|Full name||Persatuan Bola Sepak Pulau Pinang
(Football Association of Penang)
|Nickname(s)||Harimau Kumbang (The Panther)|
George Town, Penang
|President||Dato' Seri Nazir Ariff Munshir Ariff|
|Coach||Jacksen F. Tiago|
|League||Malaysia Super League|
|2015||Malaysia Premier League , 2nd (promoted)|
|Website||Club home page|
Unofficially founded in 1920, officially as Football Association of Penang in 1921, the club represent the Penang state in football competitions. The team has traditionallly worn a blue home kit.
They have a long-standing rivalry with Kedah, the two northern region teams collectively known as the Northern Region Derby.
The team play their home matches at the 20,000 capacity Bandaraya Stadium in Georgetown.
Penang established itself as a major force in Malaysian football between the 1950s to the 1970s. Domestically, Penang has won a record of 3 Division 1 titles, 4 Malaysia Cup titles, 5 Malaysia FAM League titles, 1 Malaysia FA Cup title and 1 Malaysia Charity Shield.
- 1 History
- 2 Crest and colours
- 3 Support
- 4 Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors
- 5 Grounds
- 6 Records and statistics
- 7 Finances and ownership
- 8 Club officials
- 9 Players
- 10 Development squad
- 11 Head Coaches
- 12 Honours
- 13 References
- 14 External links
The club was founded in 1920 Unofficially, Official as Football Association of Penang in 1921 (Malay: Persatuan Bola Sepak Pulau Pinang). Penang FA is the second oldest football team in Malaysia. The team is based in the state of Penang in the north of Malaysia. Penang have consistently been a decent team throughout their history, producing players such as the country's first Olympian. Penang is the fifth most successful team in Malaysian football history with 14 champions.
Early years (1920–1950s)
On 21 October 1921, the club was founded. Almost all the big matches were played at Victoria Green, home of the Chinese Recreation Club. The team enter into the final of the Malaysia most prestigious football tournament, Malaysia Cup's final in 1934, but the team lost to Singapore FA with a heartbreaking score of 1–2. Penang enter into the final of the last edition of Malaysia Cup before World War II and they lost to the same opponent in 1934 with the same score. During the World War II, football competitions were stopped.
Glory days (1950s–1970s)
An era spanning the 1950s to the 1970s when Penang was among the top teams in inter-state football.
The 1950s saw Penang producing players such as the country's first Olympian, Yeap Cheng Eng, Yeang Kah Chong, Tan Swee Hock, Wong Kam Poh, Yap Hin Hean, Liew Fee Yuen, Lee Ah Loke, the Pang brothers and more. Since the early 1950s, Aziz Ahmad was Penang's top goal-getter in 1953 and 1954. He scored the winning goal when Penang defeated Singapore 3–2 in the 1953 Malaya Cup final in Ipoh. Penang won 3 Malaysia Cup champions (1953, 1954 and 1958) and 4 FAM Cup champions (1952, 1955, 1956 and 1957).
Some of the well-known FAP officials then were Loh Hoot Yeang, who was president for many years, A.S. Mohamad Mydin, Tan Cheng Hoe, Yaakob Syed and Haris Hussain.
Datuk David Choong was president in 1962 when Penang made the FAM Cup final, but lost 3–4 to Selangor in a pulsating contest on May 12 before a capacity crowd at the City Stadium.
In October 1963, Penang trounced Perlis 13–0 in a Malaysia Cup tie at the City Stadium.
Aziz took over as captain when Cheng Eng retired. The early 1960s also saw a glittering array of "stars".
By 1965, veterans such as Siang Teik and Aziz made way as Penang rebuilt. M. Kuppan took over as captain with Yeap Kim Hock, James Raju and Ibrahim Mydin the only other survivors.
For the first time, Penang also preferred the services of four Australians from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) which participated in the local league. They were John Leather, Clive Warren, Vic Probert and Alan Peacock.
The late 1960s saw the emergence of Aziz's nephews, the Abdullah brothers—Namat and Shaharuddin. At his peak, Shaharuddin was a prolific goal-getter.
Penang made the Malaysia Cup final in 1968 to face mighty Selangor but nobody expected it to be a massacre. Selangor romped home 8–1 in one of the most one-sided finals ever.
