Malaysia national football team

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Malaysia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Harimau Malaya
(Malayan Tigers)[1]
AssociationFA Malaysia
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationAFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coachKim Pan-gon
CaptainFarizal Marlias
Most capsSoh Chin Ann (219)[2]
Top scorerMokhtar Dahari (89)[3]
Home stadiumBukit Jalil National Stadium
FIFA codeMAS
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 154 Steady (31 March 2022)[4]
Highest75 (August 1993)
Lowest178 (March 2018)
First international
 Malaysia 1–1 Thailand 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 12 October 1963)[n 1]
Biggest win
 Malaysia 11–0 Philippines 
(Tehran, Iran; 7 September 1974)
Biggest defeat
 United Arab Emirates 10–0 Malaysia 
(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; 3 September 2015)
AFC Asian Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1976)
Best resultGroup stage (1976, 1980, 2007)
AFF Championship
Appearances12 (first in 1996)
Best resultChampions (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.

Residing in the group of 4 teams of Southeast Asia who have won the ASEAN Football Championship at least once, Malaysia fails 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 did not progress beyond the group stage in any occasion.

Malaysia's biggest opponents on the international stage are geographical neighbours: Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore with past matches have been produced and in particular, fixtures involving Indonesia being the most heated among these that corresponds to political and social issues, named as 'Nusantara Derby'.[7]

Etymology[edit]

The Harimau Malaya nickname have been used by the team's predecessor, Malaya national football team. The nickname referred to the national animal of Malaysia, the Malayan tiger.[8][9] 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 had been called "Harimau Malaya" by the founding father of Indonesia, Sukarno when he managed to equalise against an Indonesian football club by scoring a hat-trick in a match between Singaporean Malay Club and Peseja (Persija Jakarta) in 1953 after trailing 3 goals behind them.[10][11]

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 and at that time president of Football Association of Malaya & Asian Football Confederation.[12][13]

Before 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.[14] 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 lead by Abdul Ghani Minhat, who at that time was the first Asian player to reach 50 goals for the men's national teams.[15]

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 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, although they lost 3–4.[16] 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.[17] 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. From 1966 to 1970, Chow Chee Keong was voted by Asian Football Confederation as the best Asian's goalkeeper for 5 straight years.[18]

Olympic Tournament & Asia Competition (1970–1980)[edit]

In 1971, James Wong of Sabah was the first player from East Malaysia to represent the country.[19][20] 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.[21] He manage to score 177 goals, of which the 177 goals for Selangor FA and his international career, Mokhtar scored a total of 125 goals in 167 appearances for Malaysia (including matches played against club sides, national 'B' teams and selection teams).[22] Against other nations' national 'A' teams, he scored 89 goals in 142 appearances.[23][24][25] This makes him once the world’s top scorer for men's national teams.[26][27]

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.[28][29] 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.[30][31] 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, 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.[32][33][34]

1976 AFC Asian Cup Group A[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 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[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 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)[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.[35][36] 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.[37]

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.[38]

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.[39] 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.[40]

AFF Championship triumph (2010)[edit]

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.[42] Rajagopal's first match was against Zimbabwe, which Malaysia won 4–0.[43] 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.[44][45]

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.[46] 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.[47]

Stagnation (2011–present)[edit]

Since the 2010s, the expectations of improved performances rose, but the team still failed to deliver any new high achievements or set new records.[48] In June 2014, Dollah Salleh replaced Rajagobal as the head coach after his contract has ended.[49] 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 50 years, prompted his resignation as the head coach.[50] The place was taken by interim coach Ong Kim Swee who was later promoted as the head coach until the end of March 2017.[51] 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.[52] 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 matche against Lebanon in Beirut by 1–2. With only 1 draw and 5 defeats, Malaysia was subsequently eliminated from the qualification.[53] 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.[54]

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.[55][56] 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.[57] 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.[8][58]

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.[59] 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.[60] 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.[61] 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.[62] 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.[63] 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.[64]

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.[65] On 21 January 2022, Kim Pan-gon had been hired as the new national team head coach.[66]

Team image[edit]

Media coverage[edit]

All matches of Malaysia 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.[67]

Kits[edit]

Kit provider Period Ref
Germany Adidas 1970–2007
United States Nike 2007–present [68]
2010 AFF Cup Final 2nd leg kit

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.[69] 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)[70] 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
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   Indonesia
(19 November 2019; 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification)
Aerial View of Kuala Lumpur Stadium.png 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 AFF Championship second leg final match between Malaysia and Thailand.

