Malaysian Football

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The Malaysia national football team is the national team of Malaysia and is controlled by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM). It has never qualified for the World Cup finals, although the team did qualify to play in the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. However, Malaysia did not take part after heeding a United States-led boycott of the Games due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The most significant successes of the team has come in the regional AFC Suzuki Cup, which Malaysia won in 2010 for the first time in history. They beat Indonesia 4–2 on aggregate in the final to capture the country's first major international football title.
Malaysia had many top players since the creation of the Federation of Malaya, such as Tan Sri Datuk Abdul Ghani Minhat, who was remembered for his lethal skills as a striker and known throughout the land as ‘The King of Football’. Then came the likes of the legendary Mokhtar Dahari and James Wong, which led Malaysia into their golden age during the 1970s until the 1980s. In 1962, Malaysia recorded a 15–1 victory over the Philippines, which is currently the record for the highest win for the national team. In the current generation, Mohd Safee Mohd Sali and Norshahrul Idlan Talaha are considered by many Malaysians as the best strikers of this generation.
In the FIFA World Rankings, Malaysia's highest standing was in the first release of the figures, in August 1993, at 75th. Currently, Malaysia is ranked in the 163rd position. Malaysia's main rival on the international stage are their geographical neighbours Indonesia as well as Singapore. Malaysia can be regarded as one of the most successful teams in Southeast Asia along with Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, having won the AFC Suzuki Cup 2010 and other small competitions while improving at the same time.
However, the Malaysian football team still has a…...

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