In 1974, Penang heroically knocked Singapore out in the semifinal to face northern rival Perak in the final. Namat Abdullah led Penang to a 2–1 victory in what was to be the state's last Malaysia Cup final victory. Penang stepped into the final of Malaysia Cup on 1977 as they lost the match to Singapore.
Football Association of Malaysia introduced the Malaysia First Division League in 1982. Penang was one of the founding members of the league. The first edition of the league saw Penang become the champion. In 1983, Penang was the first runner-up of the league. After that, the team faced stagnation until mid-1990s because failed to win any major trophy.
Resurgence (late 1990s–early 2000s)
The glory days came after the team faced the stagnation period for more than 15 years. Penang enter into the FA Cup final for the first time in the team history on 1997 and they lost to Selangor. After the disappointment, Penang won the 1998 Malaysia Super League. The team failed to defend the champion as they only manage to get runner-up on 1999. The 2000 FA Cup saw Penang lost to Terengganu after a nail-biting penalty shootouts. Penang was the runner-up of the top division league on 2000. After two consecutive years as the runner-up of Malaysia Super League, Penang become the champion of the league on 2001. Penang FA historically won the FA Cup for the first time on 2002 thanks to the goal scored by Gustavo Romero on the 65 minutes. Penang first attempt into the Charity Shield saw the team won the trophy after they beat Selangor.
Walking downhill and financial crisis (2003–2009)
Although the team got a good start by winning the Charity Shield, but the team only finished mid table in the league and in round two of the FA Cup. Penang finished third in the group stage of the Malaysia Cup and failed to qualify for the second round. In 2004, Penang ranked fifth out of 8 in the league and eliminated in the second round of FA Cup. Yunus Alif's boys won the group stage of Malaysia Cup but lost in second round. The league performance in 2006 is worse than 2005 as the team only ranked sixth. Penang won the first round of FA Cup, but they faild to qualify for the third round. They top the group of Malaysia Cup for two consecutive years but still can't advanced for the third round after losing the second round matches. The next season saw Penang ranked sixth again in the league and lost the first round match of FA Cup. The team lost the quarter final matches of Malaysia Cup. In 2006–07 season of Malaysia Super League, the team ranked tenth throughout the league. Penang finished the journey of FA Cup in round one. Penang finished fifth out of six in the Malaysia Cup group stage. New coach, Mohd Bakar was appointed to replace Josef Herel in the 2007–08 season. The Panthers finished 12nd[clarification needed] in the league, round two in FA Cup and last in the Malaysia Cup group stage. For the same season until 2012, the club was facing a critical financial condition. The state’s footballers had not been paid for four months, and called on the current administration to honour the contracts signed with players. In 2009, Penang FA finished third from the last in the top division league. Penang was knocked out from the FA Cup in round two for two consecutive years. Penang was eliminated from the Malaysia Cup tournament after finished third in the group stage.
Darkest period (2010–2012)
In 2010, the darkest period ever in the team history has came. Reduan Abdullah's squad had only collected 10 points and finished at the bottom of the league. Penang was relegated from the top flight after 18 consecutive spells in the top flight of Malaysian football. The club continued to decline and in 2011 the worst fears were reached when they were relegated to FAM League after the team struggled in the second division with only collected 4 points after 22 matches. Janos Krecska was appointed as coach in 2012. The team finished mid table in the third tier end of the year.
The comeback (2013–2015)
Penang FA's legend, Merzagua Abderrazak take over as the club head coach in 2013. The aim of the club which was to promote to Premier League achieved successfully under the tactician. Penang won a silverware after an 11 years long wait. However, they may have to leave their talismanic Moroccan coach Merzagua Abderrazzak because he needs to obtain an A-level coaching licence in his home country to be able to continue coaching.
Due to the problem, the club appointed K. Devan as the new head coach. Under his guidance Penang claimed the third spot of the Premier League and qualified into Malaysia Cup after absent for four years. Penang finished last place in the group stage with four points after six matches. K. Devan's contract has not renewed and he was signed by Negeri Sembilan.
Jacksen F. Tiago took over K. Devan as the head coach of Penang for the next season. His skills and strategies to be somehow a success to the squad when showing good performance facing with major teams in the pre-season match; Sime Darby, Johor Darul Takzim, Perak, Selangor, Kelantan. The most notable is the match versus Selangor and Kelantan which ends with the score of 2–0 favouring the home team. Penang also stepped into the quarter final of FA Cup after 13 years. The Panthers claimed a ticket to the top flight after a dramatic finish in the 2015 league campaign.
