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Malaysian football is inadequate between the goal of naturalization and training of young players

New Straits Times journalist Ajitpal Singh said that the Malaysian Football Federation (FAM) has a reason to naturalize a foreign player and has an origin to increase the team’s strength, but the rest is too precarious.

Currently, FAM is being fiercely criticized for its naturalization policy that makes Malaysia become a multi-ethnic national team.

However, according to Ajitpal Singh, this is not so important because many teams in Asia also follow this shortcut policy to increase the strength of teams like Qatar has been successful at winning the Asian Cup 2019. Coming soon, with this multiracial force, Qatar is also the host of the 2022 World Cup.

However, Qatar differs from Malaysia in terms of financial potential and a vast system to continue recruiting young talent from all over the country, including in the country for long-term training, naturalization and provision for the team.

Meanwhile, Malaysia can only fulfill half of this policy, which is to naturalize players for the current goal, while the policy of training young players from states and clubs in the M-League system is completely blank.

Not to mention, the downside of the naturalization of foreign players and ancestry requires pressure on the Malaysian team to achieve the desired results.

Those are the goals of winning the AFF Cup this year, or having to get a spot at the 2023 Asian Cup and go on to the third qualifying round to compete for the 2022 World Cup.

If the naturalized and current-born players (about 6-7 players) help Malaysia to achieve the above achievements, then hope the situation will turn around and FAM has reason to urge the clubs and the Football Federation. State has further strengthened the training of young players. But this problem is not easy.

According to Ajitpal Singh, most clubs in Malaysia do not have the financial resources to focus on training young players. Most still live from season to season on funding mainly provided by the state and the states, completely autonomous or funded by donors, and if any, only a trickle.

In the M-League, there are only two clubs that have quality young players, Johor Darul Ta’zim and Selangor. While the National Football Development Planning Center (NFDP) has so far only produced 1 quality young player, Luqman Hakim Shamsudin.

But NFDP is no longer interested in this after coach Lim Teong Kim (who worked at the Bayern Munich Club Academy), specializing in training children, left due to the failure of the Asian U.16 tournament 2018.

Therefore, Ajitpal Singh thinks that the current asynchronous Malaysian football plan is too precarious. If Malaysia is going to succeed in the AFF Cup and the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, it is just for now, but in the long run it will be a huge gap.

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Arsenal successfully recruited Brazilian young talent Gabriel Magalhaes

With a budget of 27 million pounds, Arsenal has surpassed many competitors to own midfielder Gabriel Magalhaes.

Last night, on the homepage, Arsenal announced that they had completed the procedure to recruit Lille midfielder Gabriel Magalhaes. The transfer price was not disclosed by Arsenal, but according to SkySport, the Gunners had to spend 27 million pounds on the deal. Young talent from Brazil signed a 5-year contract with Emirates Stadium.

To get Gabriel’s signature, Arsenal had to overcome many opponents, including Man Utd. The Old Trafford team aimed to recruit the 22-year-old midfielder to pair Harry Maguire, but Arsenal went ahead with the deal and won.

Arsenal Technical Director Edu is very pleased with the deal. After signing with Gabriel, the former Brazilian midfielder said, “We are delighted after signing Gabriel. This is a player that we have spent a lot of time watching”.

Evaluation of Gabriel, coach Mikel Arteta also confirmed that this is a very potential midfielder to shine at Arsenal.

“We welcome Gabriel to Arsenal very much. He has many important qualities that will help our defenders play better. Gabriel has proven his capabilities at Lille. We’d love to see the growth of him at Arsenal”, Coach Arteta said about his new student.

Gabriel Magalhaes grew up from the Avai club (Brazil) before coming to Lille in 2017. Over the past three seasons, this young talent has grown rapidly and became one of the best midfielders of Ligue 1. According to the newspaper For England, Gabriel chose Arsenal for Edu, who is also a Brazilian.

Gabriel’s presence is a significant addition to the Arsenal defense. Before that, the Gunners also returned midfielder William Saliba after the loan agreement ended at St Etienne. At Emirates Stadium, the Brazilian midfielder will wear the number 6 shirt and is likely to be part of the main squad of coach Arteta.

