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Coach Park Hang-seo to hold event thanking fans for their support



Park Hang-seo will hold a meeting to thank the fans before he bids farewell to Việt Nam and returns to South Korea. — Photo


HÀ NỘI — Before his contract with the Việt Nam Football Federation (VFF) expires, coach Park Hang-seo will hold a meeting with fans to thank them before he bids farewell to Việt Nam and returns to South Korea.

Coach Park’s contract with VFF expires on January 31, ending five successful years with many impressive achievements.

Park’s agency (DJ Management & Inspired Asian Management) made the announcement on its homepage.

“During the five years of dedication to Vietnamese football, coach Park received unending love and support from the fans. DJ Management and Park have put together a fan meeting event to express Park’s appreciation for the fans who have always accompanied him in his time in Việt Nam.”

The event will be held at Athena Room 2, Hà Nội Grand Plaza Hotel, from 6pm to 8.30pm on February 2.

The 30 luckiest fans will receive souvenirs, including Park’s badge, a Park autographed ball and many other attractive gifts.

The South Korean coach has gained legendary status in the country after leading a golden generation of talent that excelled both at regional and continental levels.

When he took over the Vietnamese national team in 2017, at the AFC U23 Championship in China, coach Park made a big splash when his team overcame many opponents to finish second.

A year later, Park’s team triumphed at the AFF Cup 2018. Then, Việt Nam reached the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 in the United Arab Emirates, where they ultimately lost 1-0 to Japan.

Park’s team also made their first appearance in the third Asian qualifying round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Although they were ultimately unsuccessful, they put in some noteworthy performances, including beating China 3-1 and drawing 1-1 with Japan. — VNS



National Wrestling Championship opens in Thanh Hóa



Athletes compete in the National Wrestling Championship on Monday. VNA/VNS Photo

THANH HÓA — The National Wrestling Championship opened in the central province of Thanh Hóa on Monday.

This year’s tournament attracted the participation of about 300 athletes from 19 clubs across the country, competing in the women’s and men’s freestyle and classical events for 33 sets of medals.

The event’s best athletes will be selected for the upcoming SEA Games 32 in Cambodia in May.

The event was co-organised by the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, National Sports Administration and Việt Nam Wrestling Federation.

It will last until March 18. VNS


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The Local Game:I love to say I told you so



The next V.League 1 fixture is in April. Photo: 

Peter Cowan

The phrase “I hate to say I told you so” has never really resonated with me.

One of my many flaws is I love being right and have no hesitation when it comes to letting others know that, and it’s happened again.

My last column sang the praises of the Viet Nam Football Federation (VFF) for hiring Philippe Troussier as the new head coach of the national team, though I also mentioned he’ll need to be backed to the hilt to succeed.

Surprise surprise, one of the things he said he needs to build a strong national team is a strong domestic league which if you read these pages regularly, is something I’ve been banging on about forever.

“I think it is necessary to improve the competitiveness and rhythm of the game for the Vietnamese team by maintaining the V.League, the Frenchman said last week according to

“I hope in the future, Vietnamese players can play 45-50 V.League matches a season and the domestic league can last up to 10 months,”

He went on to lament the fact that V.League 1 players will have played only four matches in a period of four months, as the domestic season has taken a 45-day break.

Ostensibly this break is meant to allow the various national teams time to train together for competitions, but there are no fixtures planned for the senior team.

Indeed, the closest thing to a high profile international competition in this break is the AFC U20 Championship, which Viet Nam have already crashed out of.

So if the man hired to develop the national team into a continental force is against a long mid-season break, if fans are against it and the coaches of several V.League 1 teams are against it, who is in favour of this nonsense?

Coach Park Hang-seo certainly was in favour of extending national team training camps, but he’s no longer in charge, Troussier is, so those in power over the domestic game should start taking his opinion into consideration.

Moving from a stop-start and not very strenuous league season to playing 40-50 matches a year might initially be tough for local players, but the results in the long term would be worth it.

And of course if we had a normal league schedule, those of us who write a weekly column about domestic football would have a much easier time picking what to write about each week! VNS


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Arnis team won’t just stick to what they know at SEA Games 32



The Vietnamese arnis team training for the SEA Games 32. — Photo courtesy of

SEA Games 

HÀ NỘI — As the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games approach, the Vietnamese arnis team is preparing themselves for the upcoming competition with the lofty aim of clinching three gold medals.

The traditional Filipino martial arts team, consisting of 23 members, is set to compete in a total of 12 events, which includes eight combat events and four performance-based competitions.

In order to accomplish their ambitious goal, the team has been training tirelessly, dedicating themselves to four intense training sessions a day.

“Because the regional event is coming near, the training board and athletes are determined to increase the intensity of training to reach our goal,” said coach Nguyễn Thái Linh.

Vietnamese martial artists also competed in this sport in the 30th Games in the Philippines. However, until the 31st Games, this sport was not organised.

The 32nd SEA Games, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and the northwestern Cambodian City of Siem Reap from May 5-16, will be the first time the event has featured at the games outside of the Philippines.

Many of the Vietnamese athletes participating in this sport come from other sports, not those who specialise in this one.

Arnis has its own characteristics, so the process of selecting and converting athletes from other martial arts is not always easy.

“Although it is a new sport, since the Games 2019 in the Philippines, we also had a number of athletes compete in this sport and achieved achievements in the combat categories,” Linh added. “But this time, we met difficulties as some athletes have retired. The hosts have also placed limitations on the weight classes.”

The Vietnamese team will be supported by experts from the Philippines to improve their skills.


Đào Thị Hồng Nhung, who won gold in the Games in the Philippines in 2019, will feature again. However, gaining gold will be not easy for the champion.

“I am a pencak silat athlete,” Nhung said. “When I compete in arnis, I have to use a stick and only use one hand, so everything has to start from the beginning.”

“The whole team have been training new techniques. The biggest difficulty for us is technical issues.”

The subtle differences compared to other martial arts mean athletes must adjust their fighting style. 

Công Quốc, a Muay Thai athlete, is one of those trying to make the change. 

“Compared to Muay Thai, in arnis fighters use a stick, wear shoes and have a different way of moving, so it’s a bit surprising,” Quốc said. “But as athletes, we already have good fitness and expertise, we just need to add more techniques.” VNS


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