One more legendary FC goes into a tailspin

VietNamNet Bridge – Besides the The Cong FC, the Saigon Port is one of the two eldest and the most beloved football clubs in Vietnam. The The Cong FC has no longer existed while the Saigon Port was on the bank of collapse. HCM FC is in crisis. Actually, the name “Saigon Port” does not exist at present but its members or its “soul” are now players of the HCM City FC. However, this FC, which has the last vestiges of the legendary Saigon Port is struggling to survive. The 2012 football season is nearly close and the HCM City FC is among the teams at the bottom of the ranking list of the First Division Tournament, one of the two key football tournaments in Vietnam. However, the biggest problem of this team is not whether it can stay with the First Division Tournament in the next season but whether it can exist or is dissolved because of lacking fund. In the first stage of the First Division Tournament, the Sacombank poured VND5 billion ($250,000) into this FC, to pay salary for … [Read more...]

Japanese football infiltrates Vietnam market

VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnam is one of the markets with the most potential in Southeast Asia and the J.League clubs want to look for the brightest talents. Gamba Osaka, which was the AFC Champions League champion, signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement for two years with the Promotion Fund for Vietnamese Football Talents (PVF) to train young players and take young football talents of Vietnam to Japan to play. Why do the J.League clubs want to accelerate their penetration into the Vietnamese market? This is not a question in football alone. Japan considers Vietnam a potential market, which is now in a demographic bonus period when the number of people of working age (15 to 64) account for a majority in the population of more than 90 million people. With the rise of the middle-income group, the consumer market of Vietnam also promises to be an ideal place for the J.League. Cooperation Kawasaki Frontale FC is a pioneer. Through its parent company, which works in the field of … [Read more...]

Vietnam remains 146th in FIFA world ranking

Vietnam remained its 146th position out of 204 in FIFA’s March ranking, according to the Vietnam Football Federation on March 4. The Vietnam National Football Team. Regionally, the country maintained its position as 24th in Asia and third in the Southeast Asian region. It was not a surprise as the national team has not played any significant match since January. However, the position might be changed next month when the team will have two important matches with Taiwan (China) on March 24 and Iraq on March 29 in the qualifying rounds of World Cup 2018. In Southeast Asia, Thailand led the rankings, followed by the Philippines. Meanwhile, Iran came first in Asia, followed by Japan, and the Republic of Korea. The March world rankings still saw Belgium topping, followed by Argentina, Spain and Germany. VNA … [Read more...]

VN famous football players born in the Year of Monkey

In Western astrology, there are 12 astrological signs – and in Vietnamese astrology, there are 12 zodiac animals – the mouse, cow, tiger, rat, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. In Vietnamese culture, it is believed that people share some common characteristics with the zodiac of the year when they were born. For example, people who were born in the Year of the Dragon are considered lucky, and people born in the Year of the Pig are materially rich. The Year of the Monkey starts on February 8. People born in the Year of the Monkey are often believed to be smart, flexible and ambitious, and can adapt to the changing environment quickly. Many players of the U23 Vietnam football team were born in the Year of the Monkey and we chose four active players – Mac Hong Quan, Ngo Hoang Thinh, Tran Phi Son and Nguyen Huy Hung – who are also of the Vietnam National Football team. Mac Hong Quan Mac Hong Quan Born on January 1, 1992 in Hai Duong … [Read more...]

Vietnam national football team parts ways with coach Miura

Toshiya Miura gestures during a match of Vietnam U23 team at the AFC Championships in Qatar. Photo: Mai Nhung The Vietnam Football Federation on Thursday cast a majority vote to dismiss Japanese coach Toshiya Miura, following the national team’s poor performance at the recent Asian Football Confederation U23 Championship. Eleven of 16 members of VFF executive board voted to part ways with the coach, who has led the team since April 2014. Miura, 52, now in Japan for a short leave, will return to Vietnam to finalize relevant procedures, local media reported. Several VFF executives said that although Miura made certain accomplishments, he did not satisfy expectations of both local officials and fans. Vietnam won two bronze medals at the AFF Cup 2014 and Southeast Asian Games in 2015. However, the team lost all three group matches at the AFC U23 Championship earlier this month. VFF is expected to hire a local coach to replace Miura. Local media apparently picked SHB Da … [Read more...]

Bleak future for Miura as coach of Vietnam football team

Vietnam's Coach Toshiya Miura (L) seen during the World Cup qualifying match against Thailand on October 13. Photo: Bach Duong A 0-3 loss to Thailand at a recent World Cup qualifying match has prompted many experts to call for the Vietnam national football team to part ways with its Japanese coach Toshiya Miura. The topic heated a recent meeting of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) where Deputy Chairman Doan Nguyen Duc strongly criticized Miura for his performance. "He has not built any strategy for the national team and the Under-23 team. But no one has ever spoken up," said Duc, who is also president of Hoang Anh Gia Lai Club. He said Vietnam has the potential to rival Thailand, but the current coach has not been helpful. "Coach Miura is very conservative and he does not listen. I have repeated that his football philosophy is outdated." "Why do we give him two teams even though he hasn't been able to bring any results?" Pham Ngoc Vien, director of V.League organizer … [Read more...]

