Vietnam national football team

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This article is about the men's team. For the women's team, see Vietnam women's national football team.
Nickname(s) National Selection Team (Vietnamese: Đội Tuyển Quốc Gia)
The Golden Stars (Vietnamese: Ngôi Sao Vàng)
Association Vietnam Football Federation (
Sub-confederation AFF (Southeast Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Toshiya Miura
Captain Lê Công Vinh
Most caps Nguyễn Minh Phương (73)
Top scorer Lê Công Vinh (39)
Home stadium Mỹ Đình National Stadium
FIFA ranking 153 Decrease 10 (6 August 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 84 (September 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 172 (December 2006)
Elo ranking 144
Highest Elo ranking 58
Lowest Elo ranking 175 (January 1995)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Philippines 2–2 Vietnam Vietnam
(Manila, Philippines; 26 November 1991)[1]
Biggest win
 Vietnam 11–0 Guam 
(Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; 23 January 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Zimbabwe 6–0 Vietnam Vietnam
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 26 February 1997)
 Oman 6–0 Vietnam Vietnam
(Incheon, South Korea; 29 September 2003)
Asian Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2007)
Best result Quarter-Finals, 2007

The Vietnam national football team (Vietnamese: Đội tuyển bóng đá quốc gia Việt Nam) is the national football team representing Vietnam in international football competition and is managed by the Vietnam Football Federation.

In the FIFA World Rankings, Vietnam's highest standing was in the first release of the figures, in September 1998, at 84th. The team is currently ranked 153rd in the World, 25th in Asia and 3rd in South East Asia by FIFA (August 2015). During the late 1950s, known by the name South Vietnam national football team it was one of the four strongest teams in Asia and advanced into the final round of 1956 AFC Asian Cup, 1960 AFC Asian Cup, finishing 4th both times. The team also won 10th Merdeka Tournament in Malaysia, 1966.

Currently, Vietnam is one of the more successful teams in South East Asia along with Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. It won the ASEAN Football Championship in 2008.

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 Vietnam Football Federation.


Early history[edit]

Football was introduced to Vietnam in 1896 by the French. It was first introduced in Cochinchina (Nam Kỳ); it later spread to other parts of Vietnam. The Vietnamese learned the game from the French before creating their own teams. On 20 July 1908, the first Vietnamese football teams with Vietnamese players had their first match where Phú Mỹ team defeated team Chợ Đũi with the score of 2–0. In 1928, Vietnam picked out the best team to compete in their first tournament in Singapore.[citation needed]

North team[edit]

The North team was not very active and played only against other communist and pro-communist countries from 1956 to 1966. They had their first match against China PR where they lost 5–3 under head coach Truong Tan Buu. They participated in the first GANEFO competitions at Indonesia in 1962 and Cambodia in 1966.

The North team was the national team of Democratic Republic of Vietnam between 1945 and 1975. The team ceased to exist when the North and South regions combined into the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Most of North Vietnam's international games were played against other socialist countries.

South team[edit]

The South team (Vietnamese: Đội tuyển túc cầu quốc gia Việt Nam Cộng hòa) was the national team of South Vietnam controlled by Vietnam Football Association (now Vietnam Football Federation) between 1949 and 1975. It took part in the first two Asian Cups finals (1956 and 1960), finishing 4th both times. They won the first SEA games in 1959 in Thailand. The team also entered qualification for the 1974 FIFA World Cup. They played their last game against Malaysia in 1975 where they lost 3–0.

The only World Cup which South Vietnam entered and played was the 1974 tournament in West Germany. They were placed in Zone A of the AFC and OFC qualification in Seoul, South Korea. On 16 May 1973 they beat Thailand 1–0 to qualify for Group 1. On 20 May South Vietnam lost their opening game 4–0 to Japan and four days later they lost 1–0 to Hong Kong and were eliminated. Hong Kong and Japan advanced but neither got any farther, losing play-offs for the next round to South Korea and Israel respectively.

Present team[edit]

Vietnamese professional football league was launched in 1980 to redevelop Vietnamese football after a long period of civil war. V-League was the official name used since 2000-2001 season.

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 Vietnam Football Federation. Trịnh Ngọc Chữ, deputy minister of General Department of Sports, was elected president of VFF and Lê Thế Thọ was appointed general secretary.[citation needed]

The Vietnam national team was created once again and played their first match for 18 years against the Philippine in 1991 where they had a draw. In 1996, along with other South East 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 were defeated by Singapore in the final.

