Zainal Abidin Hassan
|Full name||Zainal Abidin Hassan Bin Ali|
|Date of birth||9 November 1961|
|Place of birth||Selangor, Malaysia|
|Playing position||Defender, Striker|
|Penang FA (Head coach)|
|1980 – 1982||Selangor FA||41||(21)|
|1983 – 1984||Pahang FA||22||(13)|
|1985 – 1990||Selangor FA||129||(97)|
|1991 – 1996||Pahang FA||130||(55)|
|1997 – 1999||Selangor FA||45||(7)|
|1984 – 1996||Malaysia||138||(78)|
|2004 – 2006||Pahang FA (coach)|
|2006 – 2008||Pahang FA (manager)|
|2009 – 2010||Kuantan Port-Shahzan Muda FC (manager)|
|2011 – 2013||Pahang FA (manager)|
|2013 – 2014||Pahang FA (assistant head coach)|
|2014 – 2015||Pahang FA (head coach)|
|2016||Selangor FA (head coach)|
|2017 –||Penang FA|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 November 2012.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 November 2012
Zainal is well known as the best Malaysian footballer in the 80's and 90's. His football career started with Selangor FA in 1980. He played along with Malaysian legendary striker the late Mokhtar Dahari, R Arumugam, Soh Chin Aun and other recognised faces in Malaysian football.
In 1987, he partnered Dollah Salleh in front as they became the fierce striker for Selangor FA and Pahang FA in Malaysia Cup and also the national team in SEA Games and Merdeka Tournament. In 1996 Tiger Cup, Zainal was awarded as the MVP of the tournament. Three years later he was awarded the AFC Century Award.
He retired from football in 1999 and selected to coach the Malaysian youth in 2001. In 2002, he selected as the assistant coach for Malaysia senior team. He later coached Pahang FA and brought them their first Malaysia Super League title. In 2006, he guided Pahang FA to win the Malaysian FA Cup. After the contract with Pahang FA ended, he reunites with his former striker partner Dollah Salleh. This time they act as manager-coach combination for Kuantan Port-Shahzan Muda FC.
In 2011, he returns to Pahang FA as assistant manager, where he works again with Dollah, who were the current head coach. The partnership lasts until the end of 2013, when they helped Pahang win the 2013 Malaysia Cup; Pahang's first Malaysia Cup after 21 years. After Dollah left Pahang to coach PDRM FA and Ron Smith was appointed as the new Pahang head coach at the end of 2013, Zainal was appointed as his assistant head coach. But after Smith's contract was not renewed in March 2014, Zainal was appointed as Smith's replacement. With Pahang, Zainal won the Malaysia Cup in 2014 and also Malaysia FA Cup in the same year.
In 2016, Zainal made his return to Selangor as head coach, replacing Mehmet Durakovic. This was not without controversy, as negotiations between Zainal and Selangor was made public when Durakovic was still Selangor coach, and Durakovic contract was terminated even after he won the 33rd Malaysia Cup title with Selangor in 2015. Zainal however was sacked in August the same year, after poor performances by the team in the Super League and Malaysia Cup.
As a Player
- Malaysia Super League
- Malaysia Premier League
- Runner Up:1999
- Malaysia Cup
- Runner Up:1980
- Malaysia FA Cup
- Runner Up:1990
- Malaysia President Cup(as Selangor Youth Team)
- Runner Up:1987,1999
- Malaysia Charity Shield
- Runner Up:1998
As a Coach/Manager
- Runner Up
- "Veterans put on the boots again". The Star online. Malaysia. 31 August 2007.
- Husin, Nik Naizi (16 June 2006). "Celebration of Pahang victory". The Star online. Malaysia.
- Mohd Sofi Munajir, Zainal Abidin Hassan, Pertahanan Kental, Penyerang Yang Tajam dlm. 20 Tokoh Sukan, Medium Publication, Bandar Baru Bangi, 2009, pp.131.
- "Malaysian Football Legends: Zainal Abidin Hassan - Goal.com". Retrieved 2015-10-09.