Safawi Rasid

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Safawi Rasid
Personal information
Full name Muhammad Safawi bin Rasid
Date of birth (1997-03-05) 5 March 1997 (age 24)
Place of birth Dungun, Malaysia
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Winger, forward
Club information
Current team
Johor Darul Ta'zim
Number 29
Youth career
2014 T-Team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2016 Terengganu F.C. II 35 (3)
2017– Johor Darul Ta'zim 73 (28)
2020Portimonense (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2016 Malaysia U-18 3 (3)
2016–2019 Malaysia U-23 26 (11)
2016– Malaysia 35 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 September 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 December 2021

Muhammad Safawi bin Rasid (born 5 March 1997) is a Malaysian professional footballer who plays for Johor Darul Ta'zim and the Malaysia national team. He mostly plays as a winger but he can also play as a striker.[1] He is known for his free kick ability to curl the ball and ability to conjure curving long-range strikes.

Early life[edit]

Safawi lives in Kampung Bukit Chatak, Dungun and attended school at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Seri Dungun, Dungun, Terengganu in 2010 before moving to Sekolah Sukan Bukit Nenas, Setiu, Terengganu to improve his football talent until 2014. He had played football for his school team since his first year of being a secondary school student.

Safawi has 13 siblings and most of them are involved with sports such as sepak takraw, football, and hockey. He is the ninth sibling and the pride of the Dungun people.

Club career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

By 2011, T-Team had established a football academy all over six Terengganu cities, Dungun, Marang, Besut, Kemaman, Setiu and Kuala Terengganu by their 2011 head coach, Jibang Marzuki. All the football academy players must be below 18 years old and Jibang Marzuki managed to hold a game for each team every week to ensure the best performance before going to T-Team Football Club pre-selection at the end of the year.

Safawi Rasid, who was only 15 years old when he joined the Dungun T-Team Football Club Academy, always made the first-eleven for his team on each game. He used to play as a central midfielder and loved scoring long-range shots with his left foot. His manager at the time, recalls going to his house and forcing him to attend training as he believed that Safawi had a bright future ahead. Since then, Safawi represented Terengganu's football team each year for the MSSM tournament.

When he was 16 years old, he moved to Sekolah Sukan Bukit Nenas to improve his football skills, 66 kilometres away from home. Due to his fantastic talent at the Sports School League, T-Team coach, Rahmad Darmawan selected him to attend training with the first team. Safawi quickly impressed Rahmad and soon became an integral part of the first team.[2]

Johor Darul Ta'zim[edit]

In December 2016, it was announced that Safawi had agreed to sign with champions Johor Darul Ta'zim.[3] He was assigned the number 29.

2017 season[edit]

On 7 February 2017, Safawi featured in the 2017 AFC Champions League qualifying play-offs against Gamba Osaka which his side lost 0–3.[4] On 27 January 2017, Safawi made his league debut in a 3–1 win over Felda United after coming off from the bench.

On 15 July 2017, he scored his first goal in the Malaysian Super League for his new club in a 3–1 victory against Sarawak. At the end of the season, Safawi picked up his first Malaysia Super League and 2017 Malaysia Cup medal, helping Johor Darul Ta'zim win their 4th consecutive league title and first Malaysia Cup in their history.

2018 season[edit]

During the 2018 AFC Cup group stage, Safawi showed an impressive performance in a 3–0 victory over Persija Jakarta, scoring a stunner along the way. On 17 March, he scored his first hat-trick in a 2–3 victory in the third round of the 2018 Malaysia FA Cup against UiTM. On 14 April 2018, he scored his first goal of the Malaysian Super League season against PKNS.

2019 season[edit]

During the 2019 AFC Champions League group stages Safawi scored a curler goal against China based team Shandong Luneng that made him win the AFC Goal of the Decade.

2020 season: Loan to Portimonense[edit]

Safawi joined Portuguese Primeira Liga club Portimonense S.C. from Johor Darul Ta'zim on a season long loan. He made his debut for the U-23 side on 16 October 2020, which ended in a 3-1 loss against Sporting CP U-23. The loan was cut short at the end of December 2020 because of lack of playing time given by the coach, making Safawi leave without any first team appearances.

2021 season[edit]

During the opening match of Malaysia Super League against Kedah in Piala Sumbangsih he scored his goal for the club after return from loan spell in Portugal. However, in the next match Safawi injured his knee, making him out for three months.

International career[edit]

Safawi made his debut for the Malaysia Under-22 in the 2016 Nations Cup.[5] In August 2016, Safawi was called up to the Malaysian national team for the match against Indonesia.[6] He made his debut for the senior team in the match as a starter, as Malaysia lost 0–3.[7] He was then called up again for the 2016 Causeway Challenge against rivals, Singapore, which ended 0–0.

Before the start of the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup, Safawi was omitted from the final 23-man squad. The demotion of Safawi from Ong Kim Swee was heavily criticized by Malaysian football fans despite veteran striker, Safee Sali managing to be in the squad despite having a poor season earlier with Johor Darul Ta'zim.

During the 2017 Southeast Asian games, Safawi was selected for the 20-man squad by Ong Kim Swee. He scored the first goal of the tournament with a stunning volley from a cross by his fellow countryman Matthew Davies in a 2–1 victory against Brunei.[8] Safawi scored his second goal of the tournament during the 3–1 victory against Myanmar. Despite receiving the silver medal after losing 1–0 during the final against Thailand, Safawi was one of the best players of the tournament and showed consistent performances throughout the tournament.

