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Malaysia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Harimau Malaya
(Tiger of Malaya)
Association Football Association of Malaysia
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation AFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coach Kim Pan-Gon
Captain Safawi Rasid
Most caps Soh Chin Ann (219)
Top scorer Mokhtar Dahari (89)
Home stadium Bukit Jalil National Stadium
FIFA code MAS
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 167 Steady (7 February 2019)
Highest 75 (August 1993)
Lowest 178 (15 March 2018)
Elo ranking
Current 173 Increase 10 (3 March 2019)
Highest 61 (1 March 1977)
Lowest 185 (September 2018)
First international
 Malaysia 1–1 Thailand 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 12 October 1963)
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
Appearances 4 (first in 1976)
Best result Group stage (1976, 1980, 2007)
AFF Championship
Appearances 14 (first in 1996)
Best result Champions (2010)
Medal record
Asian Games
Bronze 1974 Tehran Team
SEA Games
Bronze 1969 Myanmar Team
Silver 1971 Malaysia Team
Bronze 1973 Singapore Team
Silver 1975 Thailand Team
Gold 1977 Malaysia Team
Gold 1979 Indonesia Team
Silver 1981 Philippines Team
Bronze 1983 Singapore Team
Bronze 1985 Thailand Team
Silver 1987 Indonesia Team
Gold 1989 Malaysia Team

The Malaysia national football team (Malay: [Pasukan bola sepak kebangsaan Malaysia] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help)) 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.

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'. Since the 2010s, Malaysia significantly uses naturalised players of various different nationalities in an attempt to improve the prospects of its national football team.

Etymology

The Harimau Malaya nickname has been used by the team's predecessor, Malaya national football team. The nickname referred 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). The player 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.

History

Early years (1963–1969)

1958 Merdeka Cup Winner, Malaya
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.

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.

1962 Borneo Cup Winner, North Borneo
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, 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. 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

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

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)

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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. 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)

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2010 AFF Championship champion second-leg finals starting line-up.

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.

Stagnation (2011–present)

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 50 years, 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.

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. On 21 January 2022, South Korean national Kim Pan-gon was hired as the new national team head coach. On 26 March 2022, Malaysia lost against Singapore 2–1 as part of the 2022 FAS Tri-Nations Series.

2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification

Under Kim Pan-gon, Malaysia started their campaign with a 3–1 win over Turkmenistan. It was followed by an 1–2 loss to Bahrain; in which Bahrain took back the lead with a late penalty after Malaysia had equalised. However, Malaysia won 4–1 against Bangladesh in their final match, thus placing second in the group overall. This resulted in Malaysia succeeding to qualify for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, 15 years after their last appearance as hosts of the 2007 edition, which granted automated qualification.

Team image

Media coverage

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.

Kits

Kit provider Period Ref
Germany Adidas 1970–2007
United States Nike 2007–present
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. 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

Home Stadium

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
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   Laos
(24 December 2022; Friendly)
Aerial View of Kuala Lumpur Stadium.png 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.

Supporters

Ultras Malaya in Bukit Jalil Stadium, 2014 AFF Championship Final
A part of the action from Ultras Malaya during the 2014 AFF Championship second leg final match between Malaysia and Thailand. Thailand won the competition.

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.

Sponsorship

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.

Rivalries

Malaysia has rivalries with Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. These rivalries are rooted in 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.

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.

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 1990s, 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.

Results and fixtures

      Win       Draw       Lose

2022

2023

Coaching staff

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 South Korea Park Bo-bae 17 Feb 2022
South Korea Lim Joong-yong
South Korea Cho Deok-je
South Korea Kim Dong-jin
Spain Pau Martí 17 Feb 2022
Malaysia E. Elavarasan 17 Feb 2022
Goalkeeping Coach South Korea Cho Jun-ho 17 Feb 2022
Fitness Coach South Korea Park Ji-hyeon 30 Oct 2022
Performance Analyst South Korea Lim Jae-hun 17 Feb 2022

Coaching record

Squad

Current squad

  • The following 23 players were called up for the 2022 AFF Championship. 14 players withdraw from the squad.
  • Caps and goals are correct as of 3 January 2023 after the match against  Singapore.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kalamullah Al-Hafiz (1995-07-30) 30 July 1995 (age 28) 1 0 Malaysia Kedah Darul Aman
16 1GK Syihan Hazmi (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 27) 7 0 Malaysia Negeri Sembilan
23 1GK Rahadiazli Rahalim (2001-05-28) 28 May 2001 (age 22) 1 0 Malaysia Terengganu

