Melaka United F.C.

Melaka United
Full name Melaka United Football Club[1]
Nickname(s) Hang Tuah[1]
Short name MUFC[1]
Founded 1924 (1924) as Malacca A.F.A.
Ground Hang Jebat Stadium
Ground Capacity 40,000
President Idris Haron
Manager Mohd Yusoff Hj. Mahadi
Coach Eric Williams
League Malaysia Premier League
2016 Malaysia Premier League, 1st (Promoted)
Website Club home page

Melaka United Football Club is a professional football club based in Malacca City that competes in Malaysia Premier League. Founded in 1924, the club's home ground since then has been Hang Tuah Stadium before moving to Hang Jebat Stadium in Paya Rumput. The club represents the state of Malacca in Malaysian football competitions. They currently play in the second division in Malaysian football, the Malaysia Premier League after been promoted as champion from 2015 Malaysia FAM League.[2][3]

The club was formerly named simply as Malacca or fully as Malacca Amateur FA and then Malacca FA before being rebranded in August 2013 as Melaka United which will be used for 2014 season onwards.[4][5] In November 2016, the club has been fully restructured and rebranded again as Melaka United Football Club for 2017 Malaysia Super League season onwards.[1][6]

The club's current nickname is Hang Tuah, the name being synonymous with strength and intelligence.[1][6]

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.[7] 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).[8] Since then, the football team has been competing in Malaya Cup consistently.

The era of amateur football league

Main article: Malaysian League

In 1979, the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) changed the format of Malaysia Cup when they introduced the league stage that acts as the qualifying round for the knockout stage of Malaysia Cup. [9][10] When it began, it was intended primarily as a qualifying tournament for the final knock-out stages of the Malaysia Cup where teams compete in a one-round league before advanced to the knock-out stage.[9]

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 Malaysian League.[11][12] 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.

The era of semi-pro football league

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 Malaysia Cup and only in 1989 it is changes to a new format as Malaysian Semi-Pro Football League (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.[13] Malacca has been put in Division II for 1989 season. Malacca compete in 1992 season in Division II.

Era of professional football

MSPFL was the nation's top-tier league until it was succeeded by the formation of Malaysian first professional football league, the Malaysia Premier League (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.[14]

In 1998, Malaysia Premier League was divided into two divisions consist of Malaysia Premier League 1 and Malaysia Premier League 2 (Liga Perdana 1 and Liga Perdana 2 in Malay).[15][16] During 1998, Malaysia Premier League 1 consist of 12 teams while Malaysia Premier League 2 had 8 teams.[15] Malacca competes in Malaysia Premier League 2 from 1998 until 2000 before achieving promotion to Malaysia Premier League 1 for 2001 season.[17]

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 Malaysia Premier League 1 and a minimum of six professional players in Malaysia Premier League 2.[15]

Malacca competes in Malaysia Premier League 1 from 2001 until 2003.[18][19] Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) decided to privatise the league for 2004 season onwards where Malaysia Super League was formed.

Teams in Malaysia Premier League 1 and Malaysia Premier League 2 was then was put through a qualification and playoff to be promoted into Malaysia Super League. Malacca failed to qualify and was put into now a new second-tier league Malaysia Premier League for the 2004 season.[20]

Playing in Malaysia Premier League

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 season and was promoted to top-tier league, Malaysia Super League.[21][22][23]

Brief year in Malaysia Super League

After a successful season in second division, the club has been promoted to the top-tier division, the Malaysia Super League for 2017 season.[24] 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.

