- Mohd Safiq Rahim
Safiq Rahim Personal information Full name Mohd Safiq bin Rahim Date of birth July 5, 1987 Place of birth Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in) Playing position Attacking Midfielder Club information Current club Selangor FA Number 8 Youth career 2003-2007 Selangor President's Cup Senior career* Years Team Apps† (Gls)† 2007-2008 Selangor 11 (2) 2009-2010 KL PLUS 7 (5) 2010-current Selangor 40 (23) National team‡ 2004-2006 Malaysia U-20 5 (0) 2007-2010 Malaysia U-23 26 (5) 2007- Malaysia 24 (4) * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 15, 2011
Safiq was born in Malaysia. His family moved to Selangor and he began his career for Selangor in the Selangor FA President's Cup. He was the captain and was one of the key players for the team. Safiq was notable for his goal against Perak in Malaysia President Cup 2007-08 final and gave Selangor first title in 13 years. Safiq later was promoted to the Senior team
Safiq left Selangor in 2009 and joined KL PLUS, hoping to find a better career with other teams. Safiq had 7 appearances and managed to score 5 goals. He was also the team vice captain, with Norhafiz Zamani Misbah becoming the team captain. Safiq left KL PLUS after only playing for one season.
Safiq rejoined Selangor in 2010. After a brilliant play for the 2010 season, he became a regular midfielder for the team and becoming a key player. He was given the captain's armband in early 2011 after captain, Mohd Amri Yahyah was injured for half of the season. He is notable for scoring from free kicks. Safiq was part of the Selangor team that won the 2010 Super League and the 2010 Malaysia Charity Shield.
After The 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup, Safiq was offered a contract by an unnamed club of the Indonesian Super League. However, Safiq turned down the offer as he wanted to stay in Malaysia and continue playing in the Malaysian Super League.
On 30 June 2011, Indonesian club, Persib Bandung announce that they would give him a contract for the 2011–12 Indonesia Super League season. However, Safiq has yet to decide either to stay with his current club, Selangor FA or to join Persib Bandung for the 2012 season. Safiq later chose not to join Persib Bandung.
On August 2011 after the 2011 Malaysia Cup, Safiq was given a one month trial from the Welsh club, Cardiff City FC with the help from the Cardiff owner, Datuk Chan Tien Ghee. Malaysian striker, Mohd Safee Mohd Sali was also given a trial by Chan Tien.
Safiq has represented Malaysia since 2005. He earned his first full international cap against Myanmar in the 2007 ASEAN Football Championship. Since then he only made appearances with the under-23 national team. He scored his first international senior goal in an unofficial match against Zimbabwe on July 12, 2009.
He was the key player for the Malaysian squad that won the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup. It was the first time in history that Malaysia won the AFF Suzuki Cup title.
On 13 and 16 July 2011, Safiq captained the Malaysia XI in their matches against Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC. Malaysia XI lost 0-4 against Arsenal. Just before the stroke of half time against Liverpool, with Malaysia trailing 0-1, Safiq scored from a free-kick which rocketed into the top left corner to equalise for Malaysia. Despite a spirited comeback, Malaysia XI went on to lose 3-6 in a thrilling encounter to Liverpool.
# Date Venue Opponent Result Score Competition 1. December 12, 2007 Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand Laos 4-0 (W) 1 2007 SEA Games 2. December 2, 2009 New Laos National Stadium, Vientiane Timor-Leste 11-0 (W) 1 2009 SEA Games 3. December 8, 2009 New Laos National Stadium, Vientiane Cambodia 4-0 (W) 1 2009 SEA Games 4. December 14, 2009 New Laos National Stadium, Vientiane Laos 3-1 (W) 1 2009 SEA Games 5. July 25, 2010 National Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur South Korea 1-0 (W) 1 Malaysia-South Korea 50th Anniversary
- Senior team
# Date Venue Opponent Result Score Competition 1. February 9, 2011 Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam Hong Kong 2-0 (W) 1 Friendly 2. June 29, 2011 National Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur Chinese Taipei 2-1 (W) 1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) 3. July 3, 2011 Taipei Municipal Stadium, Republic of China Chinese Taipei 2-3 (L) 1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) 4. November 13, 2011 Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati, India India 1-1 (D) 1 Friendly
- Selangor FA
- Malaysian Charity Shield: 2009, 2010
- Malaysian Super League: 2009, 2010
- Malaysian FA Cup: 2009
- 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup :Winner
- ^ Final Piala Presiden: Selangor 1-0 Perak (Malay)
- ^ Wow, Kapten Timnas Malaysia Siap Berkostum Persib Retrieved at 30 June 2011
- ^ Malaysia captain Safiq Rahim set for Cardiff City trial Retrieved at 27th August 2011 from Goal.com
- ^ Safiq ke Eropah (MALAY) Retrieved at 26th August 2011 from Kosmo! Online
- ^ Safee sambut tawaran percubaan dua minggu di Cardiff (MALAY) Retrieved at 7 September 2011 from Arena.my
- Mohd Safiq Rahim at National-Football-Teams.com
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