Vietnam national football team
The Vietnam national football team (Vietnamese: Đội tuyển bóng đá quốc gia Việt Nam) is the national football team representing Vietnam in international football competitions and is managed by the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF).
|Nickname(s)||Rồng Vàng (Golden Dragons)|
|Sub-confederation||AFF (Southeast Asia)|
|Head coach||Park Hang-seo|
|Captain||Quế Ngọc Hải|
|Most caps||Lê Công Vinh (83)|
|Top scorer||Lê Công Vinh (51)|
|Home stadium||Mỹ Đình National Stadium|
|Current||96 2 (14 June 2019)|
|Highest||84 (September 1998)|
|Lowest||172 (December 2006)|
|Current||113 24 (10 July 2019)|
|Highest||58 (October 2002)|
|Lowest||175 (January 1995)|
| Hong Kong 3–2 South Vietnam |
(Hong Kong; 20 April 1947)
China PR 5–3 North Vietnam
(China; 4 October 1956)
| Vietnam 11–0 Guam |
(Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; 23 January 2000)
| Zimbabwe 6–0 Vietnam |
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 26 February 1997)
Oman 6–0 Vietnam
(Incheon, South Korea; 29 February 2003)
|Appearances||4 (first in 1956)|
|Best result||Fourth place (1956, 1960)|
During the late 1950s, known by the name South Vietnam national football team, it was one of the four teams to advance into the final round of 1956 AFC Asian Cup, 1960 AFC Asian Cup, finishing fourth both times. The team also won 10th Merdeka Tournament in Malaysia, 1966. While Vietnam was split into North and South Vietnam, two national teams existed and both were controlled by similar Vietnam Football Associations. After the two countries unified in 1976, the Vietnam Football Associations was renamed to VFF.
The introduction of football into Vietnam traced its roots in 1896 during the era of colonial French Cochinchina. At the early stage, the sport are only played among French civil servants, merchants and soldiers. The French then encouraged local Vietnamese to played football and several other sports that were introduced to them to divert their interest from politics which resulting the sport being spread to other regions, mostly the northern and central region. On 20 July 1908, the newspaper Southern Luc Tan Van reported the match between two local Vietnamese teams for the first time. A first football guidebook then published in 1925 by a local Vietnamese doctor named Pham Van Tiec to attract the interest among Vietnamese youngsters. By 1928, the Vietnamese had established the Annamite Sports Bureau and in the same year they sent a Vietnamese football team to compete in Singapore. More local football clubs then established in both northern and southern Vietnam although it was not until after the World War II that football clubs in the region started to become more organised. It was the time Vietnam played their first ever international match, against Korea in Saigon which they lost 2–4.
From Vietnam War to 1986Edit
Two national football teams then existed when Vietnam was divided into South Vietnam and North Vietnam. The team from the South participated in the first two AFC Asian Cup finals (1956 AFC Asian Cup and 1960 AFC Asian Cup) and finished in fourth place both times. They won the first Southeast Asian Games in 1959 in Thailand. The team also entered qualification for the 1974 FIFA World Cup, beating Thailand 1–0 to qualify the classification matches before losing their group opening matches by 0–4 to Japan and 0–1 to Hong Kong. The team played their last game against Malaysia in 1975 where they lost 0–3. Meanwhile, the team from the North was less active, not being a member of either AFC and FIFA, often playing against other Communist states between 1956 and 1966. They had their first match against China PR where they lost 3–5 under head coach Truong Tan Buu. They participated in the first GANEFO (Games of the New Emerging Forces) competitions at Indonesia in 1962 and Cambodia in 1966. Both team ceased to exist when the North and South regions were combined together into the Socialist Republic of Vietnam following the end of the Vietnam War, but North Vietnam remained not a member of AFC and FIFA before 1975. Due to South Vietnam was a member of FIFA, the later unified Vietnam team is classified as successor of South Vietnam by FIFA.
The development of football during this era for both Vietnams was marked with stagnation as the Vietnam War occurred at the same time. The Vietnam War, a war that occurred between two states, had a tremendous impact and delayed the development of football in the country. Because of the war, Vietnam, by then, a major football force in Asia, started losing its reputation as the war ruined the country. Thus, the conflict had greatly reduced Vietnamese football ability and weakened the country seriously. However, the following Cambodian–Vietnamese War and Sino-Vietnamese War, and global sanctions against the country, had depleted the nation's football team and turned Vietnam into one of the weakest teams in the world and Asia overall. This has been the main reason for the country's football team to be less successful until 1990s. For this reason, Vietnamese football can be still considered as new and unknown for the rest of the world, in spite of its long standing history.
