“Việt Nam, We Thank You!” – FIFA’s Women’s World Cup page delivered a short message. In the 2023 World Cup, Vietnam was one of the eight teams making their debut, including the host New Zealand. After three matches, Coach Mai Duc Chung’s team lost all matches, failed to earn any points, and finished last in Group E.
Despite this, Vietnam’s achievement in qualifying for the World Cup is still considered a miracle and a breakthrough. FIFA President Gianni Infantino has repeatedly praised the progress and achievements of Vietnamese football in recent years. During a meeting with the President of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) Tran Quoc Tuan in New Zealand, Infantino also sent congratulations to the Vietnamese women’s team.
The defeat against the Netherlands showed that Vietnamese women’s football still has a considerable gap compared to the world stage. According to Coach Mai Duc Chung, the players made tremendous efforts, but “their strength was not enough” due to the gap with the opponents. Statistics show that the Vietnamese women’s team only had 27% ball possession and had 5 shot attempts, less than 9 times compared to the opponents.
“The spirit of the Vietnamese women’s team is high, but there is still a technical gap. The level of the Vietnamese women’s team cannot be compared to the opponents. The Netherlands deserved their victory,” said Coach Mai Duc Chung. He also mentioned that the Vietnamese women’s team has made progress in over a year of preparation but still needs to continue their efforts.
6686_According to the plan, on August 3, the Vietnamese women’s team will return home. They will have a week off before regrouping to prepare for the 19th Asian Games (Hangzhou, China).
The Vietnamese women’s team received a meaningful reward after the match against the Netherlands, and the President of VFF expressed his heartfelt words.