Baihakki bin Khaizan (born 31 January 1984) is a Singaporean professional footballer who plays as a centre-back.
Baihakki Khaizan playing against Home United FC in a Charity Drive Match on 11 January 2014.
|Full name||Baihakki bin Khaizan|
|Date of birth||31 January 1984|
|Place of birth||Singapore|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|2000–2002||National Football Academy|
|2014||Johor Darul Ta'zim||10||(1)|
|2014||→ LionsXII (loan)||2||(0)|
|2015–2016||Johor Darul Ta'zim II||52||(3)|
|2018||→ Udon Thani (loan)||20||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
An ever-present for Singapore so far since 2004, Baihakki Khaizan's rise to prominence has been an extremely swift one. He is recognised as one of the best centre backs in the region with his tough tackling no nonsense approach often putting fear into opposition forwards. In the National Football Academy age-group squads, he caught the eye with his 1.9m stature, instinctive confidence and composure at the back.
S. League careerEdit
Signing on with Geylang United in 2003, Baihakki took the Young Player of the Year award in his debut S.League season. After learning his craft alongside former Singapore international Lim Tong Hai – a player he considers a big influence – that year, the lanky defender then moved to the Young Lions in 2004 and captained them in the S.League.
He nearly missed out playing for the 2007 S-League season after MINDEF refused to release him to play as he was serving National Service. However, he got the green light after a few games into the season. In 2008, again, his army conscription clashed with his football career, and thus he missed the first few games of the new season for the team that he newly joined, Geylang United.
In September 2009, Khaizan agreed terms with Indonesia Super League side, Persija Jakarta, along with his Singaporean compatriot, Mustafic Fahrudin to join them before the 2009–10 Indonesia Super League started in October. During his first season, he managed to score 3 goals in 39 appearances.
In a controversial decision, Baihakki left Persija Jakarta for fierce rivals, Persib Bandung at the end of the 2009-10 Indonesia Super League season. At Persib Bandung, he linked up with his Singaporean compatriot, Shahril Ishak, who also signed for the Indonesian club. Baihakki's stint at Persib was cut short as he was released from the club after 6 months.
Baihakki returned to Singapore with newly formed team, LionsXII, that was competing in the Malaysia Super League. He scored their first ever goal in their league debut against Kelantan FA on 10 January 2012. Baihakki went on to win his first Malaysia Super League title with LionsXII during the 2013 Malaysia Super League season.
Johor Darul TakzimEdit
Baihakki Khaizan signed a four-year contract with Malaysian Super League team, Johor Darul Takzim. After a series of unimpressive performances, he was de-registered from the squad on 18 April 2014 and replaced with Marcos Antonio Elias Santos.
Return to LionsXIIEdit
Baihakki rejoined LionsXII in May 2014. As part of his release, he would not face former club Johor Darul Takzim in their upcoming league fixture.
Johor Darul Takzim IIEdit
Baihakki returned to Singapore to play in the S.League for the 2017 campaign together with the Singapore captain, Shahril Ishak. Following the end of the season, Baihakki was not offered a contract extension and was left without a club and was reportedly considering his options with offers from several clubs within the region. He went for a trial with Saudi Arabian second-tier side Jeddah Club after he was set up by his agent while on an Umrah pilgrimage trip with his family. After impressing in a 5-day trial, Baihakki was offered a 4-month contract by the Saudi side until the end of the season.
After declining to play in the Middle East, Baihakki was offered a contract to play with Kuala Lumpur FA. However, a last minute deal was offered to him to play in the Thai League 1 with 4 time-winner Muangthong United, in which he snubbed the newly promoted Malaysian Super League team.
Udon Thani (Loan)Edit
After signing with Muangthong United, he was immediately loaned out to Thai League 2 side, Udon Thani. He scored his first goal in a 3-0 victory against Thai Honda FC, becoming the first Singaporean to score in the Thai league.
He was part of the team that won the Tiger Cup in 2005 and the 2007 ASEAN Football Championship. Then captain of the Under-23 team, he led the Young Lions out for the 2005 Southeast Asian Games in Philippines and also won a bronze medal for the 2007 edition in Korat, Thailand. He lifted the Suzuki Cup in December 2012, after scoring the eventual winner in the first leg. Singapore went on to beat Thailand 3–1 on aggregate.
