1959 Merdeka Tournament

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1959 Merdeka Tournament
Tournament details
Host country Malaya
Dates 30 August – 6 September
Teams 8
Venue(s) 1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  India (1st title)
Runners-up  Malaya
Third place  Korea
← 1958
1960

The 1959 Merdeka Tournament was the third edition of the Merdeka Tournament and was held between August 30 and September 6 of 1959. It was held in Malaya (now Malaysia) and was won by India.

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.

30 August
South Vietnam  2–4  Korea


30 August
Malaya  4–0  Westrailia


31 August
India  3–0  Singapore


31 August
Hong Kong  0–1  South Japan

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 6 3 +3
 Hong Kong 5 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3
 Westrailia 2 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1
 Singapore 0 3 0 0 3 3 8 −5
2 September
South Vietnam  3–1  Singapore


2 September
Westrailia  0–1  Hong Kong


3 September
Hong Kong  3–1  Singapore


4 September
Westrailia  1–2  South Vietnam


5 September
South Vietnam  1–1  Hong Kong


5 September
Westrailia  2–1  Singapore

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
 India 5 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3
 Malaya 4 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2
 Korea 2 3 0 2 1 1 3 −2
 South Japan 1 3 0 1 2 0 3 −3
2 September
Malaya  2–0  Korea


3 September
India  1–0  South Japan


4 September
Malaya  0–2  India


5 September
Korea  0–0  Japan


6 September
Malaya  2–0  South Japan


6 September
India  1–1  Korea