For decades Kelantan were nothing more than also rans in Malaysian football. For all their potential in Kota Bahru and their vast state neighbouring Thailand they had made little impact on the football conciousness and it wasn't until the 21st century that they started making ripples.
In 2000 they lifted their first honour, the second tier title but it wasn't until nine years later they started turning those ripples into something stronger.
Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000167 EndHTML:0000007459 StartFragment:0000000457 EndFragment:0000007443 With eight minutes remaining on the clock, Kelantan were down and out of the Malaysia Cup. Despite winning the first leg in Kuala Lumpur 2-1 against ATM, or Armed Forces, a first half brace from veteran striker Marlon Alex James had given the visitors the lead and put them on the verge of a finals appearance.
It was a night of unbridled passion, a cup tie in the fullest sense of the word when a defeat means the end of a dream for another season.
LionsXII had to beat group leaders Perak to even have a chance of reaching the knock out stage of the Malaysia Cup and going into the game they were handicapped with the absence of leading scorer Shahril Ishak.
PETALING JAYA: Negri Sembilan are hitting top gear and coach Mohd Azraai Khor Abdullah is grinning
from ear to ear. The defending champions started off with a lacklustre 1-1 draw with Felda United
in their opening Group C match but proved their title aspirations by whipping Sime Darby 4-0 in
their second match on Saturday.
The pieces of the puzzle are slowly falling into place for former Malaysia Cup kingpins Kuala Lumpur as the city side bid to reverse a decline which resulted in successive relegation the past two seasons. KL will play in the third-tier FAM League for the first time in their 35-year history but the wheels have been turning as soon as relegation from the Premier League was confirmed in July.
"It is hoped that given time more fans who have attended LionsXII matches at Jalan
Besar will continue to go to the S-League stadiums." said S.League CEO Lim Chin in this
morning's TODAY article "Sizzling action, fizzling figures" (screen grab below).
courtesy of Mediacorp TODAYI really hope that I share the same optimism like what Mr Lim has
envisaged, but unfortunately, I couldn't do so.
Steve Darby has slammed Terengganu's sacking of coach Mat Zan Mat Aris saying he 'was amazed'. The
team from the north east of Malaysia sit third in the Super League but were recently dumped out of
the FA Cup by Premier League side Sime Darby.
'The results at Terranganu have been excellent, ' says Steve talking to Jakarta Casual, ' last year
they won the FA Cup, runners up in league and Malaysia Cup and this year reached semi final of FA
Cup and in the top 3 of the M league!
Terengganu coach Mat Zan Mat Aris, one name, has quit. The team are third in the Malaysia Super
League, 10 points behind leaders LionsXII but with three games in hand. However that doesn't seem
to be enough for the team from the North East who were surprisingly knocked out of the FA Cup semi
finals by Premier League side Sime Darby (no relation to Steve) and have only won one in their last
five Super League games.
The romantics may have fancied a LionsX11 v Selangor final. Back when Singapore competed annually in the Malaysia Cup a meeting between these two old foes was always one of the more anticipated fixtures. They clashed in the first final back in 1921 and have won the title 56 times between them, being runners up a further 34 times.
OK the Malaysian season has finished. The Malaysia Cup will be drawn at the end of July and will
start after Ramadhan.
Kelantan won the Super League and the FA Cup. They are still going strong in the AFC Cup, facing
Arbil home and away in September.
The Malaysians have decided it has been a few years since they last changed the format of their
league so in 2013 the top flight will have 12 teams instead of the present 14 so we have a mad rush
to escape the drop.
Despite a poor start to the season, a defeat and a draw, LionsX11 are still attracting plenty of
interest among those who recall the 'good old days' of Malaysia Cup. Over 7,000 filled a newly
expanded Jalan Besar Stadium for the opening game with Kelantan while this report suggests ticket
sales are going well ahead of the next game against KL.
Tickets for the daftly named LionsXII, sorry but it is a daft name, opening game in the Malaysia
Super League against Kelantan go on sale this Friday. Again the Singapore FA have this nonsense
idea that tickets will only go on sale to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents which means if I
wanted to go I couldn't.
"If the LionsXII win the league, the Malaysia Cup and the FA Cup, we will have a problem. We all
want a competitive league but we have to be fair to the Malaysian teams." (Original)
So says a member of the Football Association of Malaysia.It's a bit like having a party, inviting
someone at the last minute then getting upset when they seduce the girl of your dreams.
Next year sees a Singapore team competing in the Malaysia Super League, a throwback to the times
when they competed in the prestigious Malaysia Cup fondly remembered by fans of that
The Singapore Lions is a team being specially built to compete north of the causeway, the season
starts in January, and is being slowly, almost painfully, put together piece by piece.
If social media were to run football Olivier Giroud would have long been consigned to the knackers yard, Jurgen Klopp would have been beatified by now and Mehmet Durakovic would have a job for life at Selangor.
The last few years have been pretty barren by Selangor standards as they have seen the likes of Kelantan and Johor Darul Tazim take their turn in dominating Malaysian club football.
I hope to get to a few FAM League games this year. For those who don't know, the FAM League is the third tier in Malaysian football and includes some wonderfully named football clubs as well as the odd corporate oddity.
2015 sees the league expanded to 19 teams which have been divided into two groups.
Back in the arly 1990s football in Singapore was massive. With a capital M. People talk fondly of fans queuing to watch local league games and of course you are never far from an old timer wistfully recalling 1994 and the Malaysia Cup.
The fact they still like to talk about local football and they have those memories is a good thing.
SINGAPORE — The LionsXII are set to participate in the Malaysian Super League (MSL) and Malaysia Cup beyond 2015, when the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) in 2011 expires. Under the MOU, both associations agreed to continue to have a team in each other's league for developmental purposes, and with one season left, all indications are that the deal will be re-struck.
LionsX11 managed to turn around a 2-1 deficit in their opening Malaysia Cup tie away to Pahang to win 2-0 on the night at the Jalan Besar Stadium. last night.
After their tepid 0-0 at home to Johor FC which had boos echoing round the stadium, the fans got behind the team last night in the right way as goals in each half from former Persib and Home United striker Shahril Ishak booked their passage in their debut season.
LionsX11 are back in the Malaysia Cup and in their opening group they sure won't be able to
complain too much about the travelling with two teams from Johor across the causeway and a team
from Selangor up by KL to get past.
22/08 Johor FC v LionsX11
25/08 LionsX11 v PKNS
28/08 Johor v LionsX11
01/09 LionsX11 v Johor
04/09 PKNS v LionsX11
14/09 LionsX11 v Johor FC
Ticket prices are more expensive than the recently finished Malaysia Super League.
(This entry is formulated based on the transcript of the media release issued by X-League, one of
the partners of this blog.)
(P.S: The images depicted in this blog entry are provided by X-League.)
Not just futsal, the new facilities include eateries and a supermarket within reachThe Woodlands
region, located at the north of Singapore, will see a new futsal league kicks off in the month of
The Malaysian football league may not have many teams. Just 14 in the top flight Super League and
12 in the Super League. But when you add the FA Cup and the Malaysia Cup what you have is a
domestic season that begins in January and finishes at the end of October. Then the best players
get to prepare for the SEA Games or the AFF Cup depending which year we are in.
After Arsenal, Liverpool and that other club, forget their name, toured Malaysia earlier this year,
chances are the visit of Bangladesh won't excite too many people beyond the migrant workers that
build the country.
On Sunday though the Bangladesh national team will play a friendly against Malaysia Cup winners