Malaysia Super League

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Malaysia Super League
Liga Super.jpg
Country Malaysia
Other club(s) from Singapore
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Founded 2004
Number of teams 12
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Malaysia Premier League
Domestic cup(s) Malaysia FA Cup
Malaysia Cup
Malaysia Charity Shield
International cup(s) AFC Champions League
AFC Cup
ASEAN Super League
Current champions Johor DT 1st title
(2014)
Most championships Selangor FA
(6 titles)
TV partners Media Prima
StarHub (Singapore)
2015 Malaysia Super League

The Malaysia Super League (Liga Super Malaysia) is a Malaysian professional football league for state football association (FA) teams and clubs. It is at the top flight of the Malaysian League and managed by Malaysia Super League Sdn. Bhd., under supervision of the Football Association of Malaysia. The league is contested between 12 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Malaysian Premier League. The 12 clubs participating in this top flight league need to pass a set of requirements and verification process, primarily related to professionalism and infrastructure feasibility.

It was previously known as the Semi-Pro League from 1989 to 1993 and the Malaysian League (Liga-M) from 1993 to 2004. The competition formed in 2004 following the decision by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) to privatise the league, but it was not fully privatised. As a result, MSL Sendirian Berhad (or MSL Proprietary Limited) was created to oversee the marketing aspects of the league.

Since 1979, a total of 12 clubs have been crowned champions of Malaysia's top tier football league. Since the inception of the Super League in 2004, six teams have won the title: Kedah (2 titles), Selangor (2), Kelantan (2), Pahang (1), Perlis (1), N.Sembilan (1), LionsXII, (1) and Johor DT, (1).

The current champions are Johor DT, who won the title in 2014.

History[edit]

A football league competition involving representatives of the state football associations which was first held in 1979. When it began, it was intended primarily as a qualifying tournament for the final knock-out stages of the Malaysia Cup. It was not until 1982 that a League Cup was introduced to recognise the winners of the preliminary stage as the league champions. Over the years, the league competition has gained important stature in its own right.

Initially, teams that were only allowed to participate in the league were the state FAs, teams representing the ATM and the PDRM, and teams representing the neighbouring countries of Singapore and Brunei though the Singapore pulled out of the Malaysian League after the 1994 season following a dispute with the Football Association of Malaysia over gate receipts. However, Singapore was subsequently re-invited into the league for the 2012 season and participated under the name Lions XII. In recent years, top Malaysian club teams have also been admitted to the league competition.

In 2010, The Football Association of Malaysia released a new logo for the 2011 season, which was subsequently replaced by another logo that incorporated the new league sponsor, Astro for the 2012 season.[1]

Between 1989 to 1993 and 1998 to 2003, the football league in Malaysia was divided into two levels:

  • 1st Division: Premier 1 League Malaysia
  • 2nd Division: Premier 2 League Malaysia

Between 1994 to 1997, there was no second-level league as the top two leagues were combined.

Between 2004 to 2006, the professional football league in Malaysia was divided into two levels and two groups:

Between 2007 until now, the professional football league in Malaysia was only divided into three levels with the creation of the FAM League. The Malaysia Premier League combined into one level rather than two groups:

Logo evolution[edit]

Teams[edit]

A total of 14 teams have played in the Super League from its inception in 2004 up to and including the 2013 season. Seven teams have been members of the Super League for every season since its inception.

The following 12 teams are competing in the Malaysian Super League for the 2015 season.

Club
Position
in 2014
First season in
top division
Number of seasons
in top division
Number of seasons
in the Super League
First season of
current spell in
top division
Top division
titles
Last top division title
ATM 01110th 2013 2 2 2013 0 n/a
Johor Darul Ta'zim 0091st 2002 10 8 2006–07 1 2014
Kelantan 0016th 1983 7 7 2009 2 2012
LionsXII 0028th 2012 5 5 2012 3 2013
Pahang 0123rd 1983 25 10 2013 5 2004
Perak 0049th 1983 26 11 1989 2 2003–04
PDRM 0071st in the
Premier League
2015 1 1 2015 0 n/a
Sarawak 0117th 2014 4 4 2014 1 1997
Selangor 0032nd 1983 7 7 2006–07 6 2010
Sime Darby 0115th 2014 1 1 2014 0 n/a
Felda United 0082nd in the
Premier League
2011 3 3 2015 0 n/a
Terengganu 0054th 1983 5 5 2005–06 0 n/a

Champions[edit]

Since its inception in 2004, the Malaysia Super League title has seen 6 different teams crowned as champions. Kedah FA becomes the first club that won the Super League Malaysia title back-to-back, in 2006–07 season and in 2007–08 season. Kelantan FA also managed to win back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012.