Gabriel is Arsenal’s second rookie this summer. Before that, the Gunners welcomed Chelsea midfielder Willian on a free transfer.

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The AFF Cup 2020 faces many challenges

Southeast Asia’s biggest tournament is expected to face unprecedented challenges.

At the end of March, the Southeast Asian Football Federation (AFF) announced to postpone and postpone a number of tournaments because of the COVID-19 epidemic. However, the AFF Cup 2020 remains on hold on the grounds that by the end of the year the epidemic may have been under control.

Recently, the Thailand Football Association’s (FAT) plan to soon return the Thai League (Thailand) Championship was not allowed by the government of this country. Thus, the Thai-League can only return in September as previously announced.

This makes the Thai-League more likely to kick in parallel with the AFF Cup 2020. At that time, Thai clubs will not release people for the Thai team (AFF Cup is not part of the FIFA competition system). Therefore, Thailand may not have the strongest squad for the AFF Cup 2020.

Not only Thailand, but also regional teams are “contagious” with the Thai-League schedule. Say that because the clubs in the Thai-League have a lot of Southeast Asian players. In which the most disadvantaged is the Philippines when half of the squad is playing in the Thai-League.

This plus the Philippine Government allowing only the country’s national championship to resume in December has put the Philippines in a tight situation. Perhaps that is why the Southeast Asian press recently rumored that the Philippines would withdraw from the AFF Cup 2020.

Equally troubled are Malaysia and Indonesia. The return of the unidentified national championship has made the plans of the Malaysian and Indonesian teams unfinished.

The Siam Sports newspaper (Thailand) has an article warning that the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Asia are resumed in September and October, which may take place in the empty field. And there is a lot of information that the AFF Cup 2020 taking place at the end of the year will also play inside the closed door.

The reason for the AFF Cup changed the format of the home and away game from the group stage to increase the number of fans coming to the field. Specifically, in the AFF Cup 2018, the average number of fans entering the field is nearly 30,000 people / game, nearly double that of the 2016 AFF Cup.

So, if the AFF Cup 2020 takes place in no-spectator condition, it will be a heavy blow to the tournament organizers. The problem is not in the ticket sales, but also in the vitality and soul of a tournament.

Even when the audience gets on the pitch, it is unlikely that everything in the AFF Cup 2020 will turn out as expected. Most countries have had difficulties after the COVID-19 epidemic, are fans still interested in football? With difficulties on and off the pitch, there are many rumors about the AFF Cup may be rescheduled.

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Top most famous players of Asian football (Part 3)

3. Shinji Kagawa

Is a Japanese professional soccer player playing for German club Borussia Dortmund and the Japanese national team. Kagawa started his professional career at home with Cerezo Osaka before joining Borussia Dortmund in 2010. Kagawa signed on a four-year contract for Manchester United. Two years later, he returned to Dortmund. A scoring midfielder, he is known for his “vision, technique, movement and ingenious path”. Kagawa holds the record for most appearances and goals by a Japanese player in UEFA club competitions.

Since making his international debut in May 2008, he has won more than 80 debuts. On November 29, 2012, Kagawa was named the Asian Football Federation International Player of the Year.

4. Atsuto Uchida

As a Japanese professional soccer player, who plays for J1 League club Kashima Antlers and the Japanese national soccer team as a right-back.

He is considered to be the best full-back in Japanese football. Uchida, with the Shalker 04 club, won the German Super Cup in 2010/2011. He also won the AFC football cup with the Japanese soccer team in 2011.

5. Tim Cahill

Is an Australian professional football player who plays for Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League and Australian national team. Previously, he played for Millwall, Everton, New York Red Bulls, Shanghai Shenhua, Hangzhou Greentown and Melbourne City. Cahill played as an attacking midfielder, but has also played as a transition on many occasions. A Box-to-box midfielder, Cahill has a style of play

Cahill is Australia’s top scorer, scoring 50 goals in 107 matches since 2004. [4] He was the first Australian to score at a World Cup. Cahill has scored in three World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014) and has scored the most of any Australian in the World Cup with five. In 2007, he became the first Australian player to score at the AFC Asian Cup. Cahill is known for his expertise with virtuous tactical vision, long range ability, abundant physical strength and tactical adaptations, Cahill has scored many goals with his head. He is famous for his way of eating the goal with the posture of boxing against the corner flag.

