Vietnam national football team

The Vietnam national football team (Vietnamese: Đội tuyển bóng đá quốc gia Việt Nam) represents Vietnam in international football and is controlled by the Vietnam Football Federation, the governing body of football in Vietnam.

Vietnam
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Những Chiến Binh Sao Vàng
(Golden Star Warriors)[1][2][3]
AssociationVietnam Football Federation (VFF)
ConfederationAFC (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 1 (19 November 2021)[4]
Highest84 (September 1998[5])
Lowest172 (December 2006)
First international
 Hong Kong 3–2 South Vietnam 
(Mong Kok, Hong Kong; 20 April 1947)[6]

 China PR 5–3 North Vietnam 
(Beijing, China; 4 October 1956)[7]

 Philippines 2–2 Vietnam 
(Manila, Philippines; 26 November 1991)[8]
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
Appearances5 (first in 1956 as South Vietnam
2007 as Vietnam
)
Best resultFourth place (1956, 1960) as South Vietnam
Quarter-finals (2007, 2019) as Vietnam
AFF Championship
Appearances12 (first in 1996)
Best resultChampions (2008, 2018)

Vietnam was introduced to the sport by the French in the 19th century. However, due to various conflicts that occurred in the country throughout the 20th century, the development of Vietnamese football was significantly hampered during these times.[10][11] While Vietnam was split into North and South Vietnam in 1954, two national teams existed and both were controlled by separate governing bodies. After the two countries unified in 1976, the separate governing bodies were combined and renamed to the Vietnam Football Federation.[12]

Since the 1990s, Vietnam has re-integrated into global football, and the sport soon became an integral part of Vietnamese society and a soft-power mechanism against the country's negative reputation due to the Vietnam War and subsequent international conflicts. This has made the Vietnamese national team a part of Vietnamese nationalism, enjoying nationwide support. Vietnamese supporters are dubbed to be some of the most passionate fans, renowned for large celebrations over the team's achievements, regardless of whether it is on the senior or youth side.[13][14]

Being considered one of the most successful football teams in Southeast Asia, Vietnam have already won the AFF Championship twice, in 2008 and 2018. At the continental level, the team reached fourth place twice as South Vietnam in the AFC Asian Cup, back when it was contested by 4 teams. They reached the quarter-finals twice as a united nation in 2007 and 2019. Vietnam's main rivals are other strong ones in the AFF, of which Thailand is seen as its biggest rival.

HistoryEdit

Early history (1896–1954)Edit

 
Early Vietnamese football with Vietnamese players and French officials in the Championnat 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.[15][16] 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.[17] 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.[18] It was the time Vietnam played their first ever international match, against Korea in Saigon which they lost 2–4.

Two Vietnam national teams (1954–1976)Edit

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 2 countries which were 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 gold 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 teams ceased to exist when the North and South regions were combined into the Socialist Republic of Vietnam following the end of the Vietnam War, but North Vietnam did not become a member of AFC and FIFA until 1976.[19] Because both of them were members of FIFA (South from 1954 and North from 1964), the later unified Vietnam team is classified as the successor of them both by FIFA.[20]

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 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 (1991–2006)Edit

Vietnam's 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.[21] The reunified Vietnam national football team then played their first match against the Philippines in 1991 where they had a draw.[22]

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 the 1974 qualification as South Vietnam. The national side at the time was not successful in World Cup campaigns, failing in both the 1994 and 1998 qualifications with only one 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 in the semi-finals or being eliminated in the group stage. Also around 1996, Vietnam gained international headline for inviting Italian giant Juventus F.C. to play in a friendly match in Hanoi, with Juventus already lifted the recent 1995–96 UEFA Champions League title. The game, which Vietnam lost 1–2, was a watershed moment that boosted the development of football in the country.[23]

Vietnam was the host of the 1999 Dunhill Cup, a friendly tournament for both senior and U-23 players. Since it was categorized as a mingled senior and U-23 competition, some national teams had decided to participate using its senior reserve side. In this competition, Vietnam created a promising performance, including a shock win over then-1994 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 1996 participant Russia 1–0 and drawing with 1998 FIFA World Cup participant Iran 2–2 and topping the group. Vietnam was then eliminated in the semi-finals after a 1–4 defeat to China.

2002 FIFA World Cup qualification had some of Vietnam's few bright moments during these World Cup campaigns, with the team winning three matches and drawing one, both played in Dammam. However, with the team having lost against Saudi Arabia, Vietnam did not qualify for the World Cup. The 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification was also unsuccessful, with Vietnam falling to South Korea and Oman, but managing to create a shock 1–0 win to 2002 FIFA World Cup's fourth-place winner South Korea in Muscat, which remains as one of Vietnam's greatest football feats since unification.[24] The 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification had been extremely depressing for Vietnam, with the team once again failing, falling behind South Korea and Lebanon, and only staying above Maldives by goal difference.

The first golden generation, and renaissance of Vietnam football (2007–2011)Edit

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.

