29th February 2020


Barely 24 hours after announcing that the Super Cup will be played behind closed doors with no fans allowed, the V-League have announced that their will be no fans in attendance for Week 1 of the 2020 V-League 1 Season due to the continuing Covid-9 concerns which gets under way on Friday 6th March.  Although disappointing to fans, this decision will not unduly disturb the VFF who have very little regard for fans.  City are due to open their season with a trip to Tam Kỳ to take on Quảng Nam FC.  The Supporters Club were planning to run a bus to this game but that has now been cancelled.  

28th February 2020

City today announced the signing of two new players to complete their 2020 Squad.  Forward Alexandre Monteiro De Lima joins City from Korean K-League 2 side FC Anyang after spells with Suwon FC and MLS sides Houston Dynamos and Chicago Fire.  31 year old Alex  will wear the number 88 shirt.  Meanwhile, the club has confirmed the signing of Korean Seo Yong-duk.  The 30 year old midfielder has been with the club for a couple of weeks now as he completed his paperwork.  His previous club was Korean side Busan IPark.

27th February 2020


Vietnamese Super Cup Ticket Update : Due to the continuing Corona Virus health concerns.  There will be NO TICKETS AVAILABLE for Sunday's Super Cup Match against Hà Nội FC.  There were discussions about the possibility of each team's Supporters Club getting 100 tickets each.  This now appears to have been ruled out.  The game also has a new kick off time of 16:30 and not 19:00.  It will be shown live on VTV.  Bizarrely, prior to the game there will be speeches made, addressing the crowd on how to combat the virus.  That would be the crowd that the same people who are making the speeches have banned!!!

25th February 2020

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City made history tonight by securing their first ever victory in the AFC Cup with a 3-2 away victory in Singapore over Hougang United.  The final score was not a true reflection on the overall game which City largely dominated, creating (and wasting) several excellent chances on top of the three goals scored.  First half strikes from Công Phượng (15 minutes) and Baldé (45 minutes) were more than justified and when Baldé (59 minutes) made it 3-0 on the night.  All was just nice and dandy.  Then the referee decided to get his name in lights and award an astonishingly bad penalty decision which was duly converted by Plazibat on 77 minutes.  Moments later and the same player was to make it 2-3.  But City were not to be denied their historic win.

Full Match Report By Following This Link

25th February 2020

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City's team has been released for tonight's AFC Cup Group F game away to Hougang United.  There are City debuts for keeper Bùi Tiến Dũng (35) and  Right Back Lê Văn Sơn (19).  The continued absence of striker Matias who did not travel must be of concern to City fans.

25th February 2020

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It's Match Day 2 in Group F of the 2020 AFC Cup and City take on Hougang United of Singapore this evening at the Jalan Besar Stadium.  City will be looking to gain their first victory in the group after securing a commendable point away to Yangon United of Myanmar last time out.  Once again there is no place in the City squad for striker Matias who remains in HCMC.  Injuries to Trần Thanh Bình, Đỗ Văn Thuận and Viktor Prodell mean that the trio also remain in HCMC to work on their recovery.  Meanwhile, Vũ Quang Nam continues his recovery at PVF Acadamy.  

Kick Off is at 19:30 Singapore Time (18:30 Vietnam) and is live on FOX SPORTS ASIA HD Channel.

Team News will be posted here and on Twitter @HCMCFC1 when available.  Match updates will be via Twitter.

23rd February 2020

The team has arrived in Singapore ahead of Tuesday's AFC Cup Group F game.  Later that afternoon they underwent their first training session on the artificial pitch at the SVĐ Jalan Besar.  The session also included a mandatory temperature check.

22nd February 2020

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The "Is he", "Isn't he", "Will he" and "Won't he" saga surrounding the proposed signing of Vietnamese / American midfielder Lee Nguyễn from David Beckham's Inter Miami FC side seems to be finally settled as a 'No'.  After apparently agreeing a transfer fee and personal terms, media is reporting that Inter Miami refused to let the player leave for City.

