VFF Cup

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VFF Cup
Founded 19 August 2004
Number of teams 4
Current champions South Korea South Korea University Selection
Most successful team(s)  Thailand (2 titles)
 Vietnam U-23 (2 titles)
 Uzbekistan U-23 (2 titles)

The Vietnam Football Federation Cup or VFF Cup was an annual football tournament organised in Vietnam. The organisation of the tournament was announced on 19 August 2004, replacing the Independence Cup.[1] and was played from 2004 to 2011 with the Vietnamese Football Federation announcing in 2012 that the competition would no longer be played.[2] Every year the tournament is held at the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi. In 2008 the tournament was renamed due to the withdrawal of the Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development as the main sponsor.[3] Participants are either club teams or national teams, but the Vietnam national team is always a participant.

Controversy[edit]

Ever since the inauguration of the Agribank football tournament in 2004 there has always been controversies surrounding the organisation of the tournament.[4] The most recurring issue is the lack of quality teams partaking in the tournament; for the first edition of the tournament Thailand sent a 'selection team' consisted of local league players unknown to Vietnamese fans, instead of the national team as requested by the Vietnam Football Federation.[4]

Japan and Bahrain both entered their youth teams in the 2005 and 2006 tournaments respectively, and on each occasion the invited teams lacked the quality that was demanded by the organisers.[4] Due to the expressed disappointments of their Vietnamese organisers in 2006, the Bahrain Football Association sent a letter stating their reasons for not sending a full-strength team to the tournament.[5] For the 2007 edition of the Agribank Cup Thailand once again declined an invitation to take part, and Zimbabwe was invited to fill the gap left by Thailand.

Due to the combination of factors, such as the lack of quality teams and the deficiencies of the VFF as the tournament organiser, the Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development announced that it would stop sponsoring the tournament in 2008.[4]

Champions/Runners Up[edit]

Summary[edit]

2012 Results[edit]

The 2012 edition was initially set to be played between hosts VietnamVietnam, TurkmenistanTurkmenistan, North KoreaNorth Korea and IranIran U-22. Iran and North Korea were replaced by LaosLaos and South KoreaSouth Korea University Selection on 10 October. The South Korean team is a selection from the University League,[6] but it doesn't include players from the top 32 universities due to a collision with the 2012 University League Championship schedules.[7] Laos themselves replaced the MaldivesMaldives who initially looked like taking part as replacements for Iran.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1. South Korea South Korea University Selection 3 2 1 0 9 2 +7 7
3. Turkmenistan Turkmenistan 3 2 0 1 5 6 -1 6
2. Vietnam Vietnam 3 1 1 1 5 2 +3 4
4. Laos Laos 3 0 0 3 3 12 −9 0
24 October 2012
Laos Laos 1 – 4 South Korea South Korea University Selection 17:00 Thong Nhat Stadium
24 October 2012
Vietnam Vietnam 0 – 1 Turkmenistan Turkmenistan 19:15 Thong Nhat Stadium Report
26 October 2012
South Korea University Selection South Korea 4 – 0 Turkmenistan Turkmenistan 17:00 Thong Nhat Stadium
26 October 2012
Vietnam Vietnam 4 – 0 Laos Laos 19:00 Thong Nhat Stadium
28 October 2012
Turkmenistan Turkmenistan 4 – 2 Laos Laos 17:15 Thong Nhat Stadium
28 October 2012
Vietnam Vietnam 1 – 1 South Korea South Korea University Selection 19:00 Thong Nhat Stadium Report

