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The Vietnam national football team (Vietnamese: Đội tuyển bóng đá quốc gia Việt Nam) represents Vietnam in international football and is governed by Vietnam Football Federation.

Vietnam
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationVietnam Football Federation
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationAFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coachPark Hang-seo
CaptainQuế Ngọc Hải
Most capsLê Công Vinh (83)
Top scorerLê Công Vinh (51)
Home stadiumMỹ Đình National Stadium
FIFA codeVIE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 99 Decrease 2 (19 September 2019)[1]
Highest84 (September 1998[2])
Lowest172 (December 2006)
Elo ranking
Current 112 Increase 27 (10 October 2019)[3]
Highest58 (October 2002)
Lowest175 (January 1995)
First international
 Hong Kong 3–2 South Vietnam 
(Mong Kok, Hong Kong; 20 April 1947)[4]
 China PR 5–3 North Vietnam 
(Beijing, China; 4 October 1956)[5]
Biggest win
Vietnam 11–0 Guam 
(Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; 23 January 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Zimbabwe 6–0 Vietnam
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 26 February 1997)
 Oman 6–0 Vietnam
(Incheon, South Korea; 29 February 2003)
Asian Cup
Appearances4 (first in 1956)
Best resultFourth 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 rounds 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.

Although Vietnam has some of the oldest football history in Asia, due to historical tragedies that occurred in the country throughout 20th century, with repeated Japanese occupation of Indochina, First Indochina War, Vietnam War, Sino-Vietnamese War, Cambodian–Vietnamese War, conflict with Thailand, Vietnamese football can be considered as still very new and unknown globally. Despite this, Vietnam is increasingly noted for being a team with strong spirit and a tendency of "pushing above the weight", with the team managed to win 4th place in 1956 and 1960 Asian Cup as South Vietnam; and although the team participated in only two Asian Cup in 2007 and 2019 editions as an unified nation, they managed to become the best-performed team from Southeast Asia in both occasions, reaching quarter-finals, in which fellow neighbours Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines failed to do so. In youth tournament, Vietnam was the first Southeast Asian country to win a point in a major FIFA men's youth competition, with its U-20 team gained a draw against New Zealand U-20 in 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Since the 1990s when Vietnam rejoined global world football, the sport soon became part of Vietnamese society and a weapon to fight the negative reputation of the country due to the traumatic Vietnam War and later conflicts. This made the national team become part of Vietnamese nationalism and contributed to passionate support worldwide. Vietnamese supporters are dubbed to be some of the best and most passionate fans, renowned for large celebrations over the team's achievements,[6] regardless if it is a senior or youth side.[7]

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

 
Early Vietnamese football with Vietnamese players and French officials in the Championat Cochinchine, c. 1922–23.

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.[8][9] 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.[10] 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.[11] 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

The South Vietnam team winning gold at the 1959 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games.
The North Vietnam team in 1956.

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.[12] 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. 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 as Vietnam only rejoined global football in 1991.

Post Vietnam War and redevelopment era: early performance in 1990s and 2000sEdit

Scenes during the final of 2008 AFF Championship. Clockwise from top: Vietnamese supporters during Vietnam's triumph, Vietnamese team receiving the cup and Vietnamese team before the second leg final matches.

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 as the first president of VFF.[13] The reunified Vietnam national football team then played their first match against the Philippines in 1991 where they had a draw.[14]

Vietnam participated in the country's first ever FIFA World Cup qualification in 1994 World Cup campaign for the first time as an unified nation, having participated in 1974 qualification as South Vietnam. The national side at the time was not successful in World Cup campaigns, failing in both 1994 and 1998 qualifications with only one single win.

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. From 2000 to 2007, Vietnam continued their quest to win the Southeast Asian trophy, but often ended short by losing semi-finals or eliminated in the group stage.

2002 FIFA World Cup qualification was some few bright of Vietnam during these World Cup campaigns, with the team won three and drew one, both played in Dammam. However, with the team failed to Saudi Arabia, Vietnam didn't qualify for the World Cup. The 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification was also unsuccessful, with Vietnam fell to South Korea and Oman, but managed to create a shock 1–0 win to 2002 FIFA World Cup's fourth-place South Korea in Muscat, which remained as one of Vietnam's greatest football feats since unification.[15] The 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification had been extremely depressing for Vietnam, with the team once again failed, falling behind South Korea and Lebanon, and only stayed above Maldives by goal differences.

