Port Football Club Singhtarua Football Club, is a Thai football club based at the 7,000 capacity PAT Stadium in Khlong Toei District of central Bangkok. They compete in Thai League 1 and are one of the most successful clubs in Thai football history, having won the Kor Royal Cup 8 times and the Queen's Cup 6 times. In 2009 Thai Port added the Thai FA Cup to their list of honours; the 2010 season Thai Port triumphant again as they won the newly introduced Thai League Cup, the 5 million Baht prize money was a welcome reward for all at the PAT Stadium. Thai Port Football Club known as Port Authority of Thailand Football Club was founded in 1967 by Major Prachuap Suntranakul, the director of Port Authority Thailand at the time, he took on the role of chairman of Port Authority F. C and was instrumental in helping the club during its initial years. In 1968 Port were crowned Kor Royal Cup winners, which sparked the most successful era in the club's history as they went on to win six Kor Royal Cup titles between 1968 and 1979.
Port had plenty of success in the Queen's Cup, winning it 4 times in succession from 1977 to 1980. Following the 1980 Queen's Cup win, Port Authority won four trophies in 13 years. At the start of the 2009 Thai Premier League season, the club changed its name from Port Authority of Thailand Football Club to Thai Port Football Club Co. Ltd; the name change was introduced to be in line with the new Football Association of Thailand regulations that meant all teams in the top flight must be registered as limited companies. In the same year, Thai Port ended a 16-year wait for a trophy when they were victorious in the 2009 Thai FA Cup Final. Port's opponents on the day at Suphachalasai Stadium were BEC Tero; the match finished 1–1 after extra time, with Thai Port winning the penalty shoot out 5–4. Pipat Thonkanya scored the decisive spot kick after Port keeper Pattarakorn had saved BEC Tero's fifth penalty; the Port Authority of Thailand has been granted the rights to operate the Thai Port Football Club in the Thai Premier League.
The Football Association of Thailand or the FAT and the Thai Premier League ruled on the legal dispute between the Thai Port Authority of Thailand and the Thai Port FC Company, over the operating rights of the Thai Premier League's Thai Port Football Club. According to the ruling, the Port Authority of Thailand, the club's original owner, has been granted operating rights of the team for the 2011–12 Thai Premier League season; the FAT claimed its decision is based on the fact that the club's ownership was never signed over to the Thai Port FC Company. Meanwhile, President of Thai Port FC Company, Pichet Munkong, threatened to file a civil lawsuit in the court of law, citing Thai Premier League regulations which says that a state-enterprise such as the Port Authority of Thailand, is prohibited from operating a football club. Pichet is planning to sue the FAT, the Thai Premier League, the Asian Football Confederation. However, Thai Port FC will only be permitted to compete in the upcoming season of the country's top flight league, set to begin on February 12, once its operator is registered as a for-profit corporation.
It remains unclear. The ongoing boardroom disputes took their toll as Thai Port dropped to Division 1 for the first time in 2012. Investment in the team wasn't forthcoming as several departing players were replaced with lower quality ones. Thai Port failed to find the back of the net in half of their league games and were relegated on the penultimate round of fixtures when they lost 2–1 at home to Muang Thong United; the promise by the owners to upgrade the floodlights to TPL standard has been dragging on now since 2010. The club were forced to play home games at the Supachalasai and Sarakul Stadiumin during the 2010 AFC Cup as their floodlights didn't match the AFC criteria while kickoffs for TPL games start at 4pm at the PAT Stadium; the club were forced to bring in a temporary set of floodlights so that their last two TPL games in 2012 could kick off at 6pm to coincide with the other matches. In 2015 the club was taken over by Nualphan Lamsam, thai business woman and politician, by signing the Memorandum of Understanding of a 5 year contract with Port Authority of Thailand to control the club management.
