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Kuala Lumpur City
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Full nameKuala Lumpur City Football Club
Nickname(s)The City Boys[1][2]
Short nameKL City FC, KLCFC
Founded1974; 49 years ago (1974)
(as Federal Territory)[3]
GroundKuala Lumpur Stadium
Capacity18,000
OwnerKuala Lumpur Football Association (KLFA)[4]
PresidentShahidan Kassim[5]
Head coachBojan Hodak
LeagueMalaysia Super League
2022Malaysia Super League, 6th of 12
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Kuala Lumpur City Football Club, known simply as KL City FC, is a Malaysian professional football club based in Kuala Lumpur. The club competes in the Malaysia Super League, the top level of Malaysian football, and was founded in 1974 as Federal Territory by the Kuala Lumpur Football Association (KLFA). It was later renamed Kuala Lumpur FA and Kuala Lumpur United, before renaming to its current name in 2021.

Kuala Lumpur City won two Malaysian league titles, four Malaysian Cups, three Malaysian FA Cups, and three Malaysian Charity Shields. It also played in the group stages of the Asian Club Championship on two occasions.

Following its founding, a fierce rivalry developed between Kuala Lumpur and Selangor mainly due to their geographical location. The battle between these two teams is often referred to as the Klang Valley Derby, which was renewed in the 2010 season after Kuala Lumpur ended a seven-year spell in the second-tier with promotion to the Malaysia Super League. Kuala Lumpur were relegated to the second-tier Malaysia Premier League in 2012 and the following year, in 2013, Kuala Lumpur were relegated to the third-tier Malaysia FAM League for the first time in its history.

History

Kuala Lumpur had its most successful period in the late 1980s when they won the national league twice, in 1986 and 1988.[6] They also won the Malaysia Cup for three consecutive years (1987, 1988 and 1989).[7] The team enjoyed considerable success in cup competitions in the 1990s, winning the Malaysian FA Cup in 1993, 1994 and 1999.[7] Kuala Lumpur won the Malaysian Charity Shield on three occasions, in 1988, 1995 and 2000.[7]

In September 2020, the club was privatized in accordance to the privatization process by the Football Association of Malaysia and was renamed as Kuala Lumpur United.[8][9] In December 2020, Stanley Bernard was named the new CEO of the club.[10]

In March 2021, prior to the 2021 Malaysia Super League season, the team changed its name to Kuala Lumpur City.[11] During the same season, Kuala Lumpur City defeated Johor Darul Ta'zim 2–0 in the final of the 2021 Malaysia Cup, winning the cup for the first time in 32 years.[12]

Players

Current squad

As of 13 November 2022[13]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Philippines PHI Kevin Ray Mendoza
4 DF Malaysia MAS Kamal Azizi
5 DF Malaysia MAS Nik Shahrul
6 DF Malaysia MAS Ryan Lambert
7 FW Colombia COL Romel Morales
8 MF Malaysia MAS Zhafri Yahya
9 DF Australia AUS Giancarlo Gallifuoco
10 FW Malaysia MAS Safee Sali
12 DF Malaysia MAS Declan Lambert
13 FW Nigeria NGA Kyrian Nwabueze
14 MF Malaysia MAS Akram Mahinan
15 DF Malaysia MAS Azhar Apandi
16 MF Malaysia MAS Partiban Janasekaran
17 DF Malaysia MAS Irfan Zakaria
19 MF Malaysia MAS Izreen Izwandy
20 GK Malaysia MAS Azim Amin
21 MF Malaysia MAS Kenny Pallraj
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 DF Malaysia MAS Nik Umar
25 DF Malaysia MAS Anwar Ibrahim
27 MF Malaysia MAS Hadin Azman
28 MF Brazil BRA Paulo Josué (captain)
29 MF Malaysia MAS Arif Shaqirin
30 MF Malaysia MAS Fakrul Aiman
33 DF Malaysia MAS Muhammad Faudzi
37 FW Malaysia MAS Haqimi Azim Rosli
40 DF Malaysia MAS Ilham Syukri
41 MF Malaysia MAS Iman Fakrullah
42 MF Malaysia MAS Nadzwin Salleh
44 GK Malaysia MAS Azri Ghani
45 DF Malaysia MAS Haritz Rifaee
46 MF Malaysia MAS Keenan Goh
66 DF Malaysia MAS Nabil Hakim
82 FW Ghana GHA Jordan Mintah (on loan from Terengganu)
88 MF Malaysia MAS Ridhwan Nazri

