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Malaysia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Harimau Malaya (Malayan Tiger)
Association Football Association
of Malaysia
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach K. Rajagopal
Captain Norhafiz Zamani Misbah
Most caps Soh Chin Aun (252)
Top scorer Mokhtar Dahari (125)
Home stadium National Stadium, Bukit Jalil (Kuala Lumpur)
FIFA code MAS
FIFA ranking 146
Highest FIFA ranking 75 (August 1993)
Lowest FIFA ranking 170 (April 2008)
Elo ranking 162
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Korea Republic 3 - 2 Malaya Federation of Malaya
(Singapore; April 13, 1953)
Biggest win
Federation of Malaya Malaya 15 - 1 Philippines 
(Jakarta, Indonesia; August 27, 1962)
Biggest defeat
Malaysia Malaysia 2 - 8 New Zealand 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; November 16, 1967)
Malaysia Malaysia 1 - 7 China PR 
(Bangkok, Thailand; December 20, 1978)
AFC Asian Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1976)
Best result Round 1, 1976, 1980 and 2007

The Malaysia national football team is the national team of Malaysia and is controlled by the Football Association of Malaysia.

The Malaysian national team are nicknamed the Tigers, as the tiger is a national symbol of Malaysia. Their main regional rivalries are against Singapore (which are nicknamed the Lions) and Indonesia. Before 1963, the team represented the Federation of Malaya and was known as the Malaya national football team.

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History

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National Team

Before the establishment of Malaysia in September 16, 1963, the Malaysia national football team was known as Malaya national football team. The team was very well known in the early 1950s to 1960s as one of the Asian footballing giants along with South Korea. Malaya's biggest achievement in football was becoming the bronze medalist in 1962 Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia after defeating South Vietnam 4-1. This team boasted luminaries such as Abdul Ghani Minhat (nicknamed "Raja Bola" or "King of the Ball"), Arthur Koh, G. Govindaraju, Robert Choe, Edwin Dutton and Stanley Gabriel.[1]

After the establishment of the Malaysian Federation in September 16, 1963, the team until today is known as the Malaysia national football team. The glory of this team continued after the establishment of Malaysia, with notable players such as Namat Abdullah and Shaharuddin Abdullah, Wong Fook Chuan, N. Thanabalan, Zulkifli Norbit and captain Abdullah Nordin.[1] Malaysia qualified for 1972 Olympics in Munich, conquering Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Philippines en route. Two years later, Malaysia national football team won their second bronze medal in 1974 Asian Games after defeating North Korea 2-1. The team continued its glory after qualifying twice in a row for the AFC Asian Cup in 1976 and 1980.

This era saw the rise of a generation of now legendary players, led from the front by the thunderous striker Mokhtar Dahari, centreback pairing of Santokh Singh and Dato' Soh Chin Aun (deemed one of the best centreback pairs in Asia in the 70s) and R. Arumugam, affectionately known as "Spiderman" for his agility, in goal.

Malaysia would qualify for the Olympics for a second time, this time at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, but would later boycot the tournament. Nonetheless, Malaysia would still produce quality players like "the world's first overlapping centreback" Serbegeth Singh (or Shebby Singh as he's now known), Zainal Abidin Hassan, Dollah Salleh and Lim Teong Kim, who played for Hertha Berlin in Germany in 1988.[2]

However, the glory fell like a house of cards in 1994 as Malaysian football was embroiled in one of the biggest bribery scandals in the country. Many star players like Matlan Marjan and Azizol Abu Haniffah were involved the corruption scandal that destroyed the credibility of Malaysian football. High-profile players who survived, such as Azman Adnan and Khairul Azman Mohamed continued to inspire cult followings, but the game had been badly hit.

The 2000s saw the arrival of Muhamad Khalid Jamlus (a trialist with Eintracht Frankfurt), Akmal Rizal Ahmad Rakhli (once signed to RC Strasbourg) and Indra Putra Mahayuddin, among others, but for all their European connections, still failed to generate a mainstream interest in national football.

