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Zainal Abidin Hassan

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

Zainal Abidin Hassan
Personal information
Full name Zainal Abidin Bin Hassan
Date of birth (1962-11-09) 9 November 1962 (age 57)
Place of birth Selangor, Malaysia
Playing position Defender . Striker
Club information
Current team
Melaka United (head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1982 Selangor FA 41 (21)
1983–1984 Pahang FA 22 (13)
1985–1990 Selangor FA 129 (97)
1991–1996 Pahang FA 130 (55)
1997–1999 Selangor FA 45 (7)
Total 367 (193)
National team
1984–1996 Malaysia 138 (78)
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 is well known as the best Malaysian footballer in the 80's and 90's. His football career started with Selangor FA in 1980.[1] 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 was awarded as the MVP of the tournament. Three years later he was awarded the AFC Century Award.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4] 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 was appointed as Smith's replacement. With Pahang, Zainal won the Malaysia Cup in 2014 and also Malaysia FA Cup in the same year.

In 2016, Zainal made his return to Selangor as head coach, replacing Mehmet Durakovic.[5] This was not without controversy, as negotiations between Zainal and Selangor was made public when Durakovic was still Selangor coach,[6] and Durakovic contract was terminated even after he won the 33rd Malaysia Cup title with Selangor in 2015.[7] Zainal however was sacked in August the same year, after poor performances by the team in the Super League and Malaysia Cup.[8]

Zainal next coached Penang FA from May 2017 until September 2018. In November 2018, he was unveiled as the new head coach of Melaka United.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

His oldest son Mohd Zaiza Zainal Abidin is also a Malaysian footballer.[10] A. He also owns a restaurant, Lagenda 17 in Shah Alam. His father is of Kenyan descent.[11][12]


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

As a Coach/ManagerEdit

Pahang FAEdit

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

Selangor FAEdit

Malaysia Charity Shield
    • 2016


  1. ^ "Veterans put on the boots again". The Star online. Malaysia. 31 August 2007.
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  4. ^ Husin, Nik Naizi (16 June 2006). "Celebration of Pahang victory". The Star online. Malaysia.
  5. ^ "Football: Surprise, surprise, Zainal's back in the red and yellow | The Star Online". Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Merah Kuning ikat Zainal sebelum final Piala Malaysia". BH Online (in Malay). 16 December 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Zainal Abidin Hassan moves closer to taking over as Selangor coach". Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Selangor's Zainal sacked as coach, K. Gunalan takes over as caretaker". Retrieved 27 April 2018.
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  10. ^ "Football: Zaiza puts honeymoon on hold to prepare for Premier League season | The Star Online". Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  11. ^ Mohd Sofi Munajir, Zainal Abidin Hassan, Pertahanan Kental, Penyerang Yang Tajam dlm. 20 Tokoh Sukan, Medium Publication, Bandar Baru Bangi, 2009, pp.131.
  12. ^ "Malaysian Football Legends: Zainal Abidin Hassan -". Retrieved 9 October 2015.

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