Malaysia national football team

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Malaysia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Harimau Malaya
(Malayan Tigers)
[1]
Skuad Kebangsaan
(National Team)
AssociationFootball Association of Malaysia (FAM)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationAFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coachTan Cheng Hoe
CaptainMohd Zaquan Adha
Top scorerMokhtar Dahari (50 Goals)
Home stadiumBukit Jalil National Stadium
FIFA codeMAS
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current169 Increase 2 (25 October 2018)[2]
Highest75 (August 1993)
Lowest178 (March 2018)
Elo ranking
Current183 Increase 1 (18 November 2018)[3]
Highest60 (1 March 1977)
Lowest184 (22 March 2018)
First international
 Malaysia 1–1 Thailand 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 12 October 1963)[note 1]
Biggest win
 Malaysia 11–0 Philippines 
(Tehran, Iran; 7 September 1974)
Biggest defeat
 United Arab Emirates 10–0 Malaysia 
(Abu Dhabi, UAE; 3 September 2015)
AFC Asian Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1976)
Best resultGroup stage, 1976, 1980 and 2007

The Malaysia national football team (Malay: Pasukan bola sepak kebangsaan Malaysia) is the national association football team of Malaysia and is controlled by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM). The national team was founded in 1963 Merdeka Tournament one month before the establishment of the Malaysian Federation. Malaysia national football team is recognised by FIFA as the successor of the defunct Malaya national football team. The Malaysian team is nicknamed Harimau Malaya in reference of the Malayan tiger.

It is one of the successful teams in Southeast Asia along with Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, winning bronze at the Asian Games in 1974 as well winning the ASEAN Football Championship in 2010 and other competitions while improving at the same time.

In the FIFA World Rankings, Malaysia's highest standing was in the first release of the figures, in August 1993, at 75th. Malaysia's main rival on the international stage are their geographical neighbours, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore, and past matches between these three teams have produced much drama.

Etymology[edit]

The Harimau Malaya nickname have been used since the former Malaya national football team. The nickname refer to the national animal of Malaysia, the Malayan tiger.[4] Another source stated the name was believed to have been derived from a Malayan football player from Stulang Laut, Johor named Abdullah Mohd Don (Dollah Don) after he been called as "Harimau Malaya" by the founding father of Indonesia, Sukarno when managed to chasing his team lost of 0–3 against an Indonesian football club by scoring hat-trick in a match between Singaporean Malay Club and Peseja (Persija Jakarta) in 1953.[5][6]

Although the Federation of Malaysia have been formed on 16 September 1963, the name are still being maintained for the national squad, thus there is some debate as most Malaysian in the East felt the "Malaya" term does not cover the whole country.[7] Some supporters in the East felt offended when the media in the West Malaysia keep continuously using the term even some in the West said it is just a small matter and the naming issue had been politicised as the term "Malayan tiger" came from an endangered endemic tiger subspecies in Malay Peninsula rather than a geopolitical reason.[8][9][10]

As part of rebranding of the national football team by FAM from 2 February 2016 onward, the nickname Harimau Malaya was officially changed to Harimau Malaysia in a bid to be more inclusive especially to the East Malaysian sides.[11][12] The Harimau Malaysia nickname was also used to refer the former national player, Shaharuddin Abdullah. Since the 1970s, he was known as "Harimau Malaysia" by the football fans due to his ability to score many goals. He once scored 15 goals for Malaysia in the Merdeka Cup tournament which stood as a record for years.[13]

However, after a recent changes during FAM congress in March 2017, a drastic measures has been taken to restructure all aspect of national football organisation and management.[14] This include the restoration of the old nickname (from the current nickname of Malaysian tiger which just used for a year)[15] starting from 3 April 2017.[1] The sudden changes has also affected all related websites and social media regarding the previous name which has since been indefinitely terminated.[1]

History[edit]

Early years (1963–1969)[edit]

The winner of the second season of Merdeka Cup in 1958, Malaya football team, five years before the merger to form Malaysia. Also in the picture is Tunku Abdul Rahman (centre), the first Prime Minister of Malaya.