10 outstanding buildings of Vietnam in pictures

VietNamNet Bridge – The National Assembly House, Keangnam, Lotte, and Bitexco towers, and My Dinh National Stadium are among the largest projects in Vietnam in recent years. The National Assembly House is located on the road of Doc Lap (Independence) in Ba Dinh District. The 39m building, with a square shape, is inside the campus of the Thang Long Imperial Citadel. This was the first large office building of central agencies being built after the country’s unification (1975). The building has three-storey underground car park for over 500 vehicles, with an area of 17,000 m2. The tunnel connecting the National Assembly House and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is 60m long, with two lanes for pedestrians and cars. Completed in early October 2014, the building served the 8th session of the National Assembly. The Vietnam National Conference Center at 57 Pham Hung is the largest construction complex in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Construction began in November 2004 and the … [Read more...]

Man City eager to return to Vietnam: commercial director

The Man City players at the team's match in Vietnam (Photo: VNA) Manchester City is keen to come back to Vietnam in the near future, Commercial Director of City Football Marketing Omar Berrada said in a press briefing in Hanoi on July 30 following the team’s match against the Vietnam national football team. Berrada said the Man City players were delighted by the enthusiasm and hospitality of local fans during their stay in Vietnam. He also valued the efforts undertaken by the Vietnam Football Federation and relevant agencies to organise the match in a professional manner. The match organisers said Man City’s tour of Vietnam had been successful and had inspired the Vietnamese footballers who were fortunate enough to play against the football stars. The competition also brought Vietnam and its people closer to UK fans and international media outlets, they added. In the friendly match on July 27, Man City won 8-1 against the Vietnam national football team. The … [Read more...]

Manchester City crushes Vietnam 8-1 in pre-season friendly

Manchester City had an easy 8-1 win over Vietnam national football team in a friendly match in Hanoi late Monday with three doubles by David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Aleksandar Kolarov and two more by Joze Pozo and Marco Lopes. The two teams and more than 30,000 thousands at the My Dinh Stadium had a silent moment ahead of the match that took place on Vietnam’s National War Invalids and Martyrs Day (July 27). Manchester City’s manager Manuel Pellegrini fielded strong players, including Manuel Garcia, Silva and the newly-signed Sterling in a US$76.5 million contract, right at the beginning of the match as he had told local media. Manchester City took the lead in the 11th minute with a free kick by Kolarov from some 25m (82ft) away. Sterling made it 2-0 after defeating Vietnam’s goalkeeper To Vinh Loi with a shot near the edge of the box in the 19th minute. Just two minutes later, Silva scored the third goal for City after his header was blocked by To Vinh Loi … [Read more...]

Manchester City and Vietnam prepares for friendly football match at My Dinh Stadium

The Hanoitimes - A press conference was organised in Hanoi on July 10 to announce the friendly match between England’s Premier League football club Manchester City and the Vietnam national football team. Manchester City have started their Asia Tour with training in Australia, where they will play three matches before flying to Vietnam on July 25 with 65 members. They will take part in the match at My Dinh Stadium on July 27 The match will be aired live on VTV6 from 8pm. According to the Vietnam Football Federation, this is a great opportunity for both players and fans to watch and learn from the UK’s top football team. Thu Minh … [Read more...]

Manchester City prepares for friendly football match in Vietnam

Manchester City is scheduled to arrive in Vietnam on July 25 with 65 members and take part in the match on July 27. Photo: VNA A press conference was held in Hanoi on July 10 to announce the friendly match between England’s Premier League football club Manchester City and the Vietnam national football team. Accordingly, the four-time Premier League champion is scheduled to arrive in Vietnam on July 25 with 65 members and take part in the match on July 27. At the conference, Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano shared the team’s excitement for their fist Vietnam visit, saying they are delighted to play for their Vietnamese supporters. According to the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF), this is a great opportunity for both players and fans to watch and learn from the UK’s top football team.-VNA … [Read more...]

Manchester City to arrive in Vietnam for friendly match

England’s Premier League football club Manchester City has agreed to sign a contract with the Vietnam Football Federation and the Saigon-Da Nang Bank for a trip to Vietnam. The trip will include a friendly football match with the Vietnam national football team at the My Dinh stadium in Hanoi on July 27th. A news conference on the match between the Vietnam national football team and Manchester City is scheduled to take place this weekend. Manchester City, a four-time Premier League champion, plans to arrive in Vietnam on July 25th with 65 members. The club will stay at the Marriot Hotel in western Hanoi. In 2013, Arsenal, another Premier League club and a 13-time champion, conducted a two-day visit to Vietnam and played a friendly game with the Vietnam national football team./. … [Read more...]

Manchester City players‘ activities in Hanoi revealed

The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) on July 7 revealed a detailed schedule on activities of players from England’s Premier League football club, Manchester City in Hanoi. Accordingly, the club’s 65 members will arrive in Hanoi on July 25. During their 3-day stay they will have friendly football match with the Vietnam national football team at the My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi on July 27, and take part in various social activities, including visiting and offering gifts to children in SOS Children’s Village and meeting with fans at the My Dinh Stadium. They will also exchange opinions with students of Vietnam National University, Hanoi and the Youth Football Training Centre in Hanoi. Famous football players such as Aguero, David Silva, and Yaya Toure will join the match in Vietnam. They will stay in Marriott Hotel in Hanoi. During their stay, they will be protected by more than 1,000 security and bodyguards. VNA … [Read more...]

