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Malaysia Cup Draw 2014

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Group A - Pahang, JDT II, LionsXII, Felda United
Group B - Sarawak, Terengganu, Perak, Kedah
Group C - JDT, Kelantan, ATM, Penang
Group D - Sime Darby, T Team, PDRM, Selangor

JDT will be up against coach Bojan Hodak's outfit Kelantan which could add some spice for a local Alan Hansen but for the rest of us it's just another game.

Safuwan Nicks It For LionsXII

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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.

Exciting Kunalan Returns

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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.

Don’t Know About Crazy But Fanatic Sure Is Close

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Today's post is not the usual blog but is the entry for "Are You One of Crazies" competition organised by Carlsberg, Nuffnang and Churp Churp. Here goes.

Starstrucked

I would readily admit that I'm one who's crazy about football, if not the craziest. I guess there's no better place to start than how it began.

Don’t Know About Crazy But Fanatic Sure Is Close

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Today's post is not the usual blog but is the entry for "Are You One of Crazies" competition organised by Carlsberg, Nuffnang and Churp Churp. Here goes.

Starstrucked

I would readily admit that I'm one who's crazy about football, if not the craziest. I guess there's no better place to start than how it began.

Results 06-07/09

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Malaysia Cup
Johor v Kedah 0-2Sabah v Perak 0-0Sime Darby v Terengganu 0-3PKNS v Negeri Sembilan 1-2Sarawak v Kelantan 0-2Johor FC v Felda United 0-2T Team v Selangor 1-0PDRM v KL 0-3
Just one home winner in the opening round of the Malaysia Cup and even that saw one of the favourites, Selangor, go down 1-0 to a goal by Alias!

Johor Tour Singapore

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You could throw a rock from JB to Singapore. If you had a strong arm. And were standing in the middle of the causeway. And a large pigeon suddenly swooped down from the Malaysian side, plucked the stone from your hands and carried it over to Singapore before dropping it on the miserable buggers who stamp passports for a living.

English Premier League

Kuala Lumpur On Their Way Back

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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.

Malaysia Cup Play Offs

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The Malaysia Cup draw won't be held till later in the month with the competition starting after the fasting month on 17 August.

10 teams from the Super League will be joined by the top four in the Premier League; Sarawak, Sime Darby, Johor and Kedah.

The final two entrants will be decided from play off between the two team relegated from the MSL and the 5th and 6th placed Premier League teams and they meet later this week on 10 July.

The thing had really "SPILLED over" instead of "SPILL over"

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"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.

Darby Comes Out In Support Of Sacked Colleague

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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 Seeking New Coach

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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.

Safiq Trials With Bluebirds

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KUALA LUMPUR: National skipper Safiq Rahim will get his long overdue chance to impress at Malaysian-owned English Second Division side Cardiff City.

The 24-year-old Selangor midfielder leaves for Cardiff today with high hopes of achieving a first for Malaysian football and take his football career to new heights.

Stewart Linked With Causeway Switch

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I understand Gombak United coach Darren Stewart is being linked with a move to Johor ahead of next season's Malaysia Premier League.
Aussie Stewart is in his third season with The Bulls and many felt the team would have won some silverware in 2010 had the fates not conspired against them so cruelly.

Malaysia

A Unique South East Asian Experience

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Saturday will feature the latest installment in the football soap opera between Indonesia and Malaysia at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.

It might not be the oldest rivalry in Southeast Asia, that honor belongs to Singapore and Malaysia, and dates back to the 1920s when they started going toe to toe in the Malaysia Cup.

Money Talks In Malaysia

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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.

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Malaysia Wrap

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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.

McCreery's New Team

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Sabah are due to host Queens Park Rangers this week in a friendly designed to promote the London team's sponsors' flights to East Malaysia.

It has not been a particularly enjoyable season for the team nicknamed Hawks or Rhinos as they finished 13th in the 14 team Malaysia Super League and must go into play off to avoid the drop.

Sabah's New Coach

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Ahead of the Malaysia Cup Sabah have appointed David McCreery as their new coach. The former Manchester United and Newcastle United legend was most recently coaching in Myanmar with Magway FC.

