Vietnam have shown themselves to be one of Asia's most progressive teams over recent years, with their breakthrough quarter-final showing at the 2007 AFC Asian Cup followed by a gold-medal performance in the 2008 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Championship. With a renewed sense of optimism, Vietnam entered 2014 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying seeking new heights, having not progressed to the latter stages in their past six attempts. And though they may have impressed with big wins over Macau in the first round, scoring 13 goals and conceding just one over two legs with Le Cong Vinh on target seven times, the Vietnamese were brought down back to the earth, losing to Qatar 4-2 on aggregate in the next stage to go out.
Best performance in a FIFA competition: None
Former stars: Le Huynh Duc, Hong Son Nguyen