|Nickname(s)||Những chiến binh sao vàng|
(Golden Star Warriors)
|Association||Vietnam Football Federation (VFF)|
|Sub-confederation||AFF (Southeast Asia)|
|Head coach||Park Hang-seo|
|Captain||Đỗ Hùng Dũng|
|Most caps||Lê Công Vinh (83)|
|Top scorer||Lê Công Vinh (51)|
|Home stadium||Mỹ Đình National Stadium|
|Current||97 1 (23 June 2022)|
|Highest||84 (September 1998)|
|Lowest||172 (December 2006)|
| Hong Kong 3–2 South Vietnam |
(Mong Kok, Hong Kong; 20 April 1947)
China PR 5–3 North Vietnam
(Beijing, China; 4 October 1956)
as unified Vietnam
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||5 (first in 1956 as South Vietnam and 2007 as Vietnam)|
|Best result||Fourth place (1956, 1960) as South Vietnam|
Quarter-finals (2007, 2019) as Vietnam
|Appearances||12 (first in 1996 )|
|Best result||Champions (2008, 2018)|
The Vietnam national football team (Vietnamese : Đội tuyển bóng đá quốc gia Việt Nam) represents Vietnam in international football and is controlled by the Vietnam Football Federation, the governing body of football in Vietnam.
Vietnam was introduced to the sport by the French in the 19th century. However, due to various conflicts that occurred in the country throughout the 20th century, the development of Vietnamese football was significantly hampered during this period.While Vietnam was split into North and South Vietnam in 1954, two national teams existed and both were controlled by separate governing bodies. After the two countries unified in 1976, the separate governing bodies were combined and renamed to the Vietnam Football Federation.
Since the 1990s, Vietnam has re-integrated into global football, and the sport soon became an integral part of Vietnamese society and a soft-power mechanism against the country's negative reputation due to the Vietnam War and subsequent international conflicts. This has made the national football team a part of Vietnamese nationalism, enjoying nationwide support. Vietnamese supporters are dubbed to be some of the most passionate fans, renowned for large celebrations over the team's achievements on both senior and youth categories.
Considered one of the most prolific and successful football teams in Southeast Asia, Vietnam has won the AFF Championship twice, in 2008 and 2018. At the continental level, the team reached fourth place twice as South Vietnam in the AFC Asian Cup, back when it was contested by four teams. They reached the quarter-finals twice as a united nation in 2007 and 2019. Despite having never qualified for the FIFA World Cup, Vietnam has reached the final round of the qualification once in 2022 and become the first Southeast Asian team ever to obtain the win in this stage. Its main rivals are other national teams in the AFF, of which Thailand is seen as the biggest.
The introduction of football into Vietnam traced its roots in 1896 during the era of colonial French Cochinchina. 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 national football teams then existed when Vietnam was divided into 2 countries which were 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 gold 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 teams ceased to exist when the North and South regions were combined into the Socialist Republic of Vietnam following the end of the Vietnam War, but North Vietnam did not become a member of AFC and FIFA until 1976.Because both of them were members of FIFA (South from 1954 and North from 1964), the later unified Vietnam team is classified as the successor of them both by FIFA.
The development of football during this era for both Vietnams was marked with stagnation as the Vietnam War occurred at the same time. The Vietnam War, a war that occurred between two states, had a tremendous impact and delayed the development of football in the country. Because of the war, Vietnam, by then, a major football force in Asia, started losing its reputation as the war ruined the country. Thus, the conflict had greatly reduced Vietnamese football ability and weakened the country seriously. However, the following Cambodian–Vietnamese War and Sino-Vietnamese War, and global sanctions against the country, had depleted the nation's football team and turned Vietnam into one of the weakest teams in the world and Asia overall. For this reason, Vietnamese football can be still considered new and unknown for the rest of the world, in spite of its long standing history as Vietnam only rejoined global football in 1991.
Vietnam's 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 the Vietnam Football Federation. Trịnh Ngọc Chữ, deputy minister of General Department of Sports, was elected as the first president of VFF.
The reunified Vietnam national football team rejoined international football by participating in the 1991 edition of the Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines.They have participated in every edition of the tournament since then. Unified Vietnam has also regularly entered qualification for the FIFA World Cup since the 1994 edition and for the AFC Asian Cup since the 1996 edition.
Vietnam participated in the country's first ever FIFA World Cup qualification in 1994 World Cup campaign for the first time as an unified nation, having participated in the 1974 qualification as South Vietnam. The national side at the time was not successful in World Cup campaigns, failing in both the 1994 and 1998 qualifications with only one win.
In 1996, Vietnam participated in the first (1996) ASEAN Football Federation championship (then known as Tiger Cup), where they finished in third place and hosted the second Tiger Cup in 1998 where they lost 0–1 to Singapore in the final. From 2000 to 2007, Vietnam continued their quest to win the Southeast Asian trophy, but often ended short by losing in the semi-finals or being eliminated in the group stage. Also around 1996, Vietnam gained international headline for inviting Italian giant Juventus F.C. to play in a friendly match in Hanoi, with Juventus already lifted the recent 1995–96 UEFA Champions League title. The game, which Vietnam lost 1–2, was a watershed moment that boosted the development of football in the country.Vietnam has participated in all editions of the ASEAN championship, winning the title in 2008 and 2018.