Vietnam hosted the 2007 AFC Asian Cup along with Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand; despite failing to qualify for the Asian Cup since the 1990s. The team was ranked second lowest only after Malaysia, but in the group stage, Vietnam created shock by defeating the UAE 2–0, drawing 1–1 with another Gulf team, Qatar, before losing 1–4 to defending champions Japan. Vietnam were the only Southeast Asian and host team to reach the quarter-finals, where they lost to eventual champions Iraq 0–2.[25] This marked the beginning of the first Vietnamese football renaissance.

Vietnam won their first AFF Championship title in 2008, in which they were held in Group B with Thailand, Malaysia and Laos. After losing to Thailand 0–2 in the opener, Vietnam defeated Malaysia 3–2 and Laos 4–0. In the semi-finals, Vietnam held the defending champion Singapore to 0–0 in the home match before winning 1–0 away. Vietnam met Thailand again in the finals and defeated them 3–2 by aggregate, winning the away match 2–1 then drawing 1–1 at home.[26] This would be the team's first international honour since rejoining global football, and it would take 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 the neighbour 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[27] and two draws away to both Levant opponents Syria and Lebanon. Despite losing all two matches against China, including the huge loss 1–6 in Hangzhou, Vietnam still scored at least one single goal in both games.

Decline (2009–2014)Edit

The period between 2009 and 2014 witnessed the decline of Vietnamese football. The team participated in 2010, 2014 World Cup qualifiers and 2015 Asian Cup qualifiers, but were unsuccessful and accepted the early elimination. The team loss 0–6 on aggregate against the United Arab Emirates in the first round of 2010 World Cup qualification. In the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, Vietnam could only defeated Macau in the first round, before being eliminated by Qatar in the second round. The worst of this decline was in 2015 Asian Cup qualifiers where Vietnam lost five among six games and finished at the bottom place of the group including the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Hong Kong.

Along with the poor performance in the continental qualification, Vietnam suffered a setback in the regional tournament. The team had lost Malaysia, who later became the champion, in the 2010 AFF Championship semi-final. The 2012 AFF Championship even brought a worse disaster for Vietnam when the team was eliminated in the group stage and only obtained a 1–1 draw against Myanmar, while losing 1–3 to Thailand and 0–1 to Philippines.

Rebuilding (2014–2017)Edit

The national team of Vietnam started to witness significant changes under the tenure of Toshiya Miura, who took charge of Vietnam from 2014 to 2016. 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 the Olympic side managed to cruise pass Olympic Iran, a major Asian force, at the 2014 Asian Games with an unthinkable 4–1 victory.[28] 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,[29] in spite of winning 2–1 away before.[30] 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.[31][32]

Miura led Vietnam in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers when Vietnam was grouped together with Thailand, Indonesia, Chinese Taipei and Iraq; Indonesia later was banned to participate by FIFA. Vietnam managed a fine performance, drawing Iraq 1–1 at home.[33] However, two disappointing defeats to Thailand away 0–1[34] and humiliating 0–3 home loss to the same opponent[35] had put the team under heavy criticism. Toshiya Miura, despite improvement, was sacked by the VFF after the Olympic side's failure to qualify for 2016 Rio Olympics.[36]

Hope was put into new coach, Nguyễn Hữu Thắng, some of the first fine Vietnamese managers during the era. Under Nguyễn Hữu 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[37] and previously lost 1–2 away to the same rival.[38] The team's disappointment somehow relieved a little, as the Golden Star Warriors 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[39] and a goalless draw to Jordan in Ho Chi Minh City.[40] However, the Olympic 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.[41] Interim coach Mai Đức Chung was appointed to help Vietnam in two crucial Asian Cup qualification match against neighbour Cambodia, in which coach Mai Đức 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.[42] These wins allowed Vietnam to join top two for final tickets.

The new golden generation (2017–present)Edit

 
Vietnamese national team's squad before facing Iran at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
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.

Park Hang-seo, former assistant of Guus Hiddink during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, was appointed as new coach of Vietnam in 11 October 2017 after an attempt to negotiate with Takashi Sekizuka was unsuccessful; previously the VFF also tried contact with American manager Steve Sampson with no avail.[44] Upon his arrival to Vietnam, Park Hang-seo was greeted with skepticism and jeers from Vietnamese.[45]

Park's first match as coach of Vietnam was in the same 2019 Asian Cup qualification, where Vietnam held Afghanistan at home in a 0–0 draw on 14 November 2017, thus allowed Vietnam to qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, their first ever Asian Cup since 2007.[46] Park himself, though, was criticized due to the team's unconvincing performance.[47] However, the mood rapidly changed after Vietnam youth team's unbelievable achievements in the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship and 2018 Asian Games where Park Hang-seo was also the coach of the U-23 and Olympic team.[48] With the same U-23 players, he formed the squad of Vietnamese senior team in a meaningless 1–1 draw to Jordan in 2019 Asian Cup qualification, which both teams qualified together.[49]

2018 AFF ChampionshipEdit

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 the semi-finals, they defeated the Philippines twice, and in the finals defeated Malaysia 3–2 aggregated, drawing 2–2 away and winning 1–0 home.[50]

