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|Association||Football Association of Malaysia|
|Sub-confederation||AFF (Southeast Asia)|
|Head coach||Kim Pan-gon|
|Most caps||Soh Chin Ann (195)|
|Top scorer||Mokhtar Dahari (89)|
|Home stadium||Bukit Jalil National Stadium|
|Current||134 2 (21 September 2023)|
|Highest||75 (8 August 1993)|
|Lowest||178 (15 March 2018)|
| Malaysia 1–1 Thailand |
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 12 October 1963)[n 1]
| Malaysia 11–0 Philippines |
(Tehran, Iran; 7 September 1974)
| United Arab Emirates 10–0 Malaysia |
(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; 3 September 2015)
|AFC Asian Cup|
|Appearances||4 (first in 1976)|
|Best result||Group stage (1976, 1980, 2007)|
|Appearances||14 (first in 1996)|
|Best result||Champions (2010)|
The Malaysia national football team (Malay: Pasukan bola sepak kebangsaan Malaysia) represents Malaysia in international football and is controlled by the Football Association of Malaysia. The national team is recognised by FIFA as the successor of the defunct Malaya national football team which was founded for the 1963 Merdeka Tournament one month before the institution of Malaysia. The team is officially nicknamed Harimau Malaya in reference to the Malayan Tiger. Ex- Malaysia's player Mokhtar Dahari is one of the top goal scorer in international history.
Consisting of the group of 4 teams (the other three being Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand) of Southeast Asia who have each won the ASEAN Football Championship at least once, having won it once, Malaysia has however failed to reach wins outside their region other than a bronze won at the Asian Games in 1974. Having participated in the Summer Olympics once and three AFC Asian Cups, the team has never progressed beyond the group stage.
Malaysia's biggest opponents on the international stage are its geographical neighbours – Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore – with past matches produced and in particular, fixtures involving Indonesia being the most heated among these that corresponds to political and social issues, named as 'Nusantara Derby'. They being favourited by Cambodia with “The Koupreys” attempting to win against Malaysia since the AFF Championship. Since the 2020s, Malaysia significantly uses naturalised players of various different nationalities in an attempt to improve the prospects of its national football team.
Early years (1963–1969)
Prior to 16 September 1963, North Borneo (now Sabah), Sarawak, Malaya and Singapore were represented by their own national teams, a situation which pre-dated the establishment Malaysia. Malaya and Singapore often competed in international competitions 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 lead by Abdul Ghani Minhat, who at that time was the first Asian player to reach 50 goals for the men's national teams.
The beginning of the Malaysian football team match took place in Merdeka Stadium on 8 August 1963 with the combined strength of Singapore and Malaya (although the federation only existed after 16 September 1963). With the combined forces of Malaya and Singapore, the team began by facing Japan, and lost 3–4. The team continued to use a combination of players from Singapore and Malay Peninsula until the formation of the Malaysia team, wherein the Football Association of Malaya was succeeded by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM). The combination players with Singapore ended when the latter separated from Malaysia along with the establishment of Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and their subsequent reaffiliation with FIFA in 1965. Since then the squad was only represented by West Malaysian players, mainly due to travel time difficulties to East Malaysia and the players were not well known to the mainstream West Malaysian football. From 1966 to 1970, Chow Chee Keong was voted by Asian Football Confederation as the best Asian's goalkeeper for 5 straight years.
Olympic Tournament & Asia Competition (1970–1980)
In 1971, James Wong of Sabah was the first player from East Malaysia to represent the country. Malaysia qualified for the 1972 Olympics in Munich, beating Japan 3–0, South Korea 1–0, Taiwan 3–0 and the Philippines 5–0 along the way. Although they managed to defeat the United States 3–0, they lost the other two matches with a score of 0–3 to West Germany and 0–6 to Morocco, ranking 10th in the final standings. Since 1972, Mokhtar Dahari has been considered a legendary football player for the Malaysian team maintaining his place as one of the best players in Asia. He manage to score a total of 125 goals in 167 appearances for Malaysia (including matches played against club sides, national 'B' teams and selection teams). Against other nations' national 'A' teams, he scored 89 goals in 142 appearances. This makes him once the world's top scorer for men's national teams.
Together with the record of Soh Chin Ann. According to both RSSSF and IFFHS, Soh is the player with the most international caps in men's football and become the first men's footballers to reach 200 or more international caps (219). 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. The list continued by the late James Yaakub of Sarawak in 1977. The team also won the Merdeka Tournament four times, became runner-up three times and achieved third place twice during the 1970s. Malaysia qualified again for the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, beating Indonesia 6–1, South Korea 3–0, Brunei 3–1, Philippines 8–0 and tied with Japan 1–1. Thus, the team meet South Korea in the play-off match. Malaysia won the play-off against South Korea with a 2–1 scored in the Merdeka Stadium and qualified 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.