Before the establishment of Malaysia on 16 September 1963, North Borneo (now Sabah), Sarawak, Malaya and Singapore are represented by their own national teams, a situation which pre-dated the establishment of a Malaysia.[16] Malaya and Singapore usually competed in an international competition such as the Merdeka Tournament while North Borneo and Sarawak competed in Borneo Cup. Malaya's biggest achievement in football was becoming the bronze medalist of the 1962 Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia after defeating South Vietnam 4–1.

The winner of the first season of Borneo Cup in 1962, North Borneo football team, one year before the merger to form Malaysia.

The beginning of Malaysia football team match took place in Merdeka Stadium on 8 August 1963 with the combined strength of Singapore and Malaya (although the federation was only existed after 16 September 1963). With the combined forces of Malaya and Singapore, the team start their match with Japan, thought lost 3–4.[17] The team continued to use combination of players from Singapore and Malay Peninsula until the formation of the Malaysian Federation and ended when Singapore's separated from Malaysia in 1965. Since then the squad was only represented by West Malaysian players, mainly due to difficulties of that time to travel to East Malaysia and the players were not well known to mainstream West Malaysian football.

Asia's most formidable (1970–1980)[edit]

The 1972 Olympic team in South Korea in their preparation for an away match.
Malaysia's 1972 Summer Olympic squad with a Malayan tiger which is the official symbol of the team.

In 1971, James Wong of Sabah is the first player from East Malaysia to represent the country.[18][19] Malaysia qualified for the 1972 Olympics in Munich, beating Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines along the way. Although they managed to defeat the United States 3–0, they lost the other 2 matches with a score of 0–3 to West Germany and 0–6 to Morocco, ranking 10th in the final standings. From 1972, Mokhtar Dahari is considered as the legend footballer for the Malaysian team as he booked his place as one of the best players in Asia.[20] He manage to score 175 goals, of which the 175 goals for Selangor FA, 20 goals in 13 appearances for Kwong Yik Bank and another 125 goals for the national team, giving a total of 320 goals in his career.[21][22]

The 1972 Summer Olympic squad with manager Harun Idris in the middle.

Together with the record of Soh Chin Aun, it is however not recognised by FIFA.[23] Two years later, Malaysia won their second bronze medal at the 1974 Asian Games after defeating North Korea 2–1. The team went on to qualify twice in a row for the AFC Asian Cup, in 1976 and 1980. It was only in 1977; when the FAM sent a talent scout to the East.[24][25] The list continued by the late James Yaakub of Sarawak in 1977. The team also won the Merdeka Tournament three times, became runner-up four times and achieved third place twice during the 1970s. Malaysia qualified again for the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, but joined the US-led boycott of the games as the Malaysian government made a decision to protest the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan.[26][27][28]

1976 AFC Asian Cup[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Kuwait 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 4
 China PR 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1
 Malaysia 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 1

Malaysia participated the 1976 AFC Asian Cup for the first time, meeting Kuwait and China. During the tournament, Malaysia performed worse in the first match, losing 0–2 to Kuwait but managed to held China 1–1 in the second match.

Kuwait 2–0 Malaysia
Al-Anberi Goal 10'
Al-Dakhil Goal 42'

China PR 1–1 Malaysia
Wang Jilian Goal 58' Mokhtar Goal 50'

1980 AFC Asian Cup[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 South Korea 4 3 1 0 10 2 +8 7
 Kuwait 4 2 1 1 8 5 +3 5
 Malaysia 4 1 2 1 5 5 0 4
 Qatar 4 1 1 2 3 8 −5 3
 United Arab Emirates 4 0 1 3 3 9 −6 1

Malaysia participated the 1980 AFC Asian Cup for the second time, meeting South Korea, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. During the tournament, Malaysia managed to held South Korea 1–1 in the first match, despite losing 1–3 to Kuwait before regaining a 2–0 victory against United Arab Emirates and holding Qatar 1–1 in their last match.

South Korea 1–1 Malaysia
Choi Soon-ho Goal 69' Zulkifli Goal 90'

Kuwait 3–1 Malaysia
Kameel Goal 20'
Yaqoub Goal 53' (pen.)77' (pen.)
Zulkifli Goal 44'

Malaysia 2–0 United Arab Emirates
Abdah Goal 32'
Tukamin Goal 89'

Malaysia 1–1 Qatar
Tukamin Goal ?' ? Goal ?'

Falling performances and drought (1990–2009)[edit]

The Malaysian team (yellow) against New Zealand (white) during a friendly match in Queen Elizabeth II Park, Christchurch, New Zealand on 19 February 2006.