In 2015, Penang FA win the title second runner up on Malaysian Premier League after so much struggle on 2014. Penang claimed a ticket to Malaysian first division league, Malaysian Super League 2016.
Crest and colours
Since the club's foundation in 1921, the club have had only one main crest. The backgrounds colours of the club crest are blue and white.
Penang FA's traditional home colours are sky blue and yellow which are taken from the colours of the Penang state flag. Ultramarine have also been used severally. Traditional away kit colours have been either yellow or white. However, in recent years several different colours have been used, such as: green, pink and orange.
Penang's traditional fanbase comes from all over the Georgetown area including the other suburbs such as Jelutong, Air Itam, Tanjung Bungah, Bayan Lepas and even from the main land. Penang's hardcore supporters are the so-called Ultras Panthers supporters, they also known as UP11. Ultras Panthers was founded in 2011. There are also numerous supporters clubs such as Penang FA Fan Club, Haria Penang 69, Nindia Bandaraya, Brigade 07 and more in the state. Penang FA has an average gate of 6660 in the 2015 competitive campaign. Sometimes, tourists from foreign countries also attended the matches.
At matches, Penang fans sing chants such as "Haria Penang Haria", "Sehati Sejiwa" and more. Fans will also throw their toilet rolls to the pitch before the match begins. The supporters also sing the state anthem "Untuk Negeri Kita".
Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt partner|
|2012||Joma||Allianz University College of Medical Science|
|Former names||Penang Island National Stadium
(1 October 1945-8 August 2003)
|Owner||Penang State Government|
|Operator||Penang Island Municipal Council|
|Broke ground||1 October 1945|
|Built||1 June 1948|
|Opened||1 September 1956|
|Renovated||1 July 1953|
|Expanded||1 May 1950|
|Architect||British Commonwealth & Government|
Up to the late 1950s, almost all the big matches were played at Victoria Green, home of the Chinese Recreation Club, before the City Stadium was built in 1956.
The Bandaraya Stadium is the current home stadium of Penang FA. The stadium has a capacity of 20,000 people. It was built in 1957, the oldest stadium in Malaysia and initially aims to provide a venue for sports activities from Georgetown, especially as a football pitch.
Previously, Penang FA also use Penang State Stadium in Batu Kawan from 2000 to 2011.
The USM Athletics Stadium is the training ground of Penang FA located in the campus of University of Science, Malaysia in Penang. The complex consists of several grass pitches. The stadium is also the home ground for the reserve team.
Records and statistics
Penang are joint equal with Pahang for having won a total of 14 Malaysian football titles.
The club's highest ever league finish was 1st in the Super League in 1982, 1998 and 2001. Their lowest ever league finish was 6th in the 2012 FAM League.
|1998–99 Asian Club Championship||1st Round||Withdrew 0|
|2001–02 Asian Club Championship||1st Round||Withdrew 1|
0 due to economic trouble in the country.
1 due to club financial problem.
Club top scorer (2002–2015)
- 2002 : Gustavo Romero (14 goals)
- 2003 : Gustavo Romero (11 goals)
- 2004 : Vyacheslav Melnikov (16 goals)
- 2005 : Jose Ramirez Barreto (15 goals)
- 2006: Mario Cesar da Silva & Ján Šafranko (4 goals)
- 2007: Mohd Farizal Rozali (8 goals)
- 2008: Mohd Azrul Ahmad (8 goals)
- 2009: Failee Ghazli (7 goals)
- 2010: Failee Ghazli (5 goals)
- 2011: Arsyah Ayub, Idzwan Salim & Khairul Azri (2 goals)
- 2013 : Norizam Salaman (12 goals)
- 2014 : Lee Kil-hoon (17 goals)
- 2015 : Mohd Faiz Subri (10 goals)
Finances and ownership
The club is owned by Football Association of Penang under the presidency of Dato' Seri Nazir Ariff Munshir Ariff. The association also runs the domestic league of the states. The club was owned by Eastern and Oriental from 2006 to 2007. Allianz University College of Medical Science was the owner and main sponsor for the club on 2012.
The sources of funds are mostly come from the state government. The club also has a variety of other sponsors and partners, which include Aspen Group, Penang Water Supply Corporation, Penang Development Corporation, Kwantus Design and Built, Kany Logistics and Tropicana Ivory . Umbro is the club's kit manufacturer since 2014.
