Vietnam national football team
|Nickname(s)||Rồng Vàng (Golden Dragons)|
|Association||Vietnam Football Federation (VFF)|
|Confederation||Asian Football Confederation (AFC)|
|Sub-confederation||ASEAN Football Federation (AFF)|
|Head coach||Park Hang-seo|
|Captain||Nguyễn Văn Quyết|
|Most caps||Lê Công Vinh (83)|
|Top scorer||Lê Công Vinh (51)|
|Home stadium||Mỹ Đình National Stadium|
|Current||100 2 (29 November 2018)|
|Highest||84 (September 1998)|
|Lowest||172 (December 2006)|
|Current||131 9 (13 December 2018)|
|Highest||58 (October 2002)|
|Lowest||175 (January 1995)|
| Hong Kong 3–2 South Vietnam |
(Hong Kong; 20 April 1947)
China PR 5–3 North Vietnam
(People's Republic of China; 04 October 1956)
| Vietnam 11–0 Guam |
(Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; 23 January 2000)
| Zimbabwe 6–0 Vietnam |
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 26 February 1997)
Oman 6–0 Vietnam
(Incheon, South Korea; 29 February 2003)
|Appearances||4 (first in 1956)|
|Best result||Fourth place (1956, 1960)|
The Vietnam national football team (Vietnamese: Đội tuyển bóng đá quốc gia Việt Nam) is the national football team representing Vietnam in international football competitions and is managed by the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF).
During the late 1950s, known by the name South Vietnam national football team. It was one of the four teams in Asia to advance into the final round 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. FIFA considers Vietnam as the successor of South Vietnam team, despite the communist government of Vietnam continues to reject South Vietnam's historical legitimacy.
- 1 History
- 2 Team image
- 3 Competitive records
- 4 Results and fixtures
- 5 Players
- 6 Coaching staff
- 7 Managers
- 8 Records
- 9 Honours
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The introduction of football into Vietnam traced its roots in 1896 during the era of colonial French Cochinchina (Vietnamese: Nam Kỳ). 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. 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. 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. It was the time Vietnam played their first ever international match, against Korea in Saigon which they lost 2–4.
Two Vietnams era
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. Due to South Vietnam was a member of FIFA, the later unified Vietnam team is classified as successor of South Vietnam by FIFA.
Post Vietnam War and redevelopment era
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 Vietnam Football Federation (VFF). Trịnh Ngọc Chữ, deputy minister of General Department of Sports, was elected president of VFF and Lê Thế Thọ was appointed as the vice-president. The reunified Vietnam national football team then played their first match against the Philippines in 1991 where they had a draw. In 1996, along with other Southeast Asian teams, Vietnam participated in the first Tiger Cup where they finished in third place. Vietnam hosted the second Tiger Cup in 1998 where they lose 0–1 to Singapore in the final.
2007 AFC Asian Cup co-host and revival
Vietnam hosted the 2007 AFC Asian Cup for the first time along with Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Being ranked as weaker and only above Malaysia in the tournament, while before the tournament was considered to be ranked bottom in group B which contained Japan (then-Asian champion and leading Asian team in FIFA), then-Gulf champions the UAE and Qatar with the squad mostly made up from the players that won 2006 ASIAD football, all effectively made Vietnam to face off over three champions on the same group. In such a group, Vietnam managed to beat UAE 2–0 and then drew 1–1 with another Gulf team, Qatar. Even though they lost 1–4 to Japan, they were able to go on to quarter-finals and were the only host and only Southeast Asian team to reach quarter-finals. In the quarterfinals, they were defeated by the latter champion Iraq 0–2, nevertheless this remains as one of the best performance ever in Vietnamese football history since 1975.
2008 AFF Championship
In the 2008 AFF Championship (which is a successor tournament of the Tiger Cup), Vietnam were held in Group B together with Thailand, Malaysia and Laos. After losing 0–2 in their first match against Thailand, the Vietnamese team bounced back and defeated Malaysia 3–2 before a 4–0 victory against Laos. In the semi-finals, Vietnam hold the defending champion Singapore by 0–0 in a home match before winning 1–0 in an away match. In the finals, they meet Thailand again and finally managed to defeat them by 2–1 in an away match before drawing 1–1 in a home match by a late score from Lê Công Vinh through a free-kick by Nguyễn Minh Phương, thus winning the tournament with an aggregate of 3–2.
