Soh Chin Aun

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Soh Chin Aun
Personal information
Full name Soh Chin Ann
Date of birth (1950-07-28) 28 July 1950 (age 69)
Place of birth Alor Gajah, Malacca, British Malaya
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Malacca FA
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1980 Selangor FA 345 (5)
1981–1983 Malacca FA 37 (1)
Total 382 (6)
National team
1971–1988 Malaysia 114 (8)
Teams managed
1989 Malacca FA
2007 Malaysia U-23
2008–2009 Malaysia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Dato' Soh Chin Aun AMN DSIS DIMP (simplified Chinese: 苏进安; traditional Chinese: 蘇進安; pinyin: Sū Jìn'ān; born 28 July 1950) is a Malaysian national football player from Malacca alongside the late Mokhtar Dahari and R. Arumugam. He was affectionately known as Tauke or Towkay (English: Boss) by his teammates and fans.

In 1971, when he played in the Olympic qualifier in Seoul, South Korea, he was the youngest member of the national team at the age of 21. He participated in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games and was the captain of the qualifying team to the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Unfortunately Malaysia did not participate the 1980 Olympics. However, because of his contribution for helping Malaysia to qualify for 1980 Olympics, he was awarded Ahli Mangku Negara by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.[1]

His partnership with Santokh Singh was the most solid defence in the much-feared Malaysian team back then. He earned the nickname The 'god of war' for his commanding play. He retired from international football in 1985. In 1999, he became part of the AFC Century Club.[2]

He was appointed as the chairman of the referees’ committee on 13 March 2007. He was the manager of Malaysia national football team from 2007 until 2009.

Although not recognised internationally, his claims of 324 international appearances for his country make him arguably the most capped international player in the world.[3]

In 2016, he made a cameo appearance in Ola Bola as Chow Kok Keong, a character based on himself in the 1980 Moscow Olympics qualification campaign.

Election results[edit]

He once tried to make it in politics by contesting to be the Member of Parliament for Kota Melaka representing Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) of Barisan Nasional (BN) in 1986 but he suffered a defeat of 17,606 votes to Lim Guan Eng of Democratic Action Party (DAP).[4]

Parliament of Malaysia
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1986 Kota Melaka Soh Chin Aun (MCA) 16,967 32.92% Lim Guan Eng (DAP) 34,573 67.08% 52,840 17,606 76.54%



Selangor FA
Winner(7): 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979
Malacca FA
Winner: 1983


Winners(4): 1973, 1974, 1976, 1979
Winners: 1970
Winners(2): 1977, 1979
Bronze Medal: 1974


Personal Honours and Awards[edit]


  1. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
  2. ^ a b[unreliable source?]
  3. ^ COMMITTED TO THE GAME - Dato' Soh Chin Aun on YouTube Retrieved at 8 May 2011
  4. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  5. ^ "AFC ANNOUNCES HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES". The Asian Football Confederation. 21 November 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin ketuai senarai". Fuad Hadinata Yaacob (in Malay). MyMetro. 11 December 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Datukship for football legend Mokhtar Dahari". Utusan. 24 October 2000. Retrieved 17 August 2018.