Vietnam national football team
|Nickname(s)||National Selection Team (Vietnamese: Đội Tuyển Quốc Gia)
The Golden Stars (Vietnamese: Ngôi Sao Vàng)
|Association||Vietnam Football Federation (VFF)|
|Sub-confederation||AFF (Southeast 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||143 16 (9 July 2015)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||84 (September 1998)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||172 (December 2006)|
|Highest Elo ranking||58|
|Lowest Elo ranking||175 (January 1995)|
| Philippines 2–2 Vietnam
(Manila, Philippines; 26 November 1991)
| 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 September 2003)
|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 143rd in the World, 22nd in Asia and 3rd in South East Asia by FIFA (July 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.
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.
- 1 History
- 2 Kits
- 3 National Stadium
- 4 Sponsorship
- 5 Schedules and results
- 6 Players
- 7 Current coaching staff
- 8 Managers
- 9 Competitive Records
- 10 All–time record against all nations
- 11 Honours and results
- 12 Former squads
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Vietnam national team played a friendly match against Manchester City in July 2015 during City's pre-season tour of Australia and South East Asia, a game which Manchester City won 8-1.
2007 AFC Asian Cup co-host and success
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
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 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.
|Grand Sport (2015–2019)|
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.
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
Schedules and results
Win Draw Loss
|Official friendly 17 May 2015||Vietnam||1–1||North Korea||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|19:00 UTC+7||Mạc Hồng Quân 65'||Report||Hong Kum-song 84'||Stadium: Mỹ Đình
Referee: Alongkorn Feemuechang (Thailand)
|Unofficial friendly 27 July 2015||Vietnam||1–8||Manchester City||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|20:00 UTC+7||Nguyễn Văn Quyết 90+1'||Report||Kolarov 11', 51' (pen.)
Sterling 19', 30'
Silva 21', 66'
|Stadium: Mỹ Đình
Referee: Nagor Amir Noor Mohamed (Malaysia)
|Official friendly 3 September 2015||Philippines||v||Vietnam||Philippines|
|Official friendly 2 October 2015||Vietnam||v||TBD||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|19:00 UTC+7||Stadium: Mỹ Đình
|2018 AFC Second round – Group F 24 May 2015||Thailand||1–0||Vietnam||Bangkok, Thailand|
|19:00 UTC+7||Pokklaw 81'||Report (FIFA)
Referee: Benjamin Williams (Australia)
|2018 AFC Second round – Group F 08 September 2015||Chinese Taipei||v||Vietnam||Taipei, Taiwan|
|19:00 UTC+8||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Taipei Municipal
|2018 AFC Second round – Group F 08 October 2015||Vietnam||v||Iraq||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|19:00 UTC+7||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Mỹ Đình
|2018 AFC Second round – Group F 13 October 2015||Vietnam||v||Thailand||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|19:00 UTC+7||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Mỹ Đình
The following players have also been called up to the Vietnam squad within the last 12 months.
- 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
|Assistant Manager||Đặng Phương Nam|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Nguyễn Văn Phụng|
|Doctor 1||Tuấn Nguyên Giáp|
|Doctor 2||Vũ Trọng Hạnh|
Coaches by years since 1991
|Toshiya Miura||May 2014–||10||6||2||2||2014 AFF Championship 3rd place|
|Hoàng Văn Phúc||January 2013–April 2014||3||1||0||2|
|Nguyễn Văn Sỹ (caretaker)||October 2013–November 2013||4||1||0||3|
|Phan Thanh Hùng||August 2012–December 2012||14||5||5||4|
|Falko Götz||June 2011–December 2011||5||3||0||2|
|Mai Đức Chung (caretaker)||2011|
|Henrique Calisto||June 2008–March 2011||42||11||11||20||2010 AFF Championship 3rd place
2008 AFF Championship Champion
2008 VFF Cup runner up
|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
|Trần Văn Khánh (caretaker)||2004||1||1||0||0|
|Edson Tavares||February 2004–December 2004||11||4||1||6||2004 VFF Cup runner up|
|Nguyễn Thành Vinh (caretaker)||January 2004–March 2004||1||1||0||0|
|Alfred Riedl||February 2003–October 2003||7||3||0||4|
|Henrique Calisto||August 2002–December 2002||10||5||3||2||2002 AFF Championship 3rd place|
|Alfred Riedl||August 1998 – 2000||32||16||6||9||1998 AFF Championship runner up|
|Colin Murphy||October 1997||6||3||1||2|
|Lê Đình Chính (caretaker)||1997||1||0||0||1|
|Trần Duy Long||1997||5||0||0||5|
|Karl-Heinz Weigang||1995–June 1997||1996 AFF Championship 3rd place|
|Trần Duy Long (caretaker)||1994–1994||1||1||0||0|
|Trần Bình Sư||1993||11||2||0||9|
|Nguyễn Sỹ Hiển||1991||3||0||1||2|
|Vũ Văn Tư||1991|
FIFA World Cup
AFC Asian Cup
Vietnam Football Federation Cup
All–time record against all nations
correct as of 24 May 2015
Honours and results