Vietnam was the host of the 1999 Dunhill Cup, a friendly tournament for both senior and U-23 players. Since it was categorized as a mingled senior and U-23 competition, some national teams had decided to participate using its senior reserve side. In this competition, Vietnam created a promising performance, including a shock win over then-1994 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 1996 participant Russia 1–0 and drawing with 1998 FIFA World Cup participant Iran 2–2 and topping the group. Vietnam was then eliminated in the semi-finals after a 1–4 defeat to China.
2002 FIFA World Cup qualification had some of Vietnam's few bright moments during these World Cup campaigns, with the team winning three matches and drawing one, both played in Dammam. However, with the team having lost against Saudi Arabia, Vietnam did not qualify for the World Cup. The 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification was also unsuccessful, with Vietnam falling to South Korea and Oman, but managing to create a shock 1–0 win to 2002 FIFA World Cup's fourth-place winner South Korea in Muscat, which remains as one of Vietnam's greatest football feats since unification.The 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification had been extremely depressing for Vietnam, with the team once again failing, falling behind South Korea and Lebanon, and only staying above Maldives by goal difference.
Vietnam hosted the 2007 AFC Asian Cup along with Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand; despite failing to qualify for the Asian Cup since the 1990s. The team was ranked second lowest only after Malaysia, but in the group stage, Vietnam created shock by defeating the UAE 2–0, drawing 1–1 with another Gulf team, Qatar, before losing 1–4 to defending champions Japan. Vietnam were the only Southeast Asian and host team to reach the quarter-finals, where they lost to eventual champions Iraq 0–2.This marked the beginning of the first Vietnamese football renaissance.
Vietnam won their first AFF Championship title in 2008, in which they were held in Group B with Thailand, Malaysia and Laos. After losing to Thailand 0–2 in the opener, Vietnam defeated Malaysia 3–2 and Laos 4–0. In the semi-finals, Vietnam held the defending champion Singapore to 0–0 in the home match before winning 1–0 away. Vietnam met Thailand again in the finals and defeated them 3–2 by aggregate, winning the away match 2–1 then drawing 1–1 at home.This would be the team's first international honour since rejoining global football, and it would take 10 years until the team repeated this feat.
Vietnam almost managed a successful 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification when Vietnam performed well against Syria and Lebanon, as well as against the neighbour China; but the shortcoming on scoring goals once again proved to be instrumental on denying Vietnam's qualification to 2011 AFC Asian Cup, as the team finished third with only a single 3–1 home win over Lebanonand two draws away to both Levant opponents Syria and Lebanon. Despite losing all two matches against China, including the huge loss 1–6 in Hangzhou, Vietnam still scored at least one single goal in both games.
The period between 2009 and 2014 witnessed the decline of Vietnamese football. The team participated in 2010, 2014 World Cup qualifiers and 2015 Asian Cup qualifiers, but were unsuccessful and accepted the early elimination. The team loss 0–6 on aggregate against the United Arab Emirates in the first round of 2010 World Cup qualification. In the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, Vietnam could only defeated Macau in the first round, before being eliminated by Qatar in the second round. The worst of this decline was in 2015 Asian Cup qualifiers where Vietnam lost five among six games and finished at the bottom place of the group including the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Hong Kong.
Along with the poor performance in the continental qualification, Vietnam suffered a setback in the regional tournament. The team had lost Malaysia, who later became the champion, in the 2010 AFF Championship semi-final. The 2012 AFF Championship even brought a worse disaster for Vietnam when the team was eliminated in the group stage and only obtained a 1–1 draw against Myanmar, while losing 1–3 to Thailand and 0–1 to Philippines.
The national team of Vietnam started to witness significant changes under the tenure of Toshiya Miura, who took charge of Vietnam from 2014 to 2016. The Japanese coach was accredited for rebuilding the national team of Vietnam after the failed 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification, and had a significant impact on the improvement of the team's performances. One of the most renowned achievement under Miura's era was with the youth team, when the Olympic side managed to cruise pass Olympic Iran, a major Asian force, at the 2014 Asian Games with an unthinkable 4–1 victory.Many of these young players nurtured by coach Miura would be brought to senior side, where the team managed a fine performance in 2014 AFF Championship, but Vietnam failed to progress beyond the semi-finals after suffering a shock 2–4 defeat to Malaysia right at home, in spite of winning 2–1 away before. Vietnamese police had sought to investigate this match, but found no evidence of rigged bribery or corruption as also stated in the findings of Swiss-based international supplier betting services Sportradar.
Miura led Vietnam in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers when Vietnam was grouped together with Thailand, Indonesia, Chinese Taipei and Iraq; Indonesia later was banned to participate by FIFA. Vietnam managed a fine performance, drawing Iraq 1–1 at home.However, two disappointing defeats to Thailand away 0–1 and humiliating 0–3 home loss to the same opponent had put the team under heavy criticism. Toshiya Miura, despite improvement, was sacked by the VFF after the Olympic side's failure to qualify for 2016 Rio Olympics.