In 1994, Malaysian football was embroiled in one of the largest bribery scandals in the country.[29][30] With the dearth of mainstream interest and lack of funds, Malaysian football has failed to repeat the achievements of the 1970s and 1980s, despite the recruitment of Claude LeRoy. Allan Harris appointed as a new head coach in 2001. Harris came with strong credentials, having assisted Terry Venables at FC Barcelona. In the second half of 2004, FAM appoint Bertalan Bicskei, former Hungarian goalkeeper and national coach, to succeed Allan Harris. Bicskei led the national side to third place at the regional Tiger Cup tournament, but was demoted to youth development duties by FAM for his actions during a friendly against Singapore in Penang on 8 June 2005. Bicskei, disgusted by the standard of officiating, threw a bottle onto the pitch before confronting a Singapore player. In September 2005, his contract was terminated after a mutual agreement.[31]

Norizan Bakar became the next head coach of the Malaysian team. He guided the Malaysian squad to the 2007 AFF Championship semifinals in 2007, where Malaysia lost through penalties to Singapore. Norizan's position as the head coach was criticised by the Malaysian football community, fans and officials alike, after the team's performances during the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, where Malaysia lost to China 1–5, Uzbekistan 0–5 and Iran 0–2. After the removal of Norizan Bakar, B. Sathianathan took over as head coach. Although he guided the squad to win the 2007 Merdeka Tournament, Malaysia once again failed to qualify for the World Cup after losing 1–4 and drawing 0–0 with Bahrain in the qualifying round. In March 2008, Sathianathan once again reach the final of the Merdeka Tournament. However, Malaysia lost on penalties to Vietnam. Sathianathan also led Malaysia to the semi finals of the 2008 Myanmar Grand Royal Challenge Cup. However, Malaysia then shockingly lost 1–4 to eventual winners, Myanmar.[32]

During the 2008 AFF Championship, Malaysia started their campaign with a 3–0 win over Laos, but were defeated in the second match by Vietnam with a score of 2–3 and were finally eliminated when they lost 0–3 to Thailand in the final match of the group stage. This was the first time that the Malaysian squad had not passed through the group stages in 12 years. There are also reports that match-fixing and bribery that infiltrate the Malaysian football in the 1994 are returned.[33] In the 2011 Asian Cup qualifiers, the Malaysian team lost 0–5 to the United Arab Emirates. This defeat was the final straw in the eyes of Malaysian supporters, and in February 2009, the contracts of Sathianathan and manager Soh Chin Aun were terminated.[34]

AFF Championship triumph (2010)[edit]

In April 2009, K. Rajagopal was named the new coach of Malaysia replacing B. Sathianathan as head coach of Malaysia. He took over the position in July 2009, of which he also the coach of the Malaysia Under-23 squad.[36] Rajagopal's first match was against Zimbabwe, which Malaysia won 4–0.[37] Rajagopal also coached Malaysia in two games against visiting English champions, Manchester United, losing both matches 2–3 and 0–2. During his time as the coach of the Under-23 team, Rajagopal led Malaysia to their fifth SEA Games gold medal and also led Malaysia to qualify for the second round of the 2010 Asian Games as one of the best four third-placed teams after a lapse of 32 years.[38][39]

During the 2010 AFF Championship, Malaysia had 14 players that were under the age of 23 while the other players were over 23. Malaysia were in group A with host Indonesia, Thailand and qualifiers winner, Laos. Malaysia began their campaign with an embarrassing 1–5 loss to Indonesia. Malaysia bounced back from their defeat and later drew with Thailand and beat Laos 5–1. As runner up of group, Malaysia qualified for the semi finals to meet Group B winners and defending champions Vietnam. In the first leg of the semifinal, Malaysia won 2–0 on home soil and later drew 0–0 in the second leg, advancing to the final with an aggregate of 2–0.[40] In the finals, Malaysia met favourites Indonesia, who were unbeaten in all their matches.

