Malaysia national football team
|Association||Football Association of Malaysia (FAM)|
|Sub-confederation||AFF (Southeast Asia)|
|Head coach||Tan Cheng Hoe|
|Most caps||Soh Chin Aun (114)|
|Top scorer||Zainal Abidin Hassan (78)|
|Home stadium||Bukit Jalil National Stadium|
|Current||158 (24 October 2019)|
|Highest||75 (August 1993)|
|Lowest||178 (March 2018)|
|Current||171 13 (18 October 2019)|
|Highest||60 (1 March 1977)|
|Lowest||185 (September 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, UAE; 3 September 2015)
|AFC Asian Cup|
|Appearances||3 (first in 1976)|
|Best result||Group stage, 1976, 1980 and 2007|
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 (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. However, Malaysia fails to achieve greater honour outside Southeast Asia; although they have participated in the Summer Olympics once and three AFC Asian Cup, the team failed to progress beyond the group stage in all occasion.
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.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Team image
- 4 Squad
- 5 Results and fixtures
- 6 Team officials
- 7 Competition record
- 8 Statistics and records
- 9 Honours and achievements
- 10 See also
- 11 Notes
- 12 References
- 13 External links
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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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. This include the restoration of the old nickname (from the current nickname of Malaysian tiger which just used for a year) starting from 3 April 2017. The sudden changes has also affected all related websites and social media regarding the previous name which has since been indefinitely terminated.
Football together with other sports such as rugby, golf and hockey was introduced into the present-day Malaysia by the British. By the 19th century, football had become the central pillars in most sports clubs in British Malaya although at the early stage it lacked in organisational structure. In 1921, HMS Malaya make a visit to several ports in the Malay Peninsula. The ship called at Port Swettenham, Singapore, Malacca, Penang and Port Dickson with its crews playing with the locals throughout their journey. Three months after the ship returned to Europe, its captain H. T. Buller sent a letter to the Chief Secretary of the Federated Malay States to offered two cups; one to be competed for rugby and the other for football as a token gratitude for the warm welcome the ship had received throughout their visits. The cup for the football was later named as "Malaya Cup" (renamed as Malaysia Cup in 1967). Football began to spread rapidly throughout the region following the establishment of the cup although the composition of the team at the time were mainly based on ethnic background. With the growing local football culture and rivalries among them, the Football Association of Malaya (FAM) was established in Singapore in 1933 as the successor of Malaya Football Association in 1926. The FAM was later relocated into the Malay Peninsula after the Second World War. In British Borneo, football also become the most popular choice of sports among Malay schools there.
Early years (1963–1969)
Before the establishment of Malaysia on 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 of a Malaysia. 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 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. The team continued to use combination of players from Singapore and Malay Peninsula until the formation of the Malaysian Federation with the Football Association of Malaya being succeeded as 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 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)
In 1971, James Wong of Sabah is the first player from East Malaysia to represent the country. 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. 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.
Together with the record of Soh Chin Aun, it is however not recognised by FIFA. 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 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.
1976 AFC Asian Cup
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.
1980 AFC Asian Cup
|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.
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 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.
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.
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 Aun were terminated.
AFF Championship triumph (2010)
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. 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, 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. 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.
Hope for resurgence (2011–present)
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. In June 2014, Dollah Salleh replaced Rajagobal as the head coach after his contract has ended. 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. The place was taken by interim coach Ong Kim Swee who 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 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. 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. 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 the failure to qualify into the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in the qualification, Malaysia proceed their journey in the 2018 AFF Championship where they was grouped with rival Vietnam together with Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. Malaysia managed a fine performance, won the second place with three wins and one loss to Vietnam, especially the crucial 3–0 win to Myanmar that allowed the team to progress into the semi-finals. By qualifying as the 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 able to overcame the latter by holding them 2–2 in Thai 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. Having qualify to the final, they meet 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 their failure to achieve the AFF Cup for the second time, the successful performance of Malaysia was seen with the emergence of new talents coming from its youth football development which brought a hope for the future of Malaysian football.
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.
All Malaysia team matches are shown live on Astro Arena (friendlies, World Cup (2nd round only), and Asian Cup qualifiers), RTM (AFF Championship matches (except 2014 season), World Cup, and Asian Cup qualifiers), and Media Prima (AFF Championship matches for 2014 season only). All matches are broadcast with both English (Astro only) and Malaysian commentary.
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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 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 eighth 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||87,411||Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur||v Sri Lanka|
(5 October 2019; Friendly)
|Kuala Lumpur Stadium||18,000||Cheras, Kuala Lumpur||v Fiji|
(5 July 2018; Friendly)
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.
