- Address: Kuala Lumpur
- Country: Malaysia
- Capacity: 87,000
- Opened: 11 July 1998
- Main use: Football
Extra stadium info – Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil
The construction of the stadium started in 1995. It is known as a venue for several events, like athletics, concerts, football and rugby union. The stadium named Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil hosted its first-ever AFC Asian Cup match in 2007, with 21,000 people in attendance. The national football team of China won the match against Malaysia. The stadium’s record attendance was broken in 2010, when 98,000 people attended a game between the national football teams of Malaysia and Indonesia.
The AFC Asian Cup
The national football team of Malaysia made their debut in the AFC Asian Cup, the Asian championship for national football teams, in 1976. Six teams participated in the tournament, which took place in Iran. Malaysia finished below Kuwait and China in the group stage of the continental championship. The 1976 AFC Asian Cup was won by Iran after beating Kuwait. Ali Parvin scored the only goal in the final between Iran and Kuwait. In 1980, Malaysia made their second appearance in the AFC Asian Cup. They finished below Korea and Kuwait in the group stage of the tournament. Qatar and the United Arab Emirates finished below Malaysia in the group stage.
The English football giants
The venue named Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil hosted football matches for the English football giants Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool FC and Manchester United, some of the most valuable sports clubs in the world. They al played in at least one UEFA Champions League final. Manchester United won their first world championship title in 1999 after beating Palmeiras from Brazil. In 2019, Liverpool FC were crowned world champions for the first time in their history after defeating the Brazilian side Flamengo. In 2022, Chelsea also won their first world championship title after beating a Brazilian club. They faced Palmeiras in the FIFA Club World Cup final that year.