Malaysia Premier League
|Number of teams||12|
|Levels on pyramid||2|
|Promotion to||Super League|
|Relegation to||FAM League|
|Domestic cup(s)||Malaysia Cup
Malaysia FA Cup
Malaysia Charity Shield
|International cup(s)||AFC Cup (via domestic cups)|
|Current champions||Sarawak FA
|2014 Malaysia Premier League|
The Malaysian Premier League (Liga Perdana Malaysia) is the second-tier football league in Malaysia. The league is currently named Astro Malaysia Premier League (Astro Liga Perdana Malaysia in Malay) for sponsorship purposes. The league was previously called the TM Malaysia Premier League because of the sponsorship of Telekom Malaysia, But it was changed after Astro became the league sponsors replacing Telekom Malaysia.
- 1 History
- 2 Prize money
- 3 Champions
- 4 History
- 5 Great Honours
- 6 Players
- 7 Foreign players
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Between 1998 to 2003, the second-tier league existed as the Malaysia Premier Two League, below the top-flight Malaysia Premier One League. In 2004, it was relaunched as the Malaysia Premier League, and the top-tier league was renamed the Malaysia Super League.
Between 2004 and 2006, the professional football league in Malaysia was divided into three groups:
- First Division: Malaysia Super League
- Second Division: Malaysia Premier League Group A
- Second Division: Malaysia Premier League Group B
At the end of the season, the top team from each group of the Premier League was promoted to the Malaysia Super League. The teams which finished bottom of each group were relegated to the National League Malaysia. The two group champions also faced-off to determine the Malaysia Premier League Championship.
For the 2006-07 season, the Malaysia Premier League was reorganised into a single league of 11 teams instead of being a competition involving two separate groups of teams.
The 2011 Premier League Logo which has been used for the 2011 Malaysia Premier League Season.
The current Super League Logo used for the 2012 Malaysia Premier League Season.
According to a, these were price money for the 2012 competition.
- RM 300,000 for the league champion
- RM 150,000 for the second place
- RM 75,000 for third place
However FAM's Malaysia National under 21 team, the Harimau Muda were not given the prize money. The money were kept by the organizer (FAM). But for the 2010s league, Harimau Muda B will keep their prize money (unlike their brother last year).
Pre-2004 Malaysian football league second-tier champions
|1982–88||no second-tier league|
|1989||Division 2: Perlis FA|
|1990||Division 2: Terengganu FA|
|1991||Division 2: Negeri Sembilan FA|
|1992||Division 2: Kedah FA|
|1993||Division 2: Selangor FA|
|1994–97||no second-tier league|
|1998||Premier 2: Terengganu FA|
|1999||Premier 2: Johor FA|
|2000||Premier 2: Kelantan FA|
|2001||Premier 2: Johor FC|
|2002||Premier 2: Kedah FA|
|2003||Premier 2: Public Bank FC|
Best performing teams
|6||Negeri Sembilan FA||1|
|11||Public Bank FC||1|
|12||Kuala Muda Naza FC||1|
|13||Harimau Muda A||1|
|14||FELDA United FC||1|
|2005||Selangor FA||Malaysia Premier League, Malaysia FA Cup & Malaysia Cup|
Golden Boot Winners
|1991||Marshall Soper||Penang FA||11|
|1993||Alistair Edwards||Singapore FA|
|1998||Seidu Issifu||Terengganu FA||8|
|1999||Rusdi Suparman||Selangor FA||15|
|2000||Anuar Abu Bakar||Kelantan FA||12|
|2001|| Suharmin Yusuf
Shahrin Abdul Majid
|2002||Issac Kuffour||TM FC||22|
|2003||Juan Manuel Arostegui||MPPJ FC||33|
|2004||Brian Diego Fuentes||Selangor FA||25|
|2005||Bambang Pamungkas||Selangor FA||23|
|2006||Gustavo Fuentes||Malacca FA||18|
|2007||Marin Mikac||UPB MyTeam FC||13|
|2008||Mohamed Moustapha N'diaye||Kelantan FA||27|
|2009||Mohd Haris Safwan Mohd Kamal||T-Team||24|
|2010||Mohammad Zamri Hassan||PKNS FC||11|
|2011||Mohd Fitri Omar||Muar FC||16|
|2012||Khairul Izuan Abdullah||PDRM FA||27|
|2013||Karlo Primorac||Sime Darby FC||24|
List Of Foreign Players For Malaysia Premier League 2014
|PDRM FA||Ali Ashfaq||ST|
|Kedah FA||José Franco Gómez||DF|
|Kedah FA||Adam Griffiths||DF|
|Kedah FA||Adriano Pellegrino||MF|
|Kedah FA||Billy Mehmet||ST|
|Sarawak FA||Milorad Janjuš||ST|
|Sarawak FA||Muamer Salibašić||ST|
|Sarawak FA||Alireza Abbasfard||ST|
|Sarawak FA||Gábor Gyepes||DF|
|Sime Darby FC||William Mensah||DF|
|Sime Darby FC||Dilshod Sharofetdinov||MF|
|Sime Darby FC||Wisdom Agblexo||ST|
|Sime Darby FC||Mahmoud Al-Amna||MF|
The professionalism of some teams have also been questioned. Most teams view foreign players as a necessity and as a result, most teams usually fill up their rosters with unknown foreigners. Teams usually sign foreigners based on their performances in pre-season trials. It is not uncommon for foreign players to be released after just two or three matches or be kept on the sidelines for an entire season.
