|Full name||Rajagobal Krishnasamy|
|Date of birth||10 July 1956|
|Place of birth||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Sarawak FA (head coach)|
|2007–2009||Harimau Muda A|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Datuk K. Rajagobal (Rajagobal Krishnasamy, Tamil: கி.ராஜகோபால்; born 10 July 1956) is a Malaysian football manager and former national player He is the former head coach for Malaysia national football team and Malaysia U-23 football team. Currently he is the head coach of Sarawak FA in Malaysia Super League.
Beginnings as coach
He was appointed coach for the young Malaysia U-20 team from 2004 until 2006; and the Malaysian U-19 (known as Harimau Muda A) in 2007 to 2009. Under his guidance, Harimau Muda A became the Premier League champion in 2009. Since July 2009, he is the head coach for both the Harimau Muda and Malaysia senior team, taking over from B. Sathianathan. His first games was a 3-0 win against Singapore under-23 team and 5-0 win against Zimbabwe .
Rajagopal is best known for guiding Malaysia's Under-23 side to its first gold medal in 20 years at the 2009 Southeast Asian Games in Laos where the team defeated Vietnam 1–0 in the final on 17 December after earlier knocking out 8-time defending champions, Thailand, in the group stage. After the victory, Rajagopal earned the nickname "King Gopal". In July 2009, Rajagopal coached Malaysia in two games against English champions, Manchester United, lost in both matches 1-0 and 2-3 .
He also led Malaysia national football team to win the AFF Suzuki Cup in 2010, the first time Malaysia won the championship since its inception in 1996. His philosophy of changing the tactical approach from a defensive to offensive playing style has been rewarded in this victory. His young team has shown a high standard of football possession, good defensive structure and clinical finish en route to clinch the AFF Suzuki Cup although his side lost their main charismatic and influential defender (Aidil Zafuan) and many more potential young players.
Awards And Recognition
On 4 June 2011, K. Rajagopal was awarded the Panglima Jasa Negara (P.J.N) which carries the title Datuk in conjunction with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong's birthday, 2011. He was among 67 recipients of the awards from His Majesty Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin at Balairong Seri, Istana Negara.
Honours as manager
- Winners (1): 2010
- Winners/Gold medals (1): 2009 SEA Games
- "MIC Chief Calls For Award For National Football Coach". Bernama.com. 30 December 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
- "King honours Aru, Rajagopal". Kuala Lumpur: The Star Online. 5 June 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2011.