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The Malaysia national football team (Malay: Pasukan bola sepak kebangsaan Malaysia) is the national association football team of Malaysia and is controlled by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM). The national team was founded in 1963 Merdeka Tournament one month before the establishment of the Malaysian Federation. Malaysia national football team is recognised by FIFA as the successor of the defunct Malaya national football team. The Malaysian team is nicknamed Harimau Malaya in reference of the Malayan tiger.

Malaysia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Harimau Malaya
(Malayan Tigers)
[1]
Skuad Kebangsaan
(National Team)
AssociationFootball Association of Malaysia (FAM)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationAFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coachTan Cheng Hoe
CaptainFarizal Marlias
Most capsZainal Abidin Hassan (138)
Top scorerZainal Abidin Hassan (78)[2]
Home stadiumBukit Jalil National Stadium
FIFA codeMAS
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 159 Increase 9 (14 June 2019)[3]
Highest75 (August 1993)
Lowest178 (March 2018)
Elo ranking
Current 174 Increase 9 (10 July 2019)[4]
Highest60 (1 March 1977)
Lowest185 (September 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 and 2007

It is one of the successful teams in Southeast Asia along with Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, winning bronze at the Asian Games in 1974 as well winning the ASEAN Football Championship in 2010 and other competitions while improving at the same time.

In the FIFA World Rankings, Malaysia's highest standing was in the first release of the figures, in August 1993, at 75th. Malaysia's main rival on the international stage are their geographical neighbours, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore, and past matches between these three teams have produced much drama.

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EtymologyEdit

The Harimau Malaya nickname have been used since the former Malaya national football team. The nickname refer to the national animal of Malaysia, the Malayan tiger.[6] 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 been called as "Harimau Malaya" by the founding father of Indonesia, Sukarno when managed to chasing his team lost of 0–3 against an Indonesian football club by scoring hat-trick in a match between Singaporean Malay Club and Peseja (Persija Jakarta) in 1953.[7][8]

Although the Federation of Malaysia have been formed on 16 September 1963, the name are still being maintained for the national squad, thus there is some debate as most Malaysian in the East felt the "Malaya" term does not cover the whole country.[9] Some supporters in the East felt offended when the media in the West Malaysia keep continuously using the term even some in the West said 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.[10][11][12]

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 especially to the East Malaysian sides.[13][14] 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.[15]

However, after a recent changes during FAM congress in March 2017, a drastic measures has been taken to restructure all aspect of national football organisation and management.[16] This include the restoration of the old nickname (from the current nickname of Malaysian tiger which just used for a year)[17] starting from 3 April 2017.[1] The sudden changes has also affected all related websites and social media regarding the previous name which has since been indefinitely terminated.[1]

HistoryEdit

Early years (1963–1969)Edit

 
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 the establishment of Malaysia on 16 September 1963, North Borneo (now Sabah), Sarawak, Malaya and Singapore are represented by their own national teams, a situation which pre-dated the establishment of a Malaysia.[18] 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.

 
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 was 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.[19] The team continued to use combination of players from Singapore and Malay Peninsula until the formation of the Malaysian Federation and ended when Singapore's separated from Malaysia in 1965. 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.

Asia's most formidable (1970–1980)Edit

In 1971, James Wong of Sabah is the first player from East Malaysia to represent the country.[20][21] 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.[22] He manage to score 175 goals, of which the 175 goals for Selangor FA, 20 goals in 13 appearances for Kwong Yik Bank and another 125 goals for the national team, giving a total of 320 goals in his career.[23][24]

Together with the record of Soh Chin Aun, it is however not recognised by FIFA.[25] 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.[26][27] 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.[28][29][30]

1976 AFC Asian CupEdit

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. During the tournament, Malaysia performed worse in the first match, losing 0–2 to Kuwait but managed to held China 1–1 in the second match.

Kuwait  2–0  Malaysia
Al-Anberi   10'
Al-Dakhil   42'

China PR  1–1  Malaysia
Wang Jilian   58' Mokhtar   50'

1980 AFC Asian CupEdit

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 participated the 1980 AFC Asian Cup for the second time, meeting South Korea, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. During the tournament, Malaysia managed to held South Korea 1–1 in the first match, despite losing 1–3 to Kuwait before regaining a 2–0 victory against United Arab Emirates and holding Qatar 1–1 in their last match.

