Vietnam football team


Founded : 1962
Captain : Lê Công Vinh
Association : Vietnam Football Federation (VFF)
Head coach : Nguyễn Hữu Thắng
Arenas/Stadiums : Mỹ Đình National Stadium
Kit Colour Home / Away :Red/White
FIFA Ranking :134
Official Website :http://vff.org.vn/

Achievements:

Asian Cup:Appearances 1 (first in 2007),Best result:Quarter-finals, 2007


About:

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 134th in the World, 21st in Asia and 3rd in Southeast Asia by FIFA (22 December 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.

Background:

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 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.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.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.

Squad:

Number 

Position 

Player

1

GK

Trần Nguyên Mạnh

22

GK

Huỳnh Tuấn Linh

23

GK

Đặng Văn Lâm

3

DF

Trương Đình Luật

13

DF

Trần Đình Đồng

15

DF

Quế Ngọc Hải

5

DF

Đinh Tiến Thành

2

DF

Âu Văn Hoàn

17

DF

Vũ Văn Thanh

28

DF

Sầm Ngọc Đức

25

DF

Bùi Tiến Dũng

11

MF

Phạm Thành Lương

8

MF

Nguyễn Trọng Hoàng

18

MF

Đinh Thanh Trung

6

MF

Vũ Minh Tuấn

7

MF

Ngô Hoàng Thịnh

14

MF

Lương Xuân Trường

20

MF

Trần Phi Sơn

9

FW

Lê Công Vinh (c)

10

FW

Nguyễn Văn Quyết

21

FW

Nguyễn Văn Toàn

16

FW

Nguyễn Công Phượng

12

FW

Lê Văn Thắng