2019 Malaysia Super League

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Liga Super Malaysia
Season2019
Dates1 February – 21 July 2019
ChampionsJohor Darul Ta'zim
(6th title)
RelegatedPKNP
PKNS
Kuala Lumpur
AFC Champions LeagueJohor Darul Ta'zim
Kedah FA
Matches played132
Goals scored403 (3.05 per match)
Top goalscorerKpah Sherman
(14 goals)
Biggest home winMelaka United 6–0 Felda United
(15 May 2019)
Biggest away winSelangor 0–4 PKNS FC
(17 February 2019)
PKNP 0–4 Perak
(27 April 2019)
Kuala Lumpur 0–4 Johor Darul Ta'zim
(13 July 2019)
Highest scoring9 goals
Felda United FC 5–4 PKNS FC
(14 June 2019)
Longest winning run4 matches
Johor Darul Ta'zim
Longest unbeaten run20 matches
Johor Darul Ta'zim
Longest winless run13 matches
PKNP
Longest losing run7 matches
Kuala Lumpur
2018
2020

The 2019 Malaysia Super League (Malay: Liga Super Malaysia 2019)[1] is the 16th season of the Malaysia Super League, the top-tier professional football league in Malaysia.[2]

Johor Darul Ta'zim are the current defending champions from the 2018 Malaysia Super League seasons and will qualify for the group stage of 2019 AFC Champions League.

The first transfer window is from 29 November 2018 to 20 February 2019.

Club licensing regulations[edit]

Since the 2018 Malaysia Super League season, as part of the privatization effort, every team in the Liga Super Malaysia must have an FAM Club Licence[3][4] to play in the league or be relegated. To obtain an FAM Club Licence, teams must be financially healthy and meet certain standards of conduct as organisations.

As in other national leagues, there are significant benefits to being in the top division:

  • A greater share of television broadcast licence revenues goes to Liga Super Malaysia sides.
  • Greater exposure through television and higher attendance levels helps Liga Super Malaysia teams attract the most lucrative sponsorship.
  • Liga Super Malaysia teams develop substantial financial muscle through the combination of television and gate revenues, sponsorship and marketing of their team brands. This allows them to attract and retain skilled players from domestic and international sources and to construct first-class stadium facilities.

Despite several reminders from FAM from the beginning of 2015, however there are few teams failed to get the approval for both AFC and FAM club licenses from First Instance Body (FIB) .[5][6]

Team(s) AFC Club License Status FAM Club License Status
Johor Darul Ta'zim Passed Passed
Perak Passed Passed
PKNS Passed Passed
Pahang Banned Passed
Terengganu Passed Passed
Kedah Passed Passed
Melaka United Passed Passed
Selangor Passed Passed
PKNP Failed Passed
Kuala Lumpur Failed Passed
Felda United N/A Passed
Petaling Jaya[7] N/A Passed

*Updated: 2 January 2019

Teams[edit]

Kelantan and Negeri Sembilan were relegated to 2019 Malaysia Premier League after finished 11th and bottom place of last season league. FELDA United and MISC-MIFA promoted to 2019 Malaysia Super League after securing place as champions and third-place in 2018 Malaysia Premier League.

Changes from last season[edit]

Team changes[edit]

Promoted from the 2018 Malaysia Premier League

Relegated to the 2019 Malaysia Premier League

Renamed/Rebranded Clubs

Notes:

^1 Originally FELCRA were promoted along with FELDA United to the 2019 Malaysia Super League, but after Felcra announced their withdrawal from the Super League participation, MISC-MIFA, the next highest team in the Premier League table, were invited as replacement.[9]

Clubs locations[edit]