Back to second division

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.[25][26][27]

Years of struggle in Malaysia FAM League

The club has been relegated from 2010 Malaysia Premier League to the Malaysia FAM League becasue of poor performance despite being one of the bigger clubs within it.[28] 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.[29] The club continue to compete and has been a consistent team in third-tier league, Malaysia FAM League for five straight season.[30][31][32][33][34]

A comeback from lower league

The club make a comeback to second-tier league, Malaysia Premier League in 2016 after been promoted as champion 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 Malaysian League which was the league stage that served as the qualifying round for the Malaysian Cup.[35] During that time, national footballer Soh Chin Aun was playing for Malacca[36][37]

In November 2016, the club has been rebranded to be fully privatise as Melaka United Football Club as one of the effort to be fully accountable and as a preparation to play in top-tier league, the Malaysia Super League in 2017 season.[1][38][6] In 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.[39] Eric Williams has previously managed the Myanmar giant, Yangon United F.C. in 2014 season.[39] The club has also only retained ten players from previous season and has recruited nine new players.[40][41]


Main article: Hang Jebat Stadium
Hang Jebat Stadium
ستاديوم هڠ جبت

Hang Jebat Stadium during a Melaka United football matches.
Location Krubong, Melaka, Malaysia
Coordinates 2°17′21″N 102°13′59″E / 2.28908°N 102.233094°E / 2.28908; 102.233094
Owner Perbadanan Stadium Melaka
(Malacca Stadium Corporation)
Operator Melaka Football Association
Capacity 40,000
Field size 105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)
Surface Grass pitch
Opened 2004
Melaka United (2005–present)
Sukma Games (2010)
Harimau Muda B (2015)

Melaka United are currently based at Hang Jebat Stadium in Krubong, Melaka. The capacity of the stadium is 40,000. In addition to the football field, the stadium also consists of a running track.

Crest and colours


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.[42] Founded in 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.[42] 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 Melaka Tengah, Alor Gajah and Jasin area. There are also numerous supporters clubs mainly in Malacca and also Malaysia.

The fans during a match.

Ownership and finances

The club were founded in 1924 and owned by Melaka United Soccer Association with the financial backing by the state government and sponsors.


Melaka United's kit has been manufactured by Kronos since 2014, which is contracted to supply the club's kit from 2014 to 2015. The partnership was extended from for another 2 years to 2017.

Melaka United's current main shirt sponsor is Edra as shirt sponsor 1 and Mamee as shirt sponsor 2. Edra Global Energy Bhd has sponsored the team for RM 5 Million for 2016 season.[43] The club has a variety of other sponsors and official partners such as Kronos, Tag Marine, Restoran Melayu Melaka, Hatten Hotel for 2016 season.[44] For 2017 season, Melaka United has retained the sponsorship of Mamee as main shirt sponsor.[45]

Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1981–1985 Schwarzenbach None
1986 Topper
1987 CW
1988 Diadora
1989 Asics Dunhill / EON
1990 Lotto
1991–1992 Cheetah
1993 ClubMan
1994–1997 Mizuno Dunhill
1998 Dunhill / Gibca Holdings
1999–2000 J-King Dunhill
2001 Mikasa
2002–2003 Kronos
2004 Admiral
2005 Kronos TM Net
2005/06 Lotto TM Net / Creative
2006/07 Figos / Joma TM / Cubic
2007/08 Ambros Celcom / Metaforce
2009 Kika Streamyx
2010 Shemsy TM
2011 Kappa Interpacific
2012 Ambros Ambros / Metaforce
2013 Arora None
2014 Kronos Mamee / KAJ
2015 Mamee
2016 Edra / Mamee
2017 Mamee


First-team squad

As of 29 July 2016

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Malaysia GK Ahmad Solehin Mamat
4 Malaysia DF Mohd Alif Shamsudin
5 Malaysia DF M. Abdul Aziz Ismail
7 Malaysia MF Surendran Ravindran
8 Malaysia MF Mohd Hazri Rozali
9 Montenegro FW Ilija Spasojević (captain)
10 Sweden MF Labinot Harbuzi
11 Malaysia DF Fiqri Azwan Ghazali
12 Malaysia MF R. Barath Kumar
13 Malaysia MF See Kok Luen
16 Malaysia MF Iskandar Hanapiah
17 Malaysia MF G. Puaneswaran
18 Malaysia DF Muhd Syawal Norsam
No. Position Player
19 Malaysia FW Nurshamil Abd Ghani
20 Malaysia DF Wan Amirul Afiq Wan Abdul Rahman
23 Malaysia MF Jasmir Mehat
26 Malaysia MF Khair Jones
29 Malaysia GK M. Syazwan Yusoff (on loan from Kelantan)
51 State of Palestine FW Yashir Pinto
52 Malaysia GK Mohd Fadzley Rahim
55 Romania DF Alexandru Tudose
56 Malaysia DF Ahmad Khuzaimie Piee
57 Malaysia MF Saiful Mustafa
58 Malaysia MF Reeshafiq Alwi
59 Malaysia MF Ahmad Ezrie Shafizie (on loan from FELDA United)
60 Malaysia MF Mohd Ferris Danial (on loan from FELDA United)