Manchester City players‘ activities in Hanoi

(VOV) - The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) on July 7 revealed a detailed schedule on activities of players from England’s Premier League football club, Manchester City in Hanoi. Accordingly, the club’s 65 members will arrive in Hanoi on July 25. During their 3-day stay they will have friendly football match with the Vietnam national football team at the My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi on July 27, and take part in various social activities, including visiting and offering gifts to children in SOS Children’s Village and meeting with fans at the My Dinh Stadium. They will also exchange opinions with students of Vietnam National University, Hanoi and the Youth Football Training Centre in Hanoi. Famous football players such as Aguero, David Silva, and Yaya Toure will join the match in Vietnam. They will stay in Marriott Hotel in Hanoi. During their stay, they will be protected by more than 1,000 security and bodyguards. … [Read more...]

Manchester City signs contract with VN Football Federation

England’s Premier League football club Manchester City on July 6 agreed to sign a contract with the Vietnam Football Federation and the Saigon-Da Nang Bank for a trip to Vietnam. The trip will include a friendly football match with the Vietnam national football team at the My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi on July 27. A news conference on the match between the Vietnam national football team and Manchester City is scheduled to take place this weekend. Manchester City, a four-time Premier League champion, plans to arrive in Vietnam on July 25 with 65 members. The club will stay at the Marriot Hotel in western Hanoi. In 2013, Arsenal, another Premier League club and a 13-time champion, conducted a two-day visit to Vietnam and played a friendly game with the Vietnam national football team. VNA … [Read more...]

Manchester City to arrive in Vietnam for friendly football match

England’s Premier League football club Manchester City on July 6 agreed to sign a contract with the Vietnam Football Federation and the Saigon-Da Nang Bank for a trip to Vietnam. The trip will include a friendly football match with the Vietnam national football team at the My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi on July 27. A news conference on the match between the Vietnam national football team and Manchester City is scheduled to take place this weekend. Manchester City, a four-time Premier League champion, plans to arrive in Vietnam on July 25 with 65 members. The club will stay at the Marriot Hotel in western Hanoi. In 2013, Arsenal, another Premier League club and a 13-time champion, conducted a two-day visit to Vietnam and played a friendly game with the Vietnam national football team.-VNA … [Read more...]

Vietnam to meet Iraq and Thailand in World Cup qualification

Iraq and Thailand promise to be tough opponents for Japanese coach Toshiya Miura (second from right) and the Vietnam national football team. NDO – Vietnam will be joined by Iraq, Thailand, Indonesia and Chinese Taipei in Group F in the second round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, which also act as qualifiers for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates. The draw took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 14, with 40 teams drawn in eight groups of five, playing home-and-away round-robin matches. The eight group winners and four best group runners-up will advance to the third round of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers and automatically qualify for the 2019 Asian Cup finals. 2007 Asian Cup champion, Iraq, is the favourite for the top spot in Group F, while the second-place position will be up for grabs among 2014 AFF Cup winners Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. Vietnam will play guest to Thailand in their first qualifying match on June 11 before taking on … [Read more...]

Vietnam Standard Chartered Cup 2015 launched

PANO - The 2015 Vietnam Standard Chartered Cup was launched on March 8th in Hanoi (and on March 14th in Ho Chi Minh City) to find out the best Vietnamese football team to compete in the cup's global final round at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool FC's home, on May 8th. Hoa Binh Construction & Real Estate Corporation team-the champion in 2014. Photo: dddn.com.vn The tournament is an amateur event with competitions between two teams of five players each. It has been annually organized by the Standard Chartered Bank, Liverpool's sponsor, since 2012 for countries where the bank operates. The Hoa Binh Construction & Real Estate Corporation (HBC) representing Vietnam national football team first took part in the event in England in 2014 and became the champion. According to the organizing panel, the Vietnam cup's final match will be held in Hoa Lu Stadium, district 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Translated by Trung Thanh … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s top 10 sports stories for 2014

(VOV) - Sport is a passion for tens of millions of Vietnamese and when an international sports story breaks, they follow it with the utmost of enthusiasm. Here we, Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV), have recapped our top ten biggest sports stories for the year. 1. Indonesia replaces Vietnam as ASIAD 18 host On September 19, at the request of Vietnam, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) selected Indonesia as there placement host for the next Asian Games in 2019 (ASIAD 18). Earlier in March 2014, Vietnam withdrew its bid to host the event, citing as the reason its limited experience in organizing such a large sporting venue. 2. The seventh National Sports Festival The Hanoi team came in first for the fourth consecutive year in a row at the seventh National Sports Festival. Swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien smashed two national records at the festival. The festival cost more than VND2,000 billion to produce, however, the revenues generated and the benefit to the nation’s image … [Read more...]