Kuala Lumpur City F.C.

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Kuala Lumpur City Football Club is a Malaysian professional football club based in Kuala Lumpur. The club competes in the Malaysia Super League, the top level of Malaysian football. It was founded in 1974 as Federal Territory by the Kuala Lumpur Football Association, and was later named Kuala Lumpur FA and Kuala Lumpur United for a brief period.

Kuala Lumpur City
Kuala Lumpur City FC.svg
Full nameKuala Lumpur City Football Club
Nickname(s)The City Boys
Short nameKL City FC
Founded1974; 47 years ago (1974)[1]
GroundKuala Lumpur Stadium
Capacity18,000
CEOStanley Bernard Stephen Samuel
ManagerBojan Hodak
LeagueMalaysia Super League
2020Malaysia Premier League, 3rd of 12 (promoted)

Kuala Lumpur City won two Malaysian national titles, three Malaysian Cups, three Malaysian FA Cups, and three Malaysian Charity Shields. It also played in the group stages of the Asian Club Championship on two occasions.

Following its founding, a fierce rivalry developed between Kuala Lumpur and Selangor mainly due to their geographical location. The battle between these two teams is often referred to as the Klang Valley Derby, which was renewed in the 2010 season after Kuala Lumpur ended a seven-year spell in the second-tier with promotion to the Malaysia Super League. Kuala Lumpur were relegated to the second-tier Malaysia Premier League in 2012 and the following year, in 2013, Kuala Lumpur were relegated to the third-tier Malaysia FAM League for the first time in its history.

HistoryEdit

Kuala Lumpur had its most successful period in the late 1980s when they won the national league twice, in 1986 and 1988.[2] They also won the Malaysia Cup for three consecutive years (1987, 1988 and 1989).[3] The team enjoyed considerable success in cup competitions in the 1990s, winning the Malaysian FA Cup in 1993, 1994 and 1999.[3] Kuala Lumpur won the Malaysian Charity Shield on three occasions, in 1988, 1995 and 2000.[3]

In September 2020, the club was privatized in accordance to the privatization process by the Football Association of Malaysia, and was renamed to Kuala Lumpur United.[4][5] In December 2020, Stanley Bernard Stephen Samuel was named as the new CEO of the club.[6]

In March 2021, prior to the 2021 Malaysia Super League season, the team was renamed to Kuala Lumpur City.[7]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 28 April 2021

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   PHI Kevin Ray Mendoza
2 DF   MAS Wan Amirzafran
3 DF   MAS Daniel Ting
4 DF   MAS Kamal Azizi
7 MF   COL Romel Morales
8 MF   MAS Zhafri Yahya
9 DF   AUS Giancarlo Gallifuoco
10 FW   MAS Safee Sali
11 FW   MTN Dominique Da Sylva
12 MF   MAS Shukor Adan
14 MF   MAS Akram Mahinan
15 DF   MAS Azhar Apandi
16 MF   MAS Izreen Izwandy
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 DF   MAS Irfan Zakaria
18 GK   MAS Zamir Selamat
19 FW   MAS Sean Gan Giannelli
21 FW   MAS Azim Rahim
22 GK   MAS Khatul Anuar
23 FW   MAS Indra Putra
24 DF   MAS Nik Shahrul
25 DF   MAS Anwar Ibrahim
27 MF   MAS Hadin Azman
28 MF   BRA Paulo Josué (captain)
30 MF   MAS Fakhrul Aiman Sidid
MF   MAS Ryan Lambert

Managerial staffEdit

Position Name
Manager   Bojan Hodak[8]
Assistant manager   Nenad Baćina[9]
Technical manager   Nidzam Adzha[10]

Kits and sponsorsEdit

Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1988–1995 Lotto Dunhill
1996–1998 Nike
1999 Admiral
2000 Ascot
2001 New Balance
2002–2003 Cheetah
2004–2005 Eutag Celcom
2006 Lotto TM Net
2007 Line 7 Line 7
2008 Eutag Celcom
2009 Sportzone Streamyx
2010–2011 Kika KL Ancom
2012–2014 Kronos Kronos
2015 Warrix / Kappa DBKL
2016 SkyHawk JL99 Group / Al-Bukhary Foundation / DBKL / Ekovest / MRCB
2017 FAWZ
2018 SkyHawk
2019 JL99 Group / DBKL / Visit Kuala Lumpur
2020 Puma DBKL / KL Baca 2020 / Active Sports
2021 DBKL / Kuala Lumpur City / Active Sports