President and youth

Further information: Melaka United President & Youth

Head coaches

Coach Years Honours
Marco Bilic 1992
Mahathir Taha 1997
Mohd Shah Alias Norbit 1998
G. Torairaju 1999
Remeli Junit 2000–01
Ong Kim Swee 2005
E. Elavarasan 2005–06 Runner up 2005-06 Premier League Malaysia
K. Devan 2007
Ramli Junit 2007–08
Mohd Nick Sham Abdullah 2008–09
Abdul Rahim Abdullah 2009–10
Mahathir Taha 2010
Manja Man 2011
G. Selvamohan 2012
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 Malaysia FAM League
Winner 2016 Malaysia Premier League
Eric Williams[39] November 2016–present

Team managers

Year Manager
1999-02 Datuk Ibrahim Durum
2005 Datuk Chua Peng Song
2006–08 Karim Yaacob
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

Management team

As of 1 February 2016[46]

Club personnel

Position Name
Patron Malaysia Tun Datuk Seri Utama Mohd Khalil Yaakob
President Malaysia Datuk Seri Ir. Idris Haron
General Manager Malaysia Datuk Wira Mohd Yusoff Hj Mahadi
Assistant Manager Malaysia Mohd Nor Derus
Head Coach Australia Eric Williams[39]
Assistant Coach Malaysia Norizam Ali Hassan
Goalkeeper Coach Malaysia Mazlan Abdul Wahed
Fitness Coach Malaysia Junaidi Abdul Latip
Physio Malaysia Muhd Rozairen Hairudin
U21 Manager Malaysia Khairi Anuar Ahmad
U21 Assistant Manager Malaysia Tan Ching Yang
U21 Head Coach Malaysia G. Torairaju
U21 Assistant Coach Malaysia Sapian Abdul Wahed
U21 Fitness Coach Malaysia Mirsad Amri Mohd Sim
U21 Goalkeeper Coach Malaysia S. Rosli Hashim
U21 Physio Malaysia Ahmad Faisal Miswan
U19 Manager Malaysia Shamsuddin Hassan
U19 Head Coach Malaysia G. Selvamohan
U19 Assistant Coach Malaysia Rashid Mahmud
U19 Coach Malaysia Mohd Fauzzi Kassim
U19 Goalkeeper Coach Malaysia Azni Ariffin
U19 Fitness Coach Malaysia Mohd Fauzi Mohtar
U19 Physio Malaysia Zainal Jalil


Domestic competitions

Winners (1): 1983
Winners (1): 2016
Runners-up (1): 2005–06
Winners (1): 2015
Runners-up (2): 1957, 1958
Winners: -
Winners: -
Winners: -

Asian competitions

Appearances: 1985

Performance in AFC competitions

1986: ASEAN Qualifying (4th place)
Season Competition Round Club 1st Leg 2nd Leg Aggregate
1985 Asian Club Championship Qualifying Round Indonesia Krama Yudha Tiga Berlian 2—0 (Loss) 4th place
Brunei ADP FC 1–0 (Win)
Thailand Bangkok Bank F.C. 5—1 (Loss)
Singapore Tiong Bahru CSC 0—0 (Draw)

Club record

Updated on 22 October 2016.


