VOV.VN - The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) has rewarded the national men’s football team with a VND500 million bonus following their strong performances in the third qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
This comes following Vietnam suffering a 1-0 defeat to visitors Japan at the My Dinh National Stadium on November 11 to mark the halfway point in fixtures in the third round of Asian qualifiers for next year’s FIFA World Cup.
The result leaves the Vietnamese side rooted to the bottom of Group B following five consecutive loses, although head coach Park Hang-seo's players have put in a number of admirable performances against their heavily-favoured opponents.
The VFF has therefore decided to grant the national team a VND500 million bonus for their strong performances in order to encourage them in preparation for their upcoming match away to Saudi Arabia on November 16.
In another development, the Vietnamese team fell one place to 99th position in the world, according to an updated version of the national team rankings.
The team was deducted 6.1 points following their defeat against Japan on November 11. They now have a total of 1,216.8 points and are in 99th place, the lowest ranking of Vietnamese team since September, 2019.
After five defeats, Vietnam dropped a total of seven places from 92nd to 99th in the world as a result of competing in the third round of Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup for the first time.
Moving forward, it is possible that the national team will drop out of the world’s top 100 after three years in the event that they suffer a defeat to Saudi Arabia on November 16.
The next rankings will be announced by FIFA and released on November 25 after national teams complete in World Cup qualifiers on all continents.