JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Factbox - Vietnam at the Asian Cup

Sunday, December 30, 2018, 10:01 GMT+7
Factbox - Vietnam at the Asian Cup
Vietnamese soccer fans celebrate the victory after Vietnam's soccer team won the match against Syria during the Asian Games 2018, on the street in Hanoi, Vietnam August 27, 2018. Photo: Reuters

Factbox on Vietnam ahead of the Asian Cup, which takes place in the United Arab Emirates from Jan 5 to Feb 1:

FIFA world ranking: 100

Ranking in Asia: 17

Previous Asian Cups: 1

Best performance: Quarter-finals (2007)

2015: Did not qualify

Nickname: Golden Dragons

Coach: Park Hang-seo

Regular captain: Que Ngoc Hai

Player to watch: Nguyen Quang Hai

Recent form:

Dec 2 Philippines 1-2 Vietnam Bacolod

Dec 6 Vietnam 2-1 Philippines Hanoi

Dec 11 Malaysia 2-2 Vietnam Kuala Lumpur

Dec 15 Vietnam 1-0 Malaysia Hanoi

Dec 25 Vietnam 1-1 North Korea Hanoi


Group D

Jan 8 Iraq v Vietnam Abu Dhabi

Jan 12 Vietnam v Iran Abu Dhabi

Jan 16 Vietnam v Yemen Al Ain

South Korean Park has transformed expectations in Vietnam by taking the under-23 side to the final of the Asian Cup in January and the semi-finals of the Asian Games tournament in August.

The senior team capped that, and triggered more wild celebrations around the country, when they beat Malaysia over two legs to win the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Championship in December.

Having been drawn in a tough group, they will do well to match their single appearance in the quarter-finals as co-hosts in 2007 but some in Vietnam are starting to believe Park and his players can do anything.



Read more

Quoc Anh, Kieu Trinh claim 2012 Golden Ball titles

It is the first ever title for Quoc Anh, who successfully returned to football after his match fixing scandal in 2005. In women’s football, Kieu Trinh won her second consecutive title

6 years ago



Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Young maple trees given better protection as Hanoi enters rainy season

The trees are currently growing well, with green leaves and healthy branches.

Hunting skinks for food in southern Vietnam

Skink meat is known to be soft, tasty, and highly nutritious.

Vietnamese-made app allows people to grow real veggies via smartphone

Nguyen Thi Duyen, a young engineer in Hanoi, developed the app and its related services to help busy people create their own veggie gardens.

Chinese tourists hit by Vietnamese over dine and dash

Four Chinese were reportedly injured, with one having a broken arm.

Latest news

Heavy load in Vietnam

She had a rickety old motorbike that looked like it was about to fall apart right then and there, and was fighting desperately to balance bags of empty cans on the seat and floorboard

My plan for Tet 2020

You’ll also get a good idea how much the neighbors spent on the kids’ presents by the snazzy clothes and ride-on miniature toy cars roaming the pavements