The Lions XII won the 2013 Malaysia Super League with a 4–0 victory over Felda United at the Jalan Besar Stadium, in which they were unbeaten with 10 wins, and 1 draw throughout the whole season.

Champions[edit]

Year Champion Runners-up Third place
2004 Pahang Public Bank Perlis
2005 Perlis Pahang Perak
2006 Negeri Sembilan Melaka TM Perak
2007 Kedah Perak DPMM
2008 Kedah (2) Negeri Sembilan Johor FC
2009 Selangor Perlis Kedah
2010 Selangor (2) Kelantan Terengganu
2011 Kelantan Terengganu Selangor
2012 Kelantan (2) LionsXII Selangor
2013 LionsXII Selangor Johor Darul Ta'zim
2014 Johor Darul Ta'zim Selangor Pahang
2015

Performance by club (2004–current)[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Seasons Runners-up Seasons
Selangor
2
2
2009, 2010
2013, 2014
Kelantan
2
1
2011, 2012
2010
Kedah
2
0
2006–07, 2007–08
Pahang
1
1
2004–05
2005–06
Negeri Sembilan
1
1
2005–06
2007–08
Perlis
1
1
2005
2009
LionsXII
1
1
2013
2012
Johor Darul Ta'zim
1
0
2014
Public Bank
0
1
2004–05
Melaka TM
0
1
2005–06
Perak
0
1
2006–07
Terengganu
0
1
2011

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 Super League, Malaysia FA Cup and Malaysia Cup.

Treble[edit]

See The Double and The Treble
See List of Malaysia football champions

Team Year Winning titles
Kedah FA 2006–07 Super League, Malaysia FA Cup, Malaysia Cup
Kedah FA 2007–08 Super League, Malaysia FA Cup, Malaysia Cup
Kelantan FA 2012 Super League, Malaysia FA Cup, Malaysia Cup

Double[edit]

Team Year Winning titles
Pahang FA 2014 FA Cup, Malaysia Cup
Selangor FA 2009 Super League, FA Cup
Selangor FA 2005 FA Cup, Malaysia Cup
Selangor FA 1997 Malaysia Division 1, Malaysia Cup
Singapore FA 1994 Malaysia Division 1, Malaysia Cup
Kedah FA 1993 Malaysia Division 1, Malaysia Cup
Pahang FA 1992 Malaysia Division 1, Malaysia Cup
Johor Darul Ta'zim II F.C. 1991 Malaysia Division 1, Malaysia Cup

Teams/Clubs Records[edit]

FA AFC FIFA
Teams/Clubs Super League Premier League FAM League Malaysia Cup FA Cup Sultan Ahmad Shah Cup Total AFC Champions League AFC Cup Total FIFA Club World Cup Total
Selangor FA 7 2 7 32 5 8 61 (1) - 0 - 61
Singapore/LionsXII 5 - 2 24 - 1 32 - 0 - 32
Perak FA 2 1 3 7 2 3 17 - 0 - 17
Kedah 3 3 - 4 3 2 15 - 0 - 15
Pahang FA 5 - - 4 2 3 14 - 0 - 14
Penang FA 3 - 5 4 1 1 14 - 0 - 14
Kuala Lumpur FA 2 - - 3 3 3 11 - 0 - 11
Kelantan FA 2 1 3 2 2 1 11 - 0 - 11
Negeri Sembilan FA 1 1 - 3 2 1 8 - 0 - 8
Terengganu FA - 2 1 1 2 1 7 - 0 - 7
Johor Darul Ta'zim II F.C. 1 1 - 2 1 1 6 - 0 - 6
Perlis FA 1 1 - 2 - 2 6 - 0 - 6
Johor Darul Ta'zim FC 1 1 2 - - 1 5 - - 0 - 5
Sarawak FA 1 1 - - 1 1 4 - 0 - 4
MPPJ FC - 1 1 1 - 1 4 - 0 - 4
ATM FA - 1 1 - - 1 3 - 0 - 3
PKNS FC - 1 2 - - - 3 - 0 - 3
Sabah FA 1 - - - 1 - 2 - 0 - 2
Kuantan FA - - 3 - - - 3 - 0 - 3
Malacca FA 1 - - - - - 1 - 0 - 1
Brunei - - - 1 - - 1 - 0 - 1
PDRM FA - 2 - - - - 2 - 0 - 2
Public Bank FC - 2 - - - - 1 - 0 - 1
Kuala Muda Naza FC - 1 - - - - 1 - 0 - 1
Sime Darby FC - - 1 - - - 1 - 0 - 1
PBDKT T-Team FC - - 1 - - - 1 - 0 - 1
Pos Malaysia FC - - 1 - - - 1 - 0 - 1
Betaria FC - - 1 - - - 1 - 0 - 1
Putrajaya SPA FC - - 1 - - - 1 - 0 - 1
  • Table shows teams' wins in all competitions
  • Numbers in bracket shows runner-up finishes in competitions
  • Although the FA of Malaysia has not recognised retrospectively the league winners for 1979–1981, these are included for statistical comparison.
  • The figures in bold represent the most times this competition has been won by the team
  • Singapore Lions XII will be counted as Singapore FA

Number of appearances[edit]

Included 2014 Malaysia Super League.

