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South Vietnam national football team

The Republic of Vietnam national football team (Vietnamese: Đội tuyển bóng đá quốc gia Việt Nam Cộng hòa; French: Équipe du Sud-Vietnam de Football) was the national team of South Vietnam controlled by Vietnam Football Association between 1949 and 1975. The team took part in the first two Asian Cups finals (1956 and 1960), finishing fourth both times out of 4 teams.

South Vietnam
AssociationVietnam Football Association (VFA)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Home stadiumCộng Hòa Stadium, Saigon
FIFA codeVSO
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Hong Kong 3–2 South Vietnam 
(Hong Kong; 20 April 1947)[1]
Last international
 Malaysia 3–0 South Vietnam South Vietnam
(Bangkok, Thailand; 23 March 1975)
Biggest win
South Vietnam South Vietnam 10–0 Philippines 
(Tokyo, Japan; 1 October 1967)
Biggest defeat
South Vietnam South Vietnam 1–9 Indonesia 
(Seoul, South Korea; 4 May 1971)
World Cup
Appearances0
AFC Asian Cup
Appearances2 (first in 1956)
Best resultFourth place, 1956, 1960

The only World Cup qualification which South Vietnam entered was the 1974 tournament in West Germany. They were placed in Zone A of the AFC and OFC qualification in Seoul, South Korea. On 16 May 1973 they beat Thailand 1–0 to qualify for Group 1. On 20 May South Vietnam lost their opening game 0–4 to Japan and four days later they lost 1–0 to Hong Kong and were eliminated. Hong Kong and Japan advanced but neither got any further, losing play-offs for the next round to South Korea and Israel respectively.

The team ceased to exist when the North and South regions combined into the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. No matches were played between 1976 and 1990 and the first tournament the combined team played was in after 1991. Football record agencies count the South Vietnam matches as part of the all-time record of the Vietnam national team, while considering North Vietnam team to be a separate team for statistical purposes.[1]

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World Cup recordEdit

World Cup Finals World Cup qualification
Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
  1950 Did not enter
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974 Did not qualify 3 1 0 2 1 5
Total* 3 1 0 2 1 5

1974 FIFA World Cup qualificationEdit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Hong Kong 4 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2
2   Japan 2 2 1 0 1 4 1 +3
3   South Vietnam 0 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5

Asian Cup recordEdit

Asian GamesEdit

Southeast Asian FootballEdit

  • 1959: gold medals in football SEAP Games (now SEA Games)
  • 1 gold medal (1959), 2 silver medals (1967 and 1973) and 2 bronze (1965 and 1971) in football Sports Congress Peninsula Southeast Asia (SEAP Games)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Vietnam matches, ratings and points exchanged". World Football Elo Ratings: Vietnam. Retrieved 24 November 2016.

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