Harimau Muda B

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Malaysia Under 21
Nickname(s)Harimau Muda (Young Tigers)
AssociationAsia (AFC)
Sub-confederationSoutheast Asia (AFF)
FIFA codeMAS

Harimau Muda B was the club name for the former Malaysia Under-21 National Football Team and was managed by the Football Association of Malaysia. The national team played as a club under the name Harimau Muda B[1] which took part in Malaysia Premier League from the 2007–08 season and also FA Cup Malaysia.[2] In 2015, Harimau Muda once again became a single team composed of former Harimau Muda A & B players.[3]

Harimau Muda B last competed in Singapore's 2014 S. League. The team was aimed at developing Malaysian youth players and does not recruit any foreign nationals in its squad. On 25 November 2015,it was confirmed that the Harimau Muda has disbanded by FAM which means all the player from Harimau Muda A,Harimau Muda B and Harimau Muda C will be returned to their own state.[4]

The name "Harimau Muda" means "Young Tigers" in English.

History[edit]

Harimau Muda
Full nameHarimau Muda B
Nickname(s)Young Tigers
Founded2009
Dissolved2015 (as club)
GroundPasir Gudang Corporation Stadium
Capacity15,000
ChairmanTengku Abdullah ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah
201412th

On 19 October 2007 FAM decided to include Malaysia U-21 as one of the team in Malaysia Premier League 2007-08 and will be known as Harimau Muda (Young Tigers).[2] Due to international duties, The Malaysia national U-21 team were needed to participate in the 2010 AFC U-19 Championship qualification. But they also needed to participate in the Premier League Malaysia and the Malaysia FA Cup 2009.

In July 2009, The Harimau Muda were split into 2 teams. Harimau Muda A and Harimau Muda B. The Harimau Muda A were sent to Zibo, China to participate in the 2010 AFC U-19 Championship qualification while Harimau Muda B participated in Malaysia Premier League and the FA Cup.

During the 2010 season, Harimau Muda A went to a training camp in Zlaté Moravce, Slovakia for 8 months while Harimau Muda B participated in the 2010 Malaysia Premier League.

On the 2011 season, Harimau Muda A joined the 2011 Super League Malaysia replacing KL PLUS FC and Harimau Muda B continued to play in the 2011 Malaysia Premier League. Harimau Muda A finished 5th while Harimau Muda B played their worst season being in the bottom 3. However, they managed to avoid relegation and will continue to play in the Malaysia Premier League.

For the 2012 season, Harimau Muda A swapped places with Singapore LIONSXII of Singapore, which is Singapore's national under-23 team. Harimau Muda B continue to participate in the 2012 Malaysia Premier League. Harimau Muda A did not enter the 2012 Singapore Cup to concentrate for 2013 AFC U-22 Asian Cup qualification thus Harimau Muda B took their slot as a replacement.[5]

In 2013, The Football Association of Malaysia agreed to replace Harimau Muda A with Harimau Muda B in the 2013 S.League campaign. Instead, Harimau Muda A undergo an 8 month long training in central Europe and mainly based at Zlaté Moravce, Slovakia to prepare to defend their title in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games. Harimau Muda B have used under-20 players for the S. League with no foreign players and based in the Pasir Gudang Stadium, replacing Yishun Stadium as their previous home stadium.

In addition, Harimau Muda C was formed to provide a bigger pool of players and become a feeder team for Harimau Muda B, as Harimau Muda B did to Harimau Muda A. Harimau Muda C made their debut in the 3rd Division of Malaysian football, the FAM League and fielded under-18 aged players.

In 2015, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, former FAM's Deputy President has stated that the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) must disband the Harimau Muda system, stating the Harimau Muda system is no longer relevant, it was not planned for the long term, and the state football associations should take the responsibility to groom potential players.[6] The new Harimau Muda participated and won the 2015 Bangabandhu Cup, their first international tournament.

Domestic records[edit]

Year League Position League Domestic Cup Cup Position
2007–08 8/13 Malaysia Premier League Malaysia FA Cup Round 1
2009 1/13 Champions Malaysia Premier League Malaysia FA Cup Quarter Final
2010 5/12 Malaysia Premier League Malaysia FA Cup Round 1
2011 10/12 Malaysia Premier League Malaysia FA Cup Round 2
2012 8/12 Malaysia Premier League Malaysia FA Cup Did not qualify
2013 9/12 S.League Singapore Cup Round 1
2014 12/12 S.League Singapore Cup Round 1
2015 10/10 S.League Singapore Cup Did not qualify

Honours[edit]

Malaysia
Singapore

International records[edit]

AFF Youth Championship Record[edit]

AFF U-19 Youth Championship Record
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
Thailand 2008 Did Not Enter
Vietnam 2009 Semifinal 3 2 0 1 9 3
Vietnam 2010 Did Not Enter
Myanmar 2011 Semifinal 4 2 1 1 12 1
Indonesia 2013 Round 1 5 2 2 1 9 4
Total 2/2 12 6 3 3 30 8

Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy record[edit]

  • Beginning from the 2012 edition, Malaysia is using U-21 players.[7]

Nations Cup[edit]

Nations Cup Record
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
Malaysia 2016 Runners-Up 2 1 0 1 4 2
Total Best: Runners-Up 2 1 0 1 4 2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eric Samuel (11 September 2014). "Future is bright for Harimau Muda D". The Star. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b Eric Samuel (20 October 2007). "Brunei DPMM get to play in FA Cup, not Malaysia Cup". The Star. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  3. ^ Aysha Ridzuan (23 January 2015). "Thanks for the memories, Harimau Muda A". The Malaysian Insider. Archived from the original on 15 February 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Skuad Harimau Muda dibubar" (in Malay). Utusan Malaysia. 26 November 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  5. ^ "RHB Singapore Cup 2012 Draw". Kallang Roar. 29 April 2012. Archived from the original on 2 July 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  6. ^ Nik Afiq (22 January 2015). "Khairy Jamaluddin reveals Harimau Muda system was not made for long term". Goal.com. Archived from the original on 4 April 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Harimau Muda B ready to roar". The Brunei Times. 13 August 2014. Archived from the original on 14 August 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014.

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