Post Vietnam War and redevelopment eraEdit
Vietnamese professional football league known as the All Vietnam Football Championship was launched in 1980 to redevelop Vietnamese football after a long period of civil war. In 1989, following the Đổi Mới reforms, a new football federation was formed. Vietnamese sports began to return to international events. After three months of preparation, in August 1989, the First Congress of the new football federation took place in Hanoi, declaring the formation of the Vietnam Football Federation. Trịnh Ngọc Chữ, deputy minister of General Department of Sports, was elected president of VFF. The reunified Vietnam national football team then played their first match against the Philippines in 1991 where they had a draw. In 1996, Vietnam participated in the first Tiger Cup where they finished in third place and hosted the second Tiger Cup in 1998 where they lost 0–1 to Singapore in the final. Vietnam hosted the 2007 AFC Asian Cup along with Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. In the group stage, Vietnam defeated UAE 2–0, drew 1–1 with another Gulf team, Qatar, lost 1–4 to Japan and were the only Southeast Asian team to reach quarter-finals, where they lost to Iraq 0–2. Since 2007, after two unsuccessful attempts for 2011 and 2015, Vietnam qualified to the AFC Asian Cup again as they obtained four draws with Afghanistan and Jordan and two wins against Cambodia during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification.
Vietnam won the first AFF Championship title in 2008, which they were held in Group B with Thailand, Malaysia and Laos. After losing Thailand 0–2 in the opener, Vietnam defeated Malaysia 3–2 and Laos 4–0. In semi-finals, Vietnam hold the defending champion Singapore by 0–0 in home match before winning 1–0 away. Vietnam met Thailand again in the finals and defeated them 3–2 aggregated, won the away match 2–1 then drew 1–1 at home. The 2018 AFF Championship is Vietnam's second AFF Championship title. In Group A, Vietnam managed 3 victories against Laos, Malaysia, Cambodia and a draw with Myanmar. In semi-finals, they defeated the Philippines twice by 2–1 both home and away hence progressed towards the finals, where they defeated Malaysia 3–2 aggregated, drawing 2–2 away and winning 1–0 home. In the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Vietnam also managed to qualify into the Round of 16 after beating Yemen in their final group matches despite had earlier lose to Iraq by 2–3 and Iran by 0–2. They then beat Jordan by 4–2 in penalty shoot-out after drawing 1–1 with the latter until the end of the match. In the quarter-finals, Vietnam meet Japan but failed to continue the success after their opponent being awarded a penalty kick which being decided through the video assistant referee (VAR), resulting to a 0–1 score by Ritsu Doan until the final whistle being blown.
Vietnam's current kit sponsor is Grand Sport. The contract started in January 2015 which will end by the end of December 2019. Vietnam was also previously sponsored by Nike, Adidas and Li-Ning. The tradition home colour for the Vietnamese team is all red with yellow trim and the away colour is all white with red trim ever since they started the contract with Nike. With Adidas, it was just red and white. Occasionally, the team wore blue and yellow jerseys.
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualifications record||Coach(es)|
|1930 to 1950||Did not participate||Did not participate||N/A|
|1954 to 1974||See South Vietnam||See South Vietnam||See South Vietnam|
|1978 to 1990||Did not enter||Did not enter||N/A|
|1994||Did not qualify||8||1||0||7||4||18||Trần Bình Sự|
|1998||6||0||0||6||2||21|| Trần Duy Long,|
Lê Đình Chính
|2006||6||1||1||4||5||9|| Nguyễn Thành Vinh|
, Edson Tavares
|2018||6||2||1||3||7||8|| Toshiya Miura,|
Nguyễn Hữu Thắng
|2022||To be determined||To be determined||To be determined|