On the first leg of the finals, Malaysia won 3–0 at home. Malaysia scored twice through Safee Sali and once through Mohd Ashaari Shamsuddin on a night when Bukit Jalil National Stadium was filled over capacity for the first time since it was built. The match attracted so many people that after tickets were sold out, policemen manning the gates were seen allowing friends and relatives into the stadium, causing people having to trespass onto the cable bridge above the electronic display besides standing on the aisles and corridors to view the game. On the second leg of the finals that was held in Jakarta, Malaysia lost 1–2 to Indonesia but the final aggregate was 4–2 to Malaysia, thus Malaysia were awarded the title. It was the first time in history that Malaysia were crowned the champions of AFF Championship and a trophy in the international stage.[41]

Hope for resurgence (2011–present)[edit]

Since the 2010s, the expectations to regain their success in the 1980s are rising despite the team still failed to deliver any new high achievements records.[42] In June 2014, Dollah Salleh replaced Rajagobal as the head coach after his contract has ended.[43] Dollah guiding Malaysia to the final of the 2014 AFF Championship but failed to replicate the same form as the previous head coach. In international fixtures, the coach has also recorded a lose of 0–6 to Oman and Palestine as well as 1–1 draw against Timor-Leste. However, the 0–10 defeat to the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia worst ever defeat in 50 years, have prompted his resignation as the head coach.[44] The place was taken by interim coach Ong Kim Swee who later promoted as the head coach until the end of March 2017.[45] The official coaching post then was taken over by Portuguese coach Nelo Vingada in the hope to raise the Malaysian football performances. On 13 June, Malaysia played their first match in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification against Lebanon. Despite having a 1–0 lead during the first half, they eventually lost the match with a score 1–2.[46] Malaysia's poor performance however, continued. Despite given high hope and expectation from the match against Hong Kong, Malaysia only managed a 1–1 draw, before losing to the same team 0–2 in Hong Kong. As for the result, frustration happened in the team and Malaysia had suffered two consecutive defeats on the hand of North Korea, both ended 1–4. Malaysia also losing the second final matches against Lebanon in Beirut by 1–2. With only 1 draw and 5 defeats, Malaysia subsequently eliminated from the qualification.[47]

Team image[edit]

Media coverage[edit]

All Malaysia team home matches and some away matches (depending on the location and the broadcast station) are shown live on Astro Arena (friendlies, World Cup (2nd round only), and Asian Cup qualifiers), RTM (AFF Championship matches (except 2014 season)), and Media Prima (AFF Championship matches for 2014 season only). All matches are broadcast with both Malaysian and English commentary.

Kit evolution[edit]

Kit provider Period Ref
Germany Adidas 1970–2007
United States Nike 2007–present [48]
2010 AFF Cup Final 2nd leg kit

From the 1970s to 2007, the national team kit was manufactured by Adidas, who also sponsored the national team kit. Since 2007, the official Malaysia team kit is manufactured by Nike. The home kit design of black and yellow stripes is a throwback to the kit used by Malayan national team in the 1920s. The great national team of the 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.

In November 2010, Nike Malaysia created a new football kit for the Malaysians specially made for the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup. The home kit's design of black and yellow stripes is shaped by a black row of lines. The away kit features a plain blue front and red and white at the edge of the sleeves. Nike used the Malaysian flag as their logo instead of putting the Football Association of Malaysia logo to remembering the team success in the 1970s.[49] On the underside of the flag, the quote "Tanah Tumpahnya Darahku" (The land that I spill my blood for) can be found. The quote is part of the Malaysia National Anthem, alluding that they are doing their best for the country.

The practice of using the flag on the kits ended when Malaysia got a new kit in late 2016. They have the FAM logo on the kits.

Grounds[edit]

Home Stadium

Malaysia's home stadium is the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. The stadium capacity is 87,411 (seated)[50] which makes it the seventh largest football stadium in the world. Malaysia's previous national stadium was the Merdeka Stadium before the Bukit Jalil sports complex was constructed. Malaysia also uses other stadiums for their matches such as the Kuala Lumpur Stadium.

Malaysia national football team home stadiums
Image Stadium Capacity Location Last match
National Stadium Bukit Jalil 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup final.jpg Bukit Jalil National Stadium 87,411 Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur v   Bhutan
(1 April 2018; Friendly)
No image available.svg Kuala Lumpur Stadium 18,000 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur v   Fiji
(5 July 2018; Friendly)

Training ground

The team training on the artificial turfed football pitch of Wisma FAM.

