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|
|Pahang 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 -||Pahang FA (head coach)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and 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 Club.
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.
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- Husin, Nik Naizi (16 June 2006). "Celebration of Pahang victory". The Star online (Malaysia).
- Nik Afiq (6 March 2014). "Pahang end Ronald Smith's contract after poor MSL form". Goal Malaysia. Retrieved 15 March 2014.