Malaysia has a “good” chance of reaching the third round of 2012 London Olympics men’s football tournament after being pitted against Lebanon in one of the few interesting match-ups at the draw conducted at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Wednesday. Another interesting battle to come out of the draw was between arch-rivals Iraq, who made it to the semi-finals of the 2004 Athens Olympics, and Iran who reached the quarter-finals of the 1976 games in Montreal. In the world ranking, Malaysia is ranked 128 while Lebanon is at 169. While the ranking is for the senior teams, it, however, can be...

Arsenal FC, one of the youngest and most attractive football club teams in the world, confirmed that Malaysia will kick-start their first pre-season tour in Asia since 1999 – giving their huge fan base in Malaysia and in this region first hand opportunity to see Arsène Wenger’s First Team squad for the 2011-12 season live in action. Arsenal’s confirmation was announced today by FA of Malaysia (FAM) deputy president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, who is also the Tengku Mahkota (Crown Prince) of Pahang, Tom Fox, Chief Commercial Officer of Arsenal FC and Julian Kam, CEO of ProEvents Group, the sole and...

Exciting news for all football fans as they will have an opportunity to get a free commemorative Chelsea Football Club training pass when they purchase tickets for the Malaysia XI vs Chelsea match at selected adidas outlets nationwide from May 20-29 while stocks last. Prices for the tickets range from RM58, RM68, RM108 and limited VIP tickets at RM388. Organised by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), the Malaysia XI vs Chelsea FC match, will be held at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil at 8.45pm on Thursday, July 21 2011. The official match sponsors include adidas, Astro, One World and Naza...

FIFTEEN players who featured in the MRU Super League final on 8 May 2011 have been drafted in a 30-man squad preparing for the HSBC Asian 5 Nations tournament in South Korea early next month. Cobra, the newly crowned winners, contributed 10 players while five were drafted from the runners-up Keris Conlay, according to national team manager DSP Ridzuan Abdul Aziz. The squad has assembled at UiTM in Shah Alam for a centralized camp before the team departs for Ansan, a city in South Korea and an hour’s drive away from Incheon Airport. DSP Ridzuan said he had initially called up a squad...

It was worth the trip down south to Pasir Gudang, Johor for Negri Sembilan outfit SMK Dato Abdullah of Seremban to compete in the south zone Manchester United Premier Cup (MUPC) qualifier over the weekend. It came out tops – beating Johor Bahru’s Khaizar Sports 1-0 in the zone final played at Padang Mawar in Pasir Gudang on Sunday to book its place in the National Finals which will be played in Bukit Jalil on May 28. Khaizar also made it to the national finals. Negri had two other teams in the qualifier but SMK Zaaba of Kuala Pilah were knocked out...

Fifa executive committee member Worawi Makudi, who has been implicated in a World Cup bribery scandal, is no longer head of the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) according to a government sporting body. The Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) said that the postponement of FAT elections last week was illegal, and as no election had been held within the required time limit after Worawi's presidency expired at the end of 2010, his position was void. Worawi was to have been challenged for the presidency at FAT elections last Friday but the poll was postponed when the executive board said some of the clubs...