Brendan Gan Seng Ling (simplified Chinese: 颜兴龙; traditional Chinese: 顏興龍; pinyin: Yán Xìng Lóng; born 3 June 1988) is a professional footballer who plays for Selangor and the Malaysia national team as a midfielder.
Brendan Gan playing for Sydney
|Full name||Brendan Gan Seng Ling|
|Date of birth||3 June 1988|
|Place of birth||Sutherland Shire, Australia|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2011–2012||Bonnyrigg White Eagles||0||(0)|
|2013–2014||Rockdale City Suns||0||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 March 2020|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2019
Gan began playing football for his local club, the Marton Hammers before he signed for the Sutherland Sharks in 2000 when he was twelve years old and came up through their youth grades to make his senior debut for the club in 2008. It was this debut season that shot Gan to prominence within the local media which brought with it a growing reputation to match. He did not disappoint with dazzling performances week in week out which eventually led him to being crowned the New South Wales Premier League player of the year, taking out the Gold Medal award for the competition.
Gan was given his full senior debut on 13 December against Central Coast Mariners. He scored his second senior goal against Melbourne Victory with a long range strike from outside the penalty area.
Gan scored his third senior goal against Wellington Phoenix with a powerful header from a corner. This goal gave Sydney FC a 2–0 win over Wellington and placed them on the top of the table, leapfrogging Gold Coast United.
On 2 December 2010, in only his second start for the season, he scored the opening goal in a 3–1 win, once again over Wellington Phoenix.
He was released from Sydney, along with several other players at the end of Sydney's 2011 Asian Champions League campaign.
Bonnyrigg White EaglesEdit
On 17 November 2011, Brendan joined the Malaysian club, Sabah as one of the two foreign players allowed in the 2012 Malaysia Super League. Brendan, alongside his fellow countrymen, Michael Baird signed a one-year contract with Sabah.
Rockdale City SunsEdit
Brendan signed with Rockdale City Suns FC NSW Premier League the next season since no contract extension was offered by Sabah. With this opportunity, he confirmed his intention to return to the A-League.
On November 2013, Brendan returned to Malaysia and signed three years contract with Kelantan. He was supposed to be registered as a local player for Kelantan but did not get the approval from FAM because according to FAM any player to be registered as local player required to have Malaysian identity card or passport. On 6 April, he officially obtained an identity card and registered by Kelantan as a local player on April transfer window.
He made his debut during the match between Kelantan against Terengganu which ended with both side had a draw 1–1. In the first game of the 2015 Malaysia Super League Gan suffered a serious torn ACL in his right knee that will keep him out for most of the 2015 season. In September 2016 Gan suffered another ACL injury, this time in his left knee which is expected to keep him out for 10 months, ruling him out for the 2016 AFF Championship.
- As of 15 March 2020
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|2011||Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC||NSW Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Malaysia||League||FA Cup||Malaysia Cup||Asia||Total|
|2012||Sabah||Malaysia Super League||9||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||9||2|
|2013||Rockdale City Suns FC||National Premier Leagues||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Malaysia||League||FA Cup||Malaysia Cup||Asia||Total|
|2014||Kelantan||Malaysia Super League||0||0||0||0||6||0||0||0||6||0|
|2018||Perak||Malaysia Super League||13||1||1||0||10||1||0||0||24||2|
|2020||Selangor||Malaysia Super League||4||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||2|
- As of 19 November 2019
|Malaysia national team|
- As of match played 14 November 2019. Malaysia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Brendan goal.
|1||14 November 2019||Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Malaysia||14||Thailand||1–1||2–1||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- Brendan Gan – living the dream
- 2008 Gold Medal Dinner a huge success as Brendan Gan scoops major award
- Gan: I'm Only Here For A Year
- Sydney's Gan set for homecoming
- Hassett, Sebastian (28 November 2008). "Kosmina turns to young Gan". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- "Gan's the man most likely to soar". Archived from the original on 14 July 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2008.
- Brendon Gan helps lift Sydney FC to victory over Newcastle Jets
- "Kosmina to give Brendan Gan full debut". Archived from the original on 22 May 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
- Hassett, Sebastian (30 December 2008). "Gan lights up Sydney's darkest days". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- "Sydney FC player clean out". SBS – The World Game. 14 May 2011. Archived from the original on 15 May 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
- "Bonnyrigg White Eagles snap up Brendan Gan". NSW Premier League. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
- Bore draw at Edensor Park - Football NSW Article
- Former rising star given another chance for shot at Glory Retrieved at 18 November 2011
- Carayannis, Michael (6 March 2013). "Malaysian stint pays off for Gan". St George & Sutherland Shire Leader.
- Transfer News: Kelantan want Brendan Gan as local player Retrieved at 23 November 2013
- "KAFA will find a way to sign Brendan Gan as a local player". Yahoo.com. malaysia. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
- "Brendan Gan sedia lepas kerakyatan Australia demi Liga Malaysia". astro awani.com. malaysia.
- "Brendan Gan sah milik Kelantan". Sinar Harian. malaysia. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
- "Kelantan's Brendan Gan ruled out for season ahead of Lions XII game". ESPN FC.com. 10 February 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
- "Malaysia's Brendan Gan to miss AFF Suzuki Cup with second ACL injury". ESPN FC.com. 12 September 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
- "Brendan Gan". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
- "Malaysia end World Cup qualifying campaign with 2-0 defeat to Saudi Arabia". New Straits Times Online. 25 March 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
- "Brendan Gan". National Football Teams. 7 September 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2016.