2019 AFC Asian CupEdit

But only the 2019 AFC Asian Cup that Vietnam truly began to gain international recognition. With entire of squad made up with the successful U-23 players, Vietnam had the youngest squad in the tournament. Being drawn into group D including Iran, Iraq and Yemen, Vietnam had lost Iraq 2-3 and Iran 0-2 before beating Yemen in their final group matches to become the last best-fourth place team qualifying for the round of sixteen. Then, they surprised everyone by defeating favoured Jordan which had previously defeated defending champions Australia and earlier played a friendly match against 2018 FIFA World Cup runners-up Croatia, winning 4–2 in penalty shoot-out.[51] The win sent million of Vietnamese into the street for celebrations.[52] 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.[53]

2022 FIFA World Cup qualificationEdit

Vietnam was grouped in the Qualifying Second Round Group G with three other Southeast Asian rivals: Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, alongside with the United Arab Emirates. The Vietnamese started with a 0–0 away draw over Thailand[54] before defeating Malaysia 1–0 at home[55] and then achieving a 3–1 away win against Indonesia.[56] In November 2019, Vietnam faced up the United Arab Emirates at home soil with attempts to break 12-year winless streak to the opponent. In spite of facing struggle in early minutes, a following red card to the UAE gave the Vietnamese an advantage, eventually managed to beat the Emirates 1–0.[57] Then, Vietnam moved to a thrilling encounter against neighbour and fellow powerhouse Thailand at home, where both teams played out in another goalless draw, in a match with a crucial Akinfeev-penalty like save by Đặng Văn Lâm and two disallowed Vietnamese goals, to foster Vietnam's top position in the Joint World Cup/Asian Cup qualifying Group G.[58]

However, due to COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam was forced to play all their remaining qualifying second-round games in the United Arab Emirates. In this campaign, Vietnam suffered a great loss of key players, as the midfield soul Đỗ Hùng Dũng suffered from a severe injury in 2021 V.League 1 that caused him 6-months recession, while best goalie Đặng Văn Lâm, due to an unexpected incident related to COVID-19 in his Japanese club Cerezo Osaka, could not come to the national team in Dubai, the key midfielder Nguyễn Tuấn Anh, after suffered an aggressive tackle from an Indonesian player in the 20th minute of the first match, must miss the rest of the qualifying second round. Nevertheless, even with such great loss, Vietnam campaign in UAE was an astonishing success. Vietnam pounded Indonesia 4–0 and held on to a 2–1 win against Malaysia. On the last match day, Vietnam battled it out in a thrilling encounter against hosts, UAE. After trailing 3–0, a late surge in the final 10 minutes brought 2 goals on the scoresheet for Vietnam, but it wasn't enough as the match ended 3–2 in favor of UAE. Despite losing however, with Australia claiming a 1–0 win over Jordan in the decisive game of group B, Vietnam officially claimed its ticket into the third and final round of the World Cup qualifiers for the first time ever, as well as automatic qualification to the 2023 AFC Asian Cup in China, after entering as one of the five best runner-ups, the second Southeast Asian nation after Thailand to achieve the feat.[59][60]

Team imageEdit

KitsEdit

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 traditional 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.

Kit suppliersEdit

Kit supplier Period Notes
  Adidas 1996–2005 [61]
  Li-Ning 2006–2008
  Nike 2009–2014
  Grand Sport 2014–present

SponsorshipEdit

Primary sponsors include: Honda,[62] Yanmar,[63] Grand Sport,[64] Sony,[65] Bia Saigon,[66] Acecook,[67] Coca-Cola,[68] Vinamilk,[69] Kao Vietnam,[70] Herbalife Nutrition[71] and TNI Corporation.[72]

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Player Nguyễn Tuấn Anh in his training jersey. The flag of Vietnam is printed on team's training jersey, while the logo of VFF is printed on the bag of players.

Unlike many national teams in the world, Vietnam is one of the few football teams to not feature their federation (VFF) logo, or logo that is styled from national emblem/coat of arms such as Germany, Spain, Australia or Poland at their jersey, but rather the national flag. The few other AFC members to not feature the logo includes Palestine, Syria, North Korea and is the only Southeast Asian team to not feature the logo. The logo of VFF is used on team's gears (hats, bags, masks, coat,...) and in products of multimedia for team.

Despite the country unveiling a logo of dragon for the national football team in 2017, the logo was not incorporated onto the national jersey due to the majority of negative responses from media and supporters.[73] Furthermore, the logo was intended only for the men's national team at first, and there were no plans to incorporate the logo on to the national jerseys and the uniforms of other sport teams (women's teams, youth teams, futsal teams, beach soccer teams).

