30th March 2020

According to media sources.  City are looking to reduce player wages during the Covid-19 health crisis.  This would be in line with FIFA's recommendation made late last week as a way of safe guarding club's long term viability.  If completed, City will become the first team in the Vietnamese V-League to reduce the wages of their players.

You can read the story (in Vietnamese) by following this link

29th March 2020

The VPF's plan to play Weeks 3 - 13 of the 2020 LS V-League 1 season all in the north of the country was put in doubt when only six clubs (all northern) agreed to the proposal.  The six teams that agreed were SLNA, Quảng Ninh, Hà Nội, Hồng Lĩnh Hà Tĩnh, CLB Viettel & Thanh Hóa.  Three teams opposed the plan - Nam Định, Bình Dương & Quảng Nam.  HAGL refused to take part in the conference call with the other teams, including City neither agreeing or disagreeing with the proposal.  

You can read the story (in Vietnamese) by following this link

26th March 2020

VPF Propose New Date For V League Restar

The VPF have announce potential re-start dates for V-League 1 plus their 'preferred' plan for playing the games.   Option 1 would see the first part of the season being completed during the following dates - 15th April - 29th May.  Option 2 would be 1st May - 28th June.  Both dates are of course dependent upon the fight against the Corona Virus.  The VPF have also stated that they would prefer all games to be completed up north and with no fans in attendance.  The suggested stadiums and teams based there (essentially as the home team) are:

SVĐ Hàng Đẫy: Hà Nội, Viettel
SVĐ Cẩm Phả: Than Quảng Ninh, SHB Đà Nẵng
SVĐ Thanh Hóa: Thanh Hóa, SLNA
SVĐ Thiên Trường: DNH Nam Định, HAGL
SVĐ Lạch Tray: Hải Phòng, Quảng Nam
SVĐ PVF: Hồng Lĩnh Hà Tĩnh, Becamex Bình Dương
SVĐ Mỹ Đình: Sài Gòn FC, Hồ Chí Minh City

City would therefore be based at SVĐ Mỹ Đình calling it home for at least the remainder of the first half of the season.  This has still to be agreed by the clubs but with the majority of sides being based up north there is little chance of it not being agreed. 

23rd March 2020

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On the day that most players returned for training after a short Covid-19 induced break, one player departs City seemingly for good.  Striker Viktor Prodell has been released from the club.  After joining City from Swedish club side Örebro, the striker has made just the one appearance this season away to Buriram United in the AFC Champions League Qualifier.  Suffering an injury, the striker was unable to take part in any other City games.  www.hcmcfc.net wishes Viktor all the very best in his future career.

18th March 2020

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The AFC today announced that, due to the continuing health concerns caused by Covid-19 and the regional travel restrictions, the 2020 AFC Cup Competition will be suspended.  There are no dates offered for when the competition may restart.  City are currently top of Group F after picking up 7 points from a possible 9.  All away from home.

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

17th March 2020

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After impressive results in the 2020 AFC Cup which has seen City top Group F after three consecutive away games.  City have risen 8 places in the Asian Club Rankings to 100th.  One place above fellow V-League 1 side Than Quảng Ninh who are also competing in the AFC Cup and who are currently second in Group G.

Read the story (in English) by following this link

16th March 2020

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Due to the continuing Covid-19 Health concerns that is sweeping the globe.  The VFF have decided to suspend the V-League 1 Season untill the beginning of April.  This move involves the postponement of next week's Round 3 which would have seen City travel to Hải Phòng FC.  There is no new date for this game due to the complexity of the situation.

Read the Full VFF Release (in Vietnamese) by Following This Link

15th March 2020

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City made it two wins from two games in the 2020 LS V-League 1 courtesy of a 95th minute winner from goal scoring machine Xuân Nam.  With Hà Nội's surprise 1-3 defeat earlier against Than Quảng Ninh, City are the only club with a 100% record after Week 2.

Follow This Link For Full Match Report And Official Highlights 

15th March 2020

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City make 5 changes from Tuesday’s game against Lao Toyota for tonight's V-League 1 clash against Thanh Hóa. Into the Starting XI come Ngọc Đức (7), Văn Thuận (14), Hữu Tuấn (15), Huy Toàn (16) & Văn Sơn (19). It is a welcome return for Club Captain Văn Thuận who makes his first appearance of the season.  As expected there is no Phi Sơn who suffered a knock against Lao Toyota.  Also missing out from the XI are Tùng Quốc (2), Viết Phú (5), Công Hiển (28) and Anh Tuấn (81). New boy Alex (88) is on the bench.

