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Hanoi-Top of Hanoi: Countdown to 2021


Dec 31, 8pm

Top of Hanoi, Floor 65, Lotte Hotel Hanoi, 54 Lieu Giai Street

Kiss goodbye 2020 and welcome 2021 in the best way at Top of Hanoi – for the first time the venue will be opened with no entrance fee!

Let’s come to enjoy impressive DJ performances and firework together with palatable cocktails and tantalizing culinary offers.

Hanoi-Beethoven: The Memorial | Nguyen Duc Anh Pianist

Dec 28 7 pm – 10 pm
L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street

On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Saigon Classical has the honor of inviting you to the concert “The Memorial – Sự tưởng nhớ”, with the participation of devoted Beethoven virtuoso Nguyen Duc Anh – the first Vietnamese pianist awarded the title of Blüthner Artist. He will perform two of the best-known and most powerful piano sonatas Op.111 and Op.57, representing the two last composing periods of Beethoven in conjunction with releasing the first audio CD of pianist Nguyen Duc Anh: “Beethoven: The Memorial”, marking a new path of his professional music journeys.

Organized by: MAESTOSO, Inspirito
Sponsored by: Renaissance Collection, Arietta, Saigon Classical

Suggested donation (at the entrance): 200,000 VND

HCMC-Virtual Countdown Lights 2021

Dec 31, 9.30pm

Ho Chi Minh City’s annual countdown music party to welcome the New Year will be held on virtual 3D stage of Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street, created by Extended Reality (XR) technologies.

Featuring local top singers and bands including Thanh Bui, Min, Uni5, and Hoang Thuy Linh, as well as talented Vietnamese rappers Binz, Tlinh and MCK.

Livestreaming on the Facebook page and YouTube channel of Billboard Vietnam, and streaming platforms FPT Play and POPs.

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EXHIBITION

Hanoi-Exhibition: Year End’s Conversation


Until Jan 9, 2021

Hanoi Studio Gallery, 13 Trang Tien street,

Introducing a collection of art works by 14 artists and sculptors including Hoang Nghia Hiep, Mai Xuan Oanh, Vu Kim Thu, and Lieu Chi Hieu, among others.

Hanoi-Exhibition highlights Hanoi’s traditional trade streets


Dec 18-Jan 15, 2021

Kim Ngan Temple,

Featuring hundreds of photos and artefacts showcasing the formation and development of trade streets of Hanoi (Thang Long in the past).

Hanoi-Dreaming about Landscapes

Until Jan 23, 2021

Mo Art Space, B3, Apricot Hotel, 136 Hang Trong Street

Featuring 27 artworks from 22 Vietnamese and foreign artists.

The artworks were created with various perspectives and stories, providing a panoramic view of landscape painting, a long history in Western and Eastern art.

Hanoi-Online exhibition featuring shared culture of Vietnam, Australia

Until March 12, 2021

An online exhibition, the “Skilled Hands, Shared Culture” featuring 20 contemporary Vietnamese and Australian designers, artists and artisans whose work contributes to supporting vibrant and sustainable communities.

The Vietnamese artists joining the exhibition comprise Le Giang, Nguyen Tan Phat, Nguyen Thi Dung, Nguyen Van Loi, Pham Thi Ngoc Tram, Vu Kim Thu and Van Ngo Trong, while their Australian counterparts consist of Claire Tracey, Grace Lilian Lee, Lindy de Wijn, Michelle Hamer, Muhubo Salieman, Slow Art Collective, Vermin, Vicki Couzens, Vipoo Srivilasa, Yu Fang Chi and Kieren Karritpul.

The exhibition runs until March 12, 2021, at https://rmitgallery.com/exhibitions/skilled-hands-shared-cultures.

Hanoi-Exhibition “The Yuendumu Doors”


Until Jan 20, 2021

Trong Dong Building, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Nguyen Van Huyen Street,

Featuring one of the most important cultural and artistic collections in Australia.

It brings Australia’s unique Indigenous culture to a Vietnamese audience and deepens the people-to-people links between the two countries.

HCMC-Exhibition “Tree Spirit”


Until Jan 10, 10 am – 08 pm

Vy Gallery, 20 Nguyen Van Thu street, D1

Displaying 20 oil paintings with 20 different vivid palettes looking into Lim Khim Katy’s inner soul.

Free entry.

