|Full name||Melaka United Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||Hang Tuah |
Sang Kancil (Mousedeer)
|Ground||Hang Jebat Stadium|
|Owner||KenTeam Group (70%) MUSA (30%)|
|Head coach||Zainal Abidin Hassan|
|League||Malaysia Super League|
|2021||Malaysia Super League, 8th of 12|
Melaka United Football Club (//) is a Malaysian professional football club based in Malacca that competes in the Malaysia Super League. They were owned by KenTeam Group which is one of nitrile glove producer in Malaysia. Previously, the club's home ground since then has been Hang Tuah Stadium before moving to Hang Jebat Stadium in Paya Rumput / Krubong in 1924. The club represents the state of Malacca in Malaysian football competitions. They currently play in the top division in Malaysian football, the Malaysia Super League after back-to-back promotions as champion of the 2015 Malaysia FAM League and 2016 Malaysia Premier League.
The club was formerly referred to as Malacca or officially as Malacca Amateur FA and then Malacca FA before being rebranded in August 2013 as Melaka United which has been used since the 2014 season. The club's current nickname is Hang Tuah, the name being synonymous with strength and intelligence.
Melaka United's regular kit colours are green and white for shirts, shorts and socks. The club's current crest has been used since March 2014 which based from older crest with slight modern changes in design and wording.
Football has been played in Malaya for a long years. Malacca has sent a football team to play in Malaya Cup since its inaugural season in 1921. In 1924, the team has been registered and now managed by the newly formed governance body of Malacca football, the Malacca Amateur Football Association (MAFA). Since then, the football team has been competing in Malaya Cup consistently.
Main article: Malaysian League
In 1979, the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) changed the format of Piala Malaysia when they introduced the league stage that acts as the qualifying round for the knockout stage of Piala Malaysia. When it began, it was intended primarily as a qualifying tournament for the final knock-out stages of the Piala Malaysia where teams compete in a one-round league before advanced to the knock-out stage.
The football league in Malaysia has only officially started in 1982 after the introduction of league trophy for the league winners, which the league has been known as Liga Malaysia. Malacca football team continue to compete in the league and has become the champion of the league during its second season in 1983 which has been the only time the Malacca team become a champion of the top-tier league in Malaysian football.
Main article: Liga Semi-Pro
Over the years, the league competition has gained important stature in its own right. From 1982 until 1988 the league is an amateur status continue its purpose as qualifying round for Piala Malaysia and only in 1989 it is changes to a new format as Liga Semi-Pro (MSPFL) was introduced by FAM as a 'halfway house' towards full professional status. The inaugural season of MSPFL consisted of nine teams in Division I and eight teams in Division II with total of 17 teams participated. Malacca has been put in Division II for 1989 season. Malacca compete in 1992 season in Division II.
MSPFL was the nation's top-tier league until it was succeeded by the formation of Malaysian first professional football league, the Liga Perdana (1994–97) in 1994 by Football Association of Malaysia. In its inaugural season 16 teams competing in a single league. The teams were based from all states in Malaysia including Malacca, Kuala Lumpur and addition of two foreign teams, Singapore and Brunei.
In 1998, Liga Perdana was divided into two divisions consist of Liga Perdana 1 and Liga Perdana 2 (Liga Perdana 1 and Liga Perdana 2 in Malay). During 1998, Liga Perdana 1 consist of 12 teams while Liga Perdana 2 had 8 teams. Malacca competes in Liga Perdana 2 from 1998 until 2000 before achieving promotion to Liga Perdana 1 for 2001 season.
At this time the league still consist of semi-pro team where each team was allowed to register 25 players where 12 players must be a professional for Liga Perdana 1 and a minimum of six professional players in Liga Perdana 2.
Malacca competes in Liga Perdana 1 from 2001 until 2003. Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) decided to privatise the league for 2004 season onwards where Liga Super was formed.
Teams in Liga Perdana 1 and Liga Perdana 2 was then was put through a qualification and playoff to be promoted into Liga Super. Malacca failed to qualify and was put into now a new second-tier league Liga Premier for the 2004 season.
