National Cup tournament 2019 attracts 26 football teams

Thursday, 2019-04-04 16:46:33
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Saigon Club's footballers at the match against Binh Dinh in the qualifying round. (Photo: thethaovanhoa.vn)
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NDO – The 2019 Vietnamese National Cup Tournament began at the end of March and is expected to conclude in October, featuring the participation of 26 professional football teams from across the country.

Out of the participants, 14 clubs are competing in Vietnam's top-tier football league, V.League, while 12 teams participating in the National First Division Football Tournament.

Vietnam’s newest airline, Bamboo Airways, is the main sponsor for this year’s tournament, under a cooperation agreement signed between the airline and the Vietnam Professional Football Joint Stock Company (VPF) in Hanoi on April 4.

The National Cup champions will represent Vietnam to compete in the AFC Cup next year and will be awarded VND1 billion (over US$43,000). Meanwhile, the runners-up and two third-ranked teams will receive VND500 million (over US$21,500) and VND200 million (over US$8,600), respectively.

In addition, the winning teams in the qualifying, the round 1/8 and the quarterfinals will be presented rewards of VND10 million (US$430 million), VND20 million (US$861) and VND30 million (nearly US$1,300), respectively.

The annual National Cup is an attractive playground in the system of national professional football tournaments, receiving great attention from the fans and media nationwide.

Becamex Binh Duong was crowned 2018 National Cup champions.