Malaysia national football team

The Malaysia national football team represents Malaysia in international football and is controlled by the Football Association of Malaysia. The national team is recognised by FIFA as the successor of the defunct Malaya national football team which was founded for the 1963 Merdeka Tournament one month before the institution of Malaysia. The team is officially nicknamed Harimau Malaya in reference to the Malayan tiger.

Malaysia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Harimau Malaya
(Malayan Tigers)[1]
AssociationFA Malaysia
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationAFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coachTan Cheng Hoe
CaptainAidil Zafuan
Most capsSoh Chin Aun (222)[2]
Top scorerMokhtar Dahari (89)[3]
Home stadiumBukit Jalil National Stadium
FIFA codeMAS
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 154 Steady (16 September 2021)[4]
Highest75 (August 1993)
Lowest178 (March 2018)
First international
 Malaysia 1–1 Thailand 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 12 October 1963)[n 1]
Biggest win
 Malaysia 11–0 Philippines 
(Tehran, Iran; 7 September 1974)
Biggest defeat
 United Arab Emirates 10–0 Malaysia 
(Abu Dhabi, UAE; 3 September 2015)
AFC Asian Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1976)
Best resultGroup stage (1976, 1980, 2007)
AFF Championship
Appearances12 (first in 1996)
Best resultChampions (2010)

Residing in the group of 4 teams of Southeast Asia who has won the ASEAN Football Championship at least once, Malaysia fails to reach greater deed outside its region than a bronze won at the Asian Games in 1974; having participated in the Summer Olympics once and three AFC Asian Cups, the team failed to progress beyond the group stage in all occasions.

Malaysia's main rivals on the international stage are geographical neighbours: Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore with past matches have been produced and in particular, fixtures involving Indonesia being the most heated among these that corresponds to political and social issues, named as 'Nusantara Derby' or sometimes 'Malay Derby'.[7]

Etymology

 
Malayan tiger, the animal of which the nickname was derived from.[8]

The Harimau Malaya nickname have been used by the team's predecessor, Malaya national football team. The nickname referred to the national animal of Malaysia, the Malayan tiger.[8][9] Another source stated the name was believed to have been derived from a Malayan football player from Stulang Laut, Johor named Abdullah Mohd Don (Dollah Don) after he had been called "Harimau Malaya" by the founding father of Indonesia, Sukarno when he managed to equalise against an Indonesian football club by scoring a hat-trick in a match between Singaporean Malay Club and Peseja (Persija Jakarta) in 1953 after trailing 3 goals behind them.[10][11] Although the Federation of Malaysia was formed on 16 September 1963, the nickname is still used by the national squad, thus sparking some debates whether it was appropriate as most Malaysian in the East felt the "Malaya" term does not cover the whole country.[12] Some supporters in the East felt offended when the media in the West Malaysia kept using the term and dismissed their concerns. Some party in the West even insensitively said that it is just a small matter and the naming issue had been politicised as the term "Malayan tiger" came from an endangered endemic tiger subspecies in Malay Peninsula rather than a geopolitical reason.[13][14][15]

As part of rebranding of the national football team by FAM from 2 February 2016 onward, the nickname Harimau Malaya was officially changed to Harimau Malaysia in a bid to be more inclusive to the East Malaysian side.[16][17] The Harimau Malaysia nickname was also used to refer the former national player, Shaharuddin Abdullah. Since the 1970s, he was known as "Harimau Malaysia" by the football fans due to his ability to score many goals. He once scored 15 goals for Malaysia in the Merdeka Cup tournament which stood as a record for years.[18] However, during FAM congress in March 2017, it was decided that drastic measures will be taken to restructure all aspect of the national football organisation and management.[19] This include the restoration of the old moniker of the team, Harimau Malaya starting from 3 April 2017 after using the term Harimau Malaysia for only one year.[20][1] The sudden changes had also affected all related websites and social media as they went through rebranding. The Harimau Malaysia website has been taken down and all the updates concerning the national team will be posted on FAM website.[1]

History

Early years (1963–1969)

 
The winner of the second season of Merdeka Cup in 1958, Malaya football team, five years before the merger to form Malaysia. Also in the picture is Tunku Abdul Rahman (centre), the first Prime Minister of Malaya.