Thai Port F. C moved into the PAT Stadium in Khlong Toei District, Bangkok in 2009 which proved to be a popular move with local supporters. Attendances rose over the year and the club took the decision to build two new stands to increase the capacity from 6,000 to 7,000. Match tickets cost 80 baht or 100 baht and are bought from a small ticket office next to the stadium. Supporters of Thai Port are referred to as the Khlong Toei Army; the name Khlong Toei Army refers to the location of the club. "Nakrob Sad Nam-ngurn" refers to the Thai Port's shirt colours. The supporters of Thai Port and Chonburi have forged a close friendship. Many supporters of Thai Port went to the FA Cup final in 2010 wearing Thai Port colors to cheer for Chonburi against Muangthong United. Plenty of kitted-out Chonburi fans came to support Thai Port in their 2010 League Cup Final against Buriram PEA F. C; the club has a well stocked souvenir shop, located in the Stadium grounds. The shop stocks replica shirts and other merchandise.
The 2013 season kits was made by Grand Sport and sponsored by Singha Drinking Water and Port Authority of Thailand. The 2019 season kits are made by Grand Sport and sponsored by Muang Thai Insurance and Leo and Air Asia and Systema and TQM Insurance Brokers and Port Authority of Thai
Perak Football Association is a professional football club based in Ipoh City that competes in Malaysia Super League. Founded in 1921, the club's home ground since has been Perak Stadium in Ipoh, Perak; the club represents the state of Perak in Malaysian football competitions. They play in the top division in Malaysian football, the Malaysia Super League and has never been relegated since the introduction of football league in Malaysia; the club was named as Perak or as Perak Amateur Football Association before being rebranded as Perak FA and again in February 2016 as Perak The Bos Gaurus which will be used for 2016 season onwards. The club's current nickname is Seladang, the Malay name for Gaur and has been the club official mascot for years. Perak TBG's regular kit colours are yellow and black or white for shirts and socks; the club's current crest has been used since February 2016, introduced to replace the previous season crest. This club had obtained the FAM Club License to play in the 2018 Malaysia Super League season.
This club had obtained the FAM Club License to play in 2019 Malaysia Super League season. This club had obtained the AFC Club License and is eligible to play in either the 2019 AFC Champions League or 2019 AFC Cup if qualified on merit. Perak has sent a football team to play in Malaya Cup since its inaugural season in 1921, they were one of the founding members of the Malayan Football Association in 1926. However, the team was not registered until 18 April 1951, when the newly formed governing body of Perak football, the Perak Amateur Football Association, took over its management. Since the football team competed the Malaya Cup consistently. Perak is the only team in Malaysia that has never been demoted to a lower division since the Malaysian football league competition was introduced in 1982. Perak finished the 2004 season of the Super League Malaysia in second place, behind Kedah FA. Perak, having played well all season, had been the league leaders and favourites going into the final two matches, but a 2–2 draw with Terengganu FA in their penultimate match enabled Kedah FA to pip them to the title.
At the end of the season, team management announced that it would not retain several senior players who were contracted until October 2007 due to financial constraints. Perak started the 2008 season by losing several key players, including midfielder Yusri Che Lah, Abdoulaye Traoré, Vedran Kukoc and top scorer Keita Mandjou, they did, manage to secure the services of national player Mohammad Hardi Jaafar from the now-defunct Melaka TMFC. On 9 November, they announced the arrivals of Mario Berrios and Jorge Munoz, it emerged at the end of the season that the team were facing financial difficulties, resulting in an exodus of a majority of their players. The team was unable to retain the services of their foreign players due to a new ruling introduced by the Football Association of Malaysia. For the 2010 season, Yang Mulia Raja Azlan Shah Raja So'ib was announced as the new Perak's team coach, replacing outgoing Dato' M. Karathu. Fielding a youthful squad yet again, Perak endured a difficult 2010 season, finishing eleventh with 30 points from 26 matches.
Once again, they were failed to make it from the group stage of the Malaysia Cup and were eliminated from the Malaysia FA Cup in the second round. On 25 October 2010, Tuan Haji Norizan Bakar was appointed the new coach. Once again, Perak will be using with a youthful team for the 2011 season, with nearly 70 percent of the squad's players being between the ages of 17 and 25, but featuring experienced former internationals such as Akmal Rizal Ahmad Rakhli, Mohd Nasril Mat Nourdin, Chan Wing Hoong and Shahrulnizam Mustapa. On 19 July 2012, it was announced that Jang Jung will take over his former team Perak's head coach position from Norizan Bakar on an interim basis until the end of the 2012 Malaysia Cup campaign, his spell with Perak was a disappointing one, recording only one win, while suffering three draws and two defeats in six Malaysia Cup group stage matches, failing to qualify to the quarter-finals. His contract was not renewed after the Malaysia Cup exit. On 15 October 2012, Mohd Azraai Khor Abdullah was announced as Perak's new team coach.