During that shortcoming era, Vietnam hosted the 2007 AFC Asian Cup along with Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand; despite failure to qualify for previous Asian Cup since 1990s. In the group stage, Vietnam created shock by defeating the UAE 2–0, drew 1–1 with another Gulf team, Qatar, before lost 1–4 to Japan yet were the only Southeast Asian team to reach quarter-finals, where they lost to Iraq 0–2.[16]

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.[17] This would be the team's first international honour since rejoining global football, and it took 10 years until the team repeated this feat.

Vietnam almost managed a successful 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification when Vietnam performed well against Syria and Lebanon, as well as against China; but the shortcoming on scoring goals once again proved to be instrumental on denying Vietnam's qualification to 2011 AFC Asian Cup, as the team finished third with only a single 3–1 home win over Lebanon[18] and two draws away to both Levant opponents Syria and Lebanon.

From 2010s: first disappointments and beginning of the riseEdit

Scenes during the quarter-finals of 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Clockwise from top: Vietnamese team with Japan at the cup quarter-finals and Vietnamese fans during the match.

Vietnam participated in 2010, 2014 World Cup qualifiers and 2011, 2015 Asian Cup qualifiers, but were unsuccessful, as the team's shortcoming contributed to its early elimination.

The national team of Vietnam started to witness significant changes under the tenure of Toshiya Miura, who took charge of Vietnam from 2014–16. The Japanese coach was accredited for rebuilding the national team of Vietnam after the failed 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification, and had a significant impact on the improvement of the team's performances. One of the most renowned achievement under Miura's era was with the youth team, when U-23 side managed to cruise U-23 Iran, a major Asian force, in 2014 Asian Games with an unthinkable 4–1.[20] Many of these young players nurtured by coach Miura would be brought to senior side, where the team managed a fine performance in 2014 AFF Championship, but Vietnam failed to progress beyond the semi-finals after suffering a shock 2–4 defeat to Malaysia right at home,[21] in spite of winning 2–1 away before.[22] Vietnamese police had sought to investigate this match, but found no evidence of rigged bribery or corruption as also stated in the findings of Swiss-based international supplier betting services Sportradar.[23][24]

Miura led Vietnam in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers when Vietnam was grouped together with Thailand, Indonesia, Chinese Taipei and Iraq; Indonesia later withdrew. Vietnam managed a fine performance, drawing Iraq 1–1 at home.[25] However, two disappointing defeats to Thailand away 0–1[26] and humiliating 0–3 home loss to the same opponent[27] had put the team under heavy criticism. Toshiya Miura, despite improvement, was sacked by the VFF after the U-23 side's failure to qualify for 2016 Rio Olympics.[28]

Hope was put into new coach, Nguyễn Hữu Thắng, some of the first fine Vietnamese managers during the era. Under Thắng, Vietnam once again progressed to the semi-finals of 2016 AFF Championship, but the team had to bow down to Indonesia in another thrilling semi-finals, being held 2–2 at home[29] and previously lost 1–2 away to the same rival.[30] The team's disappointment somehow relieved a little, as the Golden Dragons participated in 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification for finishing third in their World Cup qualification group. The Vietnamese side managed two draws in their opening run against Afghanistan in Tajikistan[31] and a goalless draw to Jordan in Ho Chi Minh City.[32] However, with the U-22 side was shockingly eliminated in the group stage of 2017 SEA Games, coach Nguyễn Hữu Thắng was relieved from duty, and the team faced a tremendous crisis of confidence as fans have lost their will to support the team.[33] Interim coach Mai Đức Chung was appointed to help Vietnam in two crucial Asian Cup qualification match against neighbour Cambodia, in which coach Chung was able to revive some of the team's lost spirit, beating Cambodia 2–1 away and a thrashing 5–0 win at home.[34] These wins allowed Vietnam to join top two for final tickets.

Park Hang-seo, former assistant of Guus Hiddink during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, was appointed as new coach of Vietnam in 2017 after attempt to negotiate with Takashi Sekizuka was unsuccessful.[35] Upon his arrival to Vietnam, Park Hang-seo was greeted with jeers and scepticisms since almost every Vietnamese knew none of him, and his achievement as coach in South Korea was nothing significant.[36] These poor perception later slowly dissipate when he was able to rise Vietnamese football in international level.