1976 AFC Asian Cup Group A
Malaysia participated the 1976 AFC Asian Cup for the first time, meeting Kuwait and China in Group A. During the tournament, Malaysia came in last in the group, losing 0–2 to Kuwait in the opening match but managed to hold China to a 1–1 draw in the second match.
1980 AFC Asian Cup Group B
|United Arab Emirates||4||0||1||3||3||9||−6||1|
Malaysia made its second Asian Cup appearance in 1980, placed in Group B alongside South Korea, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. They managed to hold South Korea 1–1 in the first match, but would lose 1–3 to Kuwait before regaining a 2–0 victory against United Arab Emirates. Malaysia would eventually finish 3rd after holding Qatar 1–1 in their last match.
Falling performances and drought (1990–2009)
In 1994, Malaysian football was embroiled in one of the largest bribery scandals in the country. With the dearth of mainstream interest and lack of funds, Malaysian football has failed to repeat the performances of the 1970s and 1980s to qualify into major tournaments, 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.
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 as co-host of the edition, 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.
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. 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 Ann were terminated.
AFF Championship triumph (2010)
In April 2009, K. Rajagopal was named the new coach of Malaysia replacing B. Sathianathan and took over the position in July 2009, of which he also looked after the Malaysia under-23 squad. Rajagopal's first match was against Zimbabwe, which Malaysia won 4–0. 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.
During the 2010 AFF Championship, a total of 14 Malaysia's players were under the age of 23. Placed in group A and lost the first match to host Indonesia 1–5, Malaysia bounced back from defeat drawing Thailand and beating 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. An opportunity of revenge opened up in the finals as Malaysia again met Indonesia, who were unbeaten in all previous matches.
On the first leg of the finals at home, Malaysia won 3–0. 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.
Since the 2010s, the expectations of improved performances rose, but the team still failed to deliver any new high achievements or set new records. In June 2014, Dollah Salleh replaced Rajagobal as the head coach after his contract has ended. Dollah guided Malaysia to the final of the 2014 AFF Championship but failed to replicate the same form as the previous head coach. In the following international fixtures, the coach has also recorded 0–6 losses to Oman and Palestine as well as 1–1 draw against Timor-Leste. However, the 0–10 defeat to the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia's worst ever defeat in history, prompted his resignation as the head coach. The place was taken by interim coach Ong Kim Swee who was later promoted as the head coach until the end of March 2017. The official coaching post then was taken over by Portuguese coach Nelo Vingada in the hopes of raising 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. Malaysia's poor performance however, continued. Despite given high hopes and expectations 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 suffered two consecutive defeats against North Korea, with both matches ended 1–4. Malaysia also lost the second final match against Lebanon in Beirut by 1–2. With only 1 draw and 5 defeats, Malaysia was subsequently eliminated from the qualification. The coaching position was taken over by the team assistant coach Tan Cheng Hoe in late 2017 after Vingada stepped down following a string of poor results.
After failure to qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Malaysia proceeded its journey in the 2018 AFF Championship and was grouped with rival Vietnam together with Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. Malaysia won the second place with three wins and only one loss against Vietnam. By qualifying as group runners-up, Malaysia faced Thailand, the fierce rival in their long-time head-to-head records as well the reigning champions in the tournament, where they were able to overcome the latter by holding them 2–2 in Thailand's home stadium of Bangkok, winning the match by away goals rule in one of the tournament's greatest shock despite being tied 0–0 earlier at home. In the finals, they met Vietnam again and held the latter 2–2 at home before losing 0–1 in Vietnam's home ground of Hanoi, subsequently finishing the tournament with an aggregate of 2–3 as the runners-up for the third time in their AFF Cup history. Despite being unable to achieve the AFF Cup the second time, the enhancing performance of Malaysia was seen with the emergence of new talents coming from its youth football development which brought a hope in future.
