Shahril Ishak

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This is a Malay name; the name Ishak is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Shahril.
Shahril Ishak
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Shahril playing for LionsXII in 2012.
Personal information
Full name Mohammad Shahril bin Ishak
Date of birth (1984-01-23) 23 January 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Singapore
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder/Forward
Club information
Current team
Johor Darul Takzim II
Number 17
Youth career
2000-2002 National Football Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Young Lions 101 (19)
2007–2010 Home United 98 (42)
2010–2011 Persib Bandung 29 (9)
2011–2012 Medan Chiefs 31 (7)
2012–2013 LionsXII 34 (22)
2013– Johor Darul Takzim II 19 (9)
National team
2003– Singapore 118 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 August 2014

Shahril Ishak (born 23 January 1984) is a Singaporean football player who plays for the Malaysia-based Johor Darul Takzim II F.C in the Malaysian Premier League which competed in the Second division in Malaysia. Shahril is also the captain of the Johor Darul Takzim II F.C and Singapore national football team. Awarded the AFF Suzuki Cup MVP, he led Singapore to become the first nation to win four titles in the tournament's history. He followed it up by winning the inaugural AFF Player of the Year (Men) award in 2013.[1]

He is a natural centre midfielder who can also play as a striker or winger.

Club career[edit]

Along with Baihakki Khaizan, Hassan Sunny and Khairul Amri, Shahril was in the pioneer batch of the National Football Academy in 2000.[2]

Shahril has previously played for S.League clubs Young Lions and Home United. He joined the Young Lions in 2003 and made his international debut soon after. Shahril Ishak left the Young Lions for Home United after four seasons.

In 2010 he signed for indonesia Persib Bandung along with his fellow Singapore national football team player, Baihakki Khaizan. He played his last game for Home United on 21 Sep 2010, scoring two crucial goals against title rivals Tampines Rovers FC. He then left for Indonesia with five games remaining in the S.League season. He finished his last season in Home United with 17 goals to his name. The third highest scorer for 2010 S.League[3]

He played for Persib Bandung for six months. In March 2011, he signed with Liga Primer Indonesia, Medan Chiefs a one-year deal worth $380,000. He then went on scoring five goals in 18 matches for Medan Chiefs. However, his playing career for Medan Chiefs was short lived when the league was folded during the third-quarter of 2011. He returned to Singapore football with newly formed club side LionsXII in December 2011, winning the 2013 Malaysia Super League title in his second season.

Shahril signed a 4 year contract at the end of 2013 Malaysian Super League transfer by joining Malaysian Premier League club, Johor Darul Takzim II F.C.. He was given the number 17 shirt upon his arrival to the club.

International career[edit]

Singapore's most natural creative midfielder to emerge in recent years, Shahril Ishak has quickly established himself as the heartbeat of the Lions engine room since he made his international debut aged just 19 against Maldives on 4 March 2003.[4]

With winger Muhammad Ridhuan, defender Baihakki Khaizan and keeper Hassan Sunny, he was part of the "NFA Gang of Four", the quartet which had played together since their early teenage years and earned senior international honours in 2003.

He has been employed in various positions across the midfield by coach Radojko Avramovic, but Shahril staked a strong claim for an influential central role with a series of convincing performances there in the second half of 2004.

He played a major role in the victory in the Tiger Cup in 2005 and also the ASEAN Football Championship in 2007. He was also part of the 2005 SEA Games squad and the 2006 Asian Games.

He was part of the Singapore Under-23 team that took part in the 2007 Southeast Asian Games in Korat, Thailand that won a bronze medal.

Capped for Singapore at senior, U23, U18 and U16 levels.

On Aug 2010, Shahril was revealed as the new captain of the national team, and led the Lions for the AFF Suzuki Cup in December.

On 24 February 2011, Shahrill Ishak converted a penalty into a goal in a 2–2 draw against Azerbaijan national football team.

Shahril is an inductee of the FIFA Century Club.[4]

International goals[edit]

No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 28 January 2004 National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore  Norway 2–2 2-5 Friendly
2 29 December 2004 KLFA Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Myanmar 4–2 4–3 2004 Tiger Cup
3 11 October 2005 Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia  Cambodia 0-1 0-2 Friendly
4 11 October 2005 Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia  Cambodia 0-2 0-2 Friendly
5 15 January 2007 National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore  Laos 4–0 11–0 2007 ASEAN Football Championship
6 24 February 2012 The Sevens, Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Azerbaijan 1–2 2–2 Friendly
7 19 November 2012 Jurong West Stadium, Jurong, Singapore  Pakistan 3-0 4–0 Friendly
8 25 November 2012 Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Malaysia 1–0 3–0 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup
9 2–0
10 1 December 2012 Shah Alam Stadium, Selangor, Malaysia  Laos 1–2 4–3 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup
11 2–2
12 5 March 2014 Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat, Oman  Oman 3-1 3-1 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification







  • S.League Player of the Year: 2010
  • Tiger Beer Goal of the Year: 2010 (40’, Home United vs SAFFC on 16 July)
  • AFF Suzuki Cup MVP: 2012
  • AFF Player of the Year (Men): 2013



  • International caps milestones

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Noh Alam Shah
Singapore national team captain