The decline of the Malaysian national football team comes in tandem with the decline of its domestic leagues. Many Malaysian fans point to the bribery scandal of 1994 as the catalyst, but the popularity of subscription TV has also led Malaysia's large footballing viewership away from live domestic matches to pre-recorded high-profile European games. With the dearth of mainstream interest and starvation of funds, Malaysian football today is miles away from its glorious days of the 1970s and 1980s.

The Allan Harris era

In December 2000, Allan Harris was the second big name to be brought in to coach the Malaysian national side after Frenchman Claude LeRoy. Harris came with strong credentials, having assisted Terry Venables at FC Barcelona.

Midway through his tenure with the national side, he was told to take over the National Under-23 team, and, as a result, youth development became his responsibility.

When he guided Malaysia to the silver medal in the regional SEA Games competition, he was derided by sections of the local press for having low expectations. Despite doing a good job with the minimal resources at hand, Harris was constantly under pressure to produce results. His contract was not renewed when it ended in 2004.

The Bertalan Bicskei managership

In the second half of 2004, FAM selected Bertalan Bicskei, former Hungarian goalkeeper and national coach, to succeed Allan Harris.

Coaches such as Bobby Houghton and Dragoslav Stepanovic had been serious contenders for the position of Malaysian head coach before the FAM finally settled on Bicskei.

Bicskei led the national side to third place at the regional Tiger Cup competition, but was demoted to youth development duties by FAM for his actions during a friendly against Singapore in Penang on June 8 2005. Bicskei, disgusted by the standard of officiating, threw a bottle onto the pitch before confronting a Singapore player. In September, 2005 the contract was terminated after mutual agreement. The reason was that Bicskei tried to assure international friendlies for the national team, but the Football Association of Malaysian had different views.[3]

Recent history

Despite the efforts of the FAM in organizing high profile matches for the Malaysia such as the ones against Manchester United and Brazil, interest for the national side has generally been low.

The Malaysian National side reached the semi-final stage of the 2007 ASEAN Football Championship, losing to Singapore on penalties after playing out a 2-2 draw over two legs.

Malaysia and Malaysia national football team participated in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup as co-hosts along with Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia. They were placed together in Group C with China, Uzbekistan and Iran. They lost all three matches, including losing 1-5 to China and 0-5 to Uzbekistan. With an aggregate score of 12-1, Malaysia became the only team that finished the tournament without any points.

This resulted in a nationwide furore, which led to the resignations of head coach Norizan Bakar and FAM officials Tengku Abdullah. B. Sathianathan was selected to replace Norizan Bakar after winning the Merdeka Cup tournament with the Malaysian Under-23 team.

Under B. Sathianathan, FAM expected to see Malaysia reach into the final of AFF Suzuki Cup. The team show impressive performance in the first match against Laos. However Malaysia losing 2-3 to the Vietnamese because of mistake by goalkeeper Mohd Helmi Eliza Elias. The team exit the tournament after losing 3-0 to the host Thailand. The exit saw B. Sathianathan future with the Malaysia national team in doubt. However the FAM decided to extend his contract for one more year with condition he must improve Malaysia FIFA ranking. In February 2009, B. Sathianathan and manager Dato' Soh Chin Aun contract was terminated by the FAM due to humiliating 0-5 defeat to UAE national football team.[4]

Kit

Before the national team kit manufactured by Nike, the national team kit was manufactured by Adidas. Adidas has been the sponsor for national team kit since 1970s.

On 2007, the Official Malaysia National team Kit is manufactured by Nike. It was officially launched in January 2007 and made its debut in the Asean Football Championship 2007 in Bangkok. The association with Nike will last till 2011.

The home kit's design of black and yellow stripes is a throwback to the kit used by Malaysian national team of the 1920s. The great national team of 1970s also sported similar stripes, which are supposed to be reminiscent of the stripes of a tiger, the symbol of Malaysia's national football team.