Before 16 September 1963, North Borneo (now Sabah), Sarawak, Malaya and Singapore were represented by their own national teams, a situation which pre-dated the establishment of a Malaysia.[21] Malaya and Singapore usually competed in an international competition such as the Merdeka Tournament while North Borneo and Sarawak competed in Borneo Cup. Malaya's biggest achievement in football was becoming the bronze medalist of the 1962 Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia after defeating South Vietnam 4–1 lead by Abdul Ghani Minhat, who that time the first Asian player to reach 50 goals for men's national teams.[22]

 
The winner of the first season of Borneo Cup in 1962, North Borneo football team, one year before the merger to form Malaysia.

The beginning of Malaysia football team match took place in Merdeka Stadium on 8 August 1963 with the combined strength of Singapore and Malaya (although the federation only existed after 16 September 1963). With the combined forces of Malaya and Singapore, the team start their match with Japan, thought lost 3–4.[23] The team continued to use combination of players from Singapore and Malay Peninsula until the formation of the Malaysia, wherein the Football Association of Malaya was succeeded by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM). The combination players with Singapore ended when the latter separated from Malaysia along with the establishment of Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and their subsequent reaffiliation with FIFA in 1965.[24] Since then the squad was only represented by West Malaysian players, mainly due to difficulties of that time to travel to East Malaysia and the players were not well known to mainstream West Malaysian football. From 1966 to 1970, Chow Chee Keong was voted by Asian Football Confederation as the best Asian's goalkeeper for 5 straight years.[25]

Asia's most formidable (1970–1980)

In 1971, James Wong of Sabah is the first player from East Malaysia to represent the country.[26][27] Malaysia qualified for the 1972 Olympics in Munich, beating Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines along the way. Although they managed to defeat the United States 3–0, they lost the other 2 matches with a score of 0–3 to West Germany and 0–6 to Morocco, ranking 10th in the final standings. From 1972, Mokhtar Dahari is considered as the legend footballer for the Malaysian team as he booked his place as one of the best players in Asia.[28] He manage to score 177 goals, of which the 177 goals for Selangor FA and his international career, Mokhtar scored a total of 125 goals in 167 appearances for Malaysia (including matches played against club sides, national 'B' teams and selection teams).[29] Against other nations' national 'A' teams, he scored 89 goals in 142 appearances.[30][31][32] This makes him once the world’s top scorer for men's national teams.[33][34]

Together with the record of Soh Chin Aun. According to both RSSSF and IFFHS, Soh is the player with the most international caps in men's football and become the first men's footballers to reach 200 or more international caps.[35][36] Two years later, Malaysia won their second bronze medal at the 1974 Asian Games after defeating North Korea 2–1. The team went on to qualify twice in a row for the AFC Asian Cup, in 1976 and 1980. It was only in 1977; when the FAM sent a talent scout to the East.[37][38] The list continued by the late James Yaakub of Sarawak in 1977. The team also won the Merdeka Tournament three times, became runner-up four times and achieved third place twice during the 1970s. Malaysia qualified again for the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, but joined the US-led boycott of the games as the Malaysian government made a decision to protest the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan.[39][40][41]

1976 AFC Asian Cup Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Kuwait 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 4
  China PR 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1
  Malaysia 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 1

Malaysia participated the 1976 AFC Asian Cup for the first time, meeting Kuwait and China in Group A. During the tournament, Malaysia came in last in the group, losing 0–2 to Kuwait in the opening match but managed to hold China to a 1–1 draw in the second match.

1980 AFC Asian Cup Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  South Korea 4 3 1 0 10 2 +8 7
  Kuwait 4 2 1 1 8 5 +3 5
  Malaysia 4 1 2 1 5 5 0 4
  Qatar 4 1 1 2 3 8 −5 3
  United Arab Emirates 4 0 1 3 3 9 −6 1

Malaysia made its second Asian Cup appearance in 1980, placed in Group B alongside South Korea, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. They managed to hold South Korea 1–1 in the first match, but would lose 1–3 to Kuwait before regaining a 2–0 victory against United Arab Emirates. Malaysia would eventually finish 3rd after holding Qatar 1–1 in their last match.

Falling performances and drought (1990–2009)

 
The Malaysian team (yellow) against New Zealand (white) during a friendly match in Queen Elizabeth II Park, Christchurch, New Zealand on 19 February 2006.