Cahill has for many years been in the main team of Everton, helping the team maintain an important position for a Europa League place on the Premier League rankings. In the Australian team colors, he was with the team that won the AFC Asian Cup Championship in 2015.

Cahill scored three goals in the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign as Australia reached the third in a row.

On 5 March 2014, in a pre-World Cup friendly against Ecuador, Cahill became Australia’s top scorer with 31 goals, scoring twice in a 3-4 loss.

Cahill scored the only Australian goal in his opening match against Chile on June 13, 2014. England and the Portuguese stars are: Cristiano Ronaldo, Mexican defender Rafael Márquez, Dutch player Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben, German players Miroslav Klose and American Clint Dempsey are the only players to score in three consecutive World Cups: the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

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Japan: From small football to Asia’s No. 1 power

Many years ago, Japanese football used to refer to itself as a “small shoe”, but now, Japan is already Asia’s No. 1 football power, as well as the nearest football in Asia. to catch up with the world level.

Maybe the story of Japanese football comparing itself as a “small shoe” every year is just humility, because in 1968, Japan had a bronze medal in the Mexican Olympic men’s football content – an achievement beyond them. Korea was the only one who was re-established at the 2012 London Olympics.

However, many years ago, Japan was still inferior to some of the continent’s leading football, such as Korea, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, or even… Burma (today Myanmar).


It was not until 1992 that Japan won the Asian championship for the first time, compared with Korea’s first Asian championship in 1956, Iran in 1968, or Saudi Arabia in 1984.

It was not until 1998 that Japan attended the first World Cup finals, still behind Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

But the Japanese, after stepping to the top of continental football, they keep their form very steady. Since 1998, Japan has never been eliminated from the next World Cup finals. And today, almost one of Asia’s spots for the World Cup finals will be named in Japan.

Among the continent’s top football powers, including Japan, South Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Australia, excluding Australia joining AFC from Oceania, Japan won the Asian Cup at the latest, but after Champion, they win the next many times.

After the 1960 Asian Cup, Korea never returned to the top of Asia, which is nearly 60 years, Korea has not tasted the taste of the championship. For Iran, the last time they won the championship was in 1976, which means the waiting time is shorter than South Korea, but also… 43 years.


The two countries above also do not know when they will return to the top of Asian football, because in addition to competing with some emerging football, such as Saudi Arabia, Iraq, with the new football joining AFC. This is Australia, they are especially difficult to compete with Japan.

Although success in football is not only limited to football, but also depends on the qualities of athletes, on the development of science and technology, for example, the improvement of human stature. . But first, footballers must still be pioneers of change.

Forming soccer academies and training facilities with a large scale, rules and inheritance is also a scientific job. Organizing an attractive, attractive and competitive domestic tournament, pyramid-shaped development (more teams than above) are also a scientific job …

At the beginning, Japanese players were not appreciated in terms of quality, compared to Iranian players in particular and West Asian players in general, compared to Korean players, North Korea, but later they improved. Gradually improve. In the beginning, the Japanese domestic championship was also quite meager, but the later it developed in the right direction.

No football background is a small football forever, if there is a desire and a methodical roadmap to fulfill your desire. The success of Japanese football over the past few decades has been the driving force behind Japan, the driving force to move forward.

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Top most famous players of Asian football (Part 2)

2. Ahn Jung-hwan

DAEGU, REPUBLIC OF KOREA: South Korean midfielder Ahn Jung-hwan celebrates his game tieing goal against the USA in their Group D match at the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan in Daegu, 10 June 2002. The two teams finished in a 1-1 draw. AFP PHOTO/Pornchai KITTIWONGSAKUL (Photo credit should read PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images)

Is a former Korean soccer player and television personality. A legend of Korean football, he drew world attention by scoring a golden goal for Korea against Italy in the second round of the 2002 World Cup, and he was sacked from Italian club Perugia together. due to not meeting expectations.

Ahn also played for clubs in Japan, France, Germany and China, and was selected for Korea in two more World Cups, in 2006 and 2010. After retiring as a soccer player, he became a television presenter (JTBC’s Please Take Care of My) and a football commentator.