15th March 2020

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Match Day 2 in the 2020 LS V-League 1 Season and City entertain Thanh Hóa tonight at the SVĐ Thống Nhất.  Kick Off is at 19:00 and it is live on Bóng Đá TV.  Again, this game is to be played behind closed doors.  Early team news suggests that Phi Sơn will be missing from tonight’s game against after picking up a knock against Lao Toyota but welcome back Club Captain Văn Thuận and Võ Huy Toàn who is also celebrating his birthday!!  Will we see a first start for new signing Alex and can Xuân Nam continue his hot streak in front of goal?


Elsewhere in VL1 - Hải Phòng and Quảng Nam drew 1-1 on Friday night whilst there were home wins for Sông Lam Nghệ An (1-0 over Becamax Bình Dương) and Nam Định (2-1 victors over Hà Tĩnh) respectively.


Today's other games are :  

Kick Off 17:00 SHB Đà Nẵng v Sài Gòn FC

Kick Off 18:00 Than Quảng Ninh v Hà Nội FC

Kick Off 19:00 Viettel FC v Hoàng Anh Gia Lai

13th March 2020

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Match Day 2 in the 2020 LS V-League 1 and City take on Thanh Hoá FC at the SVĐ Thống Nhất on Sunday evening live on Bóng Đá TV.  Elsewhere in V-League 1 the weekend kicks off this afternoon with Hải Phòng FC hosting Quảng Nam FC.  This game kicks off at 17:00 and once again can be watched on Bóng Đá TV.  Saturday sees Sông Lam Nghệ An host Becamex Bình Dương and the two teams with the longest names in Vietnamese football, namely Dược Nam Hà Nam Định and Hồng Lĩnh Hà Tĩnh go head to head at the SVĐ Thiên Trường.  Kick off times are 17:00 and 18:00 respectively.  There are four games on Sunday.  At 17:00 SHB Đà Nẵng kick off against Sài Gòn FC.  At 18:00 Than Quảng Ninh, fresh from their 4-1 away victory in the AFC Cup on Wednesday host current champions Hà Nội FC.  Kicking Off at the same time as City (19:00) is Viettel FC v Hoàng Anh Gia Lai.

Remember that ALL GAMES WILL BE PLAYED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS so the best way to watch the action is on the tv channels listed above.

12th March 2020


Sunday's game against Thanh Hoá FC in Week 2 of the 2020 LS V-League 1 season at the SVĐ Thống Nhất will be played behind CLOSED DOORS due to the continuing Covid-19 Health concerns.  Week 3 will also be played with no fans in attendance.  There are discussions going ahead concerning the possible suspension of the V-League although there has been no official word from the VFF.

10th March 2020

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City made it seven points from nine with a hard fought and often niggly 2-0 victory over Lao Toyota in Group F of the 2020 AFC Cup.  Two second half goals from Xuân Nam were the final difference between the teams.  City join Yangon United on 7 points at the top of the group after Yangon Utd's earlier 1-0 victoty over Hougang United.

Read The Full Match Report By Following This Link

10th March 2020

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City have released their Starting XI for today's AFC Cup Group F Game away to Lao Toyota.  There are two changes from the team that defeated Quảng Nam 3-1.  Into the starting team comes Phạm Công Hiển and Vũ Anh Tuấn.  Out go Korean Seo Yong-duk and Võ Huy Toàn.

10th March 2020

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City's next two V-League 1 games have new dates.  Week 2 at home to Thanh Hóa FC will now take place on Sunday 15th March and not Saturday 14th.  Kick Off will remain at 19:00.  The VFF have indicated that there will be NO FANS ADMITTED to games in Week 2.  Following this game, City travel to Hải Phòng FC in Week 3.  This game has been moved from fan friendly Thursday 19th March (!!) to the new fan friendly date of Friday 20th March.  This game is still due to kick off at 17:00.  No announcement yet regarding fan admittance for Week 3.  

