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Clubs active in transfer market ahead of V.League 1 return




Defender Brendon Lucas recently signed for HCM City FC. Photo

HÀ NỘI — V.League 1 clubs have worked hard in the transfer market to prepare for the proposed return of domestic football at the end of this month.

HCM City FC have made the biggest splash by signing Brazilian defender Brendon Lucas.

The 26-year-old signed a one and a half year deal with HCM City for an undisclosed fee.

Before coming to Thống Nhất Stadium, Lucas played 27 matches for Leixoes SC jersey in Portugal on loan from Portimonense, also in Portugal.

HCM City also terminated the contracts of forwards Dario Frederico da Silva and Junior Barros.

They also let forwards Vũ Quang Nam and Nguyễn Công Thành join the V.League 2’s Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu on loans until the end of the season, while the V.League 2’s 2018 top scorer Nguyễn Xuân Nam made a permament move to Bình Định.

HCM City, who also extended the contracts of goalkeeper Nguyễn Thanh Thắng and midfielder Trần Thanh Bình, plan to sign more players according to coach Alexandre Polking.

HCM City are No 11 in the table, three spots higher than bottom-placed Sông Lam Nghệ An (SLNA) who have also made changes to their squad.

Michael Olaha practises during his quarantine time. He is to make a return to Sông Lam Nghệ An this season. Photo of Sông Lam Nghệ An FC facebook

SLNA plan to trial two foreigners, including forward Michael Olaha.

Ohala played 76 matches and scored 18 goals for SLNA in 2017-19 before he moved to Israel’s Hapoel Kfar Shalem FC.

The other player on trial is former Nigeria U23 defender Sergio Osagho Uyi.

The 28-year-old journeyman has played for various clubs around Europe and Asia. He went on trial at SLNA last year but failed to win a contract due to injury.

The newcomers are expected to replace defender Igor Jelic and striker Bruno Henrique who look set to be let go after only 10 matches.

Along with new contracts, SLNA have also promoted some of their young players to the first team.

The 18-year-old players who were successful at national junior championships in recent seasons are defender Trịnh Hoàng Cảnh, midfielders Nguyễn Văn Bách, Đinh Xuân Tiến and Hồ Văn Cường, and striker Phan Xuân Đại. 

According to Quảng Ninh FC, their forward Mạc Hồng Quân and midfielder Nghiêm Xuân Tú will move to Bình Định in the second half of the season on permanent deals.

They will reportedly receive VNĐ2.5 billion ($103,000) each per season for 3.5 and 2.5 years, respectively.

Quân’s contract with Quảng Ninh was valid until the end of 2023 while Tú’s was set to expire at the end of this season.

Even though Quảng Ninh owe them several months worth of salary and bonuses, both had to pay compensation to the club to let them out of their contracts early.

Due to the club’s financial problem, defender Dương Văn Khoa and captain Nguyễn Hải Huy are also looking for new homes and have been linked to HCM City.

Meanwhile, Hoàng Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) have not signed new players but have sent several youngsters on loan to Hải Phòng.

U22 player Dụng Quang Nho, defender Trần Hữu Đông Triều and midfielder Châu Ngọc Quang have all moved to the northern port side on temporary deals as they battle to avoid relegation.

“There are talented players in HAGL and I have not had much chance to play. In the second half of the season, I will play for Hải Phòng and hope I will have opportunities to show my skills,” said Quang.

Hải Phòng are third from bottom of the table and play Bình Định next.

The V.League 1 is planed to restart on July 31 with the last matches of the first period while the second period might be held in several stadiums in the north from August 4-22.



Vietnam national tennis team claim first Davis Cup win



Vietnam national tennis team claim first Davis Cup win

Vietnam players celebrate after the victory over Pacific Oceania in Davis Cup on September 15, 2021. Photo by Vietnam Tennis Federation

Vietnam won 2-1 against Pacific Oceania on the first day of Davis Cup Asia-Oceania zone matches Wednesday.

Trinh Linh Giang played first, facing Mainguy Clement. Giang let Clement win the first set, but came back stronger in the next two sets to claim victory.

In the second match, the key player of Vietnam, Ly Hoang Nam, battled Colin Sinclair, the star of Pacific Oceania. Sinclair won the first set and Nam equalized, but the Vietnamese lost in the last set.

