Boateng: Darul Takzim have set the standard

Former Netherlands international George Boateng believes Darul Takzim have set the standard to follow in the Malaysia Super League.

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By FOX Sports staff

Boateng, who currently plays in Malaysian football's top flight with T-Team, is approaching the end of an illustrious career which was highlighted by 14 straight seasons in the Barclays Premier League with Coventry, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Hull.

Having also had a brief stint in Greece with Xanthi, Boateng's latest adventure has taken him to Southeast Asia where he is currently captain of the Titans under ex-West Ham midfielder Peter Butler.

The side are currently 11th in the 12-team league after picking nine points from their opening 11 games, and although it is the duo of LIONSXII and Selangor who currently occupy the top two spots, Boateng believes third-placed Darul Takzim are the standard bearers of the competition.

"Recently we played Johor [Darul Takzim], who are one of the top teams," he said in the Daily Mail.

"The 30,000 stadium was packed [and] the pitch was like the Emirates [Stadium - Arsenal's home ground].

"All of Malaysia should look to Johor. That's the way it should be."

Darul Takzim were many people's pre-season favourites to win the title after some heavy investment saw them sign a plethora of Malaysia internationals including Safee Sali, Safiq Rahim, Norshahrul Idlan Talaha and Aidil Zafuan, as well as ex-Lazio man Simone Del Nero and former Spain international Dani Guiza, who was a member of the Euro 2008-winning side.

Although T-Team are currently fighting a different battle to Harimau Selatan, as they bid to avoid relegation to the Premier League, Boateng reveals he is loving life in Kuala Terengganu.

"I met him [Butler] and it was love at first sight," he added.

"I signed a one-year contract with the club, T-Team, as player-coach [and] I love it."

Boateng, who won four caps for Netherlands, won the English League Cup with Middlesbrough in 2004 and also won a runners-up medal with them in the 2006 UEFA Cup.

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