For the 2014 season, Abu Bakar Fadzim was announced as the new Perak's team coach, replacing Mohd Azraai Khor Abdullah & 2015 season, Dato' M. Karathu was announced new head coach. In February 2016, the club has been rebranded as Perak The Bos Gaurus, or Perak TBG, as part of its privatisation plan to play in Malaysia Super League. Perak TBG has been using the Perak Stadium as its home ground for a long time. While the stadium can fit 42,500 fans, the club has only utilised 32,000 for its home match and lower to 24,000 in order to provide a better sitting for the fans; the stadium is located in Kampung Simee in Ipoh, Malaysia. The stadium is part of a large complex called the DBI Sports Complex, which houses a majority of sporting facilities used by players representing the state of Perak such as the Velodrome Rakyat, Indera Mulia Stadium and the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium. Perak TBG will play in its backup stadium, the Lumut Stadium which can fit 15,000 fans whenever Perak Stadium is not available or is under renovation.
The stadium was upgraded in 1965 and further upgraded in 1997. for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. It was further renovated in 1999 at a cost of RM 1,949,000 by the Perak State Government, it was put under the administration of the Ipoh City Council, which oversees the general upkeep of the stadium until this day. Since the last refurbishment in 1997, the capacity of the stadium is 42,500. Perak The Bo
Malaysia national football team
The Malaysia national football team is the national association football team of Malaysia and is controlled by the Football Association of Malaysia. The national team was founded in 1963 Merdeka Tournament one month before the establishment of the Malaysian Federation. Malaysia national football team is recognised by FIFA as the successor of the defunct Malaya national football team; the Malaysian team is nicknamed Harimau Malaya in reference of the Malayan tiger. It is one of the successful teams in Southeast Asia along with Singapore and Vietnam, winning bronze at the Asian Games in 1974 as well winning the ASEAN Football Championship in 2010 and other competitions while improving at the same time. In the FIFA World Rankings, Malaysia's highest standing was in the first release of the figures, in August 1993, at 75th. Malaysia's main rival on the international stage are their geographical neighbours, Thailand and Singapore, past matches between these three teams have produced much drama; the Harimau Malaya nickname have been used since the former Malaya national football team.
The nickname refer to the national animal of the Malayan tiger. Another source stated the name was believed to have been derived from a Malayan football player from Stulang Laut, Johor named Abdullah Mohd Don after he been called as "Harimau Malaya" by the founding father of Indonesia, Sukarno when managed to chasing his team lost of 0–3 against an Indonesian football club by scoring hat-trick in a match between Singaporean Malay Club and Peseja in 1953. Although the Federation of Malaysia have been formed on 16 September 1963, the name are still being maintained for the national squad, thus there is some debate as most Malaysian in the East felt the "Malaya" term does not cover the whole country; some supporters in the East felt offended when the media in the West Malaysia keep continuously using the term some in the West said it is just a small matter and the naming issue had been politicised as the term "Malayan tiger" came from an endangered endemic tiger subspecies in Malay Peninsula rather than a geopolitical reason.
As part of rebranding of the national football team by FAM from 2 February 2016 onward, the nickname Harimau Malaya was changed to Harimau Malaysia in a bid to be more inclusive to the East Malaysian sides. The Harimau Malaysia nickname was used to refer the former national player, Shaharuddin Abdullah. Since the 1970s, he was known as "Harimau Malaysia" by the football fans due to his ability to score many goals, he once scored 15 goals for Malaysia in the Merdeka Cup tournament which stood as a record for years. However, after a recent changes during FAM congress in March 2017, a drastic measures has been taken to restructure all aspect of national football organisation and management; this include the restoration of the old nickname starting from 3 April 2017. The sudden changes has affected all related websites and social media regarding the previous name which has since been indefinitely terminated. Before the establishment of Malaysia on 16 September 1963, North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore are represented by their own national teams, a situation which pre-dated the establishment of a Malaysia.
