The encounter between Vietnam and Japan, the first Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup 2019 quarter-final, will take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on January 24 night. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The encounter between Vietnam and Japan, the first Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup 2019 quarter-final in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on January 24 night, has made international headlines. Iran’s Varzeshi newspaper said Park Hang-seo, head coach of Vietnam’s national football team, has shown his resolve and confidence after Vietnam gained a berth in the round. The newspaper also lauded the performance of Vietnamese players in the past matches, especially their 2-0 win over Yemen in the last match of Group D, saying they also surprised football fans during the breath-taking shootout with Jordan. Both Varzeshi and the Washington Post of the US commented on the solid defence of Japan, who, the Post said, are expected to defeat Vietnam in the upcoming … [Read more...] about AFC Cup 2019: Vietnam-Japan match grasps international headlines
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During their training camp in Japan, the national U16 team did not have the best conditions due to the influence of typhoon Jebi, with many sessions played on an artificial pitch. However, head coach Vu Hong Viet is pleased with the results, especially the friendly matches against strong rivals, Vietnam U16s lost 4-1 to U18 Naebashi Ikuhei, drew 0-0 with U18 Fukushima and were defeated 3-0 by U18 Shimizu S-Pulse. The players have gained more experience after those matches and have improved their fitness and mental strength, he said. Mr Viet said he and the coaching board will make some tactical changes to prepare for the AFC U16 Championship Finals. The AFC U16 Championship Finals are set to get underway in Malaysia from September 20 to October 7. The top four teams will win places at the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup Finals in Peru. Vietnam have been lumped in with strong contenders Iran, Indonesia and India in Group C of the AFC U16 Championship Finals. … [Read more...] about Vietnam U16s training hard for AFC Championship Finals
As the excitement builds ahead of the final of the Asian Football Confederation Under-23 Championship, all eyes are on the two title contenders, Vietnam and Uzbekistan. Neither team has ever made it beyond the group stage of the biennial championship prior to this year. Previous winners include Japan in 2016, who lost 4-0 in this year’s quarterfinals to Uzbekistan, and Iraq in 2013 (when it was the AFC U22 Cup), who lost in the quarterfinals on penalties (5-3) to none other than Vietnam. This year, both finalists lost a match in the group stage. Vietnam lost 2-1 to South Korea, but the Koreans were subsequently defeated by Uzbekistan in the semis, while Uzbekistan lost to Qatar 1-0, who then lost to Vietnam… also in the semis. As for goal stats, Uzbekistan has so far fared better than the more defensively minded Vietnam. Vietnam Uzbekistan Goals scored 7 10 Goals conceded 7 2 Top goalscorer Nguyen Quang Hai (4 goals) Jasurbek Yakhshiboev (3 goals) Formation … [Read more...] about Vietnam vs Uzbekistan in U23 Asian Cup final: Who do you think will win?
Cities across Vietnam are preparing for the big day tomorrow, the AFC U23 Final between Vietnam and Uzbekistan. You'll be able to watch the match live on VnExpress International, just tune in at 3 p.m. on Saturday. If you prefer to see it on the big screen, below are a number of suggestions. In Saigon, the Vietnam Football Company has asked local authorities to set up 10 giant LED screens along Nguyen Hue walking street in District 1 to broadcast the match live on January 27. Commentators will be invited to discuss the game on the spot. The Youth Cultural House HCMC at No. 4, Pham Ngoc Thach Street, District 1, will also broadcast the match live. The event is free entry. In Hanoi, 15 big screen TVs will also be set up in pedestrian zones and parks from 3 p.m. tomorrow. Check out the area around Hoan Kiem Lake, the big square in front of the Opera House, My Dinh Stadium, Hoa Binh Park, Thong Nhat Park and Ly Thai To Gardens. Depending on the … [Read more...] about Where to watch U23 Asian Cup Final: Vietnam vs Uzbekistan
On song: Michael Olaha of Sông Lam Nghệ An (second, left) heads home the opener in his team’s 2-1 victory against Tampines Rovers yesterday in Vinh City. — Photo foxsportsasia.comViet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Sông Lam Nghệ An beat Tampines Rovers 2-1 and edged closer to a slot in the Asian Football Confederation Cup’s knock-out stage yesterday. Nigerian Michael Olaha rose highest to meet a Đậu Thanh Phong corner and his bullet header had goalkeeper Muhammad Syazwan Bin Buhari beaten at the far post. The goal rocked the visitor who piled on the pressure and equalised 10 minutes later. The home side defended a corner but the ball dropped to Japanese midfielder Ryutaro Megumi who cross found Irfan Najeeb in the right place to loop a header over goalkeeper Lê Văn Hùng and bring the scores level. Sông Lam Nghệ An’s U23 midfielder Phan Văn Đức were given two threatening chances … [Read more...] about Sông Lam Nghệ An maintain at group top place after win at AFC Cup