The club has been in an up and down performance in Malaysia Premier League since the league inception in 2004 where they played for three seasons and was promoted to top-tier league, Malaysia Super League.
After a successful season in second division, the club has been promoted to the top-tier division, the Liga Super for 2006-07 season. The club has splurged a big budget to buy players while removing majority of players and officials of previous winning season in order to create a more competitive team in the league during its first season in top league after a long years in lower division. However, the club has not been performing as expected as it has been relegated in their first season.
A slump in performance has cause the club struggling and fighting for relegation in their three years season of Malaysia Premier League from 2008 until 2010 season before the dark era as the club has been relegated to the third-tier league, the Malaysia FAM League for 2011 season.
The club has been relegated from 2010 Malaysia Premier League to the Malaysia FAM League because of poor performance despite being one of the bigger clubs within it. In 2012, the club management has concluded as some of the factor that causing the club a chances to be promoted was the poaching of its players by bigger club in higher division and the struggle to attract bigger status players to the club as they were playing in lower division. The club continue to compete and has been a consistent team in third-tier league, Malaysia FAM League for five straight season.
The club make a comeback to second-tier league, Malaysia Premier League in 2016 after being promoted as champions of 2015 Malaysia FAM League. Before winning the FAM League, the club has experienced a 32-year trophy drought, where the last time Melaka United won the Malaysian top-tier league was in 1983 where they won the Liga Malaysia which was the league stage that served as the qualifying round for the Malaysian Cup. During that time, national footballer Soh Chin Aun was playing for Malacca
The club has achieved promotion to Liga Super after became the champion of the Malaysia Premier League in just one year time after winning the Malaysia FAM League.
After received a promotion to top division, the Malaysia Super League, Melaka United management has made a number of changes including of the restructuring of the club management and the new squad selection. On 14 November 2016, Melaka United has announced the appointment of Eric Williams to replace Mat Zan Mat Aris as the new head coach for the club. Eric Williams has previously managed the Myanmar giant, Yangon United F.C. in 2014 season. The club has also only retained ten players from previous season and has recruited nine new players.
The club has set a high target for 2017 season including to be a top five in the league standing. On 18 February 2017, the club has managed to win their first match in Liga Super, almost 10 years after their last win in the top division in 2006–07 season.
Melaka United are currently based at Hang Jebat Stadium in Krubong, Malacca. The capacity of the stadium is 40,000. In addition to the football field, the stadium also consists of a running track.
The club has previously been using the Hang Tuah Stadium as their homeground before moving to current stadium. The old stadium still be used as a training ground and as a home stadium for its development and youth squad which compete in Piala Presiden, Piala Belia and alternative stadium for senior squad.
Melaka United has historically utilised one primary crest before the introduction of football league in Malaysia. The first, adopted when the club was founded, was the image of A Famosa which is a historical remains from colonial age in Malacca. It was used during the club's amateur era and remained for more than half-century.
Since the introduction of football league, the club has evolved from amateur years and has adopted a new crest which features an image of Malacca tree, where the city was named after.
Since the end of 2013 season, the club has undergoes a management changes and rebranding to Melaka United where a new crest was introduced which was a slight modern design changes from the old crest. In 2015, an image of new crest was leak which has received with negative reaction among fans which the club has decided to stick with use of the old crest.
Melaka United have always worn green and white shirts as their home kit as it is an iconic colour for the club and it is different from majority of other teams in the league.
Melaka United's away colours are usually all white with green trim or various combination colours of blue, red, yellow and white as it represent the colour of Malacca's Flag.
Ultras Taming Sari (UTS) is one of group of supporters of football in Malaysia and Malacca mainly known for their support for Melaka United. Founded on 11 January 2011 and currently being led by Lekir Hj. Ahmad. The group was one of many Ultras supporters group created under the branches of Ultras Malaya which was founded after the poor performance of national team in international football scene. It main purpose is to bring back the glory of football supports among Malaysian football fans. These group supporters always bring drums and large colourful flags to the stadiums alongside of chanting in the stadium in order to bring up the spirit of the players and other supporters during matches.
