Vietnam national football team
|Nickname(s)||The Golden Stars (Vietnamese: Ngôi Sao Vàng)|
|Association||Vietnam Football Federation (VFF)|
|Sub-confederation||AFF (Southeast Asia)|
|Head coach||Nguyễn Hữu Thắng|
|Captain||Lê Công Vinh|
|Most caps||Lê Công Vinh (83)|
|Top scorer||Lê Công Vinh (51)|
|Home stadium||Mỹ Đình National Stadium|
|Current||129 7 (24 November 2016)|
|Highest||84 (September 1998)|
|Lowest||172 (December 2006)|
|Current||135 7 (3 December 2016)|
|Lowest||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 129th in the World, 18th in Asia and 2nd in Southeast Asia by FIFA (24 November 2016). 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 most successful teams in Southeast Asia along with Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. 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.
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 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 were defeated by Singapore in the final.
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 Southeast 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 equalized 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 1996 to 2007.
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.
|Grand Sport (2014–2019)|
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
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup Finals 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)
|2002||6||3||1||2||9||9||Edson Silva Dido|
|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 Finals Record||Qualifications Record||Coach(es)|
|1956||See South Vietnam national football team||See South Vietnam national football team||See South Vietnam national football team|
|1976||Did not enter||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1996||Did not qualify||3||2||0||1||13||5||Karl-Heinz Weigang|
|2011||Did not qualify||6||1||2||3||6||11||Henrique Calisto|
|2015||6||1||0||5||5||15||Hoàng Văn Phúc|
|2019||To be determined||6||2||1||3||7||8|| Toshiya Miura (4 matches)|
Nguyễn Hữu Thắng
- 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|
|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||4||3||0||1||6||4||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|
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||2/4||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|
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss
|24 March 2016 2018 AFC 2nd round – Group F||Vietnam||4–1||Chinese Taipei||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|19:00 UTC+7|| Vinh 8', 90+1'
Toàn 29', 42'
| Report (FIFA)
|Wu Chun-ching 7'|| Stadium: Mỹ Đình
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (Jordan)
|29 March 2016 2018 AFC 2nd round – Group F||Iraq||1–0||Vietnam||Tehran, Iran|
|18:30 UTC+4:30||Abdul-Raheem 45+1'|| Report (FIFA)
| Stadium: PAS Stadium
Referee: Peter Green (Australia)
|31 May 2016 Official friendly||Vietnam||2–0||Syria||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|18:00 UTC+7|| Vinh 34'
|Report|| Stadium: Mỹ Đình National Stadium
Referee: Sukhbir Singh (Singapore)
|3 June 2016 2016 AYA Bank Cup Semifinal||Vietnam|| 2–2
|Hong Kong||Yangon, Myanmar|
|15:00 UTC+6:30||Vinh 57', 61'||McKee 48', 77'|| Stadium: Thuwunna Stadium
Referee: Thant Zin Oo (Myanmar)
Leung Kwun Chung
|6 June 2016 2016 AYA Bank Cup Final||Vietnam||3–0 (a.e.t.)||Singapore||Yangon, Myanmar|
|18:00 UTC+6:30|| Vinh 91'
| Stadium: Thuwunna Stadium
Referee: Khin Maung Win (Myanmar)
|6 October 2016 Official friendly||Vietnam||5–2||North Korea||Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam|
|18:00 UTC+7|| Anh 33'
|Pak Kwang-ryong 15', 53'|| Stadium: Thống Nhất Stadium
Referee: Mongkolchai Pechsri (Thailand)
|9 October 2016 Official friendly||Indonesia||2–2||Vietnam||Sleman, Indonesia|
|16:45 UTC+7|| Zulham 26'
| Thắng 4'
| Stadium: Maguwoharjo Stadium
Referee: Khin Maung Win (Myanmar)
|20 October 2016 Unofficial friendly||FC Seoul Reserves||0–3||Vietnam||Paju, South Korea|
|15:00 UTC+9||Report|| Quyết 37', 78'
| Stadium: Paju National Football Center
|25 October 2016 Unofficial friendly||Jeonju University||1–1||Vietnam||Paju, South Korea|
|15:00 UTC+9||??? 65'||Tùng 28'|| Stadium: Paju National Football Center
|27 October 2016 Unofficial friendly||FC Pocheon||2–5||Vietnam||Paju, South Korea|
|15:00 UTC+9|| 50'
|Report|| Quyết 33'
Vinh 42', 58'
| Stadium: Paju National Football Center
|8 November 2016 Official friendly||Vietnam||3–2||Indonesia||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|19:00 UTC+7|| Vinh 45'
| Boaz 32'
Irfan 52' (pen.)
