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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 23x15px Hong Kong (1st title)
Runners-up 23x15px Indonesia
Third place 23x15px 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

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.




Second round

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
23x15px Hong Kong 5321093+6
23x15px Indonesia 5321083+5
23x15px Malaya 13012510−5
23x15px Singapore 1301239−6
2 September
Hong Kong 23x15px 1–1 23x15px Indonesia
Merdeka Stadium
Attendance: 14,000






Consolation Tournament

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
23x15px South Vietnam 53210122+10
23x15px Burma 4312085+3
23x15px Thailand 23102512−7
23x15px Cambodia 1301217−6





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