  1st or Champions   2nd or Runner-up   3rd place   Promotion   Relegation

Season League Cup Asia
Division Pld W D L F A D Pts Pos Charity Malaysia FA Competition Result
2004 Premier League 24 6 9 9 32 38 -6 27 7th 3rd round
2005 Premier League 21 3 1 17 17 50 -33 10 8th 1st round
2005–06 Premier League 21 13 4 4 48 24 +24 43 1st Group stage 1st round
2006–07 Super League 24 2 3 19 24 72 -48 9 13th Quarter-finals
2007–08 Premier League 24 8 2 14 29 43 -14 26 9th Group stage Quarter-finals
2009 Premier League 24 3 9 12 17 32 -15 18 11th Group stage 1st round
2010 Premier League 22 4 3 15 31 68 -37 15 11th Not qualified 1st round
2011 FAM League 20 7 5 8 45 40 +5 26 6th Not qualified 1st round
2012 FAM League 16 5 1 10 20 25 -5 16 7th Not qualified 1st round
2013 FAM League 20 10 3 7 30 30 0 33 6th Not qualified 1st round
2014 FAM League 22 8 4 10 34 37 -3 28 6th Not qualified 1st round
2015 FAM League 16 11 3 2 30 13 +17 36 1st Not qualified 1st round
2016 Premier League 22 15 5 2 48 25 +23 50 1st Group stage 2nd round
2017 Super League


Individual player awards

M-League Golden boot winners

Season Player Goals
2016 Montenegro Ilija Spasojević 24

M-League Top goalscorers

Season Player Goals
1995 Malaysia Norizam Ali Hassan 11
2003 Malaysia Sufian Shamsubari 8
2004 Slovenia Emir Dzafic 10
2009 Malaysia Fauzi Kassim 7
2015 Malaysia Nurshamil Abd Ghani 15
2016 Montenegro Ilija Spasojević 24

Affiliated clubs


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 MUSA kini dikenali sebagai MUFC
  2. Melaka United layak ke Liga Perdana
  3. Melaka United juarai Piala Liga FAM
  4. Persatuan bola sepak Melaka dijenama semula
  5. Penjenamaan semula bola sepak Melaka
  6. 1 2 3 Imej baru MUFC perkasa Melaka United [METROTV]
  7. Malaysia 1921
  8. Malaysia 1921
  9. 1 2 Malaya Cup 1979
  10. The demand for Semi-Pro League football in Malaysia 1989–91: a panel data approach
  11. Malaya Cup 1981
  12. Malaysia 1982
  13. Malaysia 1989
  14. Malaysia 1994
  15. 1 2 3 Pemain Malaysia bebas ke Brunei
  16. Demam Piala Dunia rasuk Liga Perdana
  17. Malaysia 1998
  18. Malaysia 2001
  19. Malaysia 2002
  20. Malaysia 2003
  21. Malaysia 2004
  22. Malaysia 2005
  23. Malaysia 2006
  24. Malaysia 2007
  25. Malaysia 2008
  26. Malaysia 2009
  27. Malaysia 2010
  28. Malaysia 2011
  29. Pemain berbakat berhijrah punca pasukan bola sepak Melaka merosot
  30. Sokongan peminat semakin menurun - Kelab Penyokong Melaka
  31. Malaysia 2012
  32. Malaysia 2013
  33. Malaysia 2014
  34. Malaysia 2015
  35. Malaysia 1983
  36. Melaka kembali warnai Liga M
  37. 32 tahun ketandusan sebarang piala dalam arena bola sepak tempatan
  38.! Jangan cari pasal dengan Melaka!
  39. 1 2 3 4 Melaka lantik Eric Williams sebagai jurulatih baru
  40. Melaka United to offer Spasojevic, Solehin and eight other players new contract
  41. TRANSFER ROUND-UP: Melaka recruit nine new players, JDT signed one
  42. 1 2 Ultras Malaya cetus kebangkitan
  43. "Arena – Berita Sukan, Jadual Perlawanan & Keputusan | Stadium Astro". Retrieved 2015-12-24. Melaka United terima tajaan RM5 juta
  44. Melaka United sasar layak ke Piala Malaysia 2016
  45. Mamee-Double Decker (M) Berhad (Mamee) kekal sebagai penaja utama Melaka United
  46. "Coaching Staff". Melaka United. Retrieved 2016-02-01.

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