VOV.VN - The Vietnamese national team will take on Syria in a friendly match on June 20 at the Thien Truong stadium in the northern province of Nam Dinh, as part of FIFA Days.
Syria are ranked 90th globally and are five places higher than Vietnam who sit at 95th in the FIFA men’s rankings.
The West Asian side have plenty of talented football stars such as Abdul Weiss, Oliver Kawo, Amma Ramadan, and Simon Amin playing in Europe.
The Syrian team are led by coach Hector Cuper who has worked for many famous European clubs such as Valencia, Inter Milan, Real Betis, and Parma.
At the 2023 Asian Cup, Syria have been placed in the third seed group along with Vietnam, Bahrain, Palestine, Kyrgyzstan, and Lebanon.
According to the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF), on June 15 the Vietnamese squad will play a friendly against Hong Kong (China) at the Lach Tray stadium in Hai Phong.
Both matches will be held on FIFA Days – a tournament to help Vietnam gain points in the FIFA men’s rankings ahead of global tournaments.
Chief coach Philippe Troussier plans to call up Vietnamese footballers playing abroad to prepare for upcoming friendly matches. Quang Hai of Pau FC, Cong Phuong of Yokohama FC, and Van Toan of Seoul E-Land will return and join local players for the friendlies.
The upcoming friendly fixtures have been arranged by the VFF for the senior team to prepare for the qualifiers to the 2026 FIFA World Cup and the 2027 AFC Asian Cup.
Vietnam will play in World Cup qualifiers on November 13 and November 21. The senior team will gather together on June 7 after the 11th round of the V.League 1 concludes.