20 August 1921 |
1921-1966 (as Malaya Cup)
|Number of teams||
16 (group stage)|
|Most successful club(s)||
|2016 Malaysia Cup|
The Malaysia Cup (Malay: Piala Malaysia) is an annual association football tournament in Malaysia. The cup was first held in 1921. Eventhough it is the nation's oldest cup tournament, it is currently a secondary cup to the FA Cup as the FA Cup is the cup which is given the nation's slot for continental cup tournament. The competition was previously managed by Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) before it was transferred to Football Malaysia LLP (FMLLP) in 2016 season.
A new format was introduced for 2016 season where only the best 11 teams from Malaysia Super League (MSL) and five others from Malaysia Premier League (MPL) qualified to play in Malaysia Cup that season where the final position for the qualification was determined after the least game of first round of MSL and MPL. After all 16 teams has been identified, the team will be divided into four groups which then will compete in the tournament for the cup.
The Malaysia Cup was played at the end of each year's football season until the 2016 season where it was changed to be played near the end of the football season in order to promote competitive league within Malaysian football league.
The Malaysia Cup is one of Asia’s longest-running football competitions. Established in 1921, it was known as the Malaya Cup from 1921 to 1967, after the donation of a trophy from the British Royal Navy ship H.M.S. Malaya. The tournament was renamed the Malaysia Cup in 1967. For much of its history, the Cup was contested by Malaysian state teams, military teams as well as foreign invitees Singapore and Brunei. Malaysian club teams were allowed entry into the competition from 2000.
In January 1921, the British Royal Navy battleship H.M.S. Malaya called at Port Swettenham (now Port Klang), Singapore, Malacca, Penang and Port Dickson. During its stay, the crew competed in friendly matches in football, rugby, hockey, sailing and golf against local clubs.
Three months later, the Chief Secretary of the Federated Malay States government received a letter from Captain H. T. Buller of the H.M.S. Malaya, which offered two cups to be competed for in football and rugby as tokens of their gratitude for the reception they received in Malaya. The offer was accepted and various club representatives met to organise the tournament.
A Malaya Cup committee was set up and it was decided to run the football competition in northern and southern sections. The first tournament were entrusted to be run by the Selangor Club. The first ever Malaya Cup match was played on 20 August 1921, with Selangor defeating Penang 5-1 in front of an estimated crowd of 5,000 in Kuala Lumpur. The inaugural tournament were played by six teams and won by Singapore where each Singapore players received a gold badge for their victory.
The popularity of the tournament was already apparent in its early years where in 1923, a newspaper described it as “by far the greatest sporting event of the year (in Malaya)”. The final was played outside Kuala Lumpur for the first time in 1925, when Singapore defeated Selangor 2-1 at the Anson Road Stadium. Singapore also maintained a record of appearing in every Malaya Cup final from the first in 1921 to 1941, when the competition was disrupted by World War II.
In September 1926, representatives from the football associations of Singapore, Selangor, Perak, Negri Sembilan and Malacca agreed to form a Malayan Football Association (MFA). The MFA was based in Kuala Lumpur, with John Sime of Singapore as its first president, and was represented on the Malaya Cup committee which organised the competition. The MFA saw little activity until 1932, when it was revived and reformed as the Football Association of Malaya (FAM). The FAM also took control of the organisation of the Malaya Cup from its founding committee. That same year, the British Services were allowed to enter their own teams, joining Kedah and Johor which were both in the competition by 1930.
The Malaya Cup resumed in 1948, and the post-war era saw Pahang, Kelantan, Terengganu and Perlis enter the competition. In 1957, the final was played for the first time at the newly-constructed Merdeka Stadium. The majority of the finals would be held at the Merdeka Stadium until the 1990s.
In 1967, the H. M. S. Malaya Cup was retired and replaced with a new trophy, the Malaysia Cup, in line with political developments and since then the competition has been known as the Malaysia Cup. The old Malaya Cup now resides at the National Museum in Kuala Lumpur.
