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Football has long been a passionate subject among Malaysians.

Those midnight mamak sessions watching football is an integral part of our culture!

Credit: The Star

So when news broke last Friday (20th September) that a Malaysian teen was to become the FIRST professional football player in the Europe Top Division with a Belgium club, it kicked off a celebration online!

Luqman Hakim Shamsuddin, a 17-year old from Kelantan, will be joining Belgium football club KV Kortrjik when he turns 18 next year in March.

(From left) Tan Sri Vincent Tan, Luqman Hakim Shamsuddin & Syed Saddiq,
Youth & Sports Minister.
(Credit: Yusof Mat Isa/Malay Mail)

This would make him Malaysia’s FIRST ever under-18 professional footballer in the Belgian League, which is ranked 10th by Union of European Football Associations (Uefa).

Before signing the 5-year deal, Luqman will undergo training with Cardiff City FC in UK from January 2020.

FYI, both Cardiff City FC and KV Kortrjik are owned by Tan Sri Vincent Tan.

While Malaysians celebrated online by the striking news, it was the Belgian football’s club reaction to the news that caught attention.

KV Kortrjik’s hilarious tweet on incoming Malaysians flooding their social media pages scored big amongst Malaysians who pitched in with their own reactions.


With such an amusing start to Luqman’s European career, we’re sure it’s only going to get better from here.

Congratulations Luqman!

(Kelantan-born Luqman Shamsuddin, first under-18 Malaysian to play pro football in Belgian League)
(Football: Striker Luqman Hakim signs up with Belgium club K.V. Kortrijk)

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