South Korea  1–1  Malaysia
Choi Soon-ho   69' Zulkifli   90'

Kuwait  3–1  Malaysia
Kameel   20'
Yaqoub   53' (pen.)77' (pen.)
Zulkifli   44'

Malaysia  2–0  United Arab Emirates
Abdah   32'
Tukamin   89'

Malaysia  1–1  Qatar
Tukamin   ?' ?   ?'

Falling performances and drought (1990–2009)Edit

 
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.[31][32] 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.[33]

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.[34]

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.[35] 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.[36]

AFF Championship triumph (2010)Edit

In April 2009, K. Rajagopal was named the new coach of Malaysia replacing B. Sathianathan as head coach of Malaysia. He took over the position in July 2009, of which he also the coach of the Malaysia Under-23 squad.[38] Rajagopal's first match was against Zimbabwe, which Malaysia won 4–0.[39] 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.[40][41]

During the 2010 AFF Championship, Malaysia had 14 players that were under the age of 23 while the other players were over 23. Malaysia were in group A with host Indonesia, Thailand and qualifiers winner, Laos. Malaysia began their campaign with an embarrassing 1–5 loss to Indonesia. Malaysia bounced back from their defeat and later drew with Thailand and beat 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.[42] In the finals, Malaysia met favourites Indonesia, who were unbeaten in all their matches.

On the first leg of the finals, Malaysia won 3–0 at home. 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.[43]

Hope for resurgence (2011–present)Edit

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.[44] In June 2014, Dollah Salleh replaced Rajagobal as the head coach after his contract has ended.[45] 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 lose 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.[46] The place was taken by interim coach Ong Kim Swee who later promoted as the head coach until the end of March 2017.[47] 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.[48] 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.[49]

Team imageEdit

Media coverageEdit

All Malaysia team home matches and some away matches (depending on the location and the broadcast station) are shown live on Astro Arena (friendlies, World Cup (2nd round only), and Asian Cup qualifiers), RTM (AFF Championship matches (except 2014 season)), and Media Prima (AFF Championship matches for 2014 season only). All matches are broadcast with both Malaysian and English commentary.

KitsEdit

Kit provider Period Ref
  Adidas 1970–2007
  Nike 2007–present [50]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2010 AFF Cup Final 2nd leg kit

From the 1970s to 2007, the national team kit was manufactured by Adidas, who also sponsored the national team kit. 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 great national team of the 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.

In November 2010, Nike Malaysia created a new football kit for the Malaysians 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.[51] 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.

GroundsEdit

Home Stadium

Malaysia's home stadium is the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. The stadium capacity is 87,411 (seated)[52] which makes it the seventh 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    Afghanistan
(23 March 2019; Airmarine 3rd Place)
  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.

SupportersEdit

 
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. Even in every international match the national team played, they will be 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.[53]

SponsorshipEdit

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.[54]