Hope was put into new coach, Nguyễn Hữu Thắng, some of the first fine Vietnamese managers during the era. Under Nguyễn Hữu Thắng, Vietnam once again progressed to the semi-finals of 2016 AFF Championship, but the team had to bow down to Indonesia in another thrilling semi-finals, being held 2–2 at homeand previously lost 1–2 away to the same rival. The team's disappointment somehow relieved a little, as the Golden Star Warriors participated in 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification for finishing third in their World Cup qualification group. The Vietnamese side managed two draws in their opening run against Afghanistan in Tajikistan and a goalless draw to Jordan in Ho Chi Minh City. However, the Olympic side was shockingly eliminated in the group stage of 2017 SEA Games, coach Nguyễn Hữu Thắng was relieved from duty, and the team faced a tremendous crisis of confidence as fans have lost their will to support the team. Interim coach Mai Đức Chung was appointed to help Vietnam in two crucial Asian Cup qualification match against neighbour Cambodia, in which coach Mai Đức Chung was able to revive some of the team's lost spirit, beating Cambodia 2–1 away and a thrashing 5–0 win at home. These wins allowed Vietnam to join top two for final tickets.
Park Hang-seo, former assistant of Guus Hiddink during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, was appointed as new coach of Vietnam on 29 September 2017 after an attempt to negotiate with Takashi Sekizuka was unsuccessful; previously the VFF also tried contact with American manager Steve Sampson with no avail.Upon his arrival to Vietnam, Park Hang-seo was greeted with skepticism and jeers from Vietnamese.
Park's first match as coach of Vietnam was in the same 2019 Asian Cup qualification, where Vietnam beats Cambodia at home in a 5-0 win on 10 October 2017, followed by a 0–0 draw at home against Afghanistan on 14 November 2017, thus allowed Vietnam to qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, their first ever Asian Cup since 2007.Park himself, though, was criticized due to the team's unconvincing performance. However, the mood rapidly changed after Vietnam youth team's unbelievable achievements in the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship and 2018 Asian Games where Park Hang-seo was also the coach of the U-23 and Olympic team. With the same U-23 players, he formed the squad of Vietnamese senior team in a meaningless 1–1 draw to Jordan in 2019 Asian Cup qualification, which both teams qualified together.
Also with these young players, the 2018 AFF Championship became Vietnam's second AFF Championship title. In Group A, Vietnam managed three victories against Laos, Malaysia, Cambodia and a draw with Myanmar. In the semi-finals, they defeated the Philippines twice, and in the finals defeated Malaysia 3–2 aggregated, drawing 2–2 away and winning 1–0 home.
It wasn't until the 2019 AFC Asian Cup that Vietnam truly began to gain international recognition.[ citation needed ] With entire of squad made up with the successful U-23 players, Vietnam had the youngest squad in the tournament. Being drawn into group D including Iran, Iraq and Yemen, Vietnam had lost Iraq 2-3 and Iran 0-2 before beating Yemen in their final group matches to become the last best-fourth place team qualifying for the round of sixteen. Then, they surprised everyone by defeating favoured Jordan which had previously defeated defending champions Australia and earlier played a friendly match against 2018 FIFA World Cup runners-up Croatia, winning 4–2 in penalty shoot-out. The win sent million of Vietnamese into the street for celebrations. In the quarter-finals, Vietnam met Japan but failed to continue the success after their opponent being awarded a penalty kick which being decided through the video assistant referee (VAR), resulting to a 0–1 score by Ritsu Doan until the final whistle being blown.
Vietnam was grouped in the Qualifying Second Round Group G with three other Southeast Asian rivals: Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, along with the United Arab Emirates. The Vietnamese started with a 0–0 away draw over Thailandbefore defeating Malaysia 1–0 at home and then achieving a 3–1 away win against Indonesia. In November 2019, Vietnam faced up the United Arab Emirates at home soil with attempts to break 12-year winless streak to the opponent. In spite of facing struggle in early minutes, a following red card to the UAE gave the Vietnamese an advantage, eventually managed to beat the Emirates 1–0. Then, Vietnam moved to a thrilling encounter against neighbour and fellow powerhouse Thailand at home, where both teams played out in another goalless draw, in a match with a crucial Akinfeev-penalty like save by Đặng Văn Lâm and two disallowed Vietnamese goals, to foster Vietnam's top position in the Joint World Cup/Asian Cup qualifying Group G.
However, due to COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam was forced to play all their remaining qualifying second-round games in the United Arab Emirates. In this campaign, Vietnam suffered a great loss of key players, as the midfield soul Đỗ Hùng Dũng suffered from a severe injury in 2021 V.League 1 that caused him 6-months recession, while best goalie Đặng Văn Lâm, due to an unexpected incident related to COVID-19 in his Japanese club Cerezo Osaka, could not come to the national team in Dubai, the key midfielder Nguyễn Tuấn Anh, after suffered an aggressive tackle from an Indonesian player in the 20th minute of the first match, must miss the rest of the qualifying second round. Nevertheless, even with such great loss, Vietnam campaign in UAE was an astonishing success. Vietnam pounded Indonesia 4–0 and held on to a 2–1 win against Malaysia. On the last match day, Vietnam battled it out in a thrilling encounter against hosts, UAE. After trailing 3–0, a late surge in the final 10 minutes brought 2 goals on the scoresheet for Vietnam, but it wasn't enough as the match ended 3–2 in favour of UAE. Despite losing however, with Australia defeated Jordan 1–0 in the decisive game of group B and later Saudi Arabia beating Uzbekistan 3–0 in the decisive game of group D, Vietnam officially claimed its ticket into the third and final round of the World Cup qualifiers for the first time ever, and automatic qualification to the 2023 AFC Asian Cup in China, after entering as one of the five best runner-ups, the second Southeast Asian nation after Thailand to achieve the feat.