Read the full story (in Vietnamese) by following this link

20th February 2020

VFF Proposed New V League 1 Dates Weeks

The VFF have released the new (proposed) dates for the first thirteen weeks of V-League 2020.  According to the new dates, City will open their campaign with a trip to Tam Kỳ to take on Quảng Nam FC on Friday 6th March with a fan-friendly kick off time of 17:00.  City's first home game of the 2020 Season is due to take place at the SVĐ Thống Nhất on Saturday 14th March against Thanh Hóa FC.  Kick Off is at 19:00.  The first 'City' Derby of the season takes place in Week 4 and is on Saturday 11th April when City take on Sài Gòn FC at the SVĐ Thống Nhất.  City are the designated 'home' side that evening as both teams share the same ground although Sài Gòn FC have no fans.  The first Bắc Nam Derby (North v South) against last season's champions Hà Nội FC takes place in Week 11 at the SVĐ Thống Nhất on Saturday 20th June.  Scheduled kick off time is 19:00.  A notible other game during the opening 13 weeks comes in Week 10 when City visit Hà Tĩnh to take on Hồng Lĩnh Hà Tĩnh FC for the first ever meeting.  Hà Tĩnh FC were originally Hà Nội B (and still use mainly Hà Nội players) but changed their name to allow them to compete in V-League 1.  

Details on any fixture date updates plus travel and ticket information will be posted on this site, and on Twitter at @HCMCFC1, when they become available.

19th February 2020

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It is being reported in the media that City have signed 30 year old South Korean midfielder Seo Yong-duk from K-League 2 side Busan IPark.  The midfielder has also appeared for Ulsan Hyundai where he made 20 appearances between 2014-2014.  Seo Yong-duk has also made 17 appearances for the South Korean U20 side so joins City with experience.  As yet the signing has not been confirmed by the club.  

19th February 2020

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Despite City's request via the VFF to postpone next Tuesday's AFC Cup game in Singapore, and despite the number of Virus cases continuing to grow in the City State, the AFC in the infinite wisdom have decided that the game will go ahead.   Scant regard has been shown for the safety of players, coaching staff and any fans (me) that might make the trip.  This decision has put the club in an impossible position and is one that hopefully does not come back to haunt the AFC.

17th February 2020

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AFC Cup Ticket News : City can expect to receive 300 tickets for next Tuesday's AFC Cup Group F away game to Hougang United of Singapore.  The game is scheduled to take place at the Jalan Besar Stadium with a capacity of 6,000.  Tickets will cost 10 Singapore Dollars (đ168,000) with City fans seated in the Right Hand Section of the Main Grandstand.  Although the AFC have stated this game is to go ahead as scheduled, due to the continuing health concerns surrounding the Corona Virus and the present situation in Singapore, the club has asked for this game to be re-scheduled at a later date.

17th February 2020

City have released ticket price details for the upcoming 2020 Season.  Individual Match Day tickets (trận đấu) range in price between đ150k (đ100k) for Block A1 to đ50k (đ20k) for Blocks C & D. 2019 Prices in brackets for comparison purposes.   Season Tickets (Vé mùa) range from đ1,365,000 for Block A1 to đ455k for Blocks C & D.  Season Tickets were only available for Block A last season.  There is a sharp increase in the price of a Match Day ticket which is probably due to recent high profile signings and the club's ambitions for the future.

14th February 2020

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City midfielder Vũ Quang Nam is at PVF Academy to regain his fitness as he completes his road to recovery.  The midfielder will be accompanied by fitness Coach Choi Ju Young.

13th February 2020

Injury News : It is being reported that Club Captain Đỗ Văn Thuận does not require surgery on his injury and should be back in training within the month.  Meanwhile, Amido Baldé who went off injured during City's 2-2 draw away to Yangon United should be back in training within the week.

11th February 2020

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It was honours even in the heat of Yangon as goals from Amido Baldé and Công Phượng secured City's first ever point in the AFC Cup.

Follow this LINK for Full Match Report including Official Match Photos and Highlights.

11th February 2020

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City take on Yangon United of Myanmar today in their opening match of Group F in the 2020 AFC Cup Competition.  This will be a historic moment for the Club as it is the first time that City have appeared in the competition.  Yangon Utd are five games into their domestic season and have already played two games in qualifying for the Group Stages of this particular competition and will therefore provide stiff opposition.  They (Yangon Utd) were also the only team to defeat Hà Nội FC in last season's competition so their pedigree should not be under-estimated.  The game kicks off at 16:00 (Vietnamese Time) and is live on Fox Sports 2.  Regular updates will be posted on Twitter account @HCMCFC1 during the game.

