The Pride Of Johor

Football fans Malaysia

The fans really completed our visit to Johor Bahru, capital of the state of Johor in the south of Malaysia. Johor Darul Ta’zim FC are current big-hitters and league-toppers, having won a fourth successive Malaysian Super League title in September.

On matchday, the North Stand of the Stadium Tan Sri Dato Hj Hassan is packed with fans young and old who know their songs, customs and traditions inside out. The choreographers and capos orchestrate the noise and keep drummers and fans aligned, but the seething mass of fanatics does the rest. It is musical, rhythmic, impressive and compulsive, the ever-increasing tempo of the drums and chants hooks you deep within. It isn’t just 90 minutes. They begin Continue reading

Ultras Aufkleber of the Week – Bristol City

FINALLY an English fan group with sticker designs more imaginative than just the old St George’s cross with team name slapped on top of it. Ladies and gents, Bristol City.

A city of two teams, but don’t let either of them catch you saying that.

Bristol City sticker

We have seen the support coming out of the Southwest’s number 1 city getting better over the past couple years. A visit is overdue.

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Where are all the Kuala Lumpur Fans?

Stadium Kuala Lumpur

Tuesday evening saw Kuala Lumpur FA beat Sabah 2-0 at the Stadium MPS to successfully tie off their campaign with promotion from the Malaysian Premier League, the second tier, to the Malaysian Super League, the top flight. Yes that is correct. KLFA, the one team of the Malaysian capital city, has been absent from the country’s top flight for 6 years. Being the only professional club within its administrative boundaries, the capital has had absolutely no representation in the highest level of domestic Continue reading

On Tour in Johor

Boys of Straits

FBTG‘s visit to Johor Bahru is now over, but we went out with a bang.

The itinerary included a daytime groundhop, the JDT II team vs ATM at the Pasir Gudang Corporation Stadium (1-1), the Johor Darul Ta’zim First XI beating Kelantan 3-0 at the Stadium Tan Sri Dato Hj Hassan, the presentation of the Malaysian Super League trophy to the reigning champions JDT the same evening and a good amount of conversations with locals to learn about the team, city, region and people of Johor.

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Johor’s Boys of Straits

Boys of Straits graffiti

While everybody else is in Singapore watching Hamilton and Vettel run around in circles, we are across the border in Johor Bahru, Malaysia’s second city. You may not know the place well; it doesn’t boast much notable cultural output and isn’t a magnet for global tourism. But it does boast the current dominant force of domestic Football, Johor Darul Ta’zim, and the most celebrated fan group in the country. And it didn’t take us long to find their graffiti on Continue reading