In 1994, Malaysian football was embroiled in one of the largest bribery scandals in the country.[42][43] With the dearth of mainstream interest and lack of funds, Malaysian football has failed to repeat the achievements of the 1970s and 1980s, despite the recruitment of Claude LeRoy. Allan Harris appointed as a new head coach in 2001. Harris came with strong credentials, having assisted Terry Venables at FC Barcelona. In the second half of 2004, FAM appoint Bertalan Bicskei, former Hungarian goalkeeper and national coach, to succeed Allan Harris. Bicskei led the national side to third place at the regional Tiger Cup tournament, but was demoted to youth development duties by FAM for his actions during a friendly against Singapore in Penang on 8 June 2005. Bicskei, disgusted by the standard of officiating, threw a bottle onto the pitch before confronting a Singapore player. In September 2005, his contract was terminated after a mutual agreement.[44]

Norizan Bakar became the next head coach of the Malaysian team. He guided the Malaysian squad to the 2007 AFF Championship semifinals in 2007, where Malaysia lost through penalties to Singapore. Norizan's position as the head coach was criticised by the Malaysian football community, fans and officials alike, after the team's performances during the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, where Malaysia lost to China 1–5, Uzbekistan 0–5 and Iran 0–2. After the removal of Norizan Bakar, B. Sathianathan took over as head coach. Although he guided the squad to win the 2007 Merdeka Tournament, Malaysia once again failed to qualify for the World Cup after losing 1–4 and drawing 0–0 with Bahrain in the qualifying round. In March 2008, Sathianathan once again reach the final of the Merdeka Tournament. However, Malaysia lost on penalties to Vietnam. Sathianathan also led Malaysia to the semi finals of the 2008 Myanmar Grand Royal Challenge Cup. However, Malaysia then shockingly lost 1–4 to eventual winners, Myanmar.[45]

During the 2008 AFF Championship, Malaysia started their campaign with a 3–0 win over Laos, but were defeated in the second match by Vietnam with a score of 2–3 and were finally eliminated when they lost 0–3 to Thailand in the final match of the group stage. This was the first time that the Malaysian squad had not passed through the group stages in 12 years. There are also reports that match-fixing and bribery that infiltrate the Malaysian football in the 1994 are returned.[46] In the 2011 Asian Cup qualifiers, the Malaysian team lost 0–5 to the United Arab Emirates. This defeat was the final straw in the eyes of Malaysian supporters, and in February 2009, the contracts of Sathianathan and manager Soh Chin Aun were terminated.[47]

AFF Championship triumph (2010)

In April 2009, K. Rajagopal was named the new coach of Malaysia replacing B. Sathianathan and took over the position in July 2009, of which he also looked after the Malaysia under-23 squad.[49] Rajagopal's first match was against Zimbabwe, which Malaysia won 4–0.[50] Rajagopal also coached Malaysia in two games against visiting English champions, Manchester United, losing both matches 2–3 and 0–2. During his time as the coach of the Under-23 team, Rajagopal led Malaysia to their fifth SEA Games gold medal and also led Malaysia to qualify for the second round of the 2010 Asian Games as one of the best four third-placed teams after a lapse of 32 years.[51][52]

During the 2010 AFF Championship, a total of 14 Malaysia's players were under the age of 23. Placed in group A and lost the first match to host Indonesia 1–5, Malaysia bounced back from defeat drawing Thailand and beating Laos 5–1. As runner up of group, Malaysia qualified for the semi finals to meet Group B winners and defending champions Vietnam. In the first leg of the semifinal, Malaysia won 2–0 on home soil and later drew 0–0 in the second leg, advancing to the final with an aggregate of 2–0.[53] An opportunity of revenge opened up in the finals as Malaysia again met Indonesia, who were unbeaten in all previous matches.

