Foreign Tigers: How did Malaysia fare under previous imported coaches?
Bertalan Bicskei, Malaysia coach 2004-2005
- Matches: 16
- Win: 8
- Losses: 7
- Draws: 1
- Win Ratio: 50%
- Loss Ratio: 43.75%
Bicskei arrived in July 2004 and was tasked with seeing out three remaining World Cup qualifying matches – which ended in defeats to China, Hong Kong and Kuwait – and the 2004 AFF Championship, then known as the Tiger Cup.
The Hungarian’s tenure began in promising fashion as Malaysia recorded a win against neighbouring Thailand in a friendly.
He dropped several senior players such as Hairuddin Omar, Tengku Hazman Raja Hassan and Eddie Helmi Abdul Manan for the AFF tournament as the co-hosts used a largely inexperienced side rocked by the unavailability of poachers Akmal Rizal Rakhli and Nizaruddin Yusof.
Malaysia finished a commendable third in the tournament with striker Khalid Jamlus scoring six goals, one short of tournament top-scorer Ilham Jaya Kesuma of runners-up Indonesia.
His time came to an end just six months later, however, after he lost his cool in a friendly against Singapore in Georgetown in June 2005.
Unhappy with the officiating, Bicskei threw a bottle onto the pitch before pushing a Singaporean player. He almost instantly was demoted to the Malaysia Under-23 squad and was subsequently sacked in September.
He passed away in his hometown of Budapest on July 16, 2011.