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Shahril Ishak (born 23 January 1984) is a Singaporean football player who currently plays for Home United in the S. League. Shahril is the captain of the Singapore national football team. Awarded the AFF Suzuki Cup MVP, he led Singapore to become the first nation to win four titles in the tournament's history. He followed it up by winning the inaugural AFF Player of the Year (Men) award in 2013.[1]

Shahril Ishak
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Shahril playing for LionsXII in 2012
Personal information
Full name Mohammad Shahril bin Ishak
Date of birth (1984-01-23) 23 January 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth Singapore
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder/Forward
Club information
Current team
Home United
Number 17
Youth career
2000–2002 National Football Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Young Lions 201 (567)
2007–2010 Home United 98 (42)
2011 Persib Bandung 7 (1)
2012 Medan Chiefs 32 (5)
2012–2013 LionsXII 40 (23)
2014–2016 Johor Darul Takzim II 75 (23)
2017 Warriors 27 (16)
2018– Home United 31 (17)
National team
2003– Singapore 138 (46)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 January 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2018

He is a natural centre midfielder who can also play as a striker or winger.

Club careerEdit

Along with Baihakki Khaizan, Hassan Sunny and Khairul Amri, Shahril was in the pioneer batch of the National Football Academy in 2000.[2]

Young LionsEdit

Shahril had previously played for S.League clubs Young Lions and Home United. He joined the Young Lions in 2003 and soon made his international debut. After four seasons, Shahril Ishak left the Young Lions in 2007 to join Home United.

Home UnitedEdit

Shahril made his Home United debut in at the start of the 2007 season. He played his final game for Home United on 21 Sep 2010, scoring two crucial goals against title rivals Tampines Rovers FC. He then left for Indonesia with five games remaining in the S.League season. He finished his last season in Home United with 17 goals to his name and was the third highest scorer during the 2010 S.League season.[3] He also won the 2010 S.League Player of the Year award.[4]

Persib BandungEdit

In 2010, Shahril signed a 1 year contract with Indonesian side Persib Bandung, along with his fellow Singapore national football team player, Baihakki Khaizan.[5]

Medan ChiefsEdit

In February 2011, Shahril signed a one-year deal worth $400,000 with Liga Primer Indonesia side, Medan Chiefs. He then went on to score 8 league goals in 32 matches for Medan Chiefs.[5]

LionsXIIEdit

He returned to Singapore with newly formed club side LionsXII in December 2011. During his stint at LionsXII, he won the 2013 Malaysia Super League title in his second season as well as scoring 17 goals in 34 appearances, finishing as the club top scorer in the 2013 season.

Johor Darul Ta'zim IIEdit

Shahril signed a 4-year contract at the end of the 2013 Malaysia Super League by joining Malaysia Premier League club, Johor Darul Takzim II F.C.. He was given the number 17 shirt upon his arrival to the club. He was appointed as the captain for his new club in the 2014 Malaysia Premier League. He was converted back to a centre midfielder/play-maker role and led his new club to a 5th placing position, finishing the season with 7 goals and 8 assists for his new team. He led Johor Darul Takzim II F.C. for the 2015 Malaysia Premier League as the captain again, and led his club to a 5th placing position again, finishing the season with 5 goals and 6 assists.

In total, Shahril scored 23 goals in 75 appearances for JDT II between 2014 and 2016.[5]

WarriorsEdit

Sharil returned to Singapore to play in the S.League with Warriors FC for the 2017 S.League campaign together with Baihakki Khaizan.[6] He scored his first goal for the club in a 4-3 win over the Garena Young Lions and notched his first brace for the club in a 2–2 draw with Home United FC, scoring both goals in the final 9 minutes of the match, extending the Warriors' unbeaten run at the start of the season to 6 games.[7][8][9] He scored a further two goals in the Warriors' tenth league game of the season, sealing a 2–0 win over Geylang International to end a wretched two months spell for his club, where they only won once and was dumped out of the Singapore Cup.[10] Shahril had a great season despite his advancing years, scoring 1/3 of his team's goals (11) and playing in all 24 league games, starting 23 of them.[11]

Return to Home UnitedEdit

It was announced on New Year's Day 2018 that Sharil had returned to Home United for the 2018 S.League season, coming into replace last season's top-scorer Stipe Plazibat who had left for Thailand as well as Khairul Nizam who had moved in the other direction to Warriors FC.[12]

International careerEdit

Singapore's most natural creative midfielder to emerge in recent years, Shahril Ishak quickly established himself as the heartbeat of the Lions engine room since he made his international debut aged just 19 against Maldives on 4 March 2003.[13]

With winger Muhammad Ridhuan, defender Baihakki Khaizan and keeper Hassan Sunny, he was part of the "NFA Gang of Four", the quartet which had played together since their early teenage years and earned senior international honours in 2003.

He has been employed in various positions across the midfield by coach Radojko Avramovic, but Shahril staked a strong claim for an influential central role with a series of convincing performances there in the second half of 2004.

He played a major role in the victory in the Tiger Cup in 2005 and also the ASEAN Football Championship in 2007. He was also part of the 2005 SEA Games squad and the 2006 Asian Games.

He was part of the Singapore Under-23 team that took part in the 2007 Southeast Asian Games in Korat, Thailand that won a bronze medal.

Capped for Singapore at senior, U23, U18 and U16 levels.

In August 2010 Shahril was revealed as the new captain of the national team, and led the Lions for the AFF Suzuki Cup in December.

On 24 February 2011, Shahrill Ishak converted a penalty into a goal in a 2–2 draw against Azerbaijan national football team.

