Team Profile: Malaysia

Team Profile: Malaysia
By Falah Abdullah





Malaysia will field a 4-4-2 side with a short passing style, heavily reliant on the two pacey wingers to supply the crosses to the strikers. Expect the two full-backs to support the wingers with overlapping runs. Safee will yet again lead the line whilst Norshahrul will drop deep as a deep lying forward. This potent duo is pivotal to Malaysia's hopes of retaining the title.

GK 12 Mohd Izham Tarmizi 21
GK 22 Khairul Fahmi Che Mat 23
GK 1 Mohd Farizal Marlias 26
DF 3 Mohd Faizal Muhammad 23
DF 27 Mohd Fadhli Mohd Shas 21
DF 21 Irwan Fadzli Idrus 31
DF 7 Mohd Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak 25
DF 2 Mahali Jasuli 23
DF 5 Mohd Bunyamin Umar 24
DF 20 Mohd Zubir Azmi 21
DF 11 Mohd Azmi Muslim 26
MF 18 Mohd Shakir Shaari 26
MF 12 Mohd Amar Rohidan 25
MF 15 Gary Steven Robbat 20
MF 8 Mohd Safiq Rahim 25
MF 23 Baddrol Bakhtiar 24
MF 13 Ahmad Fakri Saarani 23
MF 25 Wan Zack Haikal Wan Noor 21
MF 16 S. Kunanlan 26
MF   Mohd Azamuddin Md Akil 27
FW 19 Ahmad Hazwan Bakri 21
FW 14 Mohd Khyril Muhymeen Zambri 25
FW 9 Norshahrul Idlan Talaha 26
FW 10 Mohd Safee Mohd Sali 28
COACH    Datuk K. Rajagopal 56


Safiq Rahim Safee Sali Khairul Fahmi Che Mat
An influential midfielder and the heartbeat of the team. He is central to every move. Malaysia's chief goal-getter whose finishing qualities are easily the best in the country. The treble winner of the FAM Best Goalkeeper Award. Has cat-like reflexes and will once again proved to be the difference between winning and losing for Malaysia.


Datuk K. Rajagopal
An experienced coach credited with the revival of the Malayan Tigers for the past few years. His team revolves around a 4-4-2 system heavily reliant on two pacey wingers ably supported by two marauding full backs. Loves his team to play with a lot of width. A master motivator.


Year Group Rank Tournament Rank
1996  2 Runner-Up
1998  3 Group Stage
2000  2 3rd
2002  1 4th
2004  2 3rd
2007  2 Semi-Final
2008  3 Group Stage
2010  2 Winner


Date Venue Match Event Score
20/11/2012 Kuala Lumpur vs Bangladesh Friendly D 1-1
14/11/2012 Kuala Lumpur vs Hong Kong Friendly D 1-1
07/11/2012 Bangkok vs Thailand Friendly L 0-2
03/11/2012 Hanoi vs Vietnam Friendly L 0-1
16/10/2012 Hong Kong vs Hong Kong Friendly W 3-0
11/09/2012 Kuala Lumpur vs Vietnam Friendly L 0-2
12/06/2012 Kuala Lumpur vs Singapore Friendly W 2-0
08/06/2012 Singapore vs Singapore Friendly D 2-2
01/06/2012 Kuala Lumpur vs Philippines Friendly D 0-0
07/10/2011 Kuala Lumpur vs Srilanka Friendly W 6-0