Vietnamese football year in review

The 2014 season officially wrapped up with a host of memorable highlights for Vietnamese football, both positive and negative. Let's take a look back at the major talking points of national football in 2014.

Vietnam beat Malaysia 2-1 in AFF Cup semis

Vietnam scored a 2-1 victory over the host Malaysia on December 7 during the ASEAN Football Federation-Suzuki Cup's semi-final first leg match in Selangor.

7th National Games kicks off in Nam Dinh province

The 7th National Games was officially kicked off in Thien Truong Stadium in Nam Dinh city, northern Nam Dinh province on December 6.

7th National Sport Tournament: Judoka Thuy wins first gold medal for Ninh Binh

Judoka Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy from Ninh Binh province won the women's 52kg category gold medal at the 2014 National Sport Tournament held in Nam Dinh province, on December, 3.

Trans-Vietnam cycling tourney opens in Ca Mau

The 2014 Trans-Vietnam Cycling Race - National Defence Cup officially opened in Ca Mau city, southern Ca Mau province on December 2, with the first stage covering 180 kilometres from the southernmost locality to Can Tho city.

Second Asian Para Games wraps up

The second Asian Para Games wrapped up in Incheon, the Republic of Korea on October 24, with Vietnam ranking tenth in the medal standings.

Vietnam wins first gold medal at Asian Para Games 2014

Weightlifter Le Van Cong brought home the first gold medal to the Vietnamese team and set a new world record at the ongoing second Asian Para Games in Incheon, the Republic of Korea on October 19.

Vietnam holds China to draw at AFC U19 Championship

Vietnam held China to a 1-1 draw in the last group C match at the Asian Football Confederation U19 Championship in Yangon, Myanmar, on October 13.

ASIAD 17: Vietnam wins one more bronze medal

Vietnamese Karateka Nguyen Thanh Duy was awarded a bronze medal on October 3 at the Asian Games in the Republic of Korea.

Vietnam wins gold at World Youth Chess Championship 2014

Nguyen Anh Khoi from Ho Chi Minh city bagged a gold medal in the U12 boys' event at the World Youth Chess Championship 2014 held in Durban, South Africa.

Cycling, athletics add silvers to Vietnam's Asiad tally

Vietnam won two silver medals in cycling and athletics on day 10 of the 17th Asian Games (Asiad) in Incheon, raising their medal tally to 30 - one gold, nine silver and 20 bronze.

Beating Myanmar 4-1, Vietnam to play Japan in finals

The Vietnam U-19 football team served home fans an impressive performance on September 11 as they humiliated U-19 Myanmar 4-1 in the semifinals of the Southeast Asian U-19 Football Championship at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi to set up a final clash against U-19 Japan.

AFF Cup: U19 Vietnam 2 - 3 U19 Japan

Despite their 2-3 loss to U19 Japan at the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Nuti Food U19 Cup in Hanoi on September 9, hosts U19 Vietnam delighted home fans with their impressive performance at My Dinh Stadium.

Vissai Ninh Binh ousted from AFC Cup 2014

Vissai Ninh Binh FC's 1-0 win over Hong Kong league champions Leg Kitchee on the second leg match on August 26 could not help the Vietnamese Cup holders enter the semi-finals of AFC Cup 2014 due to their 2-4 loss in the first leg match.

Narrow victory lifts U-19 Vietnam to finals

A solitary goal by Van Son in the 71st minute helped U-19 Vietnam emerge as victors over U-19 Thailand on August 20 and progress into the final clash against U-19 Myanmar, which is scheduled for Augusts 23.

AFC Cup: Ninh Binh defeated in first leg

Vietnam's Ninh Binh FC face a high risk of exiting the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup after losing 2-4 to Kitchee of Hong Kong at home in the quarter-finals first leg on August 19.

Vincem Hai Phong win 2014 national cup

The football team from Hai Phong city, Vincem Hai Phong, beat V-League 2014 winners Becamex Binh Duong 2-0 in an exciting match at Lach Tray Stadium in Hai Phong on August 17 to win the 2014 Vietnam National Cup.

U19 Vietnam crush U21 Singapore 4-0

U19 Vietnam have gotten off to a great start in the on-going Southeast Asian U22 Football Championship in Brunei by stunning the U21 Singapore side with a 4-0 victory on August 9.

Vietnam secures second round win at Chess Olympiad

Vietnamese chess players on August 3 scored second round wins over Monaco and Canada, at the 2014 Chess Olympiad ongoing in the Norwegian city of Tromso.

Martial arts festival hectic with bundles of activities

A street festival opened on August 2 in Quy Nhon City's central square on Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, drawing the participation of about 600 martial artists and artisans.