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...]

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...]

Breakfast @ Tuoitrenews – Jan 16

Politics -- Vietnamese chairman of the National Assembly Office Nguyen Hanh Phuc called for closer cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region to tackle territorial and resource disputes and other challenges at a meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum. The three-day forum is scheduled close in Mexico on Thursday. -- A Vietnamese National Assembly committee agreed Wednesday to earmark a further VND1.5 trillion (US$71.4 million) for the construction of border patrol roads. Society -- Vietnam may delay building its first nuclear power plant in the central region till 2020 instead of 2014, as earlier planned, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said Wednesday. -- Temperatures dropped to below 20 degrees Celsius in many provinces and cities in southern Vietnam on Wednesday, according to local forecasters. The temperature in Ho Chi Minh City is 18 degrees Celsius on Thursday morning. It is very cold in the south now because temperatures often exceed 30 degrees Celsius almost all year … [Read more...]

Vietnam football offers a festival of colours in 2013

The situation of Vietnam football in 2013 was that of a "colourful picture". Home fans were happy with the success of the national U-19 men's football team, but also felt disappointed at the failure of the national team at the 2015 Asian Cup qualification and the U-23 squad's poor performance at the 27th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games). Review by thethaovietnam.vn. 1. U-19 Vietnam impress with stunning emergence The national U-19 men's football team, with most of its players coming from the Hoang Anh Gia Lai Arsenal JMG Academy, made a stunning appearance at the 2013 AFF U-19 Youth Championship, winning all their matches and only losing in the finals to Indonesia in a tense penalty shoot-out. The team caused great surprise by demolishing Australia 5-1 in their last Group F qualifying match at Kuala Lumpur Stadium in Malaysia on October 7, to storm into the finals of the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship as group leaders. 2. Vietnam women on the brink of securing 2015 World Cup berth … [Read more...]

2013: Vietnam football in review

Nhan Dan Online - The situation of Vietnam football in 2013 was that of a 'colourful picture'. Home fans were happy with the success of the national U-19 men's football team, but also felt disappointed at the failure of the national team at the 2015 Asian Cup qualification and the U-23 squad's poor performance at the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. 1. U-19 Vietnam impress with stunning emergence The national U-19 men's football team, with most of its players coming from the Hoang Anh Gia Lai Arsenal JMG Academy, made a stunning appearance at the 2013 AFF U-19 Youth Championship, winning all their matches and only losing in the finals to Indonesia in a tense penalty shoot-out. The team caused great surprise by demolishing Australia 5-1 in their last Group F qualifying match at Kuala Lumpur Stadium in Malaysia on October 7, to storm into the finals of the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship as group leaders. 2. Vietnam women on the brink of securing 2015 World Cup berth The national … [Read more...]

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Hello and welcome to VOV's Letter Box, our weekly feature dedicated to our listeners throughout the world. We are Mai Phuong and Ngoc Huyen. A: First on our show today, we'd like to wish you, our dear listeners throughout the world Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We'd like to thank you for supporting our broadcasts and websites and look forward to receiving more feedback from you. B:Christmas and New Year is coming near and this week, we received lots of greeting cards, letters and emails from you. Thank you very much. We were impressed by an e-card from Miss Rokeya Khatun of Bangladesh with a picture of big, powerful horses which, according to Vietnamese notions, are a symbol of a very good and prosperous year to come. A: From England, Gerry Newmann sent us a lovely Christmas card with best wishes. Gerry, we also wish you all the best for Christmas and New Year. We greatly appreciate the greeting cards we got from Shri Bhagwan Sharma and Rajendar Kuma of India, Shamim Ahmed … [Read more...]

Men’s football SEA Games 27: U23 Vietnam faces defending champion Malaysia

(CPV) - The men of the U23 Vietnam national football squad will face defending champion Malaysia in the qualifying round of SEA Games 27, announced the organizing board of SEA Games 27 on November 6. Accordingly, in men's football, there are two groups. Group A (6 teams) consists of Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, Laos and Vietnam. Meanwhile, Group B (5 teams) includes Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, East Timor and Cambodia. Head coach Hoang Van Phuc said that Group A is not an "easy place" for Vietnam as the gap between regional U23 football teams is too narrow. Furthermore, we have to play an additional match compared with rivals in Group B, thus generating some challenges for players in terms of physical condition, injuries and yellow/red cards. Teams will compete in a round robin format, selecting the best two for semi-final matches. The former capital city Yangon will host matches of Group A, where the host Myanmar plays (Thuwunna stadium), while the new capital Nay … [Read more...]

FIFA President congratulate V-League 2013 champion Hanoi T&T

FIFA President Joseph Blatter in Vietnam in 2008.

