Johor Darul Ta'zim F.C.

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Full name Johor Darul Ta'zim F.C.
Nickname(s) Harimau Selatan[1]
  • (Southern Tigers)
Short name JDT
Founded 1972; 45 years ago (1972) (as PKENJ FC)
1996; 21 years ago (1996) (as Johor FC)
2013; 4 years ago (2013) (as Johor Darul Ta'zim FC)
Ground Tan Sri Dato' Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium
Ground Capacity 30,000
Owner Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim[2]
Manager Ulisses Morais
League Malaysia Super League
2016 Malaysia Super League, 1st
Website Club home page
Current season

Johor Darul Ta'zim Football Club (Malay: Kelab Bola Sepak Johor Darul Ta'zim), or simply JDT, is a 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 Malaysia Super League. The club is owned by Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.[3] In 2014, JDT gained their first major honour by winning the national league during the first season under Croatian manager named Bojan Hodak. Under Argentine Mario Gómez's tutelage, they won the 2015 AFC Cup as well as the Malaysian Piala Sumbangsih and 2015 Super League. By winning the AFC Cup, JDT became the second Malaysian team since 1967 to enter a final of a major continental competition, and the first ever Malaysian club to win a continental title. JDT is the first team ever in the country to win three consecutive league titles (2014, 2015 and 2016) since the inception of Super League in 2004. Before this achievement, no team had ever won the league championship in three successive years since a league system was first introduced in Malaysia in 1979.

Since 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 is based on the Johor State Council coat of arms.[4] The team's home ground is a 30,000 capacity Tan Sri Dato' Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium. The stadium was renovated prior to the 2013 season. Beginning in 2013, the club has developed a fiercy rivalry with Pahang FA and Felda United.

History[edit]

The Johor FC Era (1996–2011)[edit]

The club was founded in 1972 as PKENJ FC. After PKENJ FC won the Piala FAM twice, Johor Corporation (state funded corporation) decided to takeover the club in 1996 and changed its name to Johor Football Club (Johor FC). The club finished as the runners-up in the 1996 season.

In 1998, Johor FC was promoted to the second tier Malaysian football league, the Liga Perdana 2 and won the title in 2001 which granted a promotion to first division, the Liga Perdana 1.[5] After two years in top division of the league, Johor FC were relegated to Liga Premier after failed to achieved promotion to Super League during the 2003 season.[6] The club earned an automatic promotion to the Malaysia Super League during the 2006–07 season after Football Association of Malaysia's decision to expand the league to 14 teams and was respectively a regular top 5 finisher in the league. Johor FC was the first club team in Malaysian football league to enter Malaysia Cup in 2000 under English manager Bruce Stowell. Piala Malaysia 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.[7]

Johor Darul Ta'zim era (2013–present)[edit]

Starting from 2 February 2012, former Singaporean international footballer Fandi Ahmad began his three-year contract with Johor FA serving as the technical advisor.[8] Later in the year, Fandi assumed the role as the team's head coach. The team eventually finished fourth in the Malaysia Premier League for the 2012 season.

HRH Tunku Ismail was officially appointed as the new President of Johor FA (PBNJ) in the association's congress held on 16 February 2012. During the congress, he first mooted a proposal to revamp the whole organisation structure and its footballing activities. Part of the plan was to consolidate its football teams into a single representative competing in the M-League.[9]

During the season, there were several match fixing allegations and investigations involving players from Johor-based teams.[10][11] At the end of the 2012 season, Johorean football was in poor state. Johor based teams were underperforming and struggling in the M-League. Johor FC barely avoided relegation in MSL, while other Johor-based clubs – Johor FA, Johor Bahru FC, and Muar FC – were struggling to compete in MPL.[12] Just months after HRH Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim took charge as Johor FA's President, a bold strategic revamp within Johor FA (PBNJ) was initiated. The move was to realign and consolidate football teams and clubs representing Johor. It saw both teams Johor FC and Johor FA would be placed under a single management to ensure the stability of both teams. All Johor-based clubs except for Johor FC and Johor FA were withdrawn from the M-League. Both teams were reinstated with same name and were given with numerical order.[13][14] In December 2012, FAM announced that they had received the application of changing the name to Darul Ta'zim FC for the upcoming 2013 season and had no objection of it.[15] It was later renamed as Johor Darul Ta'zim Football Club.

