North Vietnam national football team
The North Vietnam national football team was the national team of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (commonly known as North Vietnam). After the partition of Vietnam in 1954, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in the North and the Republic of Vietnam in the South established separate national football teams. While the South Vietnamese team participated in FIFA World Cup qualification and the AFC Asian Cup finals, the North Vietnamese team did not join FIFA (mostly due to the political isolation and lack of diplomatic recognition of North Vietnam on the part of many other states) and mostly played against other Communist and Communist-sympathizing countries.
(China, 4 October 1956)
(North Vietnam, 20 September 1970)
(Khmer Republic; 15 November 1966)
(North Vietnam, 22 November 1959)
(North Korea, 22 October 1959)
The North Vietnam football team participated in both editions of the Games of the New Emerging Forces (GANEFO), finishing fourth in 1963, and third in 1966. It also earned third place in the football-only GANEFO event that took place in 1965.
After North and South Vietnam merged into the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 1975, the new state apparently inherited South Vietnam's place in FIFA and the AFC. Vietnam, however, did not enter any more football tournaments until the 1991 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines. Some football record agencies count the South Vietnam matches as part of the all-time record of the Vietnam national team, while considering North Vietnam to be a separate team for statistical purposes.
Selected international opponents
Based on North Vietnam statistics
|4 October 1956||3–5|
|10 October 1956||0–3|
|22 October 1959||0–5|
|28 October 1959||0–2|
|22 November 1959||0–5|
|3 October 1960||3–1|
|8 October 1960||1–3|
|11 October 1960||3–4|
|15 November 1966||9–0|
|20 September 1970||2–1|
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