9th February 2020

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2020 Season Update: The VFF have released a new set of proposed dates for the 2020 Season in the wake of the on-going Corona Virus health crisis.  According to the new dates (which unfortunately are due to change given the unforeseen circumstances) the dates are as follows :


Super Cup QG 2019 match against Hà Nội FC will now take place at the SVĐ Thống Nhất on Sunday 1st March 2020. 

The V.League 1 season will now begin on Saturday 7th March.  However, as City's opening game away to Quảng Nam FC was due to take place on a Friday, it can be assumed that the new date for this game will be Friday 6th March with a kick off time of 17:00.  The season is now due to finish on Saturday 24th October.  The National Cup is due to begin on Friday 3rd April but there is at present no date for City's home tie against the winners of the CLB đá Huế v SHB Đà Nẵng tie.

8th February 2020

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City's opening opponents in Group F of the 2020 AFC Cup Yangon United, finished their preparations with a convincing 2-0 domestic victory over ISPE FC in the 5th Round of the Myanmar Premier League.  Goals in either half via Aboubacar (40 minutes) and Maung Maung Lwin (57 minutes) were enough to secure the points for Yangon.  Yangon go into Tuesday's tie with City on the back of seven competitive matches to City's one and most really fancy their chances.  Especially on home soil.  City, for their part, will not have failed to notice that Yangon are susceptible to quick attacks and a more capable attack today from ISPE could have seen a different outcome.  It is thought that City will depart for Yangon on Sunday 9th February in preparation for the game on Tuesday 11th February.

7th February 2020

Friendly Update: : HCM City 0-1 Becamex Bình Dương.  City lost their behind closed doors warm up game against V-League 1 side B. Bình Dương.  The only goal of today’s game coming via Tô Văn Vũ. The team will now depart for Myanmar and prepare for the opening AFC Cup Group F game against Yangon United to be played at the SVĐ Thuwunna.

Photos - Courtesy of CLB BÓNG ĐÁ TP.HCM Offical Facebook page

5th February 2020

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Due to the continued on-going health crisis surrounding the Corona Virus, City's matches against Yangon United in the AFC Cup have been amended.  City were due to host their Burmese opponents next Tuesday (11th February) at the SVĐ Thống Nhất.  The game will now take place in Myanmar with the return match taking place in HCMC on Wednesday 29th April

Game information (supplied by Yangon United)

Kick Off is at 15:30 at the SVĐ Thuwunna (Capacity 32,000)

Ticket Prices are 2000 Kyats (đ33k) for the Grand Stand and 1000 Kyats (đ16k) for ordinary stands.

4th February 2020

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With the postponement of the Super Cup match confirmed, City have announced a friendly against B. Bình Dương for this Friday 7th February.  The venue is SVĐ Bà Rịa and Kick Off time is 15:30.  The game will provide valuable match practice as City continue to prepare for their opening AFC Cup Group F game against Yangon United of Myanmar.  This game is still due to go ahead as planned on Tuesday 11th February at the SVĐ Thống Nhất.  However, with the on-going health crisis caused by the Corona Virus anything can happen regarding this match.  Any updates regarding the Yangon Utd match will be posted here and on Twitter at @HCMCFC1 when it becomes available.

2nd February 2020

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With the on-going safety concerns regarding the Corona Virus there are indications that the opening round of fixtures for the 2020 V-League 1 season may be postponed.  No official confirmation has been released but the situation is being monitored by the VFF and VPF.  

2nd February 2020

It is being reported on the Football Association of Singapore website that City's AFC Cup Group F game is to be moved from the Jalan Besar Stadium to Hougang Stadium.  Ironically this used to be Hougang United's old stomping ground.  The change is due to the impending re-turfing at Jalan Besar Stadium, which served as the home-ground for Hougang United in 2019. The artificial pitch, which was last re-turfed in 2014, is due for a change of surface to one of a higher quality. 

Read the full story (in English) by following this link

1st February 2020

VN Express.net are reporting that City's Super Cup Match against Hà Nội FC which is due to be played this coming Friday (7th February) may be cancelled due to the Corona Virus.  A decision is due to be made tomorrow but it is understood that the organisors have already spoken to Hà Nội about the possibility of cancellation.  No discussions have apparently taken place with City regarding this matter.  Any updates will be posted here and on Twitter at @HCMCFC1 as soon as it becomes available.

Read the full story (in Vietnamese) by following this link

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