Sime Darby F.C.
|Full name||Sime Darby Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||The Giant Killers|
|Founded||22 January 2010|
|Ground||MP Selayang Stadium|
|Owner||Sime Darby Berhad|
|President||YAM Tengku Datuk Seri Ahmad Shah Al-Haj ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Al-Haj|
|Head coach||Ahmad Yusof|
|League||KLFA First Division|
Sime Darby Football Club is a Malaysian football club which represents and are backed by Sime Darby Berhad, one of Malaysia's largest conglomerates. The team has some pedigree having won the FAM Cup twice, the most recent being the 2017 Malaysia FAM League.
Sime Darby Football Club was formed on 22 January 2010 and was backed by the Sime Darby Group, one of Malaysia's largest multinational conglomerates. The club was officially launched on 4 March 2010 and played its home games at the MP Selayang Stadium.
The club finished undefeated champions of the 2010 Malaysia FAM Cup in its debut season 2010, clinching promotion to the Liga Premier, the second-tier professional football league in Malaysia.
In its maiden season in the 2011 Liga Premier, the club finished fifth out of twelve teams. For the 2011 season, the club played at the MBPJ Stadium in Kelana Jaya, Selangor. Sime Darby then beat Liga Super team Pahang 6–0 on aggregate to qualify for its first-ever Piala Malaysia tournament. For the 2012 Liga Premier, Sime Darby FC finished third behind champions ATM and second-placed Pahang.
The club was the first club in history to contest the Piala FA Malaysia[circular reference] final, which they managed in 2012. The final was played against Kelantan at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Saturday, 19 May, in which the club lost 0–1. The club's meteoric rise has garnered Sime Darby FC much support from the Malaysian football fraternity with the valiant display against Kelantan who were overwhelming favourites to win the match.
In 2013, the club qualified to the quarter-finals of the Piala Malaysia for the first time, where the club lost 3–1 on aggregate to Sarawak.
The club competed and finished 5th in the 2014 Malaysia Super League after securing second place in the 2013 Liga Premier. In the second season of the club in the Super League, the 2015 Malaysia Super League, they finished last in the table and were relegated to Premier League for next season.
After the end of 2016 Liga Premier season, the club has been relegated to Liga FAM after again finished the season at the bottom of the table. Amid rumours of the club's demise as their owner has pulled the funding and the club has been disbanded, Sime Darby competed in the 2017 Malaysia FAM League, albeit with a reduced budget. The club won the competition for the second time that season, beating UKM F.C. in the final, and won the rights to promotion back to 2018 Malaysia Premier League.
But days after the FAM League final win, Sime Darby withdrew from the 2018 Premier League, ending their involvement as a professional club. The club now competes in the KLFA First Division state league as an amateur club. End of financial support from the parent company and change of focus to develop youth football were cited as the reasons for the decision. In their maiden year in the KLFA League Division 1, Sime Darby FC finished 9th in the 12-team Bahagian 1B and failed to qualify for the cross over quarterfinals against the top four teams of Bahagian 1A.
First team squad
|1||Mohd Azrin Roslan||GK|
|2||Mohd Khairul Rosmadi||RB / RWB|
|3||Tengku Qayyum (captain)||LB / LWB / LM / LW|
|14||Mohd Fauzan Nazhif Zulkifli||LB / LWB|
|15||Zainuddin Abidin||CB / LB|
|17||Tunku Noor Hidayat Tunku Ishak||CB|
|18||Juzaili Samion||CB / RB|
|26||A. Segar||LB / LWB|
|27||Muhamad Hafiz Zalani||RB / RWB|
|4||Azmirul Azmi||DM / CM / RB / RM|
|6||Mohd Aizat Mohd Asli||CM|
|8||Mohd Faizal Aziz||RM / RW|
|9||Saiful Hasnol Mohd Raffi||CM|
|11||Dzulfahmi Abdul Hadi||LM / LW|
|12||Amirul Syazani Roslan||RW / RM / ST|
|20||Mohd Ikhmal Ibrahim||DM / CM|
|21||Mohd Faiz Shahiza||LM / LW|
|23||Muhd Junaidi Shafiai||AM / CM|
|29||Razif Hafizi Abdul Ghani||AM / RW / LW|
|16||Nik Azlam Nik Januaha||ST|
|19||Mohd Zul Fahmi Awang||ST|
For recent transfers, see List of Malaysian football transfers 2017
Team Management & Coaches
Team Management & Coaches
|January 2010–||YAM Datuk Seri Tengku Ahmad Shah||Malaysia|
|January 2010 – December 2015||Ismail Zakaria||Malaysia|
|December 2015 – May 2016||Abdul Ghani Malik||Malaysia|
|May 2016 – November 2016||Drago Mamić||Croatia|
|9 December 2016–||Ahmad Yusof||Malaysia|
Kit manufacturer and sponsor
- Sime Darby FC sah lima terbaik Malaysia! Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine; Sime Darby Football Club, Retrieved 15 October 2017
- "Sime Darby Juara Piala FAM 2017". www.stadiumastro.com.
- Malaysia FA Cup
- http://www.fourfourtwo.com/my/features/mat-zan-fumes-ungrateful-malacca-and-sime-darby-disbanded-ffts-mpl-review Mat Zan fumes at 'ungrateful' Malacca and Sime Darby disbanded: FFT's MPL Review
- "Sime Darby FC withdraws from M-League". nst.com.my. 22 November 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
- "Community Sports: YSD ends support for club, to focus on developing junior football talent next - The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
- "Sime Darby 2017". simedarbyfc.com. Archived from the original on 16 March 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
- "Sime Darby FC 2017". pengurusanbolasepakfam.org.my. Archived from the original on 27 April 2021. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
- Ahmad Yusof is the new head coach for Sime Darby FC; Goal, 9 December 2017
- "Ismail Fokus Asah Bakat". Sime Darby Football Club. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2014.