2007 AFC Asian Cup co-host and success[edit]

In 2007, Vietnam hosted the AFC Asian Cup for the first time along with Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia. They beat the UAE 2–0 and drew 1–1 with Qatar in the group stage. Though they lost 4–1 to Japan, they were still able to go on to quarter-finals and were the only host and only South East Asian team to reach quarter-finals. In the quarter final they were defeated by the later champion Iraq.

2008 AFF Suzuki Cup champion[edit]

Vietnamese supporters during Vietnam's triumph

In the 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup, the successor to the Tiger Cup/ASEAN Football Championship, Vietnam defeated the defending champion Singapore 1–0 away from home in the semi-finals after a goalless draw in Hanoi. They also defeated Thailand 2–1 in the finals away from home. In the final 2nd-leg, Thailand scored the opening goal that leveled the aggregate score to 2–2, however Vietnam's star Le Cong Vinh scored a late equalised goal from Nguyen Minh Phuong's free kick, which gave Vietnam 3–2 aggregate win and its first title in the regional tournament.


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 sponsored by Nike, Adidas and Li-Ning, the Chinese sport company. Li Ning kit was worn during their Aff Championship in 2008 which they won the title for the first time.

Vietnam kit provider is last sponsored by Adidas from 1998 to 2007.

The tradition home color for the Vietnamese team is all red with yellow trim and the away color is all white with red trim ever since they started the contract with Nike. With Adidas, it was just red and white.

Germany Adidas (1998–2007)
1998-99 Home
1998-99 Away
2000-01 Home
2000-01 Away
2002-03 Home
2002-03 Away
2004 Home
2004 Away
2006-07 Home
2006-07 Away
China Li-Ning (2007–2008)
2007–08 Home
2007–08 Away
United States Nike (2009–2014)
2009–10 Home
2009–10 Away
2010–12 Home
2010–12 Away
2012–14 Home
2012–14 Away
Thailand Grand Sport (2015–2019)
2015–16 Home
2015–16 Away

National Stadium[edit]

Mỹ Đình National Stadium

Mỹ Đình National Stadium (Vietnamese: Sân vận động Quốc gia Mỹ Đình) is a stadium in Mỹ Đình commune, Từ Liêm District, Hanoi, has a capacity of 40,192 seats and is the centerpiece of Vietnam's National Sports Complex. It was officially opened in September 2003 and was the main venue for the Southeast Asian Games later that year, hosting the opening and closing ceremony as well as the men's football and athletics events.[2]

The stadium is home to the Vietnam national football team, and hosts its home international matches.

Located in Từ Liêm District, 10 kilometres north-west of central Hanoi, the 40,000-seat stadium is the second biggest in the country and was built at a cost of US$53 million. Arched roofs cover the grandstands on the east and west sides of the arena, providing shelter for half of the seats.

The area provides training facilities for the teams with two football training grounds conveniently located next to the stadium.


Primary sponsors includes
Local sponsor includes
  • Eximbank
  • Petro Vietnam
  • Hoa Sen Group
  • Kova Paint
  • Boss Paint
  • Dong Luc Group
  • Viettel Mobile
  • Cuulong Steel
  • Thai Son Nam Group
  • Phan Lan Nung Chay Group
  • Canh Buom Do Group
  • Huu Lien A Chau Joint-Stock Company

Schedules and results[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round


Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Chinese Taipei.