Melaka United are one of the most widely supported football clubs in Malacca. Melaka United's traditional fanbase comes from all over Central Malacca District, Alor Gajah and Jasin area. There are also numerous supporters clubs mainly in Malacca and also Malaysia.
The Malacca football team has been founded since 1921 and the management of the club has been taken over by the foundation of Malacca Amateur Football Association in 1924 before later on the management drop the amateur status from its name when the Liga Malaysia went semi-pro in 1989 and later on as professional in 1994. The club has been thriving with the financial backing from the state government and sponsors.
In 2014 the management went a restructuring process to become the Melaka United Soccer Association and later on as part of its further privatisation plan, the club will have its own management separating itself from the association as Melaka United Football Club from 2017 season onwards in order to comply with the club licensing regulation.
Melaka United's kit has been manufactured by Al-Ikhsan start 2020 season.
Melaka United's current main shirt sponsor is Red ONE.
|Season||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|1989||asics||Dunhill / EON|
|1993||Cheetah & Umbro|
|1998||Dunhill / Gibca Holdings|
|2001||Mikasa||Dunhill / Mikasa|
|2002–03||Kronos||Dunhill / Kronos|
|2004||admiral||Dunhill / Admiral|
|2005||admiral & Garoos||Celcom|
|2005/06||TM Net / Creative|
|2006/07||Figos||TM / Cubic|
|2007/08||Ambros||Celcom / Metaforce|
|2009||Kika & Shemsy||Streamyx|
|2014||Kronos||Mamee / KAJ|
|2016||Edra / Mamee|
|2017||Edra CGN / Tag Marine|
|2019||EDRA CGN / KLIP|
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|1||Muhammad Rabbani Ros Romzi||GK||1999|
|19||Muhammad Ridzuan Azali||GK||2000|
|22||Muhammad Izzul Azry Abu Mansor||GK||2000|
|2||Mohamad Syafiq Che Haron||RB / LB||2001|
|3||Muhammad Faiz Abdullah||LB / LWB||2000|
|4||Muhammad Firdaus Mazlan||CB||2000|
|5||Aiman Irfan Azman||CB||2000|
|13||Muhammad Haiqal Rostam||LB||1999|
|14||Mohamad Fitri Azhar||CB||13/11/99|
|18||Azmil Hamer||RB / RWB||2000|
|28||Muhammad Zul Fikri Jamilulhayat||RB / RWB||2000|
|8||Redha Iskandar Mahizal Azim||CM, AM||8/6/97|
|11||Muhammad Ammar Shamsuri||RW / RM||1999|
|12||Mohammad Hafizie Ismail||LW / LM||2000|
|16||Pavinish a/l Siriteven||CM / DM||2000|
|21||Muhammad Hanif Afandi A.Hadi||AM / CM||10/8/99|
|29||Muhammad Nursyazwan Nizu||DM / CM||2000|
|30||Muhammad Haiqal Ashraf Saifol||CM||2000|
|7||Akmal Mohamad Marzukin||ST||1999|
|9||Muhammad Firdaus Sadelan||ST/LW||2000|
|24||Nur Rifdi Fakhrullah Mohd Razali||ST||2000|
|61||Muhammad Hazim Abu Zaid||ST||17/1/2001|
|1||Muhammad Asyraf Danial Norizan||GK||2002|
|18||Muhamad Fazrul Haqimi Jamil||GK||2001|
|22||Esairaj a/l Karupiah||GK||2001|
|2||Muhammad Akmal Alias||CB||2001|
|3||Muhammad Amirul Ariffin Mezal||LB / LWB||2002|