2 2DF Azam Azmi (2001-02-12) 12 February 2001 (age 23) 5 0 Malaysia Terengganu
3 2DF Quentin Cheng (1999-11-20) 20 November 1999 (age 24) 7 0 Malaysia Selangor
4 2DF Ruventhiran Vengadesan (2001-08-24) 24 August 2001 (age 22) 7 0 Malaysia Selangor
5 2DF Sharul Nazeem (1999-11-16) 16 November 1999 (age 24) 7 0 Malaysia Selangor
6 2DF Dominic Tan (1997-03-12) 12 March 1997 (age 26) 15 0 Malaysia Sabah
12 2DF Fazly Mazlan (1993-12-22) 22 December 1993 (age 30) 17 0 Malaysia Selangor
15 2DF Khuzaimi Piee (1993-11-11) 11 November 1993 (age 30) 9 0 Malaysia Selangor

8 3MF Stuart Wilkin (1998-03-12) 12 March 1998 (age 25) 6 4 Malaysia Sabah
10 3MF Lee Tuck (1988-06-30) 30 June 1988 (age 35) 6 2 Malaysia Kedah Darul Aman
14 3MF Mukhairi Ajmal (2001-11-07) 7 November 2001 (age 22) 9 0 Malaysia Selangor
18 3MF Brendan Gan (1988-06-03) 3 June 1988 (age 35) 25 1 Malaysia Selangor
17 3MF David Rowley (1990-02-06) 6 February 1990 (age 34) 4 0 Malaysia Sri Pahang
21 3MF Aliff Haiqal (2000-07-11) 11 July 2000 (age 23) 3 0 Malaysia Selangor

7 4FW Faisal Halim (1998-01-07) 7 January 1998 (age 26) 17 8 Malaysia Selangor
9 4FW Darren Lok (1990-12-14) 14 December 1990 (age 33) 20 4 Malaysia Sabah
11 4FW Safawi Rasid (1997-03-05) 5 March 1997 (age 26) 50 18 Thailand Ratchaburi
13 4FW Hakim Hassan (1991-10-02) 2 October 1991 (age 32) 5 0 Malaysia Selangor
19 4FW Ezequiel Agüero (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 29) 6 2 Malaysia Sri Pahang
20 4FW Shamie Iszuan (1995-09-10) 10 September 1995 (age 28) 3 0 Malaysia Sarawak United
22 4FW Haqimi Azim (2003-01-06) 6 January 2003 (age 21) 2 1 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur City

Recent call-ups

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 Azri Ghani (1999-04-30) 30 April 1999 (age 24) 0 0 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur City 2022 AFF ChampionshipPRE
GK Farizal Marlias (1986-06-29) 29 June 1986 (age 37) 54 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification
GK Khairulazhan Khalid (1989-11-07) 7 November 1989 (age 34) 15 0 Malaysia Selangor 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification

DF Dion Cools (1996-06-04) 4 June 1996 (age 27) 13 1 Czech Republic Jablonec 2022 AFF ChampionshipPRE
DF Shahrul Saad (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 30) 48 5 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 2022 AFF ChampionshipWD
DF Matthew Davies (1995-02-07) 7 February 1995 (age 29) 39 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 2022 AFF ChampionshipWD
DF Syahmi Safari (1998-02-05) 5 February 1998 (age 26) 24 1 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 2022 AFF ChampionshipWD
DF La'Vere Corbin-Ong (1991-04-22) 22 April 1991 (age 32) 21 3 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 2022 AFF ChampionshipWD
DF Declan Lambert (1998-09-21) 21 September 1998 (age 25) 1 0 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur City 2022 AFF ChampionshipWD
DF Junior Eldstål (1991-09-16) 16 September 1991 (age 32) 16 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification
DF Aidil Zafuan (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 (age 36) 98 3 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 2022 FAS Tri-Nations Series
DF Khair Jones (1989-09-29) 29 September 1989 (age 34) 4 1 Malaysia Negeri Sembilan 2022 FAS Tri-Nations Series

