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Richard Bok

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Playing positionHead coach
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Current clubSingapore Armed Forces Football Club

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Richard Bok is a soccer coach from Singapore. He is currently the Head Coach of the Singapore Armed Forces Football Club (SAFFC).

In terms of results, 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 and 2008.

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 the Club into the AFC Champions League group stages by defeating PEA of Thailand & PSMS Medan of Indonesia in the East playoff thus SAFFC making Singapore football history by being the first team in Singapore to qualified for the highest club competition in Asia. In the 2009 AFC Champions League Group stage, SAFFC were group with J League Champion Kashima Antlers of Japan, K League Champion Suwon Samsung Bluewings of Korea and C 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 on penalty in the playoff final with Muang Thong Utd FC of Thailand in Singapore. This time, they were group with former winner of this competition 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 C League Henan Jianye. This campaign really 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 seven years before taking over as Head Coach in 2006.

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