27th April 2020

City finally returned to full training today in Bà Rịa Vũng Tàu.  This is the team's first full training session since the league was suspended due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus.  The team looked in good spirits as they went through a selection of fitness tests.

Video courtesy of the Official Club Facebook Site

23rd April 2020

OnSports.vn are reporting that City will resume training tomorrow (24th April) spending up to 10 days in Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu before returning to HCM.  Coach Chung Hae-seong is hoping that Govt. regulations following the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions will allow the team to participate in local tournaments prior to the season restarting to help the team regain match fitness.

16th April 2020

Following today's meeting, it is being reported by OnSports.vn that the VPF have agreed that the 15th May will be the date to see a resumption in professional football in Vietnam.  The exact details and fixtures have yet to be finalised but steps in the right direction are at least being taken.  When football restarts, V-League 1 will be in Week 3.  Both V-League 2 and the National Cup have yet to begin.  www.hcmcfc.net welcomes any news that means football can restart!!

14th April 2020

Provisional dates have been released for the resumption of the LS 2020 V-League 1 season.  If the fight against Covid-19 continues to be successful, then the 20th May has been put forward as the preferred start date.  As yet there has been no confirmation on either the format (will rounds 3-13 all be played up north etc) or whether spectators will be allowed to attend.  However, just the mention of a preferred date is a step in the right direction.

12th April 2020

On This Day - 12th April 2019

On this day in 2019, City made the short trip to Bình Dương Province to take on Becamax Bình Dương FC in Week 5 of the 2019 V-League 1 Season.

It took a 93rd minute winner from City's No 94 Joel to finally secure the three points that the overall performance merited.  Having earlier coasted into a 2-0 lead courtesy of goals from 94 Joel on 38 minutes and 71 Công Thành in the 68th minute.  City found themselves pegged back at 2-2 as the clocked ticked down after the hosts scored twice in six second half minutes.  The second coming from a dubious penalty decision.  The handball offence appearing to take place outside of the box.  However, as this team has shown time and time again under the astute leadership of Coach Chung Hae Soung, they do not know how to give up.

City's Team That Day

1 Thành Thắng, 2 Tùng Quốc, 9 Hoàng Thịnh, 11 Matis Jadue (18 Quang Nam, 69’), 14 Văn Thuận, 15 Hữu Tuấn, 28 Công Hiển (71 Công Thành, 46’), 77 Huỳnh Kesley (8 Thanh Bình, 81’), 88 Ewonde, 94 Vinicius, 99 Văn Thành.

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11th April 2020

The VFF have released proposals to restructure the professional league structure from 2021.  Whilst V-Leagues 1 and 2 will remain at 14 teams, the main change comes further down the league pyramid.  The VFF have proposed that the 3rd Division (strangely called the First Division and which is actually two regional divisions below V-League 2) will be increased by 2 teams to 14.   According to the proposal, at the end of season 2020, the 12th placed team in the First Division will be relegated and replaced by the top 3 teams from the league(s) below.

6th April 2020

With no prospect of the V-League Season re-starting any day soon.  Let us re-cap on who is in the City squad for (at least) the first half of the 2020 Season.  For non-Vietnamese : Thủ môn = Goalkeeper.  Hậu vệ = Defender.  Tiền vệ = Midfielder.  Tiền đạo = Striker (Attacker).

3rd April 2020

Head Coach Chung Hae soung and Coach Lư Đình Tuấn, on behalf of Ho Chi Minh City FC, present a cheque for đ360,000,000 toward the nation's fight against Covid-19.

2nd April 2020

On This Day 2 April 2016

City travelled to FLC Thanh Hóa in the National Cup. City were in V-League 2 although that was to change at the end of the season when City gained promotion to Vietnam's High Table.

On a rainy day in Thanh Hóa, Cup regulations meant that the hosts were without Pepe Omar, Ivan Fiere and Nguyễn Van Bakel. City's team was a mixture of youth and those who had played with each other for a couple of seasons.

City started the game full of confidence. A team with nothing to lose but a lot to gain.

In the 23rd minute, host defender Đào Văn Phong gave away a penalty which Minh Trung duly converted. City were 1-0 up.

It took until the 67th minute for the V-League 1 side to strike back. Quốc Phương's cross being turned into the City goal by Minh Hòa. The game was level at 1-1 and that is the way it ended. City and Thanh Hóa were heading for penalties.

Unfortunately, Anh Tài was to see his penalty saved at City were out of the Cup.

City's Team

1 Trần Minh Phương (GK), 2 Lê Minh Hòa, 3 Đặng Hữu Phước , 9 Nguyễn Tuấn Anh, 11 Phạm Công Hiển, 15 Nguyễn Hữu Tuấn, 16 Nguyễn Trọng Phi, 17 Nguyễn Minh Trung (Capt), 18 Nguyễn Duy Phương, 22 Nguyễn Tuấn Đạt, 26 Trần Quốc Anh

1st April 2020

Reports are suggesting that City, along with Sài Gòn FC,  has greed to the VPF proposal of playing Weeks 3 - 13 in the northern part of the country.  This is of course terrible news for City fans.  However, nothing final has been agreed with Quảng Nam FC calling for the V-League 1 season to be cancelled all together whilst SHB Đà Nẵng FC suggested that the season be shortened with no relegation.  Of course, all options depend on the fight against Covid-19 which is still causing mayhem around the globe.

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