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.[71]

Sponsorship[edit]

According to the website of Football Association of Malaysia, Malaysia main sponsors include Telekom Malaysia, Bank Islam, Yakult, Nike, 100plus, One Goal, MYCAT and Malaysia Airlines.[72]

Rivalries[edit]

Malaysia draws opponents mostly against Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. These rivalries are rooted from geographical closeness.

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.[73]

Singapore is Malaysia's only recent rival. Their rivalry is mostly rekindled only when it comes to the AFF Championship, and is also less heated than Malaysia's rivalry with Indonesia.[74]

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 1990s, as well as having a better head-to-head record, with 41 wins comparing 35 draws and 35 losses.[75]

As South Vietnam, the Vietnamese side had a poorer performance, with only 3 wins, 3 draws and 7 losses, during that time the Malaysia's 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.

Results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Lose

2021[edit]

28 May Friendly Bahrain  2–0  Malaysia Manama, Bahrain
19:30 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium
Referee: Turki Al-Khudhayr (Saudi Arabia)
3 June 2022 World Cup qualification United Arab Emirates  4–0  Malaysia Dubai, United Arab Emirates
20:45 UTC+4
Report Stadium: Zabeel Stadium
Referee: Kim Dae-yong (South Korea)
15 June 2022 World Cup qualification Thailand  0–1  Malaysia Dubai, United Arab Emirates
20:45 UTC+4 Report
Stadium: Al Maktoum Stadium
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hoish (Saudi Arabia)
6 October Friendly Jordan  4–0  Malaysia Amman, Jordan
18:00 UTC+2
Report Stadium: King Abdullah II Stadium
9 October Friendly Uzbekistan  5–1  Malaysia Amman, Jordan
18:00 UTC+2
Report Bakhtiar 45+1' Stadium: Amman International Stadium
9 December 2020 AFF Championship Malaysia  4–0  Laos Bishan, Singapore
17:30 UTC+8
Report Stadium: Bishan Stadium
Referee: Ammar Ebrahim Mahfoodh (Bahrain)

2022[edit]

27 May Friendly Malaysia  v  Brunei Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
20:45 UTC+8 Stadium: Bukit Jalil Stadium

Coaching staff[edit]

As of 23 February 2022
Malaysia coaching staff
Roles Names Appointment date
Technical Director Australia Scott O'Donell 5 Jan 2022
Head Coach South Korea Kim Pan-gon 21 Jan 2022
Assistant Coach Spain Pau Marti Vicente 17 Feb 2022
Local Assistant Coach Malaysia E. Elavarasan 23 Feb 2022
Goalkeeping Coach South Korea Cho Jun-ho 17 Feb 2022
Fitness Coach Turkey Dr Gokhan Kandemir 17 Feb 2022
Assistant Fitness and Analyst Coach South Korea Park Bo-bae 14 Mar 2022
Performance Analyst Coach South Korea Lim Jae-hun 17 Feb 2022

Coaching record[edit]

As of 3 January 2022

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for international friendly matches against  Brunei and  Hong Kong on 27 May and on 1 June, respectively, and for the Third Qualification Round of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup. [76]

Caps and goals are correct as of 26 March 2022, after the match against  Singapore.[77]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Farizal Marlias (1986-06-29) 29 June 1986 (age 35) 50 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
1GK Khairulazhan Khalid (1989-11-07) 7 November 1989 (age 32) 14 0 Malaysia Selangor
1GK Kalamullah Al-Hafiz (1995-07-30) 30 July 1995 (age 26) 0 0 Malaysia Petaling Jaya City
1GK Syihan Hazmi (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 26) 0 0 Malaysia Negeri Sembilan

2DF Shahrul Saad (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 28) 45 5 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
2DF Matthew Davies (1995-02-07) 7 February 1995 (age 27) 33 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
2DF Syahmi Safari (1998-02-05) 5 February 1998 (age 24) 18 1 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
2DF La'Vere Corbin-Ong (1991-04-22) 22 April 1991 (age 31) 15 1 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
2DF Junior Eldstål (1991-09-16) 16 September 1991 (age 30) 15 1 Thailand Chonburi
2DF Dominic Tan (1997-03-12) 12 March 1997 (age 25) 8 0 Malaysia Sabah
2DF Dion Cools (1996-06-04) 4 June 1996 (age 25) 6 0 Belgium Zulte Waregem
2DF Khuzaimi Piee (1993-11-11) 11 November 1993 (age 28) 2 0 Malaysia Negeri Sembilan
2DF Shahrul Nizam (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Malaysia Terengganu