The following is a list of 23 players that were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round against Thailand and Indonesia on 14 and 19 November 2019 respectively. Caps and goals are correct as of 9 November 2019, after the match against Tajikistan.
The following footballers were part of a national selection in 2019, but are not part of the current squad.
Results and fixtures
All time results
Win Draw Lose
|20 March 2019 2019 Airmarine Cup||Malaysia||0–1||Singapore||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|20:45 UTC+8||Report (WF)
|Faris 82'||Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium|
Referee: Yudi Nurcahya (Indonesia)
|23 March 2019 2019 Airmarine Cup||Afghanistan||1–2||Malaysia||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|16:30 UTC+8||Shayesteh 32'||Report (WF)
Alikhil 84' (o.g.)
|Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium|
Referee: Chaireag Ngamsom (Thailand)
|2 June 2019 Friendly||Malaysia||2–0||Nepal||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|22:00 UTC+8||Safawi 51' (pen.)
|Report (WF)||Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium|
Referee: Nazmi Nasaruddin (Malaysia)
|7 June 2019[n 2] 2022 WCQ R1||Malaysia||7–1||Timor-Leste||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|20:45 UTC+8||Corbin-Ong 12'
Safawi 45+1', 59'
|Report||João Pedro 52'||Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium|
Referee: Sherzod Kasimov (Uzbekistan)
|11 June 2019 2022 WCQ R1||Timor-Leste||1–5||Malaysia||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|20:45 UTC+8||Rufino Gama 72'||Report||Shahrel 10', 17', 64'
|Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium[n 3]|
Referee: Yusuke Araki (Japan)
|30 August 2019 Friendly||Malaysia||0–1||Jordan||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|20:45 UTC+8||Report||Murjan 7'||Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium|
Referee: Nazmi Nasaruddin (Malaysia)
|5 September 2019 2022 WCQ R2||Indonesia||2–3||Malaysia||Jakarta, Indonesia|
|19:30 UTC+7||Gonçalves 11', 38'||Report (FIFA)
|Sumareh 36', 90+6'
|Stadium: Gelora Bung Karno Stadium|
Referee: Ko Hyung-jin (South Korea)
|10 September 2019 2022 WCQ R2||Malaysia||1–2||United Arab Emirates||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|20:45 UTC+8||Syafiq 1'||Report (FIFA)
|Mabkhout 43', 75'||Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium|
Referee: Hiroyuki Kimura (Japan)
|5 October 2019 Friendly||Malaysia||6–0||Sri Lanka||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|20:45 UTC+8||Syafiq 9', 76', 89'
|Report||Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium|
Referee: Razlan Joffri Ali (Malaysia)
|10 October 2019 2022 WCQ R2||Vietnam||1–0||Malaysia||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|18:00 UTC+7||Nguyễn Quang Hải 40'||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Mỹ Đình National Stadium|
Referee: Mooud Bonyadifard (Iran)
|5 November 2019 Friendly||Malaysia||2-11||Maldives||Paroi, Malaysia|
||Stadium: Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium|
|9 November 2019 Friendly||Malaysia||1-0||Tajikistan||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
||Report||Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium|
Referee: Razlan Joffri Ali (Malaysia)
|14 November 2019 2022 WCQ R2||Malaysia||v||Thailand||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|20:45 UTC+8||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium|
|19 November 2019 2022 WCQ R2||Malaysia||v||Indonesia||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|--:-- UTC+8||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium|
- 1 Non-FIFA 'A' international match
|26 March 2020 2022 WCQ R2||United Arab Emirates||v||Malaysia||TBD, United Arab Emirates|
|--:-- UTC+4||Report (FIFA)
|31 March 2020 2022 WCQ R2||Malaysia||v||Vietnam||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|--:-- UTC+8||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium|
|9 June 2020 2022 WCQ R2||Thailand||v||Malaysia||TBD, Thailand|
|--:-- UTC+7||Report (FIFA)
- 1 : Non FIFA 'A' international match
Management and supporting staff
Head coaches records
- C : Managed the team on a one-off basis as caretaker manager
Champion Runners-up Third place Fourth place
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup Finals record||Qualifications 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|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|Olympics Finals record||Qualifications 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||See Malaysia national under-23 football team 2||See Malaysia national 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 Finals record||Qualifications 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||4||1||2||1||5||3|
|1984||Did not qualify||Group Stage||4||2||1||1||10||3|
|Group Stage||16th of 16||3||0||0||3||1||12||Qualified as co-host|
|2011||Did not qualify||Group Stage||4||0||0||4||2||12|
|2023||To be determined||In progress|
|Total||Appearances: 3||Best: 5th||9||1||3||5||7||20||-||54||17||14||23||79||87|
AFF Football Championship
Southeast Asian Games
- * : Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
- 1 : The competition represent by Malaya national football team.