2011 Results[edit]

The 2011 edition of the tournament was known as the VFF-Eximbank Cup. Host nation Vietnam was represented by the Vietnam Vietnam U-23 team, as they were preparing for the upcoming 2011 Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia.[8] Under-23 teams from MalaysiaMalaysia, MyanmarMyanmar and UzbekistanUzbekistan were invited to take part in the tournament. On 23 October 2011, the tournament concluded with Uzbekistan winning the tournament for the second time, whereas host nation Vietnam finished as runners-up. The champions were rewarded with $25,000 in prize money, the second-placed team received $10,000 and the third-placed team was rewarded $5,000.[8]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1. Uzbekistan Uzbekistan U-23 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 7
2. Vietnam Vietnam U-23 3 1 2 0 7 2 +5 5
3. Malaysia Malaysia U-23 3 1 1 1 4 5 −1 4
4. Myanmar Myanmar U-23 3 0 0 3 2 9 −7 0
19 October 2011
Uzbekistan U-23 Uzbekistan 3 – 1 Malaysia Malaysia U-23 17:00 My Dinh Stadium
19 October 2011
Vietnam U-23 Vietnam 5 – 0 Myanmar Myanmar U-23 19:15 My Dinh Stadium Report
21 October 2011
Malaysia U-23 Malaysia 2 – 1 Myanmar Myanmar U-23 17:10 My Dinh Stadium
21 October 2011
Uzbekistan U-23 Uzbekistan 1 – 1 Vietnam Vietnam U-23 19:15 My Dinh Stadium Report
23 October 2011
Myanmar U-23 Myanmar 1 – 2 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan U-23 17:10 My Dinh Stadium Report
23 October 2011
Vietnam U-23 Vietnam 1 – 1 Malaysia Malaysia U-23 19:15 My Dinh Stadium Report

2010 Results[edit]

The 2010 VFF Cup will be mainly sponsored by Son Ha Company to develop football in Vietnam. As of that, this year's competition was named the VFF SonHa Cup. VFF had invited the national teams of North Korea Korea DPR, Singapore Singapore, and a South KoreaSouth Korean University Selection Team. These team will be competing against the host nation team Vietnam Vietnam. For this edition of the tournament, Korea DPR squad won the VFF Cup for the first time following their 2-0 victory over Vietnam. Singapore finished second and the South Korean University Selection Team was third.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1. North Korea Korea DPR 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
2. Singapore Singapore 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
3. South Korea South Korea University Selection Team 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
4. Vietnam Vietnam 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1
2 November 2010
Korea DPR North Korea 2 – 1 Singapore Singapore 16:45 My Dinh Stadium Report[permanent dead link]
2 November 2010
Vietnam Vietnam 0 – 2 South Korea South Korean University 19:00 My Dinh Stadium
4 November 2010
South Korean University South Korea 1 – 1 North Korea Korea DPR 17:00 My Dinh Stadium
4 November 2010
Vietnam Vietnam 1 – 1 Singapore Singapore 19:00 My Dinh Stadium Report[permanent dead link]
6 November 2010
Singapore Singapore 2 – 0 South Korea South Korean University 17:00 My Dinh Stadium Report
6 November 2010
Vietnam Vietnam 0 – 2 North Korea Korea DPR 19:00 My Dinh Stadium

2009 Results[edit]

For the sixth edition of this tournament, the Vietnam Football Federation agreed to a sponsorship deal with Smart Door. Hence the 2009 competition was known as the VFF Smart Door Cup. The tournament lasted from 5 to 9 November 2009. Under 23 Olympic teams from China China, Singapore Singapore and Thailand Thailand were the main competitors in the tournament, against host nation Vietnam Vietnam.[9] For this edition of the tournament, Vietnam's U23 squad won the VFF Cup for the second time following their 3-1 victory over China.[10]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1. Vietnam Vietnam U-23 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7
2. China China U-23 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
3. Thailand Thailand U-23 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
4. Singapore Singapore U-23 3 0 1 1 1 4 −3 1
5 November 2009
China U-23 China 2 – 2 Thailand Thailand U-23 16:40 My Dinh Stadium [1]
5 November 2009
Vietnam U-23 Vietnam 1 – 0 Singapore Singapore U-23 20:00 My Dinh Stadium [2]
7 November 2009
Thailand U-23 Thailand 1 – 1 Singapore Singapore U-23 17:50 My Dinh Stadium [3]
7 November 2009
China U-23 China 1 – 3 Vietnam Vietnam U-23 20:00 My Dinh Stadium [4]
9 November 2009
Singapore U-23 Singapore 0 – 2 China China U-23 17:50 My Dinh Stadium [5]
9 November 2009
Vietnam U-23 Vietnam 0 – 0 Thailand Thailand U-23 20:00 My Dinh Stadium [6]