Management and coaching staff

Position Staff[13]
Head coach Croatia Bojan Hodak
Technical director Malaysia Nidzam Adzha Yusoff[14]
Assistant head coaches Croatia Nenad Baćina[15]
Croatia Goran Rosanda
Assistant coaches Croatia Miro Petrić
Malaysia Muhammad Shukor Adan
Goalkeeper coach Brazil Guilherme Azevedo
Fitness coach Malaysia Muhammad Afeeq Aqmal Noorazimi
Team doctor Malaysia Muhammad Hannan Haziq Elias
Physiotherapist Malaysia Renesh Prabaharan
Team admin Malaysia Sheikh Muhammad Haris Abdullah
Media officer Malaysia Syafiq Khir Anuar
Team analyst Malaysia Mohd Rahim Meman
Team security Malaysia Vengho Kumaresan Naidu
Masseurs Malaysia Iqbal Afiq Azmi
Malaysia Hamzah Zakaria
Kit managers Malaysia Shahrulnizan Idris
Malaysia Abdul Haadi Qayyum

List of head coaches

Years Nat. Name Achievement
1979–1981 Malaysia Yunus Tasman
1982–1984 Malaysia S. Subramaniam
1985–1986 Czech Republic Jozef Vengloš 1986 League Championship
1987–1989 Malaysia Chow Kwai Lam 1987 Malaysia Cup
1988 Malaysia Cup
1989 Malaysia Cup
1988 League Championship
1988 Charity Shield Cup
1989 ASEAN Club Championship
1990 Czech Republic Jozef Jankech
1991 Czech Republic Milouš Kvaček
1992 Malaysia Chow Kwai Lam
1993 Malaysia S. Subramaniam 1993 Malaysia FA Cup
1994 England Ken Shellito 1994 Malaysia FA Cup
1995–May 1998 Malaysia Chow Kwai Lam 1995 Charity Shield Cup
May 1998–June 2000 Malaysia Mat Zan Mat Aris 1999 Malaysia FA Cup
2000 Charity Shield Cup
June 2000–December 2000 Malaysia Lim Kim Lian
2001–2002 Iraq Wathiq Naji
2001–2002 Malaysia Lim Kim Lian
2003 Slovakia Igor Novak
2004–2007 Malaysia Mat Zan Mat Aris
January 2008 Germany Hans Jurgen Gede
April 2008 – 2012 Malaysia Razip Ismail
2013 Slovakia Stanislav Leiskovsky
2014 Malaysia Tang Siew Seng
January 2015 Portugal Ricardo Formosinho
April 2015 Malaysia Tang Siew Seng
December 2015–November 2016 Malaysia Ismail Zakaria
December 2016–March 2017 Brazil Wanderley Junior
March 2017–September 2018 Brazil Fábio Magrão 2017 Malaysia Premier League
December 2018–March 2019 Malaysia Yusri Che Lah
March 2019–June 2019 Malaysia Chong Yee Fatt
July 2019–November 2019 Malaysia Rosle Md Derus
January 2020–November 2020 Malaysia Nidzam Adzha
January 2021–present Croatia Bojan Hodak 2021 Malaysia Cup

Honours

Domestic

League
Cup
  • Federal Territory Minister Cup
    • Winners (1): 2021[16]
    • Runners-up (1): 2022

Continental

1987: Group stage (2nd in Group B)
1989–90: Group stage (2nd in Group A)
1994–95: Quarter-finals
  • AFC Cup
    • Runners-up (1): 2022
  • ASEAN Champions' Cup
    • Winners (2): 1987, 1989[17]