3MF Safiq Rahim (1987-07-05) 5 July 1987 (age 34) 77 15 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
3MF Syamer Kutty Abba (1997-11-01) 1 November 1997 (age 24) 24 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
3MF Nor Azam Azih (1995-01-03) 3 January 1995 (age 27) 17 0 Malaysia Sri Pahang
3MF Nazmi Faiz Mansor (1994-08-16) 16 August 1994 (age 27) 12 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
3MF Kogileswaran Raj (1998-09-21) 21 September 1998 (age 23) 8 2 Malaysia Petaling Jaya City
3MF Liridon Krasniqi (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 30) 6 1 India Odisha
3MF Mohd Afiq Fazail (1994-09-29) 29 September 1994 (age 27) 4 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim

4FW Norshahrul Idlan (1986-06-08) 8 June 1986 (age 35) 80 14 Malaysia Melaka United
4FW Safawi Rasid (1997-03-05) 5 March 1997 (age 25) 37 15 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
4FW Akhyar Rashid (1999-05-01) 1 May 1999 (age 23) 28 7 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
4FW Syafiq Ahmad (1995-06-28) 28 June 1995 (age 26) 24 8 Malaysia Kedah Darul Aman
4FW Mohamadou Sumareh (1994-09-20) 20 September 1994 (age 27) 24 6 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
4FW Guilherme de Paula (1986-11-09) 9 November 1986 (age 35) 9 1 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
4FW Darren Lok (1991-09-18) 18 September 1991 (age 30) 9 1 Malaysia Petaling Jaya City
4FW Arif Aiman Hanapi (2002-05-04) 4 May 2002 (age 20) 9 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim
4FW Faisal Halim (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 24) 5 0 Malaysia Terengganu

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the national 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 Azri Ghani (1999-04-30) 30 April 1999 (age 23) 0 0 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur City 2020 AFF ChampionshipINJ
GK Rahadiazli Rahalim (2001-05-28) 28 May 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Malaysia Terengganu 2022 FAS Tri-Nations SeriesINJ
GK Khairul Fahmi Che Mat (1989-01-07) 7 January 1989 (age 33) 61 0 Malaysia Sabah 2020 AFF Championship

DF Aidil Zafuan (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 (age 34) 98 3 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 2022 FAS Tri-Nations Series
DF Rizal Ghazali (1992-10-01) 1 October 1992 (age 29) 19 0 Malaysia Sabah 2022 FAS Tri-Nations SeriesWD
DF Arif Fadzilah (1996-04-20) 20 April 1996 (age 26) 3 0 Malaysia Terengganu 2020 AFF Championship
DF Sharul Nazeem (1999-11-16) 16 November 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Malaysia Selangor 2022 FAS Tri-Nations SeriesPRE
DF Quentin Cheng (1999-11-20) 20 November 1999 (age 22) 3 0 Malaysia Selangor 2022 FAS Tri-Nations Series
DF Ariff Farhan Isa (1996-07-14) 14 July 1996 (age 25) 3 0 Malaysia Kedah Darul Aman 2020 AFF Championship
DF Irfan Zakaria (1995-06-04) 4 June 1995 (age 26) 13 1 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur City v.  Uzbekistan, 9 October 2021
DF Adam Nor Azlin (1996-01-05) 5 January 1996 (age 26) 15 1 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifications

MF Zhafri Yahya (1994-09-25) 25 September 1994 (age 27) 0 0 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur City 2022 FAS Tri-Nations Series
MF Baddrol Bakhtiar (1988-02-01) 1 February 1988 (age 34) 64 6 Malaysia Sabah 2020 AFF Championship
MF Kenny Pallraj (1993-04-21) 21 April 1993 (age 29) 9 0 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur City 2020 AFF ChampionshipINJ
MF Mukhairi Ajmal (2001-11-07) 7 November 2001 (age 20) 5 0 Malaysia Selangor 2020 AFF Championship
MF Akram Mahinan (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 29) 28 0 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur City v.  Uzbekistan, 9 October 2021
MF Brendan Gan (1988-06-03) 3 June 1988 (age 33) 18 1 Malaysia Selangor 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifications

FW Ramadhan Saifullah (2000-12-09) 9 December 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 2022 FAS Tri-Nations SeriesPRE
FW Shahrel Fikri (1994-10-17) 17 October 1994 (age 27) 18 5 Malaysia Selangor 2020 AFF Championship
FW Luqman Hakim Shamsudin (2002-03-05) 5 March 2002 (age 20) 9 0 Belgium K.V. Kortrijk 2022 FAS Tri-Nations Series
FW Hakimi Abdullah (1999-11-09) 9 November 1999 (age 22) 2 0 Malaysia Terengganu 2022 FAS Tri-Nations SeriesPRE
FW Fayadh Zulkifli (1998-09-13) 13 September 1998 (age 23) 1 0 Malaysia Kedah Darul Aman 2020 AFF ChampionshipPRE
FW Al-Hafiz Harun (1994-09-13) 13 September 1994 (age 27) 0 0 Malaysia Kedah Darul Aman v.  Uzbekistan, 9 October 2021

Notes
  • INJ = It is not part of the current squad due to injury.
  • WD = Player withdrew from the current squad due to non-injury issue.
  • PRE = Preliminary squad.