Wisma FAM is the main headquarters for the Football Association of Malaysia which located at Kelana Jaya, Malaysia. The training facility for the Malaysia national football team also located at the Wisma FAM. Others than that, it also serves as a meeting point for the coaches and national players. Also equipped with a room for press statement and small apartment rooms available for the national players during the training camp. Sometimes, ticket matches also sold on this training facility.

Supporters[edit]

A part of the action from Ultras Malaya during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match between Malaysia and Singapore.

Ultras Malaya is the name of the major supporters for the national team in Malaysia. They are known for their high fanaticism and support towards the national team. Even in every international match the national team played, they will be found in a group standing at the supporters area. The main colours for these supporter are usually in black with a yellow scarf and banners just like the national team kits colours. These supporters always bring flares, drums and large national flags to the stadiums.[51]

Sponsorship[edit]

According to the website of Football Association of Malaysia, Malaysia main sponsors include Telekom Malaysia, Bank Islam, Yakult, Nike, 100plus, One Goal and MYCAT.[52]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following is a list 23 players that were called up for the 2018 AFF Championship.[53]

Caps and goals are correct as of 16 November 2018, after the match against  Vietnam.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Farizal Marlias (1986-06-29) 29 June 1986 (age 32) 32 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
2 2DF Amirul Azhan Aznan (1993-07-23) 23 July 1993 (age 25) 3 0 Malaysia Perak
3 2DF Shahrul Saad (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 25) 22 1 Malaysia Perak
4 2DF Syahmi Safari (1998-02-05) 5 February 1998 (age 20) 8 0 Malaysia Selangor
5 2DF Adam Nor Azlin (1996-01-05) 5 January 1996 (age 22) 6 1 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
6 2DF Syazwan Andik Ishak (1996-08-04) 4 August 1996 (age 22) 10 1 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
7 2DF Aidil Zafuan Radzak (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 (age 31) 75 3 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
8 4FW Zaquan Adha Radzak (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 (age 31) 40 10 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
9 4FW Norshahrul Idlan Talaha (1986-06-08) 8 June 1986 (age 32) 60 10 Malaysia Pahang
10 4FW Shahrel Fikri Fauzi (1994-10-17) 17 October 1994 (age 24) 9 1 Thailand Nakhon Ratchasima
11 3MF Safawi Rasid (1997-03-05) 5 March 1997 (age 21) 12 3 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
12 3MF Akram Mahinan (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 25) 14 0 Malaysia Kedah
13 3MF Mohamadou Sumareh (1994-09-20) 20 September 1994 (age 24) 5 2 Malaysia Pahang
14 3MF Syamer Kutty Abba (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 21) 7 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
15 3MF Kenny Pallraj Davaragi (1993-04-21) 21 April 1993 (age 25) 3 0 Malaysia Perak
16 3MF Syazwan Zainon (1989-11-13) 13 November 1989 (age 29) 17 2 Malaysia Kedah
17 2DF Irfan Zakaria (1995-06-04) 4 June 1995 (age 23) 8 1 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
18 4FW Syafiq Ahmad (1995-06-28) 28 June 1995 (age 23) 7 3 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
19 3MF Akhyar Rashid (1999-05-01) 1 May 1999 (age 19) 9 1 Malaysia Kedah
20 4FW Hazwan Bakri (1991-06-19) 19 June 1991 (age 27) 30 7 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
21 2DF Nazirul Naim Che Hashim (1993-04-06) 6 April 1993 (age 25) 17 0 Malaysia Perak
22 1GK Khairul Fahmi Che Mat (1989-01-07) 7 January 1989 (age 29) 53 0 Malaysia Melaka United
23 1GK Hafizul Hakim Khairul Nizam Jothy (1993-03-30) 30 March 1993 (age 25) 9 0 Malaysia Perak

Recent call-ups[edit]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Haziq Nadzli (1998-01-06) 6 January 1998 (age 20) 1 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim v.  Tajikistan, 16 October 2018
GK Ifwat Akmal Chek Kassim (1996-08-10) 10 August 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Malaysia Kedah v.  Fiji, 5 July 2018
GK Shahril Sa'ari (1990-03-07) 7 March 1990 (age 28) 0 0 Malaysia PKNS v.  Bhutan, 1 April 2018