 
Celebration in Hanoi street after the team victory in the 2018 AFF Championship Final.[37]

Park's first official match as coach of Vietnam was in the same 2019 Asian Cup qualification, where Vietnam held Afghanistan at home in a 0–0 draw, thus allowed Vietnam to qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, their first ever Asian Cup since 2007.[38] Park himself suffered tremendous criticisms from Vietnamese press and population alike and very few considered him worthy.[39] However, the national pride would soon be revived with an unthinkable performance of the U-23 side in the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship. Park Hang-seo, also coach of the U-23 team, was accredited for this success and this began a new resurgence of the side, slow but steady from time.[40] With the same U-23 players, he formed the squad of Vietnamese senior in a meaningless 1–1 draw to Jordan in 2019 Asian Cup qualification, which both teams qualified together.[41] Also with these young players, the 2018 AFF Championship became 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.[42]

However, it was the 2019 AFC Asian Cup that saw Vietnam began to gain its first ever international recognition. With entire of squad made up with the successful U-23 players, also the youngest squad in the tournament, Vietnam managed to beat Yemen in their final group matches to become the last best fourth place team to qualify for the round of sixteen despite had earlier lost to two former Asian Cup champions Iraq by 2–3 and Iran by 0–2. The encounter against Jordan perhaps, had become the most famous in modern Vietnamese football history. Their previous opponent in 2019 Asian Cup qualification had an outstanding performance in group B, defeated then-Asian champions Australia 1–0 and a 2–0 win over neighbour Syria to top the group with near perfect record, having drawn 0–0 to Palestine. With this condition, Vietnam was regarded lowly and being seen as unfavourable against a formidable Jordanian side, previously played in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification playoff only to bow down to Uruguay; and had already played a friendly match against previous 2018 FIFA World Cup's silver medalist Croatia.

Yet, Vietnam managed to surprise. Although Jordan scored an early goal lead, Vietnam responded with a surprising strike in the second half and the Vietnamese resurgence saw Vietnam managed an unthinkable battle against a formidable Jordanian side. Being held 1–1 after extra time, the Golden Dragons registered history by winning 4–2 in penalty shoot-out.[43] The win sent million of Vietnamese into the street for celebrations,[44] and it was considered as out of expectation, as Vietnam was expected to go out from the round of sixteen. In the quarter-finals, Vietnam met 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.[45] Nonetheless, impressive performances against Iraq, Iran and Japan, both ended in defeats but not in large margins, heralded nationwide about the rise of a new generation of Vietnamese football.

Team imageEdit

 
Vietnamese supporters during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in all red and yellow star dress similar as in the colour of the flag of Vietnam.

SuppliersEdit

Vietnam's current kit sponsor is Grand Sport. The contract started in January 2015 which will end by the end of December 2019 but extended until 2023. Vietnam was also previously sponsored by Adidas, Li-Ning and Nike. 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.

SupportersEdit

There are two major supporters for the national team, namely VFS (Vietnamese: Hội CĐV Bóng đá Việt Nam) which was founded in 2014 and VGS (Vietnamese: Hội CĐV VGS) founded in 2017.

Vietnamese supporters are noted for their passionate and utmost, very protective of their national side. Vietnamese take pride on football heavily and in Vietnam, football is a God sport for the Vietnamese population in majority. When the national team won big matches, the streets are often overwhelmed by large Vietnamese crowds, demonstrating nationalist chants, singing Vietnamese nationalist songs.[6] Vietnamese passionate supporters have been witnessed during 2007 AFC Asian Cup when the team defeated the UAE 2–0 and later, the lone Southeast Asian side to sneak into the quarter-finals.[47] During the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Vietnamese fans had gone wild to celebration after beating Jordan in the round of sixteen.[48]

Even in smaller tournaments, Vietnamese fans are also noted for large celebration, such as when Vietnam won the 2008 AFF Championship and 2018 AFF Championship, and recently 2018 AFC U-23 Championship which their Olympic team finished second after losing the final.[49]

SponsorshipEdit

Primary sponsors include: Yanmar,[50] Grand Sport,[51] Suzuki Vietnam,[52] Sony Vietnam,[53] Z.com,[54] VPMilk,[55] Vina Acecook,[56] Coca-Cola[57] and Vinamilk.[58]

StadiumsEdit

Vietnamese national team plays mainly in Mỹ Đình National Stadium, though some other venues are also being used.