Malaya and Singapore competed in an international competition such as the Merdeka Tournament while North Borneo and Sarawak competed in Borneo Cup. Malaya's biggest achievement in football was becoming the bronze medalist of the 1962 Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia after defeating South Vietnam 4–1; the beginning of Malaysia football team match took place in Merdeka Stadium on 8 August 1963 with the combined strength of Singapore and Malaya. With the combined forces of Malaya and Singapore, the team start their match with Japan, thought lost 3–4; the team continued to use combination of players from Singapore and Malay Peninsula until the formation of the Malaysian Federation and ended when Singapore's separated from Malaysia in 1965. Since the squad was only represented by West Malaysian players due to difficulties of that time to travel to East Malaysia and the players were not well known to mainstream West Malaysian football. In 1971, James Wong of Sabah is the first player from East Malaysia to represent the country.
Malaysia qualified for the 1972 Olympics in Munich, beating Japan, South Korea and the Philippines along the way. Although they managed to defeat the United States 3–0, they lost the other 2 matches with a score of 0–3 to West Germany and 0–6 to Morocco, ranking 10th in the final standings. From 1972, Mokhtar Dahari is considered as the legend footballer for the Malaysian team as he booked his place as one of the best players in Asia, he manage to score 175 goals, of which the 175 goals for Selangor FA, 20 goals in 13 appearances for Kwong Yik Bank and another 125 goals for the national team, giving a total of 320 goals in his career. Together with the record of Soh Chin Aun, it is however not recognised by FIFA. Two years Malaysia won their second bronze medal at the 1974 Asian Games after defeating North Korea 2–1; the team went on to qualify twice in a row for the AFC Asian Cup, in 1976 and 1980. It was only in 1977; the list continued by the late James Yaakub of Sarawak in 1977. The team won the Merdeka Tournament three times, became runner-up four times and achieved third place twice during the 1970s.
Malaysia qualified again for the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, but joined the US-led boycott of the games as the Malaysian government made a decision to protest the Soviet Union's i
AFC Champions League
The AFC Champions League known as the Asian Champions League, is an annual continental club football competition organised by the Asian Football Confederation. Introduced in 2002, the competition is a continuation of the Asian Club Championship which had started in 1967, it is the premier club tournament in Asia, equivalent to the CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores, the UEFA, CAF, CONCACAF and OFC Champions League competitions. A total of 32 clubs compete in the round robin group stage of the competition. Clubs from Asia's strongest national leagues receive automatic berths, with clubs from lower-ranked nations eligible to qualify via the qualifying playoffs, they are eligible to participate in the AFC Cup. Since 2009, the champions do not qualify automatically for the following year's competition; the winner of the AFC Champions League qualifies for the FIFA Club World Cup. The most successful club in the competition is the Pohang Steelers with a total of three titles; the reigning champions of the competition are the Kashima Antlers, who won the competition for the first time.
The competition started as the Asian Club Championship, a tournament for the champions of each AFC nation, had a variety of different formats, with the inaugural tournament staged as a straightforward knockout format and the following three editions consisting of a group stage. Israeli clubs dominated the first four editions of the competition due to the refusal of Arab teams to face them. In 1970, Lebanese side Homenetmen refused to play against Hapoel Tel Aviv in the semi-final and Hapoel thus went straight to the final, while in 1971, Al-Shorta of Iraq refused to play against Maccabi Tel Aviv on two separate occasions in the tournament including the finale itself, with the Arab media considering the Iraqi side as the tournament's winners and the team holding an open top bus parade. After these two editions, the AFC decided that teams who refused to play matches for political reasons would be disqualified from the tournament, but this failed to act as a deterrent as the 1972 edition had to be cancelled after two Arab teams refused to commit to playing against Israeli side Maccabi Netanya.
