Maziya Sports and Recreation Club is a Maldivian professional football club based in Malé.[2] They compete in the Dhivehi Premier League, the country's top division. The club was formed in 1996 and was promoted to the first division for the first time in 2006.[3]

Maziya
Full nameMaziya Sports and Recreation Club[1]
Nickname(s)The Green Boys
Short nameMaziya
FoundedJanuary 23, 1996; 28 years ago (1996-01-23)
GroundNational Football Stadium, Malé
Capacity11,850
OwnerMaziya Sport And Recreation
ChairmanAhmed Sajid
Coachvacant
LeagueDhivehi Premier League
2023Dhivehi Premier League, 1st of 8
Current season

History

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Youth players of Maziya S&RC in 2011

The club was founded on 23 January 1996. The club is one of the most successful clubs in Maldives, having won the top tier domestic league thrice in 2016, 2019–20, and 2020–21.

In the 2022 AFC Cup group-stages, Maziya witnessed a 1–0 defeat to Bashundhara Kings, but won their second match against Gokulam Kerala.[4] They were knocked out of the tournament after a 5–2 defeat in the last match to Indian Super League side ATK Mohun Bagan.[5] The club again featured in 2023–24 edition of AFC Cup.[6]

Seasons

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Domestic

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Season League FA Cup President's Cup Top goalscorer Manager
Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Player Goals
2015 1st 4th 14 6 3 5 26 20 21 - Winners   Asadhulla Abdulla 9   Ali Suzain
2016 1st 1st 21 14 5 2 48 25 47 Quarterfinal Semi-finals   Asadhulla Abdulla 19
2017 1st 3rd 14 8 3 3 30 10 27 Third Semi-finals   Mohamed Umair 8   Marjan Sekulovski
  Ismail Mahfooz
2018 1st 2nd 16 12 2 2 51 17 38 - -   Asadhulla Abdulla 14   Ismail Mahfooz
2019–20 1st 1st 21 16 3 2 74 12 51 Cancelled -   Cornelius Stewart 15   Marjan Sekulovski

Continental

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As of match played 26 February 2020
Competition Pld W D L GF GA
AFC Cup 36 11 8 17 54 59
Total 36 11 8 17 54 59
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2013 AFC Cup Group G   Kelantan 6–1 1–1 3rd
  Ayeyawady United 3–1 0–3
  SHB-Đà Nẵng 2–3 1–3
2014 AFC Cup Group F   Hà Nội T&T 1–2 1–5 4th
  Arema Cronus 1–3 2–3
  Selangor 1–1 1–4
2015 AFC Cup Play-off round   Ceres 1–0
Group E   Bengaluru 1–2 1–2 3rd
  Warriors 2–0 2–0
  Persipura Jayapura 1–2 0–0
2016 AFC Cup Group G   Mohun Bagan 1–2 1–1 4th
  South China 2–1 0–2
  Yangon United 1–1 2–3
2017 AFC Cup Group E   Bengaluru 0–1 0–1 2nd
  Mohun Bagan 5–2 1–0
  Abahani Limited Dhaka 2–0 2–0
2020 AFC Cup Preliminary round 2   Abahani Limited Dhaka 1–1 2–2 3–3 (a)
Play-off round   Bengaluru 2–1 2–3 4–4 (p)
Group E   Chennai City Cancelled 2–2 2nd
  Bashundhara Kings Cancelled Cancelled
  TC Sports Club Cancelled Cancelled
2021 AFC Cup Group D   Bashundhara Kings 0–2 4th
  Mohun Bagan 1–3
  Bengaluru 2–6
2022 AFC Cup Group D   Bashundhara Kings 0–1 3rd
  Gokulam Kerala 1–0
  Mohun Bagan 2–5
2023–24 AFC Cup Group D   Bashundhara Kings 3–1 Nov 27 TBD
  Mohun Bagan SG Dec 11 1–2
  Odisha 2–3 1–6

Honours

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Current squad

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As of 12 October 2023[8]

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   MDV Hussain Shareef
3 DF   MDV Ahmed Numaan
4 DF   MDV Hussain Sifaau
5 MF   MDV Mohamed Irufaan
6 MF   JPN Tomoki Wada
7 FW   MDV Ali Fasir
8 MF   MDV Hussain Nihan
9 DF   MDV Naiz Hassan
10 MF   MDV Hamza Mohamed (Vice captain)
11 FW   MDV Hassan Raif
12 DF   EGY Khalil Gamal
14 FW   MDV Hassan Nazeem
17 DF   MDV Ali Samooh (captain)
20 MF   GHA Regan Obeng
22 DF   MDV Hassan Shifaz
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 FW   SRB Vojislav Balabanovic
29 DF   CRO Sebastijan Antic
31 DF   MDV Aisam Ibrahim
32 GK   MDV Iyan Abdul Aleem
34 FW   MDV Abdulla Rifaah
44 MF   MDV Haisham Hassan
DF   LTU Edgaras Zarskis
DF   MDV Mohamed Umair
MF   MDV Akram Abdul Ghanee

References

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  1. ^ Maziya Sports and Recreation team Info. Global Sports Archive. Retrieved 11 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Maziya Sports and Recreation". soccer.com.mv. Archived from the original on June 14, 2011. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
  3. ^ "Maziya Sports and Recreation". soccer.com.mv. Archived from the original on October 20, 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2012.
  4. ^ Guha, Sayantan (22 May 2022). ""We took Maziya to be an easy team" - Gokulam Kerala FC head coach admits underestimating AFC Cup opponents". www.sportskeeda.com. Sportskeeda. Archived from the original on 23 May 2022. Retrieved 23 May 2022.
  5. ^ "Summary – 2022 AFC CUP: Group Stage (Group D)". int.soccerway.com. Soccerway. Archived from the original on 5 March 2022. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  6. ^ "2023/24 AFC Cup — Group Stage » Group D » Matches » Table". int.soccerway.com. Soccerway. Retrieved 6 December 2023.
  7. ^ Hoodh Ali; Mikael Jönsson; Hans Schöggl (1997). "Maldives - List of Cup Winners: POMIS Cup (President of Maldives Invitational Soccer Cup)". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 25 June 2018. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Maziya SRC". int.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2020-02-06.

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