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 its players … [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...]

Vietnam players urge fans to play fair after Malaysia violence

Vietnam's national team have urged fans to remain calm at this week's match, despite some being attacked by Malaysia supporters during the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 semi final at Shah Alam Stadium in Selangor at the weekend. A section of Malaysian fans threw bottles and attacked Vietnamese fans after Vietnam beat Malaysia on December 7 to win the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup semi-final round. Malaysia’s Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, has apologised to Vietnamese supporters for the incident. "These violent fans do not represent Malaysia," Jamaluddin said. "My sincere apologies on behalf of Malaysia for the actions of these small number of irresponsible thugs." The two teams will meet again in the second semi-final round on December 11, to be held in Hanoi. Vietnam needs only a draw to advance to the finals. Football officials are concerned some Vietnamese fans may seek revenge, and security and safety have been made a priority at My Dinh … [Read more...]

National football team gets grand welcome at home

(VOV) -After scoring a 2-1 victory over the host on December 8 during the ASEAN Football Federation-Suzuki Cup's semi-final first leg match in Malaysia, the Vietnam national football team returned home, happy to see the huge number of fans waiting to welcome. Some photos of the team at Tan Son Nhat international airport before flying to Hanoi to prepare for the second leg at My Dinh on December 11: Captain Tan Tai receives flowers from the Vietnam football fan club Football fans present flowers for coach Miura Smiling goalie Tran Nguyen Manh beside a huge number of Vietnamese fans Cong Vinh poses photos with his big fans Coach Miura shakes hands with fans Middlefield Nguyen Van Quyet is very happy when scoring the second goal at the 60th minute … [Read more...]

National football team trains hard for AFF semi-finals

(VOV) -After 2 days off, the Vietnam national football team on December 1 began their first training day at Hanoi’s My Dinh stadium to prepare for the semi-final berth with Malaysia in the 2014 Southeast Asian Football Championship - AFF Suzuki Cup. As scheduled, the team will move to Malaysia for the semi-finals on December 3. Here are some photos of the training day: Coach Miura divides the team into groups, focusing on physical exercises. Japanese coach runs side by side with Midfielder Thanh Luong After five rounds of running, Vietnamese players feel pretty tired Midfielder Vu Minh Tuan will not be allowed to play the semi-finals after receiving 2 yellow cards at the qualifying round. Goalkeepers Nguyen Manh and Thanh Binh in training … [Read more...]

Vietnam make semi-final berth with 3-1 victory

Hoang Thinh celebrates his opener in the 9th minute with teammates. (Image credit: Nhan Dan) NDO – Vietnam national football team beat the Philippines 3-1 in their last group match at My Dinh Stadium on November 28 to advance to the semi-finals as Group A winners. >>> AFF Suzuki Cup: Vietnam stuns Laos 3-0 >>> Defensive line makes mistakes, Vietnam tie 2-2 with Indonesia Producing their best performance so far at the ongoing ASEAN Football Federation Championship-Suzuki Cup 2014, Vietnam entered the game with determination to seize three points to top the Group A. In the 2nd minute, Vietnam’s striker Cong Vinh missed a very good chance to open the scoring. However, just six minutes later, midfielder Ngo Hoang Thinh with a long-distance shot defeated goalkeeper Patrick Deyto to earn Vietnam an early 1-0 lead. Cheered by the opener, the home team continued to strengthen attacks. Meanwhile, it took the Philippines 25 minutes to have the first shot on … [Read more...]

Vietnam drops two spots in latest FIFA world rankings

(VOV) - Despite a positive showing for the month, the Vietnam national football team has slipped in FIFA’s latest World Rankings. Coach Miura’s men dropped two places to 138th and Vietnam now places 21st overall in Asia and 2nd in Southeast Asia. The Philippines continues to lead Southeast Asia. Thailand ranks third in the region. There was no change in the top 5 of the world’s rankings. Germany tops the list followed by Argentina, Colombia, Belgium and the Netherlands. The top three in Asia are Japan, Iran and the Republic of Korea, in that order. … [Read more...]

Vietnam drawn to play in Group A at AFF Suzuki Cup 2014

The outcomes of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 official draw (Credit: Vietnam+) Nhan Dan Online - Vietnam has been drawn to play the Philippines, Indonesia and qualifying round runners-up, yet to be determined, in Group A of the final round of the ASEAN football championship - AFF Suzuki Cup 2014. >> Vietnam, Singapore to co-host 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup >> Japanese expert to manage Vietnam national football team The grouping of teams was decided at an official draw held at Sheraton Hotel in Hanoi on August 5. Group B is named the 'death group' with the presence of defending and four-time champion Singapore, three-time champion Thailand, Malaysia and qualifying round winners. Vietnam and Singapore will co-host the final stage from November 22 to December 20, while the qualification tournament will be held in Laos from October 8-19, with Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Brunei and Timor Leste competing for the two remaining finals slots. Vietnam is expected to excel at this year's event, … [Read more...]

Football fans crazy about World Cup 2014

(VOV) - The ambience of game-day was in the air on June 11 as the northern province of Hung Yen hosted a football rally displaying the revelry that Vietnamese fans have for the game of football. The event drew the participation of football lovers from the northern provinces of Thanh Hoa, Nam Dinh, Haiphong, Bac Ninh, Hung Yen and Hanoi. Participants passionately demonstrated their love for the game, resounding renditions of traditional game day songs. Nguyen Quang Tuan, a resident of Hanoi and the oldest person in attendance, said the ceremony helps "Vietnamese fans come closer together and show their love for the sport". He took the occasion to call on Vietnamese fans to support their athletes at the upcoming international competitions, first and foremost Southeast Asian Games. He wished that the Vietnam national football team would qualify for the World Cup one day in the future. … [Read more...]