SquadEdit

Current squadEdit

The following is a list of 23 players that were called up for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC First Round against   Timor-Leste on 7 and 11 June 2019 .[55]Caps and goals are correct as of 11 June 2019, after the match against Timor-Leste.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Farizal Marlias (1986-06-29) 29 June 1986 (age 33) 38 0   Johor Darul Ta'zim
2 2DF Matthew Davies (1995-02-07) 7 February 1995 (age 24) 22 0   Pahang
3 2DF Shahrul Saad (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 26) 31 3   Perak
4 2DF Dominic Tan Jun Jin (1997-03-12) 12 March 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Police Tero
5 2DF Adam Nor Azlin (1996-01-05) 5 January 1996 (age 23) 9 1   Johor Darul Ta'zim
6 2DF Syazwan Andik Ishak (1996-08-04) 4 August 1996 (age 22) 16 1   Johor Darul Ta'zim
7 2DF La'Vere Corbin-Ong (1991-04-22) 22 April 1991 (age 28) 2 1   Johor Darul Ta'zim
8 3MF Azam Azih (1995-01-03) 3 January 1995 (age 24) 7 0   Pahang
9 4FW Norshahrul Idlan Talaha (1986-06-08) 8 June 1986 (age 33) 71 13   Pahang
10 4FW Shahrel Fikri Fauzi (1994-10-17) 17 October 1994 (age 24) 14 5   Perak
11 4FW Safawi Rasid (1997-03-05) 5 March 1997 (age 22) 18 7   Johor Darul Ta'zim
12 3MF Akram Mahinan (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 26) 22 0   PKNS
13 4FW Mohamadou Sumareh (1994-09-20) 20 September 1994 (age 24) 14 3   Pahang
14 3MF Syamer Kutty Abba (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 21) 14 0   Johor Darul Ta'zim
15 3MF Kenny Pallraj Davaragi (1993-04-21) 21 April 1993 (age 26) 6 0   Perak
16 4FW Syazwan Zainon (1989-11-13) 13 November 1989 (age 29) 18 2   Selangor
17 2DF Irfan Zakaria (1995-06-04) 4 June 1995 (age 24) 11 1   Kuala Lumpur
18 3MF Faiz Nasir (1992-07-21) 21 July 1992 (age 26) 3 2   Selangor
19 4FW Akhyar Rashid (1999-05-01) 1 May 1999 (age 20) 16 3   Johor Darul Ta'zim
20 4FW Syafiq Ahmad (1995-06-28) 28 June 1995 (age 24) 10 3   Johor Darul Ta'zim
21 4FW Faisal Halim (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Pahang
22 1GK Zarif Irfan Hashimuddin (1995-02-21) 21 February 1995 (age 24) 0 0   PKNS
23 1GK Ifwat Akmal Chek Kassim (1996-08-10) 10 August 1996 (age 22) 1 0   Kedah

Recent call-upsEdit

The following footballers were part of a national selection in 2019, but are not part of the current squad.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Hafizul Hakim Khairul Nizam Jothy (1993-03-30) 30 March 1993 (age 26) 9 0   Perak v.     Nepal, 2 June 2019 INJ
GK Khairul Fahmi Che Mat (1989-01-07) 7 January 1989 (age 30) 56 0   Melaka United 2019 AIRMARINE Cup

DF Rodney Celvin Akwensivie (1996-11-25) 25 November 1996 (age 22) 0 0   PKNS 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC First RoundPRE
DF Syahmi Safari (1998-02-05) 5 February 1998 (age 21) 12 1   Selangor v.     Nepal, 2 June 2019 INJ
DF Rizal Ghazali (1992-10-01) 1 October 1992 (age 26) 12 0   Kedah 2019 AIRMARINE Cup
DF Latiff Suhaimi (1989-05-29) 29 May 1989 (age 30) 2 0   Selangor 2019 AIRMARINE Cup
DF Nazirul Naim Che Hashim (1993-04-06) 6 April 1993 (age 26) 20 0   Perak 2019 AIRMARINE Cup
DF Nicholas Swirad (1991-05-28) 28 May 1991 (age 28) 0 0   PKNS 2019 AIRMARINE Cup PRE

MF Halim Saari (1994-11-14) 14 November 1994 (age 24) 3 0   Selangor 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC First RoundINJ
MF Firdaus Saiyadi (1996-10-22) 22 October 1996 (age 22) 0 0   Perak 2019 AIRMARINE Cup PRE

FW Hadin Azman (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 (age 25) 6 1   FELDA United 2019 AIRMARINE Cup
FW Zaquan Adha Radzak (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 (age 31) 48 12   Kedah 2019 AIRMARINE Cup
FW Kumaahran Sathasivam (1996-07-03) 3 July 1996 (age 23) 4 0   Johor Darul Ta'zim II 2019 AIRMARINE Cup
FW Hazwan Bakri (1991-06-19) 19 June 1991 (age 28) 30 7   Johor Darul Ta'zim 2019 AIRMARINE Cup
FW Hafiz Ramdan (1993-06-28) 28 June 1993 (age 26) 0 0   PKNP 2019 AIRMARINE Cup PRE

Results and fixturesEdit

All time resultsEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2019Edit

2020Edit

  • 1 : Non FIFA 'A' international match

Team officialsEdit

Competition recordEdit

     Champion       Runners-up       Third place        Fourth place  

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup Finals record Qualifications record
Host/Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA Round GP W D L GS 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 3 0 1 8 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 To be determined To be determined
    2026
Total N/A 0/21 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 59 17 13 29 71 111

Olympic GamesEdit

Olympics Finals record Qualifications record
Host/Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA Round GP W D L GS 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 See Malaysia national under-23 football team 2 See Malaysia national under-23 football team 2
  1996
  2000
  2004
  2008
  2012
  2016
Total Appearance: 1 Best: 10th 3 1 0 2 3 9 - 27 16 5 6 68 21