NicknamesEdit

The national team of Vietnam officially has no nickname. They have been known by several self-named nicknames by fans and media. The most commonly used are the Những Chiến binh Sao vàng (Golden star warriors) which is derived from the star of the national flag on the team's jersey.[74] It's also being used by media outlets of VFF during the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.[75] The local media and people in Vietnam also refer the national team as simply "Tuyển" (The selection).[76]

SupportersEdit

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

There are two major supporters' clubs for the national team, namely Vietnam Football Supporters (VFS, Vietnamese: Hội Cổ động viên Bóng đá Việt Nam) which was founded in 2014 and Vietnam Golden Stars (VGS, Vietnamese: Hội Cổ động viên Sao vàng Việt Nam) which was founded in 2017.

When the national team won big matches, the streets are often overwhelmed by large Vietnamese crowds, demonstrating nationalist chants, singing Vietnamese nationalist songs.[14] 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.[77] During the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Vietnamese fans were euphoric in celebration after beating Jordan in the round of sixteen.[78]

Even in smaller tournaments, Vietnamese fans are also noted for large celebrations, such as when Vietnam won the 2008, 2018 AFF Championships, and 2018 AFC U-23 Championship in which their team finished runners-up after losing the final against Uzbekistan.[79]

FacilitiesEdit

The Vietnamese national team mainly plays at Mỹ Đình National Stadium, although other venues are also used. The team played at Hàng Đẫy Stadium against Cambodia, which is also located in Hanoi, in the last match of 2018 AFF Championship group stage. Other used venues are Thống Nhất, Cần Thơ, Lạch Tray and Gò Đậu Stadium.

Home stadiums
Image Stadium Capacity Location
  Mỹ Đình National Stadium 40,192 Nam Từ Liêm, Hanoi, Vietnam
  Hàng Đẫy Stadium 22,500 Hanoi, Vietnam
  Lạch Tray Stadium 28,000 Hai Phong, Vietnam
  Thống Nhất Stadium 40,000 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Cần Thơ Stadium 60,000 Lê Lợi Boulevard, Ninh Kiều District, Cần Thơ
  Gò Đậu Stadium 18,250 Thu Dau Mot, Vietnam

In the past, Vietnam did not have any specific training centre for the national team, which forced them to practice sporadically at different facilities, contributing to their lack of success. The team previously used the facilities of VFF youth football training centre, or borrowed the training centres of various V.League 1 clubs.[80] However, since 2017, the country's first ever football training centre, known as PVF Training Centre was established in Hưng Yên to improve the national team's performance.[81] Former Manchester United star and current Wales coach, Ryan Giggs was appointed as the first director of the centre alongside Paul Scholes.[82]

RivalriesEdit

ThailandEdit

Thailand is often considered Vietnam's traditional and biggest rival. The matches between these two teams are always likened to the "El Clasico" of Southeast Asian football and are followed with much interest in both countries. Vietnam as South Vietnam first faced Thailand at the 1959 Southeast Asian Games and won the 2 matches, in the group stage and the final. Despite currently having the better overall record compared with Thailand with 23 wins, 10 draws and 18 losses after 51 matches, Vietnam has generally poor results against Thailand since its reintegration into international football in 1991. After the match between two teams in November 2019 in the second round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification, Vietnam has faced Thailand in 24 matches at the national team level since 1991, the overall results being 3 wins, 6 draws and 15 losses. Despite this, Vietnam, since reintegration to world's football, is renowned for its performance that punching above the weight, often due to its ability to culminate surprise results despite disadvantages, while Thailand has struggled harder to do the same.

Vietnam's most memorable win against Thailand was in the final of the 2008 AFF Championship, when a 2–1 win in the first leg in Bangkok set them up for their first ever title, which they secured after a 1–1 draw in Hanoi.[83]

IndonesiaEdit

Vietnam and neighbors Indonesia have faced each other in 38 matches, with Vietnam having the poorer record with 12 wins, 10 draws and 16 losses. During the 20-year period from 1999 to 2019, Vietnam only drew and lost against Indonesia in official tournaments. This series of winless matches began after the 1–0 win over Indonesia in 1999 in the semi-finals of the 1999 SEA Games, and lasted 13 matches, with 7 draws and 5 losses, and finally ended on 15 October 2019 when Vietnam won 3–1 against Indonesia by their third match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification's second round in Bali.

SingaporeEdit

While Singapore was still a force in the AFF until 2012, this team was also a big rival of Vietnam. They have faced each other in 39 matches, with Vietnam dominating with 21 wins, 13 draws and 5 losses. Since just reintegrating with international football in 1991, Vietnam experienced, in the period from 1993 to 1998, poorer head-to-head record against Singapore; especially the failure in the 1998 AFF Championship final. However, since 1998, Vietnam has been maintaining a series of unbeaten matches against Singapore until now. It is worth noting that Vietnam's winning matches in this period against Singapore have never exceeded 1 goal and there were 6 out of the 12 matches that had drawn results, although Vietnam still won in the remaining 6 matches.

MalaysiaEdit

As South Vietnam, the Vietnamese side had a poorer performance, with only 3 wins, 3 draws and 7 losses, during that time the Malaysians posed as a formidable side in Asia. Since reintegration, however, Vietnam has overwhelmed in the head-to-head record against Malaysia with 13 wins, 3 draws and only 6 losses since 1991. Vietnam has also been maintaining the series of unbeaten match against Malaysia since 2014.