On 10 November 2017 Safawi scored his first international goal in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification against North Korea national football team.[9]

During Football at the 2018 Asian Games - Men's tournament at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta-Palembang, Indonesia. Safawi was also selected for the 20-man squad by Ong Kim Swee. On 17 August, when Malaysia was playing against South Korea, he scored twice to secure a 2–1 win in their second the group match.[10]

In November 2018, Safawi was called up to the Malaysia national squad for the 2018 AFF Championship. Safawi scored one goal in the tournament, against Vietnam in the final first leg.

On 9 December 2021, he scored his first international hat-trick in a 4–0 win over Laos in the 2020 AFF Suzuki Cup group stage.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 12 September 2021[11]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup[a] League Cup[b] Continental[c] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
T-Team 2015 Malaysia Premier League 15 1 2 0 2 1 19 2
2016 Malaysia Super League 20 2 1 1 9 1 30 4
Total 35 3 3 1 11 2 49 6
Johor Darul Ta'zim 2017 Malaysia Super League 7 1 7 1 1 0 6 1 21 3
2018 Malaysia Super League 21 6 4 3 5 4 5 3 35 16
2019 Malaysia Super League 21 8 0 0 10 11 5 1 36 20
2020 Malaysia Super League 7 7 0 0 0 0 2 1 9 8
2021 Malaysia Super League 17 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 20 3
Total 73 25 11 4 16 15 21 6 121 50
Portimonense (loan) 2020-21 Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career Total 98 27 14 5 27 17 20 6 154 54

International appearances[edit]

As of 19 December 2021
Malaysia national team[12]
Year Apps Goals
2016 3 0
2017 3 2
2018 11 2
2019 10 6
2021 8 5
Total 35 15

International goals[edit]

Senior[edit]

Scores and results list Malaysia's goal tally first.[12]
International goals by date, venue, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 November 2017 New I-Mobile Stadium, Buriram, Thailand  North Korea
1–4
1–4
2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
2 13 November 2017
1–4
1–4
3 3 November 2018 Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Maldives
2–0
3–0
Friendly
4 11 December 2018  Vietnam 2–2 2–2 2018 AFF Championship
5 2 June 2019    Nepal 1–0 2–0 Friendly
6 7 June 2019  Timor-Leste 4–0 7–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 5–1
8 9 November 2019  Tajikistan 1–0 1–0 Friendly
9 19 November 2019  Indonesia 1–0 2–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 2–0
11 15 June 2021 Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Thailand 1–0 1–0
12 6 December 2021 Bishan Stadium, Bishan, Singapore  Cambodia 1–0 3–1 2020 AFF Championship
13 9 December 2021  Laos 1–0 4–0
14 2–0
15 4–0

Malaysia Under-23[edit]

Safawi Rasid – goals for Malaysia U23
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 3 June 2016 Hang Jebat Stadium, Krubong, Malaysia  Singapore 1–0 3–0 2016 Nations Cup
2. 14 August 2017 Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam, Malaysia  Brunei 1–0 2–1 Football at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games – Men's tournament
3. 21 August 2017 Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam, Malaysia  Myanmar 2–0 3–1 Football at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games – Men's tournament
4. 10 January 2018 Changshu Stadium, Changshu, China  Iraq 1–3 1–4 2018 AFC U-23 Championship
5. 13 January 2018 Changshu Stadium, Changshu, China  Jordan 1–1 1–1 2018 AFC U-23 Championship
6. 10 August 2018 Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam, Malaysia  United Arab Emirates 1–0 2–0 Friendly
7. 15 August 2018 Jalak Harupat Stadium, Bandung, Indonesia  Kyrgyzstan 0–1 1–3 2018 Asian Games
8. 17 August 2018 Jalak Harupat Stadium, Bandung, Indonesia  South Korea 0–1 1–2 2018 Asian Games
9. 17 August 2018 Jalak Harupat Stadium, Bandung, Indonesia  South Korea 0–2 1–2 2018 Asian Games
10. 20 August 2018 Wibawa Mukti Stadium, Cikarang, Indonesia  Bahrain 3–2 3–2 2018 Asian Games
11. 25 August 2019 Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam , Malaysia  Laos 0– 1 0–1 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

JDT

International[edit]

Malaysia U-23

Malaysia

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Muhd Safawi Rasid Profile". Soccerway. 2 September 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  2. ^ "From T-Team prospect to JDT superstar - The making of Safawi Rasid". Goal.com. 7 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Ramai tonggak utama T-Team pindah" (in Malay). Berita Harian. 2 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Gamba Osaka 3–0 Johor Darul Ta'zim". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Bernhardt calls up two new faces and retain 22 players in U22". Goal.com. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Senarai 24 pemain ke latihan pusat skuad kebangsaan bertemu indonesia di solo". harimaumalaysia.my. 29 August 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Malaysia concede three goals in 21 minutes in loss to Indonesia". ESPNFC.com.
  8. ^ "Safawi Rasid, Matt Davies rehearsed Malaysia SEA Games wonder goal". espn.com. 16 August 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  9. ^ New Straits Times, Kuala Lumpur, 10 November 2017
  10. ^ The Star, Kuala Lumpur, 17 August 2018
  11. ^ "Safawi Rasid". Soccerway. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Rasid, Safawi". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Best ACL Goal of the Decade – Safawi Rasid (Johor Darul Ta'zim)". AFC. Archived from the original on 26 June 2021. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  14. ^ "SENARAI PEMENANG ANUGERAH BOLASEPAK KEBANGSAAN 2018". Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership (FMLLP). 5 November 2018.
  15. ^ "ABK 2019: Safawi ketuai dominasi JDT".
  16. ^ "2018 AFF Suzuki Cup Best XI".

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