- President: Dato' Seri Nazir Ariff Munshir Ariff
- Deputy President: Laurence Loh
- Vice-president: Dato' Gary Nair
- General Secretary: Dato' Mohd Junid Mohd Noor
- Treasurer: Dato' Murly Manokharan
- Director of Finance and Marketing: Mohd Muzzaimy Mohd Moosa
- Team Manager: Mohd Azizudin Mohd Shariff
- Assistant Manager 1: Mohd Nazim Ariff Nazir Ariff
- Assistant Manager 2: Katherisan a/l Letchumanan
- Admin Officer: Mohd Nazir Adanan
- Security Officer: Muhd Asyraf Mohamad Yusof
- Media Officer: Muhamad Dayne Azmin Forrest
- Medical Officer: Dr. Amar Pritpal Abdullah
- Liaison Officer: Aznan Yahaya
Coaching and technical staff
- Head Coach: Jacksen F. Tiago
- Assistant Coach 1: Amilton da Silva Oliveira
- Assistant Coach 2: Manzoor Azwira Abdul Wahid
- Fitness Coach: Leonardo Azevedo
- Goalkeeping Coach: Jose Alberto Silvestre Quitete
- Physiotherapist: Zulkifli Ahmad
- Physiotherapist: Mohd Isamuddin Mohd Ali
- Kit Man: Reza Irwan Khairuddin
- U21 Head Coach: S. Veloo
- U21 Assistant Coach: Zabidi Hassan
- U21 Goalkeeping Coach: Hisham Jainuddin
- U21 Fitness Coach: Mohd Faizal Sultan
- U21 Physio: Mohd Arif Baharudin
- U19 Head Coach: Noraffendi Taib
|1||Khairul Amri Salehuddin||GK|
|22||Sani Anuar Kamsani||GK|
|3||Mohd Farid Ramli||LB,LWB|
|4||Reinaldo Lobo||CB, DM|
|5||New Player||RB,LB, CB|
|6||Mohd Fitri Omar||RB, CB, CM, RM, RW, ST|
|11||Mohd Azrul Ahmad||RB, DM, RM, RW, ST|
|19||Mohd Redzuan Suhaidi||CB, DM|
|20||Muhd Rafiuddin Rodin||LM,LW,LB|
|2||Mafry Balang||DM, RB,LB,CB|
|7||Mohd Zharif Hasna||CM|
|24||2nd Import From Australia||CAM, ST|
|12||Elias Sulaiman||AM, RW, LW|
|14||Mohd Syukur Saidin||CM|
|17||Mohd Junaidi Shafiai||CM, AM|
|23||Mohd Redzuan Nawi||DM,CM, CB|
|27||3rd Import From Indonesia||CM, AM, RW|
|9||4th Import From Argentine||ST|
|13||Mohd Faiz Subri||CAM,LM, LW,ST|
|15||Muhd Nursalam Zainal Abidin||ST|
President's Cup squad (U21)
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Youth's Cup Squad (U19)
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|1997-1999||Moey Yoke Ham||1997 Malaysia FA Cup runner-up
1998 Division 1 champions
1999 Division 1 runner-up
|2000–2003||Irfan Bakti Abu Salim||2000 Malaysia FA Cup runner up
2000 Division 1 runner up
2001 Division 1 champions
2002 Malaysia FA Cup champions
2003 Malaysia Charity Shield champions
|2011||Shukor Salleh (caretaker)|
|2013||Merzagua Abderrazak||2013 Malaysia FAM League champions|
|2015–||Jacksen F. Tiago||2015 Malaysia Premier League runner-up|
|Division 1/Premier 1/Super League (3x)||*1982, 1998, 2001||1983, 1999, 2000 (3x)|
|Division 2/Premier 2/Premier League||1992, 2015 (2x)|
|Malaysia FAM Cup / League (5x)||*1952, 1955, 1956, 1957, 2013||1961, 1962, 1968 (3x)|
|Malaysia Cup(4x)||1953, 1954, 1958, 1974||1934, 1941, 1950, 1952, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1969, 1977 (9x)|
|Malaysian FA Cup(1x)||2002||1997, 2000 (2x)|
|Malaysian Charity Shield (1x)||2003|
|Malaysia President Cup (1x)||2004||2015|
|Aga Khan Gold Cup (1x)||1976|