This new home kit also sports black shorts and yellow socks. The new away kit features a blue jersey, white shorts, and blue socks. What will give further distinction to the new Malaysian kit is also the representation of the Malay ‘keris’ at the bottom left corner of each shirt.

Competition Records

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 to
Mexico 1970
Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
West Germany 1974 to
South Africa 2010
Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Total - - - - - - - -

Olympic Games Record

Olympic Games Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
France 1900 to
Italy 1960
Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Japan 1964 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Mexico 1968 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 1972 Round 1 10/16 3 1 0 2 3 9
Canada 1976 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Soviet Union 1980 Qualify but boycott - - - - - - -
United States 1984 to
People's Republic of China 2008
Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Total 2/24 - 3 1 0 2 3 9
Under-23 tournament since 1992.
Olympic Games History
Year Round Score Result
1972 Round 1  Malaysia 0 – 3  West Germany Loss
Round 1  Malaysia 3 – 0  United States Win
Round 1  Malaysia 0 – 6  Morocco Loss

AFC Asian Cup Record

AFC Asian Cup Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Hong Kong 1956 to
Thailand 1972
Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Iran 1976 Round 1 5/6 2 0 1 1 1 3
Kuwait 1980 Round 1 6/10 4 1 2 1 5 5
Singapore 1984 to
People's Republic of China 2004
Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
MalaysiaIndonesiaThailandVietnam 2007 Round 1 16/16 3 0 0 3 1 12
Qatar 2011 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Total 3/14 - 9 1 3 5 7 20
**Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Asian Games Record

Asian Games Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
India 1951 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Philippines 1954 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Japan 1958 Round 1 12/14 3 0 0 3 2 8
Indonesia 1962 Third Place 3/8 5 3 0 2 23 9
Thailand 1966 Round 1 15/17 3 0 0 3 1 5
Thailand 1970 Round 1 16/16 3 0 0 3 0 4
Iran 1974 Third Place 3/15 7 3 2 2 20 13
Thailand 1978 Round 2 7/14 5 2 0 3 4 10
India 1982 Round 1 14/16 3 0 0 3 1 4
South Korea 1986 Round 1 15/18 3 0 1 2 2 5
People's Republic of China 1990 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Japan 1994 Round 1 11/18 4 1 1 2 6 11
Thailand 1998 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
South Korea 2002 Round 1 11/16 3 1 0 2 3 6
Qatar 2006 Round 1 23/24 3 0 0 3 2 10
Total 11/15 2 Third Place 42 10 4 28 64 85
Under-23 tournament since 2002.

Tiger Cup/AFF Football Championship record

Tiger Cup/AFF Football Championship record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Singapore 1996 Runners-up 2/10 6 3 2 1 18 4
Vietnam 1998 Round 1 6/8 3 0 1 2 0 3
Thailand 2000 Third Place 3/9 6 4 1 1 12 4
IndonesiaSingapore 2002 Fourth Place 4/9 5 2 1 2 9 5
VietnamMalaysia 2004 Third Place 3/10 7 5 0 2 14 9
SingaporeThailand 2007 Semi-finalist 3/8 5 1 3 1 6 3
IndonesiaThailand 2008 Group Stage 5/8 3 1 0 2 5 6
Total 7/7 1 Runners-up 35 16 8 11 64 34
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Schedule and recent results