Officially, 2013 is the first year in which the Southern Tigers made its debut under the new transformation initiative. A fully refurnished Larkin Stadium was made to accommodate more fans. With the introduction of season passes, it allow fans entry to all competitive matches for an entire season. As for the start of the 2013 season, Fandi Ahmad had been handed the task as the head coach of the team in the MSL, while the MPL team would be handled by former international and Johor player, Azmi Mohamed, with the assistance of former compatriot, Ismail Ibrahim.[13] Before the season, Johor signed former Spanish international Dani Güiza and Italian midfielder Simone Del Nero. However, both left in the middle of the season. JDT managed to reach the 2013 Malaysia FA Cup final on away goals rule, defeating Pahang FA.[16][17] In the final, JDT lost 1–0 to Kelantan FA.[18] During the middle of 2013 season, Fandi Ahmad was relieved of his coaching duties, but would stay on as the team's manager.[19][20] Azmi Mohamed became JDT's coach on an interim basis while waiting for the arrival of the new head coach.[21][22] In their first season after the club's transformation, JDT managed to finish third in the 2013 Malaysian Super League.[23][24] Later on, just a day before the 2013 Malaysia Cup kicked off, Fandi Ahmad resigned as the team manager and parted ways with Johor FA amicably.[25] With the motivation to rejuvenate the glory days of past into the future, JDT appointed former Valencia and Atlético Madrid manager Cesar Ferrando Jimenez as the new club's head coach.[26][27]

In February 2014, Bojan Hodak was appointed as the team manager to assist Cesar Jimenez in managerial duties.[28][29] On 26 June 2014, JDT secured their first national league title by defeating Sarawak FA 1–0.[30][31] In the 2014 Malaysia Cup campaign, JDT made it through to the final for the first time in 23 years, when the former Johor FA won the double (league and Malaysia Cup winners). Billed as the "Match of Heavyweights", it was a highly anticipated match between JDT (league champions) and Pahang (Malaysia FA Cup winners).[32] JDT lost the match 5–3 after the penalty shoot-out.[33]

On 31 January 2015, JDT competed in the Piala Sumbangsih for the first time in the club's history, qualifying to the competition as the 2014 Malaysian champions. They defeated Pahang 2–0 to win the trophy.[34][35] The club made their debut in the AFC Cup on 24 February 2015 with a 4–1 win over East Bengal FC in the first game of the group stage.[36][37] In late April 2015, the head coach Bojan Hodak left the club and was replaced by Roberto Carlos Mario Gómez.[38] As the new head coach, he was also given the authority to revamp youth development programmes in JDT, especially its development squads, from JDT II to JDT V.[39]

On 12 July 2015, an announcement was made that Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim has left his post as president of the Johor FA; instead, he will still serve in his capacity as the Royal Patron of Johor FA. Dato' Haji Ismail bin Karim, State Secretary of Johor, has been appointed as his replacement with immediate effect.[40] In August 2015, JDT defended the Malaysia Super League title, becoming the national champions for the second year in a row.[41] On 31 October 2015, JDT became the first Malaysian team to reach the final of the AFC Cup. In the final, held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, they defeated the home side FC Istiklol 1–0 with a goal scored by Leandro Velazquez. As a result, JDT became the first Southeast Asian club to win a continental title.[42][43][44]

In the opener of the 2016 season, JDT edged Selangor FA in a 7–6 penalty shoot-out win, successfully defending the Piala Sumbangsih title.[45] In the same season, JDT clinched their first-ever Malaysia FA Cup title after making a comeback 2–1 win over PKNS FC. It was the first time a Malaysian club lifted the trophy since 1990.[46][47] JDT secured their third consecutive league title on Match Day 20 of the 2016 season with a 3–0 win over Terengganu FA.[48] They became the first team to win three consecutive league titles – a feat never achieved before by any team since the inception of a national league championship in 1982.[49][50]

On 18 January 2017, JDT announced that they have parted their ways with Mario Gómez barely two days before the season opener.[51][52] The club promoted Mexican Benjamin Mora from JDT II to coach the squad for the 2017 season.[53][54] On 21 January 2017, despite leading 1–0 at halftime, JDT failed to win the Sultan Ahmad Shah Cup for the third time in a row after losing 5–4 after the penalty shoot-out to Kedah.[55] In the 2017 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off, JDT reached the play-off round for the first time in their history, after eliminating Bangkok United in the second preliminary round after the penalties.[56][57] In the play-off round, JDT lost 3–0 to the Japanese side Gamba Osaka.[58][59] Following that, Perak defeated JDT 2–1 and ended the club’s record of unbeaten streak in 26 league matches dating back to the beginning of the 2016 season’s opener.[60]

Club ownership[edit]