Where previous tournaments had been segmented into geographical zones, the 1979 edition saw every team play each other in a 17-team competition. New entries were Federal Territory (later renamed Kuala Lumpur), the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, as well as the independent sultanate of Brunei. A one-round league competition was introduced in Malaysia in 1979. The top four teams at the end of the league will face off in two semi-finals before the winners made it to the finals. In 1981, the quarter-finals stage were introduced. When the league began, it was intended primarily as a qualifying tournament for the Malaysia Cup.
However, only in 1982, the league trophy was awarded to the winners of the league stage. Since then, the Malaysia Cup has been held after the conclusion of the league each year, with only the best-performing teams in the league qualifying for the Malaysia Cup.
In 2003, MPPJ FC became the first club and a non state team to win the cup. Prior to that year, the two teams which made the final had always been representative sides of the regional Football Associations, or military teams.
Teams representing two of Malaysia's neighbouring countries have been involved in the competition. Brunei won the cup in 1999 and continue to be involved though in recent years they have been represented by the club side DPMM FC, whereas initially their team was organised by the Football Association of Brunei. Singapore used to enter a team organised by the Football Association of Singapore. Their team won the cup 24 times and are the second most successful side in the competition's history after Selangor. However, after their last win in 1994, Singapore withdrew from the competition following a dispute with the Football Association of Malaysia over gate receipts and have not been involved since. In 2011, Football Association of Singapore announced that Singapore would be back to join the Malaysia Cup in 2012. On 5 December 2011, Football Association of Singapore had unveiled the new squad list and line up planned for the 2012 edition of Malaysia Cup where LIONSXII was sent to compete.
In 2015, Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership (FMLLP) was created in the course of privatisation of the Malaysian football league system. The partnership saw all 24 teams of Malaysia Super League and Malaysia Premier League including FAM as the Managing Partner and MP & Silva as a special partner (FAM's global media and commercial advisor) to become stakeholders in the company. FMLLP owns, operates and runs five entities in Malaysian football under its jurisdiction, which include Malaysia Super League, the Malaysia Premier League, the Malaysia FA Cup, the Malaysia Cup and the Charity Shield. It aims to transform and move Malaysian football forward.
Champions and finalists
Best performing teams
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Records & trivia
|Most Times Champion||Selangor||33 times, including two time champion with Singapore|
|1st Malaya Cup Champion||Singapore||1921|
|1st Malaysia Cup Champion||Perak||1967|
|1st champion after World War II||N.Sembilan||1948|
|1st winner of the 21st Century||Perak||2000|
|1st champion at Merdeka Stadium||Perak||1957|
|1st champion at Shah Alam Stadium||Singapore||1994|
|1st champions National Stadium, Bukit Jalil||Perak||1998|
|The teams that had won a hat-trick||Singapore||5 times (1923-1924-1925) (1928-1929-1930) (1932-1933-1934) (1939-1940-1941) and (1950-1951-1952)|
|Selangor||4 times (1927-1928-1929) (1961-1962-1963) (1971-1972-1973) and (1995-1996-1997)|
|K.Lumpur||1 times (1987-1988-1989)|
|1st non state team to compete||Johor FC||2000|
|1st non state team champion||MPPJ FC||2004|
|Longest consecutive finalist||Singapore||1921–1941|
|The teams that had title shared||Selangor & Singapore||1928 and 1929|
|The most team entered the final but lost||Sabah||3 times (1996, 2002 and 2003)|
|ATM||3 times (1949, 1966 and 2012)|
|The state team that never played in the final yet||Melaka|