After this, the AFC stopped holding the competition and Israel were expelled from the confederation. Asia's premier club tournament made its return in 1985, in 1990, the Asian Football Confederation introduced the Asian Cup Winners' Cup, a tournament for the cup winners of each AFC nation; the 1995 season saw the introduction of the Asian Super Cup where the winners of the Asian Club Championship and Asian Cup Winners' Cup faced against each other. The 2002–03 season saw the Asian Club Championship, Asian Cup Winners' Cup and Asian Super Cup combine to become the AFC Champions League. League champions and cup winners would qualify for the qualifying playoffs with the best eight clubs from East Asia and the eight best clubs from West Asia progressing to the group stage; the first winners under the AFC Champions League name were Al-Ain, defeating BEC Tero 2–1 on aggregate. In 2004, 29 clubs from fourteen countries participated and the tournament schedule was changed to March–November. In the group stage, the 28 clubs were divided into seven groups of four on a regional basis, separating East Asian and West Asian clubs to reduce travel costs, the groups were played on a home and away basis.
The seven group winners along with the defending champions qualified to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals and finals were played as a two-legged format, with away goals, extra time, penalties used as tie-breakers; the 2005 season saw Syrian clubs join the competition, thus increasing the number of participating countries to 15, two years following their transfer into the AFC in 2006, Australian clubs were included in the tournament. Owing to the lack of professionalism in Asian football, many problems still existed in the tournament, such as on field violence and late submission of player registration. Many blamed the lack of expensive travel cost as some of the reasons; the Champions League expanded to 32 clubs in 2009 with direct entry to the top ten Asian leagues. Each country received up to 4 slots, though no more than one-third of the number of teams in that country's top division, rounded downwards, depending on the strength of their league, league structure, financial status, other criteria set by the AFC Pro-League Committee.
The assessment criteria and ranking for participating associations would be revised by AFC every two years. The current format sees the eight group winners and eight runners-up qualify to the Round of 16, in which group winners play host to the runners-up in two-legged series, matched regionally, with away goals, extra time, penalties used as tie-breakers; the regional restriction continues all the way until the final, although clubs from the same country cannot face each other in the quarterfinals unless that country has three or more representatives in the quarterfinals. Since 2013, the final has been held as a two-legged series, on a home and away basis; as of the 2009 edition of the tournament, the AFC Champions League has commenced with a double round-robin group stage of 32 teams, preceded by qualifying matches for teams that do not receive direct entry to the competition proper. Teams are split into east and west zones to progress separately in the tournament; the number of teams that each association enters into the AFC Champions League is determined annually through criteria as set by the AFC Competitions Committee.
The criteria, a modified version of the UEFA coefficient, measures such thing as marketability and stadia to determine the specific number of berths that an association receives. The higher an association's ranking as determined by the
Queensland is the second-largest and third-most populous state in the Commonwealth of Australia. Situated in the north-east of the country, it is bordered by the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales to the west, south-west and south respectively. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Pacific Ocean. To its north is the Torres Strait, with Papua New Guinea located less than 200 km across it from the mainland; the state is the world's sixth-largest sub-national entity, with an area of 1,852,642 square kilometres. As of 15 May 2018, Queensland has a population of 5,000,000, concentrated along the coast and in the state's South East; the capital and largest city in the state is Australia's third-largest city. Referred to as the "Sunshine State", Queensland is home to 10 of Australia's 30 largest cities and is the nation's third-largest economy. Tourism in the state, fuelled by its warm tropical climate, is a major industry. Queensland was first inhabited by Torres Strait Islanders.
The first European to land in Queensland was Dutch navigator Willem Janszoon in 1606, who explored the west coast of the Cape York Peninsula near present-day Weipa. In 1770, Lieutenant James Cook claimed the east coast of Australia for the Kingdom of Great Britain; the colony of New South Wales was founded in 1788 by Governor Arthur Phillip at Sydney. Queensland was explored in subsequent decades until the establishment of a penal colony at Brisbane in 1824 by John Oxley. Penal transportation ceased in 1839 and free settlement was allowed from 1842; the state was named in honour of Queen Victoria, who on 6 June 1859 signed Letters Patent separating the colony from New South Wales. Queensland Day is celebrated annually statewide on 6 June. Queensland was one of the six colonies which became the founding states of Australia with federation on 1 January 1901; the history of Queensland spans thousands of years, encompassing both a lengthy indigenous presence, as well as the eventful times of post-European settlement.