On the eve of the 2016 season, JDT have officially came under the ownership of HRH Tunku Ismail in a statement released by Johor FA dated 10 January 2016. It further clarifies that JDT are now turned into a full-fledged professional outfit, as a separate entity from the Johor FA which organises the overall football development programme in the state. As the JDT owner, HRH Tunku Ismail is being directly involved in the decision-making process and club management, compared to his previous role as the Royal Patron of Johor FA, when he provided directions and counsel.[61] A day later, former Johor striker who was a key member of the historic double-champion team of 1991, Alistair Edwards has been appointed as JDT's Sporting Director to assist HRH Tunku Ismail.[62] The move was seen as a part of the privatisation process and a strategic initiative on how Malaysia football clubs should be run and managed professionally including the youth development in the region.[63][64]

Shortly after, on 12 January 2016, Sultan of Johor, HRH Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar decided to give RM50 million as a reward to the club. After the successful 2015 season, when the club have won the Super League, Piala Sumbangsih, and AFC Cup, Sultan Ibrahim made the decision to contribute RM50 million as he was satisfied with how football in the state has united the citizens of Johor and put the state's name on the map.[65]

In an interview published on the club's social media in early December 2016, the majority shareholder in the club is HRH Tunku Ismail himself, who holds 70% of the southern based club.[66]

JDT Foundation[edit]

The foundation was registered on 9 August 2016. The mission behind the formation of the foundation is to collect funds and distribute aids to the development of the club.

Just days before the 2016 Malaysia FA Cup final, the club announced JDT Foundation (Malay: Yayasan JDT), expected to be launched officially in September 2016 as the platform for JDT supporters to be more involved with the team in terms of the team's future and the development of JDT football programmes. JDT Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad said that it would give opportunity for JDT fans to actually have a "say" in the football club through proper ownership.[67][68]

With the establishment of JDT Foundation, fans can become shareholders of the club and send representatives to have meetings with the club officials to understand the club’s direction and plans including its monthly financial statement which is planned to be released informing them on all expenditures and its costs. After several postponements, JDT Foundation is slated to be launched in mid January 2017.[69]

The foundation's Membership Card launch was held at the Persada International Convention Centre in Johor Bahru on 7 December 2016.[70]

Appointment of HRH Tunku Tun Aminah as JDT's President[edit]

On 27 July 2016, Tunku Tun Aminah binti Sultan Ibrahim, the sister of HRH Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, has been appointed as the President of Johor DT.[71] Besides focusing on the youth development and attracting youth into sporting activities and active lifestyle, she is also considering to establish a JDT women's football team in the near future.[72][73]

Kit manufacturers[edit]

From the 1970s to 2012, the JDT team kit was manufactured by various companies including Adidas, Umbro, Lotto, and Jking.

For the 2014 season, JDT becomes the first Malaysian club to have Nike as their official kit sponsor.[74] 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 special kit for their 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.

In the eve of 2016 season, JDT's signed a contract with Adidas. The new kits were officially unveiled with a commercial video featuring JDT footballers inside the Senai International Airport terminal, and a special cameo by HRH Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim. The jerseys feature three different designs in red, white and blue, representing the colours of the Johor state flag.[75]

In November 2016, JDT announced that they have signed a three-year deal with Nike for the 2017 season. It is the biggest kit sponsorship ever signed for a Malaysian club.[76] The three-year cooperation encompassed all the teams under JDT, namely main squad, JDT II, JDT III, and JDT IV. The official kit was unveiled on 12 January 2017.[77][78]

Year(s) Manufacturer(s) Brand Company
2013 Kappa Johor Corporation
2014 Nike Danga Bay Country Garden
2015
2016 Adidas Forest City
2017 Nike

Training facilities and infrastructure[edit]

Dato Suleiman Mohd Noor Indoor Training Centre (Johor Bahru, Johor)[edit]

Padang Sri Gelam is the training facility for Johor Darul Ta'zim, located at Johor Bahru, Johor. Besides the indoor synthetic field measuring 16 x 109.2 metres, the building comes with the gym equipment, a swimming pool, and ice baths. The project is lined with the vision of HRH Tunku Ismail, who wants international-level training equipment for the players and to help those who are injured to recover faster.[79][80]

After its design plans were approved on 24 December 2014, the groundbreaking ceremony of the all-weather arena was held on 1 January 2015.[citation needed]

The development of RM15 million indoor facility was sponsored by Iskandar Waterfront Holdings (IWH) under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme. The 0.8ha indoor facility were designed and built according to the requirements and specifications set by FIFA, the world's football governing body.[81]

After its completion, it was named Dato Suleiman Mohd Noor Indoor Training Centre as a special recognition and appreciation for his contribution as the "Father of Johor Football" on 23 February 2016. It was officially opened on 21 April 2016.[82][83]

Youth development[edit]

To demonstrate his ideas and commitment to youth development in the state, HRH Tunku Ismail has entered into partnerships and built ties with various football individuals all over the world. To date, JDT has developed strategic partnership and collaborations with Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo (Japan), and Valencia (Spain).[84][85][86] Besides signing a new young players for development, the club has been organising competitive tournaments across all age groups in Johor districts.

