History of Malaysian football

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History of Malaysian football
Country Malaysia
Confederation AFC
Founded 1989 (Semi-Pro)
1994 (Professional League)
2004 (Super League)
Divisions 1st, 2nd & 3rd
Level on pyramid 1, 2 & 3
Domestic cup(s) Malaysia Cup
Malaysia FA Cup
International cup(s) AFC Cup

This article describes the history of Malaysian football.'

Introduction[edit]

There are three major trophies to be won by the teams in Malaysia football competition which are Malaysia Super League, Malaysia Cup and Malaysia FA Cup.[1]

History[edit]

League championships[edit]

Malaysia Super League[edit]

A football league competition involving the representative sides of the state football assiociations was first held in Malaysia in 1979. When it began, it was intended primarily as a qualifying tournament for the final knock-out stages of the Malaysia Cup. It was not until 1982 that a League Cup was introduced to recognise the winners of the preliminary stage as the league champions. Over the years, the league competition has gained important stature in its own right.

Initially the only teams allowed to participate in the league were the state FA's sides, teams representing the Armed Forces and the Police, and teams representing the neighbouring countries of Singapore and Brunei (though the Football Association of Singapore pulled out of the Malaysian League after the 1994 season following a dispute with the Football Association of Malaysia over gate receipts, and has not been involved since). In recent years, top Malaysian club teams have also been admitted to the league competition.

Johor Darul Takzim F.C. is the current Super League Champion.

Between 1989 to 1993 and 1998 to 2003, the football league in Malaysia was divided into two levels:

Between 1994 to 1997, there was no second level league as the top two leagues were combined.

Between 2004 to 2006, the professional football league in Malaysia was divided into 2 levels and 2 groups:

In 2007, the professional football league in Malaysia was only divided into 2 levels when Malaysia Premier League combined into 1 level:

Starting from 2008 until now, FAM League was introduced to the third tier of Malaysia football league:

Cups[edit]

Malaysia Cup[edit]

The Malaysia Cup is a highly-prestigious annual soccer tournament in Malaysia. It is currently the longest-running football competition in Asia. Malaysia Cup history began with the Malaya Cup contested in the 1921 where the championship is accompanied by the states of Malaya. When it involves the final winner of the north and south through the tournament champion is divided respectively. In 1933, Malaya Cup was renamed the HMS Malaya Cup taken in conjunction with the name of the battleship HMS Malaya. Commanding officer of the ship when the captain Ion Beauchamp Butler has donated a trophy and then named it HMS Malaya Cup.

World War II forced the cessation of competition from 1942 to 1947 and HMS Malaya Cup restarted in 1948. In 1967 the trophy has been replaced with a new trophy Malaysia Cup. Not long after, a team from the Borneo states of Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei joined Malaysia Cup. Beginning in 1982, a league championship was introduced to determine who qualified for the final. It will be contested after the expiry of Malaysian football league and the only team that showed the best performance in the league are eligible to compete for the Malaysia Cup.

But in 1995, Singapore no longer played in the Malaysia League and thus do not played in the Malaysia Cup. This is because the Football Association of Singapore are having problems with the Football Association of Malaysia and finally pulled out in the world of Malaysian football. But before retreating, Singapore managed to win the 1994 Malaysia Cup for the last time.

In 1999, the number of teams entering the Malaysia Cup increased by 12 teams. a year later, the number of teams increased to 16 teams and team status for the first time the club managed to join the Malaysia Cup, Johor FC. The first club to win the Malaysia Cup and so far was MPPJ Selangor in 2003. Selangor is the team with the highest achievement in the midst of the Malaysia Cup, winning 32 titles and 16 runner-up. Pahang is the latest winner of the Malaysia Cup.

Malaysia FA Cup[edit]

The Malaysia FA Cup is a national knock-out soccer competition organised by the Football Association of Malaysia. This trophy was introduced in 1990. Current holder of the FA Cup is Pahang FA.[2]

Records[edit]

Below are the record of teams in Malaysian football competitions since 1921 till present. Only active teams will be list.

Team Malaysia Super League Malaysia Premier League Malaysia FAM League Malaysia FA Cup Malaysia Cup Malaysia Charity Shield AFC Cup AFC Champions League Total
Selangor Selangor FA 7 2 5 5 32 8 - - 60
Singapore Singapore/LionsXII 5 - - 2 24 1 - - 32
Perak Perak FA 2 - 3 2 7 3 - - 17
Kedah Kedah FA 3 3 - 3 4 2 - - 15
Pahang Pahang FA 5 - - 2 4 3 - - 14
Penang Penang FA 3 - 5 1 4 1 - - 14
Federal Territory (Malaysia) Kuala Lumpur FA 2 - - 3 3 3 - - 11
Kelantan Kelantan FA 2 1 3 1 2 1 - - 10
Johor Johor Darul Takzim II FC 1 1 - 1 2 1 - - 6
Perlis Perlis FA 1 1 - - 2 2 - - 6
Terengganu Terengganu FA - 2 1 1 1 1 - - 6
Negeri Sembilan Negeri Sembilan FA 1 1 - 2 3 1 - - 5
Johor Johor Darul Takzim FC 1 1 2 - - - - - 4
Sarawak Sarawak FA 1 - - 1 - 1 - - 3
Sabah Sabah FA 1 - - 1 - - - - 2
Malacca Malacca FA 1 - - - - - - - 1
Federal Territory (Malaysia) PDRM FA - 1 - - - - - - 1
Kuala Lumpur Sime Darby FC - - 1 - - - - - 1
Federal Territory (Malaysia) ATM FA - 1 - - - - - - 1
  • Table shows teams' wins in all competitions
  • Numbers in bracket shows runner-up finishes in competitions
  • Although the FA of Malaysia has not recognised retrospectively the league winners for 1979–1981, these are included for statistical comparison.
  • The figures in bold represent the most times this competition has been won by the team
  • Singapore FA is replaced by LionsXII to represent Singapore in 2012.