Rank Teams Recent Appearances
1 Malaysia Perak FA 2015 12
2 Malaysia Pahang FA 2015 11
3 Malaysia Selangor FA 2015 10
4 Malaysia Johor Darul Takzim FC 2015 9
4 Malaysia Terengganu FA 2015 9
6 Malaysia Negeri Sembilan FA 2013 8
6 Malaysia Perlis FA 2011 8
8 Malaysia Kelantan FA 2015 7
8 Malaysia Kedah FA 2012 7
10 Malaysia Sarawak FA 2015 6
11 Malaysia T-Team FC 2014 5
12 Malaysia Sabah FA 2012 4
12 Singapore LionsXII 2015 4
12 Malaysia Felda United FC 2015 4
15 Malaysia ATM FA 2015 3
15 Malaysia PDRM FA 2015 3
15 Malaysia PKNS FC 2014 3
15 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur FA 2012 3
15 Malaysia Melaka TMFC 2006–07 3
20 Malaysia Sime Darby FC 2015 2
20 Malaysia UPB-MyTeam FC 2009 2
20 Brunei Brunei DPMM FC 2007–08 2
20 Malaysia Selangor MPPJ 2005–06 2
20 Malaysia Public Bank FC 2005 2
20 Malaysia PLUS FC 2010 2
26 Malaysia Malacca FA 2006–07 1
26 Malaysia Johor FA 2010 1
26 Malaysia Kuala Muda NAZA FC 2009 1
26 Malaysia Harimau Muda A 2011 1

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[citation needed].

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[citation needed].

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[citation needed].

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[citation needed].

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[citation needed].

Guidelines exist on the hiring of "Foreign Players" for the M-League.

Players awards[edit]

Golden Boot winners[edit]

Season Players Teams/Clubs Goals
1989 Malaysia Zainal Abidin Hassan Selangor Selangor FA 12
1990 Australia Alistair Edwards Singapore Singapore FA 13
1991 Australia Abbas Saad Johor Johor FA 11
1992 Malaysia Zainal Abidin Hassan Pahang Pahang FA 12
1993 Malaysia Mohd Hashim Mustapha Kelantan Kelantan FA 13
1994 Malaysia Mohd Hashim Mustapha Kelantan Kelantan FA 25
1995 Australia Scott Ollerenshaw Sabah Sabah FA 22
1996 Australia Scott Ollerenshaw Sabah Sabah FA 18
1997 Hungary Laszlo Repasi Perak Perak FA 19
1998 Russia Vyacheslav Melnikov Pahang Pahang FA 17
1999 Malaysia Azman Adnan Selangor Selangor FA 13
2000 Malaysia Azizul Kamaluddin Pahang Pahang FA 12
2001 Malaysia Norizam Ali Hassan Perak Perak FA 13
2002 Malaysia Muhamad Khalid Jamlus Perak Perak FA 17
2003 Zambia Phillimon Chepita Perlis Perlis FA 23
2004 Malaysia Indra Putra Mahayuddin Pahang Pahang FA 15
2005 Brazil Julio Cesar Rodriguez
Zambia Zacharia Simukonda
Sabah Sabah FA
Perlis Perlis FA
18
2006 Guinea Keita Mandjou Perak Perak FA 17
2007 Guinea Keita Mandjou
Brunei Mohd Shahrazen Said
Perak Perak FA
Brunei DPMM FC
21
2008 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Marlon Alex James Kedah Kedah FA 23
2009 Malaysia Mohd Nizaruddin Yusof Perlis Perlis FA 18
2010 Malaysia Ashaari Shamsuddin Terengganu Terengganu FA 18
2011 Malaysia Abdul Hadi Yahya Terengganu Terengganu FA 20
2012 Cameroon Jean-Emmanuel Effa Owona
Liberia Francis Forkey Doe
Negeri Sembilan Negeri Sembilan FA
Terengganu Terengganu FA
15
2013 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Marlon Alex James Malaysia ATM FA 16
2014 Brazil Paulo Rangel Selangor Selangor FA 16
2015

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MSL perkenal dua logo baru Liga M (MALAY) Retrieved at 31 December 2011