Caps and goals are updated as of 24 May 2015 after the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier match against Thailand.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Tô Vĩnh Lợi (1985-04-22) 22 April 1985 (age 30) 3 0 Vietnam FLC Thanh Hóa
1GK Trần Nguyên Mạnh (1991-12-20) 20 December 1991 (age 23) 8 0 Vietnam Sông Lam Nghệ An
1GK Nguyễn Tuấn Mạnh (1990-07-31) 31 July 1990 (age 25) 8 0 Vietnam Sanna Khánh Hòa BVN
2DF Quế Ngọc Hải (1993-05-15) 15 May 1993 (age 22) 9 1 Vietnam Sông Lam Nghệ An
2DF Đinh Tiến Thành (1991-01-24) 24 January 1991 (age 24) 9 0 Vietnam Hải Phòng
2DF Bùi Tiến Dũng (1995-10-02) 2 October 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Vietnam Viettel
2DF Nguyễn Minh Tùng (1992-08-09) 9 August 1992 (age 23) 2 0 Vietnam Than Quảng Ninh
2DF Nguyễn Xuân Thành (1985-03-22) 22 March 1985 (age 30) 7 0 Vietnam Becamex Bình Dương
2DF Nguyễn Thanh Hiền (1993-04-16) 16 April 1993 (age 22) 4 0 Vietnam Đồng Tháp
2DF Mai Tiến Thành (1986-03-16) 16 March 1986 (age 29) 11 1 Vietnam Becamex Bình Dương
2DF Nguyễn Văn Biển (1985-04-27) 27 April 1985 (age 30) 27 2 Vietnam Hà Nội T&T
3MF Nguyễn Huy Hùng (1992-03-02) 2 March 1992 (age 23) 5 1 Vietnam QNK Quảng Nam
3MF Đỗ Duy Mạnh (1996-09-29) 29 September 1996 (age 18) 0 0 Vietnam Hà Nội T&T
3MF Ngô Hoàng Thịnh (1992-04-21) 21 April 1992 (age 23) 8 2 Vietnam Sông Lam Nghệ An
3MF Phạm Thành Lương (1988-09-10) 10 September 1988 (age 26) 60 6 Vietnam Hà Nội T&T
3MF Võ Huy Toàn (1993-03-15) 15 March 1993 (age 22) 5 1 Vietnam SHB Đà Nẵng
3MF Vũ Minh Tuấn (1990-09-19) 19 September 1990 (age 24) 7 2 Vietnam Than Quảng Ninh
3MF Nguyễn Hữu Dũng (1995-08-28) 28 August 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Vietnam FLC Thanh Hóa
3MF Trần Phi Sơn (1992-03-14) 14 March 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Vietnam Sông Lam Nghệ An
4FW Lê Công Vinh (c) (1985-12-10) 10 December 1985 (age 29) 67 39 Vietnam Becamex Bình Dương
4FW Mạc Hồng Quân (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 23) 9 2 Vietnam Than Quảng Ninh
4FW Nguyễn Văn Quyết (1991-07-01) 1 July 1991 (age 24) 27 8 Vietnam Hà Nội T&T
4FW Hoàng Đình Tùng (1988-08-24) 24 August 1988 (age 27) 2 0 Vietnam FLC Thanh Hóa

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Vietnam squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Nguyễn Thanh Bình (1987-08-11) 11 August 1987 (age 28) 9 0 Vietnam SHB Đà Nẵng 2014 AFF Championship
GK Lê Văn Hưng (1987-12-12) 12 December 1987 (age 27) 0 0 Vietnam SHB Đà Nẵng v  Thailand (2018 FIFA World Cup qualification)
GK Nguyễn Thanh Diệp (1991-09-06) 6 September 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Vietnam Đồng Nai v England Manchester City (Unofficial friendly)
DF Lê Phước Tứ RET (1984-04-15) 15 April 1984 (age 31) 38 0 Vietnam Becamex Bình Dương 2014 AFF Championship
DF Nguyễn Xuân Thành INJ (1985-03-22) 22 March 1985 (age 30) 7 0 Vietnam Becamex Bình Dương 2015 First training camp
DF Võ Hoàng Quảng INJ (1987-05-02) 2 May 1987 (age 28) 2 0 Vietnam SHB Đà Nẵng 2015 First training camp
DF Huỳnh Tấn Tài (1994-08-17) 17 August 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Vietnam Đồng Tâm Long An v  Thailand (2018 FIFA World Cup qualification)
DF Nguyễn Huy Cường (1986-11-08) 8 November 1986 (age 28) 4 0 Vietnam Than Quảng Ninh v  Thailand (2018 FIFA World Cup qualification)
DF Michal Nguyễn (1989-12-04) 4 December 1989 (age 25) 2 0 Vietnam Becamex Bình Dương v  Thailand (2018 FIFA World Cup qualification)
DF Phạm Mạnh Hùng (1993-03-03) 3 March 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Vietnam Sông Lam Nghệ An v England Manchester City (Unofficial friendly)
DF Trần Chí Công (1983-08-25) 25 August 1983 (age 32) 7 0 Vietnam Đồng Tâm Long An v England Manchester City (Unofficial friendly)
MF Lê Tấn Tài RET (1984-03-26) 26 March 1984 (age 31) 63 3 Vietnam Becamex Bình Dương 2014 AFF Championship
MF Đinh Thanh Trung (1988-01-24) 24 January 1988 (age 27) 5 0 Vietnam QNK Quảng Nam 2014 AFF Championship
MF Nguyễn Minh Châu (1985-01-09) 9 January 1985 (age 30) 29 0 Vietnam Hải Phòng v  Thailand (2018 FIFA World Cup qualification)
MF Vương Quốc Trung (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990 (age 25) 1 0 Vietnam Hải Phòng v  Thailand (2018 FIFA World Cup qualification)
MF Đặng Khánh Lâm (1984-01-23) 23 January 1984 (age 31) 2 0 Vietnam Hải Phòng v  Thailand (2018 FIFA World Cup qualification)
MF Nguyễn Trọng Hoàng (1989-04-14) 14 April 1989 (age 26) 37 11 Vietnam Becamex Bình Dương v England Manchester City (Unofficial friendly)
FW Nguyễn Anh Đức (1985-01-25) 25 January 1985 (age 30) 24 5 Vietnam Becamex Bình Dương 2014 AFF Championship
FW Nguyễn Hải Anh (1987-09-15) 15 September 1987 (age 27) 8 4 Vietnam Đồng Nai v  Thailand (2018 FIFA World Cup qualification)
FW Nguyễn Công Phượng (1995-01-21) 21 January 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Vietnam Hoàng Anh Gia Lai v England Manchester City (Unofficial friendly)
  • 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