Hall of Fame[edit]

League[edit]

Year Champion Runners-up Third Place
1982 Penang FA Federal Territory Selangor FA
1983 Malacca FA Penang FA Kelantan FA
1984 Selangor FA Pahang FA Penang FA
1985 Singapore FA Johor FA Pahang FA
1986 Federal Territory Singapore FA Selangor FA
1987 Pahang FA Kuala Lumpur FA Singapore
1988 Kuala Lumpur FA Singapore FA Kelantan FA
1989 Selangor FA Kuala Lumpur FA Kedah FA
1990 Selangor FA Singapore FA Perak FA
1991 Johor FA Pahang FA Perak FA
1992 Pahang FA Terengganu FA Negeri Sembilan FA
1993 Kedah FA Sarawak FA Perak FA
1994 Singapore FA Kedah FA Sarawak FA
1995 Pahang FA Selangor FA Sarawak FA
1996 Sabah FA Kedah FA Negeri Sembilan FA
1997 Sarawak FA Sabah FA Kedah FA
1998 Penang FA Pahang FA Brunei FA
1999 Pahang FA Penang FA Negeri Sembilan FA
2000 Selangor FA Penang FA Perak FA
2001 Penang FA Terengganu FA Kelantan FA
2002 Perak FA Selangor FA Sabah FA
2003 Perak FA Kedah FA Perlis FA
2004 Pahang FA Public Bank FC Perlis FA
2005 Perlis FA Pahang FA Perak FA
2006 Negeri Sembilan FA Melaka TMFC Perak FA
2007 Kedah FA Perak FA DPMM FC
2008 Kedah FA Negeri Sembilan FA Johor FC
2009 Selangor FA Perlis FA Kedah FA
2010 Selangor FA Kelantan FA Terengganu FA
2011 Kelantan FA Terengganu FA Selangor FA
2012 Kelantan FA Singapore LIONSXII Selangor FA
2013 LionsXII Selangor FA Johor Darul Takzim F.C.
2014 Johor Darul Takzim F.C. Selangor FA Pahang FA

Cups[edit]