Malaysia participated in 2022 World Cup campaign from the first round due to poor record previously, but with its first opponent was only Timor-Leste, Malaysia easily destroyed the Timorese 12–2 on aggregate. There, they joined the second round where the team was surprisingly grouped in a group containing three other Southeast Asian rivals Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam; alongside the United Arab Emirates. Malaysia opened their game with a 3–2 comeback victory over rival Indonesia in a match with full scandal and strong Anti-Malaysian sentiment among Indonesians. It was followed by an unlucky 1–2 home loss to the UAE, and to add the irony, Malaysia took the lead from early minute only to see itself being beaten at home. The next encounter against rival Vietnam in Hanoi, which was the rematch of 2018 AFF Championship, ended with another Malaysian defeat as the Malay Tigers fell 0–1. However, Malaysia has not been eliminated as the team can still get an opportunity to qualify further. Then, Malaysia managed one of the most famous victories in their FIFA World Cup campaign, beating neighbor and regional powerhouse Thailand 2–1 at home to keep its dream alive. Malaysia boosted its confidence with its victory over Thailand to overcome a demoralized Indonesia, also at home, 2–0, to occupy second spot behind Vietnam and above Thailand.
However, due to COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, Malaysia team performance heavily dropped. Prior to the last 3 matches of 2022 FIFA World Cup, many key players were affected to the impact, causing Tan Cheng Hoe called up new players and veteran players. They losy 2-0 against Bahrain and 4-1 against Kuwait in a friendly match, before losing 4-0 to UAE, 1-2 against Vietnam but managed to win 0-1 against Thailand in world cup qualification but however they failed to advance to the final round. Following Malaysia's failure to qualify for the semi-finals of the AFF Cup 2020 in Singapore, Tan Cheng Hoe resigned as the head coach of Football Association of Malaysia.
Resurgence of Harimau Malaya (2022-present)
After Tan Cheng Hoe's resignation, South Korean Kim Pan-gon was appointed as Malaysia's new national team coach with a 2 year contract. His first task was the 2022 FAS Tri-Nations Series held in Singapore in March 2022. At that time, Pan Gon recorded his first success when Malaysia won 2-0 against Philippines but suffered a subsequent 2-1 loss to Singapore. Pan Gon's next challenge came when Malaysia faced Brunei and Hong Kong in a series of friendly matches as part of preparations for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification. Malaysia won 4-0 against Brunei and 2-0 against Hong Kong, raising confidence and support from FAM and Malaysians in the hope of improving Malaysian football's fortunes which had declined in the previous years.
In the third round of 2023 Asian Cup qualification, Malaysia faced 3 matches which began with a 3-1 victory against Turkmenistan in the first match, suffering a 1-2 loss to Bahrain, before successfully ending their campaign by defeating Bangladesh with 4-1. Thus, Malaysia finished second in Group E behind Bahrain and automatically qualified for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup on merit after 42 years. Shortly thereafter, Malaysia's FIFA ranking rose up to 147th from 154th in March 2022. Later in September 2022, Malaysia entered the 2022 King's Cup in Thailand, facing the hosts and later, Tajikistan. Malaysia won 5-3 on penalties against Thailand after a 1-1 draw but later failed to win the cup after a 3-0 loss in the penalty shootout after being held to a goalless draw.
At the end of 2022, before the start of the 2022 AFF Suzuki Cup, Malaysia held 2 friendly matches against Cambodia and the Maldives, winning 4-0 and 3-0 respectively. In 2022 AFF Suzuki Cup, Malaysia has won 1-0 against Myanmar and 5-0 against Laos but loss 3-0 against Vietnam. Yet, Malaysia has won 4-1 against Singapore in the last match and has second place in Group B, thus Malaysia has automatically qualified to semi-final match against Thailand. But Malaysia has failed to enter the final after loss to Thailand with 3-1 aggregate. Malaysia ended year 2022 with astonishing triumphs with rose up to 145th in FIFA ranking.
Later in March 2023, Malaysia has won again after defeating Turkmenistan with 1-0 and 2-0 against Hong Kong. Later in June 2023, Malaysia has won 4-1 against Solomon Island and yet has biggest victory ever when won 10-0 against Papua New Guinea. Shortly after, Malaysia has rose up again to 137th in the world and 4th in ASEAN in the FIFA World Rankings behind the Philippines (135th), Thailand (113th) and Vietnam (95th), thus this latest ranking is the highest which Harimau Malaya has attained in 17 years.
In September 2023, Malaysia faced the biggest challenge ever when meet Syria and China in Chengdu, China. Malaysia passed the test after draw 2-2 with Syria and 1-1 with China.
All matches of Malaysia are shown live on Astro Arena (friendlies, World Cup (2nd round only), and Media Prima (Asian Cup qualifiers), RTM (AFF Championship matches (except 2014 season), World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers), and (AFF Championship matches for 2014 season only). All matches are broadcast with both English (Astro only) and Malaysian commentary.