U21 team

Seasons

Season Division Position Malaysia Cup Malaysian FA Cup Malaysian Charity Shield Continental
As Federal Territory
1979 Preliminary 16th of 17 Did not qualify
1980 Preliminary 17th of 17 Did not qualify
1981 Preliminary 14th of 17 Did not qualify
1982 League Cup 2nd of 16 Quarter-finals
1983 League Cup 8th of 16 Quarter-finals
1984 League Cup 4th of 16 Quarter-finals
1985 League Cup 5th of 16 Runners-up
1986 League Cup 1st of 16 Quarter-finals
As Kuala Lumpur
1987 League Cup 2nd of 17 Winners Runners-up ACC – Group stage (2nd)
1988 League Cup 1st of 17 Winners Winners
1989 Division 1 2nd of 9 Winners Runners-up ACC – Group stage (2nd)
1990 Division 1 4th of 10 QF Group A (3rd of 4) First round Runners-up
1991 Division 1 4th of 10 Semi-finals Semi-finals
1992 Division 1 5th of 10 Semi-finals Runners-up
1993 Division 1 9th of 10 Did not qualify Winners
1994 Liga Perdana 11th of 16 Did not qualify Winners Runners-up ACWC – Quarter-finals
1995 Liga Perdana 11th of 15 Did not qualify R1 Group E (3rd of 4) Winners
1996 Liga Perdana 14th of 15 Did not qualify First round
1997 Liga Perdana 9th of 15 QF Group A (4th of 5) Quarter-finals
1998 Perdana 1 8th of 12 QF Group A (4th of 5) Semi-finals
1999 Perdana 1 5th of 10 QF Group B (5th of 6) Winners
2000 Perdana 1 8th of 12 QF Group B (3rd of 4) Semi-finals Winners
2001
Details
Perdana 1 10th of 12 QF Group A (4th of 4) Second round
2002 Perdana 1 13th of 14 Did not qualify Second round
2003 Perdana 2 5th of 12 Did not qualify First round
2004 Liga Premier Group B 3rd of 13 R1 Group C (4th of 4) Second round
2005 Liga Premier Group A 4th of 8 R1 Group C (4th of 4) Semi-finals
2006 Liga Premier Group B 5th of 8 Did not qualify First round
2007 Liga Premier 7th of 11 R1 Group A (3rd of 6) First round
2008 Liga Premier 12th of 13 R1 Group B (4th of 6) Second round
2009 Liga Premier 4th of 13 R1 Group C (3rd of 4) Second round
2010
Details
Super League 9th of 14 R1 Group B (4th of 4) Second round
2011
Details
Super League 12th of 14 R1 Group D (3rd of 4) Quarter-finals
2012
Details
Super League 14th of 14 Did not qualify Second round
2013 Premier League 11th of 12 Did not qualify First round
2014 FAM League 2nd of 12 Did not qualify First round
2015 Premier League 11th of 12 Did not qualify Third round
2016 Premier League 5th of 12 R1 Group B (4th of 4) Quarter-finals
2017
Details
Premier League 1st of 12 Group Stage Second round
2018
Details
Super League 10th of 12 Group Stage Quarter-finals
2019
Details
Super League 12th of 12 Did not qualify Quarter-finals
2020
Details
Premier League 3rd of 12 Cancelled[a]
As Kuala Lumpur City
2021
Details
Super League 6th of 12 Winners Not held
2022
Details
Super League 6th of 12 Quarter-finals Second round Runners-up AFC – Runners-up
  1. ^ Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Note: A single round-robin league system was instituted in 1979 following the entry of Brunei FA, Kuala Lumpur FA, Sabah FA and Sarawak FA into mainstream Malaysian football. For three years until 1981, the league remained no more than a preliminary round for the knock-out stages of the Malaysia Cup. In 1982, a League Cup was introduced to differentiate the league winners from the Malaysia Cup champions.

Continental record

All results list Kuala Lumpur's goal tally first.

Season Competition Round Club 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
1987 Asian Club Championship Qualifying round
(Group 6)
Singapore Tiong Bahru 0–0 1st
Brunei Kota Ranger 8–1
Indonesia Tiga Berlian 2–0
Semi-finals
(Group B)
China August 1 1–1 2nd
Japan Yomiuri FC 1–0
Kuwait Kazma SC 1–1
1989–90 Asian Club Championship Qualifying round
(Group 5)
Philippines Philippine Air Force 6–0 1st
Brunei Muara Stars 7–1
Indonesia Pelita Jaya 2–1
Singapore Geylang International 4–2
Semi-finals
(Group A)
Japan Nissan Yokohama 1–2 2nd
Oman Fanja 2–0
1994–95 Asian Cup Winners' Cup First round Brunei ABDB 5–1 2–0 7–1
Second round Indonesia Gelora Dewata 2–1 0–2 w/o[a]
Quarter-finals Thailand Telephone Org. Thailand 1–2 2–3 (a.e.t.) 3–5
2022 AFC Cup Group H Indonesia PSM Makassar 0–0 2nd
Singapore Tampines Rovers 2–1
ASEAN Zonal semi-finals Vietnam Viettel 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(6–5 p)
ASEAN Zonal final Indonesia PSM Makassar 5–2
Inter-zone play-off semi-finals India ATK Mohun Bagan 3–1
Inter-zone play-off final Uzbekistan Sogdiana Jizzakh 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(5–3 p)
Final Oman Al-Seeb 0–3
  1. ^ Gelora Dewata was disqualified due to fielding two ineligible players.

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