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Johor Darul Ta'zim
Full name Kelab Bolasepak Johor Darul Ta'zim
(Johor Darul Ta'zim Football Club)
Nickname(s) Kucing Selatan (Southern Cat)founded = 1972
Ground Larkin Stadium,
Johor Bahru, Johor
Ground Capacity 30,000
Owner Johor Football Association
Manager Ahmad Mazlan
2014 Malaysia Super League, 1st
Website Club home page
Current season

Johor Darul Ta'zim FC (Malay: Kelab Bolasepak Johor Darul Ta'zim), also simply known as JDT, is a football club based in Johor Bahru, Johor. The club was founded in 1972 (as PKENJ FC) and currently plays in the top division in Malaysian football, the Malaysian Super League. The club is owned by Johor Football Association. In 2014, JDT gained their first major honour by winning the 2014 Malaysia Super League during the first season of the Croatian manager Bojan Hodak.[1]


After rebranding in 2012, Johor Darul Ta'zim FC also implied a new nickname Southern Tigers (Malay: Harimau Selatan), an idea from Johor FA President which mean as a top professional football player who represented the club in Johor Darul Ta'zim FC. [2]


Early years (1972–1996)[edit]

Originally founded as Kelab Bolasepak Perbadanan Kemajuan Ekonomi Negeri Johor (PKENJ FC) and established itself under the guidance of the PKENJ Recreation Bureau. The club participated in state football competitions before it premiered in the Malaysia football league in 1988 in the FAM Cup. in 1994 In PKENJ FC managed to clinch first title FAM Cup title and repeated again in 1995.


Johor FC's years (1996–2011)[edit]

Because a good track record by PKENJ FC, in 1996 Johor Cooperation (state funded cooperation) decided to takeover the club changed its name to Johor Football Club (Johor FC), unfortunately only managed to become runner-up in 1996.

In 1997, Johor FC was promoted to the second tier Malaysian football league, the Malaysia Premier League (which was then known as the Premier-Two League), and won the title in 2001.[4] After two years in top division of the league, Johor FC were relegated to Malaysia Premier League during the 2002–03 season.[5] The club earned an automatic promotion to the Super League during the 2006–07 season after FAM's decision to expand the league to 14 teams and was respectively a regular top 6 finisher in the league. The club was the first club team in Malaysian football league to enter Malaysia Cup in 2000 under former British manager, Bruce Stowell. Malaysia Cup was previously dominated by state teams and by defeating ATM on aggregate in the second-round group qualification, the club itself has marked another record in the division. The club has also participated in AFC Cup in 2009 replacing Negeri Sembilan of which the latter qualified but did not proceed to compete in the competition.[4]

Modern Football Era (2012 – present)[edit]

Johor Football Association (also known as Johor FA) state team known as Johor failed to secure promotion to the Malaysia Super League in the 2013 season, by the end of November 2012, it was speculated that a take over between Johor Cooperation (Johor FC) and Johor FA was in place for Johor Football Club. In December 2012, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim Johor FA President announced that Johor Football Club is 100 Percent owned and controlled by Johor FA. The club name also will changed to Darul Takzim FC (Johor) later on as Johor Darul Ta'zim Football Club.[6]

Johor FA original ideas is to create Johorean young talent to supply to Johor Darul Ta'zim FC a clear step forward in moulding the future of the club. Thus, it implemented a 5 years plan which was distributed publicly through the media as invitation to join forces to create more talent pool. In earlier 2013 Tan Sri Annuar Musa and few Football Association president in Malaysia visit Johor FA headquarters and praised the program.

Fully supported and back boned by Sultan of Johor, JDT under flag of Johor FA pouring large scales investment to acquired Stadium Tan Sri Hassan Yunos (also known as Larkin Stadium) and officially owned by end of 2011. Larkin Stadium was once again upgraded and refurbished since 1990.

