List of Malaysia football champions

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Football league competition in Malaysia began in 1982 with each state represented by their respective teams compete in Liga Malaysia.[1][2] However, it purpose was just to be a qualifying round for the knock-out stage for Piala Malaysia. During that time, all states participating in this league alongside the police and army as well as the two countries, namely Singapore and Brunei which all send an amateur team for the competition.

From the season of 1989 until 1993, the Malaysian football league entered the semi-pro era with the creation of Liga Semi-Pro (MSPFL) which still be a two divisions league.[3]

From 1994 to 1997 Malaysian football witnessed the creation of the country's first professional football league, the Liga Perdana, in which all teams was put into a single-tier league.[4]

In 1998, the league was divided again with the creation of two-division league, Liga Perdana 1 and Liga Perdana 2 where it continued to operate until 2003.[5]

Liga Super was introduced in 2004 to replace the previous top-tier division as Malaysian football entered the privatisation era of football league.[6]

Malaysian League (1982–88)[edit]

Below are the list of the top division amateur league champions from the introduction of league trophy in 1982 to 1988.[2]

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place Leading goalscorer Goals
1982 Penang Federal Territory Selangor
1983 Malacca Penang Kelantan
1984 Selangor Pahang Penang
1985 Singapore Johor Pahang
1986 Kuala Lumpur Singapore Selangor
1987 Pahang Kuala Lumpur Singapore
1988 Kuala Lumpur (2) Singapore Kelantan

Liga Semi-Pro Divisyen 1 (1989–93)[edit]

Below are the list of the top division semi-pro league champions from 1989 to 1993.[2]

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place Leading goalscorer Goals
1989 Selangor (2) Kuala Lumpur Kedah Zainal Abidin Hassan (Selangor)
12
1990 Selangor (3) Singapore Perak Alistair Edwards (Singapore)
13
1991 Johor Pahang Perak Abbas Saad (Johor)
11
1992 Pahang (2) Terengganu Negeri Sembilan Zainal Abidin Hassan (Pahang)
12
1993 Kedah Sarawak Perak Mohd Hashim Mustapha (Kelantan)
13

Liga Perdana (1994–97)[edit]

Below are the list of the top division professional league champions from 1994 to 1997.[2]

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place Leading goalscorer Goals
1994 Singapore (2) Kedah Sarawak Mohd Hashim Mustapha (Kelantan)
25
1995 Pahang (3) Selangor Sarawak Scott Ollerenshaw (Sabah)
22
1996 Sabah Kedah Negeri Sembilan Scott Ollerenshaw (Sabah)
18
1997 Sarawak Kedah Sabah Laszlo Repasi (Perak)
19

Liga Perdana 1 (1998–2003)[edit]

Main article: Liga Perdana 1

Below are the list of the top division league champions from 1998 to 2003.[2]

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place Leading goalscorer Goals
1998 Penang (2) Pahang Brunei Vyacheslav Melnikov (Pahang)
17
1999 Pahang (4) Penang Negeri Sembilan Azman Adnan (Penang)
13
2000 Selangor (4) Penang Perak Azizul Kamaluddin (Pahang)
12
2001 Penang (3) Terengganu Kelantan Norizam Ali Hassan (Perak)
13
2002 Perak Selangor Sabah Muhamad Khalid Jamlus (Perak)
17
2003 Perak (2) Kedah Perlis Phillimon Chepita (Perlis)
23

Liga Super (2004–current)[edit]

Main article: Liga Super

Below are the list of the top division league champions from 2004 to present.[2]

Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place Leading goalscorer Goals
2004 Pahang (5) Public Bank Perlis Indra Putra Mahayuddin (Pahang)
15
2005 Perlis Pahang Perak Julio Cesar Rodriguez (Sabah)
Zacharia Simukonda (Perlis)
18
2005–06 Negeri Sembilan Melaka TM Perak Keita Mandjou (Perak)
17
2006–07 Kedah (2) Perak DPMM Keita Mandjou (Perak)
Shahrazen Said (DPMM)
21
2007–08 Kedah (3) Negeri Sembilan Johor FC Marlon Alex James (Kedah)
23
2008–09 Selangor (5) Perlis Kedah Mohd Nizaruddin Yusof (Perlis)
16
2010 Selangor (6) Kelantan Terengganu Mohd Ashaari Shamsuddin (Terengganu)
18
2011 Kelantan Terengganu Selangor Abdul Hadi Yahya (Terengganu)
20
2012 Kelantan (2) LionsXII Selangor Jean-Emmanuel Effa Owona (Negeri Sembilan)
Francis Forkey Doe (Terengganu)
15
2013 LionsXII Selangor Johor Darul Takzim Marlon James (ATM)
16
2014 Johor Darul Ta'zim Selangor Pahang Paulo Rangel (Selangor)
16
2015 Johor Darul Ta'zim (2) Selangor Pahang Dramane Traore (PDRM)
20
2016 Johor Darul Ta'zim (3) Felda United Kedah Jorge Pereyra Diaz (Johor Darul Takzim)
18

Italic indicates Double winners – i.e. top division League and Piala FA winners

Bold indicates Treble winners – i.e. League, Piala FA and Piala Malaysia winners

Total titles won[edit]

The table below list the top division winners since league trophy was introduced for the winners of [Liga Malaysia (1982–1988)|Liga Malaysia]] in 1982.[1][2]

Team Winners Runners-up Winning years
Selangor
6
5
1984, 1989, 1990, 2000, 2009, 2010
Pahang
5
4
1987, 1992, 1995, 1999, 2004
Kedah
3
4
1993, 2006–07, 2007–08
Penang
3
3
1982, 1998, 2001
Johor Darul Ta'zim
3
0
2014, 2015, 2016
Singapore
2
3
1985, 1994
Kuala Lumpur
2
2
1986, 1988
Kelantan
2
1
2011, 2012
Perak
2
1
2002, 2003
Johor
1
1
1991
LionsXII
1
1
2013
Negeri Sembilan
1
1
2005–06
Perlis
1
1
2005
Sarawak
1
1
1997
Malacca
1
0
1983
Sabah
1
0
1996

Total titles won by region[edit]

Below are the list of the total top division titles won by region.[2]

Region Number of titles Clubs
North
9
Kedah (3), Perlis (1), Penang (3), Perak (2)
Klang Valley
8
Selangor (6), Kuala Lumpur (2)
East Coast
7
Pahang (5), Kelantan (2)
South
6
Johor Darul Ta'zim (3), Johor (1), Malacca (1), Negeri Sembilan (1)
International
3
Singapore (2), LionsXII (1)
Borneo
2
Sabah (1), Sarawak (1)

Multiple trophy wins[edit]

Great honours are given for the team who won 2 trophies (double) and 3 trophies (treble) in the same season. It covers Malaysia top-tier division, Piala FA, and Piala Malaysia.

Treble[edit]

Further information: Treble (association football)

National treble is the achievement given for winning a Malaysia's top tier division which is the Liga Super and its primary cup competition which is the Piala FA and also the Piala Malaysia, the country's one of Asia's oldest footballing tournaments, in the same season.[7]

Team Seasons Winning titles
Kedah 2006–07 Liga Super, Piala FA, Piala Malaysia
Kedah 2007–08 Liga Super, Piala FA, Piala Malaysia
Kelantan 2012 Liga Super, Piala FA, Piala Malaysia

Double[edit]

Further information: Double (association football)

Double is the achievement given for winning Malaysia's top tier division which is the Liga Super and its primary cup competition which is the Piala FA in the same season.

Team Seasons Winning titles
Selangor 2009 Liga Super, Piala FA
Johor Darul Ta'zim 2016 Liga Super, Piala FA

See also[edit]

References[edit]