When it comes to Vietnamese football, what do you think of?
Older fans may think of the 183 cm Li Huangde (translated as Li Xuande) who used to play for Chongqing Lifan.
But the memory left by that person, more should not be scoring goals, but to make Lifan motorcycles sell well in Vietnam.
As a representative of Southeast Asian football, Vietnam’s football strength can be said to have grown by leaps and bounds in recent years: the top 8 in the Asian Cup, the second place in the U23 Asian Cup, and the fourth in the Asian Games.
If you don't tell me in advance that this is the result of the Vietnam team, many people may really think it is the Chinese team.
Although Vietnam football has improved so much as a whole, there are still very few domestic reports on the Vietnam League.
This is mainly because the number of appearances of the Vietnamese team in the AFC Champions League is not as good as that of the Thai Super League and the Malay Super League. Fans have lost a window to understand the development of local football.
Recently, Sina Sports has noticed that on the Weibo platform, bloggers have begun to broadcast Vietnam’s V League, which surprised us very much.
What is the level of the Vietnam League? How do you prepare for these games? Are there any fans buying it?
With these questions, we interviewed Hu Yaohua, the blogger of Weibo ID "Southeast Asian Football News".
There are 14 teams participating in the Vietnam Football v1 League.
"Southeast Asian Football News" told us that the rematch of the Vietnam League was earlier than that of the Chinese Super League. The Vietnam Football Association Cup started on May 23, and the Vietnam Football League v1 was restarted on June 5 this year.
Unlike most countries in the world that reopened sporting events, Vietnam allows spectators to buy tickets to enter the venue. This may be because Vietnam’s current official information on the epidemic is relatively optimistic.
In Nam Dinh, 90 kilometers south of the capital Hanoi, in order to watch the first game after the new crown-Nam Dinh Nam Ho Pharmaceuticals vs. Jia Lai Orioles, fans came to the Tian Chang Stadium in Nam Din early to wait for the opening of tickets.
originally had 30,000 seats in the stadium. In order to maintain social distancing, only 10,000 tickets were sold, and the tickets were robbed instantly.
A similar scenario also appeared after Vietnam entered the Asian Cup quarterfinals and U23 Asian Cup finals.
At that time, Vietnam celebrated the whole country. Fans on the streets and alleys were riding motorcycles and waving Vietnamese national flags, blocking the main roads of Hanoi.
Hu Yaohua himself has also been to Vietnam three times.
In 2018, he went to Vietnam for the first time. He went to the scene to watch his favorite Hanoi FC league. Then he watched the Suzuki Cup Vietnam vs Malaysia.
Then he received an invitation from Nanding Nanhe Pharmaceutical Club to visit the team's daily training.
The most recent time, Hu Yaohua went to the scene to watch Hanoi FC play the AFC Cup in 2019. At that time, he was invited by the Vietnamese VTVCAB TV station to take part in the filming of Hanoi FC’s final day of open training before preparing for the AFC Cup.
The number of fans in Vietnam has gradually increased in recent years as the level of football has gradually improved.
During the Suzuki Cup, Hu Yaohua personally felt the vigorous atmosphere of the Vietnamese football market. During the Suzuki Cup group stage, it was hard to find a ticket for the Hanoi Meiting National Stadium. At that time, you could only buy high-priced scalper tickets to enter the game.
In some small and medium-sized restaurants in Hanoi, even ordinary noodle restaurants, most of them like to play football games.
Tickets for the Vietnam League are also very cheap. You can sit in a good position for RMB 15 yuan.
The attendance rate of the matches of the strong dialogue in the league is also very good. For example, Jialai Huang Ying came to the northern city to play away, and the stadium with tens of thousands of people was basically packed.
In fact, Hu Yaohua started to pay attention to unpopular football matches in 2012.
By chance, he got to know Vietnamese football and he could say "love at first sight". This concern persisted for 8 years.
In the face of unpopular leagues and minor languages, many people tend to retreat, and Hu Yaohua also encountered many difficulties.
At the beginning, he didn't know anything about Vietnamese. In order to understand the country's football and league, he started to learn Vietnamese.
Slowly, from being recognized by the fans to being treated by the Earth Club in Vietnam, he gradually walked out a way.
However, only he knows the hardships along the way.
Although I have just commented on the Vietnam League for more than three months, I can clearly feel Hu Yaohua’s sense of accomplishment in the conversation.
I shared my favorite matches with many spectators who are unfamiliar with the Vietnamese league. It is a joy to watch the influence of the matches grow.
Hu Yaohua believes that with the improvement of Vietnamese football level, there will be more and more opportunities to appear in the AFC in the future, and Chinese fans will pay more attention to this league.
By then, Chinese fans may organize an expedition team to cheer in Vietnam.
Hu Yaohua is full of confidence in Vietnamese football and his own "career".