Venues[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
FELDA United Jengka Tun Abdul Razak Stadium 25,000
Johor Darul Ta'zim Johor Bahru Tan Sri Dato' Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium 30,000[10]
Kedah Alor Setar Darul Aman Stadium 32,387[11]
Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Stadium 18,000[12]
Melaka United Central Melaka Hang Jebat Stadium 40,000[13]
Pahang Kuantan Darul Makmur Stadium 40,000[14]
Perak Ipoh Perak Stadium 42,500[15]
Petaling Jaya Petaling Jaya Petaling Jaya Stadium 25,000
PKNP Manjung Manjung Municipal Council Stadium 15,000
PKNS Shah Alam Shah Alam Stadium 80,372[16]
Selangor Shah Alam Shah Alam Stadium 80,372
Terengganu Kuala Terengganu Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium 15,000[17]
Source:[18]

Personnel, kit and sponsoring[edit]

Team Head coach Captain Kit manufacturer Main sponsor
FELDA United Malaysia Nidzam Jamil Malaysia Hadin Azman FBT FELDA
Johor Darul Ta'zim Argentina Luciano Figueroa Singapore Hariss Harun Nike[19] Forest City
Kedah Singapore Aidil Sharin Sahak Malaysia Baddrol Bakhtiar Lotto[20] PKNK
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Chong Yee Fatt (caretaker) Malaysia Indra Putra Mahayuddin SkyHawk[21] DBKL
Melaka United Malaysia Zainal Abidin Hassan Malaysia Shukor Adan Warrix[22] EDRA, CGN,[23] KLIP
Pahang Malaysia Dollah Salleh[24] Malaysia Matthew Davies[25] Umbro Aras Kuasa
Perak Australia Mehmet Duraković[26] Malaysia Nasir Basharudin[27] Umbro Visit Perak
Petaling Jaya Malaysia K. Devan Malaysia S. Subramaniam Puma Qnet
PKNP Malaysia Abu Bakar Fadzim[28] Malaysia Hafiz Ramdan Admiral PKNP, MAPS Perak
PKNS Malaysia K. Rajagopal[29] Malaysia Akram Mahinan Lotto PKNS
Selangor Malaysia B. Sathianathan Malaysia Amri Yahyah Joma Selangor
Terengganu Malaysia Nafuzi Zain (caretaker) Ivory Coast Kipré Tchétché Al-Ikhsan Terengganu Inc.

Match balls supplied by Nike, this season's version is the Merlin. Referee kits are made by Kronos.

Coaching changes[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Outgoing coach Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming coach Date of
appointment
Kedah Malaysia Azzmi Aziz (caretaker) End of caretaker spell September 2018 Pre-season Singapore Aidil Sharin 8 October 2018
FELDA United Malaysia B. Sathianathan Resigned 11 October 2018 Malaysia Nidzam Jamil 12 October 2018
Melaka United Malaysia E. Elavarasan End of contract November 2018 Malaysia Zainal Abidin Hassan 14 November 2018
Selangor Malaysia Nazliazmi Nasir Demoted into assistant head coach 23 November 2018 Malaysia B. Sathianathan [30] 23 November 2018
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Chong Yee Fatt (caretaker) 5 December 2018 Malaysia Yusri Che Lah [31] 5 December 2018
Malaysia Yusri Che Lah Resigned [32] 11 March 2019 12th Malaysia Chong Yee Fatt (caretaker) 11 March 2019
Terengganu Malaysia Irfan Bakti 15 May 2019 8th Malaysia Nafuzi Zain (caretaker) 15 May 2019

Foreign players[edit]

Southeast Asia (SEA) players need to have acquired at least 30 international caps for their senior national team with no period restriction on when caps are earned and those who has less than 30 international caps will be subjected to FMLLP approval.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one FIFA and non-FIFA nationality.