On the first leg of the finals at home, Malaysia won 3–0. Malaysia scored twice through Safee Sali and once through Mohd Ashaari Shamsuddin on a night when Bukit Jalil National Stadium was filled over capacity for the first time since it was built. The match attracted so many people that after tickets were sold out, policemen manning the gates were seen allowing friends and relatives into the stadium, causing people having to trespass onto the cable bridge above the electronic display besides standing on the aisles and corridors to view the game. On the second leg of the finals that was held in Jakarta, Malaysia lost 1–2 to Indonesia but the final aggregate was 4–2 to Malaysia, thus Malaysia were awarded the title. It was the first time in history that Malaysia were crowned the champions of AFF Championship and a trophy in the international stage.[54]

Hope for resurgence (2011–present)

Since the 2010s, the expectations to regain their success in the 1980s are rising despite the team still failed to deliver any new high achievements records.[55] In June 2014, Dollah Salleh replaced Rajagobal as the head coach after his contract has ended.[56] Dollah guiding Malaysia to the final of the 2014 AFF Championship but failed to replicate the same form as the previous head coach. In international fixtures, the coach has also recorded a loss of 0–6 to Oman and Palestine as well as 1–1 draw against Timor-Leste. However, the 0–10 defeat to the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia worst ever defeat in 50 years, have prompted his resignation as the head coach.[57] The place was taken by interim coach Ong Kim Swee who later promoted as the head coach until the end of March 2017.[58] The official coaching post then was taken over by Portuguese coach Nelo Vingada in the hope to raise the Malaysian football performances. On 13 June, Malaysia played their first match in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification against Lebanon. Despite having a 1–0 lead during the first half, they eventually lost the match with a score 1–2.[59] Malaysia's poor performance however, continued. Despite given high hope and expectation from the match against Hong Kong, Malaysia only managed a 1–1 draw, before losing to the same team 0–2 in Hong Kong. As for the result, frustration happened in the team and Malaysia had suffered two consecutive defeats on the hand of North Korea, both ended 1–4. Malaysia also losing the second final matches against Lebanon in Beirut by 1–2. With only 1 draw and 5 defeats, Malaysia subsequently eliminated from the qualification.[60] The coaching position was taken over by the team assistant coach Tan Cheng Hoe in late 2017 after Vingada stepped down following a string of poor results.[61]

After failure to qualify into the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Malaysia proceeded its journey in the 2018 AFF Championship and was grouped with rival Vietnam together with Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. Malaysia won the second place with three wins and only one loss that was against Vietnam. By qualifying as group runners-up, Malaysia faced Thailand, the fierce rival in their long-time head to head records as well the reigning champions in the tournament where they able to overcame the latter by holding them 2–2 in Thailand's home stadium of Bangkok, winning the match by away goals rule in one of the tournament's greatest shock despite being tied 0–0 earlier at home.[62][63] In the finals, they met Vietnam again and held the latter 2–2 at home before losing 0–1 in Vietnam's home ground of Hanoi, subsequently finishing the tournament with an aggregate of 2–3 as the runners-up for the third time in their AFF Cup history.[64] Despite being unable to achieve the AFF Cup the second time, the enhancing performance of Malaysia was seen with the emergence of new talents coming from its youth football development which brought a hope in future.[8][65]

Malaysia participated in 2022 World Cup campaign from the first round due to poor record previously, but with its first opponent was only Timor-Leste, Malaysia easily destroyed the Timorese 12–2 on aggregate.[66] There, they joined the second round where the team was surprisingly grouped in a group containing three other Southeast Asian rivals Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam; alongside the United Arab Emirates. Malaysia opened their game with a 3–2 comeback victory over rival Indonesia in a match with full scandal and strong Anti-Malaysian sentiment among Indonesians.[67] It was followed by an unlucky 1–2 home loss to the UAE, and to add the irony, Malaysia took the lead from early minute only to see itself being beaten at home.[68] The next encounter against rival Vietnam in Hanoi, which was the rematch of 2018 AFF Championship, ended with another Malaysian defeat as the Malay Tigers fell 0–1.[69] However, Malaysia has not been eliminated as the team can still get an opportunity to qualify further. Then, Malaysia managed one of the most famous victories in their FIFA World Cup campaign, beating neighbor and regional powerhouse Thailand 2–1 at home to keep its dream alive.[70] Malaysia boosted its confidence with its victory over Thailand to overcome a demoralized Indonesia, also at home, 2–0, to occupy second spot behind Vietnam and above Thailand.[71]

