Vietnam will play a friendly match against Syria on June 20 at Thien Truong Stadium in the northern province of Nam Dinh for FIFA Days.
Syria are ranked 90th in the world rankings, five places above Vietnam. Their best known player is striker Omar Khribin. The 29-year-old is playing for Emirati Shabab Al Ahli on loan from Al-Wahda (Abu Dhabi) in the UAE.
Other quality players are defender Abdul Weiss, midfielders Oliver Kawo and Simon Amin and winger Amma Ramadan.
In 2018, Syria almost qualified for the World Cup, advancing to the play-off where they were ousted after losing to Australia.
At the upcoming Asian Cup finals, Syria is in pod three with Vietnam, Bahrain, Palestine, Kyrgyzstan and Lebanon.
The team are under coach Hector Cuper who worked at European clubs such as Valencia, Inter Milan, Real Betis and Parma. At the national level, he has led Egypt, Uzbekistan and Congo before landing in Syria.
Vietnam have played Syria three times since 2009. The team won one, drew one and lost one. In their latest meeting in 2016, Vietnam won 2-0.
It will be the first time Nam Dinh hosts a match of the national team.
Nguyen Tien Dung, Director of Nam Dinh’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, was excited about the game. He affirmed that the province would strictly cooperate with the Vietnam Football Federation and provide all the best conditions when organizing the match.
Prior to the Thien Truong game, Vietnam will play Hong Kong on June 15 in Hai Phong. It will be the first international match of the hosts after the AFF Cup 2022 last January.
Up to 30 Vietnamese players will start training on June 7 in Hanoi.