The north-eastern Australian region was explored by Dutch and French navigators before being encountered by Lieutenant James Cook in 1770. The state has witnessed frontier warfare between European settlers and Indigenous inhabitants, as well as the exploitation of cheap Kanaka labour sourced from the South Pacific through a form of forced recruitment known at the time as "blackbirding"; the Australian Labor Party has its origin as a formal organisation in Queensland and the town of Barcaldine is the symbolic birthplace of the party. June 2009 marked the 150th anniversary of its creation as a separate colony from New South Wales. A rare record of early settler life in north Queensland can be seen in a set of ten photographic glass plates taken in the 1860s by Richard Daintree, in the collection of the National Museum of Australia; the Aboriginal occupation of Queensland is thought to predate 50,000 BC via boat or land bridge across Torres Strait, became divided into over 90 different language groups.
During the last ice age Queensland's landscape became more arid and desolate, making food and other supplies scarce. This led to the world's first seed-grinding technology. Warming again made the land hospitable, which brought high rainfall along the eastern coast, stimulating the growth of the state's tropical rainforests. In February 1606, Dutch navigator Willem Janszoon landed near the site of what is now Weipa, on the western shore of Cape York; this was the first recorded landing of a European in Australia, it marked the first reported contact between European and Aboriginal Australian people. The region was explored by French and Spanish explorers prior to the arrival of Lieutenant James Cook in 1770. Cook claimed the east coast under instruction from King George III of the United Kingdom on 22 August 1770 at Possession Island, naming Eastern Australia, including Queensland,'New South Wales'; the Aboriginal population declined after a smallpox epidemic during the late 18th century. In 1823, John Oxley, a British explorer, sailed north from what is now Sydney to scout possible penal colony sites in Gladstone and Moreton Bay.
At Moreton Bay, he found the Brisbane River. He established a settlement at what is now Redcliffe; the settlement known as Edenglassie, was transferred to the current location of the Brisbane city centre. Edmund Lockyer discovered outcrops of coal along the banks of the upper Brisbane River in 1825. In 1839 transportation of convicts was ceased, culminating in the closure of the Brisbane penal settlement. In 1842 free settlement was permitted. In 1847, the Port of Maryborough was opened as a wool port; the first free immigrant ship to arrive in Moreton Bay was the Artemisia, in 1848. In 1857, Queensland's first lighthouse was built at Cape Moreton. A war, sometimes called a "war of extermination", erupted between Aborigines and settlers in colonial Queensland; the Frontier War was notable for being the most bloody in Australia due to Queensland's larger pre-contact indigenous population when compared to the other Australian colonies. About 1,500 European settlers and their alli
Kedah Football Association is a football association that supervises football in the state of Kedah, Malaysia. Kedah FA is a professional football team from Malaysia, based in Alor Setar, it represents the state of Kedah, under the supervision of Kedah Football Association. Kedah FA plays in the Malaysia Super League, they are the only team in the history of Malaysian football to have achieved treble titles twice, in 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons; this club had obtained the FAM Club License to played in 2018 Malaysia Super League season. This club had failed to obtained AFC Club License to played in 2018 AFC Cup; this club had obtained the FAM Club License to played in 2019 Malaysia Super League season. This club had obtained the AFC Club License and is eligible to played either 2019 AFC Champions League or 2019 AFC Cup if qualified on merit. Kedah FA traditional colours are red and black, but the home kit has been in the colours of green and yellow since 1988; this idea was suggested by Dato' Shukri Hashim after Kedah FA Deputy President, the late Dato' Paduka Ahmad Basri Akil asked for a different set of colours for the home kit.
