One of the founding members of AFC and once a powerhouse in Asia, Malaysia's record in qualifying for the FIFA World Cup™ remains unimpressive. They have participated in the preliminaries for each of the past 11 World Cups but have yet to progress to the final round. Their best performances came in their debut qualifying campaign for Germany 1974 when they drew against Korea Republic and edged past Thailand only to narrowly miss out a place in the decisive stage.
Under Dollah Salleh, Malaysia reached the final in the 2014 AFF Championship only to be edged out 4-3 on aggregate by Thailand. Captaining the side is midfielder Mohd Safiq Rahim, who finished the regional competition's top-scorer with six goals, while experienced Indra Putra Mahayuddin and Safee Sali form one of Southeast Asia's most formidable offensive partnerships.
Ong Kim Swee took up the post after Salleh's resignation following the 10-0 defeat to United Arab Emirates.
48 - Salleh scored 48 goals in 97 international matches to claim the national record.
The former stars
Santokh Singh, Soh Chin Aun, Mokhtar Dahari, Dollah Salleh