Brendan Gan

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Brendan Gan
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Brendan Gan playing for Sydney
Personal information
Full name Brendan Gan Seng Ling
Date of birth (1988-06-03) 3 June 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Sutherland Shire, Australia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 11
Youth career
0000–1999 Marton Hammers
2000–2007 Sutherland Sharks
2008–2009 Sydney
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 Sutherland Sharks 23 (7)
2008–2011 Sydney 41 (5)
2011–2012 Bonnyrigg White Eagles 20 (2)
2012–2013 Sabah 12 (2)
2013–2014 Rockdale City Suns 25 (3)
2014– Kelantan 18 (0)
National team
2014 Malaysia U23 5 (0)
2014– Malaysia 8 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 07, 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 07, 2016

Brendan Gan Seng Ling (born 3 June 1988) is a Malaysian professional footballer who plays as a Midfielder for Kelantan and the Malaysia national team.

Club career[edit]

Gan began playing football for his local club, the Marton Hammers before he signed for the Sutherland Sharks in 2000 when he was twelve years old and came up through their youth grades to make his senior debut for the club in 2008. It was this debut season that shot Gan to prominence within the local media which brought with it a growing reputation to match.[1] He did not disappoint with dazzling performances week in week out which eventually led him to being crowned the New South Wales Premier League player of the year, taking out the Gold Medal award for the competition.[2]

Sydney FC[edit]

He was signed by Sydney FC for their inaugural National Youth League squad ahead of competition from rival A-League clubs.[3][4]

On 28 November 2008, Gan made his debut for Sydney FC against Queensland Roar with a 5-minute cameo where he caught the eye. [5][6]

On 7 December, he scored the winning goal in the 78th minute for Sydney FC against the Newcastle Jets to give them their first win in 7 games.[7]

Gan was given his full senior debut on 13 December against Central Coast Mariners.[8] He scored his second senior goal against Melbourne Victory with a long range strike from outside the penalty area.[9]

Gan scored his third senior goal against Wellington Phoenix with a powerful header from a corner. This goal gave Sydney FC a 2–0 win over Wellington and placed them on the top of the table, leapfrogging Gold Coast United.

On 2 December 2010, in only his second start for the season, he scored the opening goal in a 3–1 win, once again over Wellington Phoenix.

He was released from Sydney, along with several other players at the end of Sydney's 2011 Asian Champions League campaign.[10]

Bonnyrigg White Eagles[edit]

Gan signed for Bonnyrigg White Eagles in the NSW Premier League,[11] and made his debut in the Round 15 game against Sydney United.[12]

Sabah FA[edit]

On 17 November 2011, Brendan joined the Malaysian club, Sabah as one of the two foreign players allowed in the 2012 Malaysia Super League. Brendan, alongside his fellow countrymen, Michael Baird signed a one-year contract with Sabah.[13]

Rockdale City Suns[edit]

Brendan signed with Rockdale City Suns FC NSW Premier League the next season since no contract extension was offered by Sabah. With this opportunity, he confirmed his intention to return to the A-League.[14]

Kelantan FA[edit]

On November 2013, Brendan returned to Malaysia and signed three years contract with Kelantan. He was supposed to be registered as a local player for Kelantan but did not get the approval from FAM because according to FAM any player to be registered as local player required to have Malaysian identity card or passport. On 6 April, he officially obtained an identity card and registered by Kelantan as a local player on April transfer window.[15][16][17][18]

He made his debut during the match between Kelantan against Terengganu which ended with both side had a draw 1–1. In the first game of the 2015 Malaysia Super League Gan suffered a serious torn ACL in his right knee that will keep him out for most of the 2015 season.[19] In September 2016 Gan suffered another ACL injury, this time in his left knee which is expected to keep him out for 10 months, ruling him out for the 2016 AFF Championship.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 25 September 2016.[21]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Malaysia League FA Cup Malaysia Cup Asia Total
2014 Kelantan Malaysia Super League 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 6 0
2015 1 0 0 0 0 0 - - 1 0
2016 17 0 1 0 4 0 - - 22 0
Total 18 0 1 0 10 0 0 0 29 0
Career total

International career[edit]

Gan has not been capped for either Australia or Malaysia. Gan is eligible to play for Australia as his birth country, while also eligible for Malaysia through parentage.[22] He has decided to play for Malaysia.[23] He debuted for Malaysia on 24th March 2016 in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Saudi Arabia.[24]


As of 7 September 2016[25]
Malaysia national team
Year Apps Goals
2016 8 0
Total 8 0


  1. ^ Brendan Gan – living the dream
  2. ^ 2008 Gold Medal Dinner a huge success as Brendan Gan scoops major award
  3. ^ Gan: I'm Only Here For A Year
  4. ^ Sydney's Gan set for homecoming
  5. ^ Kosmina turns to young Gan
  6. ^ Gan's the man most likely to soar
  7. ^ Brendon Gan helps lift Sydney FC to victory over Newcastle Jets
  8. ^ Kosmina to give Brendan Gan full debut
  9. ^ Gan lights up Sydney's darkest days
  10. ^ "Sydney FC player clean out". SBS – The World Game. 14 May 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Bonnyrigg White Eagles snap up Brendan Gan". NSW Premier League. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  12. ^ Bore draw at Edensor Park - Football NSW Article
  13. ^ Former rising star given another chance for shot at Glory Retrieved at 18 November 2011
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  15. ^ Transfer News: Kelantan want Brendan Gan as local player Retrieved at 23 November 2013
  16. ^ "KAFA will find a way to sign Brendan Gan as a local player". malaysia. 
  17. ^ "Brendan Gan sedia lepas kerakyatan Australia demi Liga Malaysia". astro malaysia. 
  18. ^ "Brendan Gan sah milik Kelantan". Sinar Harian. malaysia. 
  19. ^ "Kelantan's Brendan Gan ruled out for season ahead of Lions XII game". ESPN 10 February 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2016. 
  20. ^ "Malaysia's Brendan Gan to miss AFF Suzuki Cup with second ACL injury". ESPN 12 September 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  21. ^ "Brendan Gan". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  22. ^ Seng-Foo Lee (30 June 2015). "A starting XI of Malaysians with foreign heritage". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  23. ^ "FAM releases national call-up:". 3 October 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  24. ^ "Malaysia end World Cup qualifying campaign with 2-0 defeat to Saudi Arabia". New Straits Times Online. 25 March 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  25. ^ "Brendan Gan". National Football Teams. 7 September 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2016.