VietNamNet Bridge - Hanoi T&T is the first V-League champion that received the FIFA President's congratulation. In a letter to the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) Chairman Nguyen Trong Hy, FIFA President Joseph Blatter asked Hy to transfer his congratulations to the Hanoi T&T for its second V League championship. FIFA President Joseph S.Blatter wrote: "I would like to convey my warmest congratulations to Hanoi T&T club; the team won the second championship in V-League and continued to add to its collection of impressive titles achieved in its young history." FIFA President Joseph Blatter also sent his greetings to all the members of the club, from the coaching board to players, the technical staff and especially the fans. Mr. Blatter also thanked Hanoi T&T for its good performance for the fans and wished Hanoi T&T to reap new success in the future journey. This is not the first time Mr. Blatter conveyed his congratulation to Vietnam's football, but Hanoi … [Read more...]

Indonesian FC wants to have overseas Vietnamese striker

VietNamNet Bridge - Speaking to Indonesian media, the coach of Mitra Kukar FC - Mr. Stefan Hansson - said he was very interested in overseas Vietnamese striker Mac Hong Quan, a member of the U23 national football team of Vietnam. He also confirmed that he would contact with Mac Hong Quan as soon as possible.Mac Hong Quan.After the 2013 football season, Hong Quan's contract with Thanh Hoa FC ended. The FC wanted to keep this player but Hong Quan has not made his decision.To be considered a new discovery of Vietnam football in the last one year, Mac Hong Quan has attracted the attention of many FCs in Southeast Asia, including Mitra Kukar FC of Indonesia. Mitra Kukar has just come back to the Indonesia Super League in 2011. This club has very strong financial strength. This club even plans to hire Andriy Shevchenko.On his facebook page, Mac Hong Quan hinted about a "very far" FC had invited him to join. Hong Quan said that this is time for him to focus on the 27th SEA Games so he did not … [Read more...]

Week of July 13 -19

At the National Assembly Standing Committee's 19th session (dangcongsan.vn) Nhan Dan Online - The conclusion of the National Assembly Standing Committee's 19th session and the visit of Speaker of Sri Lanka's Parliament, Chamal Rajapaksa to the country are among the most important Vietnam events this third week of July. 1.National Assembly Standing Committee's 19th session wraps up The three-day session concluded in Hanoi on July 12 with the focus on assessing the results of the NA's fifth session and preparations for the next one. The committee members adopted the Ordinance on the Management and Use of Weapons, Explosives and Supporting Tools, and discussed three draft laws on Bidding, Thrift Practice and Wastefulness Prevention, and Fire Prevention and Control, which were first submitted to the NA at its fifth session. They also weighed in on draft amendments to resolutions on the reception and handling of citizens' complaints and denunciations, and adopted a resolution on … [Read more...]

Arsenal to play first-ever Vietnam game on July 17

Arsenal will take on the Vietnam national football team in a friendly on July 17 in Hanoi under an agreement signed Thursday in the capital between the Gunners and two local sponsors of the game.Arsenal marketing director Angus Kinnear (red tie) during the signing of an agreement on Arsenal's July visit to Vietnam on May 9, 2013 (Photo: SN/Vietnamnet)Arsenal will become the first-ever English Premier League team to play a match in the Southeast Asian nation, with its top players set to be enlisted for the visit as part of its pre-season Asia Tour 2013."Arsenal has so many loyal supporters in Asia and we are delighted to be visiting Vietnam in July to play a match in Hanoi. Everyone at Arsenal is proud to be the first Premier League team to play a match in Vietnam and to be spending time in this wonderful country. Arsène Wenger, the players and all the staff have hugely enjoyed our tours to Asia in the past two years, and we are all looking forward to visiting Vietnam as part of our … [Read more...]

New coach injects realism in national football team’s targets

To lessen anticipation, the national team at the upcoming Southeast Asian Games will have lower targeted expectations. Coach Hoang Van Phuc wants to lower the national team's targets While the newly-appointed coach of the Vietnam national football team, Hoang Van Phuc, has confirmed many times that he only set the target for the team to get into the semi-final of SEA Games 2013, Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) leaders seem to be far more ambitious, claiming the team should be capable of reaching the final. VFF Chairman Nguyen Trong Hy said Vietnam would qualify for the semi-finals by taking first or second place during the group stage. "Our target should be the final so the players have a specific target to train for," he said. The national team has always aimed to reach the final and some have claimed it has the ability to make that a reality. However, Phuc's target seems to clash with the General Department of Sport and Physical Training's expectations. During the meeting with … [Read more...]