|4||Amri Mohd Adnan||CB||2002|
|5||Muhammad Syazman Jerfy||CB||2002|
|12||Muhammad Shahharul Md Suhaimi||RB / RWB||2001|
|14||Muhammad Aiman Abdullah||RB / RWB||2001|
|16||Matan Raaj a/l Murugan||CB||2001|
|17||Affan Danial Suzaimi||CB||2002|
|23||Zakir Mukhriz Zaidi||LB / LWB||2002|
|26||Mohammad Zarif Syamil Mohd Zamani||CB||2002|
|28||Elegeswaran a/l Balakrisnan||CB/DM||2002|
|29||Muhammad Aiman Rahmat Jailani||CB/DM||2001|
|30||Muhd Syahkhir Muhd Razali||RB / RWB||2001|
|6||Akmal Arif Mohd Aris||CM||2002|
|8||Abdul Raziq Abdul Rahim||CM||2001|
|11||Mohamad Norazizi Mohd Khalid||LW / LM||2001|
|13||Muhammad Arif Hafiz Mohd Farid||LW / LM||2002|
|15||Muhammad Luqmanul Hakeem Norizam||RW / RM||2002|
|19||Haziq Farhan Mohd Jasmi||RW / RM||2002|
|20||Nor Huzairieen Noreffendy||DM / CM||2002|
|21||Hilmi Rahim Azian||CM||2001|
|24||Muhammad Za'im Hakim Zakaria||LW / LM||2002|
|25||Muhammad Luquman Syadiq Rozaidi||DM / CM||2001|
|27||Muhammad Nabil Uzair A.Zainal||AM / LW / RW||2002|
|7||Muhammad Hafiz Jaafar||ST||2001|
|9||Muhammad Farhan Kudzaime||ST||2002|
|10||Muhammad Syahmi Shamsudin||ST||2001|
|Mohd Shah Alias Norbit||1998|
|Remeli Junit||2000–01||Runner up 2000 Liga Perdana 2|
|Ong Kim Swee||2005|
|E. Elavarasan||2005–06||Runner up 2005–06 Liga Premier|
|Mohd Nick Sham Abdullah||2008–09|
|Abdul Rahim Abdullah||2009–10|
|Mohd Asri Ninggal||Jan 2013 – April 2013|
|Hashim Abdullah||April 2013|
|Ladislav Totkovič||Nov 2013 – Apr 2014|
|Mat Zan Mat Aris||Sept 2014 – Oct 2016||Winner 2015 Liga FAM |
Winner 2016 Liga Premier
|Eric Williams||November 2016 – June 2017|
|Eduardo Almeida||June 2017 – May 2018|
|E. Elavarasan||May 2018 – November 2018|
|Zainal Abidin Hassan||14 November 2018 – present|
|Mat Zan Mat Aris||Sept 2014 – Oct 2016||46||30||9||7||92||51||+41||65.22|
|Eric Williams||November 2016 – June 2017||14||3||5||6||12||26||−14||21.43|
|Eduardo Almeida||June 2017 – May 2018||17||7||2||8||15||59||−44||41.18|
|E. Elavarasan||May 2018 – November 2018||19||8||7||4||42||26||+16||42.11|
|Zainal Abidin Hassan||14 November 2018 – present||21||9||5||7||34||28||+6||42.86|
|1999-02||Datuk Ibrahim Durum|
|2005||Datuk Chua Peng Song|
|2008–||Mohd Yazid Khamis|
|2009–2010||Abdul Malik Kassim|
|2011–2013||Datuk Mohd Yunos Husin|
|April 2013– November 2013||Datuk Wira Idris Haron|
|November 2013 – present||Datuk Mohd Yusoff Bin Hj Mahadi|
As of 14 November 2018[update]
|President||Datuk Sulaiman Md Ali|
|Deputy President||Datuk Wira Mohd Yusoff Mahadi|
|General Secretary||Mohd Asri Ninggal|
|Treasurer||Datuk Saiful Mat Sapri|
|Vice-President|| Noor Azman Rahman |
Mohd Ashiq Abd. Samad
Datuk Hj. Fadzil A. Bakar
Yong Yoon Pin
|Team Manager||Muhammad Akram Abdullah|
|Technical Director||Richard Sinapan|
|Head Coach||Zainal Abidin Hassan|
|Assistant Coach|| Md Noor Md Derus |
Mohd Asri Ninggal
|Goalkeeper Coach||Mazlan Abd Wahid|
|Fitness Coach||Norhudahiroshi Razak|
