International U-21 Football Tournament Thanh Niên Cup
The International U-21 Football Tournament- Thanh Nien Cup is an annual football tournament held in Vietnam. The tournament was officially launched in 2007 by Thanh Niên News in cooperation with the Vietnam Football Federation, with the aim of improving youth football in Vietnam. In addition to improving the quality of football in the country, the tournament also serve to help VFF selectors build up the next generation of players who would represent Vietnam at the senior and U23 levels.
During the first edition of the tournament, which lasted from 24 to 28 October 2007, host nation Vietnam competed against four visiting teams from Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand. Vietnam won the first edition of the tournament, with Thailand finishing as runners-up.
|Year||Final||Third Place Match|
|Winner||Score||Runner-up||Third Place||Score||Fourth Place|
|2011||Vietnam||2–1||Iran||Aspire Football Academy||2–1||Thailand|
|2014||Hoang Anh Gia Lai U19||3–0||Thailand||Vietnam||2–1||Malaysia|
- Vietnam takes U-21 bronze
- Hosts win international U-21 football contest
- Thanh Nien strives to improve Vietnamese football
- Int’l teams warmed by airport reception
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