In mid-January 2017, the club revealed that they have signed a three-year coaching and player development partnership with Valencia. The partnership will introduce and oversee the implementation of a long-term player development plan for JDT. This plan will be based on Valencia Academy's methodologies and development philosophies, adapted to JDT’s needs and context.[87]

JDT Football Academy (Kulai, Johor)[edit]

As of December 2015, the club is in the process of building a brand new youth academy with up to 15 football pitches and modern facilities, designed in collaboration with Borussia Dortmund, who have entered into a partnership with JDT.[88] The development of the 40-hectare academy in Kulai will be focusing to develop local youth talents from the grassroots level and promote JDT's regional presence.[89][90]

European Training Centre (Spain)[edit]

As part of JDT's Youth Development Plan, the club has announced its plan to build a pre-season training facility in Spain on 21 June 2016. The facility will be used to accommodate JDT's young players for pre-season training, as well as for lodging of youth JDT players who will be on playing stints in Spain.[91]

A delegation of JDT's officials has been sent to Spain to scout for prospective sites for the development of this facility. The site will either be in the region of Valencia or Barcelona.[92][93]

JDT Sports City[edit]

In January 2016, as part of HRH Tunku Ismail's strategic plan to develop the state's football and other programmes, the club has announced the development of JDT Sports City. The Johor state government had provided a 70-acre (28.3 hectares) plot of land for the project in Iskandar Puteri, Johor. Under its blueprint, the sports complex will house a new stadium and other sporting facilities such as a hotel, apartments, and a shopping mall.[94][95]

Sultan Ibrahim Larkin Stadium[edit]

Located within the vicinity of JDT Sports City, a new stadium complex will be constructed to be the new home ground of Southern Tigers. The club's new headquarter will be part of the complex. The new stadium will have a maximum capacity of up to 45,000 spectators and ample parking facilities. The new RM200 million stadium will be named as the Sultan Ibrahim Larkin Stadium in honour of the state's ruler.[96]

With the cost of the construction of a new stadium and the JDT Sports City is estimated between RM180 million and RM200 million, the Sultan of Johor has granted the funds needed for the construction of the project.[97]

Country Garden Pacificview Sdn Bhd has been given the responsibility to build the stadium. Upon its completion, the new stadium will house the main JDT team, while the JDT II will be playing at the stadium in Larkin. The other development squads, JDT III and JDT IV, will use the Pasir Gudang Stadium.

Slated to be launched in January 2018, the club announced that the construction has been delayed by six months following adjustments made by HRH Tunku Ismail on the stadium’s location, technical and design changes.[98][99]

Crest and colours[edit]

The club crest is derived from the Johor State Council coat of arms, although all that remains of it on the current crest is the part of the tiger head.

In 2013, JDT adopted a new logo, featuring a more ferocious looking tiger and a darker colour scheme.[74][100]

Supporters[edit]

Boys Of Straits (formerly known as Southern Trooper) is the name of the official supporters of the Johor Darul Ta'zim. The main colours of the supporters are usually blue with a red scarf and banners, like the team's kits colours. The supporters always bring drums and large colorful flags to the stadiums.[101]

Known for their constant singing, drumming, and rallying team throughout the match, they have consistently built-up the spirit of togetherness and camaraderie among the fans of the club's home and away matches.[102] It has caught the attention of Hong Kong media during 2016 AFC quarter-final match with South China AA when they singled out South China's captain Chan Wai Ho for verbal abuse during the second leg of the tie.[103]

Inter Johor Firm was created to support Johor Darul Ta'zim. The early aim of creation of IJF was to protect JDT fans in away games. But when the group fans was over capacities, IJF implicated with football hooliganism scandal. In late 2014, IJF was officially banned by the club's president to enter any home or away matches.[104]

Other small supporters groups that consist as regulars in Larkin Stadium are Sini Laken, Flag Pole, Brotherhood Johor, and JDT-Sg (Singaporean-based supporters group).

