Vietnam to Prepare for International Friendly in South Korea

    The two national teams last played each other in 2004. In their history, they have faced each other a total of six times, with Vietnam winning only once in the 2004 Asian Cup qualifiers.

    The date for their upcoming meeting has not been disclosed yet, as announced by the VFF. It is expected to be announced at a later time.

    Vietnam’s friendly schedule was announced following the draw of Asia’s second preliminary round for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Vietnam is placed in Group F with Iraq, the Philippines, and either Indonesia or Brunei. The first qualifying stage between Indonesia and Brunei will take place on October 12 and 17.

    The second round of Asia’s qualifiers, starting in November, will see South Korea against China and Thailand, while Japan will face North Korea and Syria.

    South Korea’s group also includes either Singapore or Guam, while Japan will play against the winners of a play-off between Myanmar and Macau.

    Australia, who reached the knockout round at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, is part of Group I along with Palestine, Lebanon, and either the Maldives or Bangladesh.

    FIFA’s decision to expand the World Cup finals to 48 nations grants Asia eight guaranteed berths, with a possible ninth spot through intercontinental play-offs.

    The top two teams from the nine groups drawn in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday will advance to the third preliminary round, where three groups of six teams will compete for World Cup spots.

    In Group F, Qatar, the reigning Asian Cup champions, will face India, Kuwait, and either Afghanistan or Mongolia. Iran, with six World Cup qualifications, is in Group E along with Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Hong Kong or Bhutan.

    Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Tajikistan, and Cambodia or Pakistan are in Group G. In Group H, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and either Yemen or Sri Lanka, along with Nepal or Laos, will compete for advancement.

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