Current coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Japan Toshiya Miura
Assistant Manager Vietnam Đặng Phương Nam
Goalkeeping Coach Vietnam Nguyễn Văn Phụng
Doctor 1 Vietnam Tuấn Nguyên Giáp
Doctor 2 Vietnam Vũ Trọng Hạnh


Coaches by years since 1991

Name Coaching career Played Won Draw Lost Achievements
Japan Toshiya Miura May 2014– 10 6 2 2 2014 AFF Championship 3rd place
Vietnam Hoàng Văn Phúc January 2013–April 2014 3 1 0 2
Vietnam Nguyễn Văn Sỹ (caretaker) October 2013–November 2013 4 1 0 3
Vietnam Phan Thanh Hùng August 2012–December 2012 14 5 5 4
Germany Falko Götz June 2011–December 2011 5 3 0 2
Vietnam Mai Đức Chung (caretaker) 2011
Portugal Henrique Calisto June 2008–March 2011 42 11 11 20 2010 AFF Championship 3rd place
2008 AFF Championship Champion
2008 VFF Cup runner up
Austria Alfred Riedl 2005–October 2007 23 8 8 7 2007 AFF Championship 3rd place
2007 AFC Asian Cup Quarter-final
2006 VFF Cup runner up
2006 King's Cup runner up
Vietnam Trần Văn Khánh (caretaker) 2004 1 1 0 0
Brazil Edson Tavares February 2004–December 2004 11 4 1 6 2004 VFF Cup runner up
Vietnam Nguyễn Thành Vinh (caretaker) January 2004–March 2004 1 1 0 0
Austria Alfred Riedl February 2003–October 2003 7 3 0 4
Portugal Henrique Calisto August 2002–December 2002 10 5 3 2 2002 AFF Championship 3rd place
Brazil Dido 2001 6 3 1 2
Austria Alfred Riedl August 1998 – 2000 32 16 6 9 1998 AFF Championship runner up
England Colin Murphy October 1997 6 3 1 2
Vietnam Lê Đình Chính (caretaker) 1997 1 0 0 1
Vietnam Trần Duy Long 1997 5 0 0 5
Germany Karl-Heinz Weigang 1995–June 1997 1996 AFF Championship 3rd place
Brazil Edson Tavares 1995
Vietnam Trần Duy Long (caretaker) 1994–1994 1 1 0 0
Vietnam Trần Bình Sư 1993 11 2 0 9
Vietnam Nguyễn Sỹ Hiển 1991 3 0 1 2
Vietnam Vũ Văn Tư 1991

Competitive Records[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]