After two matches, the score was 1-1 and the result was decided by the final match, as Nam and Le Quoc Khanh played Sinclair and Baudinett Brett in the doubles. The Vietnamese players won the first set, before Pacific Oceania equalized. In an intense third set, Nam and Khanh wrapped it up with a triumph. Overall, Vietnam won 2-1 after 7.5 hours of competition with Pacific Oceania.

This victory pushed Vietnam to the top of their group. The team will play Qatar on the second day Thursday.

Previously, Vietnam had been chosen to host group three of the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania zone. But because of the ongoing Covid-19 wave in the country, the International Tennis Federation instead appointed Jordan as host.


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Hải Phòng FC proposes plan to organise World Cup qualifiers matches at their stadium



Hải Phòng FC would like to host Việt Nam’s matches team in the final round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers campaign at Lạch Tray stadium after international media complained about the grass quality at Mỹ Đình stadium. Photo courtesy of Hải Phòng FC

HẢI PHÒNG — Following complaints about the state of the pitch at Việt Nam’s national stadium, Hải Phòng FC is offering to host the next round of World Cup qualifier games.

After the loss to Australia last week, the condition of the pitch at Mỹ Đình was heavily criticised.

Now Hải Phòng FC president Trần Văn Hoàn, has written to the People’s Committee and Department of Culture and Sports of Hải Phòng, asking to work with the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) on the possibility of Lạch Chay stdium hosting the matches against Saudi Arabia on November 16 and China on February 1.

In the proposal, the club says they believe that organising Việt Nam’s matches on low quality grass surface such as Mỹ Đình will affect the professional quality of the game as well as the image of the country.

VFF board members said that they have not yet received the proposal from Hải Phòng. However, the possibility of the national team playing at Lạch Tray is low due to many regulations of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Rules state the stadium must be near an international airport so that the visiting team can minimise the travel distance, be close to a five-star hotel to ensure safety and have training facilities nearby.

After the 1-0 victory against Việt Nam, Australian coach Graham Arnold complained about the grass of Mỹ Đình, saying it had detrimental effect on his team’s performance.

Australian media even compared the stadium surface to a “cow paddock”.

Mỹ Đình Stadium is a non-business unit under the management of the General Department of Physical Education and Sports. VFF has to pay a fee every time the national team plays there.

Addressing the criticism of the pitch, director of the Mỹ Đình National Sports Complex Nguyễn Trọng Hồ said: “The grass is still good as AFC has checked and assessed the pitch to be of good quality, thereby allowing the match to be held.”

Currently, Hải Phòng FC is waiting for the permission of the People’s Committee and the Department of Culture and Sports of Hải Phòng city to work with VFF. If this is approved, the representative of the club will send an official letter to VFF.

Lạch Tray stadium used to be considered one of the low-quality stadiums in Việt Nam. However, the team has just invested to improve the grass, lights and facilities.

In the 2022 World Cup third round qualification, Việt Nam are still to win a point after two defeats to Saudi Arabia and Australia and are only above the bottom team China in group B thanks to a better goal difference.

The team will return to training on September 16 to prepare for the two away matches against China and Oman in October.


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Two Vietnamese contestants vie for Miss Grand Slam 2020



Two Vietnamese contestants have been named in the list of 42 candidates for Miss Grand Slam 2020, according to Global Beauties, an online source of reliable pageant-related information and news.

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Miss Universe Vietnam 2019 Nguyen Tran Khanh Van. (Photo: VNA)

They are winner of Miss Universe Vietnam 2019 Nguyen Tran Khanh Van and second runner-up of Miss Vietnam 2020 Nguyen Le Ngoc Thao.

Thao entered Top 20 of the Miss Grand International 2020 held in Thailand, while Van received the highest number of votes from fans to enter the Top 21 of the Miss Universe 2020 in the US after finishing the final round.

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Second runner-up of Miss Vietnam 2020 Nguyen Le Ngoc Thao. (Photo courtesy of Thao)

Global Beauties will announce the Top 20 of Miss Grand Slam 2020 following assessments of an international panel of judges.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, two Grand Slam contests, or the top competitions of beauty pageants worldwide, managed to make their 2020 editions happen, which were Miss Grand International and Miss Universe.

The candidate with the best overall performance of the year will be chosen from 42 young women who advanced to the semi-finals of their respective international challenges. In this competition, it does not matter how they ranked in the actual contests, announced Global Beauties./.

Source: VNA


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