I interviewed David back in March. Catch that chat in the Jakarta Globe.

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Mijo Reunites With Bojan?

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Reports today suggesting Deltras Croatian defender Mijo Dadic is set to sign for Malaysia Super League champions Kelantan.

If true then Dadic, pictured playing for previous club Persiba Balikpapan, will be teaming up with fellow Croatian Bojan Hadak who coached him during his first spell in Malaysia with MyTeam.

Mijo Reunites With Bojan?

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Reports today suggesting Deltras Croatian defender Mijo Dadic is set to sign for Malaysia Super League champions Kelantan.

If true then Dadic, pictured playing for previous club Persiba Balikpapan, will be teaming up with fellow Croatian Bojan Hadak who coached him during his first spell in Malaysia with MyTeam.

A Racist Ticket Policy?

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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.

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"Matchpix" - June 2012

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  • Causeway Challenge 2012 - Singapore 2-2 Malaysia 8/6/12

The Lions were saved from the skin of defeat with a Qiu Li's stunner in the dying minutes of the match with plenty of questions to be answered by Coach Raddy over his selection policy.

Results 29/10

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Malaysia Cup Final
Terengganu v Negeri Sembilan 1-2 (Ashaari Samsuddin; S Kunalan, Hairuddin Omar)
The Negeri's second win in three years, they also reached last year's final but were beaten by Kelantan. Malaysian football done and dusted until January when we can expect to see foreign players line up for the first time in three years.

Young Lions

Malaysians Bemoan Lack Of Fairness

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"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.

Singapore Lions Taking Shape. Slowly.

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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 generation.
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.

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Fan Pressure Forces Action

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Not a headline you're ever gonna read in England.
There was widespread disappointment in Malaysia when it was announced ticket prices for today's Malaysia Cup Final between Negeri Sembilan and Terengganu were set at 50 RM, compared to 30 RM for last year's showpiece.
Fans protested on line and off and there were threats the game would be boycotted.

Selangor's Costly Home Loss

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Criminally I have not been keeping up with the Malaysia Cup over recent days. We're at the semi final stage now with the second legs being played tomorrow. As things stand:
Selangor v Terengganu 0-2T Team v Negeri Sembilan 2-4
Is an all Terengganu final on the cards? NS's home advantage following their 4-2 win over the ever so daftly named (takes a deep breath) Terengganu PBDKT T Team makes it unlikely but this is Malaysian football after all so we'll see.

The Rest

LionsXII Likely To Stick Around

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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.

Kelamtan's Late Comeback

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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.

Lions Class '12 On Target To Emulate Class '94

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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.

Singapore Fans Whine About Malaysia Cup Qualification

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LionsX11 have made it out of what looked a less than taxing group stage of the Malaysia Cup but their fans have been less than happy at their less than cavalier approach.

Going into the final group stage game LionsX11 hosted Johor FC while Johor FA played PKNS across the border. LionsX11 and Johor FC were assured of qualification if they avoided defeat.

'94 Is Millstone Round Lions' Neck

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The Malaysia Cup kicks off tonight and LionsX11 are enjoying some positive coverage in the local papers. But it nearly refers to the heady days of 1994.

One reason Singapore football struggles to attract interest these days is because many folk are still wrapped in the bubble of '94 and that includes teenagers who were not born yet.

LionsX11 Increase Malaysia Cup Prices

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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.

Update

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Not written anything for a few days so here is a quick wrap.

Indonesia - no one has a scooby what is going on

Singapore - focus is on the League Cup and I don't give a scooby about that

Malaysia - Malaysia Cup begins after the week

Thailand - carries on regardless.

[Event] Northern Footballers Rejoice with new Futsal League & Venue

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(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 March.

Only Singaporeans Need Apply

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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.

A Tour Too Much

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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.

Bangladesh Prepare For SAFF In Malaysia

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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 Negeri Sembilan.

Jakarta Casual Weekly 12/09

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The latest Jakarta Casual Weekly is now on line. World Cup reaction, Safee and the Welsh Riviera and the Malaysia Cup are among the topics covered...