In the third round, Vietnam was drawn into group B along with Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, China and Oman; whom Vietnam entirely lost in the head-to-head record. The team played its best in every matches, but due to suffering even greater loss of key players, Vietnam was unable to achieve a single point after the first seven games. After the heavy 0–4 away loss against Australia in Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on 27 January 2022, Vietnam was officially eliminated from World Cup, which marked seven matches of defeat. However, just five days later, it became the first ever team from Southeast Asia to win a match in the final round of the World Cup qualifiers by beating China 3–1 at home on 1 February 2022, which coincided with the Lunar New Year's Day in Vietnam and China.The win was also the first-ever win from a Southeast Asian team against China in an official competitive match after 65 years, when Indonesia beat China 2–0 in the 1958 FIFA World Cup qualification. The team achieved another historical result in the last qualifying match by 1–1 draw against the host Japan in Saitama Stadium 2002 on 29 March marking the first time ever Vietnam does not lose Japan since its reintegration to international football. Nonetheless, Vietnam only earned 4 points in total after 10 matches of the third round (1 win, 1 draw, 8 losses) and finished bottom.
Vietnam's current kit sponsor is Grand Sport. The contract started in January 2015 which will end by the end of December 2019 but extended until 2023. Vietnam was also previously sponsored by Adidas, Li-Ning and Nike. The traditional 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.
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Primary sponsors include: Honda,Yanmar, Grand Sport, Sony, Bia Saigon, Acecook, Coca-Cola, Vinamilk, Kao Vietnam, Herbalife Nutrition and TNI Corporation.
Unlike many national teams in the world, Vietnam is one of the few football teams to not feature their federation (VFF) logo, or logo that is styled from national emblem/coat of arms such as Germany, Spain, Australia or Poland at their jersey, but rather the national flag. The few other AFC members to not feature the logo includes Palestine and North Korea and is the only Southeast Asian team to not feature the logo. The logo of VFF is used on team's gears (hats, bags, masks, coat,...) and in products of multimedia for team. However in 1998 AFF Championship, team Vietnam used the former VFF logo at their jersey officially.
Despite the country unveiling a logo of dragon for the national football team in 2017, it was not incorporated onto the national jersey due to the majority of negative responses from media and supporters.Furthermore, the dragon logo was intended only for the men's national team at first, this would be unreasonable if it was also incorporated onto the national jerseys and the uniforms of other teams (women's teams, youth teams, futsal teams, beach soccer teams). Finally, VFF removed it.
VFF's media outlets use nickname Những Chiến binh Sao vàng (or Golden Star Warriors) officially for the national team,which is derived from the star of the national flag on the team's jersey. The local media in Vietnam also refer the national team as simply "Tuyển" (The selection).
There are two major supporters' clubs for the national team, namely Vietnam Football Supporters (VFS, Vietnamese : Hội Cổ động viên Bóng đá Việt Nam) which was founded in 2014 and Vietnam Golden Stars (VGS, Vietnamese : Hội Cổ động viên Sao vàng Việt Nam) which was founded in 2017.
When the national team won big matches, the streets are often overwhelmed by large Vietnamese crowds, demonstrating nationalist chants, singing Vietnamese nationalist songs.Vietnamese passionate supporters have been witnessed during 2007 AFC Asian Cup when the team defeated the UAE 2–0 and later, the lone Southeast Asian side to sneak into the quarter-finals. During the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Vietnamese fans were euphoric in celebration after beating Jordan in the round of sixteen.
Even in smaller tournaments, Vietnamese fans are also noted for large celebrations, such as when Vietnam won the 2008, 2018 AFF Championships, and 2018 AFC U-23 Championship in which their team finished runners-up after losing the final against Uzbekistan.
The Vietnamese national team mainly plays at Mỹ Đình National Stadium, although other venues are also used. Other used venues are Hàng Đẫy Stadium, Thống Nhất, Cần Thơ stadium.
Thailand is often considered Vietnam's traditional and biggest rival. The matches between these two teams are always likened to the "El Clasico" of Southeast Asian football and are followed with much interest in both countries. Vietnam as South Vietnam first faced Thailand at the 1959 Southeast Asian Games and won the two matches, in the group stage and the final. Despite currently having the better overall record compared with Thailand with 23 wins, 11 draws, and 19 losses after 53 matches, Vietnam has generally poor results against Thailand since its reintegration into international football in 1991. After the match between two teams in December 2021 in 2020 AFF Championship, Vietnam has faced Thailand in 26 matches at the national team level since 1991, the overall results being 3 wins, 7 draws and 16 losses. Despite this, Vietnam, since reintegration to world's football, is renowned for its performance that punching above the weight, often due to its ability to culminate surprise results despite disadvantages, while Thailand has struggled harder to do the same.
