Southeast Asia First Time Hosts The AFF U22 Championship 2019

The AFF has organized a draw for a series of regional tournaments in 2019. In particular, the AFF is the first to hold a championship for the U22 age group.

The AFF U22 Championship 2019 takes place from February 17 to February 2, 2019 in Cambodia. This is a football tournament that both creates a playground for young players and is a preparation for the U23 Asian Championship final in 2020.

Two AFF U22 Championship 2019 tables. Source: VFF
Two AFF U22 Championship 2019 tables. Source: VFF

According to the results of the group draw, Vietnam U22 team with Group A with Thailand, Timor Leste, Laos, Brunei and Philippines.

Group B consists of 5 teams including Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Singapore.

The age of participation in the tournament is the players born from 1997 back here.

Thus, Vietnam U22 team still has players who have participated in the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup in Korea such as Bui Tien Dung, Tran Dinh Trong, Doan Van Hau, Nguyen Quang Hai, Ha Duc Chinh, Nguyen Tien Linh, Trieu Viet Hung, Nguyen Trong Dai, Nguyen Thanh Chung … in the squad.

In addition, some junior players who are currently the main pillars of the U19 team are preparing to attend the U19 Asian Championships such as Nguyen Huu Thang, Le Minh Binh, Tran Bao Toan, Dang Van Toi, Pham Van Nam. … were fully eligible to attend.

Results of the draw for AFF U22

AFF U15 Women (held in Thailand, March 20 – April 2):

Group A: Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Timor Leste,

Group B: Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore and Cambodia.

Women’s Football Championship (held in Thailand, April 30-May 5):

Group A: Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Timor Leste,

Group B: Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia.

AFF U18 (held in Vietnam, August 5-18):

Group A: Myanmar, Indonesia, Laos, Timor Leste, Philippines, Brunei.

Group B: Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Australia.

U19 team prepare to participate in the AFF U22 Championship 2019

After attending the quarterfinals in Qatar from September 16-22, coach Hoang Anh Tuan summoned the U19 team players to Indonesia for the U19 Asian 2018 final.

On October 14, U19 players in Vietnam kicked off a friendly match against U19 China at the base station in Indonesia. In this match, the Vietnamese team won 1-0. This was considered a great encouragement before the tournament started.

In the history of 16 times participating in the Asian U19 tournament, the U19 Vietnam team won the best achievement in 2016. At that time, the players such as Quang Hai, Dinh Trong, Van Hau, Bui Tien Dung, Duc Chinh … under the coach of coach Hoang Anh Tuan, who reached the semi-finals. This impressive achievement has brought U19 Vietnam to the right to attend the FIFA U20 World Cup 2017 in Korea. Shortly thereafter, in January 2018, the U23 Vietnam team with the aforementioned core players won the Asian U23 runner-up 2018.

At the U19 Asian Championship this time, the U19 Vietnam team is in Group C with teams from Korea, Australia and Jordan. These are all strong teams, of which, South Korea is considered the No. 1 team.

With 12 championships and 23 times in the TOP 3 of 37 times attended, U19 Korea is the most successful team. In this year’s tournament, the South Korean U19 players impressively qualified as they scored 22 goals and conceded no goals.

The U19 Australia team, meanwhile, has only participated in the final six times but has won a runner-up in 2010. Currently U19 Australia has a class of talented players attending this tournament.

And West Asia Jordan team, although “weaker” than the above-mentioned teams, but in the 2018 qualifiers, Jordan players overcame Palestine (2-0), Syria (2-1) and drew Iran (0- 0) to win the right to Indonesia with first place. Earlier, in the 2006 tournament, right in the first time to attend, the Jordan U19 team reached the semi-finals and then participated in the FIFA U20 World Cup 2007.

Although facing “strong opponents” in the group stage, coach Hoang Anh Tuan is very confident when saying “the opponent is very strong, but to win U19 Vietnam is not easy”.

In the group stage, in the opening match (October 19), the students of coach Hoang Anh Tuan will meet the Jordan U19 team. Then on October 22, against U19 Australia and the final match of the group stage (October 26), against U19 Korea.
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