DF Azrif Nasrulhaq Badrul Hisham (1991-05-27) 27 May 1991 (age 27) 12 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim v.  Maldives, 3 November 2018
DF Fazly Mazlan (1993-12-22) 22 December 1993 (age 24) 13 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim v.  Tajikistan, 16 October 2018
DF Matthew Davies (1995-02-07) 7 February 1995 (age 23) 17 0 Malaysia Pahang v.  Kyrgyzstan, 16 October 2018 INJ
DF Rawilson Batuil (1994-04-29) 29 April 1994 (age 24) 1 0 Malaysia Sabah v.  Sri Lanka, 12 October 2018 INJ
DF Syawal Nordin (1993-03-25) 25 March 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Malaysia Kedah v.  Cambodia, 10 September 2018
DF Rizal Ghazali (1992-10-01) 1 October 1992 (age 26) 11 0 Malaysia Kedah v.  Chinese Taipei, 7 September 2018 INJ
DF La'Vere Corbin-Ong (1991-04-22) 22 April 1991 (age 27) 0 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim v.  Fiji, 5 July 2018 INJ
DF Ariff Farhan Md Isa (1996-07-14) 14 July 1996 (age 22) 3 0 Malaysia Kedah v.  Bhutan, 1 April 2018
DF Syazwan Zaipol Bahari (1995-02-24) 24 February 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Malaysia Perak v.  Bhutan, 1 April 2018
DF Fadhli Shas (1991-01-21) 21 January 1991 (age 27) 55 1 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim v.  Mongolia, 22 March 2018
DF Kunanlan Subramaniam (1986-09-15) 15 September 1986 (age 32) 71 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim v.  Mongolia, 22 March 2018 INJ
DF Kiko Insa (1988-01-25) 25 January 1988 (age 30) 6 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim v.  Mongolia, 22 March 2018 SUS
DF Adib Zainudin (1995-02-15) 15 February 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim II v.  Mongolia, 22 March 2018 RELEASED

MF Azzizan Nordin (1994-07-03) 3 July 1994 (age 24) 1 0 Malaysia Sabah 2018 AFF Championship PRE
MF Azam Azih (1995-01-03) 3 January 1995 (age 23) 3 0 Malaysia Pahang v.  Maldives, 3 November 2018
MF Nik Akif Syahiran Nik Mat (1999-05-11) 11 May 1999 (age 19) 4 0 Malaysia Kelantan v.  Tajikistan, 16 October 2018
MF Mahalli Jasuli (1989-04-02) 2 April 1989 (age 29) 49 3 Malaysia PKNS v.  Tajikistan, 16 October 2018
MF Nor Hakim Hassan (1991-10-02) 2 October 1991 (age 27) 1 0 Malaysia Perak v.  Sri Lanka, 12 October 2018 INJ
MF Nazmi Faiz Mansor (1994-08-16) 16 August 1994 (age 24) 10 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim v.  Cambodia, 10 September 2018
MF Nasir Basharudin (1990-03-29) 29 March 1990 (age 28) 10 0 Malaysia Perak v.  Cambodia, 10 September 2018
MF Wan Zack Haikal Wan Nor (1991-01-28) 28 January 1991 (age 27) 29 4 Malaysia Felda United v.  Fiji, 5 July 2018
MF Danial Ashraf Abdullah (1997-01-08) 8 January 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Malaysia Kelantan v.  Fiji, 5 July 2018
MF Syahrul Azwari Ibrahim (1993-01-12) 12 January 1993 (age 25) 2 0 Malaysia Melaka United v.  Fiji, 5 July 2018
MF Afiq Fazail (1994-09-29) 29 September 1994 (age 24) 2 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim v.  Mongolia, 22 March 2018
MF Natxo Insa (1986-06-09) 9 June 1986 (age 32) 1 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim v.  Mongolia, 22 March 2018
MF Safiq Rahim (1987-07-05) 5 July 1987 (age 31) 73 15 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim v.  Mongolia, 22 March 2018