AFC Asian CupEdit

AFC Asian Cup Finals record Qualifications record
Host/Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA Round GP W D L GS 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 2 2 0 0 4 2
  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 4 1 2 1 5 3
  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-host
  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
Total Appearances: 3 Best: 5th 9 1 3 5 7 20 - 54 17 14 23 79 87

AFF Football ChampionshipEdit

Asian GamesEdit

Southeast Asian GamesEdit

  • * : Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
  • 1 : The competition represent by Malaya national football team.
  • 2 : The competition represent by Malaysia national under-23 football team.
  • 3 : Non FIFA 'A' international competition.
  • 4 : The competition represent by Malaysia national under-22 football team.
  • 5 : Previously known as Southeast Asian Peninsular Games (SEAP Games).
  • B : Qualified to the final round, but boycott 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

Statistics and recordsEdit

FIFA world rankingsEdit

Last update was on 25 October 2018. Source:[58]

     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
     169 2018 8 4 3 1
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

Head to head records (FIFA 'A' International Matches)Edit

Last update was against    Timor-Leste on 11 June 2019.

Malaysia national football team head to head records
Opponents Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD % Won Confederation Last Matches
  Afghanistan 3 2 1 0 9 2 +7 50.00 AFC 23 March 2019; Friendly
  Australia 7 1 0 6 1 19 −18 14.29 AFC 7 October 2011; Friendly
  Bahrain 9 2 3 4 14 20 −6 22.23 AFC
  Bangladesh 9 6 2 1 10 3 +7 66.67 AFC 29 August 2015; Friendly
  Bhutan 1 1 0 0 7 0 +7 100.00 AFC 1 April 2018; Friendly
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 0.00 UEFA 27 June 2011; Merdeka Tournament SF
  Brazil 1 0 0 1 0 4 −4 0.00 CONMEBOL 25 May 2002; Friendly
  Brunei 10 10 0 0 44 3 +41 100.00 AFC
  Cambodia 27 20 3 4 81 26 +54 73.08 AFC 8 November 2018; 2018 AFF Championship
  Canada 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5 0.00 CONCACAF 25 August 1986; Merlion Cup
  China PR 11 0 2 9 3 32 −31 0.00 AFC 10 September 2013; Friendly
  Chinese Taipei 10 6 2 3 22 12 +10 60.00 AFC 7 September 2018; Friendly
  England 1 0 0 1 2 4 −2 0.00 UEFA 12 June 1991; Friendly
  Fiji 5 2 1 2 5 8 −3 83.04 OFC 5 July 2018; Friendly
  Finland 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.00 UEFA 21 February 1997; 1997 Dunhill Cup – Friendly
  Germany 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 0.00 UEFA 29 August 1972; Summer Olympic
  Hong Kong 22 10 6 6 33 24 +9 45.56 AFC 6 June 2015; Friendly
  India 22 10 6 6 45 27 +16 45.46 AFC 16 November 2011; Friendly
  Indonesia 73 24 18 31 102 116 -14 32.88 AFC 6 September 2016; Friendly
  Iran 5 0 0 5 0 11 −11 0.00 AFC 18 July 2007; AFC Asian Cup
  Iraq 8 0 3 5 3 14 −11 0.00 AFC
  Israel 2 0 0 2 3 11 −8 0.00 UEFA, AFC 3 September 1974; Asian Games
  Jamaica 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0.00 CONCACAF 28 June 2007; Friendly
  Japan 22 8 7 7 31 26 +5 36.36 AFC 7 February 2004; Friendly
  Jordan 3 0 2 1 0 1 −1 0.00 AFC
  Kenya 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 CAF 12 August 2009; Friendly
  Kyrgyzstan 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0.00 AFC 16 October 2018; Friendly
  Kuwait 12 2 2 8 8 29 −21 16.67 AFC
  Laos 12 9 2 1 39 6 +33 72.72 AFC 12 November 2018; 2018 AFF Championship
  Lesotho 2 2 0 0 9 0 +9 100.00 CAF 11 September 2009; Friendly
