2013 Liga Premier

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Liga Premier
Season 2013
Champions Sarawak
Promoted Sarawak
Sime Darby
Relegated Kuala Lumpur
Betaria
Matches played 113
Goals scored 349 (3.09 per match)
Top goalscorer Croatia Karlo Primorac (24 goals)
Biggest home win Sarawak 7–0 Betaria
(17 May 2013)
Biggest away win Kuala Lumpur 0–5 Sime Darby
(17 May 2013)
Highest scoring 8 goals
UiTM 3-5 Sarawak
(26 April 2013)
2012
2014

The 2013 Liga Premier (English: 2013 Premier League) also known as the Astro Liga Premier for sponsorship reasons is the 10th season of the Liga Premier, the second-tier professional football league in Malaysia.[1]

The season was held from 7 January and concluded in 5 July 2013.[1]

The Liga Premier champions for 2013 season was Sarawak.[1] The champions and runners-up were both promoted to 2014 Liga Super.

Changes from last season[edit]

Team changes[edit]

To Liga Premier[edit]

Promoted from Liga FAM
Relegated from Liga Super

From Liga Premier[edit]

Promoted to Liga Super
Relegated to Liga FAM

Team withdrawing[edit]

Teams[edit]

A total of twelve teams will contest the league. The teams competing includes the sides finishing 3rd to 6th from the 2012 Liga Premier season, Harimau Muda B who will stay in the league regardless of league position, the champion of 2012 Malaysia FAM League, and the bottom team from the 2012 Liga Super season. The remaining 5 places in the league will be contested in the playoff round between teams from Liga Super, Liga Premier and FAM League.

FAM later decided to withdraw Harimau Muda B from the league and register them in the 2013 S.League, replacing Harimau Muda A who pulled out of the S.League to embark on a tour of friendly matches in Europe, and preparing them for the 2013 Southeast Asian Games. Perlis, who originally were relegated after finishing second bottom in 2012 Liga Premier, were reinstated in the league as a result of the withdrawal.

Kuala Lumpur were relegated from 2012 Liga Super after finishing the season in the last place of the 14-team league table. Sarawak, Kedah and Sabah were also relegated after losing in the play-offs.

2012 Malaysia FAM League champions SPA secured direct promotion to this season Liga Premier. Meanwhile UiTM, the 3rd-place team in FAM League, were invited to replace USM FC, who were withdrawing from Liga Premier due to financial difficulties.

Team summaries[edit]

Stadium[edit]

Team Team Based Stadium Location Stadium Stadium Capacity
Betaria Tampin Paya Rumput Hang Jebat Stadium 40,000
Johor Johor Bahru Pasir Gudang Pasir Gudang Corporation Stadium 15,000
Kedah Alor Star Alor Star Darulaman Stadium 32,387
Perlis Kangar Kangar Utama Negeri Stadium 20,000
Sabah Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu Likas Stadium 30,000
Sarawak Kuching Kuching Sarawak Stadium 40,000
Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur KLFA Stadium 18,000
PDRM Kuala Lumpur Paya Rumput Hang Jebat Stadium 40,000
Pos Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Selayang Majlis Perbandaran Selayang Stadium 25,000
Sime Darby Kuala Lumpur Selayang Majlis Perbandaran Selayang Stadium 25,000
SPA Putrajaya Bangi Petronas Mini Stadium 3,000
UiTM Selangor Shah Alam UiTM Stadium 10,000

Personnel and sponsoring[edit]

Team Coach Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Betaria Malaysia Azuan Zain Malaysia Muhd Shahrul Nizam Abdul Hamid Adidas
Johor Malaysia Azmi Mohamed Malaysia Mohd Farid Ramli Kappa Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA)
Kedah Croatia Marijo Tot Malaysia Baddrol Bakhtiar Line 7 PKNK
Kuala Lumpur Slovakia Stanislav Lievkosky Malaysia Azizon Abdul Kadir Kronos Rising Sun Travel & Tours
Perlis Malaysia Yunus Alif Ghana Emmanuel Okine Warriors
PDRM Malaysia R. Nalathamby Malaysia Mohd Afif Amiruddin Line 7
Pos Malaysia Malaysia G. Torairaju Malaysia Abdullah Yusoff Kappa Pos Malaysia
Sabah Northern Ireland David McCreery Wales Rhys Weston Adidas Grace One
Sarawak Netherlands Robert Alberts Malaysia Mohd Shahrol Saperi Starsports NAIM Holdings Berhad
Sime Darby Malaysia Ismail Zakaria Kappa Sime Darby
SPA Malaysia Mohd Nizam Jamil Malaysia Sazali Suwandi Kappa
UiTM Malaysia Azman Eusoff Umbro Ministry of Higher Education