Player records[edit]

As of 20 January 2022[2]
Players in bold are still active with Malaysia.
This list does not include players who represented Malaya (1948−1962).

Competitive record[edit]

  Champion    Runners-up    Third place     Fourth place  

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup finals record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Round Pld W D L GF 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 2 1 1 6 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 Round 2 10 6 0 4 22 14
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total N/A 0/22 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 69 22 14 33 91 125

Olympic Games[edit]

Olympics Games record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Round Pld W D L GF 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 – 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[edit]

AFC Asian Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Round Pld W D L GF 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 5 4 0 1 15 3
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 5 2 2 1 8 4
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 Thailand Vietnam 2007 Group stage 16th of 16 3 0 0 3 1 12 Qualified as co-hosts
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
China 2023 To be determined In progress
Total Appearances: 3 Best: 5th 9 1 3 5 7 20 - 60 20 14 26 95 97

AFF Championship[edit]

Asian Games[edit]

Southeast Asian Games[edit]

  • * : 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

Notes:

  • Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil

Head-to-head record[edit]

Last update was against   Indonesia on 19 December 2021.

FIFA ranking[edit]

Last update was on 10 February 2022. Source:[78]

  Worst Ranking    Best Ranking    Worst Mover    Best Mover  

Malaysia's FIFA world rankings
Rank Year Games
Played
Won Lost Drawn Best Worst
Rank Move Rank Move
154 2021 10 3 7 0 153 Increase +1 155 Decrease –1
153 2020 0 0 0 0 153 Increase +1 154 Steady 0
154 2019 13 9 0 4 154 Increase +9 168 Decrease –1
  178 2018 17 8 5 4 167 Increase +12 178 Decrease –4
174 2017 8 0 6 2 155 Increase +4 174 Decrease –12
161 2016 14 4 5 5 156 Increase +9 174 Decrease –8
170 2015 11 2 6 3 153 Increase +4 171 Decrease –11
154 2014 15 5 7 3 141 Increase +9 156 Decrease –8
154 2013 7 1 5 1 154 Increase +4 164 Decrease –5
158 2012 16 5 5 6 148 Increase +5 163 Decrease –6
148 2011 10 3 4 3 138 Increase +7 155 Decrease –6
144 2010 10 4 4 2 139 Increase +3 159 Decrease –5
160 2009 8 1 4 3 150 Increase +5 163 Decrease –8
156 2008 11 5 3 3 151 Increase +9 170 Decrease –6
159 2007 15 3 8 8 149 Increase +7 166 Decrease –7
152 2006 6 0 3 3 124 Increase +1 153 Decrease –19
123 2005 4 1 3 0 111 Increase +6 123 Decrease –7
120 2004 14 5 8 1 114 Increase +4 122 Decrease –4
116 2003 7 1 3 3 99 Increase +21 119 Decrease –11
128 2002 9 3 4 2 111 Increase +1 128 Decrease –6
111 2001 11 3 6 2 105 Increase +3 111 Decrease –3
107 2000 24 13 7 4 104 Increase +8 117 Decrease –3
117 1999 8 4 4 0 113 Increase +2 118 Decrease –3
113 1998 3 0 2 1 88 Increase +3 113 Decrease –11
87 1997 14 6 5 3 84 Increase +13 97 Decrease –3
  96 1996 8 4 1 3 91 Increase +21 112 Decrease –10
  106 1995 5 1 3 1 94 Increase +14 117 Decrease –23
89 1994 5 1 3 8 84 Increase +8 95 Decrease –6
  79 1993 14 6 5 3 75 Increase +16 79 Decrease –2
Notes
  • Table above is a list of all FIFA 'A' international matches Malaysia have played against FIFA recognised teams.[6][79][80][81]

Honours and achievements[edit]

Continental[edit]

Asian Games
Honours Years Head coach Team
Med 3.png Bronze medal 1974 Malaysia Jalil Che Din Squad

Regional[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Result count since after the Federation of Malaysia formation on 16 September 1963.[5]
  2. ^ Earned Malaysian nationality after Malaysia formed on 16 September 1963. Became Singaporean after Singapore separation from Malaysia in 1965.

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