Joseph Kalang Tie

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Joseph Kalang Tie
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Joseph Kalang Tie at the Jamal Mohammad Restaurant on 24 September 2011.
Personal information
Date of birth (1987-03-09) 9 March 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Miri, Malaysia
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Pahang FA
Number 17
Youth career
2003–2006 Sarawak President U19
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Sarawak FA 31 (17)
2007–2011 Terengganu FA 82 (19)
2011–2015 Sarawak FA 55 (14)
2016 Terengganu FA 19 (4)
2017— Pahang FA 7 (2)
National team
2011– Malaysia 9 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of February 22, 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of January 25, 2017

Joseph Kalang Tie (born 9 March 1987) is a Malaysian footballer who plays for Pahang FA in the Malaysia Super League and the Malaysia national team. He primarily plays as an attacking midfielder and a winger, although he has also been deployed in central midfield. Joseph is known for his technical ability, creativity, pace, and ability to read the game. Of Borneo heritage, he is described as a player whose "vision and imagination make him an unpredictable opponent". His playing style, ability, and cultural background have drawn comparisons to Sarawak legend Ramos Sari.


Sarawak FA[edit]

Joseph Kalang Tie is a footballer who plays for Sarawak FA - his home state and the team he started his career with. Joseph is well known for his close control of the ball and good range of passing. He made his first appearance during the 2006/07 season, scoring two league goals and one goal in Malaysia Cup group match against PDRM. At age of 21 (Malaysia Super League 2007-08), Joseph became the youngest player to captain Sarawak.

Out of loan to Hartlepool United[edit]

In October 2008, Joseph Kalang Tie was one of three players selected to attend a two-month training stint with English League One side Hartlepool United.[1][2]

In Malaysia FA Cup 2009, Joseph scored his first ever senior team hattrick in 6-1 trashing over ATM FA.[3]

He left Sarawak before the start of the 2009 Malaysia Cup seasons despite being the top scorer for the team in all competitions for 2009 seasons. He later joined Terengganu for the 2010 season.[4] and is still regarded highly by their fans despite leaving at the end of the 2012 season. He was affectionately given the nickname "Messi Terengganu" because of his ability on the ball.

Terengganu FA[edit]

In 2011, Joseph won his first silverware with Terengganu after beating Kelantan 2-1 in 2011 Malaysia FA Cup. After 3 years with Terengganu, Joseph returned to Sarawak FA on 30 September 2012, having ended his contract with Terengganu 8 days earlier.[5] He has since continued his fine form and is one of the stars of the Sarawak team who are currently chasing promotion to the Malaysian Super League.

Return to Sarawak FA[edit]

On 7 January, Joseph made his debut return for Sarawak in the 2–1 league opening game win against Perlis at Kangar Stadium.

Second spell to Terengganu FA[edit]

On 2 December 2015, Joseph signs for Terengganu FA for his second spell to the club.[6]

Style of play[edit]

In his early years at Sarawak FA, Joseph was deployed in several positions, most notably as a deep-lying midfielder and a wide midfielder primarily on the right side as he was deemed too small to play in the middle of the park. After three years of developing his physical traits, in the 2008 season, manager Kunju Jamaluddin inserted Joseph into the playmaker role, where his vision, technical skill, and ability to read and understand the game suited him. Since that season, Joseph has been primarily deployed in the position or as a central attacking midfielder at both club and international level. The player has personally admitted that playing centrally is his preference. However, as a result of his versatility, Joseph can also function on the wing and spent the majority of his career at Terangganu occupying the role in the team's 4–4–2 formation

International career[edit]

In July 2011, Joseph was called up to represent Malaysia Selection against Chelsea.[7]

Joseph made his international debut for the Malaysia national team in a friendly match with Australia on 7 October 2011, which Malaysia lost heavily 5-0.

In 2015, Joseph and Ronny Harun was selected for a friendly match against Hong Kong which ended goaless under coach Dollah Salleh.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Goal Result Competition
1. 20 September 2014 Shah Alam Stadium  Cambodia
4–1 (W) Friendly



Terangganu FA
Sarawak FA
Pahang FA Runners-up


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