Former Singaporean football legend Fandi Ahmad subsequently penned a three-year contract with Malaysian Premier League (MPL) outfit Johor to serve as their technical advisor in 2010, Fandi was later promoted to become head coach of Johor Darul Ta'zim in 2012 and once again promoted to become a manager of Johor Darul Ta'zim. However, In mid 2013 he chose to resign due to differences in football philosophy and his position was succeeded by Bojan Hodak, the former Kelantan head coach.[7]

JDT also sign a professional coach team from Spain led by César Ferrando Jiménez but later changed to another professional coach team from Croatia led by Rajko Magić. A main César Ferrando Jiménez problem is consist due a language barrier that make him and the team not do not last long.[8]

The Return of Serbegeth Singh[edit]

Main article: Shebby Singh

Serbegeth "Shebby" Singh is considered as the best Johor's Central Defender ever made in late 1978. Shebby Singh recently worked as club's global advisor in Blackburn Rovers until he rejoined Johor FA back in 2013 as talent developer and scouter for all team under Johor FA.[9]

Marquee Player[edit]

In early 2012, Johor FA President does not hold any longer, with a tight budget and proper planning Johor Darul Ta'zim FC achieve to bought 75 percent of Malaysia national team player. Unfortunately A few of player implicated with a disciplinary problem, hence Johor FA once again launch a new program named "Professional football team Program".

Managed to loan two Latin player Daniel Güiza from Getafe and Simone Del Nero from Lazio shaking the Malaysia football arena in 2013, and help to boost sponsorship from local and international company.

In 2014 Johor FA announced that JDT signs Argentine Pablo Aimar for RM7.2mil a season. Later On Johor FA managed to captured a few mega companies to sponsored JDT (Johor FA). Pablo Aimar was released in April 2014 after new JDT head coach Bojan Hodak request to replaced with more young talent approved.[10]

Other marquee player that Johor FA signing is Leonel Núñez from Argentinos Juniors, Luciano Figueroa from Panathinaikos, Hariss Harun from LionsXII former best young Asean player and later Jorge Pereyra Díaz from Lanús


From the 1970s to 2012, the JDT team kit was manufactured by various of company including Adidas, Umbro, Lotto, & Jking. Since 2014, the official JDT kit has been manufactured by Nike. The home kit's design of red and blue stripes is shaped by a blue row of lines. The away kit features design of white and blue stripes is shaped by a white row of lines. The alternate kit is design reminisce of 2013 design of royal blue navy gradient overlay with pink red.

In November 2014, Nike Malaysia created a new football kit for the Johor Darul Ta'zim specially made for the 2015 AFC Champions League. The home kit's design of royal vavy blue and red stripes is shaped by a navy blue row of lines. The away kit features a full plain white front alternating with grey pattern boxes. The alternated kit features a full plain black. .[11]


Padang Sri Gelam is a training facility for the Johor Darul Ta'zim located at Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia. The facility is founded by the Johor Football Association with it purpose to serve as a training ground for the Johor Darul Ta'zim. [12]

Media coverage[edit]


Johor Darul Ta'zim home matches and some away matches (depending on the location and the broadcast station) are shown live or delayed on Astro Arena and RTM & Media Prima. All broadcast matches are controlled by MP & Silva.[13]

Publishing & Internet Media[edit]

Johor FA owned subsidiary company named Southern Tigers Berhad which own a few rights in publishing in Harimau selatan magazine, news and media in JDT TV Media. [14]

Crest and colours[edit]

The club crest is derived from the Johor State Council coat of arms, although all that remains of it on the current crest is only the part of the tiger Head. The Characteristic Of southern Tigers Royal government still shown by using Royal navy Blue.

Before JDT using a new 2013 logo, JDT once make critical error when using same similar crest with Australian Rugby Team because of Trademark issued. Thus, JDT created new brand of logo which more stronger and elite characteristic. [15] [16]


According from Southern Tigers Website, Johor Football Association secured 6 Mega Company to sponsors JDT FC. Primary sponsors include Nike, Country Garden Danga Bay, Vantage Bay, Fly Emirates, Yamaha, Johor Corporation, Iskandar Waterfront Holdings and Berjaya Holdings, help Johor FA climb to the 2nd rank of the richest football club in Malaysia. [17]


"Boys Of Straits" (formerly known as Southern Trooper) is the name of the official supporters of the Johor Darul Ta'zim. It is the largest supporter club in Johor comprises all the football supporter groups in the district which known for their high fanaticism and support both towards the Johor team and national team (including Hockey Team). Even in every match the JDT team played, they will be found in a group standing at the supporters area. The main colours for these supporter are usually in blue with a red scarf and banners just like the Johor Darul Ta'zim's team kits colours. These supporters always bring, drums and large colorful flags to the stadiums.[18]

