Zulfahmi Arifin

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Zulfahmi Arifin
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Personal information
Full name Muhammad Zulfahmi bin Mohd Arifin[1]
Date of birth (1991-10-05) 5 October 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Singapore
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Central Midfielder
Left Back
Club information
Current team
Chonburi
Number 23
Youth career
National Football Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Young Lions 46 (1)
2013–2015 LionsXII 12 (1)
2016–2017 Home United 23 (1)
2017–2018 Hougang United 21 (0)
2018– Chonburi 10 (0)
National team
2013 Singapore U23 7 (0)
2013– Singapore 34 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:42, 18 December 2017 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:49, 24 March 2018 (UTC)

Muhammad Zulfahmi bin Mohd Arifin (born 5 October 1991) is a Singapore international footballer who plays as a midfielder for Chonburi in the Thai League 1. He is noted for being a technical player with set pieces and playmaking abilities.[2]

Club career[edit]

Young Lions[edit]

Zulfahmi began his footballing career with Young Lions in the S.League. After two seasons with the club, he was selected in the LionsXII squad for the 2013 season of the Malaysia Super League.[3][4]

LionsXII[edit]

Zulfahmi failed to play any part in the first 6 games of the season. He was given his first start against Pahang in the MSL on 16 February 2013. Two more appearances followed until a road traffic accident in mid-April set him back a month.[5] He managed one further start and a substitute appearance on his return as LionsXII won the 2013 Malaysia Super League.

Zulfahmi's potential was recognised as he had a run of 6 starts in the beginning of the 2014 campaign. Poor performances however meant that he was dropped to the bench in favour of Firdaus Kasman for the next 3 games.[6] He marked his return to the starting line-up on 22 March by curling a free kick into the PKNS net to score his first LionsXII goal.[7]

Home United[edit]

After LionsXII was disbanded, Zulfahmi went to sign for Home United for the 2016 S.League. He made 17 appearances for the protectors before leaving the club at the end of the season.[8]

Hougang United[edit]

Zulfahmi signed for the Cheetahs ahead of the 2017 S.League season, joining former coach Phillipe Aw.

Chonburi FC[edit]

Zulfahmi's journey to Thailand happened after he made contacts with a Thai agent. Zulfahmi was on trial with second-tier Angthong FC who had wanted to start negotiations after a day. However, Zulfahmi, on the advice of his agent, traveled to Chonburi instead for a 4-day trial. After playing 60 minutes in a 2-3 friendly defeat to Thai Port FC, Chonburi offered him a contract which is only slightly higher than what he received at Hougang.[9]

Zulfahmi will become only the third Lion to play in the Thai top tier, after Hassan Sunny and John Wilkinson.[10]

Season League Thai FA Cup Thai League Cup Total
Year Apps. Soccerball shade.svgGoals Apps. Soccerball shade.svgGoals Apps. Soccerball shade.svgGoals Apps. Soccerball shade.svgGoals
2018 2(1) 0 0 0 0 0 3 0

International career[edit]

Zulfahmi was first called up to the Singapore national team for a friendly match against Thailand on 24 August 2011.[11] He was also part of the 2012 AFF Championship winning squad although he did not made any appearances in the competition.[9]

Zulfahmi was handed his first international start against Laos on 10 October 2013.[12]

Along with Hariss Harun, he has been identified by national coach Bernd Stange as the future of Singapore's midfield.[6]

Zulfahmi had also been part of the Singapore squad for the 2014 and 2016 AFF Championships.[13]

Others[edit]

Singapore Selection Squad[edit]

He was selected as part of the Singapore Selection squad for The Sultan of Selangor’s Cup to be held on 6 May 2017.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played November 2016. Caps and goals may not be correct.
Club Season S.League Singapore Cup Singapore
League Cup
Asia Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Young Lions 2010 12 0 2 0 - - 14 0
2011 23 1 23 1
2012 11 0 4 0 15 0
Total 46 1 2 0 4 0 0 0 52 1
Club Season Malaysia
Super League
Malaysia
FA Cup
Malaysia Cup Asia Total
LionsXII 2013[15] 5 0 0 0 3 0 8 0
2014[16] 14 3 2 0 0 0 16 1
2015 ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??
Total 19 3 2 0 3 0 0 0 24 1
Club Season S.League Singapore Cup Singapore
League Cup
Asia Total
Home United 2016 20 1 3 0 0 0 23 1
Total 20 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 23 1
Hougang United 2017 21 0 5 0 2 0 28 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Club Season Thai League 1 Thai FA Cup Thai League Cup - Total
Chonburi 2018 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Career Total 92 5 7 0 7 0 0 106 0
  • Young Lions and LionsXII are ineligible for qualification to AFC competitions in their respective leagues.
  • Young Lions withdrew from the 2011 and 2012 Singapore Cup, and the 2011 Singapore League Cup due to participation in AFC and AFF youth competitions.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

LionsXII

International[edit]

Singapore

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FAS names 2014 LionsXII squad list". FAS. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sundram tips Zulfahmi to make LIONSXII impact". FoxSportsAsia. Archived from the original on 25 May 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "LionsXII 2013 unveiled". LionsXII. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  4. ^ http://lionsxii.sg/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/LionsXII_Team_2013.pdf
  5. ^ "Zulfahmi 3rd LionsXII player hurt in motorbike accident". The Straits Times. 17 April 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Football: Zul set to start for Lions". The New Paper. 28 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "LionsXII snap losing streak against PKNS". Goal. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Protectors strengthen with Izzdin and Van Huizen, Zulfahmi to Hougang". FourFourTwo. 2016-12-14. Retrieved 2017-12-18. 
  9. ^ a b hermes (2017-12-23). "Football: Gaining experience is Zulfahmi Arifin's main objective in Thai adventure". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2017-12-23. 
  10. ^ "Zulfahmi Arifin to join Thai League 1 side". FourFourTwo. 2017-12-18. Retrieved 2017-12-18. 
  11. ^ "Football: Daniel Bennett set to play 100th match for Singapore in friendly against Thailand". Red Sports. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Lions warm up for Syria with slender victory over Laos". FAS. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Zulfahmi Arifin ready for challenge at 'great' Chonburi - FOX Sports Asia". FOX Sports Asia. 2017-12-19. Retrieved 2017-12-23. 
  14. ^ "SINGAPORE SELECTION SQUAD FOR THE SULTAN OF SELANGOR'S CUP REVEALED - The Football Association of Singapore". www.fas.org.sg. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 
  15. ^ "LionsXII fixtures and results for 2013 season". LionsXII. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "LionsXII fixtures and results for 2014 season". LionsXII. Retrieved 22 March 2014.