Team image

Media coverage

All matches of Malaysia are shown live on Astro Arena (friendlies, World Cup (2nd round only), and Asian Cup qualifiers), RTM (AFF Championship matches (except 2014 season), World Cup, and Asian Cup qualifiers), and Media Prima (AFF Championship matches for 2014 season only). All matches are broadcast with both English (Astro only) and Malaysian commentary.[72]

Kits

Kit provider Period Ref
  Adidas 1970–2007
  Nike 2007–present [73]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2010 AFF Cup Final 2nd leg kit

From the 1970s to 2007, the national team kit was manufactured and sponsored by Adidas. Since 2007, the official Malaysia team kit is manufactured by Nike. The home kit design of black and yellow stripes is a throwback to the kit used by Malayan national team in the 1920s. The national team of the 1970s also sported similar stripes, which are supposed to be reminiscent of the stripes of a tiger.

In November 2010, Nike Malaysia created a new football kit specially made for the 2010 AFF Championship. The home kit's design of black and yellow stripes is shaped by a black row of lines. The away kit features a plain blue front and red and white at the edge of the sleeves. Nike used the Malaysian flag as their logo instead of putting the Football Association of Malaysia logo to remembering the team success in the 1970s.[74] On the underside of the flag, the quote "Tanah Tumpahnya Darahku" (The land that I spill my blood for) can be found. The quote is part of the Malaysia National Anthem, alluding that they are doing their best for the country.

The practice of using the flag on the kits ended when Malaysia got a new kit in late 2016. They have the FAM logo on the kits.

Grounds

Home Stadium

Malaysia's home stadium is the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. The stadium capacity is 87,411 (seated)[75] which makes it the eighth largest football stadium in the world. Malaysia's previous national stadium was the Merdeka Stadium before the Bukit Jalil sports complex was constructed. Malaysia also uses other stadiums for their matches such as the Kuala Lumpur Stadium.

Malaysia national football team home stadiums
Image Stadium Capacity Location Last match
  Bukit Jalil National Stadium 87,411 Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur v    Indonesia
(19 November 2019; 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification)
Kuala Lumpur Stadium 18,000 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur v    Fiji
(5 July 2018; Friendly)

Training ground

 
The team training on the artificial turfed football pitch of Wisma FAM.

Wisma FAM is the main headquarters for the Football Association of Malaysia which located at Kelana Jaya, Malaysia. The training facility for the Malaysia national football team also located at the Wisma FAM. Others than that, it also serves as a meeting point for the coaches and national players. Also equipped with a room for press statement and small apartment rooms available for the national players during the training camp. Sometimes, ticket matches also sold on this training facility.

Supporters

 
A part of the action from Ultras Malaya during the 2014 AFF Championship second leg final match between Malaysia and Thailand.

Ultras Malaya is the name of the major supporters for the national team in Malaysia. They are known for their high fanaticism and support towards the national team. In every international match the national team played, they are found in a group standing at the supporters area. The main colours for these supporter are usually in black with a yellow scarf and banners just like the national team kits colours. These supporters always bring flares, drums and large national flags to the stadiums.[76]

Sponsorship

According to the website of Football Association of Malaysia, Malaysia main sponsors include Telekom Malaysia, Bank Islam, Yakult, Nike, 100plus, One Goal, MYCAT and Malaysia Airlines.[77]

Rivalries

Malaysia draws opponents mostly against Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. These rivalries are rooted from geographical closeness.

Indonesia is Malaysia's most heated rival and matches between two teams usually draw large supporters alike. The rivalry traces its background from the infamous Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation. Due to the strong nationalist sentiments in both sides, the rivalry has always been taken with high priority.[78]

Singapore is Malaysia's only recent rival. Their rivalry is mostly rekindled only when it comes to the AFF Championship, and is also less heated than Malaysia's rivalry with Indonesia.[79]

Thailand is Malaysia's other traditional rival, with matches between two teams also draw large supporters alike. Malaysia holds a significant distinction for being undefeated at home to Thailand since 1990s, as well as having a better head-to-head record, with 41 wins comparing 35 draws and 35 losses.[80]

