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The Malaysia national football team is the national team of Malaysiamarker 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 Malayamarker and was known as the Malaya national football team.

History

National Team

Before the establishment of Malaysiamarker 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 Jakartamarker, Indonesiamarker 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..

After the establishment of the Malaysian Federationmarker 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 Malaysiamarker, with notable players such as Namat Abdullah and Shaharuddin Abdullah, Wong Fook Chuan, N. Thanabalan, Zulkifli Norbit and captain Abdullah Nordin. Malaysia qualified for 1972 Olympics in Munichmarker, 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 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 Germanymarker in 1988.

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 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 bronze 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 Penangmarker 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.

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 national football team on penalties after playing out a 2-2 draw over two legs.

Malaysiamarker and Malaysia national football team participated in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup as co-hosts along with Vietnammarker, Thailandmarker and Indonesiamarker. 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.

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 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.

Kit

Before the national team kit manufactured by Nikemarker, 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 Nikemarker. 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
1930 to
1970
Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
1974 to
2010
Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Total - - - - - - - -


Olympic Games Record

Olympic Games Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
1900 to
1960
Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
1964 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
1968 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
1972 Round 1 10/16 3 1 0 2 3 9
1976 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
1980 Qualify but boycott - - - - - - -
1984 to
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 0 – 3 Loss
Round 1 3 – 0 Win
Round 1 0 – 6 Loss


AFC Asian Cup Record

AFC Asian Cup Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
1956 to
1972
Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
1976 Round 1 5/6 2 0 1 1 1 3
1980 Round 1 6/10 4 1 2 1 5 5
1984 to
2004
Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
2007 Round 1 16/16 3 0 0 3 1 12
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
1951 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
1954 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
1958 Round 1 12/14 3 0 0 3 2 8
1962 Third Place 3/8 5 3 0 2 23 9
1966 Round 1 15/17 3 0 0 3 1 5
1970 Round 1 16/16 3 0 0 3 0 4
1974 Third Place 3/15 7 3 2 2 20 13
1978 Round 2 7/14 5 2 0 3 4 10
1982 Round 1 14/16 3 0 0 3 1 4
1986 Round 1 15/18 3 0 1 2 2 5
1990 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
1994 Round 1 11/18 4 1 1 2 6 11
1998 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
2002 Round 1 11/16 3 1 0 2 3 6
2006marker 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
1996 Runners-up 2/10 6 3 2 1 18 4
1998 Round 1 6/8 3 0 1 2 0 3
2000 Third Place 3/9 6 4 1 1 12 4
2002 Fourth Place 4/9 5 2 1 2 9 5
2004 Third Place 3/10 7 5 0 2 14 9
2007 Semi-finalist 3/8 5 1 3 1 6 3
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 Stadiummarker, Cheras, Kuala Lumpurmarker (H) 0-5 (L)
July 12, 2009 Friendly Match1 KLFA Stadiummarker, Cheras, Kuala Lumpurmarker (H) 4-0 (W) Safiq Indra Putra Farderin Norshahrul
July 14, 2009 Friendly Match1 Shah Alam Stadiummarker, Shah Alammarker (H) 1-0 (W) Thirumurugan
July 18, 2009 Friendly Match1 National Stadium, Bukit Jalilmarker, Kuala Lumpurmarker (H) Manchester United 2-3 (L) Amri Yahyah
July 20, 2009 Friendly Match1 National Stadium, Bukit Jalilmarker, Kuala Lumpurmarker (H) Manchester United 0-2 (L)
August 12, 2009 Friendly Match Shah Alam Stadiummarker, Shah Alammarker (H) 0-0 (D)
August 15, 2009 Friendly Match Shah Alam Stadiummarker, Shah Alammarker (H) 0-0 (D)
August 30, 2009 Friendly Match Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadiummarker, Dammammarker (A) 1-2 (L) Shakir
September 5, 2009 Friendly Match King Abdullah Stadiummarker, Ammanmarker (A) 0-0 (D)
September 11, 2009 Friendly Match MBPJ Stadiummarker, Kelana Jaya (H) 5-0 (W) Zaquan Norshahrul Manaf Amirul Hadi
November 5, 2009 Friendly Match1 KLFA Stadiummarker, Cheras, Kuala Lumpurmarker (A) Kuala Lumpur 1-2 (W) Norshahrul Safiq
November 14, 2009 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification Pakhtakor Stadiummarker, Tashkentmarker, Uzbekistanmarker (A) 3-1 (L) Zaquan
November 18, 2009 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification National Stadium, Bukit Jalilmarker, Kuala Lumpurmarker (H) 1-3 (L) Badrol
November 26, 2009 Friendly Match Kuala Lumpurmarker (H) 0-1 (L)
January 6, 2010 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification Sharjah Stadiummarker, UAEmarker (A)