AFC Asian CupEdit
|AFC Asian Cup record||AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|1964 to 1972||Did not qualify|
|1976 to 1992||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1996||Did not qualify||3||2||0||1||13||5|
|2011||Did not qualify||6||1||2||3||6||11|
|Total||Best: Fourth place||4/17||15||2||3||10||17||35||40||15||8||17||74||61|
|AFC Asian Cup History|
|1956||Group Stage||Hong Kong||2–2||Draw||Hong Kong|
|1960||Group Stage||South Korea||1–5||Loss||Seoul, South Korea|
|Republic of China||0–2||Loss|
|2007||Group Stage||United Arab Emirates||2–0||Won||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|2019||Group Stage||Iraq||2–3||Loss||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Yemen||2–0||Won||Al Ain, United Arab Emirates|
|Round of 16||Jordan||1–1 a.e.t (pens. 4–2)||Won||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|Asian Games record||Coach(es)|
|1951||Did not participate||Did not participate|
|1954 to 1974||See South Vietnam||See South Vietnam|
|1978 to 1994||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1998||Group stage||2||0||0||2||0||6||Alfred Riedl|
|Total||Best: Group Stage||1/13||2||0||0||2||0||6|
|Asian Games History|
|1998||Group Stage||Turkmenistan||0–2||Loss||Nakhon Sawan, Thailand|
|AFF Championship record||Coach(es)|
|1996||Third place||3/10||6||3||2||1||14||10||Karl-Heinz Weigang|
|2000||Fourth place||4/9||6||3||1||2||14||6||Alfred Riedl|
|2002||Third place||3/9||6||4||1||1||21||12||Henrique Calisto|
|2004||Group stage||6/10||4||2||1||1||13||5|| Edson Tavares, |
Trần Văn Khánh
|2012||Group stage||6/8||3||0||1||2||2||5||Phan Thanh Hùng|
|2016||Semi-finals||3/8||5||3||1||1||8||6||Nguyễn Hữu Thắng|
Southeast Asian GamesEdit
|Southeast Asian Games record||Coach(es)|
|1959 to 1973||See South Vietnam||See South Vietnam|
|1975 to 1989||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1991||Group stage||6/7||3||0||1||2||3||5||Nguyễn Sỹ Hiển|
|1993||Group stage||6/9||3||1||0||2||1||3||Trần Bình Sự|
|1997||Third place||3/10||6||3||1||2||9||6||Colin Murphy|
|Southeast Asian Games History|
|1991||Group Stage||Philippines||2–2||Draw||Manila, Philippines|
|1995||Group Stage||Malaysia||2–0||Won||Chiang Mai, Thailand|
|Gold medal match||Thailand||0–4||Loss|
|1997||Group Stage||Malaysia||0–1||Loss||Jakarta, Indonesia|
|Bronze medal match||Singapore||1–0||Won|
|1999||Group Stage||Laos||9–0||Won||Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei|
|Gold medal match||Thailand||0–2||Loss|
Vietnam Football Federation CupEdit
|VFF Cup record||Coach(es)|
|2004 Agribank Cup||Runner-up||2/4||3||2||0||1||4||3||Edson Tavares|
|2008 T&T Cup||Runner-up||2/3||2||0||2||0||2||2||Henrique Calisto|
|2010 VFF Son Ha Cup||Fourth place||4/4||3||0||1||2||1||5||Henrique Calisto|
|2012 VFF Cup||Third place||3/4||3||1||1||1||5||2||Phan Thanh Hùng|
|Vietnam Football Federation Cup History|
|2004 Agribank Cup||Group Stage||Thailand XI||1–0||Won||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|2006||Group Stage||New Zealand A||2–1||Won|
|2008 T&T Cup||Group Stage||North Korea||0–0||Draw|
|2010 VFF Son Ha Cup||Group Stage||South Korean University||0–2||Loss|
|2012 VFF Cup||Group Stage||Turkmenistan||0–1||Loss|
|South Korean University||1–1||Draw|
Results and fixturesEdit
Win Draw Loss
|8 January 2019 Asian Cup||Iraq||3–2||Vietnam||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|17:30 UTC+4||M. Ali 35'
|Report||Faez 24' (o.g.)
Nguyễn Công Phượng 42'
|Stadium: Zayed Sports City Stadium|
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)
|12 January 2019 Asian Cup||Vietnam||0–2||Iran||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|15:00 UTC+4||Report||Azmoun 38', 69'||Stadium: Al Nahyan Stadium|
Referee: Muhammad Taqi (Singapore)
|16 January 2019 Asian Cup||Vietnam||2–0||Yemen||Al Ain, United Arab Emirates|
|20:00 UTC+4||Nguyễn Quang Hải 38'
Quế Ngọc Hải 64' (pen.)
