Mohd Faiz Subri

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Faiz Subri
Personal information
Full name Mohd Faiz bin Subri[1]
Date of birth (1987-11-08) 8 November 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Kedah, Malaysia
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)[1]
Playing position Winger, Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 13
Youth career
2006–2009 Kedah
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Perlis 34 (5)
2012 T–Team 26 (9)
2013 Kelantan 15 (2)
2014 Terengganu 9 (1)
2015–2018 Penang 73 (16)
National team
2015 Malaysia 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 July 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2016

Mohd Faiz bin Subri (born 8 November 1987) is a Malaysian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or forward for Malaysia Premier League side Penang. Faiz is well-known for his free-kick goal which won him the 2016 FIFA Puskás Award.

Early life

Faiz was born and raised in Ayer Hitam, Kedah.[2] He is the third of five siblings. He received his primary and secondary education in Kedah, at Sekolah Kebangsaan Tengku Laksamana and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Permatang Bonglai respectively, before transferring to Sekolah Menengah Teknik Arau in Perlis.[3]

Club career

Kedah, Tambun Tulang, Perlis, T–Team

Faiz began his football career playing for the Kedah youth team in 2006. In 2009, Faiz signed with FAM League club Tambun Tulang. He made 14 league appearances and 6 league goals during his season with the club. Tambun Tulang also Perlis in Piala Emas Raja-Raja 2009.[3]

In 2010, Faiz signed with Malaysia Super League side Perlis. He played for two seasons with Perlis before decided to leave the club for T–Team and signed one-year contract with T–Team.[3]

Kelantan, Terengganu

In 2013, Faiz signed one-year contract with Kelantan along with his former teammate Zairo Anuar, where he score one goal against a Vietnamese football club, SHB Đà Nẵng in the AFC Cup group stage match.[3] Faiz successfully made 28 appearances and 5 goals for Kelantan before his departure at the end of the 2013 season.

In 2014, Faiz signed a one-year contract with Terengganu. He managed to made 14 appearances and 1 goal during his season with Terengganu.


After cutting short his stay with Terengganu, Faiz signed a contract with Penang along with his Terengganu teammate Mazlizam Mohamad.[4] He helped Penang earned second place in the 2015 Malaysia Premier League, and the team was consequently promoted to the 2016 Malaysia Super League.

On 16 February 2016, Faiz scored an incredible free kick in a 4–1 win over Pahang at the City Stadium in George Town.[5][6] Videos of his free kick soon went viral on social media, and he was nominated by the Football Association of Malaysia for the FIFA Puskás Award later that year.

In 2017, Faiz was awarded the FIFA Puskás Award for that free kick goal, becoming the first ever Asian to have won the international award for the best goal of the year.[7]

International career

Faiz was first called up to the Malaysia national team in 2012 and 2013 under K. Rajagopal, but he never made any appearance in either call-ups. After strong performance in 2015 with his team Penang, he was recalled to the national team in August 2015 under coach Dollah Salleh.[8]

Style of play

An efficient attacking midfielder, Faiz also can play as a winger and as a striker. His assets include his speed, precise long range shooting and his range of passing towards his teammates. Faiz is also notable for scoring spectacular free kicks.

FIFA Puskás Award 2016

On 16 February 2016, during the 2016 Malaysia Super League match between Penang and Pahang at the City Stadium in George Town, Penang, Faiz scored an incredible free kick which subsequently went viral on social media for its 'physics-defying flight'.[5][6] The free kick he took was described as 'a swerve so wicked that the goalkeeper... stood no chance'.[7]

The free kick goal he scored was nominated for the FIFA Puskás Award later that year by the Football Association of Malaysia.[9] The nomination was accepted by FIFA, and Faiz subsequently made it all the way to FIFA's top 3 shortlist for the Puskás Award, beating the likes of professional stars such as Lionel Messi and Neymar.

On 9 January 2017, Faiz was awarded the FIFA Puskás Award during The Best FIFA Football Awards in Zurich, Switzerland. He garnered nearly 60% of the online votes, while Brazilian Marlone and Venezuelan Daniuska Rodriguez came in second and third places respectively.[10] Faiz Subri becomes the latest player to collect this award after Cristiano Ronaldo (2009), Hamit Altintop (2010), Neymar (2011), Miroslav Stoch (2012), Zlatan Ibrahimović (2013), James Rodríguez (2014) and Wendell Lira (2015).

Career statistics


As of 18 July 2018[11][12][13]
Club Season League FA Cup Malaysia Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tambun Tulang 2009 14 6 14 6
Perlis 2010 13 2 1 0 8 3 22 5
Perlis 2011 21 3 1 0 22 3
T–Team 2012 26 9 4 1 6 1 36 11
Kelantan 2013 15 2 3 2 6 0 4 1 28 5
Terengganu 2014 9 1 0 0 5 0 14 1
Penang 2015 21 9 2 1 23 10
Penang 2016 16 2 1 0 17 2
Penang 2017 20 2 2 0 22 2
Penang 2018 16 3 0 0 16 3
Career total 171 39 14 4 25 4 4 1 214 48







  1. ^ a b "Faiz Subri Profile". Football Malaysia. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  2. ^ Mohd. Firdaus Ismail (19 February 2016). "Faiz idam sarung jersi Harimau Malaysia" (in Malay). Utusan Malaysia. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Mohamed Basyir (20 February 2016). "Wonder' goal striker Faiz finally on target". The Malay Mail. Archived from the original on 21 February 2016. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  4. ^ Muhammad Dayne Azmin (5 November 2014). "Faiz Subri, Mazlizam sah milik Pulau Pinang" (in Malay). Utusan Malaysia. Archived from the original on 4 December 2016. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  5. ^ a b Tharanya Arumugam (17 February 2016). "Penang striker's 'physics-defying' goal now famous worldwide [VIDEO]". New Straits Times. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  6. ^ a b Simon Rice (17 February 2016). "Outrageous free-kick scored in Malaysian Super League an early contender for 2016 Puskas Award". The Independent. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  7. ^ a b "The Best FIFA Football Awards 2016 - Puskás Award -". Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  8. ^ Subkhi Sudarji (4 December 2016). "Faiz pendekkan percutian bersama keluarga" (in Malay). Sinar Harian. Archived from the original on 4 December 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  9. ^ "FAM Sends Note To FIFA To Nominate Faiz Subri's Wonder Goal For 2016 Puskas Award". Bernama. Malaysian Digest. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  10. ^ Bedi, Rashvinjeet S. "Penang footballer Faiz Subri wins Puskas Award". The Star Online. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  11. ^ " Piala FA : Faiz Subri Wira T-Team". Retrieved 1 December 2016. [unreliable source?]
  12. ^ See 2011 Malaysia Cup.
  13. ^ [1]

External links

  • Mohd Faiz Subri at Soccerway
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