Stadium Tan Sri Dato' Hj. Hassan Yunos
Larkin Stadium
Stadium Larkin.jpg
Larkin Stadium
Location Jalan Dato Jaafar, Taman Dato Onn, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Owner Johor Football Association
Operator Johor Football Association
Capacity
  • 15,000 (1964–1991)
  • 32,600 (1991–present)
Surface Grass
Scoreboard Digital board Full HD
Construction
Built 1964
Renovated 1999, 2013
Expanded 1999
Construction cost RM 240 million (renovation cost)
Tenants
Johor Darul Ta'zim
Website
http://www.stadiumjohor.com/

Rivalries[edit]

Pahang[edit]

The rivalry with Pahang began to develop in 2013 after a 3–2 loss in the club's debut in the Malaysia Super League, and an event of overcrowding and crowd trouble during the Malaysia FA Cup semi-final second Leg match at Darul Makmur Stadium on 28 May 2013.[17]

Since then, it has developed into an intense and fiery competition between both sides. It also has created an immense atmosphere for supporters and fans of both sides.[105]

Felda United[edit]

Beginning in 2013, with JDT's resurrection and emergence as one of Malaysia's football powerhouse to fight for the league titles and other domestic cup campaigns, Felda United is one of the club's main rivals. Between 2013 and 2016, the two sides have met on 12 occasions, with JDT triumphant six times, Felda United thrice, with the remaining three games drawn.[106]

In the 2014 edition of the Malaysia Cup competition, the clubs met in the semi-final duel for a place in the final. JDT went into the match to complete a "double" silverware of the season after winning the 2014 Malaysia Super League title, whereas Felda United were trying to redeem their season with an appearance and the possibility of winning a title for the season in the final after becoming the losing side in 2014 Malaysia FA Cup final. After Felda won 4–3 in the first leg in a waterlogged pitch at Selayang Stadium, JDT won the second leg 3–1 and earned a place in the final with a 6–5 aggregate victory.[107][108]

Towards the end of the 2015 season, the newly crowned 2015 AFC Cup winners received a 2–1 home defeat from Felda United, eliminating JDT out of the Malaysia Cup competition in the quarter-final duel. It was the first home loss for JDT since 2013.[109][110]

2016 – Title decider[edit]

In the course of the 2016 season, the rivalry has become highly competitive and intense with both clubs competing for the league title. On Match Day 18 (24 August 2016), the two sides met in a head-to-head match, dubbed as the "Top of the Table Clash". With JDT as the league leaders and four remaining league games, Felda United were determined to stop JDT from creating history as the first Malaysian club to win three consecutive league titles.[111][112][113] Playing away at Felda United's home ground, JDT managed to win 3–2 in the title decider.[114]

Stadium[edit]

Johor Darul Ta'zim FC plays their home games at Larkin Stadium. The stadium was originally built in 1964, with a capacity for 15,000 spectators. The stadium was named after the former Menteri Besar of Johor, Tan Sri Dato Hj. Hassan Yunus.[115]

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. The stadium was also used for the FIFA U-20 World Cup and Sukma Games.

Club records[edit]

Updated on 31 May 2017.

Note:

  • Matches played summaries calculated only for Division 1/Perdana 1/Liga Super or Division 2/Perdana 2/Liga Premier current season.
  • Pld = Played, W = Won, D = Drawn, L = Lost, F = Goals for, A = Goals against, Pts= Points, Pos = Position