Coaching changes[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Club Outgoing Head Coach Date of vacancy Manner of departure Incoming Head Coach Date of appointment
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Razip Ismail 13 November 2012[2] Signed by Harimau Muda B Slovakia Stanislav Lievkosky 4 December 2012

Foreign players[edit]

Club Visa 1 Visa 2 Asian Players
Betaria Slovakia Tomáš Chovanec Kenya Hillary Echesa None
Johor Argentina Muriel Orlando Argentina Ezaquiel Gallegos None
Kedah Chile Nelson San Martín Croatia Alen Guć None
Kuala Lumpur Cameroon Kalle Sone None
Perlis Ghana Denny Antwi Ghana Emmanuel Okine None
PDRM Uganda Edrisar Kaye The Gambia Mohamadou Sumareh None
Pos Malaysia None None None
Sabah France Abdulfatah Safi Ivory Coast Koh Traore None
Sarawak Cameroon Guy Bwele Bosnia and Herzegovina Muamer Salibasic None
Sime Darby Croatia Karlo Primorac Togo Togaba Kontiwa Komlan None
SPA Cameroon Joël Tchami Guadeloupe Eddy Viator None
UiTM Nigeria Koforowola Hameed Adewumi None None

[citation needed]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Sarawak (C) (P) 22 18 4 0 49 12 +37 58 Promotion to 2014 Liga Super
2 Sime Darby (P) 22 17 3 2 51 12 +39 54
3 Johor 22 14 3 5 58 23 +35 45
4 Kedah 22 13 3 6 38 19 +19 42
5 Sabah 22 9 3 10 42 46 −4 30
6 Pos Malaysia 22 7 6 9 24 28 −4 27
7 PDRM 22 7 4 11 41 39 +2 25
8 SPA 22 6 5 11 29 38 −9 23
9 UiTM 22 6 5 11 22 35 −13 23
10 Perlis 22 6 4 12 27 42 −15 22
11 Kuala Lumpur (R) 22 4 2 16 21 58 −37 14 Relegation to 2014 Malaysia FAM League
12 Betaria (R) 22 2 4 16 13 63 −50 10

Updated to games played on 05 July 2013.
Source: fam.org
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away BET JHR KED KLU PDRM PER POS SAB SWK SDA SPA UIT
BET 0–2 0–0 3–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–4 0–1 0–6 0–2 0–1
JHR 43–2 1–0 5–1 2–1 6–1 1–1 6–1 1–2 0–0 5–1 2–0
Kedah 36–4 2–1 3–0 4–1 1–2 1–0 3–2 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–1
Kuala Lumpur 12–2 1–3 0–1 0–4 0–2 0–3 3–2 0–1 0–5 0–0 2–1
PDRM 15–4 2–3 2–0 4–1 2–3 1–1 3–3 1–11 0–2 3–3 0–0
Perlis 17–1 0–4 0–1 0–1 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–1
POS 14–0 0–2 1–5 3–2 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–3 1–1 1–1 1–0
Sabah 46–1 3–2 0–2 3–1 5–3 3–2 1–2 1–2 1–5 2–1 3–1
SWK 61–0 8–2 4–0 8–0 7–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 6–0 7–1 10–0
Sime Darby 53–0 1–0 2–1 5–1 3–2 4–1 2–0 3–1 0–0 2–1 2–0
Putrajaya SPA 10–3 1–3 1–2 1–3 1–0 4–2 1–0 2–4 1–1 1–0 0–1
UiTM 13–1 2–2 0–2 3–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–5 0–2 1–2

Updated to games played on 05 July 2013.
Source: Stadium Astro
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Season statistics[edit]