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

LeagueEdit

Winners: 1986, 1988
Runners-up: 1982, 1987, 1989
Winners: 2017
Runners-up: 2014

U21 teamEdit

Winners: 1989, 1992, 1998
Runners-up: 1995, 2010

CupsEdit

Winners: 1988, 1995, 2000
Runners-up: 1987, 1989, 1990, 1994
Winners: 1987, 1988, 1989
Runners-up: 1985
Winners: 1993, 1994, 1999
Runners-up: 1992
  • Piala Prihatin Menteri Wilayah
Winners: 2021[11]

ContinentalEdit

1987: Group stage (2nd in Group B)
1989–90: Group stage (2nd in Group A)
1994–95: Quarterfinals

ManagersEdit

Years Nat Name Achievement
1979–1981   Yunus Tasman
1982–1984   S. Subramaniam
1985–1986   Josef Venglos 1986 League Championship
1987–1989   Chow Kwai Lam 1987 Malaysia Cup
1988 Malaysia Cup
1989 Malaysia Cup
1988 League Championship
1988 Charity Shield Cup
1989 ASEAN Club Championship
1990   Jozef Jankech
1991   Milous Kvacek
1992   Chow Kwai Lam
1993   S. Subramaniam 1993 Malaysia FA Cup
1994   Ken Shellito 1994 Malaysia FA Cup
1995–May 1998   Chow Kwai Lam 1995 Charity Shield Cup
May 1998–June 2000   Mat Zan Mat Aris 1999 Malaysia FA Cup
2000 Charity Shield Cup
June 2000–December 2000   Lim Kim Lian
2001–2002   Wathiq Naji
2001–2002   Lim Kim Lian
2003   Igor Novak
2004–2007   Mat Zan Mat Aris
January 2008   Hans Jurgen Gede
April 2008 – 2012   Razip Ismail
2013   Stanislav Leiskovsky
2014   Tang Siew Seng
January 2015   Ricardo Formosinho
April 2015   Tang Siew Seng
December 2015–November 2016   Ismail Zakaria
December 2016–March 2017   Wanderley Junior
March 2017–September 2018   Fabio Maciel 2017 Malaysia Premier League
December 2018–March 2019   Yusri Che Lah
March 2019–June 2019   Chong Yee Fatt
July 2019–November 2019   Rosle Md Derus
January 2020–November 2020   Nidzam Adzha
January 2021–present   Bojan Hodak