  1st or Champions   2nd or Runner-up   3rd place   Promotion   Relegation

Season League Cup Asia
Division Pld W D L F A Pts Pos Charity Malaysia FA Competition Result
1998 Perdana 2 14 4 4 6 19 24 16 5th  –  – 2nd round  –  –
1999 Perdana 2 18 9 5[a] 4 24 17 33 3rd  –  – 1st round  –  –
2000 Perdana 2 18 5 6 7 16 18 21 7th  – Quarter-finals 2nd round  –  –
2001 Perdana 2 22 14 5 3 42 20 47 1st  – Group stage Quarter-finals  –  –
2002 Perdana 1 26 12 5 9 37 27 41 6th  – Group stage 2nd round  –  –
2003 Perdana 1 24 10 4 10 42 32 34 7th  – Group stage Quarter-finals  –  –
2004 Liga Premier 24 14 5 5 43 25 47 3rd  – Group stage Quarter-finals  –  –
2005 Liga Premier 21 10 6 5 27 16 36 4th  – Group stage 1st round  –  –
2005–06 Liga Premier 21 9 8 4 38 27 35 3rd  – Group stage 1st round  –  –
2006–07 Liga Super 24 11 6 7 35 26 39 6th  – Group stage 2nd round  –  –
2007–08 Liga Super 24 14 4 6 40 27 46 3rd  – Semi-finals 1st round  –  –
2009 Liga Super 26 15 3 8 53 27 48 4th  – Quarter-finals 1st round AFC Cup Group stage
2010 Liga Super 26 13 4 9 44 29 43 4th  – Semi-finals 1st round  –  –
2011 Liga Super 26 8 10 8 26 28 34 7th  – Group stage 2nd round  –  –
2012 Liga Super 26 10 5 11 29 31 35 9th  – Quarter-finals Quarter-finals  –  –
2013 Liga Super 22 11 7 4 32 26 40 3rd  – Quarter-finals Runner-up  –  –
2014 Liga Super 22 13 5 4 39 22 44 1st  – Runner-up Semi-finals  –  –
2015 Liga Super 22 14 4 4 36 18 46 1st Champions Quarter-finals 1st round AFC CL Preliminary round 2
AFC Cup Champions
2016 Liga Super 22 18 4 0 56 14 58 1st Champions Group stage Champions AFC CL Preliminary round 2
AFC Cup Semi-finals
2017 Liga Super Runner-up Quarter-finals AFC CL Play-off round
AFC Cup Zonal semi-finals

Source:[116][117]

  1. ^ Draws were followed by penalty shootouts for an additional point. The club have won once and lost four times in a penalty shootouts.

Individual player awards[edit]

M-League Golden Boot winners[edit]

Season Player Goals
2016 Argentina Jorge Pereyra Diaz 18

M-League Top Goalscorers[edit]

Season Player Goals
2004 Argentina Walter Ariel Silva 18
2007–08 Argentina Gustavo Fuentes 10
2009 Malaysia Nurul Azwan Roya 8
2010 Malaysia Nurul Azwan Roya 7
2012 Brazil Arthuro Henrique Bernhardt 7
2013 Malaysia Norshahrul Idlan 7
Spain Daniel Güiza 6
2014 Argentina Luciano Figueroa 11
Argentina Jorge Pereyra Diaz 8
2015 Argentina Luciano Figueroa 12
2016 Argentina Jorge Pereyra Diaz 18
Argentina Juan Martín Lucero 16

Current squad[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 25 January 2017

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

No. Position Player
1 Malaysia GK Farizal Marlias
2 Malaysia MF Azamuddin Akil
3 Malaysia DF Hasbullah Abu Bakar
4 Malaysia MF Afiq Fazail
5 Malaysia MF Amirul Hadi Zainal
6 Brazil DF Marcos António Captain sports.svg
7 Malaysia DF Aidil Zafuan (captain³)
8 Malaysia MF Safiq Rahim (captain²)
9 Malaysia FW Hazwan Bakri
10 Argentina FW Gabriel Guerra
11 Argentina MF Gonzalo Cabrera
12 Malaysia DF S. Kunanlan
13 Malaysia MF Gary Steven Robbat
14 Malaysia MF Natxo Insa
15 Malaysia DF Fazly Mazlan
No. Position Player
16 Malaysia MF Shakir Shaari
17 Malaysia MF R. Gopinathan
18 Malaysia DF Mahali Jasuli
20 Malaysia DF Azrif Nasrulhaq
21 Malaysia MF Nazmi Faiz
22 Lebanon FW Mohammed Ghaddar
23 Malaysia MF S. Chanturu
24 Malaysia GK Izham Tarmizi
25 Malaysia MF Junior Eldstål
26 Malaysia DF Dominic Tan
27 Malaysia DF Fadhli Shas
28 Malaysia FW Darren Lok
29 Malaysia FW Safawi Rasid
30 Malaysia GK Haziq Nadzli

Reserve squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Argentina MF Brian Ferreira

On loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
14 Singapore MF Hariss Harun (at Singapore Home United until end of June 2017)

Development squads[edit]

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.[118]

In early 2014, FAM approved Johor FA's application and officially registered all the club's teams to Johor Darul Ta'zim FC[119]

(Malaysia Premier League)

(Malaysia President's Cup)

  • JDT IV [Under-19 Squad]

(Malaysia Youth League)

Johor Darul Ta'zim III[edit]