From the 1970s to 2007, the national team kit was manufactured and sponsored by Adidas. 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 national team of the 1970s also sported similar stripes, which are supposed to be reminiscent of the stripes of a tiger.
In November 2010, Nike Malaysia created a new football kit specially made for the 2010 AFF Championship. 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. 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.
Malaysia's home stadium is the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. The stadium capacity is 87,411 (seated) which makes it the ninth 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|
|Bukit Jalil National Stadium||87,500||Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur||v Thailand|
(7 January 2023; 2022 AFF Championship)
|Kuala Lumpur Stadium||18,000||Cheras, Kuala Lumpur||v Maldives|
(14 December 2022; Friendly)
Training ground 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.
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. In every international match the national team played, they are 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.
Indonesia is Malaysia's most heated rival and matches between two teams usually draw large supporters alike. The rivalry traces its background from the infamous Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation. Due to the strong nationalist sentiments in both sides, the rivalry has always been taken with high priority.
Thailand is Malaysia's other traditional rival, with matches between two teams also draw large supporters alike. Malaysia holds a significant distinction for being undefeated at home to Thailand since the 1971, as well as having a better head-to-head record with 41 wins, 35 draws and 35 losses.
As South Vietnam, the Vietnamese side had a poorer performance, with only 3 wins, 3 draws and 7 losses, during that time the Malaysians posed as a formidable side in Southeast Asia. Since reintegration, however, Vietnam has overwhelmed in the head-to-head record against Malaysia with 14 wins, 3 draws and only 6 losses since 1991. Vietnam has also been maintaining the series of unbeaten match against Malaysia since 2014.
They were being favourited by Cambodia when it comes to AFF Championship as both teams meets 3 times in a row in 2016, 2018 and 2020 edition. The Koupreys have shown very good performance against the Harimau Malaya every tournament they meet each other with great resistance. Since 1956, the Malaysian side'e record against Cambodian side had a good performance, with 15 wins, 3 draws and only 2 losses.
Results and fixtures
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Loss Fixture
|3 January AFF Championship GS||Malaysia||4–1||Singapore||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
||Stadium: Bukit Jalil Stadium|
Referee: Mohammed Al Hoish (Saudi Arabia)
|7 January AFF C'ship SF Leg 1||Malaysia||1–0||Thailand||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|20:30 UTC+8||Faisal 11'||Report||Stadium: Bukit Jalil Stadium|
Referee: Kim Dae-yong (South Korea)
|10 January AFF C'ship SF Leg 2||Thailand||3–0|
|Malaysia||Pathum Thani, Thailand|
|19:30 UTC+7||Report||Stadium: Thammasat Stadium|
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (Jordan)
|23 March Friendly||Malaysia||1–0||Turkmenistan||Johor, Malaysia|
||Report||Stadium: Sultan Ibrahim Stadium|
Referee: Ahmad A'Qashah (Singapore)
|28 March Friendly||Malaysia||2–0||Hong Kong||Johor, Malaysia|
|22:00 UTC+8||Report||Stadium: Sultan Ibrahim Stadium|
Referee: Mongkolchai Pechsri (Thailand)
|14 June Friendly||Malaysia||4–1||Solomon Islands||Terengganu, Malaysia|
|21:00 UTC+8||Report||Lea'i 11'||Stadium: Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium|
|20 June Friendly||Malaysia||10–0||Papua New Guinea||Terengganu, Malaysia|
|21:00 UTC+8||Report||Stadium: Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium|
Referee: Yudi Nurcahya (Indonesia)
|6 September Friendly||Syria||2–2||Malaysia||Chengdu, China|