Vietnam had continued its participation to seek the quests to become champions twice at the regional AFF Championship and to gain tickets entering the AFC Asian Cup and neither efforts was successful. During 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification, Vietnam, after managed two draws against Afghanistan and Jordan, had repeatedly defeated its neighbour, Cambodia, both away and home matches. On 14 November 2017, after another draw against Afghanistan, Vietnam qualified to the AFC Asian Cup for the fourth time in its history.
2018 AFF Championship
In the 2018 AFF Championship, Vietnam were held in Group A together with Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos. They start their campaign smoothly by beating Laos and Malaysia by 3–0 and 2–0 respectively before drawing 0–0 with Myanmar as well defeating Cambodia by 3–0. In the semi-finals, Vietnam beating the Philippines twice by 2–1 both in away and home matches thus successfully entering the AFF finals for the third time in their history in the tournament. In the finals, they meet Malaysia again in an away match and drawing 2–2 before surpassing them by 1–0 in a home match from a score by Nguyễn Anh Đức that were received from the ball passing by Nguyễn Quang Hải in the early 6th minute, giving them a victory in the tournament with an aggregate of 3–2.
Vietnam's current kit sponsor is Grand Sport. The contract started in January 2015 which will end by the end of December 2019. Vietnam was also previously sponsored by Nike, Adidas and Li-Ning. 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.
Primary sponsors include:
- Grand Sport
- Suzuki Vietnam
- Sony Vietnam
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualifications record||Coach(es)|
|1930||Did not participate||Did not participate||N/A|
|1954||See South Vietnam national football team||See South Vietnam national football team||See South Vietnam national football team|
|1978||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 (5 matches)|
Lê Đình Chính (last match)
|2006||6||1||1||4||5||9|| Nguyễn Thành Vinh (first match)|
Edson Tavares (5 matches)
|2018||6||2||1||3||7||8|| Toshiya Miura (4 matches)|
Nguyễn Hữu Thắng (2 matches)
|2022||To be determined||To be determined||To be determined|
AFC Asian Cup
|AFC Asian Cup record||AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|1964||Did not qualify|
|1976||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1996||Did not qualify||3||2||0||1||13||5|
|2011||Did not qualify||6||1||2||3||6||11|
|Total||Best: Quarter Finals||4/17||10||1||2||7||12||28||40||15||8||17||74||61|
|AFC Asian Cup History|
|1956||Group Stage||Hong Kong||2–2||Draw||Hong Kong|
|1960||Group Stage||South Korea||1–5||Loss||Seoul, South Korea|
|Republic of China||0–2||Loss|
|2007||Group Stage||United Arab Emirates||2–0||Won||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|2019||Group Stage||Iraq||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Yemen||Al Ain, United Arab Emirates|
- Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
|Asian Games record||Coach(es)|
|1951||Did not participate||Did not participate|
|1954||See South Vietnam national football team||See South Vietnam national football team|
|1978||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1998||Group stage||2||0||0||2||0||6||Alfred Riedl|
|2002 – present||See Vietnam national under-23 football team|
|Total||Best: Group Stage||1/13||2||0||0||2||0||6|
|Asian Games History|
|1998||Group Stage||Turkmenistan||0–2||Loss||Nakhon Sawan, Thailand|
|AFF Championship record||Coach(es)|
|1996||Third place||3/10||6||3||2||1||14||10||Karl-Heinz Weigang|
|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 (3 matches)|
Trần Văn Khánh (last match)
|2012||Group stage||6/8||3||0||1||2||2||5||Phan Thanh Hùng|
|2016||Semi-finals||3/8||5||3||1||1||8||6||Nguyễn Hữu Thắng|
Southeast Asian Games
- Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2001.
|Southeast Asian Games record||Coach(es)|
|1959||See South Vietnam national football team||See South Vietnam national football team|
|1975||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|
|1997||Third place||3/10||6||3||1||2||9||6||Colin Murphy|
|2001 – present||See Vietnam national under-23 football team|
|Southeast Asian Games History|
|1991||Group Stage||Philippines||2–2||Draw||Manila, Philippines|
|1995||Group Stage||Malaysia||2–0||Won||Chiang Mai, Thailand|
|Gold medal match||Thailand||0–4||Loss|
|1997||Group Stage||Malaysia||0–1||Loss||Jakarta, Indonesia|
|Bronze medal match||Singapore||1–0||Won|
|1999||Group Stage||Laos||9–0||Won||Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei|
|Gold medal match||Thailand||0–2||Loss|
Vietnam Football Federation Cup
- (Vietnam and the U-23 Vietnam team take turns every other year representing as the host team.)