‘Thuy Nguyen – An Everyday Dream”

November 7, 2020 – February 6, 2021

The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre

No. 15 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien, District 2

Known and recognised for her multidisciplinary creative practice, entrepreneurship and distinct aesthetic, Thuy Nguyen is one of Vietnam’s most celebrated designers and a leader in Vietnam’s emerging and rapidly growing fashion industry.

This exhibition, curated by Dolla S. Merrillees, is the first to explore her career and practice of more than a decade, revealing the background, creative processes, cultural influences and inspiration that have contributed to the making of a successful and acclaimed fashion design house.

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CINEMA

Hanoi- Japanese Film Festival

Dec 25 -Jan 22,

National Cinema Centre, 87 Lang Ha Street

Introducing four Japanese films in different genres such as comedy, family, crime, anime, documentary, musical, and science, including: “Not quite dead yet”, “One Night”, “All Amok” and “Stolen Identity”. Dtinews/Hanoigrapevines

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/entertainment-sports/entertainment-events-on-december-28-january-3-701093.html

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France beat Poland to reach World Cup quarter-finals

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DOHA — France beat Poland 3-1 in a record-smashing World Cup last-16 clash on Sunday that saw Olivier Giroud become France’s outright all-time top scorer and Kylian Mbappe score a magnificent double.

France were relentless on the attack as they pushed for an opening goal but could not unlock a sturdy Poland until just before the break when Mbappe played a pin-point ball through to Giroud, who hammered it past a diving Wojciech Szczesny to claim his 52nd goal for Les Bleus.

Holders France continued to press after the break, with Giroud almost netting a second when he flicked Jules Kounde’s cross just past the near post. But Mbappe did not miss in the 74th minute, unleashing a missile from just inside the penalty area that shot into the top corner.

Mbappe was not done, adding a second goal in stoppage time with another screamer to seal the win and take his total for the tournament to five.

Poland got a consolation goal from a Robert Lewandowski penalty.

France will next face the winners of the England versus Senegal game, being played later on Sunday.

DOHA — France beat Poland 3-1 in a record-smashing World Cup last-16 clash on Sunday that saw Olivier Giroud become France’s outright all-time top scorer and Kylian Mbappe score a magnificent double.

France were relentless on the attack as they pushed for an opening goal but could not unlock a sturdy Poland until just before the break when Mbappe played a pin-point ball through to Giroud, who hammered it past a diving Wojciech Szczesny to claim his 52nd goal for Les Bleus.

Holders France continued to press after the break, with Giroud almost netting a second when he flicked Jules Kounde’s cross just past the near post. But Mbappe did not miss in the 74th minute, unleashing a missile from just inside the penalty area that shot into the top corner.

Mbappe was not done, adding a second goal in stoppage time with another screamer to seal the win and take his total for the tournament to five.

Poland got a consolation goal from a Robert Lewandowski penalty.

France will next face the winners of the England versus Senegal game, being played later on Sunday.

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/sports/20221205/france-beat-poland-to-reach-world-cup-quarterfinals/70338.html

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‘Ruthless’ England surge past Senegal 3-0 to set up France quarter-final

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AL KHOR, Qatar — Clinical England overcame a pedestrian start to surge to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Senegal on Sunday as high-quality goals by Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka swept them into a mouth-watering World Cup quarter-final clash with France.

England took a long time to impose themselves on the African champions, a team they had never faced before, and survived a couple of scares before two goals late in the first half changed the feel of the night and it was no contest after the break.

The impressive victory extended their all-time unbeaten run against African teams to 21 games, including eight in World Cups. Morocco, who face Spain on Tuesday, are now the only African team left in the tournament.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - England v Senegal - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 4, 2022 England's Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring their first goal with Bukayo Saka. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – England v Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – December 4, 2022 England’s Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring their first goal with Bukayo Saka. Photo: Reuters

“The ruthlessness of the performance was excellent,” said manager Gareth Southgate. “Every match you play is a different sort of challenge and different tactical problem to resolve. We’ve stepped up and are answering those questions.

“The quality of the moves was outstanding and the finishing was ruthless.”

It was always going to be a stiff challenge for Senegal in the absence of the suspended Idrissa Gueye and injured fellow midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - England v Senegal - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 4, 2022 England's Harry Kane scores their second goal. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – England v Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – December 4, 2022 England’s Harry Kane scores their second goal. Photo: Reuters

With Sadio Mane missing the tournament through injury the Africans also lacked a cutting edge to trouble an England defence that kept a third successive World Cup clean sheet for the first time in 20 years.

They were very much in the game though for much of the first half as England were slow and static and a series of misplaced passes gifted Senegal chances.

