31st December 2019

City announced the signing today of 27 year old Defender Papé Abdoulaye Diakité who joins the club from American side Tampa Bay Rowdies.  It is rumored that Diakité will wear the Number 44 shirt next season.

28th December 2019

City won their latest friendly match against Sài Gòn FC 1-0 courtesy of a goal in the third of three thirty minute periods.  The goal was scored by a young South Korean midfielder/winger who has spent a couple of days with the team.  The match itself was a valuable workout in energy sapping conditions as City continue to prepare for the 2020 Season.

video courtesy of the official hcmc.fc facebook site

27th December 2020

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Attacking Midfielder/Forward Nguyễn Công Phượng has finally been officially announced as a City player.  The 24 year old arrives at the SVĐ Thống Nhất, on initially a six month loan, following a rather unsuccessful loan spell with Belgium club Sint-Truidense where he failed the break into the starting XI.  It is hoped that his return to the V-League in the famous red shirt of City will also help rekindle his Vietnam career.  

27th December 2019

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City's opening day fixture in V-League 2020 has been drawn today.  City will travel to Tam Kỳ to take on Quảng Nam FC.  The venue will be the SVĐ Tam Kỳ.  Currently the date of the game is Saturday 22nd February 2020.  However, these things are never set in stone and the date is prone to change. 

National Cup Draw : City have at last been given a home draw in the National Cup and will play the winners of the game between Clb đá Huế and SHB Đà Nẵng.

26th December 2019

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Fixtures for the upcoming 2020 Season will be drawn tomorrow at 16:00 in Hà Nội.  There will be two different schedules depending on the success (or not) of the U23 Side in the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Japan.

The draws for V-League 2 and the National Cup will also be drawn.  City will be hoping for at least one home draw in the Cup after playing all of last season away from the Thống Nhất.

25th December 2019

City have confirmed that they will be taking part in the 2020 ASEAN Club Championship.  The competition will take place between May and November 2020.  Joining City in the draw in March will be last season's Champions Hà Nội FC.

The draw for the U19 National Cup Competition has taken place.  City are in Group D.  All games will take place at the SVĐ Thống Nhất between 10 February and 10 March 2020.

City have also announced three further friendlies to take place in January 2020.  All against South Korean opposition.  On Thursday 9th January, City will face a University of Korea.  Tuesday 14th January City will take on Jeonnam Dragons (Coach Chung Hae-soung's last Korean club).  Kick Off is reportedly 15:30.  Before rounding off their South Korean friendlies with a game against Ulsan Hyundai FC on Friday 17th January.  All games are scheduled to take place at the SVĐ Thống Nhất with the last game confirmed as a 19:30 kick-off

23rd December 2019

City's new signing goalkeeper Bùi Tiến Dũng was presented with his shirt today.  Rather than wear the No. 36 which he wore at his last club Hà Nội FC, Tiến Dũng chose instead the No. 35.  Explaining his reason for the number change, the Vietnamese U23 International explained that "35 is the sum of my name when texting on a 'brick' (old phone) in the old days when there was no cell phone. Type 388664 is my name, plus it is 35."

22nd December 2019

City are due to play 'city' rivals Sài Gòn FC on Saturday 28th December.  Kick Off is at 15:30.  The game will take place at SVĐ Phú Thọ which is at 219 Lý Thường Kiệt, District 11, Tp. Hồ Chí Minh

21st December 2019

City won their opening friendly game in preparation for the 2020 season beating B. Bình Dương 2-0 in a keenly fought contest at the SVĐ Thống Nhất.  Goals in each half from midfielders Trần Phi Sơn and Võ Huy Toàn, recently signed from SHB Đà Nẵng were enough to secure the victory under the watchful guise of new Assistant Coach Lee Jung-soo.

Next up for City is a friendly on Saturday 28th December against 'city' rivals Sài Gòn FC at the SVĐ Thống Nhất.  Again the game will kick off at 15:30

18th December 2019

City today completed the signing of 22 year old Vietnamese International keeper Bùi Tiến Dũng.  Bùi Tiến Dũng spent last season on loan at Hà Nội FC but was unable to break into the side eventually making only 3 appearances for the 2019 Champions. Previously Dũng was at Thanh Hóa FC where he made 19 appearances.  He is known more for his appearances for Vietnam where he has represented his country at U20, U22 and U23 levels.