|Stadium: East-Town Football Park Stadium|
|9 September Friendly||China||1–1||Malaysia||Chengdu, China|
||Stadium: Phoenix Hill Sports Park Football Stadium|
Referee: Abdulhadi Al-Ruaile (Qatar)
|13 October 2023 Merdeka Tournament SF||Malaysia||v||India||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|21:00 UTC+8||Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium|
|17 October 2023 Merdeka Tournament||Malaysia||v|| Palestine |
|Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|16:30 UTC+8 / 21:00 UTC+8||Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium|
|16 November 2026 WCQ / 2027 ACQ||Malaysia||v||Kyrgyzstan||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|21:00 UTC+8||Stadium: Bukit Jalil Stadium|
|20 January Asian Cup GS||Bahrain||v||Malaysia||Al Rayyan, Qatar|
|22:30 UTC+8||Stadium: Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium|
|25 January Asian Cup GS||South Korea||v||Malaysia||Al Wakrah, Qatar|
|19:30 UTC+8||Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium|
|26 March 2026 WCQ / 2027 ACQ||Malaysia||v||Oman||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium|
|6 June 2026 WCQ / 2027 ACQ||Kyrgyzstan||v||Malaysia||Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan|
|Stadium: Dolen Omurzakov Stadium|
|11 June 2026 WCQ / 2027 ACQ||Malaysia||v|| Chinese Taipei |
|Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium|
- As of 23 February 2022
|Malaysia coaching staff|
|Technical Director||Scott O'Donell||21 Jan 2022|
|Head coach||Kim Pan-gon||21 Jan 2022|
|Assistant Coach||Park Bo-bae||17 Feb 2022|
|Pau Martí||17 Feb 2022|
|E. Elavarasan||17 Feb 2022|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Cho Jun-ho||17 Feb 2022|
|Fitness Coach||Park Ji-hyeon||30 Oct 2022|
|Performance Analyst||17 Feb 2022|
|Lim Je-yoon||1 Sep 2022|
- As of 20 June 2023
|List of head coaches|
|Choo Seng Quee||1963–1964[n 2]||11||3||3||5||23||23||+0||27.27|
|Clement De Silva||1966|
|Abdul Ghani Minhat||1969||11||5||2||4||18||18||+0||45.45|
|Jalil Che Din||1972||26||13||3||10||41||34||+7||50.00|
|Jalil Che Din||1974||18||8||4||6||35||30||+5||44.44|
|Chow Kwai Lam||1978||22||11||3||8||40||35||+5||50.00|
|Abdul Rahman Ibrahim||1987||10||1||4||5||8||12||−4||10.00|
|Claude Le Roy||1994–1995||5||1||1||3||6||10||−4||20.00|
|Wan Jamak Wan Hassan||1996–1997||22||10||6||6||35||18||+17||45.45|
|Abdul Rahman Ibrahim||1998–2000||29||15||3||11||56||44||+12||51.72|
|Ong Kim Swee (caretaker)||2014||3||1||2||0||2||1||+1||33.33|
|Ong Kim Swee||2015–2017||21||7||6||8||20||27||−7||33.33|
|Tan Cheng Hoe||2017–2022||40||20||4||16||74||53||+21||50.00|
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Kalamullah Al-Hafiz||30 July 1995||1||0||Kedah Darul Aman|
|16||GK||Syihan Hazmi||22 February 1996||14||0||Johor Darul Ta'zim|
|23||GK||Azri Ghani||30 April 1999||0||0||Kuala Lumpur City|
|2||DF||Matthew Davies||7 February 1995||43||0||Johor Darul Ta'zim|
|3||DF||Shahrul Saad||8 July 1993||52||5||Johor Darul Ta'zim|
|4||DF||Daniel Ting||1 December 1992||2||1||Sabah|
|5||DF||Syahmi Safari||5 February 1998||26||1||Johor Darul Ta'zim|
|6||DF||Dominic Tan||12 March 1997||21||0||Sabah|
|15||DF||Sharul Nazeem||16 November 1999||8||0||Selangor|
|21||DF||Dion Cools (captain)||4 June 1996||17||1||Buriram|
|22||DF||La'Vere Corbin-Ong||22 April 1991||27||3||Johor Darul Ta'zim|
|25||DF||Junior Eldstål||16 September 1991||19||0||Dewa United|
|26||DF||Quentin Cheng||20 November 1999||4||0||Selangor|
|8||MF||Stuart Wilkin||12 March 1998||7||3||Sabah|
|14||MF||Paulo Josué||13 March 1989||6||4||Kuala Lumpur City|
|17||MF||Hong Wan||17 August 2001||0||0||Johor Darul Ta'zim|
|18||MF||Brendan Gan||3 June 1988||18||1||Selangor|
|20||MF||Endrick||7 March 1995||5||0||Johor Darul Ta'zim|
|24||MF||Nor Azam Azih||3 January 1995||23||0||Pahang|
|7||FW||Faisal Halim||7 January 1998||25||12||Selangor|
|9||FW||Darren Lok||9 March 1991||24||5||Sabah|
|10||FW||Ezequiel Agüero||7 April 1994||9||2||Pahang|
|11||FW||Safawi Rasid||5 March 1997||56||20||Johor Darul Ta'zim|
