The failure of U23 Vietnam in the Asian tournament will limit the chance of Vietnamese players to enter the world in the next few years.
Two years ago, the victory of U23 Vietnam in the Asian Championship 2018 opened the most bustling period of Vietnamese football history. For more than a year after U23 Asia 2018, 4 Vietnamese players in 3 different clubs traveled abroad, spread across many positions. HAGL has the duo Lương Xuân Trường, Nguyễn Công Phượng playing in Korea, Thailand and Belgium respectively; Đặng Văn Lâm went to Thailand while Đoàn Văn Hậu joined Heerenveen in the Netherlands.
|U23 Vietnam has not introduced any new faces in U23 Asia. The best players are old names like Quang Hai (left). Photo: Minh Chiến.|
Two years later, it is difficult to have a similar wave for Vietnamese players after the defeat of U23 Vietnam in the Asian Championship 2020.
Firstly, the fact that U23 Vietnam stopped in the group stage made the interest of Park Hang-seo teachers and teachers in the Asian playground significantly reduced. Unable to continue, unable to advance, Vietnamese football has lost the opportunity to introduce good faces to the world. Before that, three-quarters of the above contracts belonged to U23 players who played well in the Asian playground. The remaining contract of Van Lam was announced during the Asian Cup, another Asian event.
Because V.League is not within the monitoring and statistics of many channels, plus very few Vietnamese clubs can participate in the AFC Champions League or AFC Cup, Vietnamese players lack important information channels to Introduce yourself to the world. International “hunting people” also do not have many opportunities to access the real level of Vietnamese players.
The second reason is related to qualifications. The failure of U23 Vietnam shows that the level of the current generation of players is not equal to that of 2018. The two best players of U23 Vietnam are both old faces: Nguyễn Quang Hải and Trần Đình Trọng. U23 Vietnam itself did not introduce any new faces. Unexpected occurrences of Phan Văn Đức 2018 do not take place in 2020.
|Playing well in Asian tournaments is the shortest way for Vietnamese players to introduce themselves to the world. Photo: Minh Chiến.|
Third, the transfer flow of Vietnamese football is also tending to reverse. Before the 2020 Asian U23 competition, Công Phượng has confirmed to return to Vietnam to play. His teammate Xuân Trương returned home earlier from Phase 2 V. League 2019.
Many Vietnamese players such as Nguyễn Anh Đức, Phạm Đức Huy, Nguyễn Văn Quyết, Nguyễn Quang Hải have all refused to go abroad. The bosses Đỗ Quang Hiển, Đoàn Nguyên Đức, who have the biggest role in the decisions to go abroad, are also more cautious about this.
Their reaction is also reasonable after the failure of many Vietnamese players abroad in the past two years. Công Phượng, Xuân Trường or Văn Hậu are currently facing many difficulties in foreign competition even though they are prominent factors of “Generation Changzhou”. Their failure indicates that Vietnamese football needs more sound transfer strategies. The players should continue to play in the country when there is not enough luggage for new trips.
After the defeat of U23 Vietnam, the ability of Vietnamese players to export abroad in the next few years will certainly be very limited.