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2021Edit

31 May Friendly Jordan   1–1   Vietnam Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
21:00 UTC+4
Report
Stadium: Khalid bin Mohammed
Attendance: 0
Referee: Adel Ali Al Naqbi (United Arab Emirates)
Note: [84]
7 June Qatar 2022 qualifying Vietnam   4–0   Indonesia Dubai, United Arab Emirates
20:45 UTC+4 Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Al Maktoum
Attendance: 225
Referee: Ahmed Al-Ali (Jordan)
11 June Qatar 2022 qualifying Malaysia   1–2   Vietnam Dubai, United Arab Emirates
20:45 UTC+4
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Al Maktoum
Attendance: 335
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
15 June Qatar 2022 qualifying United Arab Emirates   3–2   Vietnam Dubai, United Arab Emirates
20:45 UTC+4
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Zabeel
Attendance: 1,355
Referee: Ali Sabah (Iraq)
2 September Qatar 2022 qualifying Saudi Arabia   3–1   Vietnam Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
21:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Mrsool Park
Attendance: 8,331
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)
7 September Qatar 2022 qualifying Vietnam   0–1   Australia Hanoi, Vietnam
19:00 UTC+7 Report
Stadium: Mỹ Đình
Attendance: 0[85]
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)
7 October Qatar 2022 qualifying China PR   3–2   Vietnam Sharjah, UAE
21:00 UTC+4
Report Stadium: Sharjah
Attendance: 0
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
12 October Qatar 2022 qualifying Oman   3–1   Vietnam Muscat, Oman
20:00 UTC+4
Report Stadium: Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex
Attendance: 9,123
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (Jordan)
11 November Qatar 2022 qualifying Vietnam   0–1   Japan Hanoi, Vietnam
19:00 UTC+7 Report
Stadium: Mỹ Đình
Attendance: 11,022
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
16 November Qatar 2022 qualifying Vietnam   0–1   Saudi Arabia Hanoi, Vietnam
19:00 UTC+7 Report
Stadium: Mỹ Đình
Attendance: 9,669
Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)
6 December 2021 AFF Championship Laos   v   Vietnam Bishan, Singapore
19:00 UTC+7 Stadium: Bishan Stadium

2022Edit

27 January Qatar 2022 qualifying Australia     Vietnam
TBD TBD
1 February Qatar 2022 qualifying Vietnam     China PR Hanoi, Vietnam
19:00 UTC+7 Stadium: Mỹ Đình
24 March Qatar 2022 qualifying Vietnam     Oman Hanoi, Vietnam
19:00 UTC+7 Stadium: Mỹ Đình
29 March Qatar 2022 qualifying Japan     Vietnam
TBD TBD

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Park Hang-seo
Technical Director   Yusuke Adachi
Assistant Coach   Lee Young-jin
  Park Choong-kyun
  Lưu Danh Minh
Goalkeeper Coach   Nguyễn Thế Anh
Fitness Coach   Park Sung-gyun
  Cedric Roger
Match analyst
  Kim Tae Min
  Vũ Hồng Việt
Doctor   Choi Ju-young
  Trần Anh Tuấn
  Trần Huy Thọ
  Tuấn Nguyên Giáp
Interpreter   Lê Huy Khoa
  Cho Sung Wan
Team Manager   Nguyễn Sỹ Hiển
 