|VFF Cup record||Coach(es)|
|2004 Agribank Cup||Runner-up||2/4||3||2||0||1||4||3||Edson Tavares|
|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|
|Vietnam Football Federation Cup History|
|2004 Agribank Cup||Group Stage||Thailand XI||1–0||Won||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|2006||Group Stage||New Zealand A||2–1||Won|
|2006||Group Stage||North Korea||0–0||Draw|
|2010 VFF Son Ha Cup||Group Stage||South Korean University||0–2||Loss|
|2012 VFF Cup||Group Stage||Turkmenistan||0–1||Loss|
|South Korean University||1–1||Draw|
Results and fixtures
|27 March 2018 Asian Cup qualifying||Jordan||1–1||Vietnam||Amman, Jordan|
|17:00 UTC+2||Abu Amarah 71'||Report||Nguyễn Anh Đức 24'||Stadium: King Abdullah II Stadium|
Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (Sri Lanka)
|22 October 2018 Friendly1||Incheon United||2–1||Vietnam||Paju, South Korea|
|15:00 UTC+9||Park Jong-jin 47'
Kim Hyun-jin 72'
|Report||Nguyễn Văn Quyết 50'||Stadium: Paju National Football Centre|
|25 October 2018 Friendly1||FC Seoul||1–2||Vietnam||Paju, South Korea|
|15:00 UTC+9||Lee Woong-hee 43'||Report||Đinh Thanh Trung 36'
Nguyễn Công Phượng 80'
|Stadium: Paju National Football Centre|
|29 October 2018 Friendly1||Seoul E-Land||2–0||Vietnam||Paju, South Korea|
|15:00 UTC+9||An Dong-hyeok 42'
An Sung-bin 49'
|Report||Stadium: Paju National Football Centre|
|8 November 2018 AFF GS||Laos||0–3||Vietnam||Vientiane, Laos|
|19:30 UTC+7||Report (AFFSZ)
|Nguyễn Công Phượng 11'
Nguyễn Anh Đức 45+2'
Nguyễn Quang Hải 68'
|Stadium: New Laos National Stadium|
Referee: Thoriq Munir Alkatiri (Indonesia)
|16 November 2018 AFF GS||Vietnam||2–0||Malaysia||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|19:30 UTC+7||Nguyễn Công Phượng 11'
Nguyễn Anh Đức 60'
|Stadium: Mỹ Đình National Stadium|
Referee: Turki Al-Khudayr (Saudi Arabia)
|20 November 2018 AFF GS||Myanmar||0–0||Vietnam||Yangon, Myanmar|
|18:00 UTC+6:30||Report (AFFSZ)
|Stadium: Thuwunna Stadium|
Referee: Khamis Al-Marri (Qatar)
|24 November 2018 AFF GS||Vietnam||3–0||Cambodia||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|19:30 UTC+7||Nguyễn Tiến Linh 39'
Nguyễn Quang Hải 41'
Phan Văn Đức 61'
|Stadium: Hàng Đẫy Stadium|
Referee: Ma Ning (China)
|2 December 2018 AFF SF||Philippines||1–2||Vietnam||Bacolod, Philippines|
|19:30 UTC+8||Reichelt 45+2'||Report (AFFSZ)
|Nguyễn Anh Đức 12'
Phan Văn Đức 48'
|Stadium: Panaad Stadium|
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)
|6 December 2018 AFF SF||Vietnam||2–1||Philippines||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|19:30 UTC+7||Nguyễn Quang Hải 84'
Nguyễn Công Phượng 87'
|J. Younghusband 89'||Stadium: Mỹ Đình National Stadium|
Referee: Hiroyuki Kimura (Japan)
|11 December 2018 AFF F||Malaysia||2–2||Vietnam||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|20:45 UTC+8||Shahrul 36'
|Nguyễn Huy Hùng 22'
Phạm Đức Huy 25'
|Stadium: Bukit Jalil National Stadium|
Referee: Chris Beath (Australia)
|15 December 2018 AFF F||Vietnam||1–0||Malaysia||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|19:30 UTC+7||Nguyễn Anh Đức 6'||Report (AFFSZ)
|Stadium: Mỹ Đình National Stadium|
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
|25 December 2018 Friendly||Vietnam||v||North Korea||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|TBD UTC+7||Report||Stadium: Mỹ Đình National Stadium|
|8 January 2019 Asian Cup GS||Iraq||v||Vietnam||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|17:30 UTC+4||Stadium: Zayed Sports City Stadium|
|12 January 2019 Asian Cup GS||Vietnam||v||Iran||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|15:00 UTC+4||Stadium: Al Nahyan Stadium|
|16 January 2019 Asian Cup GS||Vietnam||v||Yemen||Al Ain, United Arab Emirates|
|20:00 UTC+4||Stadium: Hazza bin Zayed Stadium|
|26 March 2019 2019 Asia-Pacific Champions Trophy||Vietnam||v||South Korea||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|TBD UTC+7||Stadium: Mỹ Đình National Stadium|
|31 March 2019 2019 Asia-Pacific Champions Trophy||South Korea||v||Vietnam||Seoul, South Korea|
|TBD UTC+9||Stadium: TBD|
- 1 : Non FIFA 'A' international match
Caps and goals are as of 15 December 2018 after the match against Malaysia.
