Mohd Safiq Rahim

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Safiq Rahim
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Personal information
Full name Mohammad Safiq Bin Rahim
Date of birth (1987-07-05) 5 July 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Johor Darul Takzim F.C.
Number 8
Youth career
2003–2007 Bukit Jalil Sports School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Selangor 36 (6)
2009–2010 KL PLUS 19 (2)
2010–2012 Selangor 71 (19)
2013– Johor Darul Takzim 71 (20)
National team
2004–2006 Malaysia U-20
2007–2010 Malaysia U-23
2007– Malaysia 58 (14)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 August 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 December 2014

Mohammad Safiq Rahim (born 5 July 1987) is a Malaysian footballer who is currently playing for Malaysia Super League club, Johor Darul Takzim and Malaysia national team as a midfielder. He is the national and his club captain.

Safiq started his career with Selangor before moving to KL PLUS. Safiq returned to Selangor in 2010 helping them to win the 2010 Super League and the 2010 Malaysia Charity Shield. Before the start of 2013 season, Safiq moved to Johor Darul Takzim.

Safiq has made over 50 appearances for the Malaysia national team, scoring fourteen goals. Safiq was the topscorer of 2014 AFF Championship with six goals.

Club career[edit]

Selangor FA[edit]

Safiq began his career for Selangor in the Selangor FA President's Cup. He was the captain and was one of the key players for the team. Safiq was later promoted to the Senior team

KL Plus[edit]

Safiq left Selangor in 2009 and joined KL Plus. Safiq managed 7 appearances and scored 5 goals. He was also the team vice captain, with NorHafiz Zamani Misbah the team captain. Safiq left KL Plus after only playing for one season.

Return to Selangor FA[edit]

Safiq rejoined Selangor in 2010. He was made captain in early 2011 after captain, Mohd Amri Yahyah was injured for half of the season. Safiq was part of the Selangor team that won the 2010 Super League and the 2010 Malaysia Charity Shield.

On 30 June 2011, Indonesian club, Persib Bandung announced that they would give him a contract for the 2011–12 Indonesia Super League season.[1] Safiq later chose not to join Persib Bandung.

On August 2011 after the 2011 Malaysia Cup, Safiq was given a three-week trial from the Welsh club, Cardiff City FC with the help from the Cardiff owner, Datuk Chan Tien Ghee.[2][3] Malaysian striker, Mohd Safee Mohd Sali was also given a trial by Chan Tien.[4] Safiq officially underwent his 3-week trial on 24 November 2011 and ended on 11 December 2011.[5][6]

Johor Darul Takzim FC[edit]

Safiq joined Johor DT for the 2013 season. He made his debut and scored in the opening match of 2013 Malaysia Super League against Pahang.

International career[edit]

Safiq has represented Malaysia since 2005. He earned his first full international cap against Myanmar in the 2007 ASEAN Football Championship. Since then he only made appearances with the under-23 national team. He scored his first international senior goal in an unofficial friendly match against Zimbabwe on 12 July 2009.

He was a member of the Malaysian squad that won the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup. It was the first time in history that Malaysia won the AFF Suzuki Cup title. On 13 and 16 July 2011, Safiq captained the Malaysia XI in their matches against Arsenal FC and Liverpool F.C.. Malaysia XI lost 0–4 against Arsenal. Just before the stroke of half time against Liverpool, with Malaysia trailing 0–1, Safiq scored from a free-kick to equalise for Malaysia. Despite a spirited comeback, Malaysia XI went on to lose 3–6 i to Liverpool. He scored two goals from free kick against Singapore on 8 and 12 June consecutively. He scored another goal, again from a free kick against Hong Kong. On 28 November, he scored the opening goal in a match against Laos in the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup.

Safiq was named in the Malaysia squad for 2014 AFF Championship. In the second match, Safiq scored a goal against Thailand but Malaysia would then go on to lose the match. In the final group stage match against Singapore, Safiq's combative display and enterprise shone through and he was statistically the player with the most passes and touches on the ball. His best trait though is not in his cultured right foot, but in his mind, when he calmly converted the penalty in the Lion's den amidst the jeers and mocking by the partisan crowd helping Malaysia to progress to knockout stage. In the first leg semi final match against Vietnam, Safiq converted another penalty but Malaysia lost 1–2. In the second leg, Safiq scored the opening goal after Malaysia received a penalty kick in the 4th minutes. In the second leg of the 2014 AFF Championship final, Safiq scored another penalty in the 7th minutes. He then scored his sixth goal of the tournament, a free kick but two late goals from Thailand resulted in Malaysia losing 3–4 on aggregate. With his 6-goal haul, Safiq became the first midfielder in the tournament’s 18-year history to have picked up the Golden Boot award.

Personal life[edit]

Safiq is married to Malaysian professional ten pin bowler, Zandra Aziela.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 9 February 2011 Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam  Hong Kong 2–0 (W) 1 Friendly
2. 29 June 2011 National Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur  Chinese Taipei 2–1 (W) 1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
3. 3 July 2011 Taipei Municipal Stadium, Republic of China  Chinese Taipei 2–3 (L) 1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
4. 13 November 2011 Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati, India  India 1–1 (D) 1 Friendly
5. 8 June 2012 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore  Singapore 2–2 (D) 1 Friendly
6. 12 June 2012 Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam  Singapore 2–0 (W) 1 Friendly
7. 16 October 2012 Mong Kok Stadium, Mong Kok  Hong Kong 3–0 (W) 1 Friendly
8. 28 November 2012 National Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur  Laos 4–1 (W) 1 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup
9. 26 November 2014 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore  Thailand 2–3 (L) 1 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup
10. 29 November 2014 Kallang Stadium, Singapore  Singapore 3–1 (W) 1 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup
11. 7 December 2014 Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam  Vietnam 1–2 (L) 1 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup
12. 11 December 2014 Mỹ Đình National Stadium, Hanoi  Vietnam 4–2 (W) 1 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup
13. 20 December 2014 National Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur  Thailand 3–2 (W) 1 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup
14. 20 December 2014 National Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur  Thailand 3–2 (W) 1 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Selangor[edit]

Johor Darul Ta'zim[edit]

International[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wow, Kapten Timnas Malaysia Siap Berkostum Persib Retrieved at 30 June 2011
  2. ^ Malaysia captain Safiq Rahim set for Cardiff City trial Retrieved at 27 August 2011 from Goal.com
  3. ^ Safiq ke Eropah (MALAY) Retrieved at 26 August 2011 from Kosmo! Online
  4. ^ Safee sambut tawaran percubaan dua minggu di Cardiff (MALAY) Retrieved at 7 September 2011 from Arena.my
  5. ^ Malaysia captain Safiq Rahim given three-week trial at Cardiff City Retrieved at 23 November 2011 from WalesOnline.co.uk
  6. ^ Safiq: Usaha keras yang berbaloi Retrieved at 1 December 2011 from Astro Arena
  7. ^ Majlis Pernikahan Safiq Rahim & Zandra Aziela Daripada Ministry Of Moment Retrieved at 3 February 2014 from beautifulnara.com

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