|12||FW||Arif Aiman||4 May 2002||19||5||Johor Darul Ta'zim|
|13||FW||Shamie Iszuan||10 September 1995||3||0||Pahang|
|19||FW||Akhyar Rashid||1 May 1999||42||10||Johor Darul Ta'zim|
The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Sikh Izhan||22 March 2002||1||0||Negeri Sembilan||v. Papua New Guinea, 20 June 2023|
|GK||Rahadiazli Rahalim||28 May 2001||1||0||Terengganu||2022 AFF Championship|
|DF||Azam Azmi||12 February 2001||7||0||Terengganu||v. Papua New Guinea, 20 June 2023|
|DF||Khuzaimi Piee||11 November 1993||9||0||Selangor||v. Papua New Guinea, 20 June 2023|
|DF||Fazly Mazlan||22 December 1993||19||0||Selangor||2022 AFF Championship|
|DF||Ruventhiran Vengadesan||24 August 2001||9||0||Selangor||2022 AFF Championship|
|DF||Declan Lambert||21 September 1998||1||0||Kuala Lumpur City||2022 King's Cup|
|DF||Feroz Baharudin||2 April 2000||2||0||Johor Darul Ta'zim||v. Papua New Guinea, 20 June 2023|
|MF||Mukhairi Ajmal||7 November 2001||12||0||Selangor||v. Papua New Guinea, 20 June 2023|
|MF||Nooa Laine||22 November 2002||4||0||SJK||v. Papua New Guinea, 20 June 2023|
|MF||Syamer Kutty Abba||1 October 1997||32||1||Johor Darul Ta'zim||v. Papua New Guinea, 20 June 2023|
|MF||Nazmi Faiz||16 August 1994||17||0||Johor Darul Ta'zim||2022 King's Cup|
|MF||Lee Tuck||30 June 1988||9||3||Halifax Town||v. Papua New Guinea, 20 June 2023RET|
|MF||David Rowley||6 February 1990||5||0||Sri Pahang||2022 AFF Championship|
|FW||Shahrel Fikri||17 October 1994||20||5||Negeri Sembilan||v. Papua New Guinea, 20 June 2023|
|FW||Haqimi Azim||6 January 2003||4||1||Kuala Lumpur City||v. Solomon Islands, 20 June 2023INJ|
|FW||Mohamadou Sumareh||20 September 1994||30||7||Johor Darul Ta'zim||2022 King's Cup|
|FW||Syafiq Ahmad||28 June 1995||37||10||Johor Darul Ta'zim||v. Hong Kong, 28 March 2023|
|FW||Fayadh Zulkifli||13 September 1998||3||0||Kedah Darul Aman||v. Hong Kong, 28 March 2023|
|FW||Kogileswaran Raj||21 September 1998||8||2||Penang||2022 AFF ChampionshipPRE|
- As of 20 June 2023
- Players in bold are still active with Malaysia.
- This list does not include players who represented Malaya (1948−1962).
|1||Soh Chin Ann||195||13||1969–1984|
|5||Zainal Abidin Hassan||129||50||1980–1997|
|2||Zainal Abidin Hassan||50||129||0.39||1980–1997|
|Wong Choon Wah||20||88||0.51||1968–1977|
Champion Runners-up Third place Fourth place
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup finals record||Qualification record|
|1930||See Malaya national football team 1||See Malaya national football team 1|
|1966||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1974||Did not qualify||Round 1||4||1||1||2||2||4|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
|Olympic Games record||Qualification record|
|1948||See Malaya national football team 1||See Malaya national football team 1|
|1972||Round 1||10th of 16||3||1||0||2||3||9||Group stage Q||4||4||0||0||12||0|
|1976||Did not qualify||Group stage||4||2||0||2||17||5|
|1980||Withdrew B||Group stage Q||5||4||1||0||21||3|
|1984||Did not qualify||Final stage||12||6||3||3||16||10|
|1992 – present||See Malaysia under-23 football team 2||See Malaysia under-23 football team 2|
|Total||Appearance: 1||Best: 10th||3||1||0||2||3||9||-||27||16||5||6||68||21|
AFC Asian Cup
|AFC Asian Cup record||Qualification record|
|1956||See Malaya national football team 1||See Malaya national football team 1|
|1964||Did not qualify||Group stage||3||1||0||2||9||10|
|1976||Group stage||5th of 6||2||0||1||1||1||3||Group stage Q||4||3||1||0||6||1|
|1980||Group stage||6th of 10||4||1||2||1||5||5||Group stage Q||5||2||2||1||8||4|
|1984||Did not qualify||Group stage||4||2||1||1||10||3|
|2007||Group stage||16th of 16||3||0||0||3||1||12||Qualified as co-hosts|
|2011||Did not qualify||Group stage||4||0||0||4||2||12|
|2027||To be determined||To be determined|
|Total||Appearances: 3||Best: 5th||9||1||3||5||7||20||-||82||29||15||38||129||147|
Southeast Asian Games
- * : Denotes draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.
