Sunday, July 15, 2007

Malaysian Football Sucks

For the record, I am not interested in football. I don't watch EPL, and probably the matches that I watched would only be World Cup matches.

But looking at the back of The Star paper today, I can't help but feel really sorry for the state of Malaysian football. What is wrong with these fellas? Lose 10 goals in two matches? The only word to describe this would be "shameful".

It's easy to pinpoint a scapegoat, and that's that. And while driving this evening, I heard that FAM chief has resigned. Who wouldn't? If he's a Japanese, he would have commited harakiri.

Here's more malaysian football bashing, if you would like to read.
The sad story of the Malaysian football malaise

"A 12-year-old boy can't name one player from the national team but he can name the first XI for Arsenal."

Bribery scandals have sullied the name of Malaysian football, with more than 100 players banned for life in the mid-1990s. In 1999, a Malaysian betting ring was found to have rigged the floodlights at a Premiership match in London.

This April, former national coach Chow Kwai Lam was convicted and fined for match-fixing in Singapore.

Now Malaysian football has sunk so low that fans would rather watch European football on television than turn up for their own national team, said Hashim.

"We are so concentrated on the English Premier League and our former colonial masters," he said.

With such deep-seated problems, Malaysia also faces a difficult task in curing a sickness that pervades not just football but all sports, explaining why the country has never once won Olympic gold.

"It's a monumental task," said Hashim. "It requires an overhaul of the whole machinery, and also public understanding."

Malaysia will be keeping their fingers crossed they can get the public back on side against Uzbekistan on Saturday.

Anyway, what I would like to highlight here is, what really makes an athlete, or a sports person.

It's the desire to accomplish something big, and the will to win, no matter the odds

A real athlete puts sacrifices to win. He/she knows what it takes to win the competition. And basically to win, you gotta work harder than the rest. I remember reading how hard Lance Armstrong trains. So hard that his team mates can't take it after the 2 days.

There's no shortcut to winning. You just gotta train harder than the rest.

For some motivation, view how Al Pacino gave a motivational speech to a bunch of football players.

"I'll tell you this, in any fight, it's the guy who is willing to die, is going to win that inch..."


KY said...

having domestic fixtures played on the same time EPL is aired doesn't help.

Norman said...

Well if you actually watched some of the matches, even for a little while you'd see why our boys keep failing. Teamwork, diet discipline and fitness are low despite having world-class everything.

There's nearly ZERO teamwork and nobody listens to the coach. They don't play as a team, a brotherhood but as a loose collection of people who only tolerate each other. All this produced this huge truck of massive failure.

Anonymous said...

If I may add, you've got to leave "normal" to accomplish something big, something you thought was impossible, something other people said you couldn't do. Problem is, some people/sportsman are too scared to leave their comfort zone.

Raymond said...

There are something which im not in the position to say,the reality is 'that' some reason!

Anonymous said...

simply put..from start to end: malaysian football, league or national team quality sucks.