Coach Park Hang-seo, considered the most successful coach in Vietnam football history with FIFA praising Vietnam's progress throughout his managerial career with the team especially following the junior team success in the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship as Asian runners-up and the 2018 Asian Games in 4th place, as well as the senior team in the 2018 AFF Championship, the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, and Vietnam's first time ever qualification to the final and 3rd round of the World Cup Qualifiers for Asia.[86]
As of 12 October 2021
List of Vietnamese coaches since 1991
Name Nationality From To Pld W D L GF GA Win%[nb 1] Honours
Park Hang-seo   South Korea 11 October 2017 present 27 13 9 5 38 22 048.15 1 AFF Championship
Mai Đức Chung (Interim)   Vietnam 24 August 2017 11 October 2017 2 2 0 0 7 1 100.00
Nguyễn Hữu Thắng   Vietnam 3 March 2016 24 August 2017 16 8 6 2 15 14 050.00
Toshiya Miura   Japan 8 May 2014 28 January 2016 14 7 3 4 12 8 050.00
Hoàng Văn Phúc   Vietnam 16 May 2013 4 April 2014 3 1 0 2 1 3 033.33
Nguyễn Văn Sỹ (Interim)   Vietnam 1 January 2013 16 May 2013 4 1 0 3 025.00
Phan Thanh Hùng   Vietnam 1 September 2012 31 December 2012 14 5 5 4 12 10 035.71
Mai Đức Chung (Interim)   Vietnam 21 February 2012 31 August 2012 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Falko Götz   Germany 1 June 2011 6 January 2012 5 3 0 2 15 6 060.00
Henrique Calisto   Portugal June 2008 1 March 2011 42 11 11 20 38 41 026.19 1 AFF Championship
Alfred Riedl   Austria 2005 October 2007 23 8 8 7 29 27 034.78
Trần Văn Khánh[87] (Interim)   Vietnam 12 December 2004 2005 1 1 0 0 3 0 100.00
Edson Tavares   Brazil 22 March 2004 12 December 2004 11 4 1 6 18 15 036.36
Nguyễn Thành Vinh (Interim)   Vietnam January 2004 February 2004 1 0 0 1 0 5 000.00
Alfred Riedl   Austria January 2003 December 2003 7 3 0 4 8 13 042.86
Henrique Calisto   Portugal August 2002 December 2002 10 5 3 2 27 18 050.00
Dido   Brazil December 2000 25 September 2001 6 3 1 2 9 9 050.00
Alfred Riedl   Austria August 1998 2000 31 16 6 9 54 21 051.61
Colin Murphy   England October 1997 1998 6 3 1 2 9 6 050.00
Lê Đình Chính (Interim)   Vietnam 1997 1997 1 0 0 1 0 4 000.00
Trần Duy Long   Vietnam 1997 1997 5 0 0 5 2 17 000.00
Karl-Heinz Weigang   Germany 1995 June 1997 17 9 2 6 37 33 052.94
Edson Tavares   Brazil 1995 1995 1 1 0 0 1 0 100.00
Trần Duy Long (Interim)   Vietnam 1994 1995 1 1 0 0 100.00
Trần Bình Sự   Vietnam 1993 1993 11 2 0 9 5 21 018.18
Nguyễn Sỹ Hiển   Vietnam 1993 1993 3 0 1 2 3 5 000.00
Vũ Văn Tư   Vietnam 1991 1991

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 30 players were called up for the 2020 AFF Championship in   Singapore from 5 December 2021 to 1 January 2022.
Caps and goals as of 16 November 2021 after the match against   Saudi Arabia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Trần Nguyên Mạnh (1991-12-20) 20 December 1991 (age 29) 24 0   Viettel
1GK Bùi Tấn Trường (1986-02-19) 19 February 1986 (age 35) 15 0   Hà Nội
1GK Nguyễn Văn Hoàng (1995-02-17) 17 February 1995 (age 26) 1 0   Sông Lam Nghệ An
1GK Quan Văn Chuẩn (2001-01-07) 7 January 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Hà Nội

2DF Quế Ngọc Hải (Captain) (1993-05-15) 15 May 1993 (age 28) 56 4   Viettel
2DF Đỗ Duy Mạnh (vice-captain) (1996-09-29) 29 September 1996 (age 25) 35 1   Hà Nội
2DF Bùi Tiến Dũng (1995-10-02) 2 October 1995 (age 26) 33 0   Viettel
2DF Vũ Văn Thanh (1996-04-14) 14 April 1996 (age 25) 26 3   Hoàng Anh Gia Lai
2DF Nguyễn Phong Hồng Duy (1996-06-13) 13 June 1996 (age 25) 21 0   Hoàng Anh Gia Lai
2DF Trần Đình Trọng (1997-04-25) 25 April 1997 (age 24) 10 0   Hà Nội
2DF Nguyễn Thành Chung (1997-09-08) 8 September 1997 (age 24) 7 0   Hà Nội
2DF Hồ Tấn Tài (1997-11-06) 6 November 1997 (age 24) 3 1   Topenland Bình Định
2DF Nguyễn Thanh Bình (2000-11-02) 2 November 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Viettel
2DF Phạm Xuân Mạnh (1996-02-09) 9 February 1996 (age 25) 1 0   Sông Lam Nghệ An
2DF Bùi Hoàng Việt Anh (1999-01-01) 1 January 1999 (age 22) 1 0   Hà Nội
2DF Đỗ Thanh Thịnh (1998-08-18) 18 August 1998 (age 23) 0 0   SHB Đà Nẵng

3MF Lương Xuân Trường (vice-captain) (1995-04-28) 28 April 1995 (age 26) 36 1   Hoàng Anh Gia Lai
3MF Nguyễn Quang Hải (1997-04-12) 12 April 1997 (age 24) 34 8   Hà Nội
3MF Phan Văn Đức (1996-04-11) 11 April 1996 (age 25) 24 2   Sông Lam Nghệ An
3MF Đỗ Hùng Dũng (1993-09-08) 8 September 1993 (age 28) 19 0   Hà Nội
3MF Nguyễn Tuấn Anh (1995-05-16) 16 May 1995 (age 26) 18 1   Hoàng Anh Gia Lai
3MF Phạm Đức Huy (vice-captain) (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 26) 15 2   Hà Nội
3MF Nguyễn Hoàng Đức (1998-01-11) 11 January 1998 (age 23) 11 0   Viettel
3MF Trần Minh Vương (1995-03-28) 28 March 1995 (age 26) 5 1   Hoàng Anh Gia Lai
3MF Lê Văn Xuân (1999-02-27) 27 February 1999 (age 22) 1 0   Hà Nội