- 1 : Represented in the competition by Malaya national football team.
- 2 : Represented in the competition by Malaysia national under-23 football team.
- 3 : Not a FIFA 'A' international competition.
- 4 : Represented in the competition by Malaysia national under-22 football team.
- 5 : Previously known as Southeast Asian Peninsular Games (SEAP Games).
- B : Qualified to the final round, but boycotted the tournament.
- C : These matches are not regarded as part of the national team's record, nor are caps awarded.
- Q : Qualified to the final round of participating tournament
- S : Shared the medal
- Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil
Last update was against China on 9 September 2023.
|Malaysia national football team head-to-head records|
|Afghanistan||3||2||1||0||9||2||+7||AFC||23 March 2019; Friendly|
|Australia||7||1||0||6||1||19||−18||AFC||7 October 2011; Friendly|
|Bahrain||11||2||3||6||15||24||−9||AFC||11 June 2022; 2023 Asian Cup qualification|
|Bangladesh||10||7||2||1||14||4||+10||AFC||14 June 2022; 2023 Asian Cup qualification|
|Bhutan||1||1||0||0||7||0||+7||AFC||1 April 2018; Friendly|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||3||0||1||2||2||5||−3||UEFA||27 June 2001; Merdeka Tournament SF|
|Brazil||1||0||0||1||0||4||−4||CONMEBOL||25 May 2002; Friendly|
|Brunei||11||11||0||0||48||3||+45||AFC||27 May 2022; Friendly|
|Cambodia||29||22||3||4||88||27||+61||AFC||9 December 2022; Friendly|
|Canada||1||0||0||1||0||5||−5||CONCACAF||25 August 1986; Merlion Cup|
|China||16||1||4||11||4||33||−29||AFC||9 September 2023; Friendly|
|Chinese Taipei||11||6||2||3||22||12||+10||AFC||7 September 2018; Friendly|
|England||1||0||0||1||2||4||−2||UEFA||12 June 1991; Friendly|
|Fiji||5||2||1||2||5||8||−3||OFC||5 July 2018; Friendly|
|Finland||1||1||0||0||2||1||+1||UEFA||21 February 1997; 1997 Dunhill Cup – Friendly|
|West Germany||1||0||0||1||0||3||−3||UEFA||29 August 1972; Summer Olympic|
|Hong Kong||23||11||6||6||35||24||+11||AFC||28 March 2023; Friendly|
|India||22||10||6||6||45||27||+18||AFC||16 November 2011; Friendly|
|Indonesia||97||38||21||40||108||122||–14||AFC||19 December 2021; 2020 AFF Championship|
|Iran||5||0||0||5||0||11||−11||AFC||18 July 2007; AFC Asian Cup|
|Iraq||8||0||3||5||3||14||−11||AFC||20 October 2003; 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|Israel||2||0||0||2||3||11||−8||UEFA, AFC||3 September 1974; Asian Games|
|Jamaica||1||0||0||1||0||2||−2||CONCACAF||28 June 2007; Friendly|
|Japan||26||10||7||9||43||40||+3||AFC||7 February 2004; Friendly|
|Jordan||5||0||2||3||0||6||−6||AFC||30 August 2019; Friendly|
|Kenya||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||CAF||12 August 2009; Friendly|
|Kyrgyzstan||1||0||0||1||0||1||−1||AFC||16 October 2018; Friendly|
|Kuwait||12||2||2||8||8||29||−21||AFC||8 November 2013; Friendly|
|Laos||14||11||2||1||49||6||+43||AFC||24 December 2022; 2022 AFF Championship|
|Lesotho||2||2||0||0||9||0||+9||CAF||11 September 2009; Friendly|
|Liberia||1||1||0||0||3||1||+2||CAF||27 August 1984; Merdeka Tournament|
|Libya||3||0||2||1||2||2||0||CAF||30 September 1980; Islamic Games|
|Liechtenstein||1||0||0||1||0||1||−1||UEFA||5 October 1981; Friendly|
|Lebanon||2||0||0||2||2||4||–2||AFC||27 March 2018; 2019 AFC Asian Cup Q – 3rd round|
|Macau||3||2||1||0||14||0||+14||AFC||28 March 2016; Friendly|
|Maldives||5||5||0||0||14||1||+13||AFC||14 December 2022; Friendly|
|Mongolia||1||0||1||0||2||2||0||AFC||22 March 2018; Friendly|
|Morocco||3||1||0||2||3||8||−5||CAF||7 February 1981; Friendly|