2008 Results[edit]

In 2008 the tournament was renamed as the T&T Cup due to changes in sponsorship. The tournament lasted from 28 October to 1 November 2008. Initially Vietnam Vietnam invited national teams from North Korea North Korea, Thailand Thailand and Uzbekistan Uzbekistan to participate in this football tournament. On 26 October the Uzbekistan Football Federation informed tournament organisers that they won't be attending the tournament, after sending a list of twenty-five players, so only three national teams competed for this year's T&T Cup.[11] On 1 November, the match between host nation Vietnam and Thailand was postponed due to heavy rain.[12] The match resumed on 16 November 2008, with Thailand winning the tournament following a 2-2 draw with Vietnam.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1. Thailand Thailand 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 4
2. Vietnam Vietnam 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
3. North Korea North Korea 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1 1
28 October 2008
Thailand Thailand 1 – 0 North Korea North Korea 19:00 My Dinh Stadium Details
30 October 2008
North Korea North Korea 0 – 0 Vietnam Vietnam 19:00 My Dinh Stadium Details
16 November 2008
Vietnam Vietnam 2 – 2 Thailand Thailand 19:00 My Dinh Stadium Details

2007 Results[edit]

From 1 to 5 November 2007, under 23 teams from Finland Finland, Uzbekistan Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe Zimbabwe were invited to compete against host nation Vietnam Vietnam in the tournament. The tournament winner was awarded US$40,000 in prize money, US$20,000 for the runners-up and US$10,000 for the third-place team.

Thailand withdrew from the tournament to focus on the 2010 World Cup qualifiers. To fill the void the Vietnam Football Federation invited Zimbabwe to replace Thailand.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1. Uzbekistan Uzbekistan U-23 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
2. Finland Finland U-23 3 2 0 1 5 4 +1 6
3. Vietnam Vietnam U-23 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
4. Zimbabwe Zimbabwe U-23 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1
1 November 2007
Zimbabwe U-23 Zimbabwe 2 – 3 Finland Finland U-23 16:00 My Dinh Stadium Details
1 November 2007
Vietnam U-23 Vietnam 1 – 2 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan U23 18:30 My Dinh Stadium Details
3 November 2007
Finland U-23 Finland 0 – 2 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan U23 16:00 My Dinh Stadium Details
3 November 2007
Vietnam U-23 Vietnam 2 – 0 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe U-23 18:30 My Dinh Stadium Details
5 November 2007
Zimbabwe U23 Zimbabwe 1 – 1 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan U23 16:00 My Dinh Stadium Details
5 November 2007
Vietnam U-23 Vietnam 1 – 2 Finland Finland U23 18:30 My Dinh Stadium Details

2006 Results[edit]

The third edition of the Agribank Cup lasted from 25 to 29 October 2006. The Vietnam Football Federation initially invited teams from Bahrain Bahrain, Iceland Iceland and Thailand Thailand to participate in the tournament, but due to Iceland's withdrawal a team from New Zealand New Zealand was invited to fill the void instead.[13]