In 2013, the Chinese team lost 1-5 to the Thai team at home. This can be said to be a tragedy that can be ranked in the history of Chinese football.
After the match, Chinese football star Fan Zhiyi was very dissatisfied with the result of the match. He said: "It is estimated that in this way, the Thai team loses Vietnam and then loses to Myanmar. No one will lose next."
Although the Chinese team has not lost to Vietnam in a major competition so far, let’s look at the recent results of Vietnam Youth Football. Against this past rival that has won a hundred battles, is the national football team still confident of winning?
In 2018, the Vietnam team with the National Olympic team aspired to the Southeast Asian Championship; in the Jakarta Asian Games, Vietnam reached the semi-finals, but lost to the last winning South Korea team; in the 2018 U23 Asian Cup, the Vietnam team played the “dark horse”. "The role, finally regretted conceding a goal in the last minute of overtime, and unfortunately lost to Uzbekistan, finishing second.
Since 2016, the youth team of Vietnam football has been quietly working hard. In the Asian U16 and U19 Championships, they reached the quarter-finals and quarter-finals respectively, and qualified for the U19 World Youth Championship.
"These achievements are derived from Vietnamese football's down-to-earth youth training for more than ten years, insisting on a small, fast, and flexible style of play that suits them. They have found a path suitable for their own development." Hu Yaohua said.
As early as 2007, the Gia Lai Orioles Club reached a cooperation agreement with the Arsenal Club, established the first football school in Vietnam, and introduced the Premier League’s advanced youth training management concepts.
早在2007年，Gia Lai Orioles俱乐部就与阿森纳俱乐部达成了合作协议，在越南建立了第一所足球学校，并引入了英超联赛的高级青年训练管理理念。
After the cooperative establishment of the school, Vietnam has also invited Arsenal and other big-name clubs to the Vietnamese football school for exchanges and coaching face-to-face to the young players.
Many of the U23, U21, U19 and other echelons in Vietnam are from the Jialai Huangying Football School.
Forwards Nguyen Gongfeng, Nguyen Van Chuan and other representatives of the new generation of Vietnamese football are all from the youth training system of this football school.
While vigorously developing youth training, Vietnamese football is still learning from Japan and South Korea.
In 2012, the Vietnam Professional League and the Japanese J League signed a cooperation agreement to learn from Japan in terms of professional league operations and professional club specifications.
In May 2014, the Japanese Football Association appointed Toshi Miura to also go to Vietnam to coach the Vietnamese national team for two years.
Beginning in 2017, the Vietnam Football Association has cooperated with the Korean Football Association and hired South Korean Park Heng Xu as the head coach of the Vietnam U23 and national team.
After Park Heng Xu took office, the Vietnam team has seen a significant improvement in performance.
He started from the details to make Vietnamese players more professional. In the past, the team members often ate traditional foods such as rice noodles and fried meat.
After Hengxu Park took office, the team members’ recipes added salmon salad and steak to the training requirements.
He did not allow the players to play with their phones while eating, nor did he allow them to answer the phone before the game. Instead, he tried his best to focus on talking to each other and avoid interference to the greatest extent.
Hu Yaohua’s personal experience in Vietnam made him feel that not only football, Vietnamese sports has entered the fast track of development, and it will not be particularly surprising that there will be good results in the future.
The Vietnamese government and the Football Association have been working hard to improve the development of the national professional league in recent years. The Super League was formally established in 2012, but soon it was renamed the Champions League (v1 league) in 2013.
At the same time, they focused on solving the club’s salary arrears problem, introduced European and American concepts, and improved training methods and thinking. It can be said that Vietnamese football has been on the right track, and has moved away from fake gambling, showing a healthy development model.
Hu Yaohua said: "In addition to Vietnamese football, Vietnamese basketball is also developing well. Vietnamese basketball has entered the fifth year of professional leagues. There are a total of 7 professional clubs. In badminton, the female player Nguyen Chue-ling is also very familiar with everyone; F1 is also set up in Vietnam. Races. Vietnam's professional sports is currently showing a vibrant scene."
Like the Chinese, the Vietnamese people also love football very much. It is not difficult to see the grand celebrations on the streets of Vietnam after the Vietnam team's historic victory in the 2018 ASEAN Football Championship.
The Vietnamese men’s football team rode through the streets of Hanoi on a bus and were treated like heroes.
Thailand and Vietnam, the level used to be very different from the Chinese team, but now they have caught up. Their success is the success of grassroots football.
Compared with them, the development of Chinese football is not short of money, but why has it been lingering in the trough?
Looking at the development trajectory of Vietnamese football over the years, it may be useful to us.
Hu Yaohua hopes that "Southeast Asia Football News" can gain more attention; he even hopes that Chinese football can also bring happiness to the people.