Johor Darul Ta'zim F.C.
|Full name||Johor Darul Ta'zim Football Club|
|Founded||1972 (as PKENJ FC)|
|Owner||Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim|
|League||Malaysia Super League|
|2015||Malaysia Super League, 1st|
|Website||Club home page|
Johor Darul Ta'zim Football Club (Malay: Kelab Bola Sepak Johor Darul Ta'zim), also simply known as JDT, is a professional football club based in Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia. The club was founded in 1972 (as PKENJ FC) and currently plays in the top division of Malaysian football, the Malaysian Super League. The club is owned by Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim. In 2014, JDT gained their first major honour by winning the Super League during the first season under Croatian manager Bojan Hodak. Under current Argentine manager Mario Gómez, they won the AFC Cup as well as the Malaysian Charity Shield and Super League. By winning the 2015 AFC Cup, JDT became the first Malaysian team since 1967 to enter a final of a major continental competition, and the first ever Malaysian club to win a continental title.
- 1 History
- 2 Etymology
- 3 Import players
- 4 Kit
- 5 Training
- 6 Crest and colours
- 7 Sponsors
- 8 Supporters
- 9 Rivalries
- 10 Ground
- 11 Club records
- 12 Players
- 13 Development squad
- 14 Ranking
- 15 Current Backroom and Coaching Staff
- 16 Honours
- 17 Home Attendance
- 18 See also
- 19 References
- 20 External links
The Johor FC era (1996–2011)
Best performance by PKENJ FC in FAM Cup with two titles won, Johor Corporation (state funded cooperation) decided to takeover the club in 1996 and changed its name to Johor Football Club (Johor FC). Unfortunately, the club only managed runner-up in the 1996 season.
In 1997, Johor FC was promoted to the second tier Malaysian football league, the Malaysia Premier League (which was then known as the Premier-Two League), and won the title in 2001. After two years in top division of the league, Johor FC were relegated to Malaysia Premier League during the 2002–03 season. The club earned an automatic promotion to the Super League during the 2006–07 season after FAM's decision to expand the league to 14 teams and was respectively a regular top 5 finisher in the league. The club was the first club team in Malaysian football league to enter Malaysia Cup in 2000 under former British manager, Bruce Stowell. Malaysia Cup was previously dominated by state teams and by defeating ATM on aggregate in the second-round group qualification, the club itself has marked another record in the division. The club has also participated in AFC Cup in 2009 replacing Negeri Sembilan of which the latter qualified but did not proceed to compete in the competition.
Revolution era (2013–present)
In November 2012, saw a revamp within PBNJ with Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim took charge as president. It also saw both Johor FC and Johor FA will merge as one entity and will be rename as Johor Darul Ta'zim Football Club. But instead both teams were reinstated with same name and were given with numerical order. In December 2012, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim Johor FA President announced that Johor Football Club and all of its teams is 100 percent owned and controlled by PBNJ since His Highness took over. By then, the club name was changed to Darul Ta'zim FC (Johor) and later on renamed again as Johor Darul Ta'zim Football Club.
Johor FA aims to create young Johorean talent to supply to Johor Darul Ta'zim FC as a clear step forward in moulding the future of the club. Thus, it implemented a 5-year plan which was distributed publicly through the media as invitation to join forces to create more talent pool. In earlier 2013 Tan Sri Annuar Musa and few Football Association president in Malaysia visit Johor FA headquarters and praised the program.
Fully supported and back boned by Tunku Mahkota of Johor, JDT under flag of Johor FA pouring large scales investment to acquired Stadium Tan Sri Hassan Yunos (also known as Larkin Stadium) and officially owned by end of 2011. Larkin Stadium was once again upgraded and refurbished since 1990.
Former Singaporean football legend Fandi Ahmad subsequently penned a three-year contract with Malaysian Premier League (MPL) outfit Johor to serve as their technical advisor in 2010, Fandi was later promoted to become head coach of Johor Darul Ta'zim in 2012 and once again promoted to become a manager of Johor Darul Ta'zim. However, In mid 2013 he chose to resign due to differences in football philosophy and his position was succeeded by Bojan Hodak, the former Kelantan head coach.
Tunku Mahkota Johor's Era
HRH Tunku Ismail ibni Sultan Ibrahim, the Royal Prince of Johor, bought Johor Darul Ta'zim FC just before the start of the MSL 2016 season. Along with this, JDT also received a massive MYR 100 million funding by the Sultan of Johor.
