1957 Merdeka Tournament

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1957 Merdeka Tournament
Tournament details
Host country Malaya
Dates 31 August – 7 September
Teams 8
Venue(s) 1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Hong Kong (1st title)
Runners-up  Indonesia
Third place  Malaya
Tournament statistics
Matches played 6
Goals scored 25 (4.17 per match)
1958 →

All statistics correct as of 26 May 2018.

The first edition of the Merdeka Tournament was held in August and September 1957 in Malaya (now Malaysia). It was won by Hong Kong with most of the team being from the Eastern Sports Club, which the football club was playing friendly matches in the Asia-Pacific. Singapore won a consolation tournament for teams that did not qualify for the final round.

First round[edit | edit source]

A series of knockout ties was held to determine which teams would compete in the second round. The match between South Vietnam and Singapore required a replay as the score was level at the end of the first match.

31 August
Hong Kong  5–1  Cambodia



31 August
Indonesia  5 – 0  Thailand


1 September
Malaya  4–3  Burma

Second round[edit | edit source]

The winning teams from the first round played a series of matches against one another. The team finishing top of the group was the tournament winner.

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Hong Kong 5 3 2 1 0 9 3 +6
 Indonesia 5 3 2 1 0 8 3 +5
 Malaya 1 3 0 1 2 5 10 −5
 Singapore 1 3 0 1 2 3 9 −6
2 September
Hong Kong  1–1  Indonesia
Merdeka Stadium
Attendance: 14,000


3 September
Malaya  2–2  Singapore


4 September
Malaya  1–4  Hong Kong


5 September
Indonesia  3–0  Singapore


7 September
Malaya  2–4  Indonesia


7 September
Hong Kong  4–1  Singapore

Consolation Tournament[edit | edit source]

The losing teams from the first round played a series of matches against one another as a consolation tournament. The team finishing top of the group was the winner of this tournament.

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 South Vietnam 5 3 2 1 0 12 2 +10
 Burma 4 3 1 2 0 8 5 +3
 Thailand 2 3 1 0 2 5 12 −7
 Cambodia 1 3 0 1 2 1 7 −6
1 September
Thailand  3–0  Cambodia


3 September
South Vietnam  7–0  Thailand


3 September
Burma  1–1  Cambodia


5 September
South Vietnam  3–0  Cambodia


5 September
Burma  5–2  Thailand


7 September
South Vietnam  2–2  Burma