4FW Nguyễn Công Phượng (1995-01-21) 21 January 1995 (age 26) 42 9   Hoàng Anh Gia Lai
4FW Nguyễn Văn Toàn (1996-04-12) 12 April 1996 (age 25) 36 4   Hoàng Anh Gia Lai
4FW Nguyễn Tiến Linh (1997-10-20) 20 October 1997 (age 24) 22 9   Becamex Bình Dương
4FW Hà Đức Chinh (1997-09-22) 22 September 1997 (age 24) 13 0   SHB Đà Nẵng
4FW Trần Văn Đạt (2000-12-26) 26 December 2000 (age 20) 0 0   Hà Nội

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Phạm Văn Cường (1990-07-19) 19 July 1990 (age 31) 0 0   Hồ Chí Minh City 2020 AFF Championship PRE
GK Nguyễn Văn Toản (1999-11-26) 26 November 1999 (age 22) 2 0   Hải Phòng v.   Japan, 11 November 2021 PRE INJ
GK Đặng Văn Lâm (1993-08-13) 13 August 1993 (age 28) 24 0   Cerezo Osaka v.   Australia, 7 September 2021 INJ
GK Phạm Văn Phong (1993-06-03) 3 June 1993 (age 28) 0 0   Sài Gòn May 2021 centralized training

DF Trần Văn Kiên (1996-05-13) 13 May 1996 (age 25) 1 0   Hà Nội September 2021 centralized training
DF Trương Văn Thiết (1995-06-07) 7 June 1995 (age 26) 0 0   Viettel September 2021 centralized training
DF Đoàn Văn Hậu (1999-04-19) 19 April 1999 (age 22) 27 0   Hà Nội August 2021 centralized training INJ
DF Dương Thanh Hào (1991-06-23) 23 June 1991 (age 30) 15 0   Topenland Bình Định May 2021 centralized training
DF Nguyễn Minh Tùng (1992-08-09) 9 August 1992 (age 29) 3 0   Đông Á Thanh Hóa May 2021 centralized training

MF Lý Công Hoàng Anh (1999-12-01) 1 December 1999 (age 21) 1 0   Hồng Lĩnh Hà Tĩnh 2020 AFF Championship PRE
MF Lê Văn Đô (2001-08-07) 7 August 2001 (age 20) 0 0   SHB Đà Nẵng 2020 AFF Championship PRE
MF Nguyễn Trọng Đại (1997-04-07) 7 April 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Viettel September 2021 centralized training
MF Nguyễn Trọng Hoàng (1989-04-14) 14 April 1989 (age 32) 74 12   Viettel September 2021 centralized training INJ
MF Lê Tiến Anh (1998-03-23) 23 March 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Topenland Bình Định v.   Saudi Arabia, 2 September 2021 PRE
MF Nguyễn Hai Long (2000-08-27) 27 August 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Hà Nội v.   Jordan, 31 May 2021 INJ
MF Võ Huy Toàn (1993-03-15) 15 March 1993 (age 28) 8 1   Hồ Chí Minh City May 2021 centralized training
MF Tô Văn Vũ (1993-10-20) 20 October 1993 (age 28) 0 0   Becamex Bình Dương May 2021 centralized training
MF Đặng Anh Tuấn (1994-08-01) 1 August 1994 (age 27) 0 0   SHB Đà Nẵng May 2021 centralized training
MF Phan Văn Long (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 25) 0 0   SHB Đà Nẵng May 2021 centralized training
MF Cao Văn Triền (1993-06-18) 18 June 1993 (age 28) 0 0   Sài Gòn May 2021 centralized training

FW Phạm Tuấn Hải (1998-05-19) 19 May 1998 (age 23) 1 0   Hồng Lĩnh Hà Tĩnh 2020 AFF Championship PRE
FW Hồ Thanh Minh (2000-02-07) 7 February 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Huế 2020 AFF Championship PRE
FW Nhâm Mạnh Dũng (2000-04-12) 12 April 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Viettel v.   Japan, 11 November 2021 PRE
FW Nguyễn Xuân Nam (1994-01-18) 18 January 1994 (age 27) 0 0   Topenland Bình Định September 2021 centralized training
FW Trần Đình Kha (1994-03-21) 21 March 1994 (age 27) 0 0   Topenland Bình Định September 2021 centralized training
FW Hồ Tuấn Tài (1995-03-16) 16 March 1995 (age 26) 1 0   Hồ Chí Minh City v.   Saudi Arabia, 2 September 2021 PRE
FW Nguyễn Anh Đức (1985-10-24) 24 October 1985 (age 36) 36 12   Long An May 2021 centralized training

  • PRE Preliminary squad
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • OTH Player withdrew from the squad due to other reason.