As of January 2018, Baihakki has amassed 129 caps for his country.
In March 2019, Baihakki announced his retirement from international football after amassing 134 caps for the Lions.
Baihakki is married to a Singaporean flight attendant, actress and singer, Norfasarie. They had been engaged since 1 April 2007. Their first child, Mika Bazil, a boy, was born on 24 April 2009. Their 2nd child, a girl named Moza Alyka, was born on April 2011.
- As of match played November 2016. Caps and goals may not be correct.
|Club||Season||Indonesia Super League||Indonesia FA Cup||Indonesia League Cup||Asia||Total|
|Johor Darul Takzim||2014||10||1||-||-||-||-||—||10||1|
|Johor Darul Takzim II||2015||??||??||??||??||??||??||—||??||??|
|Club||Season||Thai League 1||Thai FA Cup||Thai League Cup||Asia||Total|
|Udon Thani F.C.||2018||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||0||0|
- Young Lions and LionsXII are ineligible for qualification to AFC competitions in their respective leagues.
- Score and Result list Singapore's goal tally first
|1.||15 December 2004||Lạch Tray Stadium, Haiphong, Vietnam||Cambodia||2004 AFF Championship||2004 AFF Championship|
|2.||9 December 2008||Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Tanah Abang, Indonesia||Indonesia||2008 AFF Championship|||
|3.||19 December 2012||Jalan Besar Stadium, Jalan Besar, Singapore||Thailand||2012 AFF Championship|||
|4.||13 November 2014||Yishun Stadium, Yishun, Singapore||Laos||Friendly|||
|5.||31 March 2015||Jalan Besar Stadium, Jalan Besar, Singapore||Guam||Friendly|||
- Malaysia Super League: 2013
- S.League Young Player of the Year: 2003
- Football Association of Malaysia Awards – Best Defender: 2013
- Baihakki earned his 104th cap against Syria on 15 October 2013.
- International caps milestones
- 105th – Jordan, 4 February 2014 "FIFA Century Club fact sheet" (PDF). FIFA. 10 March 2014.
- "Interview With Baihakki Khaizan". FAS. Archived from the original on 3 September 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 March 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- LionsXII level 1–1 against Kelantan at half-time, The Straits Times
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 November 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Dan Guen Chin (21 April 2014). "Baihakki could be back with LionsXII". Today. p. 27.
- Dan, Geun Chin (8 May 2014). "Baihakki back with LionsXII, Johor eyeing S-League". Today.
- "Transfer to Warriors".
- hermesauto (2 January 2018). "Football: Ex-Lions defender Baihakki Khaizan offered contract by Saudi club, could be first Singaporean to play in the Middle East". The Straits Times. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
- Ganesan, Deepanraj (25 June 2019). "Baihakki Khaizan open to Lions recall after shining in Thailand". The New Paper. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
- "FIFA Century Club fact sheet" (PDF). FIFA. 11 December 2013.
- "China put six past hapless Lions". Goal. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
- "Bai set to sign for Saudi second-tier club". The New Paper. 3 January 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
- Ding, Eric (16 May 2005). "This one's for you, Dad". Today. p. 32.
- Wang, Meng Meng (12 May 2013). "She raised 3 kids single-handedly". The Straits Times.
- Jose Raymond (6 February 2002). "I'm ready for S-League, says eager youngster". Today. p. 33.
- Netizens slam Malay celeb’s bare-belly photo Archived 15 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine, 8 August 2010
- "Bai means business". The New Paper. 24 March 2014. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014.
- "LionsXII fixtures and results for 2012 season". LionsXII. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
- "LionsXII fixtures and results for 2013 season". LionsXII. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
- "LionsXII fixtures and results for 2014 season". LionsXII. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
- Baihakki Bin Khaizan - Century of International Appearances
- "Baihakki Khaizan wins "Best Defender" honour at FAM annual awards 2013". LionsXII. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
- Baihakki Khaizan at National-Football-Teams.com