The 53-year-old Malacca born coach was brought into the NFDP setup in 2013.
1. Playing Career
The former midfielder, renowned for his ruthless streak, began his career with Malacca in 1983 before moving to Kuala Lumpur from 1984–1986.
He became the first Malaysian footballer to play in Europe when he signed for German club Hertha BSC in 1987.
After returning from Germany, Lim signed and played for Kuala Lumpur, winning Malaysia Cup winner’s medals for a record three consecutive times from 1987-1989.
Apart from the stay in Berlin, Lim had a short trial with Austrian outfit, Grazer AK in 1990.
His last outing as a player was for Kedah FA in 1993-1994.
With the Malaysia national team, he won the 1989 Southeast Asian Games gold medal. He scored the second goal in the 3–1 win over Singapore in the final
2. Coaching Career
Lim started his coaching career with Bayern Munich Junior Team in 2001 until 2011. He was highly sought after having worked with Bayern Munich for 12 years.
He returned to Malaysia in August 2013 signing a five-year contract with the Sports Ministry as the Project Director of National Football Development Programme (NFDP). Later in 2016, he was appointed as the Director of Mokhtar Dahari Academy (AMD), in a contract that was supposed to last until 2020. He was reported to be receiving a RM175,000 monthly salary package with tax exemption as the director of AMD.
Under his guidance, the team under NFDP, have attained successes in several international club-level invitational youth tournaments.
3. Lim Teong Kim Service As Coach Terminated
In September 2018, following the failure of the B-16 squad to advance to the U-17 World Cup in Peru 2019, FAM held Lim responsible and had taken drastic action by terminating Teong Kim’s service as coach with immediate effect.
4. Muller, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger , Mats Hummels and Toni Kroos were among those under the tutelage of Teong Kim, who started off as Bayern’s under-12 coach in 2000
I had the opportunity to work with all the top young players and I have seen what has come out. They are all national players and many have won the World Cup. I worked with Thomas Müller, Toni Kroos, Nicola Sansone, Roberto Soriano and so many players in European first and second divisions. – Lim Teong Kim
5. GERMAN Forward Thomas Muller Hails Lim Teong Kim As The Coach Responsible For His Success In Football
“I learnt very much from him. He has a great eye for tactics and to take the right positions on the pitch,” Muller told Singapore Straits Times recently.
“He was one of the first coaches I learnt football from, so I enjoyed it very much.”
Muller, 27, has scored 37 goals in 85 international matches and was a member of Germany’s 2014 World Cup winning side.
Teong Kim could not be reached for comment as the former international is currently in Germany for a football symposium.
In an interview with Timesport on Jan 13, 2010, Teong Kim described Muller as a hardworking player.
“I worked with Muller when I was coaching Bayern’s Under-13 and Under-14 teams.
“Muller was not as gifted as some of his teammates then, but he made it big because of his dedication to training and matches,” said Teong Kim, five months before Muller made his World Cup debut in South Africa in 2010.
6. Borussia Dortmund Captain and World Cup Winner Mats Hummels Remembers Lim Teong Kim
Hummels, who came through the ranks at Bayern as well, still remembers the Malacca-born coach to this day.
“Of course I remember him; he was one of the youth coaches at Bayern,” he told FourFourTwo Malaysia right before his team’s match against Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) on Thursday.
“He was not my coach – he actually coached my brother, Jonas – but I know him and we did talk to each other.”
Lim was widely believed to be the man behind Hummels’ switch from striker to defender during his trainee years at Bayern, which the Germany defender did not deny.
“Yes, it could be because I remember him taking over my team for just a few sessions,” he said.
“Maybe he saw me play and told my coaches that I was not good in attack and I should be playing as a defender instead.”
The switch proved to be an excellent choice, as Hummels went on to win two Bundesliga titles and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, among other accomplishments.