Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Thomas, Mesut and Lim

Thomas Mueller continues the fine tradition of his namesakes...look at the film strip from left Gerd Mueller, Dieter Mueller and Hansi Mueller...this piece appeared in EPLx Kosmo! on January 23, 2010.

The headline reads "The world awaits Mesut Ozil". This piece appeared in EPLx Kosmo! on March 6, 2010.

Loose cannon also wrote this article in the Malay Mail in June 2005.

FORMER international Lim Teong Kim has set a new benchmark for Malaysian coaches after successfully completing the German Football Association (DFB)coaching course in Germany last week.

The master licence, the highest form of coaching certificate in Germany, grants Teong Kim the right to coach any Bundesliga outfit as well as conduct coaching courses for his fellow coaches.

The certificate states that Teong Kim is a recognised fussball lehrer (football teacher).

Malaccan-born Teong Kim, who is currently an assistant coach of the Bayern Munich Under-16 team, was one of 32 coaches who attended the six-month course at the Hennes Weisweller academy at the renowned Cologne University.

The biggest personality to graduate from the same course was former German international playmaker and European champion, Andreas Moeller.

In an interview with Mailsport in Cologne last week, two days before the results were announced, Teong Kim said he had set a time limit for himself to land a contract with a Bundesliga team.

“I hope to coach a Bundesliga team before I reach 50,” said Teong Kim, who turned 42 on April 11.

Teong Kim will coach the Bayern Under-15 team next season after his contract with the Bundesliga giants was renewed for three years in 2004.
An elated Teong Kim, who is residing in Munich, broke the news of his graduation to Mailsport over the weekend.

The father of three who left the FA of Malaysia (FAM) in 1999, attended the course out of his own initiative, which cost him 10,000 euros (RM46,000).

“I was not sent by Bayern but I was willing to foot the bill because I am driven by the desire to improve myself,” said Teong Kim, who spent a season with Hertha Berlin SC in 1987.

The club were then playing in the third division.

Teong Kim, who is married to a German, became a member of Bayern youth coaching staff in 1995 after obtaining his German B licence.

He obtained his A licence at the Hennef Sports School in 1997 before making a return to Kuala Lumpur in early 1998 to take up the offer as the head of the academies at FAM.

He led the Malaysian side to the Nike International Premier Cup Asian Pacific Zone Under-14 title after a splendid 3-0 win over Thailand in the final in June 1998, winning them a trip to the World Finals in Paris to coincide with France’98.

Teong Kim, however, left abruptly in 1999 after his attempt at pushing for reforms in the country was resisted by certain quarters.

His last outing as a player was for Kedah in 1992-1993.

The former midfielder renowned for his ruthless streak, began his career with Malacca in 1983 before moving to Selangor (1984-86).

He also played a season for Negri Sembilan.

From 1987 to 1991, Teong Kim played for KL, winning Malaysia Cup winners’ medals for a record three consecutive times from 1987-1989.

Apart from the stay in Berlin, Teong Kim had a brief stint with Austrian second division outfit, Gak Graz in 1990.

Read Teong Kim's hand in developing Thomas Mueller here


Azmi said...

Dear Rizal,

Teong Kim is a great example of INITIATIVE, SELF-IMPROVEMENT and SACRIFICE.

Once again I would like to reiterate that our better players should at least attempt to make it in the lower leagues of Europe if not the US or Japan/Korea.

Only by virtue of this route can some improvement be seen in Malaysian football.

As for our coaches, they should not limit themselves to their measly A license and ply their trade locally.

Karathu did ok in the Maldives while kwai lam did his bit in Singapore (hehehehe)

Anonymous said...

Bro, please double check the age of Teong KIm. I think he is around the age of fandi amad and cant be 42.

rizal hashim said...

Azmi, how many of us can emulate Teong Kim?

One has to be mentally strong to succeed outside our comfort zone, whatmore in a country known for its efficiency and professionalism.

Yes I agree with you Azmi, that our players should attempt to make the grade at the places you mentioned...

masalahnya, ada kah mereka mahu?

do we blame FAM for this as well?

rizal hashim said...


as i mentioned, the article was written in 2005.

thanks by the way.

Anonymous said...

read Jan 14 NST...On Teong Kim and Mueller...NST broke the story months ahead.

Azmi said...

We can't put all the blame on FAM.
They did try with Akmal Rizal, Fadzli Shaari etc.

It's really up to the players themselves. In other professions, an employee would usually move to a different corporation for better pay and better opportunities.

Ultimately the same goes for our footballers.