Hariss Harun (born 19 November 1990) is a Singaporean footballer who plays for Malaysia Super League side Johor Darul Takzim as a central midfielder. He is Singapore’s youngest debutant at the age of 16 and 217 days.
Hariss is known for being a versatile player with combative and play-making abilities. Predominantly a central midfielder, Hariss has also played at center back, right back, attacking midfielder. He is also recognized for his leadership skills and was captain of Young Lions and captain of LionsXII and the national team.
Hariss began his career with Young Lions in the S.League in 2007. He became the youngest S-League player in 2007, aged 16 years 3 months and 18 days. The FAS had given special dispensation from a rule that allowed players only of 18 years and above to play.
In August 2007, he was Singapore’s winner of Nike’s ‘Who’s The Next’ contest and secured a training stint at FC Barcelona’s famed academy, La Masia. He trained at the Catalans’ youth academy for a week, along with 13 other players from six Asia Pacific countries including South Korea and Japan. He captained the players in three friendly games against players from Barca’s youth academy. Hariss impressed the trainers, returning a week later with the MVP award.
2008 proved to be a difficult year for Hariss as he tore his ligaments in a league match against Super Reds on 26 May when Oh Ddog Yi fell on his right knee. The injury ruled him out for a year, causing him to miss the rest of Singapore’s World Cup qualifying campaign as well as the 2008 ASEAN Football Championship.
With the help of the FAS and national team coach Raddy Avramovic, Hariss underwent a 10-day trial with Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenghua in July 2010 but was not offered a contract.
Injury would strike Hariss again in 2010 when he suffered a right leg fracture in a match against India at the 2010 Asian Games on 11 November. The six weeks it took to for the fracture to heal meant that he missed out on a second consecutive ASEAN Football Championship.
Hariss’ performances were recognized with the S.League Young Player of the Year award in 2010.
Hariss (14) in the starting line-up against Kuala Lumpur on 17 January 2012
In December 2011, he was called up to join LionsXII to compete in the 2012 Malaysia Super League. He made his LionsXII debut in a league match against Kelantan on January 2012. His first goal came on the 19th minute against Sabah on 21 January. Hariss’ goalscoring form against Sabah would continue when the stand-in captain bagged his first career hat-trick in a record 9–0 win on 16 June. He scored with a volley three minutes after Agu Casmir’s 19th-minute opener and added a second in the 41st minute. He completed his hat-trick with a Shaiful Esah assist on 73 minutes. Hariss made 34 appearances and scored 5 goals in all competitions as LionsXII finished runners-up in their first season back in Malaysian football.
Hariss missed the start of the 2013 season following a broken right fibula sustained in a 2012 ASEAN Football Championship match against Indonesia. He made his return as a 20th substitute in a 3–0 Super League win over Pahang on 16 February. His first goal of the season came three days later four minutes into a 2–2 draw with Johor Darul Takzim. Hariss was pivotal as LionsXII capped a successful 2013 season by winning the Super League with an unbeaten home record.
In July 2013, Hariss Harun rejected the offer of a contract from Portuguese Primeira Liga side, Rio Ave. National Service commitments and salary issues were speculated as reasons why the deal broke down despite the help of Singapore billionaire Peter Lim and agent Jorge Mendes. Jorge Mendes had been negotiating with clubs for a year to further a career in Europe for Hariss. Had Hariss moved abroad, Hariss would have followed the likes of former Singaporean internationals Fandi Ahmad and V. Sundramoorthy in playing for European clubs.
Johor Darul Ta’zim
Following Hariss’ decision not to join Rio Ave, rival Super League side Johor Darul Ta’zim FC moved to confirm his signing in a two-year deal worth over US$20,000 (S$25,000) per month in November 2013. On February 11, Hariss scored his first goal for the club against Kedah in a Malaysia FA Cup match. Four days later, Hariss scored his first league goal for the club in a Super League match against Selangor.
Malaysia Super League
AFC Cup (Group F)
|Season||Club||Goals||Assists||Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Appearances||Win Ratio||Draw Ratio||Loss Ratio|
|2015||JOHOR DARUL TA’ZIM FC||0||1||1||0||4||75.00||0.00||0.00|