Vietnam's most memorable win against Thailand was in the final of the 2008 AFF Championship, when a 2–1 win in the first leg in Bangkok set them up for their first-ever title, which they secured after a 1–1 draw in Hanoi.
Vietnam and neighbors Indonesia have faced each other in 38 matches, with Vietnam having the poorer record with 12 wins, 11 draws, and 16 losses. During the 20-year period from 1999 to 2019, Vietnam only drew and lost against Indonesia in official tournaments. This series of winless matches began after the 1–0 win over Indonesia in 1999 in the semi-finals of the 1999 SEA Games, and lasted 13 matches, with seven draws and five losses, and finally ended on 15 October 2019 when Vietnam won 3–1 against Indonesia by their third match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification's second round in Bali.
While Singapore was still a force in the AFF until 2012, this team was also a big rival of Vietnam. They have faced each other in 39 matches, with Vietnam dominating with 21 wins, 13 draws, and five losses. Since just reintegrating with international football in 1991, Vietnam experienced, in the period from 1993 to 1998, poorer head-to-head record against Singapore; especially the failure in the 1998 AFF Championship final. However, since 1998, Vietnam has been maintaining a series of unbeaten matches against Singapore until now. It is worth noting that Vietnam's winning matches in this period against Singapore have never exceeded 1 goal and there were 6 out of the 12 matches that had drawn results, although Vietnam still won in the remaining 6 matches.
As South Vietnam, the Vietnamese side had a poorer performance, with only three wins, three draws and seven losses, during that time the Malaysians posed as a formidable side in Asia. Since reintegration, however, Vietnam has overwhelmed in the head-to-head record against Malaysia with 14 wins, three draws and only six losses since 1991. Vietnam has also been maintaining the series of unbeaten match against Malaysia since 2014.
Win Draw Loss
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
|6 December 2020 AFF Championship||Laos||0–2||Vietnam||Bishan, Singapore|
|20:30 UTC+8|| Report (AFFSZ) |
| Nguyễn Công Phượng 26'|
Phan Văn Đức 55'
|Stadium: Bishan Stadium |
Referee: Ahmed Yacoud Ibrahim (Jordan)
|12 December 2020 AFF Championship||Vietnam||3–0||Malaysia||Bishan, Singapore|
|20:30 UTC+8|| Nguyễn Quang Hải 32'|
Nguyễn Công Phượng 36'
Nguyễn Hoàng Đức 89'
|Report||Stadium: Bishan Stadium |
Referee: Ahmed Faisal Al Ali (Jordan)
|15 December 2020 AFF Championship||Indonesia||0–0||Vietnam||Bishan, Singapore|
|20:30 UTC+8||Report (AFFSZ)||Stadium: Bishan Stadium |
Referee: Kim Dae-yong (Korea)
|19 December 2020 AFF Championship||Vietnam||4–0||Cambodia||Bishan, Singapore|
|20:30 UTC+8|| Nguyễn Tiến Linh 3', 27'|
Bùi Tiến Dũng 55'
Nguyễn Quang Hải 57'
|Report||Stadium: Bishan Stadium |
Referee: Yaqoob Abdul Baki (Oman)
|23 December 2020 AFF Championship||Vietnam||0–2||Thailand||Kallang, Singapore|
|20:30 UTC+8||Report||Chanathip 14', 23'||Stadium: National Stadium |
Referee: Saoud Al-Abda (Qatar)
|27 January 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Australia||4–0||Vietnam||Melbourne, Australia|
|20:10 UTC+11|| Maclaren 30'|
| Report (FIFA) |
|Stadium: Melbourne Rectangular Stadium |
Referee: Ko Hyung-jin (Korea)
|1 February 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Vietnam||3–1||China PR||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|19:00 UTC+7|| Hồ Tấn Tài 9'|
Nguyễn Tiến Linh 16'
Phan Văn Đức 76'
| Report (FIFA) |
|Xu Xin 90+7'||Stadium: Mỹ Đình |
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
|24 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Vietnam||0–1||Oman||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|19:00 UTC+7|| Report (FIFA) |
|Al-Hajri 65'||Stadium: Mỹ Đình |
Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)
|29 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Japan||1–1||Vietnam||Saitama, Japan|
|17:35 UTC+9|| Report (FIFA) |
|Stadium: Saitama Stadium 2002 |
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)
|Technical Director||Yusuke Adachi|
|Assistant Manager||Lee Young-jin|
|Lưu Danh Minh|