Rebranded in 2012, Johor Darul Ta'zim FC also implied a new nickname Southern Tigers (Malay: 'Harimau Selatan'), replacing the old nickname Jengking (Scorpion). The new nickname are based from the Johor State Council coat of arms. An idea from club owner, it is also to bring a meaning as for those top professional football players that representing the club. 
In early 2012, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim Johor DT President does not hold any longer, with a tight budget and proper planning Johor Darul Ta'zim FC bought key members of Malaysia national team player. Unfortunately a few of the players were implicated with disciplinary problems, hence Johor DT once again launched a new program named "Professional football team Program".
Managed to loan two European player Daniel Güiza from Getafe and Simone Del Nero from Lazio shaking the Malaysia football arena in 2013, and help to boost sponsorship from local and international company.
In 2014 Johor DT announced that the club signs Argentine Pablo Aimar for RM7.2mil a season. Later on Johor DT managed to capture a few mega companies to sponsor JDT. Pablo Aimar was released in April 2014 after new JDT head coach Bojan Hodak's request to replace him with more young talent was approved.
Other marquee players that Johor DT signed are Leonel Núñez from Argentinos Juniors, Luciano Figueroa from Panathinaikos, Patito Rodríguez from Santos, Marcos Antonio from 1. FC Nürnberg, Jorge Pereyra Díaz from Lanús, Juan Martín Lucero from Independiente and Hariss Harun from LionsXII former best young Asean player.
From the 1970s to 2012, the JDT team kit was manufactured by various companies including Adidas, Umbro, Lotto, & Jking. For the 2014 season, the official JDT kit was manufactured by Nike. The home kit's design of red and blue stripes is shaped by a blue row of lines. The away kit features design of white and blue stripes is shaped by a white row of lines. The alternate kit is design reminisce of 2013 design of royal blue navy gradient overlay with pink red.
In November 2014, Nike Malaysia created a new football kit for the JDT team specially for its 2015 AFC Champions League campaign. The home kit's design of royal navy blue and red stripes is shaped by a navy blue row of lines. The away kit features a full plain white front alternating with grey pattern boxes. The alternated kit features a full plain black.
From the 2016 season, JDT will be sponsored by Adidas.
Padang Sri Gelam is the training facility for Johor Darul Ta'zim, located at Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia. The facility is funded by the PBNJ and is the first world class football training facilities ever built in Malaysia as well as Southeast Asia region. 
Crest and colours
The club crest is derived from the Johor State Council coat of arms, although all that remains of it on the current crest is only the part of the tiger Head. The Characteristic Of southern Tigers Royal government still shown by using Royal navy Blue.
For the 2016 season, Johor Darul Ta'zim FC has secured sponsorship from 5 large corporations. Its primary sponsors include Adidas, Johor Corporation, Vantage Bay, Iskandar Waterfront Holdings and Berjaya Holdings. The funds from these companies have helped JDT FC to become the 2nd richest football club in Malaysia.
JDT also received a RM100 million funding by the Sultan of Johor. 
Boys Of Straits (formerly known as Southern Trooper) is the name of the official supporters of the Johor Darul Ta'zim. Even in every match the JDT team played, they will be found in a group standing at the supporters area. The main colours for these supporter are usually in blue with a red scarf and banners just like the Johor Darul Ta'zim's team kits colours. These supporters always bring, drums and large colorful flags to the stadiums.
"Inter Johor Firm" was created to support Johor Darul Ta'zim. The early aim of creation of IJF is to protect JDT fans in away game. But when the group fans was over capacities, IJF implicated with football hooliganism scandal. On late 2014, IJF Officially banned by Johor FA President to enter or joined any home and away Match.
Other small supporter group that consist as regular in Larkin Stadium are Sini laken, Jdt-sg, Flag Pole, And Brotherhood Johor.
|Location||Jalan Dato Jaafar, Taman Dato Onn, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia|
|Owner||Johor Football Association|
|Operator||Johor Football Association|
|Construction cost||RM 240 million (renovation cost)|
|Johor Darul Ta'zim|
The rivalry with Pahang began to develop in 2013 after an unfortunate event of overcrowding and crowd trouble during the Malaysia FA Cup semi-final 2nd Leg match at Darul Makmur Stadium on 28 May 2013, .
Since then, it has developed into an intense and fiery competition between both sides. It also has created an immense but yet exciting atmosphere for supporters and fans of both sides.
This is known as Malaysian El Clasico.
Johor Darul Ta'zim FC plays their games at Larkin Stadium. The stadium was originally built in 1964, with a capacity of only 15,000 people.The stadium was named after the former Menteri Besar of Johor, Tan Sri Dato Hj. Hassan Yunus.
