South Vietnam national football team

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South Vietnam
AssociationVietnam Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Home stadiumCộng Hòa Stadium, Saigon
First international
 Hong Kong 3–2 South Vietnam 
(Hong Kong; 20 April 1947)[1]
Last international
 Malaysia 3–0 South Vietnam 
(Bangkok, Thailand; 23 March 1975)
Biggest win
 South Vietnam 10–0 Philippines 
(Tokyo, Japan; 1 October 1967)
Biggest defeat
 South Vietnam 1–9 Indonesia 
(Seoul, South Korea; 4 May 1971)
World Cup
AFC Asian Cup
Appearances2 (first in 1956)
Best resultFourth place, 1956, 1960

The Republic of Vietnam national football team (Vietnamese: Đội tuyển bóng đá quốc gia Việt Nam Cộng hòa; French: Équipe du Sud-Vietnam de Football) was the national association football team representing the State of Vietnam and South Vietnam between 1949 and 1975. The team took part in the first two Asian Cups finals (1956 and 1960), finishing fourth both times out of 4 teams.

The team ceased to exist when the North and South regions combined into the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. No matches were played between 1976 and 1990 and the first tournament the combined team played was in after 1991. Football record agencies count the South Vietnam matches as part of the all-time record of the Vietnam national team while considering North Vietnam team to be a separate team for statistical purposes.[1]

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

World Cup Finals World Cup qualification
Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA
Brazil 1950 Did not enter
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify 3 1 0 2 1 5
Total* 3 1 0 2 1 5

1974 FIFA World Cup qualification

The only World Cup qualification campaign which South Vietnam entered was the for the 1974 World Cup. 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 0–4 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 further, losing play-offs for the next round to South Korea and Israel respectively.

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Hong Kong 4 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2
2  Japan 2 2 1 0 1 4 1 +3
3  South Vietnam 0 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5

Asian Cup

Asian Games

Southeast Asian competitions

See also


  1. ^ a b "Vietnam matches, ratings and points exchanged". World Football Elo Ratings: Vietnam. Retrieved 24 November 2016.