Vietnam Soccer Betting Odds
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Head coach: Falko Götz
Most caps: Nguyen Minh Phong (71)
Top scorer: Le Huynh Duc &, Le Cong Vinh (30)
Football receives staunch government backing in Vietnam and is extremely popular. However, civil war and political instability severely limited any kind of sporting activity for years. By organising courses and seminars and introducing youth competitions in various age categories, the national association is striving hard to restore Vietnamese football to the level it had reached in the 1980s and 1990s. Recent successes included second-place finishes at the South East Asian Games in 1995 and 1999. The U-17 and U-20 teams also qualified for their respective confederation championships - a feat that bodes well for Vietnamese football.
On 2 June 2009, the Goal Bureau approved the installation of floodlights for the existing artificial turf pitch at the national training centre. This training centre, part of the My-Dinh sports complex in Hanoi, was inaugurated in mid-2008. Installing floodlights improved the facilities by allowing the players, most of whom are young and who benefit from mixed schooling and sports education, to perform their practical training exercises into the evening.
AFC World Cup Qualifiers
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of association football in Asia. It has 46 member countries, mostly located on the Asian continent. Due to the disputed boundary of Europe and Asia, transcontinental nations such as Turkey and Russia are instead in the UEFA, whereas countries such as Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Israel are entirely in Asia (Central or Western Asia) and still members of the UEFA. On the other hand, Australia, formerly in the OFC, has been in the AFC since 2006, in the same way as the Oceanian nations of Guam and Northern Mariana Islands, which are also members of AFC.