|Myanmar||51||24||8||19||89||67||+22||AFC||24 November 2018; 2018 AFF Championship|
|Nepal||7||6||1||0||23||0||+23||AFC||2 June 2019; Friendly|
|New Zealand||13||2||2||9||9||31||−22||OFC||23 February 2006; Friendly|
|North Korea||8||1||3||4||5||14||−9||AFC||13 November 2017; Asian Cup qualification|
|Oman||5||1||0||4||2||6||−4||AFC||23 March 2015; Friendly|
|Pakistan||4||3||0||1||15||4||+11||AFC||10 Oct 2008; Friendly|
|Palestine||4||1||0||3||4||16||−12||AFC||12 November 2015; 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|Papua New Guinea||4||3||0||1||25||4||+21||OFC||20 June 2023; Friendly|
|Philippines||15||11||3||1||59||3||+56||AFC||23 March 2022; 2022 FAS Tri-Nations Series|
|Qatar||6||0||3||3||3||11||−8||AFC||19 November 2013; 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|Saudi Arabia||10||1||2||7||8||21||−13||AFC||24 March 2016; 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|Senegal||1||1||0||0||1||0||+1||CAF||13 August 1982; Merdeka Tournament|
|Singapore||50||20||16||14||79||57||+23||AFC||3 January 2023; 2022 AFF Championship|
|Solomon Islands||1||1||0||0||4||1||+3||OFC||14 June 2023; Friendly|
|South Korea||54||11||9||34||47||98||−51||AFC||3 October 2002; Asian Games|
|South Vietnam||13||7||3||3||27||15||+12||AFC||23 March 1975; Asian Cup qualification|
|Sri Lanka||9||8||0||1||33||7||+26||AFC||5 October 2019; Friendly|
|Sweden||1||0||0||1||1||3||−2||UEFA||14 November 1979; Friendly|
|Syria||5||2||1||2||12||10||+2||AFC||6 September 2023; Friendly|
|Tajikistan||3||1||1||1||2||4||−2||AFC||25 September 2022; 2022 King's Cup|
|Thailand||115||43||36||36||163||154||+9||AFC||10 January 2023; 2022 AFF Championship|
|Timor-Leste||6||5||1||0||22||3||+19||AFC||11 June 2019; 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|Turkey||1||0||0||1||0||3||−3||UEFA||5 October 1980 Islamic Games|
|Turkmenistan||2||2||0||0||4||1||+3||AFC||23 March 2023; Friendly|
|United Arab Emirates||10||2||0||8||6||28||−22||AFC||4 June 2021; 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|United States||1||1||0||0||3||0||+3||CONCACAF||29 August 1972; Summer Olympics|
|Uruguay||1||0||0||1||0||6||−6||CONMEBOL||1 June 1985; Friendly|
|Uzbekistan||7||0||0||7||3||26||−23||AFC||9 October 2021; Friendly|
|Vietnam||23||5||3||15||20||34||−14||AFC||12 December 2022; 2022 AFF Championship|
|Yemen||3||2||0||1||4||3||+1||AFC||5 March 2014; Asian Cup qualification|
Last update was on 9 September 2023. Source:
Worst Ranking Best Ranking Worst Mover Best Mover
|Malaysia's FIFA world rankings|
- Table above is a list of all FIFA 'A' international matches Malaysia have played against FIFA recognised teams.
Honours and achievements
|Bronze medal||1974||Jalil Che Din||Squad|
|Event||1st place||2nd place||3rd place||4th place||5th place|
|FIFA World Cup||0||0||0||0||0|
|Summer Olympic Games||0||0||0||0||0|
|AFC Asian Cup||0||0||0||0||1|
- Third-place (1): 1977*
- Runners-up (2): 1986, 1990
- AirMarine Cup
- Third-place (1): 2019
- Tri-Nations Series
- Runners-up (1): 2022
- *trophy shared
- Malaysia national football team results
- Malaysia national under-23 football team
- Malaysia national under-22 football team
- Malaysia national under-19 football team
- Malaysia national under-16 football team
- Malaysia women's national football team
- Malaysia national futsal team
- Malaysia women's national futsal team
- Malaysia League XI
- Football Association of Malaysia
- List of Malaysia footballers born outside Malaysia
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