MF Kogileswaran Raj (1998-09-21) 21 September 1998 (age 25) 8 2 Malaysia Penang 2022 AFF ChampionshipPRE
MF Azam Azih (1995-01-03) 3 January 1995 (age 29) 21 0 Malaysia Sri Pahang 2022 AFF ChampionshipWD
MF Nazmi Faiz (1994-08-16) 16 August 1994 (age 29) 17 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 2022 AFF ChampionshipWD
MF Afiq Fazail (1994-09-29) 29 September 1994 (age 29) 4 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 2022 AFF ChampionshipWD
MF Natxo Insa (1986-06-09) 9 June 1986 (age 37) 1 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 2022 AFF ChampionshipWD
MF Hong Wan (2000-08-17) 17 August 2000 (age 23) 0 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 2022 AFF ChampionshipWD
MF Safiq Rahim (1987-07-05) 5 July 1987 (age 36) 81 16 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification
MF Syamer Kutty Abba (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 26) 29 1 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification
MF Liridon Krasniqi (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 32) 7 1 Thailand Khon Kaen United v.  Hong Kong, 1 June 2022

FW Ramadhan Saifullah (2000-12-09) 9 December 2000 (age 23) 0 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 2022 AFF ChampionshipPRE
FW Syafiq Ahmad (1995-06-28) 28 June 1995 (age 28) 36 10 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 2022 AFF ChampionshipWD
FW Akhyar Rashid (1999-05-01) 1 May 1999 (age 24) 36 7 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 2022 AFF ChampionshipWD
FW Arif Aiman (2002-05-04) 4 May 2002 (age 21) 15 0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 2022 AFF ChampionshipWD
FW Faiz Nasir (1992-07-21) 21 July 1992 (age 31) 3 2 Malaysia Terengganu 2022 AFF ChampionshipINJ
FW Mohamadou Sumareh (1994-09-20) 20 September 1994 (age 29) 30 7 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim v.  Tajikistan, 25 Sept 2022
FW Guilherme de Paula (1986-11-09) 9 November 1986 (age 37) 13 2 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification
FW Luqman Hakim (2002-03-05) 5 March 2002 (age 21) 9 0 Belgium K.V. Kortrijk 2022 FAS Tri-Nations Series
FW Hakimi Abdullah (1999-11-09) 9 November 1999 (age 24) 2 0 Malaysia Terengganu 2022 FAS Tri-Nations SeriesPRE

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

Player records

Players in bold are still active with Malaysia.
This list does not include players who represented Malaya (1948−1962).

Competitive record

     Champion       Runners-up       Third place        Fourth place  

FIFA World Cup

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

Olympic 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

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 14 1 2 11 8 45
Qatar 2023 Qualified Third round 13 8 0 5 30 18
Saudi Arabia 2027 To be determined To be determined
Total Appearances: 3 Best: 5th 9 1 3 5 7 20 - 82 29 15 38 129 147

AFF Championship

Asian Games

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

Notes:

  • Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil

Head-to-head record

Last update was against   Singapore on 3 January 2023.

FIFA ranking

Last update was on 3 January 2023. Source:

     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
145 2023 1 1 0 0 145 Steady 0 145 Steady 0
145 2022 14 9 2 3 145 Increase +9 154 Steady 0
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.

Honours and achievements

Continental

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

Regional

Summary

Overview
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
Asian Games 0 0 1 0 0
AFF Cup 1 3 2 1 2
SEA Games 3 4 4 1 4
Total 4 7 7 2 7

Exhibition tournaments

  • Pestabola Merdeka
  • Simple cup icon.svg Winners (7): 1968, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1979*, 1986, 1993
  • Med 2.png Runners-up (6): 1969, 1972, 1975, 1980, 2000, 2008
  • South Vietnam Independence Cup
  • Simple cup icon.svg Winners (1): 1971
  • Med 2.png Runners-up (3): 1965, 1966, 1973
  • King's Cup
  • Simple cup icon.svg Winners (4): 1972, 1976*, 1977*, 1978
  • Med 2.png Runners-up (2): 1973, 2022
  • Med 3.png Third-place (2): 1970, 1974
  • Jakarta Anniversary Tournament
  • Simple cup icon.svg Winners (1): 1970
  • Med 2.png Runners-up (1): 1975
  • Korea Cup
  • Med 3.png Third-place (1): 1977*
  • Indonesian Independence Cup
  • Simple cup icon.svg Winners (1): 1992
  • Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Cup
  • Med 2.png Runners-up (2): 1986, 1990
  • AirMarine Cup
  • Med 3.png Third-place (1): 2019
  • Tri-Nations Series
  • Med 2.png Runners-up (1): 2022
*trophy shared

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Malasia para niños

  • 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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