In 1991, the stadium's capacity was doubled following extensive renovations. An athletics track, floodlight masts and media infrastructure were added to allow the ground to host major events.
Updated on 14 May 2016.
- Matches played summaries calculated only for Division 1/Premier 1/Malaysia Super League or Division 2/Premier 2/Malaysia Premier League current season.
- Pld = Played, W = Won, D = Drawn, L = Lost, F = Goals for, A = Goals against, Pts= Points, Pos = Position
|1998||MP2L||14||4||4||6||19||24||16||5th||—||—||Round of 16||—||—|
|1999||MP2L||18||9||1||4||24||17||33||3rd||—||—||Round of 32||—||—|
|2000||MP2L||18||5||6||7||16||18||21||7th||—||Quarter-finals||Round of 16||—||—|
|2002||MP1L||26||12||5||9||37||27||41||7th||—||Group stage||Round of 16||—||—|
|2005||MPL||21||10||6||5||27||16||36||4th||—||Group stage||Round of 1||—||—|
|2005–06||MPL||21||9||5||7||38||32||32||3rd||—||Group stage||Round of 1||—||—|
|2006–07||MSL||24||11||6||7||35||26||39||6th||—||Group stage||Round of 2||—||—|
|2007–08||MSL||24||14||4||6||40||27||46||3rd||—||Semi-finals||Round of 1||—||—|
|2009||MSL||26||15||3||8||53||27||48||4th||—||Quarter-finals||Round of 32||AFC Cup||Group stage|
|2010||MSL||26||12||4||10||41||33||40||4th||—||Semi-finals||Round of 32||—||—|
|2011||MSL||26||8||10||8||26||28||34||7th||—||Group stage||Round of 16||—||—|
|2012||MSL||26||10||5||11||29||31||35||9th||—||Quarter-finals||Round of 16||—||—|
|2015||MSL||22||14||4||4||36||18||46||1st||Winners||Quarter-finals||Round of 32||AFC CL||Preliminary round 2|
|2016||MSL||TBD||Winners||TBD||Winners||AFC CL||Preliminary round 2|
First Team Squad
As part of the club's acquisition and subsequent rebranding in 2012, HRH Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, the Johor FA's President, took the decision to rename all the club's teams using the same nomenclature. In addition, Roman numerals were used to denote each team's hierarchy in the club.
- JDT III [Under-21 Squad]
- JDT IV [Under-19 Squad]
Johor Darul Ta'zim III
|1||Mohamad Luqman Hakim Mohd Razali||GK||1995|
|21||Mohd Nabil Akmal Rusman||GK||20/1/95|
|26||Saddam Elhafedz Shahri||GK||2/5/95|
|27||Mohamad Rozaimi Rahamat||GK||14/5/96|
|3||Muhd Hafiz Kamsani||RB, RWB||22/10/96|
|4||Mohd Faiz Burhan||CB||11/1/95|
|5||Muhammad Zabidi Ismail||CB||8/11/95|
|6||Mohd Fitri Mohd Ismail||LB, LWB||22/2/96|
|13||Muhammad Nurfikry Razali||LB, LWB||1997|
|15||Muhd Shafiq Hafiz Zulkifle||CB||14/2/95|
|18||Muhammad Nur bin Sadikin||CB||20/3/95|
|24||Mohd Saipul Samsuri||RB, RWB||27/1/95|
|29||Muhammad Ghaffar Abdul Rahman||CB||25/4/98|
|11||Abdul Fathur Danish Abdul Rahman||AM, | CM||31/05/95|
|12||Muhammad Faiz Mohd Isa||LW, LM||9/1/95|
|14||Satrunan Pillai a/l Jayakumar||RM, RW||7/4/95|
|17||Mohd Fahmi Faizal||CM, DM||22/5/96|
|19||Muhd Hazeq Rezal||CM||1996|
|23||Muhd Sahnizam Jamil||CM||22/11/95|
|25||Aikal Aidil Azlan||LW, LM||21/2/96|
|7||Mohd Shafiqee Fitri Nor Azman||ST||9/2/96|
|10||Muhd Shambri Haizam Sulaiman||ST||10/6/96|
Johor Darul Ta'zim IV
|1||Muhammad Yusri Tan Ser||GK||1997|
|19||Mohd Ikram Nasiran||GK||26/02/98|
|22||Muhamad Fazeli Muhamad Salleh||GK||1997|
|25||Muhd Khaled Abdul Razak||GK||10/01/97|
|2||Zahin Soopi Ismail||RB, RWB||1997|
