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Football's lessons on being an underdog

Underdogs are more than capable of causing upsets

Published Sun, May 4, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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[SINGAPORE[ Watching Malaysia Cup matches in the 80s probably taught Apollo Global Management Singapore CEO Tan Chin Hwee his first lessons on investing - and the loaded significance of being an underdog.

"I had a rude awakening when I realised that our national team was an underdog in the tournament," recalled Mr Tan, whose affinity with the sport goes back to his teenage years when his father first took him and his siblings to the National Stadium.

"But underdogs are capable of causing upsets, which is what the World Cup is all about. That's why I am adopting South Korea," said the avid Liverpool fan, who also sits on the board of Singapore Press Holdings.

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