Name of Ground : Sân vận động Vinh

Capacity              : 18,000 (10,000 seats)

Address                : Cửa Nam, Tp. Vinh, Nghệ An, Vietnam

Brief History

Sông Lam Nghệ An is a club steeped in history and tradition.  It is also one of the main suppliers of young internationals who have graced the red of Vietnam.  Although the club has won several trophies, it, along with Hoàng Anh Gia Lai, has probably not had the success that the production of young players deserves.  The club does however boast three V-League titles and three National Cup triumphs since its formation in 1979.

  • 28 February 1979 and the club is formed as Sông Lam after ownership passed from the Army to the People's Committee of Nghệ Tĩnh Province.

  • 1986 and the club competes in what was then called the A1 National League finishing 5th out of 6 in Group C.

  • 1992 and the Province of Nghệ Tĩnh was split into two : Nghệ An and Hà Tĩnh. This resulted in the side changing its name from Sông Lam Nghệ Tĩnh to Sông Lam Nghệ An. The team were to finish 3rd in the National Football Championships.

  • 1998 - the club finishes as runners up in the National Championship.

  • 2000 and the club wins both the National Championship and the National Cup after defeating Cảng Sài Gòn Saigon Port) 2-0 at the SVĐ Hàng Đẫy.

  • 2001 and the club becomes the first team to win the newly professionalised National Competition - V-League.

  • 2004 and the club changes its name to PJICO Sông Lam Nghệ An after securing sponsorship from the PJICO Insurance Joint Stock Company.  However, due to financial complications the club was to finish 4th.

  • 2007 and after financial support from PJICO was withdrawn, the club received new owners and changed its name to PetroVietnam Finance Club of Sông Lam Nghệ An.

  • 2009 and the club becomes Sông Lam Nghệ An FC.  

  • 2010 - The club wins its Second National Cup defeating Hoàng Anh Gia Lai 1-0 SVĐ Thống Nhất.

  • 2011 - The club wins the V-League Title after a 1-1 draw to home to Hà Nội T&T.  Although the club lost to Navibank Sài Gòn in the Final of the National Cup it was able to inflict revenge when it beat the same team 3-1 on penalties in the National Super Cup

2019 Season Results

How to Get to the SVĐ Vinh

The distance between HCM and Vinh is 1,417 km making the journey an extremely long one in terms of road transport.  It is also possibly the fixture with the least appeal to City fans with very few (me) supporters making the trip.

Travel Options 

Plane - All the major airlines fly to Vinh International Airport with flying time approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.  The airport is approximately 7 km outside of the city centre taking about 15-30 minutes to complete.  There are direct buses from the airport to the city centre which can be found outside of the arrivals hall.  Prices to Vinh will vary between airlines and when you book.  The closeness of the airport also makes it possible to return to HCM directly after the game.

Train - There are four direct trains that you can take from HCM to Vinh.  Trains leave from Sài Gòn Railway Station which is located in District 3 and arrive at Vinh Station which is at 1, Lê Ninh, Tp. Vinh, Nghệ An.The journey takes approximately 27 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 đ900,000 for a one-way ticket.

The train options are as follows:

SE2   Depart HCM 21:55 Arrive Vinh 23:35 (Next Day)

SE4   Depart HCM 19:25 Arrive Vinh 22:42 (Next Day)

SE6   Depart HCM 08:45 Arrive Vinh 15:20 (Next Day)

SE8   Depart HCM 06:00 Arrive Vinh 09:19 (Next Day)


Details and bookings can be made from the Vietnam Railways Website by following this link

Bus - The bus journey will take approximately 28-29 hours.  One company that runs scheduled buses between HCM and Vinh is Hoàng Long.  Details and bookings can be made by following this link. The bus departs Miền Đông Bus Station at 296 Đinh Bộ Lĩnh, Phường 26, Bình Thạnh, HCM and arrives into Vinh Bus Station situated at 77 Lê Lợi, Hưng Bình, Thành phố Vinh, Nghệ An.  Cost wise expect to pay approximately đ720,000 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.

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