Date Tournament Venue Opponent Result Scorer
January 21, 2009 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification KLFA Stadium, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur (H)  United Arab Emirates 0-5 (L)
July 12, 2009 Friendly Match1 KLFA Stadium, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur (H)  Zimbabwe 4-0 (W) Mohd Safiq Rahim Goal 45' (pen.) Indra Putra Mahayuddin Goal 48' Farderin Kadir Goal 85' Norshahrul Idlan Talaha Goal 88'
July 14, 2009 Friendly Match1 Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam (H)  Zimbabwe 1-0 (W) V. Thirumurugan Goal 40'
July 18, 2009 Friendly Match1 National Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur (H) England Manchester United F.C. 2-3 (L) Mohd Amri Yahyah Goal 45' Goal 52'
July 20, 2009 Friendly Match1 National Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur (H) England Manchester United F.C. 0-2 (L)
August 12, 2009 Friendly Match Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam (H)  Kenya 0-0 (D)
August 15, 2009 Friendly Match Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam (H)  China PR 0-0 (D)
August 30, 2009 Friendly Match Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam (A)  Saudi Arabia 1-2 (L) Ahmad Shakir Mohd Ali Goal 85'
September 5, 2009 Friendly Match King Abdullah Stadium, Amman (A)  Jordan 0-0 (D)
September 11, 2009 Friendly Match MBPJ Stadium, Kelana Jaya (H)  Lesotho 5-0 (W) Mohd Zaquan Adha Abdul Radzak Goal 41' Norshahrul Idlan Talaha Goal 44' Abdul Manaf Mamat Goal 78'90' Mohd Amirul Hadi Zainal Goal 88'
November 5, 2009 Friendly Match1 KLFA Stadium, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur (A) Malaysia Kuala Lumpur FA 2-1 (W) Norshahrul Idlan Talaha Goal 28' Mohd Safiq Rahim Goal 36'
November 14, 2009 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification Pakhtakor Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan (A)  Uzbekistan 3-1 (L) Mohd Zaquan Adha Abdul Radzak Goal 68'
November 18, 2009 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification National Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur (H)  Uzbekistan 1-3 (L) Baddrol Bakhtiar Goal 70'
November 26, 2009 Friendly Match1 UiTM Stadium, Shah Alam (H)  Maldives 0-1 (L)
December 30 Friendly Match1 National Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur (H)  Syria 4-1 (W) Safiq Goal 31' (pen.)63' (pen.) Zaquan Goal 77' Gurusamy Goal 90'
January 6, 2010 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification Sharjah Stadium, UAE (A)  United Arab Emirates 0-1 (L)
February 27, 2010 Friendly Match National Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur (H)  Yemen 1-0 (W) Baddrol Bakhtiar Goal 55'
March 3, 2010 Friendly Match1 Jurong East Stadium, Singapore (A) Singapore Albirex Niigata Singapore FC 0-0 (D)
March 27, 2010 Friendly Match1 BEC Tero Sasana Nong Chok Stadium, Bangkok (A) Thailand BEC Tero Sasana F.C.

1 Non FIFA 'A' international match

Current squad

The following players were selected for the match against South Korea on February 27, 2008.

Name Date Of Birth Club Caps (goals)2
Goalkeepers
Mohd Farizal Marlias June 29, 1986 Malaysia Kedah FA
23 (0)
Mohd Syamsuri Mustafa December 12, 1981 Malaysia Terengganu FA
44 (0)
Syed Adney Syed Hussein February 25, 1986 Malaysia Kelantan FA
19 (0)
Defenders
Irwan Fadzli Idrus October 17, 1981 Malaysia PLUS FC
47 (3)
Norhafiz Zamani Misbah Captain sports.svg July 15, 1981 Malaysia KL PLUS FC
81 (2)
Mohd Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak August 3, 1987 Malaysia Negeri Sembilan FA
36 (3)
Mohd Daudsu Jamaluddin Malaysia Johor FA
20 (0)
Mohd Asraruddin Putra Omar August 26, 1988 Malaysia Selangor FA
21 (0)
Mohd Nasriq Baharom August 8, 1987 Malaysia Selangor FA
9 (1)
Shafizan Hashim september 2, 1982, 1988 Malaysia Kedah FA
5 (0)
Midfielders
Baddrol Bakhtiar February 1, 1988 Malaysia Kedah FA
10 (4)
Indra Putra Mahayuddin January 7, 1981 Malaysia Selangor FA
56 (21)
Mohd Safiq Rahim July 5, 1987 Malaysia Selangor FA
9 (5)
S. Kunalan September 15, 1986 Malaysia Negeri Sembilan FA
7 (2)
Mohd Amri Yahyah April 14, 1981 Malaysia Selangor FA
54 (1)
Kyairil Muhaimeen Zamri February 1, 1987 Malaysia Kedah FA
27 (2)
Eddy Helmi Abdul Manan September 20, 1981 Malaysia Johor FA
30 (5)
Strikers
Mohd Safee Mohd Sali June 8, 1984 Malaysia Selangor FA
39 (22)
Norshahrul Idlan Talaha June 8, 1986 Malaysia Kelantan FA
19 (7)
Mohd Zaquan Adha Abdul Radzak August 3, 1987 Malaysia Negeri Sembilan FA
21 (6)
Mohd Ashaari Shamsuddin June 8, 1986 Malaysia Terengganu FA
7 (2)
Ahmad Fakri Saarani July 8, 1989 Malaysia Perlis FA
4 (0)

