Zainal Abidin Hassan

Zainal Abidin Hassan bin Ali (born 9 November 1961) is a Malaysian former footballer and current head coach of Malaysian team Melaka United.

Zainal Abidin
Personal information
Full name Zainal Abidin Hassan Ali
Date of birth (1961-11-09) 9 November 1961 (age 59)
Place of birth Selangor, Malaysia
Position(s) Defender . Striker
Club information
Current team
Melaka United (head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1982 Selangor FA
1983–1984 Pahang FA
1985–1990 Selangor FA
1991–1996 Pahang FA
1997–1999 Selangor FA
National team
1980–1997 Malaysia 136 (53 [1])
1996 Malaysia Futsal
Teams managed
2001 Malaysia U-17
2004–2006 Pahang FA (coach)
2006–2008 Pahang FA (manager)
2009–2010 Kuantan Port-Shahzan Muda FC (manager)
2011–2013 Pahang FA (manager)
2013–2014 Pahang FA (assistant head coach)
2014–2015 Pahang FA (head coach)
2016 Selangor FA (head coach)
2017–2018 Penang FA
2018– Melaka United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 November 2012
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 November 2012

Playing careerEdit

Zainal Abidin is well known as the best Malaysian footballer in the 80's and 90's. His football career started with Selangor FA in 1980.[2] At the age of 18 years 6 month, Zainal made his international debut in the 1980 Merdeka Tournament against Indonesia.[3] He played along with Malaysian legendary striker the late Mokhtar Dahari, R Arumugam, Soh Chin Aun and other recognised faces in Malaysian football.

In 1987, he partnered Dollah Salleh in front as they became the fierce striker for Selangor FA and Pahang FA in Malaysia Cup and also the national team in SEA Games and Merdeka Tournament. In 1996 Tiger Cup, Zainal Abidin was awarded as the MVP of the tournament. Three years later he was awarded the AFC Century Award.[4]

He also played for Malaysia national futsal team, and was in the squad that took part in the 1996 FIFA Futsal World Championship in Spain.[5]

Coaching careerEdit

He retired from football in 1999 and selected to coach the Malaysian youth in 2001. In 2002, he selected as the assistant coach for Malaysia senior team. He later coached Pahang FA and brought them their first Malaysia Super League title. In 2006, he guided Pahang FA to win the Malaysian FA Cup.[6] After the contract with Pahang FA ended, he reunites with his former striker partner Dollah Salleh. This time they act as manager-coach combination for Kuantan Port-Shahzan Muda FC.

In 2011, he returns to Pahang FA as assistant manager, where he works again with Dollah, who were the current head coach. The partnership lasts until the end of 2013, when they helped Pahang win the 2013 Malaysia Cup; Pahang's first Malaysia Cup after 21 years. After Dollah left Pahang to coach PDRM FA and Ron Smith was appointed as the new Pahang head coach at the end of 2013, Zainal was appointed as his assistant head coach. But after Smith's contract was not renewed in March 2014, Zainal Abidin was appointed as Smith's replacement. With Pahang, he won the Malaysia Cup in 2014 and also Malaysia FA Cup in the same year.

In 2016, Zainal Abidin made his return to Selangor as head coach, replacing Mehmet Durakovic.[7] This was not without controversy, as negotiations between Zainal and Selangor was made public when Durakovic was still Selangor coach,[8] and Durakovic contract was terminated even after he won the 33rd Malaysia Cup title with Selangor in 2015.[9] Zainal however was sacked in August the same year, after poor performances by the team in the Super League and Malaysia Cup.[10]

Zainal Abidin next coached Penang FA from May 2017 until September 2018. In November 2018, he was unveiled as the new head coach of Melaka United.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Zainal Abidin's father is of Kenyan descent.[12][13] His oldest son Mohd Zaiza Zainal Abidin is also a Malaysian footballer.[14]

