One of the best things that bring Malaysians together is the spirit of sports. Whether it’s watching Dato’ Lee Chong Wei’s incredible jumping smash or Azizulhasni Awang, the Pocket Rocketman speeding through the Keirin Track, when one Malaysian celebrates, we ALL celebrate.
Our Malaysian football team carries that same spirit through our history. A goal can lead to a roar of screaming fans that simply proves the support of our nation. And a win can make us proud to have the Harimau Malaya as our national team. Here are some of the most impactful and biggest wins ever for the Malayan Tigers.
1. Qualification and beating the USA in the 1972 Olympic Games
It was the beginning of Malaysia’s most dominant period in football.
Against all odds, the Malayan Tigers qualified for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, beating bigger teams like Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. The team didn’t make it past the group stages, though they manage to defeat the United States 3-0.
2. Bronze medalists at the 1974 Asian Games.
Our first international medal.
2 years after the 1972 Olympic Games, we headed to the 1974 Asian Games. The squad remained more or less the same, with players like Soh Chin Aun and Mohamed Baker. And after a 2nd place qualification out of the group stages, the team beat North Korea in the Bronze medal match to secure our first taste of silverware.
3. Our Malaysian Hero send us to the 1980 Olympic Games against South Korea
The goal that gave us hope.
After missing out on qualifying for the 1976 Olympic Games, the Malayan Tiger came back with a roar. Beating teams like Brunei and Indonesia cemented our position at the top of the table, with a match against the South Koreans to see who qualifies. After 80 minutes with the match still at 1-1, Hassan Sani dribbled the ball towards the opponent's end and passed it for our Malaysian Hero, James Wong for the goal.
4. A winning performance at the AFF Suzuki Cup 2010
The climb back to the top.
It started with a 5-1 loss against the tournament favourites, Indonesia. But a bounce-back performance against Thailand, 0-0 and Laos, 5-1, placed us 2nd in the group, enough to qualify. A 2-0 win at Bukit Jalil National Stadium during the semi-final was enough to see the Vietnam football team off, setting a rematch in the finals against Indonesia. Even though the team lost 2-1 in Jakarta, a brace from Safee Sali and a goal from Ashari Samsudin at our home stadium were enough to bring the Cup back home.
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