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|Number of teams||16
|Most successful club(s)||Selangor
|Television broadcasters||Astro Arena
The Malaysia Cup (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.
The tournament began in 1921, when it was called the Malaya Cup. The original trophy was presented by the officers and men of a British battleship, the HMS Malaya. In honour of this, the competition was renamed the HMS Malaya Cup in 1933. A new trophy was inaugurated in 1967, and since then the competition has been known as the Malaysia Cup.
A league competition was introduced in Malaysia in 1982. 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. When the league began, it was intended primarily as a qualifying tournament for the Malaysia Cup. However over the years, the league competition has gained important stature in its own right.
In 2003, MPPJ FC became the first club 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
|18||Johor Darul Ta'zim F.C.||-||1|
Records & trivia
|Most Times Champion||Selangor||32 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 club team to compete||Johor FC||2000|
|1st club 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
- "Malaysia - List of Cup Winners". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
- "Piala Malaysia". Portal Pusat Maklumat Rakyat (in Malay). Retrieved 5 November 2014.
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