Training centreEdit

In the previous past, Vietnamese football team did not have any major football centre and had to practice in sporadic centres, contributed to its lack of successes. However, since 2017, the country first ever football training centre, known as PVF Training Centre, was established in Hưng Yên to improve the national team's performance.[59] Former Manchester United star and current Wales coach, Ryan Giggs was appointed as the first director of the centre.[60]

Competitive recordsEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record Qualifications record Coach(es)
Year Result Pos. Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  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
   2002 6 3 1 2 9 9   Dido
  2006 6 1 1 4 5 9   Nguyễn Thành Vinh
,  Edson Tavares
  2010 2 0 0 2 0 6   Alfred Riedl
  2014 4 3 0 1 15 5   Falko Götz
  2018 6 2 1 3 7 8   Toshiya Miura,
  Nguyễn Hữu Thắng
  2022 To be determined To be determined To be determined
    2026
Total N/A 0/21 0 0 0 0 0 0 37 10 3 24 42 75

AFC Asian CupEdit

AFC Asian Cup record AFC Asian Cup qualification
Year Result Pos. Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1956 Fourth place 4th 3 0 1 2 6 9 2 0 1 1 7 3
  1960 Fourth place 4th 3 0 0 3 2 12 2 2 0 0 5 1
  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
  2000 3 2 0 1 14 2
  2004 6 3 0 3 8 13
        2007 Quarter-finals 8/16 4 1 1 2 4 7 Host
  2011 Did not qualify 6 1 2 3 6 11
  2015 6 1 0 5 5 15
  2019 Quarter-finals 8/24 5 1 1 3 5 7 12 4 5 3 16 11
  2023 To be determined In progress
Total Best: Fourth place 4/17 15 2 3 10 17 35 40 15 8 17 74 61

Asian GamesEdit

Asian Games record Coach(es)
Year Result Pos. Pld W D L GF GA
  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

AFF ChampionshipEdit

AFF Championship record Coach(es)
Year Result Pos. Pld W D L GF GA
  1996 Third place 3/10 6 3 2 1 14 10   Karl-Heinz Weigang
  1998 Runner-up 2/8 5 3 1 1 8 2   Alfred Riedl
  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
   2007 Semi-finals 3/8 5 1 3 1 10 3   Alfred Riedl
   2008 Champions 1/8 7 4 2 1 11 6   Henrique Calisto
   2010 Semi-finals 3/8 5 2 1 2 8 5   Henrique Calisto
   2012 Group stage 6/8 3 0 1 2 2 5   Phan Thanh Hùng
   2014 Semi-finals 3/8 5 3 1 1 12 8   Toshiya Miura
   2016 Semi-finals 3/8 5 3 1 1 8 6   Nguyễn Hữu Thắng
  2018 Champions 1/10 8 6 2 0 15 4   Park Hang-seo
Total 2 titles 12/12 65 34 17 14 136 72

Southeast Asian GamesEdit

Southeast Asian Games record Coach(es)
Year Result Pos. Pld W D L GF GA
  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
  1995 Runner-up 2/10 6 4 0 2 10 8   Karl-Heinz Weigang
  1997 Third place 3/10 6 3 1 2 9 6   Colin Murphy
  1999 Runner-up 2/10 6 4 1 1 14 2   Alfred Riedl
Total Best: Runner-up 5/20 24 12 3 9 37 24

Vietnam Football Federation CupEdit

  VFF Cup record Coach(es)
Year Result Pos. Pld W D L GF GA
2004 Agribank Cup Runner-up 2/4 3 2 0 1 4 3   Edson Tavares
2006 Runner-up 2/4 3 2 1 0 5 2   Alfred Riedl
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
Total Best: Runner-up 5/5 14 5 5 4 17 14

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2019Edit

2020Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 25 players were called up for a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against   Malaysia on 10 October 2019 and against   Indonesia on 15 October 2019
Caps and goals are as of 10 October 2019 after the match against   Malaysia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Nguyễn Tuấn Mạnh (1990-07-31) 31 July 1990 (age 29) 12 0   Sanna Khánh Hòa BVN
22 1GK Phạm Văn Cường (1990-07-19) 19 July 1990 (age 29) 0 0   Quảng Nam
23 1GK Đặng Văn Lâm (1993-08-13) 13 August 1993 (age 26) 19 0   Muangthong United