Results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Lose

2021

23 May Unofficial friendly Kuwait   4–1   Malaysia Dubai, UAE
--:-- UTC+3 Al-Dhefiri   21'
Al Hajeri   55'
Al-Khaldi   61'
Al Ansari   68'
[1] Lucrécio   28' Stadium: The Sevens Stadium
28 May FIFA Friendly Bahrain   2–0   Malaysia Manama, Bahrain
19:30 UTC+3
[2] Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa
3 June 2022 WCQ R2 United Arab Emirates   4–0   Malaysia Dubai, UAE
20:45 UTC+4
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Zabeel Stadium
Referee: Kim Dae-yong (South Korea)
15 June 2022 WCQ R2 Thailand   0–1   Malaysia Dubai, UAE
20:45 UTC+4 Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Al Maktoum Stadium
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hoish (Saudi Arabia)
6 October Friendly Jordan   v   Malaysia Jordan, Amman
18:00 UTC+2 Stadium: King Abdullah II Stadium
6 December 2020 AFF Championship Cambodia   v   Malaysia TBA, TBA
Stadium: TBA
9 December 2020 AFF Championship Malaysia   v   Laos TBA, TBA
Stadium: TBA
12 December 2020 AFF Championship Vietnam   v   Malaysia TBA, TBA
Stadium: TBA
19 December 2020 AFF Championship Malaysia   v   Indonesia TBA, TBA
Stadium: TBA

Coaching staff

Squad

Current squad

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Khairul Fahmi (1989-01-07) 7 January 1989 (age 32) 56 0   Melaka United
1GK Khairulazhan Khalid (1989-11-07) 7 November 1989 (age 31) 13 0   Selangor
1GK Kalamullah Al-Hafiz (1995-07-30) 30 July 1995 (age 26) 0 0   Petaling Jaya City

2DF Aidil Zafuan (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 (age 34) 91 3   Johor Darul Ta'zim
2DF Syahmi Safari (1998-02-05) 5 February 1998 (age 23) 19 1   Selangor
2DF Irfan Zakaria (1995-06-04) 4 June 1995 (age 26) 13 1   Kuala Lumpur City
2DF Rizal Ghazali (1992-10-01) 1 October 1992 (age 28) 11 0   Kedah Darul Aman
2DF Dion Cools (1996-06-04) 4 June 1996 (age 25) 3 0   Midtjylland
2DF Dominic Tan (1997-03-12) 12 March 1997 (age 24) 3 0   Police Tero
2DF Arif Fadzilah (1996-04-20) 20 April 1996 (age 25) 0 0   Terengganu
2DF Sharul Nazeem (1999-11-16) 16 November 1999 (age 21) 0 0   Selangor
2DF Quentin Cheng (1999-11-20) 20 November 1999 (age 21) 0 0   Penang

3MF Baddrol Bakhtiar (1988-02-01) 1 February 1988 (age 33) 58 5   Kedah Darul Aman
3MF Akram Mahinan (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 28) 26 0   Kuala Lumpur City
3MF Nazmi Faiz (1994-08-16) 16 August 1994 (age 27) 12 0   Johor Darul Ta'zim
3MF Kenny Pallraj (1993-04-21) 21 April 1993 (age 28) 7 0   Kuala Lumpur City
3MF Al-Hafiz Harun (1994-09-13) 13 September 1994 (age 27) 0 0   Penang
3MF Hakimi Abdullah (1999-11-09) 9 November 1999 (age 21) 0 0   Terengganu
3MF Mukhairi Ajmal (2001-11-07) 7 November 2001 (age 19) 0 0   Selangor

4FW Akhyar Rashid (1999-05-01) 1 May 1999 (age 22) 26 4   Johor Darul Ta'zim
4FW Syafiq Ahmad (1995-06-28) 28 June 1995 (age 26) 22 8   Johor Darul Ta'zim
4FW Guilherme de Paula (1986-11-09) 9 November 1986 (age 34) 3 1   Johor Darul Ta'zim
4FW Luqman Hakim Shamsudin (2002-03-05) 5 March 2002 (age 19) 3 0   Kortrijk
4FW Faisal Halim (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 23) 1 0   Terengganu

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Farizal Marlias (1986-06-29) 29 June 1986 (age 35) 48 0   Johor Darul Ta'zim 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifications
GK Samuel Somerville (1994-08-06) 6 August 1994 (age 27) 0 0   Penang 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifications
GK Rahadiazli Rahalim (2001-05-29) 29 May 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Terengganu March 2021 centralized training

