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Vietnam – Thailand and 5 matches that caused predestined relationships in the past

The year 1995 marked the time when Vietnamese football returned to the top in the regional arena. In that year’s SEA Games, the Vietnamese team, although not focusing on achievements, played surprisingly well. Talented players who are later considered to be the golden generation of Vietnamese football such as Le Huynh Duc, Nguyen Hong Son, Tran Minh Chien, and Huynh Quoc Cuong brought the team to the football final of the sports festival. Southeast Asia. However, Thailand at that time was also very strong with a generation of talented players like Kiatisak, Dusit, Natipong… Coach Weigang’s team lost 0-4 and received a silver medal at the SEA Games. Previously, in the group stage of this tournament, Vietnam also lost to Thailand 1-3.

In the semi-finals of the AFF Cup 1998, the Vietnamese team, also with very talented faces, shocked when they defeated Thailand with a strong score of 3-0. Truong Viet Hoang, Nguyen Hong Son and Van Sy Hung were the people who burned the net “War Elephants”, respectively. It seems that surpassing the Thai people, Vietnamese football will be able to win the championship. However, the team of the late coach Alfred Riedl lost unfortunately 0-1 to Singapore in the final.

It can be said that the AFF Cup 2008 is the most charming tournament of Vietnamese and Thai football when the two teams have met a total of 3 times. In the group stage, the Golden Temple team won with a score of 2-0. But the two matches in the final first leg and second leg are really memorable for Vietnamese fans.

In the final first leg away from home, the Vietnamese team excellently won with a score of 2-1. Nguyen Vu Phong and Le Cong Vinh are two players who have scored for the Vietnamese team.


In the final second leg at My Dinh Stadium, Vietnamese football fans experienced emotional moments. Teerasil Dangda scored in the 21st minute to put Thailand in the lead for more than 70 minutes. Minutes 90+4, Le Cong Vinh hit a beautiful reverse header from Minh Phuong’s cross and brought the Vietnamese team to the first AFF Cup championship.

In the semi-final match of King’s Cup 2019 (the tournament organized by Thailand), the Vietnamese team won with a minimum score against “War Elephants”. Striker Anh Duc was the one who headed the goal in the 90+4 minute.

In the semi-finals of the AFF Cup 2020, the Vietnamese team under Coach Park Hang-seo is expected to defeat the “War Elephants” once more.