10th March 2020

Its Match Day 3 in Group F of the AFC Cup and City take on Lao Toyota later today.  Kick Off is at 18:30 and it is live on FoxSports Asia Channel 2.  Team News will be posted here and on Twitter Account @HCMCFC1 when available.  Match Updates will be via the Twitter Account.  The other game in Group F sees Yangon United take on Hougang United.  This match kicks off at 15:30 local time (16:00 VN) and is live on FoxSports Asia Channel.

8th March 2020

The team has arrived in the Laos Capital Vientiane ahead of Tuesday's AFC Cup Group F game against Lao Toyota FC.  This will be City's third (and last) away game in a group where, due to the Corona Virus, City have yet to play at home.  Victory on Tuesday would all but eliminate the hosts whilst giving City 7 points from a possible 9 with three home games to come.

6th March 2020

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Final Score : Quảng Nam 1-3 City. A fantastic performance from the team and an absolutely deserved 3 points. Two goals from Xuân Nam and one from Viết Phú secure the points for City and a first ever victory over Quảng Nam.

Read The Full Match Report By Following This Link

6th March 2020

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City have released their Starting XI for this afternoon's 2020 LS V-League 1 opening game away to Quảng Nam.  In goal is Thanh Thắng who takes over from Tiến Dũng between the sticks.  There is also a City debut for Korean Seo Yong-duk.  Phi Sơn retains the Captain's armband.

6th March 2020

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Finally it is Match Day 1 in the LS 2020 V-League 1 season and City have travelled north to Tam Kỳ to take on Quảng Nam FC.  On any day this game will provide City with a stern test, with the addition of no fans it could make the task even harder.  However, it is the same for both teams so it will be interesting to see how all the teams react to empty stadiums this weekend.  Kick Off time for today's game is the VFF fan friendly time of 17:00 and the game can be watched live on Bóng đá TV.

Updates on the game will be posted on Twitter Account @HCMCFC1 and a match report will follow here later tonight.

5th March 2020

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This weekend sees the long awaited start of the 2020 LS V-League 1 season.  Unfortunately, fan excitement and anticipation has been dampened by the continuing Covid-19 health concerns that has engulfed the whole world leading to cancellations and postponements of sporting events globally as the WHO tries to combat a virus that had up unto today taken the lives of 3,286 people and infected 95,488 people globally.

City travel to Quảng Nam on Friday night for what will be a tough opening day challenge.  Elsewhere, on Saturday, current Champions Hà Nội FC entertain Nam Định FC and there will be no love lost there.  New boys Hồng Lĩnh Hà Tĩnh (still considered to be Hà Nội B as their squad is essentially Hà Nội FC players) who are part of the Hà Nội 6 entertain Viettel.  This game has an early kick off (15:00) on Sunday afternoon due to Hà Tĩnh's stadium not having working floodlights.  Someone forgot to install them as the ground was being re-developed!!!  And, not that any one cares and no one would have attended even prior to Covid-19, Sài Gòn FC (another one of the Hà Nội collection) entertain Sông Lam Nghệ An on Sunday evening.

2nd March 2020

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The venue for City's next AFC Cup Group F game has been changed.  The game on Tuesday March 10th will now take place in Vientiane Laos at the National Stadium of Laos and NOT at the SVĐ Thống Nhất as originally scheduled.  This means that City's final three Group F games will all be at home.    Kick Off is at 18:30 local Laos Time which is also 18:30 in Vietnam.  


1st March 2020

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City went down 1-2 to V-League Champions Hà Nội FC at a near deserted SVĐ Thống Nhất, due to the Covid-19 víu, in the 2019  Super Cup Final.  Công Phượng's superb strike in the 20th minute and a bright opening from City were not enough to hold back a strong Hà Nội FC team.

Read the Full Match Report by Following This Link

1st March 2020

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It's Match Day and City take on Hà Nội FC in the Super Cup later today.  City will be aiming to not only win their first piece of silverware this season but also to win the Vietnamese Super Cup for the first time in their history.  Hà Nội FC come to town as the current V-League 1 Champions and a team full of stars.  Unfortunately, due to the Covid-9 virus, there will only be a handful of spectators in the stadium which is a real shame as this game could have sold out several times over.  Kick Off is at 16:30 and it is live on VTV6.

Read the Pre-Match Review by following this link


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