|Nguyễn Anh Đức|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Nguyễn Thế Anh|
|Fitness Coach||Park Sung-Gyun|
|Kim Tae Min|
|Vũ Hong Viet|
|Trần Anh Tuấn|
|Trần Huy Thọ|
|Tuấn Nguyên Giáp|
|Interpreter||Lê Huy Khoa|
|Cho Sung Wan|
|Delegation Leader||Nguyễn Sỹ Hiển|
|Park Hang-seo||South Korea||29 September 2017||present||44||19||12||13||40||29||43.18||1 AFF Championship|
|Mai Đức Chung ( Interim )||Vietnam||24 August 2017||29 September 2017||1||1||0||0||2||1||100.00|
|Nguyễn Hữu Thắng||Vietnam||3 March 2016||24 August 2017||16||8||6||2||15||14||50.00|
|Toshiya Miura||Japan||8 May 2014||28 January 2016||14||7||3||4||12||8||50.00|
|Hoàng Văn Phúc||Vietnam||16 May 2013||4 April 2014||3||1||0||2||1||3||33.33|
|Nguyễn Văn Sỹ ( Interim )||Vietnam||1 January 2013||16 May 2013||4||1||0||3||−||−||25.00|
|Phan Thanh Hùng||Vietnam||1 September 2012||31 December 2012||14||5||5||4||12||10||35.71|
|Mai Đức Chung ( Interim )||Vietnam||21 February 2012||31 August 2012||0||0||0||0||0||0||—|
|Falko Götz||Germany||1 June 2011||6 January 2012||5||3||0||2||15||6||60.00|
|Henrique Calisto||Portugal||June 2008||1 March 2011||42||11||11||20||38||41||26.19||1 AFF Championship|
|Alfred Riedl||Austria||2005||October 2007||23||8||8||7||29||27||34.78|
|Trần Văn Khánh ( Interim )||Vietnam||12 December 2004||2005||1||1||0||0||3||0||100.00|
|Edson Tavares||Brazil||22 March 2004||12 December 2004||11||4||1||6||18||15||36.36|
|Nguyễn Thành Vinh ( Interim )||Vietnam||January 2004||February 2004||1||0||0||1||0||5||0.00|
|Alfred Riedl||Austria||January 2003||December 2003||7||3||0||4||8||13||42.86|
|Henrique Calisto||Portugal||August 2002||December 2002||10||5||3||2||27||18||50.00|
|Dido||Brazil||December 2000||25 September 2001||6||3||1||2||9||9||50.00|
|Alfred Riedl||Austria||August 1998||2000||31||16||6||9||54||21||51.61|
|Colin Murphy||England||October 1997||1998||6||3||1||2||9||6||50.00|
|Lê Đình Chính ( Interim )||Vietnam||1997||1997||1||0||0||1||0||4||0.00|
|Trần Duy Long||Vietnam||1997||1997||5||0||0||5||2||17||0.00|
|Karl-Heinz Weigang||Germany||1995||June 1997||17||9||2||6||37||33||52.94|
|Trần Duy Long ( Interim )||Vietnam||1994||1995||1||1||0||0||−||−||100.00|
|Trần Bình Sự||Vietnam||1993||1993||11||2||0||9||5||21||18.18|
|Nguyễn Sỹ Hiển||Vietnam||1993||1993||3||0||1||2||3||5||0.00|
|Vũ Văn Tư||Vietnam||1991||1991||—||−||−||−||−||−||—|
The following 23 players were called up for the friendly match against Afghanistan on 1 June 2022.
Caps and goals as of 1 June 2022 after the match against Afghanistan .
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Nguyễn Tuấn Mạnh||31 July 1990||4||0||SHB Đà Nẵng|
|18||GK||Vũ Tuyên Quang||5 July 1995||0||0||Topenland Bình Định|
|23||GK||Đặng Văn Lâm||13 August 1993||26||0||Cerezo Osaka|
|2||DF||Đỗ Duy Mạnh||29 September 1996||40||1||Hà Nội|
|3||DF||Quế Ngọc Hải||15 May 1993||63||4||Sông Lam Nghệ An|
|4||DF||Bùi Đức Duy||9 May 1994||1||0||Topenland Bình Định|
|7||DF||Nguyễn Phong Hồng Duy||13 June 1996||28||0||Hoàng Anh Gia Lai|
|12||DF||Nguyễn Văn Vĩ||12 February 1998||1||0||Hà Nội|
|13||DF||Hồ Tấn Tài||6 November 1997||11||2||Topenland Bình Định|
|15||DF||Nguyễn Đức Chiến||24 August 1998||2||0||Viettel|
|17||DF||Vũ Văn Thanh||14 April 1996||35||3||Hoàng Anh Gia Lai|
|21||DF||Trần Đình Trọng||25 April 1997||14||0||Topenland Bình Định|
|5||MF||Trần Đình Khương||10 February 1996||2||0||Hồ Chí Minh City|
|6||MF||Trương Văn Thái Quý||22 August 1997||1||0||Hà Nội|
|8||MF||Châu Ngọc Quang||1 February 1996||1||0||Hải Phòng|
|14||MF||Nguyễn Hoàng Đức||11 January 1998||19||1||Viettel|
|16||MF||Đỗ Hùng Dũng (captain)||8 September 1993||23||0||Hà Nội|
|19||MF||Nguyễn Quang Hải||12 April 1997||44||10||Pau FC|
|20||MF||Phan Văn Đức||11 April 1996||32||4||Sông Lam Nghệ An|
|9||FW||Nguyễn Văn Toàn||12 April 1996||42||4||Hoàng Anh Gia Lai|
|10||FW||Nguyễn Công Phượng (vice-captain)||21 January 1995||52||11||Hoàng Anh Gia Lai|
|11||FW||Phạm Tuấn Hải||19 May 1998||6||2||Hà Nội|
|22||FW||Nguyễn Tiến Linh||20 October 1997||30||12||Becamex Bình Dương|
The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Trần Nguyên Mạnh||20 December 1991||32||0||Viettel||v. Japan , 29 March 2022|
|GK||Bùi Tấn Trường||19 February 1986||19||0||Hà Nội||v. Japan , 29 March 2022|