Career statisticsEdit

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Malaysia's goal tally first.[1]
# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
1. 13 November 1981 Bangkok, Thailand   Pakistan 2–3 1981 King's Cup
2. 4 June 1983 Singapore   Thailand 1–1 1983 SEA Games
3. 5 June 1983 Singapore   Brunei 5–0
4.
5. 10 September 1983 Singapore   Singapore 1–0 Ovaltine Cup
6. 19 September 1983 Kota Bharu, Malaysia     Nepal 7–0 1983 Merdeka Tournament
7.
8.
9. 10 October 1983 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Saudi Arabia 3–1 1984 Olympics Games qualification
10.
11. 16 October 1983 Singapore   Indonesia 1–1
12. 20 October 1983 Singapore   Singapore 2–0
13. 28 October 1983 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Indonesia 2–0
14. 18 April 1984 Singapore   Japan 2–1
15. 12 August 1984 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Singapore 1–0 Ovaltine Cup
16. 18 August 1984 Singapore   Singapore 1–1
17. 24 August 1984 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Thailand 1–0 1984 Merdeka Tournament
18. 26 August 1984 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Indonesia 2–2
19. 29 August 1984 Kota Bharu, Malaysia   Liberia 3–1
20.
21.
22. 4 September 1984 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Papua New Guinea 5–1
23. 11 October 1984 Calcutta, India   Pakistan 5–0 1984 AFC Asian Cup qualification
24.
25. 14 October 1984 Calcutta, India   India 1–2
26. 18 October 1984 Calcutta, India   North Yemen 4–1
27.
28. 31 March 1985 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia     Nepal 5–0 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification
29.
30.
31. 6 October 1985 Singapore   Singapore 1–2 Friendly
32. 13 October 1985 Singapore   Brunei 4–0 1985 Merlion Cup
33. 10 December 1985 Bangkok, Thailand   Philippines 6–0 1985 SEA Games
34.
35. 14 December 1985 Bangkok, Thailand   Singapore 2–2
36. 24 July 1986 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   India 3–0 1986 Merdeka Tournament
37.
38. 27 July 1986 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Thailand 2–0
39. 1 August 1986 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Japan 2–1
40. 7 April 1988 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Pakistan 4–0 1988 AFC Asian Cup qualification
41.
42. 7 June 1989 Singapore     Nepal 3–0 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
43. 28 August 1989 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Thailand 1–0 1989 SEA Games
44. 25 April 1992 Singapore   Indonesia 1–1 1992 AFC Asian Cup qualification
45. 8 August 1992 Jakarta, Indonesia   Indonesia 1–1 1992 Independence Cup
46. 5 May 1993 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Macau 9–0 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
47. 5 June 1993 Singapore   Brunei 3–1 1993 SEA Games
48. 11 June 1993 Singapore   Laos 9–0
49. 10 December 1995 Lamphun, Thailand   Cambodia 9–0 1995 SEA Games
50. 6 June 1996 Shah Alam, Malaysia   India 5–2 1996 AFC Asian Cup qualification
51.
52. 8 September 1996 Singapore   Thailand 1–1 1996 AFF Championship
53. 31 March 1997 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia   Bangladesh 1–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification

HonoursEdit

As a PlayerEdit

Selangor FAEdit

Malaysia Super League
  • 1980, 1989, 1990
Malaysia Premier League
  • Runner-up: 1999
Malaysia Cup
  • 1981, 1982, 1986, 1997
  • Runner-up: 1980
Malaysia FA Cup
  • 1991, 1997
  • Runner-up: 1990
Malaysia President Cup (as Selangor Youth Team)
  • 1988
  • Runner-up: 1987, 1999
Malaysia Charity Shield
  • 1985, 1987, 1990, 1997
  • Runner-up: 1998

MalaysiaEdit

Pestabola Merdeka
  • 1986
SEA Games

IndividualEdit

AFF Championship Most Valuable Player
AFC Century Club

As a Coach/ManagerEdit

Pahang FAEdit

Malaysia FA Cup
  • 2006, 2014
Malaysia Cup
  • 2014
Malaysia Charity Shield
  • 2014

Selangor FAEdit

Malaysia Charity Shield
Runner-up
    • 2016

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Mamrud, Roberto. "Zainal Abidin Hassan – Century of International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Veterans put on the boots again". The Star online. Malaysia. 31 August 2007.
  3. ^ Only 19 yet so cool. - New Sunday Times, 26 October 1980 (Page 82).
  4. ^ ".chedinsphere.: Anugerah Kelab Satu Abad AFC 1999, 11hb Februari 1999". 2013.
  5. ^ https://www.fifa.com/tournaments/archive/tournament=106/edition=7184/teams/team=1890410.html
  6. ^ Husin, Nik Naizi (16 June 2006). "Celebration of Pahang victory". The Star online. Malaysia.
  7. ^ "Football: Surprise, surprise, Zainal's back in the red and yellow | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Merah Kuning ikat Zainal sebelum final Piala Malaysia". BH Online (in Malay). 16 December 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Zainal Abidin Hassan moves closer to taking over as Selangor coach". ESPNFC.com. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Selangor's Zainal sacked as coach, K. Gunalan takes over as caretaker". ESPNFC.com. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  11. ^ https://www.fourfourtwo.com/sg/news/melaka-united-unveil-zainal-abidin-hassan-head-coach
  12. ^ Mohd Sofi Munajir, Zainal Abidin Hassan, Pertahanan Kental, Penyerang Yang Tajam dlm. 20 Tokoh Sukan, Medium Publication, Bandar Baru Bangi, 2009, pp.131.
  13. ^ "Malaysian Football Legends: Zainal Abidin Hassan - Goal.com". Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Football: Zaiza puts honeymoon on hold to prepare for Premier League season | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  15. ^ 14 EX-INTERNATIONALS INDUCTED INTO AFC CENTURY CLUB - BERNAMA, 11 February 1999.

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