SeasonsEdit

Season Division Position Malaysia Cup Malaysian FA Cup Malaysian Charity Shield Continental Top Scorer (All Competitions)
As Federal Territory
1979 Preliminary 16th of 17 DNQ N/A
1980 Preliminary 17th of 17 DNQ Syed Harun (3)
1981 Preliminary 14th of 17 DNQ Syed Harun (7)
1982 League Cup 2nd of 16 QF N/A
1983 League Cup 8th of 16 QF N/A
1984 League Cup 4th of 16 QF
1985 League Cup 5th of 16 Runner-up Saidin Osman (11)
1986 League Cup 1st of 16 QF Fandi Ahmad (14)
As Kuala Lumpur
1987 League Cup 2nd of 17 Winner Runner-up ACC – Group stage (2nd of 4) N/A
1988 League Cup 1st of 17 Winner Winner Fandi Ahmad (21)
1989 Division 1 2nd of 9 Winner Runner-up ACC – Group stage (2nd of 3) K. Kannan (20)
1990 Division 1 4th of 10 QF Group A (3rd of 4) R1 Runner-up Fandi Ahmad (8)
K. Kannan (8)
1991 Division 1 4th of 10 SF SF Miladin Kuc (10)
1992 Division 1 5th of 10 SF Runner-up Azman Adnan (22)
1993 Division 1 9th of 10 DNQ Winner T. Gopinath Naidu (14)
1994 Liga Perdana 11th of 16 DNQ Winner Runner-up ACWC – QF Shahrin Abdul Majid (16)
1995 Liga Perdana 11th of 15 DNQ R1 Group E (3rd of 4) Winner Liew Kim Tu (8)
1996 Liga Perdana 14th of 15 DNQ R1 Chow Siew Yai (4)
Steven Paul Stott (4)
1997 Liga Perdana 9th of 15 QF Group A (4th of 5) QF Liew Kim Tu (15)
1998 Perdana 1 8th of 12 QF Group A (4th of 5) SF Meor Nor Syamsul Kamal Meor Azizi (10)
1999 Perdana 1 5th of 10 QF Group B (5th of 6) Winner Mohd Farid Dewan (9)
2000 Perdana 1 8th of 12 QF Group B (3rd of 4) SF Winner Mohd Farid Dewan (5)
2001
Details
Perdana 1 10th of 12 QF Group A (4th of 4) R2 Liew Kim Tu (13)
2002 Perdana 1 13th of 14 DNQ R2 Roslisham Mohd Nor (6)
2003 Perdana 2 5th of 12 DNQ R1 Emerson Mariano Panigutti (12)
2004 Liga Premier Group B 3rd of 13 R1 Group C (4th of 4) R2 Marcelo Padilha da Rocha (30)
2005 Liga Premier Group A 4th of 8 R1 Group C (4th of 4) SF Safee Sali (11)
2006 Liga Premier Group B 5th of 8 DNQ R1 Carlos Augusto Quinonez (7)
2007 Liga Premier 7th of 11 R1 Group A (3rd of 6) R1 Kevin Lamey (12)
2008 Liga Premier 12th of 13 R1 Group B (4th of 6) R2 Cofie Bekoe (6)
Impraim Godfred Attah (6)
2009 Liga Premier 4th of 13 R1 Group C (3rd of 4) R2 Abdul Hadi Yahya (14)
2010
Details
Super League 9th of 14 R1 Group B (4th of 4) R2 Badrul Hisyam Azmi (9)
2011
Details
Super League 12th of 14 R1 Group D (3rd of 4) QF Badrul Hisyam Azmi (9)
2012
Details
Super League 14th of 14 DNQ R2 Syahrudin Abdul Rahman "Acok" (5)
2013 Premier League 11th of 12 DNQ R1 Khairul Anuar Shafie (5)
2014 FAM League 2nd of 12 DNQ R1 Romdhizat Jamian (6)
2015 Premier League 11th of 12 DNQ R3 Kalle Sone (4)
2016 Premier League 5th of 12 R1 Group B (4th of 4) QF Anselmo Casagrande (9)
2017
Details
Premier League 1st of 12 Group Stage R2 Guilherme (30)
2018
Details
Super League 10th of 12 Group Stage QF Guilherme (27)
2019
Details
Super League 12th of 12 DNQ QF Guilherme (11)
2020 Premier League 3rd of 12 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
As Kuala Lumpur City
2021 Super League
DNQ = Did not qualify; N/A = Not available; R1 = First round; R2 = Second round; R3 = Third round; QF = Quarter-final; SF = Semi-final
Note: A single round-robin league system was instituted in 1979 following the entry of Brunei FA, Kuala Lumpur FA, Sabah FA and Sarawak FA into mainstream Malaysian football. For three years until 1981, the league remained no more than a preliminary round for the knock-out stages of the Malaysia Cup. In 1982, a League Cup was introduced to differentiate the league winners from the Malaysia Cup champions.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Malaysia – List of Champions". rsssf.com. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "Malaysia – List of Cup Winners". rsssf.com. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  4. ^ "All Malaysian league clubs complete initial privatisation process, seven receive conditional license". goal.com. 6 October 2020. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  5. ^ Azharie, Farah (29 January 2021). "Legal wrangle over FA or FC". New Straits Times. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Kuala Lumpur United appoint ex-player Stanley Bernard as club CEO". goal.com. 13 December 2020. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Fans in a flap over KL's name change". New Straits Times. 6 March 2021. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Hodak buys into brand-new Kuala Lumpur project, eyes permanent stay in the Super League for the outfit". goal.com. 11 January 2021. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  9. ^ "Bacina dilantik pembantu jurulatih KL City". MalaysiaGazette. 12 April 2021. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  10. ^ "Nidzam Adzha dilantik pengarah teknikal Kuala Lumpur City". astroawani.com (in Malay). 1 April 2021. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  11. ^ "KLUFC juara sulung Piala Prihatin Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan". Astro Awani (in Malay). 27 February 2021. Retrieved 28 February 2021.