K. Rajagopal, (or fullname Rajgobal a/l Krishnasamy) (born July 10,
1956) is a Malaysian football manager and former professional player.
He is currently the coach of Malaysia and the Under-23 Malaysia.
He was made the national coach for the young Malaysia U-20 team from
2004 until 2006; and the Malaysian U-19 (known as Harimau Muda A) in
2007 to 2009. Under his guidance, Harimau Muda A became the Premier
Leaguechampion in 2009. Currently he is the head coach for both the
Malaysian national and the Malaysian U-23 squad.
Rajagopal is a former national striker, with 20 international caps
between 1980 and 1983, he took over the senior coaching job in July
Rajagopal is best-known for guiding Malaysia's Under-23 side to its
first gold medal in 20 years at the 2009 Southeast Asian Games in Laos
where the team defeated Vietnam 1-0 in the final on December 17 after
earlier knocking out 8-time defending champions, Thailand, in the
group stage. After the victory, Rajagopal earned the nickname "King
Raja". In July 2009, Rajagopal coached Malaysia in two games against
the visiting English champions, Manchester United FC, losing in both
matches 2–3 and 0–2.
Rajagopal is a former club coach at Selangor FA and Kelantan FA. He is
also a pundit for Malaysian network Astro, including the twice-weekly
FourFourTwo TV Show.