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Richard Bok

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Place of birth  Singapore
Name  Richard Bok
Playing position  Head coach
Role  Coach
Years  Team
Current team  Young Lions FC
2014  Singapore Cubs

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Date of birth  (1969-08-03) August 3, 1969 (age 46)
2006-2012  Singapore Armed Forces Football Club

SAFFC - Interview with Richard Bok

Richard Bok is a soccer coach from Singapore. He is currently Head Coach of the Singapore U-22.


Bok is the most successful coach in the history of Singapore's S.League. He has led SAFFC to winning the S.League title four times, in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, as well as the Singapore Cup in 2007, 2008 and 2012.

Bok won the S.League's Coach of the Year award in 2006, 2007 and 2009.

In Asian Football Confederation Club Competitions, he led SAFFC to 2 Quarter Finals in 2007 & 2008 AFC Cup. In 2009, he made history by leading SAFFC into the AFC Champions League group stages by defeating PEA of Thailand & PSMS Medan of Indonesia in the East playoff. SAFFC made Singapore football history by being the first team in Singapore to qualify for the premier club tournament in Asia. In the 2009 AFC Champions League Group stage, SAFFC were grouped with J League Champion Kashima Antlers of Japan, K-League Champion Suwon Samsung Bluewings of Korea and Chinese Super League runners up Shanghai Shenhua of China. SAFFC were last in the group with 1 point from a draw with Shanghai Shenhua of China, played at Jalan Besar stadium in Singapore.

In 2010, he led SAFFC to their 2nd successive AFC Champions League Group stage by defeating Sriwijaya of Indonesia 3-0 at Jalan Besar stadium in Singapore and won the playoff final in Singapore against Muang Thong Utd FC of Thailand on penalties. This time, they were grouped with the 2009 winner of the tournament Gamba Osaka of Japan, Henan Jianye of China and again Suwon Samsung Bluewings of Korea. This time round, Richard led his team to their first ever away point with a draw in Henan, China against Henan Jianye, thus equalling the one point they had in 2009. But they went one better with their first ever historical AFC Champions League win on 13 April 2010 at Jalan Besar stadium in Singapore with a 2-1 victory over Henan Jianye. Thus finishing 3rd in the group ahead of big team of Chinese Super League Henan Jianye. This campaign put SAFFC and Singapore football on the map in Asia football.

Bok was formerly a player for SAFFC in the S.League when the league was first inaugurated in 1996. In 1997, he suffered a stroke which left him with blurred vision and ended his playing career. (He still suffers from black spots which obscure his peripheral vision.) Bok served as an assistant coach at SAFFC for eight years before taking over as Head Coach in 2006.

Coaching Qualification

AFC Professional Diploma Coaching License

AFC Regional Instructor Course

Coaching Honours

  • S.League Championship Winner : 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Singapore Cup Champion : 2007, 2008, 2012
  • Singapore Charity Shield Winner : 2008, 2010
  • AFC Champions League East Playoff Winner : 2009, 2010
  • AFC Champions League Groups stage : 2009, 2010
  • AFC Cup Quarter Final : 2007, 2008
  • AFF Asean Club Championship Quarter Final : 2003 (as Caretaker Coach)
  • S.League Coach Of The Year Winner : 2006, 2007, 2009
  • Coaching Records in all competitions

    All Competition as of 1 November 2012


    Richard Bok Wikipedia