2 2DF Đỗ Duy Mạnh (1996-09-29) 29 September 1996 (age 23) 23 0   Hà Nội
3 2DF Quế Ngọc Hải (Captain) (1993-05-15) 15 May 1993 (age 26) 46 2   Viettel
4 2DF Bùi Tiến Dũng (1995-10-02) 2 October 1995 (age 24) 24 0   Viettel
5 2DF Đoàn Văn Hậu (1999-04-19) 19 April 1999 (age 20) 20 0   Heerenveen
6 2DF Phạm Xuân Mạnh (1996-02-09) 9 February 1996 (age 23) 1 0   Sông Lam Nghệ An
12 2DF Nguyễn Hữu Tuấn (1992-05-06) 6 May 1992 (age 27) 0 0   Hồ Chí Minh City
13 2DF Trần Văn Kiên (1996-05-13) 13 May 1996 (age 23) 1 0   Hà Nội
17 2DF Vũ Văn Thanh (1996-04-14) 14 April 1996 (age 23) 16 2   Hoàng Anh Gia Lai
21 2DF Nguyễn Thành Chung (1997-09-08) 8 September 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Hà Nội

7 3MF Nguyễn Phong Hồng Duy (1996-06-13) 13 June 1996 (age 23) 9 0   Hoàng Anh Gia Lai
8 3MF Nguyễn Trọng Hoàng (1989-04-14) 14 April 1989 (age 30) 66 12   Viettel
15 3MF Phạm Đức Huy (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 24) 10 2   Hà Nội
16 3MF Đỗ Hùng Dũng (Vice-captain) (1993-09-08) 8 September 1993 (age 26) 15 0   Hà Nội
19 3MF Nguyễn Quang Hải (1997-04-12) 12 April 1997 (age 22) 21 6   Hà Nội
20 3MF Nguyễn Huy Hùng (1992-03-02) 2 March 1992 (age 27) 24 2   Quảng Nam
3MF Nguyễn Tuấn Anh (1995-05-16) 16 May 1995 (age 24) 11 1   Hoàng Anh Gia Lai

9 4FW Nguyễn Văn Toàn (3rd captain) (1996-04-12) 12 April 1996 (age 23) 25 4   Hoàng Anh Gia Lai
10 4FW Nguyễn Công Phượng (1995-01-21) 21 January 1995 (age 24) 35 8   Sint-Truiden
11 4FW Nguyễn Anh Đức (1985-10-24) 24 October 1985 (age 33) 35 12   Becamex Bình Dương
14 4FW Nguyễn Việt Phong (1993-07-22) 22 July 1993 (age 26) 1 0   Viettel
18 4FW Nguyễn Tiến Linh (1997-10-20) 20 October 1997 (age 21) 8 2   Becamex Bình Dương
4FW Nguyễn Trọng Hùng (1997-10-03) 3 October 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Thanh Hóa

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the Vietnam squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Trần Nguyên Mạnh (1991-12-20) 20 December 1991 (age 27) 24 0   Sông Lam Nghệ An v.   Malaysia, 10 October 2019 PRE INJ
GK Nguyễn Văn Toản (1999-11-26) 26 November 1999 (age 19) 0 0   Hải Phòng 2019 King's Cup
GK Bùi Tiến Dũng (1997-02-28) 28 February 1997 (age 22) 1 0   Hà Nội 2019 AFC Asian Cup

