Hà Nội FC
Name of Ground : Sân vận động Hàng Đẫy
Capacity : 25,500 (5,500 seats)
Address : 9 Trịnh Hoài Đức, Cát Linh, Đống Đa, Hà Nội
Like most clubs in Vietnam, the current Hà Nội FC team is a product of mergers and change. This review concentrates solely on the club that was formed in 2006 and has in such a short period of time come to dominate domestic Vietnamese football. Even with the alleged biased shown toward them by the governing bodies, and the fact that the owning family now controls 6 teams within the V-League 1 structure. There is no doubt that Hà Nội FC's record is an impressive one.
2006 - Current club is formed under the ownership of Hà Nội T&T Group one of Vietnam's largest companies on June 18th 2006. The club debuts in the 3rd Tier of Vietnamese football and instantly gains promotion to the 2nd Tier.
2007 - After finishing Second, the club is promoted to V-League 2.
2008 - Again the club finishes Second and again, for the third season running, is promoted. This time to Vietnam's highest league - V-League 1.
2009 - Hà Nội FC finish 4th in their first season in the top flight. However, this was to be the lowest position that the club would finish for the next decade.
2010 - Hà Nội FC win their first of five V-League 1 titles.
2011 & 2012 - The club finishes as runners-up in both seasons.
2013 - Champions again.
2014 & 2015 - The club again finsih both seasons as runners-up.
2016 - Champions
2017 - Going into the final day of the season there was a three team race for the championship. Hà Nội FC could only draw 4-4 away to Than Quảng Ninh FC and finished the season in 3rd Place
2018 & 2019 - Champions for a fourth and fifth time.
2019 saw the club pip Ho Chi Minh City for the title after both clubs swapped top stop for the majority of the season. The club was to also win the Vietnamese Cup for the first time in its history as well as winning the AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal Final beating fellow Vietnamese club B. Bình Dương over two legs. The club was to ultimately lose to North Korean side April 25th on away goals in the Inter-Zone Play Off Final.
2019 V League 1 Results
How to Get to the SVĐ Hàng Đẫy
The distance between HCM and Hà Nội is 1,724 km making the journey an extremely long one in terms of road or rail transport.
Plane - All the major airlines fly to Nội Bài International Airport Hà Nội with flying time approximately 1 hour and 55 minutes. The airport is approximately 45 km outside of the city centre taking about 1 hour to complete. There are direct buses from the airport to the city centre which can be found outside of the arrivals hall. Prices to Nội Bài will vary between airlines and when you book.
Train - There are four direct trains that you can take from HCM to Hà Nội. Trains leave from Sài Gòn Railway Station which is located in District 3 and arrive at Hà Nội Station which is at 120 Đường Lê Duẩn, Văn Miếu, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội. The journey takes approximately 33-36 hours so plan ahead if you decide to take this option. Ticket prices vary depending on train and accommodation option but expect to pay at least đ2,000,000 for a one-way ticket.
The train options are as follows:
SE2 Depart HCM 21:55 Arrive Hà Nội 05:30 (Day 2)
SE4 Depart HCM 19:45 Arrive Hà Nội 04:50 (Day 2)
SE6 Depart HCM 09:00 Arrive Hà Nội 19:58 (Next Day)
SE8 Depart HCM 06:00 Arrive Hà Nội 15:33 (Next Day)
Details and bookings can be made from the Vietnam Railways Website by following this link.
Bus - The bus journey will take approximately 37 hours. There is one company that runs one direct bus between HCM and Hà Nội called Hoang Long. The bus departs Miền Đông Bus Station in Binh Thanh District, HCM and arrives at the Nước Ngầm Bus Station at Km So 8, Duong Giai Phong, Phuong Hoang Liet, Hà Nội. Cost wise expect to pay approximately đ935,000 each way.
Supporters Club - Due to the distances involved, it is very unlikely that the Supporters Club will be running any buses to this venue. However, any details can be found on their facebook page by following this link. Details will also be posted here when (if) available.