are not part of Leigh Manson's foreign contingent, but are in fact locals who are all established Philippine internationals.
Global will take on Brunei DPMM in the first round of the RHB Singapore Cup at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Saturday.
Fans will likely be familiar with de Jong, the Filipino-Dutch defensive midfielder who has over 40 caps to his name and has been likened to his namesake, Nigel of AC Milan, for his take-no-prisoners approach.
He was part of the Global side that reached the semi-finals in last year's Singapore Cup and has since been appointed captain following the departure of Ben Starosta.
Bahadoran, a silky-skilled forward of Iranian heritage who scored against Warriors FC in last year's preliminary round, and Christiaens, a tireless wing-back, are also players capable of causing problems for any defence in the competition.
Hartmann is another name that will ring a bell, having played for Loyola Meralco Sparks in the past two editions.
The 23-year-old is the leading scorer in the United Football League, accounting for 22 of his club's 79 goals this season.
Apart from these players, there is plenty to suggest Global could cause quite a stir again, especially with their actual imports.
Although they have lost Spaniard Rufinho Sanchez to Thai side PTT Rayong, they will finally be able to unleash Sudanese striker Izzeldin Elhabbib, who is expected to feature after missing out last year due to visa issues.
Rounding off their foreign contingent are Japanese playmaker Yu Hoshide, Mexican midfielders Raul Martinez and German Rodriguez, and Portuguese forward Hardy Pinto-Moreira.
Filipinos Jerry Barbaso, Curt Dizon and Aaron Altiche will all play important roles, too, and coach Manson will be confident his team can go far this season with the firepower at his disposal.