DF Matthew Davies (1995-02-07) 7 February 1995 (age 26) 33 0   Johor Darul Ta'zim 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifications
DF Adam Nor Azlin (1996-01-05) 5 January 1996 (age 25) 15 1   Johor Darul Ta'zim 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifications
DF La'Vere Corbin-Ong (1991-04-22) 22 April 1991 (age 30) 13 1   Johor Darul Ta'zim 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifications
DF Junior Eldstål (1991-09-16) 16 September 1991 (age 30) 10 0   Chonburi 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifications
DF Shahrul Saad (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 28) 40 4   Johor Darul Ta'zim March 2021 centralized training
DF Fazly Mazlan (1993-12-22) 22 December 1993 (age 27) 25 0   Sri Pahang March 2021 centralized training INJ

MF Syamer Kutty Abba (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 23) 22 0   Johor Darul Ta'zim 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifications
MF Brendan Gan (1988-06-03) 3 June 1988 (age 33) 18 1   Selangor 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifications
MF Nor Azam Azih (1995-01-03) 3 January 1995 (age 26) 16 0   Sri Pahang 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifications
MF Liridon Krasniqi (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 29) 4 0   Odisha 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifications
MF Afiq Fazail (1994-09-29) 29 September 1994 (age 26) 4 0   Johor Darul Ta'zim March 2021 centralized training
MF Danial Amier Norhisham (1997-03-27) 27 March 1997 (age 24) 2 0   Johor Darul Ta'zim March 2021 centralized training

FW Norshahrul Idlan (1986-06-08) 8 June 1986 (age 35) 80 14   Sarawak United 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifications
FW Safawi Rasid (1997-03-05) 5 March 1997 (age 24) 31 11   Johor Darul Ta'zim 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifications
FW Mohamadou Sumareh (1994-09-20) 20 September 1994 (age 27) 22 6   Johor Darul Ta'zim 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifications
FW Arif Aiman Hanapi (2002-05-04) 4 May 2002 (age 19) 3 0   Johor Darul Ta'zim 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifications
FW Shahrel Fikri (1994-10-17) 17 October 1994 (age 26) 18 8   Selangor March 2021 centralized training
FW Ramadhan Saifullah (2000-12-09) 9 December 2000 (age 20) 0 0   Johor Darul Ta'zim March 2021 centralized training

Notes

Player records

As of 30 June 2021[2]
Players in bold are still active with Malaysia.
This list does not include players who represented Malaya (1948−1962).

Competitive record

  Champion    Runners-up    Third place     Fourth place  

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup finals record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Round Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 See Malaya national football team 1 See Malaya national football team 1
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966 Did not enter Did not enter
  1970
  1974 Did not qualify Round 1 4 1 1 2 2 4
  1978 Round 1 4 1 2 1 7 6
  1982 Round 1 3 0 1 2 3 8
  1986 Round 1 4 2 1 1 6 2
  1990 Round 1 6 3 1 2 8 8
  1994 Round 1 6 2 2 2 16 7
  1998 Round 1 6 3 2 1 5 3
    2002 Round 1 6 2 1 3 8 11
  2006 Round 2 6 0 0 6 2 18
  2010 Round 1 2 0 1 1 1 4
  2014 Round 2 4 1 1 2 8 10
  2018 Round 2 8 1 1 6 3 30
  2022 Round 2 10 6 0 4 22 14
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total N/A 0/22 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 69 22 14 33 91 125

Olympic Games

Olympics Games record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Round Pld W D L GF GA
  1948 See Malaya national football team 1 See Malaya national football team 1
  1952
  1956
  1960
  1972 Round 1 10th of 16 3 1 0 2 3 9 Group stage Q 4 4 0 0 12 0
  1976 Did not qualify Group stage 4 2 0 2 17 5
  1980 Withdrew B Group stage Q 5 4 1 0 21 3
  1984 Did not qualify Final stage 12 6 3 3 16 10
  1988 Group stage 2 0 1 1 2 3
  1992 – present See Malaysia under-23 football team 2 See Malaysia under-23 football team 2
Total Appearance: 1 Best: 10th 3 1 0 2 3 9 - 27 16 5 6 68 21