DF A Hoàng (1995-07-31) 31 July 1995 (age 24) 2 0   Hoàng Anh Gia Lai v.   Malaysia, 10 October 2019 PRE
DF Nguyễn Công Thành (1991-07-26) 26 July 1991 (age 28) 0 0   Hồ Chí Minh City v.   Malaysia, 10 October 2019 PRE
DF Đỗ Thanh Thịnh (1998-08-18) 18 August 1998 (age 21) 0 0   SHB Đà Nẵng v.   Thailand, 5 September 2019 PRE
DF Lâm Anh Quang (1991-04-24) 24 April 1991 (age 28) 0 0   Nam Định v.   Thailand, 5 September 2019 PRE
DF Huỳnh Tấn Sinh (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Quảng Nam 2019 King's Cup
DF Hồ Tấn Tài (1997-11-06) 6 November 1997 (age 21) 0 0   Becamex Bình Dương 2019 AFC Asian Cup
DF Ngô Tùng Quốc (1998-01-27) 27 January 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Hồ Chí Minh City 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE
DF Lục Xuân Hưng (1995-04-15) 15 April 1995 (age 24) 0 0   Thanh Hóa 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE INJ
DF Trần Đình Trọng (1997-04-25) 25 April 1997 (age 22) 9 0   Hà Nội 2018 AFF Championship INJ
DF Dương Thanh Hào (1991-06-23) 23 June 1991 (age 28) 0 0   Than Quảng Ninh 2018 AFF Championship PRE
DF Đinh Viết Tú (1997-08-16) 16 August 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Quảng Nam 2018 AFF Championship PRE

MF Lương Xuân Trường (1995-04-28) 28 April 1995 (age 24) 33 1   Hoàng Anh Gia Lai v.   Malaysia, 10 October 2019 PRE INJ
MF Ngô Hoàng Thịnh (1992-04-21) 21 April 1992 (age 27) 15 2   Hồ Chí Minh City v.   Malaysia, 10 October 2019 PRE INJ
MF Võ Huy Toàn (1993-03-15) 15 March 1993 (age 26) 8 1   SHB Đà Nẵng v.   Malaysia, 10 October 2019 PRE INJ
MF Tô Văn Vũ (1993-10-20) 20 October 1993 (age 25) 0 0   Becamex Bình Dương v.   Malaysia, 10 October 2019 PRE INJ
MF Đặng Anh Tuấn (1994-08-01) 1 August 1994 (age 25) 0 0   SHB Đà Nẵng v.   Malaysia, 10 October 2019 PRE
MF Nguyễn Hoàng Đức (1998-01-11) 11 January 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Viettel v.   Thailand, 5 September 2019 PRE
MF Trần Minh Vương (1995-03-28) 28 March 1995 (age 24) 4 0   Hoàng Anh Gia Lai 2019 King's Cup
MF Phan Văn Đức (1996-04-11) 11 April 1996 (age 23) 14 2   Sông Lam Nghệ An 2019 AFC Asian Cup INJ
MF Phan Thanh Hậu (1997-01-12) 12 January 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Hoàng Anh Gia Lai 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE
MF Phạm Văn Thành (1994-03-16) 16 March 1994 (age 25) 0 0   Hồ Chí Minh City 2018 AFF Championship PRE

FW Mạc Hồng Quân (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 27) 14 3   Than Quang Ninh v.   Malaysia, 10 October 2019 PRE INJ
FW Hà Minh Tuấn (1991-01-01) 1 January 1991 (age 28) 0 0   Quảng Nam v.   Malaysia, 10 October 2019 PRE
FW Hà Đức Chinh (1997-09-22) 22 September 1997 (age 22) 6 0   SHB Đà Nẵng 2019 King's Cup
FW Ngân Văn Đại (1992-02-09) 9 February 1992 (age 27) 2 0   Hà Nội 2019 AFC Asian Cup
FW Đinh Thanh Bình (1998-03-19) 19 March 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Hoàng Anh Gia Lai 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE
FW Nguyễn Văn Quyết (1991-06-27) 27 June 1991 (age 28) 54 13   Hà Nội 2018 AFF Championship
FW Nguyễn Hoàng Quốc Chí (1991-12-04) 4 December 1991 (age 27) 0 0   Quảng Nam 2018 AFF Championship PRE

Notes:

  • [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.

Previous squadsEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name Notes
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 Hồ Chí Minh City
Goalkeeper coach   Trần Minh Quang Becamex Bình Dương
Fitness coach   Park Sung-gyun VFF
Interpreter   Lê Huy Khoa VFF
Doctor   Choi Ju-young VFF
Doctor   Trần Anh Tuấn VFF
Doctor   Tuấn Nguyên Giáp VFF

RecordsEdit

List of managersEdit

 
Coach Park Hang-seo has been considered as the most successful coach in Vietnam football history with the FIFA also praises Vietnam progress through his managing career with the team especially following the junior team success in AFC U-23 Championship as Asian runner-up and Asian Games as well the senior team in AFF Championship and AFC Asian Cup.[61]