"Inter Johor Firm" (formerly known as Orange County) was created in 2006 to support Johor FC team, and then merge with a few local fan club and goes under name Inter Johor Firm (IJF) to support Johor Darul Ta'zim. The early aim of creation of IJF is to protected JDT fans In away game. But when the group fans was over capacities, IJF implicated with football hooliganism scandal. On late 2014, IJF Officially banned byJohor FA President to entered or joined any home and away Match.[19]

Other small supporter group that consist as regular in Larkin Stadium is Sini laken, Jdt-sg, Flag Pole, And Brotherhood Johor.


The stadium was built in 1964, but back then it was a minor venue with only some 15,000 people to accommodate. In 1991 capacity doubled after an extensive revamp. Athletics track, floodlight masts and media infrastructure also came allowing the ground to host major events. Johor Darul Ta'zim FC plays their games at Larkin Stadium. It was named after the former Menteri Besar of Johor, Tan Sri Dato Hj. Hassan Yunus.[20] The stadium has also been used for the FIFA U-20 World Cup and Sukma Games.



Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

2015: Preliminary round 2
1996–97: Round of 16[21]
2009: Group stage[22]


As PKENJ FC & Johor FC[edit]

  • Winners: 2001[4]

As Johor Darul Ta'zim F.C.[edit]


Track record[edit]

Updated on 24 April 2015

Season P W D L F A Pts Pos FA Cup Malaysia Cup
2013 22 11 7 4 32 26 40 3rd Final Quarter-finals
2014 22 13 5 4 39 22 44 Champions Semi-finals Final
2015 9 4 3 2 12 8 15 1st round

First Team Squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Malaysia GK Mohd Farizal Marlias
4 Malaysia DF Asraruddin Putra Omar
5 Malaysia MF Mohd Amirul Hadi Zainal
6 Brazil DF Marcos Antônio
7 Malaysia DF Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak (Captain)
8 Malaysia MF Mohd Safiq Rahim (Vice-Captain)
9 Sierra Leone FW Alhaji Kamara (on loan from IFK Norrköping)
11 Argentina MF Patito Rodríguez (on loan from Santos)
12 Malaysia MF S. Kunalan
14 Singapore MF Hariss Harun
15 Malaysia DF Mohd Daudsu Jamaluddin
16 Malaysia MF Mohd Shakir Shaari
17 Malaysia FW Mohd Amri Yahyah
No. Position Player
18 Malaysia DF Mahali Jasuli
19 Argentina FW Luciano Figueroa 1
20 Malaysia MF Mohd Nazrin Mohd Nawi
21 Malaysia MF Jasazrin Jamaluddin
22 Malaysia GK Al-Hafiz Hamzah
23 Malaysia MF S. Chanturu
24 Malaysia GK Mohd Izham Tarmizi
25 Malaysia MF Junior Eldstal
26 Malaysia DF Mohd Amer Saidin
27 Malaysia DF Fadhli Shas

1.=AFC competition only

Sources:[24][25][26][27] Official squad: [1]

Development squad[edit]

After inception in 2012, HRH Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, Johor FA's President decided to avoid confusion by renames all Club under Johor Football Association using same name with roman number by hierarchy.[28] Hence, Johor Darul Ta'zim FC automatically will be 1st and senior club.By early 2014 FAM approved Johor FA application and officially registered club's all team name to Johor Darul Ta'zim FC[29]

Johor Darul Ta'zim IV team, which the club terms the U21, plays in the Malaysian President's Cup and a number of local cup competitions.

