Defying the doomsayers and proving Steve Atwater Authentic Jersey the critics wrong, Malaysia came within 10 minutes of winning their second AFF title before conceding two late goals in the second leg of 2014 Suzuki Cup final against Thailand on Dec. 20.
With Pahang FA claiming the cup double and Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) winning the league, it turned out to be a satisfying year for Malaysian football. But what will 2015 be like?
Veteran football journalist and Astro Arena TV host Rizal Hashim gives his five wishes for Malaysian football in the New Year:Having finished runners-up in the AFF Cup, Malaysia can usher in 2015 with renewed enthusiasm.
It is a crucial year for the Tigers as the FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers will kick off in June in a campaign that stretches until early 2016.
The road to Russia 2018 offers Malaysia a chance to atone for the disappointment of losing out to Singapore in 2011 on the road to the Brazil World Cup.
Head coach Dollah Salleh has shown that he is not afraid to tinker with his team according to the opposition, having utilised 20 players throughout the entire month-long AFF Cup campaign. http://www.ravensauthenticofficialshop.com/RAVENS-COURTNEY-UPSHAW-JERSEY Left-back Zubir Azmi was the only ever-present, while two players -- goalkeeper Khairul Azhan Khalid of Pahang and defender Azmi Muslim -- did not taste a single second of action.
Having exceeded expectations by coming so close to lifting the regional title, Dollah has promised to adopt an open door policy, with all members of the squad available for selection. There is one notable exception -- Shukor Adan, 35, who announced his retirement following the heart-breaking finale at Bukit Jalil.
The inclusion of 30-year old Afif Amiruddin -- the Kelantan-born central defender who was the only uncapped player to sneak into the 22-man squad -- suggests that age is not an issue with Dollah.Safiq Rahim's resurgence is timely. At 27, the central midfielder who made his international debut at 19 is at his peak and central to Dollah's plans if he stays clear of injuries.
Those who had gone through the mill with Ong Kim Swee in the Harimau Muda set-up are grappling with various issues -- personal problems, long-term injuries or a dip in form.
It will be interesting to see if the likes of Azrif Nasrulhaq Badrul Hisham, Wan Zack Haikal Wan Noor, Wan Zaharulnizam Wan Zakaria, Hazwan Bakri, A. Thamil Arasu, Nazmi Faiz Mansor, Syahrul Azwari Ibrahim, Rozaimi Abdul Rahman, Junior Eldstal, Brendan Gan, K. Reuben, and Nasir Basharuddin -- all good enough to be part of Kim Swee's plans over the past two years -- can create an impression on Dollah. http://www.packersnflofficialonline.com/Tramon-Williams-Jersey The M-League, which kicks off in February, will surely provide an inkling.