|GK||Nguyễn Văn Hoàng||17 February 1995||1||0||Sông Lam Nghệ An||v. China PR , 1 February 2022|
|GK||Quan Văn Chuẩn||7 January 2001||0||0||Hà Nội||2020 AFF Championship|
|GK||Phạm Văn Cường||19 July 1990||0||0||Hồ Chí Minh City||2020 AFF Championship PRE|
|GK||Nguyễn Văn Toản||26 November 1999||2||0||Hải Phòng||v. Japan , 11 November 2021 PREOTH|
|DF||Nguyễn Thanh Bình||2 November 2000||4||1||Viettel||v. Japan , 29 March 2022|
|DF||Bùi Hoàng Việt Anh||1 January 1999||4||0||Hà Nội||v. Japan , 29 March 2022|
|DF||Đỗ Thanh Thịnh||18 August 1998||0||0||Topenland Bình Định||v. Japan , 29 March 2022|
|DF||Đào Văn Nam||10 May 1997||0||0||Hồng Lĩnh Hà Tĩnh||v. Japan , 29 March 2022|
|DF||Nguyễn Thành Chung||8 September 1997||15||0||Hà Nội||v. Oman , 24 March 2022|
|DF||Lê Văn Xuân||27 February 1999||4||0||Hà Nội||v. Oman , 24 March 2022INJ|
|DF||Bùi Tiến Dũng||2 October 1995||40||1||Viettel||v. China PR , 1 February 2022|
|DF||Phạm Xuân Mạnh||9 February 1996||4||0||Sông Lam Nghệ An||v. Australia , 27 January 2022|
|DF||Nguyễn Hữu Tuấn||6 May 1992||0||0||Hoàng Anh Gia Lai||v. Australia , 27 January 2022PRE|
|DF||Liễu Quang Vinh||30 May 1999||0||0||SHB Đà Nẵng||v. Australia , 27 January 2022 PRE|
|DF||Trần Văn Kiên||13 May 1996||1||0||Hà Nội||September 2021 centralized training|
|DF||Trương Văn Thiết||7 June 1995||0||0||Viettel||September 2021 centralized training|
|DF||Đoàn Văn Hậu||19 April 1999||27||0||Hà Nội||August 2021 centralized training INJ|
|MF||Nguyễn Tuấn Anh||16 May 1995||25||1||Hoàng Anh Gia Lai||v. Japan , 29 March 2022|
|MF||Lý Công Hoàng Anh||1 December 1999||1||0||Topenland Bình Định||v. Japan , 29 March 2022|
|MF||Nguyễn Hải Huy||18 June 1991||0||0||Hải Phòng||March 2022 centralized training|
|MF||Lương Xuân Trường||28 April 1995||41||1||Hoàng Anh Gia Lai||v. China PR , 1 February 2022|
|MF||Tô Văn Vũ||20 October 1993||0||0||Becamex Bình Dương||v. China PR , 1 February 2022|
|MF||Trần Minh Vương||28 March 1995||7||1||Hoàng Anh Gia Lai||v. Australia , 27 January 2022|
|MF||Trần Phi Sơn||17 June 1992||3||1||Hồng Lĩnh Hà Tĩnh||v. Australia , 27 January 2022 PRE|
|MF||Nguyễn Trọng Long||6 January 2000||0||0||Hồ Chí Minh City||v. Australia , 27 January 2022 PRE|
|MF||Lê Văn Đô||8 July 2001||0||0||SHB Đà Nẵng||v. Australia , 27 January 2022 PRE|
|MF||Phạm Đức Huy||20 January 1995||15||2||Hà Nội||2020 AFF Championship|
|MF||Nguyễn Trọng Đại||7 April 1997||0||0||Hồng Lĩnh Hà Tĩnh||September 2021 centralized training|
|MF||Nguyễn Trọng Hoàng||14 April 1989||74||12||Sông Lam Nghệ An||v. Australia , 7 September 2021 INJ|
|MF||Lê Tiến Anh||23 March 1998||0||0||Topenland Bình Định||v. Saudi Arabia , 2 September 2021 PRE|
|FW||Hà Đức Chinh||22 September 1997||18||0||Topenland Bình Định||v. Japan , 29 March 2022|
|FW||Ngân Văn Đại||9 February 1992||2||0||Quảng Nam||v. China PR , 1 February 2022|
|FW||Hồ Thanh Minh||7 February 2000||0||0||Huế||v. Australia , 27 January 2022|
|FW||Trần Văn Đạt||26 December 2000||0||0||Hà Nội||2020 AFF Championship|
|FW||Nhâm Mạnh Dũng||12 April 2000||0||0||Viettel||v. Japan , 11 November 2021 PRE|
|FW||Nguyễn Xuân Nam||18 January 1994||0||0||Topenland Bình Định||September 2021 centralized training|
|FW||Trần Đình Kha||21 March 1994||0||0||Khánh Hòa||September 2021 centralized training|
|FW||Hồ Tuấn Tài||16 March 1995||1||0||Hồ Chí Minh City||v. Saudi Arabia , 2 September 2021 PRE|
Most capped players
|1||Phan Thanh Bình||16 years 331 days||27 September 2003||Nepal||2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|2||Đoàn Văn Hậu||18 years 140 days||5 September 2017||Cambodia||2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|3||Lê Công Vinh||18 years 183 days||9 June 2004||South Korea||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4||Phạm Văn Quyến||18 years 213 days||27 November 2002||Sri Lanka||Friendly|
|5||Nguyễn Thành Long Giang||19 years 53 days||28 October 2007||United Arab Emirates||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|1.||26 November 1991||Nguyễn Văn Dũng||Manila, Philippines||Philippines||1–0||2–2||1991 Southeast Asian Games|
|100.||25 August 2000||Nguyễn Hồng Sơn||Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam||Sri Lanka||2–1||2–2||Friendly|