No. Name Pos. D.O.B.
Goalkeepers
1 Mohd Ikram Nasiran GK 26/02/98
19 Saddam Elhafedz Shahri GK 02/05/96
26 Muhammad Yusri Tan Ser GK 1997
27 Mohamad Rozaimi Rahamat GK 14/05/96
Defenders
2 Muhammad Amirul Izzuddin Zulkarnain LB/LWB 28/01/97
3 Muhd Hafiz Kamsani RB/RWB 22/10/96
4 Muhd Fazhan Fikri Mohd Rahim RB/CB 20/01/97
5 Muhammad Azrul Haziq Aminuddin CB 14/09/97
12 Mohd Sufyan Sumiri CB 1996
13 Muhammad Nurfikry Razali LB/LWB 26/06/97
18 Mohamad Firdaus Abdul Jabar CB 09/12/97
23 Muhammad Izzafiq Ruzi LB/LWB 02/04/97
24 Yogaraj a/l Murugan RB/RWB 17/07/97
29 Muhammad Ghaffar Abdul Rahman CB 25/04/98
Midfielders
6 Mahaidil Majid AM/ST 16/02/96
8 Mohd Afaiz Jafri CM 03/04/96
10 Lukman Hakim Ibrahim RW/RM 02/10/97
11 Mohamad Khairullah Abdul Halim CM 21/05/97
14 Nur Ismail Sukandar DM/CB 13/04/97
15 Zahin Soopi Ismail RM/RB 23/01/97
16 Mohd Fahmi Faizal CM 22/05/96
20 B. Sanjef Dinesh DM/CB 23/01/96
25 Mohd Shaffizan Mohd Isa LW/LM 25/3/97
28 Muhd Ikmal Mohd Idris LW/LM 1997
30 Muhd Shahrul Akmal Mohd Adnan CM 13/03/98
Forwards
7 Azrul Azuan Ali ST 06/01/97
9 Sean Gan Giannelli ST/RW/LW 31/10/96
17 Shafiqee Fitri Nor Azman ST 09/02/96
21 Shambri Haizam Sulaiman ST 10/06/96
22 Awang Muhd Faiz Haziqq Awang Fathi ST 06/03/99

Source:[120]

Johor Darul Ta'zim IV[edit]

No. Name Pos. D.O.B
Goalkeepers
1 Shaheeswaran A/L Thavakumar GK 21/10/99
22 Muhammad Firdaus Bin Mohd Azmi GK 06/06/99
27 Muhamad Azim Bin Kamal GK 27/02/99
Defenders
2 Muhamad Haiqal Afendi Bin Norizat Anuar RB/RWB 26/1/99
3 Mus’ab Umair Bin Omar Sofian LB/LWB 6/4/99
5 Muhammad Nashrul Eiman Hamdan CB 08/02/98
6 Muhammad Hafizzuddin Bin Norinukartapati CB 27/7/99
12 Mohd Sharin Mohd Maznan LB/LWB 26/8/98
15 Adam Addruse Bin Azmi RB/RWB 7/3/99
18 Muhamad Farhan Bin Bahtiar CB 10/6/99
25 Muhammad Syazwan Bin Mohd Yusoff CB 20/02/99
28 Muhammad Syahmi Azhar Bin Saipol Bahri LB/LWB 3/2/98
Midfielders
4 Izzul Danish Bin Fadzil CM 20/4/99
7 Naufal Irfan Norzam AM/CM 30/3/99
9 Linkeswar a/l Ravi LM, LW 04/02/98
13 Aiman Ariff Bin Suffian LM, LW 1/2/99
16 Muhammad Nur Aqmal Bin Mat Nayan DM, CM 24/2/98
17 Mohd Faiz Mohd Nasir RM, RW 06/01/98
19 Mohamad Fairuz Bin Ramli RM, RW 12/2/99
23 Muhammad Azri Azizi Bin Abdullah CM 29/3/99
24 Muhammad Shahril Bin Mohd Sari AM, RW, LW 10/6/99
26 Mohd Aidil Hidayat Mohd Hazlin CM 30/01/98
Forwards
8 Nazrin Aiman Azmi ST 13/4/99
10 Aiman Syafiq Zakaria ST 3/7/99
11 Aidil Haiqal Aziz ST 2/2/99
14 Mohd Thaqif Fikri Mohd Khalid ST 14/11/98
20 Muhammad Syaezzat Amir Bin Ramdzan ST 15/8/98
21 Muhammad Yusof Abdullah ST 26/11/98

Source:[121]

Ranking[edit]

AFC Club Ranking[edit]

As of 14 June 2017.[122]
Current Rank Country Team
1 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
2 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai FC
3 Iran Zob Ahan Isfahan F.C
4 Japan Tokyo F.C
5 Hong Kong Kitchee FC

Current Management and Coaching Staff[edit]