|The team entered the finals three times (or more) but did not win all||Perak||2 times (1959, 1960 and 1961) and (1970, 1971 and 1972)|
|(Except Selangor and Singapore)||Penang||1952, 1953 and 1954|
|Kedah||1987, 1988 and 1989|
|Perlis||2004, 2005 and 2006|
|The team with the longest period gap to winning the Malaysia Cup again||N.Sembilan||61 years (1948–2009)|
|The team requires the longest period to win the Malaysia Cup||Kelantan||89 years (1921–2010)|
|Perlis||83 years (1921–2004)|
|Records||Teams and players||Entry|
|Most teams goal in the final||Selangor||8 goals (1927 and 1968)|
|Singapore||8 Goals (1933)|
|Most goal in the final||Singapore – Selangor||10 goal (1933)|
|Top scorer in the single final match||Abdul Ghani Minhat||4 goals (1961)|
|Hat-trick hero in final match|| Abdul Ghani Minhat (4 goals)
Juan Manuel Arostegui
| 1961 |
|Foreign coach most of the championship team lead||Ken Worden||3 times (1995, 1996 and 2002)|
|Players who won the most title with the same team||Mokhtar Dahari||10 title (1972–1986)|
|Foreign player who won the title 3 consecutive times||Mehmet Durakovic||1995, 1996 and 1997|
- http://www.rsssf.com/tablesm/malaycuphist.html Malaya Cup Winners History
- http://www.rsssf.com/tablesm/malay21.html#cup Malaya Cup 1921
- http://www.fam.org.my/history History of FAM
- http://www.fas.org.sg/fas/history-singapore-football History of FA of Singapore
- http://www.goal.com/en-my/news/3986/editorial/2014/08/10/5023296/is-malaysia-cup-losing-its-appeal Is Malaysia Cup losing its appeal?
- http://www.goal.com/en-my/news/3889/main/2016/07/16/25674882/slight-change-to-malaysia-cup-format-may-give-an-edge-to-non Slight change to Malaysia Cup format may give an edge to non-favourite sides
- http://www.fourfourtwo.com/my/features/malaysia-cup-changes-bring-early-excitement Malaysia Cup changes to bring early excitement
- http://www.espn.co.uk/football/blog/football-asia/153/post/2767820/corkhill-five-2016-wishes-for-malaysia Malaysia football needs professional approach and TV deal to thrive
- http://m.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Global/Issues/2015/08/31/Marketing-and-Sponsorship/Telekom-Malaysia.aspx Telekom Malaysia Sponsors Malaysia Cup, Unveils New Trophy
- http://www.espnfc.com/blog/football-asia/153/post/2983054/rizal-the-hero-as-kedah-beat-selangor-on-pens-in-malaysia-cup-final Rizal the hero as Kedah beat Selangor on pens in Malaysia Cup final
- http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_1837_2011-09-06.html Malaysia Cup History
- http://www.rsssf.com/tablesm/malay48.html Malaya Cup 1948
- http://www.rsssf.com/tablesm/malay57.html Malaya Cup 1957
- http://www.rsssf.com/tablesm/malay59.html Malaya Cup 1959
- http://www.rsssf.com/tablesm/malay67.html Malaya Cup 1967
- http://www.rsssf.com/tablesm/malay79.html Malaya Cup 1979
- http://www.rsssf.com/tablesm/malay82.html Malaya Cup 1982
- http://www.rsssf.com/tablesm/malay03.html Malaysia 2003
- http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Sports/Story/A1Story20110712-288801.html Singapore Lions to participate in 2012 Malaysia Cup
- LIONSXII Squad List – Football Association of Singapore, 5 December 2011
- FAS REVEAL LIONSXII COACH AND SQUAD LIST – Football Association of Singapore, 5 December 2011
- http://www.fam.org.my/news/press-release-fam-inks-deal-mp-silva-formalise-fmllp Press Release: FAM INKS DEAL WITH MP & SILVA TO FORMALISE FMLLP
- http://www.goal.com/en-my/news/3896/malaysia/2015/05/07/11492462/malaysian-football-going-for-the-german-way A media briefing and workshop was conducted by FAM, FMLLP and MPS to give a clearer picture on what we can expect in Malaysian football
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- "Piala Malaysia". Portal Pusat Maklumat Rakyat (in Malay). Retrieved 5 November 2014.
- "Independence Square". abckualalumpur.com. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
- Football Association of Malaysia
- Malaysia Cup
- List of Malaysia Cup winners by Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation(RSSSF)