| Stadium: Mỹ Đình National Stadium
Referee: Alongkorn Feemuechang (Thailand)
|12 November 2016 Unofficial friendly||Vietnam||0–0||Avispa Fukuoka||Cần Thơ, Vietnam|
|18:00 UTC+7|| Stadium: Cần Thơ Stadium
Referee: Teerajit Sittisook (Thailand)
|20 November 2016 Group stage||Myanmar||1–2||Vietnam||Yangon, Myanmar|
|18:00 UTC+6:30||Aung Thu 73'||Report|| Quyết 24'
| Stadium: Thuwunna Stadium
Referee: Hiroyuki Kimura (Japan)
|23 November 2016 Group stage||Malaysia||0–1||Vietnam||Yangon, Myanmar|
|15:00 UTC+6:30||Report||Hoàng 80'|| Stadium: Thuwunna Stadium
Referee: Çarymyrat Kurbanow (Turkmenistan)
|26 November 2016 Group stage||Vietnam||2–1||Cambodia||Naypyidaw, Myanmar|
|18:00 UTC+6:30|| Vinh 20'
Tola 50' (o.g.)
|Report||Polroth 65'|| Stadium: Wunna Theikdi Stadium
Referee: Hiroyuki Kimura (Japan)
|3 December 2016 SF1 1st leg||Indonesia||2–1||Vietnam||Bogor, Indonesia|
|19:00 UTC+7|| Hansamu 7'
Boaz 50' (pen.)
|Report||Quyết 17' (pen.)|| Stadium: Pakansari Stadium
Referee: Jarred Gillett (Australia)
|7 December 2016 SF1 2nd leg||Vietnam||v||Indonesia||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|19:00 UTC+7|| Stadium: Mỹ Đình National Stadium
Referee: Fu Ming (China)
The following players were called up for 2016 AFF Championship
Caps and goals as of 3 December 2016 after the match against Indonesia
The following players have also been called up to the Vietnam squad within the last 12 months.
- 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
|Manager||Nguyễn Hữu Thắng|
|Technical Director||Mai Duc Chung|
|Technical Director||Hans-Jürgen Gede|
|Fitness Coach||Martin Forkel|
|Assistant Manager 1||Dang Phuong Nam|
|Assistant Manager 2||Dương Minh Ninh|
|Assistant Manager 3||Lư Đình Tuấn|
|Assistant Manager 4||Trần Hùng Cường|
|Assistant Manager 5||Đào Quang Hùng|
|Goalkeeper Coach 1||Nguyễn Đức Cảnh|
|Goalkeeper Coach 2||Võ Văn Hạnh|
|Doctor 1||Hideyuki Nakajima|
|Doctor 2||Nguyễn Trọng Thủy|
|Doctor 3||Đồng Xuân Lâm|
Coaches by years since 1991
|Nguyễn Hữu Thắng||March 2016–||12||8||2||2||2016 AYA Bank Cup - Champion|
|Toshiya Miura||May 2014 – January 2016||14||7||3||4||2014 AFF Championship – 3rd place|
|Hoàng Văn Phúc (Interim)||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||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 (Interim)||December 2004||1||1||0||0|
|Edson Tavares||February 2004 – December 2004||11||4||1||6||2004 VFF Cup – runner up|
|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||2002 AFF Championship – 3rd place|
|Dido||2001 - 2002||6||3||1||2|
|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 (Interim)||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 (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|
All–time record against all nations
- As of 3 December 2016
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||1||0||0||1||0||4|
|United Arab Emirates||5||1||0||4||3||13|
- Champion (1): 2008
- Runner-up (1): 1998
- Third place/Semi-finalist (5): 1996, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2014
- Appearances (11): 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016
- AYA Bank Cup
- Winners (1) : 2016
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