Position Name
Patron Malaysia Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim
President Malaysia Tunku Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah
Sporting Director Australia Alistair Edwards
Marketing Director France Romain Biesse[123]
Treasurer Malaysia Datuk Hj. Abd Latif Hj. Bandi[69]
Manager Portugal Ulisses Morais
Head Coach Portugal Ulisses Morais
Asst. Head Coach 1 Argentina Raúl Longhi
Asst. Head Coach 2 Malaysia Ismail Ibrahim
Goalkeeping Coach Malaysia Khairul Azman Mohamed
Fitness Coach Uruguay Fernando González
Physio Malaysia Fariq Mohd Yusof
Head of Youth Development Malaysia Wan Jamak Wan Hassan[124]
U21 Head Coach Croatia Ervin Boban
U21 Asst. Head Coach Malaysia Fazail Mat Nayan
U21 Coach Malaysia Salehan Mohd Som
U21 Fitness Coach Malaysia
U21 Goalkeeping Coach Malaysia Amirullah Abdul Ghani
U21 Physio Malaysia Mohd Syafiq Zakaria
U19 Head Coach Malaysia Isz Mohd Shahrom Idris
U19 Asst. Head Coach Malaysia Mohd Nazri Yunos
U19 Coach Malaysia Rozi Abdul Hamid
U19 Goalkeeping Coach Malaysia Mohd Sany Muhammad Fahmy
U19 Physio Malaysia Rafienudeen Ramlee
Chief Scout Malaysia Abdul Nasir Mohd Yusof
Scout Malaysia Idris Abdul Karim

Source:[125]

Coaches statistics record[edit]

since 2013

As of 24 September 2016
Coach Nat From To Competition Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Mario Gómez Argentina April 2015 January 2017 Liga Super 21 17 4 0 54 13 +41 80.95
Piala FA 7 6 0 1 21 7 +14 85.71
Piala Malaysia 6 1 4 1 9 9 +0 16.67
AFC Cup 9 8 1 0 31 7 +24 88.89
AFC Champions League 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0 00.00
Total 154 78 33 43 270 175 +95 50.65

Head Coach history[edit]

Head Coach by years (1998–present)

Name From To Honours
England Ron Smith 1998 1999
England Bruce Stowell 1999 2001 2001 Liga Perdana 2
Australia Raul Carrizo 2005
Malaysia Ramlan Rashid 2005 2010
Malaysia Azuan Zain 2011
Malaysia K. Devan 2012
Malaysia Sazali Saidon
Singapore Fandi Ahmad 2012 2013
Malaysia Azmi Mohamed 2013
(interim)
Spain César Ferrando Dec 2013 April 2014
Croatia Bojan Hodak April 2014 April 2015 2014 Malaysia Super League
2015 Piala Sumbangsih
Argentina Mario Gómez April 2015 January 2017 2015 Malaysia Super League
2015 AFC Cup
2016 Piala Sumbangsih
2016 Malaysia FA Cup
2016 Malaysia Super League
Mexico Benjamin Mora January 2017 June 2017
Portugal Ulisses Morais June 2017 present

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

League[edit]

Cups[edit]

International[edit]

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

Home attendance[edit]

Home Matches (All Competitions) played at Larkin Stadium.

Year Total Domestic Asia
Liga Super Piala FA Piala Malaysia AFC Cup AFC Champions League
Attendance Match(s) Average Att. M Ave. Att. M Ave. Att. M Ave. Att. M Ave. Att. M Ave.
2015 318,689 20 15,934 184,198 11 16,745  –  –  – 70,465 4 17,616 64,026 5 12,805  –  –  –
2016 387,692 23 16,856 192,047 11 17,459 69,273 3 23,091 38,325 3 12,775 88,047 6 14,675  –  –  –
2017 206,968 13 15,921 125,386 7 17,912 36,172 2 18,086  –  –  – 45,410 11,353  –  –  –

* Updated : 3 May 2017

Note: Average = Average Attendance Per Match

Sources: Football Association of Malaysia – SPMB, Asian Football Confederation – AFC Cup, AFC Champions League

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Achievements
Preceded by
Qadsia SC
AFC Cup winners
2015
Succeeded by
Air Force Sports Club
Preceded by
LionsXII
Malaysia Super League
2014 . 2015. 2016
Succeeded by
incumbent
Preceded by
LionsXII
Malaysia FA Cup winners
2016
Succeeded by
Kedah
Preceded by
Pahang FA
Piala Sumbangsih winners
2015 . 2016
Succeeded by
Kedah