Vietnam have been listed on FIFA's website as one of the most surprising teams in 2019.
The Vietnamese football team
The world football governing body listed 12 squads which made big bangsthroughout the year on its home page.
In 2019, Vietnam made the Asian Football Federation Cup quarter-finals for thefirst time in history and are the only team from Southeast Asia to have wonthree 2022 World Cup qualifier matches.
Other teams that surprised the world were the U20 team of the Republic of Koreawho made it to the final of the U20 World Cup while their midfielder Lee Kanginwon the tournament's Golden Ball.
The Italian women's squad were also listed after they won their FIFA Women'sWorld Cup group ahead of Brazil and Australia. They also eliminated China inthe last-16 round.
Algeria won the Africa Cup of Nations, ending their 29-year title drought, andwere also the biggest mover in the July world rankings as they moved up 28places to reach 40th in the world and fourth in the continent.
The other teams were the Netherlands' women, Qatar, Kosovo, Ukraine and U20 Ukraine,Haiti and Iraq and Syria./.VNA