CaptainsEdit

Name Period Notes
Nguyễn Mạnh Cường 1995–1996
Trần Công Minh 1996–2000
Lê Huỳnh Đức 2000–2004
Nguyễn Minh Phương 2004–2007
Phan Văn Tài Em 2008 AFF Cup winning captain (2008)
Nguyễn Minh Phương 2009–2010
Phan Văn Tài Em 2011
Nguyễn Minh Đức 2012–2013
Lê Tấn Tài 2013–2014
Lê Công Vinh 2014–2016
Nguyễn Văn Quyết 2017–2018 AFF Cup winning captain (2018)
Quế Ngọc Hải 2019–present

Player recordsEdit

As of 16 November 2021
Players in bold are still active with Vietnam.

Youngest player to play for the national teamEdit

Rank Player Age Day Against Tournament
1 Phan Thanh Bình 16 years 331 days 27 September 2003     Nepal 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification
2 Đoàn Văn Hậu[88] 18 years 140 days 5 September 2017   Cambodia 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
3 Lê Công Vinh 18 years 183 days 9 June 2004   South Korea 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 Phạm Văn Quyến 18 years 213 days 27 November 2002   Sri Lanka Friendly
5 Nguyễn Thành Long Giang 19 years 53 days 28 October 2007   United Arab Emirates 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record Qualification 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 In progress   Park Hang-seo
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/21 37 10 3 24 42 75

AFC Asian CupEdit

Vietnam holds a spectacular distinction in the competition by having tendency of facing future finalists of the AFC Asian Cup, having implemented so in all four editions, with South Korea and Iraq emerged winners after facing Vietnam, and Japan finished runners-up. Moreover, the country also holds a distinction of being drawn to face the AFC's number 1 team or Asian champions following by FIFA Ranking in all competitions they participated (South Korea in 1956 and 1960, Japan in 2007 and Iran in 2019).

AFC Asian Cup record AFC Asian Cup qualification record
Year Result Pos. Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
  1956 Fourth place 4/4 3 0 1 2 6 9 Squad 2 0 1 1 7 3
  1960 Fourth place 4/4 3 0 0 3 2 12 Squad 2 2 0 0 5 1
  1964 Did not qualify 3 2 0 1 9 7
  1968 4 2 0 2 4 4
  1972 Withdrew Withdrew
  1976 Did not qualify 4 0 0 4 1 10
  1980 Did not enter Did not enter
  1984
  1988
  1992
  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 Squad 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 Squad 12 4 5 3 16 11
  2023 Qualified 8 5 2 1 13 5
Total Best: Fourth place 5/17 15 2 3 10 17 35 59 24 10 25 101 87

Asian GamesEdit

Since 2002, the Asian Games Football tournament uses the Olympic team. See: Vietnam national Olympic football team

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 17/23 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 Squad
  1996 Third place 3/10 6 3 2 1 14 10 Squad   Karl-Heinz Weigang
  1998 Runners-up 2/8 5 3 1 1 8 2 Squad   Alfred Riedl
  2000 Fourth place 4/9 6 3 1 2 14 6 Squad   Alfred Riedl
    2002 Third place 3/9 6 4 1 1 21 12 Squad   Henrique Calisto
    2004 Group stage 6/10 4 2 1 1 13 5 Squad   Edson Tavares,
  Trần Văn Khánh
    2007 Semi-finals 3/8 5 1 3 1 10 3 Squad   Alfred Riedl
    2008 Champions 1/8 7 4 2 1 11 6 Squad   Henrique Calisto
    2010 Semi-finals 3/8 5 2 1 2 8 5 Squad   Henrique Calisto
    2012 Group stage 6/8 3 0 1 2 2 5 Squad   Phan Thanh Hùng
    2014 Semi-finals 3/8 5 3 1 1 12 8 Squad   Toshiya Miura
    2016 Semi-finals 3/8 5 3 1 1 8 6 Squad   Nguyễn Hữu Thắng
  2018 Champions 1/10 8 6 2 0 15 4 Squad   Park Hang-seo
Total 2 titles 12/12 65 34 17 14 136 72

Southeast Asian GamesEdit

Since 2001, the SEA Games football competition has only allowed the olympic side to participate. See: Vietnam national Olympic football team

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 Runners-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 Runners-up 2/10 6 4 1 1 14 2   Alfred Riedl
Total Best: Runners-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 Runners-up 2/4 3 2 0 1 4 3   Edson Tavares
2006 Runners-up 2/4 3 2 1 0 5 2   Alfred Riedl
2008 T&T Cup Runners-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: Runners-up 5/5 14 5 5 4 17 14

All-time head-to-head recordEdit

As of 12 October 2021 [89]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

FIFA world rankingsEdit

FIFA-ranking

Vietnam's FIFA world rankings
1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
  135   151   122   99   104   98   102   99   105   108   98   103   120   172   142   155   123   137   99   131   144   137   147   134   112   100   97   94

HonoursEdit

Include the results of   South Vietnam before 1976 (1949/1954-1976)

Continental

  • Asian Games (As senior national team until 1998, since 2002 it is an Olympic tournament.)
    • Fourth place (1): 1962
    • Quarter-finals (1): 1958
  • AFC Asian Cup
    • Fourth place (2): 1956, 1960 (both as South Vietnam)
    • Quarter-finals (2): 2007, 2019

Regional

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

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