FW Kogileswaran Raj Mohana Raj (1998-09-21) 21 September 1998 (age 20) 2 0 Malaysia Pahang v.  Cambodia, 10 September 2018
FW Shafiq Shaharudin (1994-03-26) 26 March 1994 (age 24) 1 0 Malaysia Kelantan v.  Fiji, 5 July 2018
FW Thanabalan Nadarajah (1995-02-25) 25 February 1995 (age 23) 0 0 Malaysia Negeri Sembilan v.  Fiji, 5 July 2018 INJ
FW Jafri Firdaus Chew (1997-06-11) 11 June 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Malaysia PKNS v.  Bhutan, 1 April 2018
FW Darren Lok Yee Deng (1991-03-09) 9 March 1991 (age 27) 9 1 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim v.  Mongolia, 22 March 2018

INJ Injured
WD Withdrew from squad
SUS Suspended

Previous squads[edit]

Results and fixtures[edit]

All time results[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

  • 1 : Non FIFA 'A' international match

Team officials[edit]

Competition record[edit]

     Champion       Runners-up       Third place        Fourth place  

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup Finals record Qualifications record
Host/Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA Round GP W D L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 See Malaya national football team 1 See Malaya national football team 1
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966 Did not enter Did not enter
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify Round 1 4 1 1 2 2 4
Argentina 1978 Round 1 4 1 2 1 7 6
Spain 1982 Round 1 3 0 1 2 3 8
Mexico 1986 Round 1 4 3 0 1 8 2
Italy 1990 Round 1 6 3 1 2 8 8
United States 1994 Round 1 6 2 2 2 16 7
France 1998 Round 1 6 3 2 1 5 3
South Korea Japan 2002 Round 1 6 2 1 3 8 11
Germany 2006 Round 2 6 0 0 6 2 18
South Africa 2010 Round 1 2 0 1 1 1 4
Brazil 2014 Round 2 4 1 1 2 8 10
Russia 2018 Round 2 8 1 1 6 3 30
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
CanadaMexicoUnited States 2026
Total N/A 0/21 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 59 17 13 29 71 111

Olympic Games[edit]

Olympics Finals record Qualifications record
Host/Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA Round GP W D L GS GA
United Kingdom 1948 See Malaya national football team 1 See Malaya national football team 1
Finland 1952
Australia 1956
Italy 1960
West Germany 1972 Round 1 10th of 16 3 1 0 2 3 9 Group Stage Q 4 4 0 0 12 0
Canada 1976 Did not qualify Group Stage 4 2 0 2 17 5
Soviet Union 1980 Withdrew B Group Stage Q 5 4 1 0 21 3
United States 1984 Did not qualify Final Stage 12 6 3 3 16 10
South Korea 1988 Group Stage 2 0 1 1 2 3
Spain 1992 See Malaysia national under-23 football team 2 See Malaysia national under-23 football team 2
United States 1996
Australia 2000
Greece 2004
China 2008
United Kingdom 2012
Brazil 2016
Total Appearance: 1 Best: 10th 3 1 0 2 3 9 - 27 16 5 6 68 21

AFC Asian Cup[edit]

AFC Asian Cup Finals record Qualifications record
Host/Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA Round GP W D L GS GA
Hong Kong 1956 See Malaya national football team 1 See Malaya national football team 1
South Korea 1960
Israel 1964 Did not qualify Group Stage 3 1 0 2 9 10
Iran 1968 Group Stage 4 1 1 2 4 5
Thailand 1972 Group Stage 2 2 0 0 4 2
Iran 1976 Group Stage 5th of 6 2 0 1 1 1 3 Group Stage Q 4 3 1 0 6 1
Kuwait 1980 Group Stage 6th of 10 4 1 2 1 5 5 Group Stage Q 4 1 2 1 5 3
Singapore 1984 Did not qualify Group Stage 4 2 1 1 10 3
Qatar 1988 Group Stage 4 1 1 2 4 6
Japan 1992 Group Stage 3 0 2 1 2 6
United Arab Emirates 1996 Group Stage 2 1 1 0 5 2
Lebanon 2000 Group Stage 6 2 1 3 12 13
China 2004 Group Stage 6 1 2 3 9 12
Indonesia
Malaysia
ThailandVietnam
2007
Group Stage 16th of 16 3 0 0 3 1 12 Qualified as co-host
Qatar 2011 Did not qualify Group Stage 4 0 0 4 2 12
Australia 2015 Group Stage 6 2 1 3 5 7
United Arab Emirates 2019 Third Round 5 0 1 4 4 13
Total Appearance: 3 Best: 5th 9 1 3 5 7 20 - 54 17 14 23 79 87

AFF Football Championship[edit]