|3||Muhammad Amirul Izzuddin Zulkarnain||LB, LWB||28/01/97|
|4||Nur Ismail Sukandar||CB||1997|
|5||Muhammad Nashrul Eiman Hamdan||CB||08/02/98|
|6||Muhammad Syaiful Haziq Baharuddin||CB||1997|
|8||Muhd Fazhan Fikri Mohd Rahim||RB, RWB||1997|
|18||Mohamad Firdaus Abdul Jabar||CB||09/12/97|
|20||Ahmad Ikhwan Hafiz||CB||28/02/98|
|24||Yogaraj a/l Murugan||LB, LWB||1997|
|27||Mohd Sharin Mohd Maznan||LB, LWB||1998|
|9||Muhd Khaizuran Putera||AM, CM||07/01/97|
|11||Mohamad Khairullah Abdul Halim||CM||21/05/97|
|12||Wan Muhd Iman Iltizam Wan Zulkifli||LM, LW||29/08/98|
|13||Arif Akmal Abdul Talib||DM, CM||1998|
|15||Lukman Hakim Ibrahim||RM, RW||02/10/97|
|16||Linkeswar a/l Ravi||LM, LW||04/02/98|
|17||Mohd Faiz Mohd Nasir||RM, RW||06/01/98|
|26||Mohd Aidil Hidayat Mohd Hazlin||CM||30/01/98|
|28||Mohd Ikhmal Abdul Thani||AM, RW, LW||1998|
|30||Amirul Syahmi Azmi||CM||1998|
|31||Muhd Hafizee Aba'i||CM, DM||05/05/98|
|7||Azrul Azuan Ali||ST||1997|
|10||Ahmad Fahmi Mohd Shohir||ST||23/01/98|
|14||Mohd Thaqif Fikri Mohd Khalid||ST||1998|
|21||Muhammad Yusof Abdullah||ST||26/11/98|
|23||Nabil Abrisam Zainudin||ST||1997|
|29||Mohd Shamim Mohd Maznan||ST||1997|
AFC Club Ranking
- As of 26 November 2015.
|68||Johor Darul Ta'zim|
|70||Hà Nội T&T|
Current Backroom and Coaching Staff
|Patron||Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim|
|Director of Sport||Alistair Edwards|
|Head Coach||Mario Gómez|
|Asst. Head Coach 1||Raúl Longhi|
|Asst. Head Coach 2||Ismail Ibrahim|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Khairul Azman Mohamed|
|Fitness Coach||Fernando González|
|Physio||Fariq Mohd Yusof|
|Head of Youth Development||K. Sukumaran|
|U21 Head Coach||Ervin Boban|
|U21 Asst. Head Coach||Salehan Mohd Som|
|U21 Coach||Fazail Mat Nayan|
|U21 Fitness Coach||Isz Mohd Shahrom Idris|
|U21 Goalkeeping Coach||Amirullah Abdul Ghani|
|U21 Physio||Mohd Syafiq Zakaria|
|U19 Head Coach||Hamzani Omar|
|U19 Asst. Head Coach||Mohd Nazri Yunos|
|U19 Coach||Rozi Abdul Hamid|
|U19 Goalkeeping Coach||Mohd Sany Fahmy|
|U19 Physio||Rafienudeen Ramlee|
|Chief Scout||Abdul Nasir Mohd Yusof|
|Scout||Idris Abdul Karim|
Head Coach history
Head Coach by years (1998–present)
|Bruce Stowell||1999||2001||2001 Malaysia Premier 2 League|
|César Ferrando||Dec 2013||April 2014|
|Bojan Hodak||April 2014||April 2015||2014 Malaysia Super League
2015 Malaysia Charity Shield
|Mario Gómez||April 2015||Present||2015 Malaysia Super League
2015 AFC Cup
2016 Malaysia Charity Shield
2016 Malaysia FA Cup
- Division 1 / Premier 1 / Super League
- Division 2 / Premier 2 / Premier League
- Winners (2): 2001
- Malaysia Cup
- Runners-up (1): 2014
- FA Cup
- Winners (1): 2016
- Charity Shield
- Winners (2): 2015, 2016
- FAM Cup
Performance in AFC competitions
- Asian Club Championship / AFC Champions League: 3 Appearances
- AFC Cup: 3 Appearances
Home Matches (All Competitions) played at Larkin Stadium.
|Malaysia Super League||Malaysia FA Cup||Malaysia Cup||AFC Cup||AFC Champions League|
Note: Average = Average Attendance Per Match
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|AFC Cup Champions
|Malaysia Super League Champions
2014 . 2015
|Malaysia FA Cup Champions
|Malaysia Charity Shield Champions
2015 . 2016