Anh married former Miss Korea Lee Hye-won in 2001 and received this nickname by kissing his wedding ring after every goal he scored.

Unlike football, Ahn is noted for her model-like appearance and has appeared in many make-up commercials. Korean media often show a similar facial appearance between the soccer player and actor Cha In-pyo. He said that as a pure compliment.

3. Heung Min Son

He is the most famous Korean football player today. As a Korean professional football player, who plays as a winger or a striker for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and captain of the Korean national team.

Son completed his development at Hamburger SV, where he made his Bundesliga debut in Germany in 2010. In 2013, he moved to Bayer Leverkusen for a record 10 million euros and played for the club in the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League. Two years later, he signed for Tottenham for £ 22 million, becoming the most expensive Asian player in history, during his time at Tottenham he became Asia’s top scorer in Premier history. League.

Since 2010, Son has represented Korea at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups and is South Korea’s highest scorer at the World Cup. He also represented Korea at the 2018 Asian Games, where the team won the gold medal as well as the 2011 and 2015 editions of the AFC Asian Cup, ending the 2015 season as he received the award “best young player of the Premier League”.

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Top most famous players of Asian football (Part 1)

Football in Asia, although their football background is not as developed as European or South American football. Asian players have world-class qualities. 

Here are the most famous players from Asia.

1. Park Ji-sung

He is a former Korean professional football player who used to be a midfielder, and is currently the club ambassador for Manchester United.

Born in Goheung, Jeollanam-do, Park is the most successful Asian footballer in history, having won 19 titles in his career. He was the first Asian footballer to win the UEFA Champions League, to participate in the UEFA Champions League final, as well as the first Asian to win the FIFA Club World Cup. Park can be played anywhere in midfield and is noted for his exceptional fitness, discipline, work ethic, and off-ball movement. 

Park’s talent was received by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and he signed Park for a fee of around £ 4 million in July 2005. During his time at United, Park won the Premier League four times and also won. the UEFA Champions League 2007– 2008 and the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup. He moved to Queens Park Rangers in July 2012 after reducing his appearances for Manchester United last season. However, a season of injury disruption with QPR, combined with the club’s relegation, led to Park rejoining PSV on loan for the 2013-14 season.

As a member of the Korean national team, Park won 100 points and scored 13 goals. He was a member of the team that finished fourth at the 2002 World Cup. He also represented his country at the 2006 World Cup and was the captain at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Park scored in three consecutive leagues (Korea first and only second Asian player to do so) and is currently South Korea’s top scorer at the World Cup final with three goals , along with Ahn Jung-hwan and Son Heung-Min.

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Top 5 Asian stars that make Son Heung-min look up (Part 2)

3. Shunsuke Nakamura

Famous for the colors of Reggina, Italy, but the peak of Nakamura’s career was in Scotland – where he played for Celtic in four seasons, won three national championships and contributed 34 goals in 166 appearances.

Possessing a “magical” left leg and a sorrowful penalty kick, Nakamura was once dubbed the “Beckham of Japan”.

He owns a massive career with a total of 716 appearances in five different club colors. Nakamura also had 98 caps for the national team, scoring 24 goals.

4. Hidetoshi Nakata

Adding another name becomes the pride in the history of Japanese football in particular and Asia in general. The name of the legend born in 1977 is associated with the golden age of Serie A – where he used to wear five clubs, winning noble titles such as Serie A (Roma, 2001) and Coppa Italia (2002).

Before that, he was the owner of two Asian Golden Ball titles in 1997 and 1998.

Nakata is also a rare player in Asia in the Top 100 FIFA best players. In addition, he has 77 caps for the Japanese national team, attending three World Cups.

5. Cha Bum Kun

Cha Bum Kun is the first player in Korean football history to go abroad to play football, and stick to his entire career in the Bundesliga.

In 1978, he moved to Darmstadt Club. But it was not until he joined Eintracht Frankfurt a year later that his talent broke.

In the four seasons played here, this legendary striker is an irreplaceable pillar, playing 156 games and scoring up to 58 goals. Together with Frankfurt, Cha Bum Kun won a UEFA Cup championship (1980) and a German National Cup (1981).

In 1983, Cha Bum Kun joined Bayer Leverkusen. There, he won another UEFA Cup in 1988. In the national colors, he played 135 games, contributing 58 goals.

