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|Number of teams||16
|Most successful club(s)||Selangor
|Television broadcasters||Media Prima
|2016 Malaysia Cup|
The Malaysia Cup (Malay: Piala Malaysia) is an annual association football tournament in Malaysia. The cup was first held in 1921. The competition is currently played at the end of each year's football season, and is contested by the 16 most successful teams in Malaysia's football league that year.
In January 1921, the British Royal Navy battleship H. M. S. Malaya called at Port Swettenham (now Port Klang), Singapore, Malacca, Penang and Port Dickson. During its stay, the crew competed in friendly matches in football, rugby, hockey, sailing and golf against local clubs.
Three months later, the Chief Secretary of the Federated Malay States government received a letter from Captain H. T. Buller of the H. M. S. Malaya, which offered two cups to be competed for in football and rugby as tokens of their gratitude for the reception they received in Malaya.The cup for football were then known as the Malaya Cup The offer was accepted and various club representatives met to organise the tournament.A Malaya Cup committee was set up and it was decided to run the football competition in northern and southern sections.The first tournament were entrusted to be run by the Selangor Club. The inaugural tournament were played by six teams and won by Singapore. During 1923, a newspaper described it as “by far the greatest sporting event of the year (in Malaya)”
The competition was renamed the HMS Malaya Cup in 1933. In 1959, the HMS Malaya Cup departed from the traditional one round tournament to a two round home and away format in three zones, East, South and North.A new trophy was inaugurated in 1967, and since then the competition has been known as the Malaysia Cup.
A one-round league competition was introduced in Malaysia in 1979.The top four teams at the end of the league will face off in two semi-finals before the winners made it to the finals.In 1981, the quarter-finals stage were introduced.When the league began, it was intended primarily as a qualifying tournament for the Malaysia Cup. However,in 1982, the League Champions Cup was awarded to the winners of the league. Since then, the Malaysia Cup has been held after the conclusion of the league each year, with only the best-performing teams in the league qualifying for the Malaysia Cup.
In 2003, MPPJ FC became the first non state team to win the cup. Prior to that year, the two teams which made the final had always been representative sides of the regional Football Associations, or military teams.
Teams representing two of Malaysia's neighbouring countries have been involved in the competition. Brunei FA won the cup in 1999 and continue to be involved though in recent years they have been represented by the club side DPMM FC, whereas initially their team was organised by the Football Association of Brunei. Singapore used to enter a team organised by the Football Association of Singapore. Their team won the cup 24 times and are the second most successful side in the competition's history after Selangor. However, after their last win in 1994, Singapore withdrew from the competition following a dispute with the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) over gate receipts and have not been involved since. In 2011, Football Association of Singapore announced that Singapore would be back to join the Malaysia Cup in 2012.
Champions and finalist
Best performing teams
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Records & trivia
|Most Times Champion||Selangor||33 times, including two time champion with Singapore|
|1st Malaya Cup Champion||Singapore||1921|
|1st HMS Malaya Cup Champion||Singapore||1933|
|1st Malaysia Cup Champion||Perak||1967|
|1st champion after World War II||N.Sembilan||1948|
|1st winner of the 21st Century||Perak||2000|
|1st champion at Merdeka Stadium||Perak||1957|
|1st champion at Shah Alam Stadium||Singapore||1994|
|1st champions National Stadium, Bukit Jalil||Perak||1998|
|The teams that had won a hat-trick||Singapore||5 times (1923-1924-1925) (1928-1929-1930) (1932-1933-1934) (1939-1940-1941) and (1950-1951-1952)|
|Selangor||4 times (1927-1928-1929) (1961-1962-1963) (1971-1972-1973) and (1995-1996-1997)|
|K.Lumpur||1 times (1987-1988-1989)|
|1st non state team to compete||Johor FC||2000|
|1st non state team champion||MPPJ FC||2004|
|Longest consecutive finalist||Singapore||1921–1941|
|The teams that had title shared||Selangor & Singapore||1928 and 1929|
|The most team entered the final but lost||Sabah||3 times (1996, 2002 and 2003)|
|ATM||3 times (1949, 1966 and 2012)|
|The state team that never played in the final yet||Melaka|
|The team entered the finals three times (or more) but did not win all||Perak||2 times (1959, 1960 and 1961) and (1970, 1971 and 1972)|
|(Except Selangor and Singapore)||Penang||1952, 1953 and 1954|
|Kedah||1987, 1988 and 1989|
|Perlis||2004, 2005 and 2006|
|The team with the longest period gap to winning the Malaysia Cup again||N.Sembilan||61 years (1948–2009)|
|The team requires the longest period to win the Malaysia Cup||Kelantan||89 years (1921–2010)|
|Perlis||83 years (1921–2004)|
|Records||Teams and players||Entry|
|Most teams goal in the final||Selangor||8 goals (1927 and 1968)|
|Singapore||8 Goals (1933)|
|Most goal in the final||Singapore – Selangor||10 goal (1933)|
|Top scorer in the single final match||Abdul Ghani Minhat||4 goals (1961)|
|Hat-trick hero in final match||Abdul Ghani Minhat (4 goals)
Juan Manuel Arostegui
|Foreign coach most of the championship team lead||Ken Worden||3 times (1995, 1996 and 2002)|
|Players who won the most title with the same team||Mokhtar Dahari||10 title (1972–1986)|
|Foreign player who won the title 3 consecutive times||Mehmet Durakovic||1995, 1996 and 1997|
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- FAS REVEAL LIONSXII COACH AND SQUAD LIST – Football Association of Singapore, 5 December 2011
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