Johor Darul Ta'zim U21 Squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Malaysia GK Mohd Nabil Akmal Rusman
2 Malaysia DF Mohd Saipul Samsuri
3 Malaysia DF Muhd Zahin Zainal Alam
4 Malaysia DF Muhammad Nurfikry Razali
5 Malaysia DF Muhammad Zabidi Ismail
6 Malaysia DF Mohd Fitri Mohd Ismail
7 Malaysia MF Mohd Yazid Zaini
8 Malaysia MF Mohd Syafiq Aidil Zuhuri
9 Malaysia MF Aikal Aiman Azlan
10 Malaysia FW Sean Gan Giannelli
11 Malaysia FW Abdul Fathur Danish Abdul Rahman
12 Malaysia MF Muhammadhd Faiz Mohd Isa
13 Malaysia FW Muhd Shambri Haizam Sulaiman
No. Position Player
14 Malaysia MF Satrunan Pillai a/l Jayakumar
15 Malaysia DF Muhd Shafiq Hafiz Zulkifle
16 Malaysia MF Shahwan Shaharudin
17 Malaysia DF Muhd Hafiz Kamsani
18 Malaysia GK Muhd Khaled Abdul Razak
19 Malaysia MF Muhd Syafiq Seth
20 Malaysia MF Mohd Asyraf Abdul Talib
21 Malaysia GK Mohamad Luqman Hakim Mohd Razali
22 Malaysia MF Yusre Zuhaile Zainuddin
23 Malaysia MF Muhd Sahnizam Jamil
24 Malaysia MF Muhd Afeq Syamim Rohaizat
25 Malaysia MF Mohd Fahmi Faizal


Johor Darul Ta'zim U19 Squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Malaysia GK Muhamad Fazeli Muhamad Salleh
2 Malaysia GK Muhammad Yusri Tan Ser
3 Malaysia GK Muhammad Nor Faizal Abdul Manan
4 Malaysia DF Muhammad Syaiful Haziq Baharuddin
5 Malaysia DF Muhammad Amirul Izzuddin Zulkarnain
6 Malaysia DF Nur Ismail Sukandar
7 Malaysia DF Mohammad Arshad Mohd Rashid
8 Malaysia DF Mohammad Sufyan Sumiri
9 Malaysia DF Mohamad Firdaus Abdul Jabar
10 Malaysia MF Muhamad Sharil Fitri Yaacob
11 Malaysia DF Mahaidil Majid
12 Malaysia MF Aikal Aidil Azlan
13 Malaysia FW Muhd Shambri Haizam Sulaiman
No. Position Player
14 Malaysia MF Mohamad Khairullah Abdul Halim
15 Malaysia MF Muhd Fazhan Mohd Rahim
16 Malaysia DF Taufiq Nor Satari
17 Malaysia FW Raja Ahmad Syazwan Raja Ahmad
18 Malaysia MF Mohamad Shahril Hasnor Hadi
19 Malaysia MF Muhammad Asyraf Afnizam
20 Malaysia MF Azrul Azuan Ali
21 Malaysia MF Mohd Afaiz Jafri
22 Malaysia FW Mohd Shafiqee Fitri Nor Azman
23 Malaysia FW Muhammad Nazly Md Rashid
24 Malaysia FW
25 Malaysia DF


Current coaching staff[edit]

assistant Manager || MalaysiaYB Datuk Haji Abd Latif Bin Haji Bandi

Position Name
Manager Malaysia Ahmad Mazlan
Head Coach Malaysia Ahmad Mazlan
assistant Coach Malaysia Ismail Ibrahim
Technical Director Croatia Rajko Magić
Coach Malaysia Mohd Hamzani Omar
Coach Croatia Nenad Baćina
Fitness Coach Croatia Miro Petric
Fitness Coach Uruguay Fernando Gonzales
Goalkeeping coach Croatia Antonio Sisic
Physiotherapist Malaysia Mohd Rafiq Mohd Yusof
Head Of Youth Development Malaysia K. Sukumaran
U21 Head Team Coach Croatia Ervin Boban
U21 Assistant Coach Malaysia Salehan Mohd Som
U21 Coach Malaysia Fazail Mat Nayan
U21 Goalkeeping Coach Malaysia Isz Mohd Shahrom Idris
U21 Fitness Coach Malaysia Azmi Ibrahim
U21 Physiotherapist Malaysia Mohamad Syafiq Zakaria
U19 Head Team Coach Malaysia Yazid Abdul Karim
U19 Assistant Coach Malaysia Ahmad Hassan
U19 Coach Malaysia Mohd Rozi Abdul Hamid
U19 Goalkeeping Coach Malaysia Amirullah Abdul Ghani


Head Coach history[edit]

Head Coach by years (1998–present)


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