1 Non FIFA 'A' international match

Current squad

Squad for 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification.

Name Date Of Birth Club Caps (goals)2
Goalkeepers
Mohd Farizal Marlias June 29, 1986 Perlis
5 (0)
Syed Adney Syed Hussein November 29, 1986 Kelantan
6 (0)
Defenders
Mohd Sabre Mat Abu August 8, 1988 Kedah
5 (0)
Mohd Azmi Muslim October 17, 1986 UPB-MyTeam
5 (0)
Norhafiz Zamani Misbah July 15, 1981 KL PLUS
57 (2)
Mohd Nasriq Baharom February 2, 1987 Selangor
0 (0)
Mohd Muslim Ahmad April 25, 1989 Harimau Muda
3 (0)
Mohd Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak August 3, 1987 Negeri Sembilan
23 (1)
Mahali Jasuli April 2, 1989 Harimau Muda
4 (0)
Midfielders
Badrol Bakhtiar February 1, 1988 Kedah
5 (0)
Mohd Safiq Rahim July 5, 1987 KL PLUS
6 (0)
Mohd Amri Yahyah January 21, 1981 Selangor
10 (1)
Amar Rohidan April 23, 1987 Perlis
2 (0)
S. Kunanlan September 15, 1986 Negeri Sembilan
4 (0)
Strikers
Razali Umar Kandasamy August 5, 1986 Perak
0 (0)
Norshahrul Idlan Talaha June 8, 1986 Kelantan
6 (1)
Ahmad Fakri Saarani July 8, 1989 Perlis
4 (0)
Mohd Zaquan Adha Abdul Radzak August 3, 1987 Negeri Sembilan
19 (3)


Players not selected for away match against Uzbekistan.

Name Date Of Birth Club Caps (goals)2
Mohd Sharbini Mohd Alawee December 12, 1986 Terengganu
0 (0)
Mohd Asraruddin Putra Omar August 26, 1988 Selangor
11 (0)
Mazlizam Mohamad September 19, 1986 Perlis
0 (0)
Mohd Faizal Muhamad March 3, 1989 Harimau Muda
1 (0)
Mohd Bunyamin Umar January 7, 1989 UPB-MyTeam
5 (1)
K. Gurusamy November 20, 1988 Harimau Muda
2 (0)
Mohd Amirul Hadi Zainal May 27, 1986 Selangor
17 (4)
Mohd Syazwan Zainon November 13, 1989 Perlis
0 (0)
Ahmad Shakir Mohd Ali December 7, 1989 Harimau Muda
4 (1)
Farderin Kadir January 30, 1987 Kuala Muda Naza
2 (0)
Abdul Manaf Mamat April 8, 1987 Terengganu
3 (2)


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

Coaching staff

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


Previous squads







National Team Coaches

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


References and notes

  1. http://www.mysinchew.com/node/13264?tid=14
  2. http://thestar.com.my/sports/story.asp?file=/2007/7/20/sports/18359627&sec=sports
  3. Bicskei Bertalan


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