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Ali Imran Alimi

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Ali Imran bin Alimi (born 2 July 1998) is a Malaysian footballer who plays as a centre-back defender for a Malaysian football club, FELDA United[1] which currently plays for the second division of Malaysian Football, Malaysia Premier League but is returning to the first division league, Malaysia Super League in 2019 after winning the 2018 Premier League Cup.

Ali Imran
Personal information
Full name Ali Imran bin Alimi[2]
Date of birth (1998-02-02) 2 February 1998 (age 21)
Place of birth Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Felda United
Number 5
Youth career
2016-2017 Felda United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017– Felda United
National team
2013-2014 Malaysia U-16[3][4]
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ali Imran was born in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan but raised in Selangor began his football career in 2013 at Sekolah Sukan Tunku Mahkota Ismail in Bandar Penawar, Johor where he studied for 3 years. He continued his development and studies at Sekolah Sukan Malaysia Pahang in Gambang, Pahang, graduating with a Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia at the end of 2015.

Club Career[edit | edit source]

Felda United[edit | edit source]

As soon as he graduated from Sekolah Sukan Malaysia Pahang, Ali Imran signed with Felda United U21 team in 2016 [5] to compete in the President Cup Malaysia. However halfway through the season in 2017, the head coach of Felda United, B. Sathianathan, promoted Ali Imran alongside Danial Amier Norhisham, to the first-team squad where he was initially registered with the number 31 jersey. Stepping into his third season with the club in 2018, he registered with his lucky number, the number 5.

International Career[edit | edit source]

Ali Imran began his international career at a young age of 15 years old for Malaysia Under-16 in 2013 for the AFF U-16 Youth Championship[3] and continued on his journey in the following year for the AFC U-16 Championship[6], both under Malaysian U-16 coach S. Balachandran.

2013 AFF U-16 Championship[edit | edit source]

In 2013, Ali Imran was named to join the Malaysia U-16 for the 2013 AFF U-16 Youth Championship in Myanmar. The team started off the championship by being listed in Group B to play against 4 other participating teams, Indonesia, Singapore, Laos and Philippines. The team ended up being placed on top of the table with 2 wins and 2 draws with Indonesia following close with points tied, but differed in goal difference.

On 31st August 2013, the team knocked Vietnam out in the semi-finals with a tight win of 1-0 to advance to the finals. On 2nd September 2013, the 2013 AFF U16 Youth Championship finals kicked off with Malaysia U-16 going head on against Indonesia. Both teams battled out to win the title but the game ended with a draw that lead to a penalty shoot-out that puts Malaysia U-16 as the winner of the Championship with a 3-2 score against Indonesia [7]

2014 AFC U-16 Championship[edit | edit source]

On 6th April 2014, the draw for the competition was held in Bangkok, Thailand settling Malaysia U-16 in Group A with other qualified teams which included South Korea, Thailand and Oman. The team secured their target to merge into quarter finals[6] with 6 points along side South Korea that scored a big win with 9 points. On 14 September 2014, the team had to intensely face Australia in the quarter finals to be eliminated with a narrow defeat of 2-1.[8] The team was devastated, however Malaysia achieved the best quarter-final appearance in its history of AFF U-16 Championship up to this date.

2017 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games[edit | edit source]

On 24th May 2017, Ali Imran was listed among 26 players that was called up to join the Malaysia U-22 Southeast Asian Games Project Training Camp in preparation for the SEA Games.[9] The training camp was held at Wisma FAM from 29th May to 23rd June 2017. They flew to Xiangtan, China on the 8th June 2017 their first friendly match on 10th June 2017 against China U-22 and travelled to Guangzhou on 11th June 2017 for another 2 friendly matches before flying back to Malaysia on 16th June 2017.[10] However sadly, as soon as the flight touched down, Malaysia U-22 coach, Ong Kim Swee announced that Ali Imran and Kalaiharasan Letchumanan were dropped from the team and will no longer join the training camp.[10][5]

Honours[edit | edit source]

Club[edit | edit source]

Felda United

International[edit | edit source]

Malaysia U-16

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ali Imran Alimi Felda United F.C. Retrieved 22 July 2018
  2. Player Profile Soccer Way. Retrieved 25 August 2018
  3. 3.0 3.1 AFF U-16 Youth Championship 2013 against Laos AseanFootball.Org, 3 September 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2018
  4. Malaysia AFC U-16 Championship Malaysia Football Dimos, 20 September 2014. Retrieved by 25 August 2018
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Malaysian Side, one match away from a World Cup Vijhay Vick, 22 December 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2018
  6. 6.0 6.1 AFC U-16 Championship 2014 Ajitpal Singh, 4 September 2014. Retrieved by 25 August 2015
  7. 7.0 7.1 AFF U-16 Malaysia Lifts First Ever Crown 2013 AseanFootball.org, 3 September 2014. Retrieved by 25 August 2018
  8. The AFC U-16 Championship 2014; Australia vs Malaysia The AFC Hub, 14 September 2014. Retrieved by 25 August 2018
  9. Ong Kim Swee Takes Malaysia U-22 To China ESPN, 8 June 2017. Retrieved by 25 August 2018
  10. 10.0 10.1 SEA Games 2017 Call Up List for training camp Football Association of Malaysia, 2017. Retrieved by 25 August 2018
  11. Felda United Crowned as Malaysia Premier League Champions 2018 Zulhilmi Zainal. Retrieved 25 August 2018



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