Meet Syed Adney, goalkeeper of Malaysian Terengganu FA and Fieldoo power user!
Syed (26), a footballer with caps for Malaysian national team, was born in Liverpool and that’s why is no surprise his wish is to play in the Premier League; hopefully he’ll make it with the help of our football network for players and agents. In exclusive interview Syed talks about the times when he used to play as a midfielder and winger, national team, funny football things, Fieldoo and much more. Happy reading!
Describe yourself as footballer? How do you remember your beginnings? Why football at all?
I would describe myself as a player that never gives up. A team player who would do anything for my team mates once I am on that pitch. I remember my beginnings very well. I used to play as a midfielder and winger. But that all changed when we were playing a youth tournament for the state football academy. My team qualified for the final of that tournament and our goalkeeper didn’t show so I volunteered to step in as no one else wanted to. We lost that match I think the score was 8 or 9 to nil. There was a coach for the Selangor U-19 team coach Raja Isa who I believe is coaching in the Indonesian league at the moment. He came up to me after the match and told me I played really well and that I should think about being a goalkeeper full time.
I actually laughed and I never saw myself as a goalkeeper. A few months passed and I gave real thought to changing my position, because I was never really fit enough to be running up and down the pitch for 90 minutes. So I decided to be a goalkeeper. I don’t remember how long did it take to actually change my position but it was a decision that proved to be correct. And the same the coach called me up and signed me for the U-19 team when I was 16. And that’s how I began my goalkeeping career.
I chose football because it runs in the family. My dad is a massive football supporter and is there for me wherever I am and I was born in Liverpool so football automatically runs in your blood.
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What’s your biggest football success so far?
There are a few which I would say are my biggest achievements. The 2006 Asian Games in Doha, where I was one of the youngest players in the squad. I never expected to play at all but I worked hard with my goalkeeping coach Lim Chuan Chin and the National Team coach Norizan Bakar gave me a big break when I played in all the group matches. Other achievements were playing in the Olympic qualifiers against Japan and Syria, under coach B. Sathianathan, playing in a 2 legged world cup qualifier against Bahrain also under coach B. Sathianathan. Best local achievement was winning the Malaysia Cup in 2010 with the club Kelantan.
Did you ever count how many times you juggled the ball? What was your highest number?
I always count how many times I juggle (laughing). Whether, it’s 5-10 or hundreds. My highest that I can remember was between 900-1000.
Moving from the football to the internet … Why did you decide to join Fieldoo.com, the Football Marketplace for Players & Agents?
Well, I first found out about Fieldoo in an article at Yahoo! Eurosport, so I checked out Fieldoo on the internet and I was very impressed with the website. This website is some kind of a platform for younger players to get them selves noticed by agents or scouts and they are hoping for a chance at fulfilling their dreams of playing professional football. If they are already professional then Fieldoo is also for them to stand a chance of playing in a higher quality league than they are already playing.
The main reason I have joined Fieldoo is, that for me as a professional player in Malaysia and have never hidden my ambitions to play in another league outside Malaysia, but it is very hard without having that opportunity of having the proper contacts and to get noticed outside of your home country. Using Fieldoo brings an amazing opportunity to get myself out in the open to agents and scouts who might have the interest in taking me to another league. I would be very interested if the opportunity comes up to play in another country.
Who would you recommend it to?
I would definitely recommend Fieldoo to youngsters who are seriously looking into taking their football to the next level and to step up and get noticed. It’s a massive opportunity for them to get in touch with scouts and agents from around the world. And not to forget the players who are already playing professional football. Fieldoo also gives them this opportunity to get noticed and play at the highest level just like me.
Who would be your pick: Leo Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Why?
That’s a very tough choice but I will go for Ronaldo. Why? Because he is the total package you want in a footballer. He’s quick, strong, skilful, and creative. He also has a great header or head game with the ball and can score from wherever he wants because he’s always in the right position at the right time. He and Messi are very different kind of players in my opinion. Without doubt Messi is an amazing player, other players can read Messi but can never stop him but with Ronaldo for me you can never read what he’s going to do. It’s different every time.
Last question: do you remember the funniest thing that ever happened to you on a football field?
Well for me the funniest thing that ever happened was during a friendly against the Thai National Team. One of my team mates was down with a cramp with 5-10 minutes to go and I had the ball and kicked the ball out for him to get medical treatment and all of a sudden after kicking it out I just dropped and also had cramps, shouting to the physiotherapist to help me but it took a while as my team mate was getting treated. My “good” cramps are the worst; no good deed goes unpunished (laughing).
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