|Report||Stadium: Hazza bin Zayed Stadium|
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)
|20 January 2019 Asian Cup||Jordan||1–1 (a.e.t.)|
|Vietnam||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|15:00 UTC+4||Abdel-Rahman 39'||Report||Nguyễn Công Phượng 51'||Stadium: Al Maktoum Stadium|
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
| Quế Ngọc Hải
Đỗ Hùng Dũng
Lương Xuân Trường
Trần Minh Vương
Bùi Tiến Dũng I
|24 January 2019 Asian Cup||Vietnam||0–1||Japan||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|17:00 UTC+4||Report||Doan 57' (pen.)||Stadium: Al Maktoum Stadium|
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
|5 June 2019 King's Cup||Thailand||0–1||Vietnam||Buriram, Thailand|
|19:45 UTC+7||Report||Nguyễn Anh Đức 90+4'||Stadium: Chang Arena|
Referee: Jumpei Iida (Japan)
|8 June 2019 King's Cup||Curaçao||1–1|
|19:45 UTC+7||Carolina 58'||Report||Phạm Đức Huy 83'||Stadium: Chang Arena|
Referee: Wiwat Jumpaoon (Thailand)
| Nguyễn Anh Đức
Nguyễn Công Phượng
Nguyễn Trọng Hoàng
Quế Ngọc Hải
Đoàn Văn Hậu
|5 September 2019 2022 WCQ R2||Thailand||v||Vietnam||Bangkok, Thailand|
|--:-- UTC+7||Stadium: Rajamangala Stadium|
|10 October 2019 2022 WCQ R2||Vietnam||v||Malaysia||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|--:-- UTC+7||Stadium: Mỹ Đình National Stadium|
|15 October 2019 2022 WCQ R2||Indonesia||v||Vietnam||Jakarta, Indonesia|
|--:-- UTC+7||Stadium: Gelora Bung Karno Stadium|
|14 November 2019 2022 WCQ R2||Vietnam||v||United Arab Emirates||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|--:-- UTC+7||Stadium: Mỹ Đình National Stadium|
|19 November 2019 2022 WCQ R2||Vietnam||v||Thailand||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|--:-- UTC+7||Stadium: Mỹ Đình National Stadium|
|31 March 2020 2022 WCQ R2||Malaysia||v||Vietnam||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|--:-- UTC+8||Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium|
|4 June 2020 2022 WCQ R2||Vietnam||v||Indonesia||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|--:-- UTC+7||Stadium: Mỹ Đình National Stadium|
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Trần Nguyên Mạnh||20 December 1991||24||0||Sông Lam Nghệ An|
|22||GK||Nguyễn Văn Toản||26 November 1999||0||0||Hải Phòng|
|23||GK||Đặng Văn Lâm||13 August 1993||17||0||Muangthong United|
|2||DF||Đỗ Duy Mạnh||29 September 1996||21||0||Hà Nội|
|3||DF||Quế Ngọc Hải (Captain)||15 May 1993||44||2||Viettel|
|4||DF||Bùi Tiến Dũng||2 October 1995||22||0||Viettel|
|5||DF||Đoàn Văn Hậu||19 April 1999||18||0||Hà Nội|
|12||DF||Huỳnh Tấn Sinh||6 April 1998||0||0||Quảng Nam|
|13||DF||Trần Văn Kiên||13 May 1996||1||0||Hà Nội|
|17||DF||Vũ Văn Thanh||14 April 1996||15||2||Hoàng Anh Gia Lai|
|21||DF||Nguyễn Thành Chung||8 September 1997||1||0||Hà Nội|
|6||MF||Lương Xuân Trường||28 April 1995||33||1||Hoàng Anh Gia Lai|
|7||MF||Nguyễn Phong Hồng Duy||13 June 1996||8||0||Hoàng Anh Gia Lai|
|8||MF||Nguyễn Trọng Hoàng||14 April 1989||64||12||Viettel|
|14||MF||Nguyễn Tuấn Anh||16 May 1995||9||1||Hoàng Anh Gia Lai|
|15||MF||Phạm Đức Huy||20 January 1995||9||2||Hà Nội|
|16||MF||Đỗ Hùng Dũng||8 September 1993||13||0||Hà Nội|
|20||MF||Trần Minh Vương||28 March 1995||4||0||Hoàng Anh Gia Lai|
|9||FW||Nguyễn Văn Toàn (3rd captain)||12 April 1996||23||4||Hoàng Anh Gia Lai|
|10||FW||Nguyễn Công Phượng||21 January 1995||33||8||Sint-Truiden|
|11||FW||Nguyễn Anh Đức||24 October 1985||34||12||Becamex Bình Dương|
|18||FW||Hà Đức Chinh||22 September 1997||6||0||SHB Đà Nẵng|
|19||FW||Nguyễn Quang Hải (Vice-captain)||12 April 1997||19||5||Hà Nội|
The following players have also been called up to the Vietnam squad within the last 12 months.
- [a] Withdrew from squad.
- SUS Player suspended.
- INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
- RET Retired from the national team.
- WD Player withdrew from the squad for non-injury related reasons.