15th December 2019

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City have announced a Friendly Match against V-League rivals B. Bình Dương at the SVĐ Thống Nhất.  The game will take place on Saturday 21st December 2019.  Kick Off time is 15:30.  Entry is free to all.

11th December 2019

Date and Time for Buriram Utd Away is co

The date and time for City's Champions League Qualifier away to Buriram United has been confirmed.  The date is as was widely anticipated Tuesday 21st January 2020.  Kick Off has been confirmed as 18:00 (Thai time).  Details regarding City's opponents and details on how to get there can be found by following this link

10th December 2019

The Draws for the Group Stages of both the 2020 AFC Champions League and the 2020 AFC Cup were made in Malaysia and for the first time, City were there as an interested party.  Both draws threw up some interesting possibilities.

Route 1 : If City win in Buriram Thailand and then are successful in defeating Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG, they will find themselves in Group H of the 2020 AFC Champions League and can look forward to trips to Australia (Sydney Utd), Japan (Yokohama F. Marinos) and Korea (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC).

Route 2 : If City were to lose against either Buriram Utd or Shanghai SIPG, they will find themselves in ASEAN Group F of the 2020 AFC Cup with trips to Singapore (Hougang Utd), Laos (Lao FC) and either Myanmar or Brunei depending on the outcome of their Qualifying Play Off.

Which ever route City ultimately find themselves following, history will be made.

10th December 2019

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The Club has released details of their 2020 kits has designed by Kappa.  The home kit is all red whilst the away kit is a rather dashing all white affair.  It is hoped that the kits will be available for purchase before the season starts rather than three quarters of the way through as per previous seasons.

photo courtesy of the official club facebook page

9th December 2019

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Nguyễn Minh Trung has become the latest player to leave City ahead of the 2020 Season.  Since joining City in 2014, the one-club midfielder made 92 appearances and scored 8 times.  His last appearance came in the 2-1 away victory against Hải Phòng FC on 23rd October 2019.  www.hcmcfc wishes Minh Trung all the best in his future career.

6th December 2019

It's been a busy time at the SVĐ Thống Nhất in the last couple of days with no fewer than six players leaving City.  Albeit three on a season long loan to newly promoted V-League 2 side Bà Rịa Vũng Tàu.  Keeper Nguyễn Thanh Diệp departs after two seasons with City.  Since joining in 2018 from XSKT Cần Thơ, Thanh Diệp made 28 appearances and provided excellent cover for number one choice Nguyễn Thanh Thắng.  Such is his undoubted quality, it hasn't taken Thanh Diệp long to be snatched up by another club and he is currently at Thanh Hóa FC on trial.  Attacking Midfielder Lê Hoàng Thiên also departs City.  Upon joining the club for the 2019 Season, Hoàng Thiên made 14 appearances scoring 4 times including the goal which kick started City's season against Hải Phòng FC in the 1-0 home victory. Defender A Sân joins those departing City.  Since joining from Hoàng Anh Gia Lai, the 23 year old has suffered from injuries and failed to make a single appearance for City.  www.hcmcfc.net wishes all the very best in their future careers.

Departing on season long loans to newly promoted V-League 2 side Bà Rịa Vũng Tàu are Defender Quế Ngọc Mạnh, Midfielder Đào Quốc Gia and Goal Keeper Nguyễn Thanh Phú.  After joining from Becamex Bình Dương,  Ngọc Mạnh made two appearances for City during the 2019 season.  23 year old midfielder Đào Quốc Gia also made 2 appearances during his stay at City.  However, both of his appearances were during the 2018 season the last of which was as a substitute against Hải Phòng FC in the 0-1 defeat in April 2018. Goal Keeper Nguyễn Thanh Phú has yet to make an appearance for City.


2nd December 2019

City today signed two new defenders.  Joining City from Hoàng Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) are 22 year old Lê Văn Sơn and 25 year old Lê Đức Lương.  During his time with HAGL, Lê Văn Sơn made a total of 79 appearance scoring the two goals whilst defending partner Lê Đức Lương made a total of 60 appearances for his previous club, again scoring twice.  (statistics from Wiki and require confirmation)

Local boy Trần Thanh Bình has signed a Contract Extension until 2021.  The boy from District 11 has made a total of 84 appearances since joining his home town club in 2014 scoring 8 times (as per available statistics).

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