2 Caps and goals for FIFA 'A' international matches.

Coaching staff

Manager Malaysia Dato' Kapten Gulzar Mohamad
Head Coach Malaysia K. Rajagopal
Assistant Coach Malaysia Tan Cheng Hoe
Fitness Coach/Physical Trainer Slovakia Rustov Bozik
Goalkeeping Coach Malaysia Mohd Faozi Mukhlas

Previous squads

  • AFF Football Championship squads

National Team Coaches

Period Coach
April 2009 - present Malaysia K. Rajagopal
August 2007 - February 2009 Malaysia B. Sathianathan
November 2005 - July 2007 Malaysia Norizan Bakar
August 2004 - September 2005 Hungary Bertalan Bicskei
February - March 2004 Malaysia K. Rajagopal (tem.)
January 2001 - July 2004 England Allan Harris
October 1998 - December 2000 Malaysia Abdul Rahman Ibrahim
August 1998 Tunisia Hatem Souisi (1998 Tiger Cup)
January 1996 - October 1997 Malaysia Wan Jamak Wan Hassan
July 1995 Tunisia Hatem Souisi (Merdeka Tournament)
February 1994 - December 1995 France Claude LeRoy
January 1992 - August 1993 Australia Ken Worden
January - December 1991 Malaysia Rahim Abdullah
September 1990 Malaysia Ahmad Shafie
1989 England Trevor Hartley
1988 Malaysia M. Chandran
1988 England Richard Bate
1987 Malaysia Abdul Rahman Ibrahim (SEA Games)
1986-1987 Slovakia Jozef Venglos
1985-1986 Malaysia Mohamad Bakar
1983-1985 England Frank Lord
1982-1983 Malaysia M. Chandran
1981 Malaysia M. Kuppan (Korea President's Cup)
1981 Malaysia Jalil Che Din (Merdeka Tournament)
1980 Malaysia Mohamad Che Su (Merdeka Tournament)
1979-1982 West Germany Karl-Heinz Weigang
1978 Malaysia Chow Kwai Lam
1974 Malaysia Jalil Che Din (Asian Games)
1973-1977 Malaysia M. Kuppan
1972 Malaysia Jalil Che Din
1970-1971 England Australia Dave McLaren
England Harold Hassall
Malaysia Abdul Ghani Minhat
Malaysia Peter Velappan
Malaysia C. De Silva
West Germany Otto Westphal
Singapore Choo Seng Quee
Malaysia Edwin Dutton
Malaysia Neoh Boon Hean

References and notes

See also

External links


Simple English

Malaysia
Association Football Association of Malaysia
Confederation AFC
Most caps R Arumugam (196)
Top scorer Mokhtar Dahari (125)
World Cup
Appearances 0

Malaysia national football team is the national football team of Malaysia.


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