Ahmad Shahrul Azhar Sofian

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Ahmad Shahrul Azhar
Personal information
Full name Ahmad Shahrul Azhar Sofian
Date of birth (1974-10-24) 24 October 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Playing position Central Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Perak FA (3)
1998–1999 Negeri Sembilan FA (3)
2000–2008 Perak FA (21)
2009 Proton FC
National team
2002 Malaysia U-23[1] 3 (0)
1999–2001 Malaysia[2] 6 (1)
1999–2002 Malaysia 41 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ahmad Shahrul Azhar Sofian (born 24 October 1974) is a Malaysian former footballer best known for his time with Perak FA, where he was team captain and wore the number 7 jersey. He was a central midfielder.

Career[edit]

Shahrul spent almost his entire career with Perak FA. He made his debut in 1996 and remained with Perak FA until 2008 except in 1998 and 1999, where he joined Negeri Sembilan FA. He is a highly-influential player for Perak FA, but is perhaps more known for his fiery temperament than his footballing abilities. He was once banned 12 months for his antics against the fourth official after receiving a red card against Selangor MPPJ.

Shahrul made his international senior debut at the 1999 Dunhill Cup in Vietnam. He also playing in the 1999 Southeast Asian Games where he scored a hat-trick against Cambodia. In 2000, Ahmad Shahrul selected as the captain of national team. His last appearance with the national team is at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea.

He was also sent off in the 2007 Malaysia Cup final for a second-bookable offence. Perak went on to lose that match 3-0.

He played for Proton FC in the 2009 Malaysia Premier League, and retired at the end of the season.

Currently Shahrul works as Assistant Coach of U20 Negeri Sembilan FA.

International goals[edit]

Goals for Senior National Team[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 4 August 1999 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei  Cambodia 7-3 Won 1999 Southeast Asian Games
2. 4 August 1999 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei  Cambodia 7-3 Won 1999 Southeast Asian Games
3. 4 August 1999 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei  Cambodia 7-3 Won 1999 Southeast Asian Games
4. 7 November 2000 Songkhla, Thailand  Laos 5-0 Won 2000 Tiger Cup
5. 7 November 2000 Songkhla, Thailand  Cambodia 3-2 Won 2000 Tiger Cup
6. 9 February 2001 Ba Town, Fiji  Fiji 2-1 Won Friendly
7. 25 June 2001 Shah Alam, Malaysia  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-2 Draw 2001 Merdeka Tournament

Awards[edit]

Shahrul was honoured by the Perak state in 2005 along with his teammates Chan Wing Hoong, K. Nanthakumar, Mohd Hamsani Ahmad and Syamsul Saad for their contributions to state football.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ahmad Shahrul was selected as one of three senior player in the under 23 team for 2002 Asian Games.
  2. ^ Appearances for non FIFA international matches.
  3. ^ Raja Nazrin Shah Heads Perak's Honours List

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