Team Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Asian Player SEA Player Former Players 1
FELDA United Brazil Thiago Junio Brazil Jocinei Japan Kei Ikeda Japan Masaki Watanabe Singapore Khairul Amri Bahrain Jaycee John
East Timor Quirino
Johor Darul Ta'zim Brazil Maurício Argentina Leandro Velazquez Brazil Diogo Iraq Gonzalo Cabrera Singapore Hariss Harun Spain Aarón Ñíguez
Kedah Brazil Renan Alves[33] Argentina Jonathan Bauman Spain Fernando Rodríguez[34][35] Kyrgyzstan Edgar Bernhardt Singapore Shakir Hamzah[36] Iraq Anmar Almubaraki
Kuala Lumpur Montenegro Darko Marković Brazil Paulo Josué Brazil Guilherme South Korea Noh Haeng-Seok Philippines Luke Woodland Netherlands Sylvano Comvalius
Japan Ryutaro Karube
Melaka United Croatia Dominik Balić Serbia Luka Milunović Ivory Coast Davy Claude Angan South Korea Jang Suk-won Philippines Patrick Reichelt Montenegro Darko Marković
Kosovo Liridon Krasniqi
Brazil Casagrande
Pahang France Hérold Goulon Namibia Lazarus Kaimbi Nigeria Dickson Nwakaeme Singapore Safuwan Baharudin Indonesia Saddil Ramdani Brazil Zé Love
Perak Brazil Leandro Brazil Careca Brazil Ronaldo LebanonHussein El Dor Brazil Wander Luiz
Brazil Gilmar
Australia Zac Anderson[37]
Petaling Jaya Brazil Elizeu[38] Brazil Serginho Brazil Brandão South Korea Bae Beom-geun East Timor Pedro Henrique Brazil Giancarlo[39]
Philippines Joshua Grommen[38]
Brazil Pedro Henrique
PKNP Brazil Pedro Victor Brazil Ramón da Silva Costa Brazil Giancarlo State of Palestine Yashir Pinto Philippines Amani Aguinaldo Senegal Kalidou Yero
Tajikistan Siyovush Asrorov
Ghana Thomas Abbey
PKNS Colombia Romel Morales Argentina Gabriel Guerra Liberia Kpah Sherman Kyrgyzstan Tamirlan Kozubaev Thailand Kittiphong Pluemjai Cambodia Chan Vathanaka[40]
Selangor Brazil Endrick Brazil Sandro Nigeria Ifedayo Olusegun Australia Taylor Regan Vietnam Michal Nguyễn Grenada Antonio German
Spain Rufino Segovia
Terengganu England Lee Tuck[41] Ivory Coast Kipré Tchétché[42] Uzbekistan Sanjar Shaakhmedov Cambodia Thierry Bin[41] Montenegro Igor Zonjić[41]
  • Players name in bold indicates the player is registered during the mid-season transfer window.
  • ^1 Foreign players who left their clubs or were de-registered from playing squad due to medical issues or other matters.

Naturalisation players[edit]

Club Player 1 Player 2
Johor Darul Ta'zim CanadaMalaysia La'Vere Corbin-Ong3 4 SpainMalaysia Kiko Insa3 4
Kedah AustraliaMalaysia David Rowley3
Kuala Lumpur New ZealandMalaysia Khair Jones3 4
Pahang AustraliaMalaysia Matthew Davies3 4 The GambiaMalaysia Mohamadou Sumareh4
Melaka Hong KongMalaysia Oscar Wong Tse-Yang3
Perak AustraliaMalaysia Brendan Gan3 4
PKNS EnglandMalaysia Nicholas Swirad3

Notes:

^3 Carrying Malaysian heritage.
^4 Participated in the Malaysia national team squad.

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Johor Darul Ta'zim (C) 22 16 5 1 49 19 +30 53 Qualification for AFC Champions League group stage
2 Pahang 22 12 7 3 37 21 +16 43
3 Selangor 22 10 7 5 41 35 +6 37
4 Kedah[a] 22 9 7 6 37 29 +8 34 Qualification for AFC Champions League preliminary round 2
5 Perak 22 8 9 5 36 31 +5 33
6 Melaka United 22 9 6 7 34 30 +4 33
7 Terengganu 22 7 9 6 35 37 −2 30
8 Petaling Jaya City 22 8 2 12 22 29 −7 26
9 PKNS[b] (R) 22 5 6 11 37 38 −1 21 Relegation to Malaysia Premier League
10 Felda United 22 4 7 11 27 43 −16 19
11 PKNP (R) 22 3 7 12 22 40 −18 16 Relegation to Malaysia Premier League
12 Kuala Lumpur (R) 22 4 2 16 24 49 −25 14
Source: MFL
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Kedah FA qualified for the AFC Champions League preliminary round 2 as Malaysia FA Cup winners.
  2. ^ PKNS F.C. relegated after withdrawing license to complete for the 2020 Malaysia Premier League season as they become feeder club to Selangor FA.