Shahril is an inductee of the FIFA Century Club.[13]

As captain, he was instrumental in Singapore's 2012 AFF Championship win, scoring 4 goals in 7 appearances to help the Lions win their 4th title.[14]

OthersEdit

Singapore Selection SquadEdit

Shahril was selected as part of the Singapore Selection squad for The Sultan of Selangor’s Cup to be held on 6 May 2017.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Away from the pitch, Shahril is also the founder of inloveXtns, a clothing brand jointly managed with his wife, Nur Hidayah, that was started in late 2014. The business began in 2013 as a streetwear label called The Number Seventeen – a reference to Shahril’s jersey number and TNS for short. All TNS apparel are designed by Shahril.[16]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 29 Sept 2019. Caps and goals may not be correct.
Club Season S.League Singapore Cup Singapore
League Cup
Asia Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Young Lions 2003 ?? ?? - - - - ?? ??
2004 ?? ?? - - - - ?? ??
2005 ?? ?? - - - - ?? ??
2006 ?? ?? - - - - ?? ??
Total 101 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 101 20
Home United 2007 ?? ?? - - - - ?? ??
2008 ?? 8 - - - - ?? 8
2009 23 0 - - - - 23 0
2010 29 17 1 0 - - 30 17
Total 98 42 1 0 0 0 0 0 99 42
Club Season Indonesia Super League Indonesia FA Cup Indonesia League Cup Asia Total
  Persib Bandung 2010–2011 11 0 - - - - 11 0
Total 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
  Medan Chiefs 2011–2012 32 8 - - - - 32 8
Total 32 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 8
Club Season Malaysia
Super League
Malaysia
FA Cup
Malaysia Cup Asia Total
LionsXII 2012[17] 19 10 3 1 10 3 32 14
2013[18] 21 8 1 0 6 1 28 9
Total 40 18 4 1 16 4 0 0 60 23
  Johor Darul Takzim II 2014 ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??
2015 ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??
2016 ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??
Total 75 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 75 23
Club Season S.League Singapore Cup Singapore
League Cup
Asia Total
Warriors 2017 24 10 1 0 4 4 0 0 29 14
Total 24 10 1 0 4 4 0 0 29 14
Home United 2018 23 13 5 2 0 0 12 5 40 19
2019 16 7 1 0 0 0 3 0 20 7
Total 39 20 6 2 0 0 15 5 60 26
Career Total 420 142 11 3 16 4 15 5 462 164
  • Young Lions and LionsXII are ineligible for qualification to AFC competitions in their respective leagues.

InternationalEdit

International goalsEdit

No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 28 January 2004 National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore   Norway 2–2 2-5 Friendly
2 29 December 2004 KLFA Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Myanmar 4–2 4–3 2004 Tiger Cup
3 11 October 2005 Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia   Cambodia 0-1 0-2 Friendly
4 11 October 2005 Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia   Cambodia 0-2 0-2 Friendly
5 15 January 2007 National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore   Laos 4–0 11–0 2007 ASEAN Football Championship
6 24 February 2012 The Sevens, Dubai, United Arab Emirates   Azerbaijan 1–2 2–2 Friendly
7 19 November 2012 Jurong West Stadium, Jurong, Singapore   Pakistan 3-0 4–0 Friendly
8 25 November 2012 Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Malaysia 1–0 3–0 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup
9 2–0
10 1 December 2012 Shah Alam Stadium, Selangor, Malaysia   Laos 1–2 4–3 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup
11 2–2
12 5 March 2014 Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat, Oman   Oman 3-1 3-1 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
13 10 October 2014 Mong Kok Stadium, Mong Kok, Hong Kong   Hong Kong 2-1 2-1 Friendly
14 17 November 2014 Yishun Stadium, Yishun, Singapore   Cambodia 3-2 4–2 Friendly

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

LionsXII

InternationalEdit

Singapore

IndividualEdit

  • S.League Player of the Year: 2010
  • Tiger Beer Goal of the Year: 2010 (40’, Home United vs SAFFC on 16 July)
  • AFF Suzuki Cup MVP: 2012
  • AFF Player of the Year (Men): 2013

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Football: S'pore sweep inaugural AFF awards, with Lions, Shahril & Raddy leading the way". Straits Times. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Interview With Baihakki Khaizan". FAS. Archived from the original on 3 September 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  3. ^ http://redsports.sg/2010/09/22/sharil-ishak-farewell-goal-football/
  4. ^ "Shahril returns Home, joins Protectors for 2018 season". FourFourTwo. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "The Singaporean footballers who tried their luck overseas". FourFourTwo. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Transfer to Warriors".
  7. ^ "S.League.com - Warriors FC". www.sleague.com. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Derby day draw as Shahril haunts former club". FourFourTwo. 22 April 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Young Lions Unable To Hold On To Lead | Young Lions". younglions.com.sg. Archived from the original on 24 April 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Shahril double fires Warriors to victory". The New Paper. 17 June 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  11. ^ "FFT'S S.League XI of 2017: Who makes the cut?". FourFourTwo. 22 November 2017. Archived from the original on 14 October 2018. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Shahril returns Home, joins Protectors for 2018 season". FourFourTwo. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  13. ^ a b "FIFA Century Club fact sheet" (PDF). FIFA. 12 April 2013.
  14. ^ "Where are they now? Singapore's AFF Suzuki Cup 2012 Champions". FourFourTwo. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  15. ^ http://www.fas.org.sg/newsroom/press-release/singapore-selection-squad-sultan-selangor%E2%80%99s-cup-revealed[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Off the football pitch, Shahril scores on fashion runway". Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  17. ^ "LionsXII fixtures and results for 2012 season". LionsXII. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  18. ^ "LionsXII fixtures and results for 2013 season". LionsXII. Retrieved 6 March 2014.

NotesEdit

  • International caps milestones

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Noh Alam Shah
Singapore national team captain
2010–present
Incumbent