The following players have also been called up to the Vietnam squad within the last 12 months.
- [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.
|Head Coach||Park Hang-seo||VFF|
|Technical Director||Hans-Jürgen Gede||VFF|
|Assistant coach||Lee Young-jin||VFF|
|Assistant coach||Bae Ji-won||VFF|
|Assistant coach||Lư Đình Tuấn||TP Hồ Chí Minh|
|Fitness coach||Nguyễn Đức Cảnh||Hải Phòng|
|Interpreter||Phan Duy Tuấn||VFF|
|Doctor||Trần Nguyên Gíap||VFF|
|Doctor||Nguyễn Trọng Thủy||VFF|
|Doctor||Trần Huy Tho||VFF|
Coaches by years since 1991
|Park Hang-seo||October 2017 – present||10||6||4||0|
|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 (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|
|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 players
|Most capped players record|
|1||Lê Công Vinh||2004–2016||83||Retired|
|2||Phạm Thành Lương||2008–2016||78||Hà Nội|
|3||Nguyễn Minh Phương||2002–2010||73||Retired|
|4||Lê Huỳnh Đức||1995–2004||66||Retired|
|5||Lê Tấn Tài||2006–2014||63||Becamex Bình Dương|
|6||Nguyễn Trọng Hoàng||2009–||57||FLC Thanh Hóa|
|7||Nguyễn Văn Quyết||2011–||54||Hà Nội|
|8||Phan Văn Tài Em||2002–2011||50||Retired|
|9||Nguyễn Hồng Sơn||1993–2001||48||Retired|
|10||Nguyễn Vũ Phong||2006–2014||46||Retired|
|Most goalscorers record|
|#||Name||Goals||Average||First goal(s)||Latest goal(s)||Current club|
|1||Lê Công Vinh||51||0.61||20 August 2004||26 November 2016||Retired|
|2||Lê Huỳnh Đức||28||0.42||4 January 1995||23 December 2002||Retired|
|3||Nguyễn Hồng Sơn||16||0.33||Retired|
|4||Phan Thanh Bình||13||0.42||27 September 2003||10 December 2008||Retired|
|5||Nguyễn Văn Quyết||13||0.26||29 June 2011||10 October 2017||Hà Nội|
|6||Nguyễn Trọng Hoàng||12||0.24||31 May 2009||23 November 2016||FLC Thanh Hóa|
|7||Nguyễn Minh Phương||12||0.16||15 December 2002||2 December 2010||Retired|
|8||Nguyễn Anh Đức||11||0.30||24 June 2007||15 December 2018||Becamex Bình Dương|
|9||Thạch Bảo Khanh||10||0.45||20 August 2004||6 June 2005||Retired|
All–time record against all nations
- As of 15 December 2018
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||1||0||0||1||0||4||UEFA|
|United Arab Emirates||5||1||0||4||3||13||AFC|
1 Includes the result of Malaya
2 As North Yemen
Include the results of South Vietnam before 1975
- Champion (2): 2008, 2018
- Runner-up (1): 1998
- Third place/Semi-finalist (6): 1996, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2014, 2016
- Champion (1): 1959
- Runner-up (2): 1967, 1973, 1995, 1999
- Third place/Semi-finalist (2): 1961, 1965, 1971
- Champion (6): 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1974
- Runner-up (2): 1971, 1972
- Third place (2): 1967, 1973
- Champion (1): 1966
- Runner-up : 2006
- Third place (1): 2006
- Runner-up : 2004, 2006, 2008
- Third place : 2012
- AYA Bank Cup
- Champion (1): 2016
- Dunhill Cup
- Semi-finalist (1): 1999
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