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Top 5 Asian stars that make Son Heung-min look up (Part 1)

It is too early to say Son is the best Asian player of all time. Let’s take a look at the Asian superstars who roamed the world grass fields.

Son Heung-min is the most prominent Asian football player in the world. The Korean striker possesses stature and skills that are superior to colleagues from the world’s most populous continent.

However, the 26-year-old striker will still have a lot of effort if he wants to match the Asian legends that have been the storm in football history.

1. Shinji Kagawa

Borussia Dortmund lost only € 350,000 to recruit Kagawa from Japan’s Cerezo Osaka Club in 2010. He immediately shone and made a major contribution to helping the Ruhr team win two Bundesliga titles (2011, 2012), along with It was a German National Cup (2012).

Dazzling form helped Kagawa open the door to Manchester United in the summer of 2012. Here, although not as successful as expected, he still left a mark with six goals, including a hat-trick.

In the Japanese national shirt, Kagawa played a total of 95 matches, scored 31 goals and won the Asian Cup in 2011.

2. Park Ji-sung

Many experts and prestigious newspapers in the world think that Park Ji Sung is the best Asian player in the history of world football because of what he has done in Manchester United.

Despite playing at the same time with the world’s top superstars, under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson, the Korean midfielder still became an important factor in the Golden Age’s golden age.

At Old Trafford, Park Ji Sung has 205 appearances, contributing 27 goals. He is the only Asian player in history to ever lift the Champions League in 2008.

In addition, “Three-lungs” also owns four Premier League titles, three League Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup.

In the Korean national colors, he played even 100 matches, scored 13 goals and had reached the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup.

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Jurgen Klopp’s top 7 best signings ever

Jurgen Klopp has made a name for himself in Dortmund and Liverpool, he has many players who were successfully bought.

Alisson Becker

Signed by: AS Roma ((£67 million)

After Loris Karius made two errors in the Champions League final in 2018, Klopp quickly brought Alisson from Roma and Liverpool never regretted it. The Brazilian was the key to last season’s success in Europe and keeping an incredible 20 clean sheets in the Premier League to earn him the Golden Glove award, being the first Liverpool player since Pepe Reina , he is also the number one goalkeeper in Brazil who has just been crowned Copa America after 12 years of waiting in the summer in his home country.

Mats Hummels

Signed from: Bayern Munich (£4 million)

Hummels and Klopp won two Bundesliga titles together before the center-back returned to Bayern Munich, where he won the Bundesliga 2 again. The center-back made an unexpected comeback with Dortmund this summer and hopes to recreate his previous form after being dropped from the German squad.

Virgil Van Dijk

Signed from: Southampton (£75 million)

When Liverpool failed to sign Van Dijk in the summer of 2017, Klopp accepted no replacement and waited a few months to get the person he liked most. The rest is history. Van Dijk is now the world’s leading center-back and a central part of the club’s progress under Klopp, who has just won the European Footballer of the Year award.

Ilkay Gundogan

Signed by: Nurnberg (£5 million)

One of the most important members of Dortmund’s 2011/12 Bundesliga squad, Ilkay Gundogan soon attracted Pep Guardiola’s interest in Manchester City. But it is thought that Klopp has developed this midfielder into the excellent Premier League champion we see today.

Mohamed Salah

Signed by: AS Roma (£36.9 million)

Even Klopp acknowledged that he did not expect Salah to be as good as when he was at Liverpool. The Egyptian striker came to Anfield as a winger with a good scoring record and became one of the best guns, scoring 44 goals in his first season in England.

Robert Lewandowski

Signed by: Lech Poznan (£4 million)

Klopp’s ability to turn his scoring potential into crazy numbers begins with Lewandowski, who scored 36 goals in the 2012/13 season, including 4 in the first leg against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final. Unfortunately for Dortmund, Bayern successfully bought Lewandowski and the Polish captain kept on scoring goals.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Signed by: St Etienne (£12 million)

Aubameyang soon replaced Lewandowski when Klopp turned another pitiful attacking superstar into an outstanding striker. Arsenal are currently benefiting from the striker, who joined Mane and Salah with 22 Premier League goals last season, sharing the Golden Boot.