For this tournament host nation Vietnam and Thailand both entered a near full-strength team, New Zealand sent the B-team called New Zealand "A", while Bahrain used their under-21 squad.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1. Thailand Thailand 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7
2. Vietnam Vietnam 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
3. New Zealand New Zealand A 3 1 0 2 1 2 −1 3
4. Bahrain Bahrain U-21 3 0 0 3 0 6 −6 0
25 October 2006
Thailand Thailand 3 – 0 Bahrain Bahrain U-21 My Dinh Stadium Details
25 October 2006
Vietnam Vietnam 1 – 0 New Zealand New Zealand A My Dinh Stadium Details
27 October 2006
Thailand Thailand 1 – 0 New Zealand New Zealand A My Dinh Stadium Details
27 October 2006
Vietnam Vietnam 2 – 0 Bahrain Bahrain U-21 My Dinh Stadium Detail
29 October 2006
Bahrain U-21 Bahrain 0 – 1 New Zealand New Zealand A My Dinh Stadium Details
29 October 2006
Vietnam Vietnam 2 – 2 Thailand Thailand My Dinh Stadium Detail

2005 Results[edit]

For the second tournament host nation Vietnam Vietnam entered its Under 23 team to compete against Olympic teams from Japan Japan, Malaysia Malaysia and Thailand Thailand.[14] The tournament lasted from 26 to 30 October 2005. Following three consecutive victories Vietnam's Under 23 team clinched the Agribank Cup with $40,000 in prize money, while Thailand and Japan took home $20,000 each after finishing second and third place respectively.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1. Vietnam Vietnam U-23 3 3 0 0 5 2 +3 9
2. Thailand Thailand U-23 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
3. Japan Japan U-20 3 1 0 2 5 4 +1 3
4. Malaysia Malaysia U-23 3 0 0 3 0 6 –6 0
26 October 2005
Thailand U-23 Thailand 2 – 0 Japan Japan U-20 My Dinh Stadium Details
26 October 2005
Vietnam U-23 Vietnam 1 – 0 Malaysia Malaysia U-23 My Dinh Stadium Details
28 October 2005
Vietnam U-23 Vietnam 2 – 1 Thailand Thailand U-23 My Dinh Stadium Details
28 October 2005
Japan U-20 Japan 4 – 0 Malaysia Malaysia U-23 My Dinh Stadium Details
30 October 2005
Thailand U-23 Thailand 1 – 0 Malaysia Malaysia U-23 My Dinh Stadium Details
30 October 2005
Japan U-20 Japan 1 – 2 Vietnam Vietnam U-23 My Dinh Stadium Details

2004 Results[edit]

For the first edition of the Agribank Cup Vietnam Vietnam hosted the Portugal Porto Reserve team from Portugal, Brazil Santa Cruz F.C. from Brazil and the ThailandThailand XI selection team, consisting of players from the Thailand Premier League. For this tournament the Football Association of Thailand refused to send one of its national teams to take part, instead they sent a 'Selection Team' after the Vietnam Football Federation insisted on Thailand's participation.[5]

The tournament lasted four days from 22 to 26 September 2004. The guest team from Portugal won the Agribank Cup after three consecutive victories and was awarded $30,000, host nation Vietnam was awarded $20,000 finishing as runners up, and Santa Cruz pocketed $5,000 finishing third.[1]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1. Portugal Porto B 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 9
2. Vietnam Vietnam 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6
3. Brazil Santa Cruz 3 1 0 2 5 2 +3 3
4. Thailand Thailand XI 3 0 0 3 1 8 –7 0
22 September 2004
Porto B Portugal 1 – 0 Brazil Santa Cruz My Dinh Stadium Details
22 September 2004
Vietnam Vietnam 2 – 1 Thailand Thailand XI My Dinh Stadium Details
24 September 2004
Porto B Portugal 1 – 0 Thailand Thailand XI My Dinh Stadium Details
24 September 2004
Vietnam Vietnam 1 – 0 Brazil Santa Cruz My Dinh Stadium Details
26 September 2004
Santa Cruz Brazil 5 – 0 Thailand Thailand XI My Dinh Stadium Details
26 September 2004
Vietnam Vietnam 1 – 2 Portugal Porto B My Dinh Stadium Details

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