- 2 : The competition represent by Malaysia national under-23 football team.
- 3 : Non FIFA 'A' international competition.
- 4 : The competition represent by Malaysia national under-22 football team.
- 5 : Previously known as Southeast Asian Peninsular Games (SEAP Games).
- B : Qualified to the final round, but boycott 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
Statistics and records
FIFA world rankings
Last update was on 25 October 2018. Source:
Worst Ranking Best Ranking Worst Mover Best Mover
|Malaysia's FIFA world rankings|
|-||2019||(to be determined)||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
Head to head records (FIFA 'A' International Matches)
Last update was against Tajikistan on 9 November 2019.
|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||9||2||3||4||14||20||−6||AFC||15 November 2013; 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|Bangladesh||9||6||2||1||10||3||+7||AFC||29 August 2015; Friendly|
|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 2011; Merdeka Tournament SF|
|Brazil||1||0||0||1||0||4||−4||CONMEBOL||25 May 2002; Friendly|
|Brunei||10||10||0||0||44||3||+41||AFC||6 Aug 1999; 1999 Sea Games|
|Cambodia||27||20||3||4||81||26||+54||AFC||8 November 2018; 2018 AFF Championship|
|Canada||1||0||0||1||0||5||−5||CONCACAF||25 August 1986; Merlion Cup|
|China PR||11||0||2||9||3||32||−31||AFC||10 September 2013; Friendly|
|Chinese Taipei||10||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|
|Germany||1||0||0||1||0||3||−3||UEFA||29 August 1972; Summer Olympic|
|Hong Kong||22||10||6||6||33||24||+9||AFC||6 June 2015; Friendly|
|India||22||10||6||6||45||27||+16||AFC||16 November 2011; Friendly|
|Indonesia||74||25||18||31||105||118||–13||AFC||5 September 2019; 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|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||22||8||7||7||31||26||+5||AFC||7 February 2004; Friendly|
|Jordan||4||0||2||2||0||2||−2||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||12||9||2||1||39||6||+33||AFC||12 November 2018; 2018 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||4||4||0||0||11||1||+10||AFC||3 November 2018; 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||50||23||8||19||88||67||+21||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||3||2||0||1||15||4||+11||OFC||14 November 2016; Friendly|
|Philippines||15||11||3||1||59||3||+56||AFC||22 March 2017; Friendly|
|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||49||19||16||14||75||56||+19||AFC||7 October 2016; 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||+10||AFC||5 October 2019; Friendly|
|Sweden||1||0||0||1||1||3||−2||UEFA||14 November 1979; Friendly|
|Syria||4||2||0||2||10||8||+2||AFC||22 August 2017; Friendly|
|Tajikistan||1||1||0||1||2||4||−2||AFC||10 November 2019; Friendly|
|Thailand||110||40||35||35||158||149||+9||AFC||5 December 2018; 2018 AFF Championship Semi-final|
|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|
|United Arab Emirates||9||2||0||7||6||24||−18||AFC||10 September 2019; 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||6||0||0||6||2||21||−19||AFC||18 November 2009; Asian Cup qualification|
|Vietnam||20||5||3||12||19||26||−7||AFC||10 October 2019; 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|Yemen||2||2||0||1||4||3||+1||AFC||5 March 2014; Asian Cup qualification|
- 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|
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- Malaysia national football team results
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- Football Association of Malaysia
- Result count since after the Federation of Malaysia formation on 16 September 1963.
- The home match of Malaysia against Timor-Leste, originally to be played on 6 June 2019, was later postponed due to Eid al-Fitr celebrations following a request from the Football Association of Malaysia.
- Timor-Leste played their home match against Malaysia in the latter country due to a lack of a suitable venue in their country.
- Earned Malaysian nationality after Malaysia formed on 16 September 1963. Became Singaporean after Singapore separation from Malaysia in 1965.
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But more importantly, aside from his fruitful club career, what further cements his place as a distinguished footballer in the Southeast Asian region are his services to his national team, the Harimau Malaya. A total of 78 goals in 138 appearances (0.57 goal/game) is a goalscoring rate of high regard for one’s country. Although he might have been in a generation when Southeast Asian football was singlehandedly dominated by Thailand, he was part of the Malaysian team that was able to get a gold medal in the 1989 Southeast Asian Games.
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