However, Ahmad Basri changed Shukri's idea to'green and yellow' which fits the Kedah state's nickname Jelapang Padi. The Kedah FA kit is manufactured by Lotto, their previous kit manufacturers were Lotto and Puma. Kedah FA's first team sponsor was Sharp, from 1989 to 2000. Following that, the club was sponsored by Modenas, their current shirt sponsor is PKNK, the main team sponsor of Kedah FA since 2005. The ideas of the current Kedah FA crest came from Ahmad Basri Akil after he announced the then-new Kedah FA official colours of green and yellow in 1988. Green dominates the background. At the centre of the crest is a ball and Allamanda flowers; the football team was founded in 1924 by Tunku Yaacob ibni Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah as a president, though they only had limited success until the appointment of Ahmad Basri Akil as manager in 1985. Under Ahmad Basri Akil, Kedah FA qualified for six Malaysia Cup final matches in a seven-year period between 1987 and 1993; the club experienced a lean period in the 1980s and 1990s, but enjoyed a revival in the new millennium by winning the treble in 2007 and 2008.
After the glorious double treble achievement under the guidance of Azraai Khor, Kedah start to have a dip in their performance. This is because of the loss of their influential import players. Problems with the new management team led to Azraai Khor departure. However, their local heroes such as Baddrol Bakhtiar, Khyril Muhymeen and Helmi Eliza Elias, a spine in the recent glory pledged to stay on and bring the glory days back. Kedah were relegated to the premier league after lost 3–2 at the playoff final to Pahang FA in penalty shootout. Marijo Tot was hired replacing Wan Jamak in attempt to steer The Canaries back into Super League; the 2013 season seeing the return of former Kedah FA talisman, Nelson Sam Martin. In 2014 Kedah FA signed Billy Mehmet and this was the most successful season the club had witnessed for 5 years. Kedah FA reached the Semi Final of the Malaysia Cup, winning the first leg 3–1, but losing the 2nd leg 5–1. Billy Mehmet ended the season as the club's top goal scorer and the Malaysia Premier League's Top goal scorer in all competitions.
He was the 2nd highest goal scorer in all competitions at all levels in Malaysian professional football. The song Biar Jasa Jadi Kenangan, once again idealised and written by Ahmad Basri Akil and famously recorded by a Malaysian musician Freddie Fernandez, is the anthem of the club, has been sung by the crowd since 9 September 1987 after Kedah FA reached their first Malaysia Cup semi-final match since 1940; this famous song is sung by the fanatic fans of the Canaries to boost their beloved players' morale. The well-known and popular chants among Kedah FA supporters is "Pulun Kedah Pulun", it is use since late 80's as "words of spirit" during and off the game, as the slogan among supporters. It was inspired by the idea from Abdul Rashid Haji Fadzil, the Head of Kedah Fan Club on that time. Most famous fans club at the moment are hijaukuningdotcom and UltrasKedah Updated on 17 March 2018. Note: Pld = Played, W = Won, D = Drawn, L = Lost, F = Goals for, A = Goals against, D = Goal difference, Pts= Points, Pos = Position 1st or Champions 2nd or Runner-up 3rd place Promotion Relegation Source: Division 1/ Premier 1/ Super League Winners: 1993, 2007, 2008 Runners-up: 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003 Third place: 1989, 2009, 2016 Division 2/ Premier 2/ Premier League WInners: 1992, 2002, 2006,2015 Malaysia FA Cup Winners: 1996, 2007, 2008, 2017 Runners-up: 2010 Malaysia Cup Winners: 1990, 1993, 2007, 2008, 2016 Runners-up: 1940, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 2004, 2015, 2017 Malaysian Charity Cup Winners: 1991, 1994, 2017 Runners-up: 1997, 2008, 2009, 2018 Unity Shield Winners: 2019 Malaysian President's Cup Winners: 1991, 2000, 2003 2008: Quarter-Final 2009: Round of 16 2013: Champions Double Winner: 1 1993 Double Winner (Mal
The A-League is a professional men's soccer league run by Football Federation Australia. At the top of the Australian league system, it is the country's primary competition for the sport; the A-League was established in 2004 as a successor to the National Soccer League and competition commenced in August 2005. The league is contested by ten teams, it is known as the Hyundai A-League through a sponsorship arrangement with the Hyundai Motor Company. Seasons run from October to May and include a 27-round regular season followed by a Finals Series playoff involving the highest-placed teams, culminating in a grand final match; the winner of the regular season tournament is dubbed the'premier' while the winner of the grand final is the season's'champion'. This differs from the other major football codes in Australia, where'premier' refers to the winner of the grand final and the winner of the regular season is the'minor premier'. Successful A-League clubs gain qualification into the continental competition, the Asian Football Confederation Champions League known as "AFC Champions League".
