Malaysia Premier League

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Malaysian Premier League
Malaysia Premier League.png
Country Malaysia
Confederation AFC
Founded 2004
Divisions 2nd
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 PDRM
(2014)
Most championships Kedah
(3 title)
Website Webpage
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.

History[edit]

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:

  1. First Division: Malaysia Super League
  2. Second Division: Malaysia Premier League Group A
  3. 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.

In 2010, The Football Association of Malaysia released a new logo for the 2011 season, followed by another new logo made from the league sponsor, Astro for the 2012 season.[1]

Logo evolution[edit]

The first ever Premier League Logo which has been used for the first ever 2004 Premier League Malaysia until the 2010 season.
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.

Prize money[edit]

These were price money for the 2012 competition.[2]

  • 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).

Champions[edit]

Season Champions Runners-up
2004 Selangor MPPJ FC Malacca TMFC
2005 Selangor Selangor Negeri Sembilan Selangor
2005–06 Kedah Kedah Malacca Malacca
2006–07 Malaysia PDRM Kuala Lumpur MyTeam
2007–08 Kedah KM Naza Kuala Lumpur PLUS FC
2009 Malaysia Harimau Muda A Terengganu T-Team
2010 Kuala Lumpur FELDA United Sabah Sabah
2011 Selangor PKNS Sarawak Sarawak
2012 Malaysia ATM Pahang Pahang
2013 Sarawak Sarawak Kuala Lumpur Sime Darby
2014 Malaysia PDRM Kuala Lumpur FELDA United

History[edit]

Pre-2004 Malaysian football league second-tier champions[edit]

Year Champions
1982–88 no second-tier league
1989 Division 2: Perlis Perlis
1990 Division 2: Terengganu Terengganu
1991 Division 2: Negeri Sembilan N.Sembilan
1992 Division 2: Kedah Kedah
1993 Division 2: Selangor Selangor
1994–97 no second-tier league
1998 Premier 2: Terengganu Terengganu
1999 Premier 2: Johor Johor
2000 Premier 2: Kelantan Kelantan
2001 Premier 2: Johor Johor FC
2002 Premier 2: Kedah Kedah
2003 Premier 2: Selangor Public Bank

Best performing teams[edit]

# Club Titles
1 Kedah Kedah 3
2 Selangor Selangor 2
3 Terengganu Terengganu 2
4 Malaysia PDRM 2
5 Johor Johor 1
6 Perlis Perlis 1
7 Negeri Sembilan N.Sembilan 1
8 Selangor MPPJ FC 1
9 Kelantan Kelantan 1
10 Johor Johor FC 1
11 Selangor Public Bank 1
12 Kedah KM Naza 1
13 Malaysia Harimau Muda A 1
14 Kuala Lumpur FELDA United 1
15 Selangor PKNS FC 1
16 Malaysia ATM 1
17 Sarawak Sarawak 1

Great Honours[edit]

Great honours are titled for the team who won 2 trophies (double) and 3 trophies (treble) in the same season. It covers Malaysia Premier League, Malaysia FA Cup and Malaysia Cup.

Treble[edit]

Year Teams Titles
2005 Selangor Malaysia Premier League, Malaysia FA Cup & Malaysia Cup

Players[edit]

Golden Boot Winners[edit]

Season Players Teams/Clubs Goals
1989 - - -
1990 - - -
1991 Australia Marshall Soper Penang FA 11
1992 - -
1993 Australia Alistair Edwards Singapore FA
1998 Ghana Seidu Issifu Terengganu FA 8
1999 Malaysia Rusdi Suparman Selangor FA 15
2000 Malaysia Anuar Abu Bakar Kelantan FA 12
2001 Malaysia Suharmin Yusuf
Malaysia Shahrin Abdul Majid
Sabah FA 12
2002 Ghana Issac Kuffour TM FC 22
2003 Argentina Juan Manuel Arostegui MPPJ FC 33
2004 Argentina Brian Diego Fuentes Selangor FA 25
2005 Indonesia Bambang Pamungkas Selangor FA 23
2006 Argentina Gustavo Fuentes Malacca FA 18
2007 Croatia Marin Mikac UPB MyTeam FC 13
2008 Senegal Mohamed Moustapha N'diaye Kelantan FA 27
2009 Malaysia Mohd Haris Safwan Mohd Kamal T-Team 24
2010 Malaysia Mohammad Zamri Hassan PKNS FC 11
2011 Malaysia Mohd Fitri Omar Muar FC 16
2012 Malaysia Khairul Izuan Abdullah PDRM FA 27
2013 Croatia Karlo Primorac Sime Darby FC 24
2014 Maldives Ali Ashfaq PDRM FC 19

Foreign players[edit]

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 three foreign players from any countries without further restrictions. Further up, clubs can employ as many as four foreign players and only three of them are allowed to play together in a match.

Guidelines exist on the hiring of "Foreign Players".

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MSL perkenal dua logo baru Liga M (MALAY) Retrieved at 31 December 2011
  2. ^ http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/2011/12/13/more-prize-money-for-super-premier-league-champions/

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