AFC Asian Cup

AFC Asian Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Round Pld W D L GF GA
  1956 See Malaya national football team 1 See Malaya national football team 1
  1960
  1964 Did not qualify Group stage 3 1 0 2 9 10
  1968 Group stage 4 1 1 2 4 5
  1972 Group stage 5 4 0 1 15 3
  1976 Group stage 5th of 6 2 0 1 1 1 3 Group stage Q 4 3 1 0 6 1
  1980 Group stage 6th of 10 4 1 2 1 5 5 Group stage Q 5 2 2 1 8 4
  1984 Did not qualify Group stage 4 2 1 1 10 3
  1988 Group stage 4 1 1 2 4 6
  1992 Group stage 3 0 2 1 2 6
  1996 Group stage 2 1 1 0 5 2
  2000 Group stage 6 2 1 3 12 13
  2004 Group stage 6 1 2 3 9 12
        2007 Group stage 16th of 16 3 0 0 3 1 12 Qualified as co-hosts
  2011 Did not qualify Group stage 4 0 0 4 2 12
  2015 Group stage 6 2 1 3 5 7
  2019 Third round 5 0 1 4 4 13
  2023 To be determined In progress
Total Appearances: 3 Best: 5th 9 1 3 5 7 20 - 60 20 14 26 95 97

AFF Championship

Asian Games

Southeast Asian Games

  • * : Denotes draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.
  • 1 : Represented in the competition by Malaya national football team.
  • 2 : Represented in the competition by Malaysia national under-23 football team.
  • 3 : Not a FIFA 'A' international competition.
  • 4 : Represented in the competition by Malaysia national under-22 football team.
  • 5 : Previously known as Southeast Asian Peninsular Games (SEAP Games).
  • B : Qualified to the final round, but boycotted the tournament.
  • C : These matches are not regarded as part of the national team's record, nor are caps awarded.
  • Q : Qualified to the final round of participating tournament
  • S : Shared the medal

Notes:

  • Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil

All-time record against other nations

Last update was against    Thailand on 15 June 2021.

FIFA ranking

Last update was on 19 December 2019. Source:[87]

  Worst Ranking    Best Ranking    Worst Mover    Best Mover  

Malaysia's FIFA world rankings
Rank Year Games
Played
Won Lost Drawn Best Worst
Rank Move Rank Move
154 2019 14 10 0 4 154   +9 168   –1
  178 2018 8 4 3 1 167   +12 178   –4
174 2017 8 0 6 2 155   +4 174   –12
161 2016 14 4 5 5 156   +9 174   –8
170 2015 11 2 6 3 153   +4 171   –11
154 2014 15 5 7 3 141   +9 156   –8
154 2013 7 1 5 1 154   +4 164   –5
158 2012 16 5 5 6 148   +5 163   –6
148 2011 10 3 4 3 138   +7 155   –6
144 2010 10 4 4 2 139   +3 159   –5
160 2009 8 1 4 3 150   +5 163   –8
156 2008 11 5 3 3 151   +9 170   –6
159 2007 15 3 8 8 149   +7 166   –7
152 2006 6 0 3 3 124   +1 153   –19
123 2005 4 1 3 0 111   +6 123   –7
120 2004 14 5 8 1 114   +4 122   –4
116 2003 7 1 3 3 99   +21 119   –11
128 2002 9 3 4 2 111   +1 128   –6
111 2001 11 3 6 2 105   +3 111   –3
107 2000 24 13 7 4 104   +8 117   –3
117 1999 8 4 4 0 113   +2 118   –3
113 1998 3 0 2 1 88   +3 113   –11
87 1997 14 6 5 3 84   +13 97   –3
  96 1996 8 4 1 3 91   +21 112   –10
  106 1995 5 1 3 1 94   +14 117   –23
89 1994 5 1 3 8 84   +8 95   –6
  79 1993 14 6 5 3 75   +16 79   –2
Notes
  • Table above is a list of all FIFA 'A' international matches Malaysia have played against FIFA recognised teams.[6][88][89][90]

Honours and achievements

Continental

Asian Games
Honours Years Head coach Team
  Bronze medal 1974   Jalil Che Din Squad

Regional

Minor

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Result count since after the Federation of Malaysia formation on 16 September 1963.[5]
  2. ^ Earned Malaysian nationality after Malaysia formed on 16 September 1963. Became Singaporean after Singapore separation from Malaysia in 1965.

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