Similar to the United States and Canada's Major League Soccer, as well as other professional sports leagues in Australia, Australia's A-League does not practice promotion and relegation. Since the league's inaugural season, a total of six clubs have been crowned A-League Premiers and five clubs have been crowned A-League Champions; the current premier is Perth Glory. The current champions are Melbourne Victory, who won the 2018 A-League Grand Final, equaling the record of four domestic titles held by Marconi Stallions, South Melbourne, Sydney City; the A-League does not recognize the history of its predecessor, the National Soccer League, the nations premier football competition from 1977 to 2004. A national round-robin tournament existed in various forms prior to the formation of the A-League, with the most notable being the National Soccer League; the formation of the NSL came after Australia's qualification for the 1974 FIFA World Cup, which led to discussion of a national league, with 14 teams chosen to participate in the inaugural season of the NSL in 1977.
Under the guidance of the then-governing body, the Australian Soccer Federation, the NSL flourished through the 1980s and early 1990s but fell into decline with the increasing departure of Australian players to overseas leagues, a disastrous television deal with the Seven Network and the resulting lack of sponsorship. Few clubs continued to grow with Sydney Olympic, Perth Glory, the newly established Adelaide United the exception in a dying league. In April 2003, the Australian Federal Government initiated the Independent Soccer Review Committee to investigate the governance and management of the sport in Australia, including that of the NSL. In December 2003, the Crawford Report found that the NSL was financially unviable, in response the chairman of the sports new governing body, Frank Lowy of Football Federation Australia, announced that a task force would be formed to create a new national competition as a successor to the NSL which dissolved at the conclusion of the 2003–04 season after 27 years of operation.
The A-League was announced in April 2004, as a successor to the NSL. Eight teams would be part of the new national competition, with one team from each city of Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, plus a New Zealand team and one from a remaining expressions of interest from either Melbourne or Sydney; the competition start date was set for August 2005. By June 2004, 20 submissions had been received and a month 12 consortiums sent in their final bids for the eight spots. Three bids were received from Melbourne, two each from Sydney and Brisbane, one from each of the remaining preferred cities and a bid from the New South Wales Central Coast city of Gosford. Over the next three months, each bid was reviewed and on 1 November 2004, the eight successful bidders and the major sponsor were revealed, for what would be known as the Hyundai A-League, with the Hyundai Motor Company unveiled as the official naming rights sponsor for the league; the eight founding teams for the league were Adelaide United, Central Coast Mariners, Melbourne Victory, Newcastle Jets, New Zealand Knights, Perth Glory, Queensland Roar and Sydney FC, with three former NSL clubs taking part, those being Adelaide United, Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory, as well as Queensland Roar and New Zealand Knights who were formed from NSL clubs Brisbane Lions and New Zealand Football Kingz.
Each club was given a five-year exclusivity deal in its own market as part of the league's "one-city, one-team" policy. This was intended to allow clubs to grow and develop an identity in their respective region without local competition. On 26 August 2005, 16 months after the demise of the NSL, the inaugural season of the A-League began; the first season would see Adelaide United win the premier's plate by seven points over Sydney FC with Central Coast and Newcastle filling the final two spots in the final series. In the final series, it was Sydney that took out the title after they defeated Central Coast by a Steve Corica goal to claim the first title on 5 March 2006. On 20 March 2007, it was announced that Wellington Phoenix would replace New Zealand Knights from the start of the 2007–08 season. Both Gold Coast United and North Queensland Fury joined the league in the 2009–10 season. On 12 June 2009, Melbourne Heart was awarded a licence to join the 2010–11 season. On 1 March 2011 North Queensland Fury's A-League licence was revoked for financial reasons.
On 29 February 2012, Gold Coast United had its licence revoked. On 4 April 2012 it was announced that a new We