Coaches by years since 1991

Manager Period Record
Pld W D L
  Park Hang-seo October 2017 – present 20 9 8 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[62] (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
  Edson Tavares 1995
  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 playersEdit

Players in bold are still active for the national team
Most capped players record
# Player Career Caps Goals
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– 65 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 goalscorersEdit

Players in bold are still active for the national team
Top goalscorers record
# Player Career Goals Caps Average
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 65 0.18
Nguyễn Minh Phương 2002–2010 12 73 0.16
9 Thạch Bảo Khanh 2002–2008 10 22 0.45

Records against all nationsEdit

Include the results of   North Vietnam,   State of Vietnam and   South Vietnam before 1975.

As of 11 October 2019
Team Pld W D L GF GA Confederation
  Afghanistan 2 0 2 0 1 1 AFC
  Albania 1 0 0 1 0 5 UEFA
  Algeria 1 0 0 1 0 5 CAF
  Australia 3 0 0 3 0 3 AFC
  Bahrain 1 1 0 0 5 3 AFC
  Bangladesh 3 1 2 0 5 1 AFC
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 0 0 1 0 4 UEFA
  Cambodia 18 13 2 3 62 24 AFC
  China PR 13 0 1 12 13 31 AFC
  Chinese Taipei 15 7 4 4 31 19 AFC
  Cuba 1 1 0 0 2 1 CONCACAF
  Curaçao 1 0 1 0 1 1 CONCACAF
  Estonia 1 1 0 0 1 0 UEFA
  Egypt 1 0 0 1 1 4 CAF
  Germany1 1 0 0 1 1 2 UEFA
  Guam 2 2 0 0 20 0 AFC
  Guinea 1 1 0 0 2 1 CAF
  Hong Kong 19 8 3 8 33 31 AFC
  India 13 3 2 8 15 24 AFC
  Indonesia 36 10 10 16 47 61 AFC
  Iran 2 0 1 1 2 4 AFC
  Iraq 4 0 1 3 3 7 AFC
  Israel 4 1 0 3 4 8 UEFA
  Jamaica 1 1 0 0 3 0 CONCACAF
  Japan 10 3 0 7 8 20 AFC
  Jordan 3 0 3 0 2 2 AFC
  Kazakhstan 1 1 0 0 2 1 UEFA
  North Korea 14 1 4 9 9 27 AFC
  South Korea 23 2 6 15 21 60 AFC
  Kuwait 3 1 0 2 3 5 AFC
  Laos 20 18 2 0 78 5 AFC
  Lebanon 5 1 3 1 5 5 AFC
  Macau 2 2 0 0 13 1 AFC
  Malaysia2 20 12 3 5 26 19 AFC
  Maldives 2 1 0 1 4 3 AFC
  Mozambique 1 1 0 0 1 0 CAF
  Mongolia 3 3 0 0 8 1 AFC
  Myanmar 25 11 3 11 49 35 AFC
    Nepal 2 2 0 0 7 0 AFC
  New Zealand 2 2 0 0 6 1 OFC
  Oman 2 0 0 2 0 8 AFC
  Pakistan 1 0 1 0 1 1 AFC
  Palestine 2 1 0 1 5 3 AFC
  Philippines 19 16 1 2 72 13 AFC
  Qatar 6 2 1 3 5 14 AFC
  Russia 1 1 0 0 1 0 UEFA
  Saudi Arabia 2 0 0 2 0 9 AFC
  Singapore 39 21 13 5 71 43 AFC
  Sri Lanka 4 1 3 0 7 6 AFC
  Syria 3 1 1 1 2 1 AFC
  Tajikistan 2 0 0 2 0 8 AFC
  Thailand 23 4 5 14 18 41 AFC
  Turkmenistan 6 1 0 5 4 12 AFC
  United Arab Emirates 6 1 1 4 3 13 AFC
  Uzbekistan 2 0 0 2 1 6 AFC
  Yemen3 3 2 0 1 11 2 AFC
  Zimbabwe 1 0 0 1 0 6 CAF
Total 478 197 92 189 830 727 FIFA

HonoursEdit

Include the results of   South Vietnam before 1975

Continental

Regional

  Champion (2): 2008, 2018
  Runner-up (1): 1998
  Champion (1): 1959
  Runner-up (2): 1967, 1973, 1995, 1999

See alsoEdit

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