Malaysia football
The Malaysia national football team (Malay: Pasukan bola sepak kebangsaan Malaysia) 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. Residing in the group of 4 teams of Southeast Asia who has won the ASEAN Football Championship at least once, Malaysia fails to reach greater deed outside its region than a bronze won at the Asian Games in 1974; having participated in the Summer Olympics once and three AFC Asian Cups, the team failed to progress beyond the group stage in all occasions. Malaysia’s main rivals on the international stage are geographical neighbours: Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore with past matches have been produced and in particular, fixtures involving Indonesia being the most heated among these that corresponds to political and social issues, named as ‘Nusantara Derby’.[7]


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