The last case of unprofessional conduct involved Ivan Ziga, a Slovakian player who plays for Sarawak FA. Ivan Ziga claims his contract was terminated nine-months early without any explanation. He also claimed he was not paid. He took his plight to the Football Association of Malaysia but received no reply until Ivan Ziga threatened to take the case to FIFA.
Ivan Ziga's case is not uncommon in Malaysia, with most other cases involving African players who are either not paid or left stranded when their contracts are terminated early without any proper explanation given by teams.
Foreign players are to come back to the league starting from the 2012 season onwards. All foreign players must obtain International Transfer Certificate from their previous national football/soccer governing body that their previous clubs affiliated before they can be register with FAM to plays in Malaysia Premier League.
The early editions of Division 2 League, M-League, Premier 2 League and Malaysia Premier League used the same format for foreign players as the previous edition of second layer league in Malaysia, which allows club to have 3 foreign players from any countries without further restrictions. Further up, clubs can employ as many as 4 foreign players and only 3 of them are allowed to play together in a match.
Guidelines on Hiring of Foreign Players for the M-League
1. Each team in the M-League can employ a maximum of FOUR (4) professional Foreign Players subject to the FAM Regulations, but only THREE (3) can be fielded per match (Foreign Players can be rotated between Foreign Players).
2. All the teams seeking to employ foreign players must seek clearance from the Vetting Committee.
3. There is no restriction as to the country of origin of the Foreign Player but subject to the Malaysian Immigration Law.
4. The Foreign Player to be selected should comply with the following playing status:-
- Only Foreign Players playing in Division 2 and above are allowed from the Confederations listed below:
- Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)
- Confederation of African Football (CAF)
- Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF)
- South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL)
- Only Foreign Players playing in Division 1 are allowed from the Confederations listed below:
5. All Foreign Players to be employed must be certified medically fit and free from illnesses such as HIV Aids, Hepatitis A, B and C by a Malaysia Hospital approved by FAM or State Football Associations.
6. The Foreign Player must bring together his medical records and a copy of his contract from the previous club or loan agreement between players and the club concerned.
7. An agreement contract of minimum SIX (6) months, shall be drawn out by the Football Association of Malaysia, and will be signed between the foreign player and the State Football Association or Clubs.
8. Teams can employ a Foreign Player for a maximum of two (2) years subject to renewal based on performance at the end of the first year.
9. If the Foreign Player wants to continue playing for the same team after two (2) years, then he will have to appeal to the Vetting Committee.
10. Foreign Player who has played in one season of the M-League, either full or halfway, will not be able to play for another team in the M-League in the remainder of the season and the entire duration of the next season.
11. A minimum monthly salary of RM2,500.00 (RINGGIT MALAYSIA TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED ONLY), has been set for each Foreign Player.
12. State Football Associations are only allowed to deal regarding hiring matters with FIFA/FAM Agents or parents, lawyers, siblings, spouse of the Foreign Players.
13. The additional perks may include suitable accommodation and a car for Foreign Players.
14. The quantum for the match bonuses shall be agreed upon between the Foreign Player and the State Football Association or Club.
15. The State Football Association or Club intending to hire a Foreign Player must have a healthy budget and submit deposit to FAM for each Foreign Player hired based on the calculation below:
Deposit = Total Salary (one month gross salary) x 3
16. Foreign Players who are playing or who have played in AFF South East Asian League have to complete a cooling-off period of two years, where their last Contract must have ended before or on 7 December 2009 before they can be hired by State Football Association or Club to play in M-League 2012.
17. All the Foreign Players, Team Manager, Coaches and the State Football Secretary which hires the Foreign Players will have to undergo a compulsory pre-season briefing conducted by the Vetting Committee.
18. All matters not stipulated under this guidelines, any exemption to the guideline or unforeseen circumstances and interpretation of the guidelines will be determined by the vetting committee whose decision shall be final and binding.
- MSL perkenal dua logo baru Liga M (MALAY) Retrieved at 31 December 2011
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- RSSSF.com: Malaysia - List of Second Level Champions
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