- PRE Preliminary squad.
|Head Coach||Park Hang-seo||VFF|
|Technical Director||Hans-Jürgen Gede||VFF|
|Assistant coach||Lee Young-jin||VFF|
|Assistant coach||Lưu Danh Minh||VFF|
|Assistant coach||Lư Đình Tuấn||Ho Chi Minh City FC|
|Goalkeeper coach||Nguyễn Đức Cảnh||Hai Phong FC|
|Fitness coach||Park Sung-gyun||VFF|
|Interpreter||Lê Huy Khoa||VFF|
|Doctor||Trần Anh Tuấn||VFF|
|Doctor||Tuấn Nguyên Giáp||VFF|
List of managersEdit
Coaches by years since 1991
|Park Hang-seo||October 2017 – present||18||8||7||3|
|Mai Đức Chung (Interim)||August 2017 – October 2017||2||2||0||0|
|Nguyễn Hữu Thắng||March 2016 – August 2017||16||8||6||2|
|Toshiya Miura||May 2014 – January 2016||14||7||3||4|
|Hoàng Văn Phúc||January 2013 – April 2014||3||1||0||2|
|Nguyễn Văn Sỹ (Interim)||October 2012 – November 2012||4||1||0||3|
|Phan Thanh Hùng||August 2012 – October 2012||14||5||5||4|
|Falko Götz||June 2011 – December 2011||5||3||0||2|
|Mai Đức Chung (Interim)||April 2011 – May 2011|
|Henrique Calisto||June 2008 – March 2011||42||11||11||20|
|Alfred Riedl||2005 – October 2007||23||8||8||7|
|Trần Văn Khánh (Interim)||December 2004||1||1||0||0|
|Edson Tavares||February 2004 – December 2004||11||4||1||6|
|Nguyễn Thành Vinh (Interim)||January 2004 – February 2004||1||1||0||0|
|Alfred Riedl||January 2003 – December 2003||7||3||0||4|
|Henrique Calisto||August 2002 – December 2002||10||5||3||2|
|Dido||2001 – 2002||6||3||1||2|
|Alfred Riedl||August 1998 – 2000||32||16||6||9|
|Colin Murphy||October 1997||6||3||1||2|
|Lê Đình Chính (Interim)||1997||1||0||0||1|
|Trần Duy Long||1997||5||0||0||5|
|Karl-Heinz Weigang||1995 – June 1997|
|Trần Duy Long (Interim)||1994 – 1995||1||1||0||0|
|Trần Bình Sư||1993||11||2||0||9|
|Nguyễn Sỹ Hiển||1991||3||0||1||2|
|Vũ Văn Tư||1991|
Most capped playersEditPlayers in bold are still active for the national team
|Most capped players record|
|1||Lê Công Vinh||2004–2016||83||51|
|2||Phạm Thành Lương||2008–2016||78||7|
|3||Nguyễn Minh Phương||2002–2010||73||12|
|4||Lê Huỳnh Đức||1995–2004||66||28|
|5||Nguyễn Trọng Hoàng||2009–||64||12|
|6||Lê Tấn Tài||2006–2014||63||3|
|7||Nguyễn Văn Quyết||2011–||54||13|
|8||Phan Văn Tài Em||2002–2011||50||7|
|9||Nguyễn Hồng Sơn||1993–2001||48||16|
|10||Nguyễn Vũ Phong||2006–2014||46||7|
Top goalscorersEditPlayers in bold are still active for the national team
|Top goalscorers record|
|1||Lê Công Vinh||2004–2016||51||83||0.61|
|2||Lê Huỳnh Đức||1995–2004||28||66||0.42|
|3||Nguyễn Hồng Sơn||1993–2001||16||48||0.33|
|4||Phan Thanh Bình||2003–2009||13||31||0.42|
|Nguyễn Văn Quyết||2011–||13||54||0.24|
|6||Nguyễn Anh Đức||2006–||12||34||0.35|
|Nguyễn Trọng Hoàng||2009–||12||64||0.19|
|Nguyễn Minh Phương||2002–2010||12||73||0.16|
|9||Thạch Bảo Khanh||2002–2008||10||22||0.45|
Records against all nationsEdit
- As of 8 June 2019
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||1||0||0||1||0||4||UEFA|
|United Arab Emirates||6||1||1||4||3||13||AFC|
Include the results of South Vietnam before 1975
- Southeast Asian Games (as national team until 1999, since 2001 only under-23 team participating)
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"VFF also decided to appoint Vietnamese coach Tran Van Khanh for the job." (After Tavares resigned)