The Vietnam national football team 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 these times. 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 Vietnamese national 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, regardless of whether it is on the senior or youth side. Being considered one of the most successful football teams in Southeast Asia, Vietnam have already 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 4 teams. They reached the quarter-finals twice as a united nation in 2007 and 2019. Vietnam’s main rivals are other strong ones in the AFF, of which Thailand is seen as its biggest rival.


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