  Liberia 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 100.00 CAF 27 August 1984; Merdeka Tournament
  Libya 3 0 2 1 2 2 0 0.00 CAF
  Liechtenstein 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0.00 UEFA 5 October 1981; Friendly
  Lebanon 2 0 0 2 2 4 –2 0.00 AFC 27 March 2018; 2019 AFC Asian Cup Q – 3rd Round
  Macau 3 2 1 0 14 0 +14 66.67 AFC 28 March 2016; Friendly
  Maldives 4 4 0 0 11 1 +10 100.00 AFC 3 November 2018; Friendly
  Mongolia 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 0.00 AFC 22 March 2018; Friendly
  Morocco 3 1 0 2 3 8 −5 33.34 CAF 7 February 1981; Friendly
  Myanmar 50 23 8 19 88 67 +21 44.89 AFC 24 November 2018; 2018 AFF Championship
    Nepal 7 6 1 0 23 0 +23 83.34 AFC 2 June 2019; Friendly
  New Zealand 13 2 2 9 9 31 −22 15.38 OFC 23 February 2006; Friendly
  North Korea 8 1 3 4 5 14 −9 12.50 AFC
  Oman 5 1 0 4 2 6 −4 20.00 AFC 23 March 2015; Friendly
  Pakistan 4 3 0 1 15 4 +11 75.00 AFC
  Palestine 4 1 0 3 4 16 −12 25.00 AFC 12 November 2015; 2018 World Cup Q
  Papua New Guinea 3 2 0 1 15 4 +11 66.67 OFC 14 November 2016; Friendly
  Philippines 15 11 3 1 59 3 +56 73.34 AFC 22 March 2017; Friendly
  Qatar 6 0 3 3 3 11 −8 0.00 AFC
  Saudi Arabia 10 1 2 7 8 21 −13 10.00 AFC 24 March 2016; FIFA World Cup qualification
  Senegal 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00 CAF 13 August 1982; Merdeka Tournament
  Singapore 49 19 16 14 75 56 +19 39.58 AFC 7 October 2016; Friendly
  South Korea 54 11 9 34 47 98 −51 20.37 AFC
  South Vietnam 13 7 3 3 27 15 +12 53.85 AFC 23 March 1975; Asian Cup qualification
  Sri Lanka 8 7 0 1 27 7 +10 87.50 AFC 12 October 2018; Friendly
  Sweden 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0.00 UEFA 14 November 1979; Friendly
  Syria 4 2 0 2 10 8 +2 50.00 AFC 22 August 2017; Friendly
  Tajikistan 1 0 0 1 1 4 −3 0.00 AFC 8 August 2014; Friendly
  Thailand 110 40 35 35 158 149 +9 37.00 AFC 5 December 2018; 2018 AFF Championship Semi-final
  Timor-Leste 6 5 1 0 22 3 +19 66.67 AFC 11 June 2019; FIFA World Cup qualification
  Turkey 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 0.00 UEFA 5 October 1980 Islamic Games
  United Arab Emirates 8 2 0 6 5 22 −17 25.00 AFC 17 November 2015; 2018 World Cup Q
  United States 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 100.00 CONCACAF 29 August 1972; Summer Olympics
  Uruguay 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6 0.00 CONMEBOL 1 June 1985; Friendly
  Uzbekistan 6 0 0 6 2 21 −19 0.00 AFC 18 November 2009; Asian Cup qualification
  Vietnam 19 5 3 11 19 25 −6 31.25 AFC 11 December 2018; 2018 AFF Championship
  Yemen 2 2 0 1 4 3 +1 60.00 AFC 5 March 2014; Asian Cup qualification
Total 704 271 154 281 1130 1021 1119
Notes
  • Table above is a list of all FIFA 'A' international matches Malaysia have played against FIFA recognised teams.[4][59][60][61]

Honours and achievementsEdit

ContinentalEdit

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

RegionalEdit

MinorEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Result count since after the Federation of Malaysia formation on 16 September 1963.[5]
  2. ^ The home match of Malaysia against Timor-Leste, originally to be played on 6 June 2019, was later postponed due to Eid al-Fitr celebrations following a request from the Football Association of Malaysia.[56]
  3. ^ Timor-Leste played their home match against Malaysia in the latter country due to a lack of a suitable venue in their country.[57]
  4. ^ Earned Malaysian nationality after Malaysia formed on 16 September 1963. Became Singaporean after Singapore separation from Malaysia in 1965

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