Year Malaysia Cup Malaysia FA Cup FAM Cup
1921 Singapore No competition No competition
1922 Selangor FA No competition No competition
1923 Singapore No competition No competition
1924 Singapore No competition No competition
1925 Singapore No competition No competition
1926 Perak FA No competition No competition
1927 Selangor FA No competition No competition
1928 Selangor FA & Singapore No competition No competition
1929 Selangor FA & Singapore No competition No competition
1930 Singapore No competition No competition
1931 Perak FA No competition No competition
1932 Singapore No competition No competition
1933 Singapore No competition No competition
1934 Singapore No competition No competition
1935 Selangor FA No competition No competition
1936 Selangor FA No competition No competition
1937 Singapore No competition No competition
1938 Selangor FA No competition No competition
1939 Singapore No competition No competition
1940 Singapore No competition No competition
1941 Singapore No competition No competition
1942-47 No competition due to World War II No competition No competition
1948 Negeri Sembilan FA No competition No competition
1949 Selangor FA No competition No competition
1950 Singapore No competition No competition
1951 Singapore No competition No competition
1952 Singapore No competition Penang FA
1953 Penang FA No competition Kelantan FA & Selangor FA
1954 Penang FA No competition Selangor FA
1955 Singapore No competition Penang FA
1956 Selangor FA No competition Penang FA
1957 Perak FA No competition Penang FA
1958 Penang FA No competition Malaysian Combined Services
1959 Selangor FA No competition Perak FA
1960 Singapore No competition Selangor FA
1961 Selangor FA No competition Selangor FA
1962 Selangor FA No competition Selangor FA
1963 Selangor FA No competition Singapore
1964 Singapore No competition Perak FA
1965 Singapore No competition Perak FA
1966 Selangor FA No competition Selangor FA
1967 Perak FA No competition Singapore
1968 Selangor FA No competition Selangor FA
1969 Selangor FA No competition Terengganu FA
1970 Perak FA No competition Prisons
1971 Selangor FA No competition Prisons
1972 Selangor FA No competition Selangor FA
1973 Selangor FA No competition Prisons
1974 Penang FA No competition Selangor Umno
1975 Selangor FA No competition Kuantan FA
1976 Selangor FA No competition Adabi Sports Club
1977 Singapore No competition Kuantan FA & Kilat Kota Bharu
1978 Selangor FA No competition NS Indians & PKNS FC
1979 Selangor FA No competition PKNS FC
1980 Singapore No competition Darulmakmur FC
1981 Selangor FA No competition Penang Port Commission
1982 Selangor FA No competition Sultan Sulaiman Club
1983 Pahang FA No competition Penang Port Commission
1984 Selangor FA No competition Johor Bahru FA
1985 Johor FA No competition Cheq Point FC
1986 Selangor FA No competition Penang Development Corporation
1987 Kuala Lumpur FA No competition No competition
1988 Kuala Lumpur FA No competition Kuala Lumpur City Hall
1989 Kuala Lumpur FA No competition Kedah SEDC
1990 Kedah FA Perak FA Kuala Lumpur City Hall
1991 Johor FA Selangor FA Kuala Lumpur City Hall
1992 Pahang FA Sarawak FA Kedah SEDC
1993 Kedah FA Kuala Lumpur FA Intel FC
1994 Singapore Kuala Lumpur FA Johor SEDC (PKENJ)
1995 Selangor FA Sabah FA Johor SEDC (PKENJ)
1996 Selangor FA Kedah FA Melaka Telekom
1997 Selangor FA Selangor FA Armed Forces
1998 Perak FA Johor FA Melaka Telekom
1999 Brunei Kuala Lumpur FA Kelantan JKR
2000 Perak FA Terengganu FA Kedah JKR
2001 Terengganu FA Selangor FA MPPJ FC
2002 Selangor FA Penang FA Kelantan JPS
2003 Selangor MPPJ Negeri Sembilan FA PKNS FC
2004 Perlis FA Perak FA Suria NTFA
2005 Selangor FA Selangor FA Kelantan FA
2006 Perlis FA Pahang FA Pasir Gudang United
2007 Kedah FA Kedah FA Proton FC
2008 Kedah FA Kedah FA T-Team FC
2009 Negeri Sembilan FA Selangor FA Pos Malaysia FC
2010 Kelantan FA Negeri Sembilan FA Sime Darby FC
2011 Negeri Sembilan FA Terengganu FA Betaria FC
2012 Kelantan FA Kelantan FA KL SPA FC
2013 Pahang FA Kelantan FA Penang FA
2014 Pahang FA Pahang FA Kuantan FA

Three major competitions (1989-current)[edit]

Year League FA Cup Malaysia Cup
1989 Selangor FA No Competition Kuala Lumpur FA
1990 Selangor FA Perak FA Kedah FA
1991 Johor FA Selangor FA Johor FA
1992 Pahang FA Sarawak FA Pahang FA
1993 Kedah FA Kuala Lumpur FA Kedah FA
1994 Singapore FA Kuala Lumpur FA Singapore FA
1995 Pahang FA Sabah FA Selangor FA
1996 Sabah FA Kedah FA Selangor FA
1997 Sarawak FA Selangor FA Selangor FA
1998 Penang FA Johor FA Perak FA
1999 Pahang FA Kuala Lumpur FA Brunei FA
2000 Selangor FA Terengganu FA Perak FA
2001 Penang FA Selangor FA Terengganu FA
2002 Perak FA Penang FA Selangor FA
2003 Perak FA Negeri Sembilan FA Selangor MPPJ
2004 Pahang FA Perak FA Perlis FA
2005 Perlis FA Selangor FA Selangor FA
2006 Negeri Sembilan FA Pahang FA Perlis FA
2007 Kedah FA Kedah FA Kedah FA
2008 Kedah FA Kedah FA Kedah FA
2009 Selangor FA Selangor FA Negeri Sembilan FA
2010 Selangor FA Negeri Sembilan FA Kelantan FA
2011 Kelantan FA Terengganu FA Negeri Sembilan FA
2012 Kelantan FA Kelantan FA Kelantan FA
2013 LionsXII Kelantan FA Pahang FA
2014 Johor Darul Ta'zim Pahang FA Pahang FA

Great honours[edit]

Great honours are titled for the team who won two trophies (double) and three trophies (treble) in the same season. It covers Malaysia Super League, Malaysia FA Cup and Malaysia Cup.

Treble[edit]

See The Double and The Treble

Team Year Winning titles
Kedah FA 2006-07 Super League, Malaysia FA Cup, Malaysia Cup
Kedah FA 2007-08 Super League, Malaysia FA Cup, Malaysia Cup
Kelantan FA 2012 Super League, Malaysia FA Cup, Malaysia Cup

Double[edit]

Team Year Winning titles
Pahang FA 2014 Malaysia Cup, FA Cup
Selangor FA 2009 Super League, FA Cup
Selangor FA 2005 FA Cup, Malaysia Cup
Selangor FA 1997 Malaysia Division 1, Malaysia Cup
Singapore FA 1994 Malaysia Division 1, Malaysia Cup
Kedah FA 1993 Malaysia Division 1, Malaysia Cup
Pahang FA 1992 Malaysia Division 1, Malaysia Cup
Johor FA 1991 Malaysia Division 1, Malaysia Cup

See also[edit]

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