Result table[edit]

Home \ Away FEL JDT KED KLU MEL PAH PRK PJC PKP PKS SEL TFC
FELDA United 0–2 5–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–3 1–0 1–1 5–4 1–2 1–1
Johor DT 3–1 2–0 4–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 3–0 3–1 3–2 3–3
Kedah 4–0 1–1 5–2 2–1 0–0 4–2 3–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 3–0
Kuala Lumpur 0–2 0–4 2–1 0–1 1–3 3–3 1–0 4–1 2–1 2–3 1–0
Melaka United 6–0 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 3–4 3–3
Pahang 3–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 4–1 0–0 1–1 2–0 3–2 1–1 3–0
Perak 1–1 0–3 1–1 2–1 2–3 0–1 1–0 3–1 2–2 3–2 3–1
Petaling Jaya 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–2 2–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–2
PKNP 1–1 1–1 0–2 4–0 1–0 0–3 0–4 2–3 2–2 1–1 2–2
PKNS 2–0 1–2 2–3 3–2 0–1 1–2 3–3 3–0 1–0 2–3 1–2
Selangor 1–1 2–4 3–1 2–1 1–1 5–2 1–1 3–0 2–1 0–4 1–0
Terengganu 2–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 3–5 1–2 1–1 1–0
Updated to match(es) played on 21 July 2019. Source: FMLLP
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

Positions by round[edit]

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches.
In order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards.

Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122
Johor Darul Ta'zim4232112111111111111111
Pahang1123221222222222222222
Selangor76991087543343453543543
Kedah2411333334434334334434
Perak1081010978888886686656665
Melaka United3345455665665545465356
Terengganu81176666797778867777777
Petaling Jaya976781099101010109799899988
PKNS6954544456557978988899
FELDA United55887910111112111112121212121212111110
PKNP1210111111111110799910101111111110101011
Kuala Lumpur11121212121212121211121211111010101011121212
Leader
Relegation to 2020 Premier League
Updated to match(es) played on 21 July 2019.

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of matches played on 21 July 2019.[43]

Players sorted first by goals, then by last name.

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Liberia Kpah Sherman PKNS 14
2 Brazil Diogo Johor Darul Ta'zim 12
Nigeria Ifedayo Olusegun Selangor
4 Iraq Gonzalo Cabrera Johor Darul Ta'zim 11
5 Philippines Patrick Reichelt Melaka United 10
6 Brazil Giancarlo Petaling Jaya/PKNP 9
Spain Fernando Rodriguez Kedah
8 Brazil Guilherme de Paula Kuala Lumpur 8
Argentina Leandro Velázquez Johor Darul Ta'zim
Malaysia Safawi Rasid Johor Darul Ta'zim
Uzbekistan Sanjar Shaakhmedov Terengganu

Clean sheets[edit]

As of matches played on 21 July 2019.

Players sorted first by clean sheets, then by last name.

Rank Player Club Clean sheets
1 Malaysia Ifwat Akmal Kedah 6

Malaysia Helmi Eliza

Pahang
Malaysia Khairul Fahmi Melaka United
Malaysia Farizal Marlias Johor Darul Ta'zim
5 Malaysia Zarif Irfan PKNS 5
6 Malaysia Hafizul Hakim Perak 4
Malaysia Muhaimin Mohamad PJ City

See also[edit]

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