Malaysia national football team | Wikipedia audio article

Malaysia national football team | Wikipedia audio article

The Malaysia national football team (Malay:
Pasukan bola sepak kebangsaan Malaysia) is the national association football team of
Malaysia and is controlled by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM). The national team was founded in 1963 Merdeka
Tournament one month before the establishment of the Malaysian Federation. Malaysia national football team is recognised
by FIFA as the successor of the defunct Malaya national football team. The Malaysian team is nicknamed Harimau Malaya
in reference of the Malayan tiger. It is one of the successful teams in Southeast
Asia along with Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, winning bronze at the Asian Games in 1974
as well winning the ASEAN Football Championship in 2010 and other competitions while improving
at the same time. In the FIFA World Rankings, Malaysia’s highest
standing was in the first release of the figures, in August 1993, at 75th. Malaysia’s main rival on the international
stage are their geographical neighbours, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore, and past matches
between these three teams have produced much drama.==Etymology==
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.==History=====Early years (1963–1969)===Before the establishment of Malaysia on 16
September 1963, North Borneo (now Sabah), Sarawak, Malaya and Singapore are represented
by their own national teams, a situation which pre-dated the establishment of a Malaysia. 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 and
ended when Singapore’s separated from Malaysia in 1965. Since then the squad was only represented
by West Malaysian players, mainly due to difficulties of that time to travel to East Malaysia and
the players were not well known to mainstream West Malaysian football.===Asia’s most formidable (1970–1980)===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====
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.==Team image=====
Media coverage===All Malaysia team home matches and some away
matches (depending on the location and the broadcast station) are shown live on Astro
Arena (friendlies, World Cup (2nd round only), and Asian Cup qualifiers), RTM (AFF Championship
matches (except 2014 season)), and Media Prima (AFF Championship matches for 2014 season
only). All matches are broadcast with both Malaysian
and English commentary.===Kit evolution===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.===Grounds===
Home Stadium Malaysia’s home stadium is the Bukit Jalil
National Stadium. The stadium capacity is 87,411 (seated) which
makes it the seventh largest football stadium in the world. Malaysia’s previous national stadium was the
Merdeka Stadium before the Bukit Jalil sports complex was constructed. Malaysia also uses other stadiums for their
matches such as the Kuala Lumpur Stadium. 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 is the name of the major supporters
for the national team in Malaysia. They are known for their high fanaticism and
support towards the national team. Even in every international match the national
team played, they will be found in a group standing at the supporters area. The main colours for these supporter are usually
in black with a yellow scarf and banners just like the national team kits colours. These supporters always bring flares, drums
and large national flags to the stadiums.===Sponsorship===
According to the website of Football Association of Malaysia, Malaysia main sponsors include
Telekom Malaysia, Bank Islam, Yakult, Nike, 100plus, One Goal and MYCAT.==Players=====
Current squad===The following is a list 23 players that were
called up for the 2018 AFF Championship.Caps and goals are correct as of 15 December 2018,
after the match against Vietnam.===Recent call-ups===
INJ InjuredWD Withdrew from squadSUS Suspended===
Previous squads=====
Results and fixtures=====
All time results===Win
Draw Loss===2017======2018===1 : Non FIFA ‘A’ international match==
Team officials==C : Managed the team on a one-off basis as
caretaker manager==
Competition record==Champion Runners-up Third place
Fourth place===FIFA World
Cup======Olympic Games======AFC Asian Cup======
AFF Football Championship===

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