Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta’zim FC (JDT) further cemented its status as Southeast Asia’s most emulated football club by having its series broadcasted on a popular TV channel.

The series titled “Fearless: Rise of the Southern Tigers” was produced in early 2021 and will be aired on Discovery Channel from September 11 at 9pm Malaysian/Singaporean time, across Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong.


This follows the acquisition of the documentary by Discovery, Inc. from distributors 108 Media.

The series tells the behind-the-scenes story of how JDT, also known as the Southern Tigers, is managed and the changes Johor football has undergone since Johor crown prince, HRH Tunku Ismail took helm in 2013.

Among stories told in the series include His Highness’ vision for Johor and its football, his active involvement in the club’s operations, management and expansion, the club’s growth from amateur to professional, branding, marketing, the backroom discussions on club decisions, the loyal Bangsa Johor fans and many more.

Apart from the club owner himself, the series features interviews from his consort HH Che’ Puan Besar Khaleeda Bustamam, club technical director Alistair Edwards, sporting director Martin Prest, head coach Benjamin Mora, former manager Luciano Figueroa, JDT Academy coaches, players, fans and other individuals at JDT.

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To give further excitement to the viewers, the cinematography of the series brings “first-hand walking experience” as the cameras follow several players and the head coach to their respective homes.

On the premiere with Discovery Channel, Tunku Ismail said, “I am delighted that many parts of Asia will now be able to watch the incredible story of Johor Darul Ta’zim FC and how we work so hard behind the scenes to ensure success on and off the field.”

Discovery Inc. head of content for Asia Pacific, Lynn Ng said that local stories excite them to showcase the best of the region’s popular sport and relativity to the people.

“Discovery is always looking for compelling local stories that resonate from across Asia Pacific. As Southeast Asia’s most popular sport, the rise of Johor Darul Ta’zim FC is a success story celebrated by many, and we are thrilled to bring this series to audiences across the region.”



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