|200.||24 June 2007||Lê Công Vinh||Hanoi, Vietnam||Jamaica||1–0||3–0||Friendly|
|300.||16 November 2014||Nguyễn Văn Quyết||Hanoi, Vietnam||Malaysia||2–1||3–1||Friendly|
|400.||12 December 2021||Nguyễn Quang Hải||Bishan, Singapore||Malaysia||1–0||3–0||2020 AFF Championship|
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record||Coach(es)|
|1930 to 1950||Did not participate||Did not participate||N/A|
|1954 to 1974||See South Vietnam||See South Vietnam||See South Vietnam|
|1978 to 1990||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|
Lê Đình Chính
|2006||6||1||1||4||5||9|| Nguyễn Thành Vinh|
|2018||6||2||1||3||7||8|| Toshiya Miura |
Nguyễn Hữu Thắng
|2026||To be determined||To be determined||To be determined|
|AFC Asian Cup record||AFC Asian Cup qualification record|
|1956||See South Vietnam||See South Vietnam|
|1980||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|
|AFC Asian Cup History|
|2007||Group stage||United Arab Emirates||2–0||Won||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|2019||Group stage||Iraq||2–3||Loss||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Yemen||2–0||Won||Al Ain, United Arab Emirates|
|Round of 16||Jordan||1–1 a.e.t (pens. 4–2)||Won||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
Since 2002, the Asian Games Football tournament uses the Olympic team. See: Vietnam national Olympic football team
|Asian Games record||Coach(es)|
|1951||Did not participate||Did not participate|
|1954 to 1974||See South Vietnam||See South Vietnam|
|1978 to 1994||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1998||Group stage||17/23||2||0||0||2||0||6||Alfred Riedl|
|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||Squad||Karl-Heinz Weigang|
|2000||Fourth place||4/9||6||3||1||2||14||6||Squad||Alfred Riedl|
|2002||Third place||3/9||6||4||1||1||21||12||Squad||Henrique Calisto|
|2004||Group stage||6/10||4||2||1||1||13||5||Squad|| Edson Tavares,|
Trần Văn Khánh
|2012||Group stage||6/8||3||0||1||2||2||5||Squad||Phan Thanh Hùng|
|2016||Semi-finals||3/8||5||3||1||1||8||6||Squad||Nguyễn Hữu Thắng|
|AFF Championship History|
|1996||Group stage||Cambodia||3–1||Won||Jurong, Singapore|
|1998||Group stage||Laos||4–1||Won||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|2000||Group stage||Malaysia||0–0||Draw||Songkhla, Thailand|
|Semi-finals||Indonesia||2–3 (a.e.t)||Loss||Bangkok, Thailand|
|2002||Group stage||Cambodia||9–2||Won||Jakarta, Indonesia|
|2004||Group stage||Singapore||1–1||Draw||Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam|
|2007||Group stage||Singapore||0–0||Draw||Kallang, Singapore|
|Laos||9–0||Won||Jalan Besar, Singapore|
|2008||Group stage||Thailand||0–2||Loss||Phuket, Thailand|
|2010||Group stage||Myanmar||7–1||Won||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|Semi-finals||Malaysia||0–2||Loss||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|2012||Group stage||Myanmar||1–1||Draw||Bangkok, Thailand|
|2014||Group stage||Indonesia||2–2||Draw||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|Semi-finals||Malaysia||2–1||Won||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|2016||Group stage||Myanmar||2–1||Won||Yangon, Myanmar|
|Semi-finals||Indonesia||1–2||Loss||Bogor Regency, Indonesia|
|2–2 (a.e.t)||Draw||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|2018||Group stage||Laos||3–0||Won||Vientiane, Laos|
|Finals||Malaysia||2–2||Draw||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|2020||Group stage||Laos||2–0||Won||Bishan, Singapore|
Since 2001, the SEA Games football competition has only allowed the olympic side to participate. See: Vietnam national Olympic football team
|Southeast Asian Games record||Coach(es)|
|1959 to 1973||See South Vietnam||See South Vietnam|
|1975 to 1989||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|
|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|
|VFF Cup record||Coach(es)|
|2004 Agribank Cup||Runners-up||2/4||3||2||0||1||4||3||Edson Tavares|
|2008 T&T Cup||Runners-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|
|2008 T&T Cup||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|
Positive Record Neutral Record Negative Record
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||1||0||0||1||0||4||0.00||UEFA|