Thành phố Nam Định
Statue of Trần Hưng Đạo in Nam Định
|Established||17 October 1921|
|• Governor||Phạm Hồng Hà|
|• Chairman||Nguyễn Văn Tuấn|
|• Total||46.4 km2 (17.9 sq mi)|
|• Density||7,589/km2 (19,660/sq mi)|
Nam Định ( listen) is a city in the Red River Delta of northern Vietnam. It is the capital of Nam Định Province. The city of Nam Định is 90 km south-east of Vietnam's capital, Hanoi. From August 18–20 of each year, there is a festival held in Nam Định called the Co Trach. This celebration honors General Trần Hưng Đạo, a 13th-century national hero who led Vietnamese forces to victory over the invading Mongols. Nam Định (actually, the village of Trà Lũ) is also the birthplace of Letran Student, Dominican Friar and Vietnamese Saint Vicente Liem de la Paz, O.P. De la Paz was canonized by Pope John Paul II on June 19, 1988 (Feast Day on 24 November).
Nam Định has two sports facilities, Thiên Trường Stadium (formerly Cuối Stadium) and Trần Quốc Toản Indoor Stadium, which are host to football and volleyball matches. Both sports centers are located on Hùng Vương Street in the city of Nam Định.
Hà Nam Ninh was the National Football Champions (V.League) in 1985 with star player Nguyễn Văn Dũng. In 2001, Nam Định took second place in the National Championships, losing to Binh Dinh F.C.. In 2007, the Nam Định football team changed its name to Đạm Phú Mỹ Nam Định and won its first National Cup under its new name. In 2009 the Nam Dinh Football team changed its name to Megastar Nam Dinh F.C and failed in standind on V-League to 1st level tournament 2010