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 By Dez Corkhill

JDT look for MSL three-peat as Selangor and Kelantan bolster squads

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson preview the new Malaysia Super League season and lay out their expectations for JDT.

The 2016 Malaysia Super League season kicks off on Saturday night with a mouth-watering Charity Shield clash between Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) and Selangor at Larkin Stadium.

The league looks to be genuinely competitive this year. JDT will start as favourites for a three-peat, but they will find it difficult as state sides Selangor, Terengganu, Kelantan and Kedah have all increased their budgets and recruited well.

Here are five thoughts on the season ahead:

1. JDT to find life difficult without...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Singapore and Malaysia stable while Thailand rise in FIFA rankings

Singapore stay at 148th while Malaysia remain at their lowest at 171.

Reigning Suzuki Cup champions Thailand climbed up a spot to 120th in the latest world FIFA rankings.

The Thais, who are on the verge of advancing to the next stage of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, are the highest ranked Southeast Asian nation.

Since a low of 146th in 2013, they have steadily risen up the global list on the back of some impressive international performances.

Philippines are the second highest ASEAN nation at 134th, an improvement of one place, followed by Vietnam at 146.

Singapore...

Harimau Malaya become Harimau Malaysia in quest to improve fortunes

Football Association of Malaysia
Harimau Malaya will now be known as Harimau Malaysia. (Photo credit: FAM).

Malaysia's national team official name has been changed from Harimau Malaya to Harimau Malaysia in a move aimed at reversing slumping fortunes.

Football Association of Malaysia president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah announced the new moniker in Kuala Lumpur after signing a sponsorship agreement with Telekom Malaysia.

"I hope the new name gives the players and coaches a new fighting spirit ... there's no point if we change the name but the attitude is still the same," Tengku Abdullah told The...

Arsenal legend Tony Adams 'turned down' Malaysia national coach job

Arsenal legend Tony Adams says he turned down an offer to become Malaysia national coach.

Former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams has revealed that he turned down the chance to become Malaysia national coach.

The 49-year-old, who is currently sporting director at Azerbaijan side Gabala SC, says he was offered the job late last year before interim boss, Ong Kim Swee, was appointed earlier this month.

Adams admitted that he was tempted by the approach but decided to stay in Gabala where he's worked for most for the last six years. He was Gabala's manager in the Azerbaijani Premier...