|Team Doctor||Adeeban Koomar a/l Ayyakanoo|
|Physio||Muhammad Rozairen Hairudin|
|Fakhrusy Syakirin Yaacob|
|U21 Manager||Mohamad Ashiq Abd Samad|
|U21 Asst Manager||Muhd Razali Omar Othman|
|U21 Head Coach||Mohd Yazid Abu|
|U21 Asst Coach||Norizam Ali Hassan|
|U21 GK Coach||S. Rosli Hashim|
|U21 Fitness Coach||Mohd Zahiri Moostafa|
|U21 Physio||Mohd Izzhar Iskandar Mohd Zaini|
|U19 Manager||Yong Yoon Pin|
|U19 Asst. Manager||Leong Hong Seng|
|U19 Head Coach||Fauzzi Kassim|
|U19 Asst Coach||S Ganesan Pillay a/l S Pillay|
|U19 GK Coach||Zulkarnain Osman|
|U19 Fitness Coach||Mohd Firdaus Abu|
|U19 Physio Coach||Nur Ezzati bin Mohd Sa'ari|
|Season||Competition||Round||Club||1st Leg||2nd Leg||Aggregate|
|1985–86||Asian Club Championship||Qualifying Round||Krama Yudha Tiga Berlian||2–0 (Loss)||4th place|
|ADP FC||1–0 (Win)|
|Bangkok Bank F.C.||5–1 (Loss)|
|Tiong Bahru CSC||0–0 (Draw)|
Updated on 17 March 2018.
1st or Champions 2nd or Runner-up 3rd place Promotion Relegation
|2001||Liga Perdana 1||22||6||4||12||25||38||–13||22||11th||—||—||2nd round||—||—|
|2002||Liga Perdana 1||26||8||3||15||28||48||–20||27||11th||—||Group stage||1st round||—||—|
|2003||Liga Perdana 1||24||5||5||14||24||53||–29||20||11th||—||Group stage||1st round||—||—|
|2004||Liga Premier||24||6||9||9||32||38||–6||27||7th||—||—||3rd round||—||—|
|2005||Liga Premier||21||3||1||17||17||50||–33||10||8th||—||—||1st round||—||—|
|2005–06||Liga Premier||21||13||4||4||48||24||+24||43||1st||—||Group stage||1st round||—||—|
|2007–08||Liga Premier||24||8||2||14||29||43||–14||26||9th||—||Group stage||Quarter-finals||—||—|
|2009||Liga Premier||24||3||9||12||17||32||–15||18||11th||—||Group stage||1st round||—||—|
|2010||Liga Premier||22||4||3||15||31||68||–37||15||11th||—||Not qualified||1st round||—||—|
|2011||Liga FAM||20||7||5||8||45||40||+5||26||6th||—||Not qualified||1st round||—||—|
|2012||Liga FAM||16||5||1||10||20||25||–5||16||7th||—||Not qualified||1st round||—||—|
|2013||Liga FAM||20||10||3||7||30||30||0||33||6th||—||Not qualified||1st round||—||—|
|2014||Liga FAM||22||8||4||10||34||37||–3||28||6th||—||Not qualified||1st round||—||—|
|2015||Liga FAM||16||11||3||2||30||13||+17||36||1st||—||Not qualified||1st round||—||—|
|2016||Liga Premier||22||15||5||2||48||25||+23||50||1st||—||Group stage||2nd round||—||—|
|2017||Liga Super||22||6||6||10||33||46||–13||24||8th||—||Quarter-finals||3rd round||—||—|
|2018||Liga Super||22||9||4||9||33||38||–5||31||7th||—||Group Stage||3rd round||—||—|
|2019||Liga Super||22||9||6||7||34||30||+4||33||6th||—||Quarter-finals||2nd round||—||—|
|2020||Liga Super||11||4||2||5||13||16||–3||11||9th||—||Round of 16||2nd round||—||—|
|1995||Norizam Ali Hassan||11|
|2015||Nurshamil Abd Ghani||15|
This list of prominent former players, who played in this team includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is not complete or all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time.