The best of them fell to Boulaye Dia and only the strong left arm of keeper Jordan Pickford prevented the Africans taking the lead.

Quick break

England finally injected some pace after 38 minutes, breaking down the left through Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham, who crossed for the late-arriving Henderson to stroke home the opener.

Kane’s goal drought at this tournament then came to an end in emphatic style in first-half stoppage time.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - England v Senegal - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 4, 2022 England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their second goal. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – England v Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – December 4, 2022 England’s Harry Kane celebrates scoring their second goal. Photo: Reuters

Bellingham again drove from his own box and fed Foden, who rolled the ball into the path of the captain to smash in an unstoppable shot and become England’s eighth scorer in Qatar.

It also took Kane to within one goal of Wayne Rooney’s national record of 53.

The goals knocked the stuffing out of Senegal and with England looking full of confidence after the break it no longer felt like a contest.

Saka, recalled by Southgate in his only change from the group stage win over Wales, cleverly lifted in the third after 57 minutes following a penetrating run and low cross by Foden.

It was England’s 12th goal of the tournament, the most by any team in Qatar and a tally that matches their all-time record set four years ago when they went all the way to the semi-finals.

From then on England were able to go through the motions and keep out of trouble as they have yet to receive a yellow card and seem to have avoided any major injuries going into the France showdown.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - England v Senegal - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 4, 2022 England's Jordan Henderson. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – England v Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – December 4, 2022 England’s Jordan Henderson. Photo: Reuters

Their only setback seems to be the absence of forward Raheem Sterling, who was not available for selection on Sunday for what the FA said was a family issue.

They know they will be unlikely to get away with a similarly slow start next Saturday against a French team who dispatched Poland 3-1 earlier on Sunday, but the holders will also be aware that their old rivals have the weapons to do real damage.

“We all want to play in the biggest games and no better game than playing France,” said Foden, who had a hand in all three goals. “On our best game we can create chances and score. We’re looking forward to what’s going to be a big challenge.”

Man of the match Kane was also a happy man. “We’ve shown great maturity through the tournament … 3-0 here against a really good side,” he said.

“We feel good, we’ve got good players getting forward and we’re solid at the back. A really good day for us.”

AL KHOR, Qatar — Clinical England overcame a pedestrian start to surge to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Senegal on Sunday as high-quality goals by Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka swept them into a mouth-watering World Cup quarter-final clash with France.

England took a long time to impose themselves on the African champions, a team they had never faced before, and survived a couple of scares before two goals late in the first half changed the feel of the night and it was no contest after the break.

The impressive victory extended their all-time unbeaten run against African teams to 21 games, including eight in World Cups. Morocco, who face Spain on Tuesday, are now the only African team left in the tournament.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - England v Senegal - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 4, 2022 England's Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring their first goal with Bukayo Saka. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – England v Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – December 4, 2022 England’s Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring their first goal with Bukayo Saka. Photo: Reuters

“The ruthlessness of the performance was excellent,” said manager Gareth Southgate. “Every match you play is a different sort of challenge and different tactical problem to resolve. We’ve stepped up and are answering those questions.

“The quality of the moves was outstanding and the finishing was ruthless.”

It was always going to be a stiff challenge for Senegal in the absence of the suspended Idrissa Gueye and injured fellow midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - England v Senegal - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 4, 2022 England's Harry Kane scores their second goal. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – England v Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – December 4, 2022 England’s Harry Kane scores their second goal. Photo: Reuters

With Sadio Mane missing the tournament through injury the Africans also lacked a cutting edge to trouble an England defence that kept a third successive World Cup clean sheet for the first time in 20 years.

They were very much in the game though for much of the first half as England were slow and static and a series of misplaced passes gifted Senegal chances.

The best of them fell to Boulaye Dia and only the strong left arm of keeper Jordan Pickford prevented the Africans taking the lead.

Quick break

England finally injected some pace after 38 minutes, breaking down the left through Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham, who crossed for the late-arriving Henderson to stroke home the opener.

Kane’s goal drought at this tournament then came to an end in emphatic style in first-half stoppage time.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - England v Senegal - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 4, 2022 England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their second goal. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – England v Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – December 4, 2022 England’s Harry Kane celebrates scoring their second goal. Photo: Reuters

Bellingham again drove from his own box and fed Foden, who rolled the ball into the path of the captain to smash in an unstoppable shot and become England’s eighth scorer in Qatar.

It also took Kane to within one goal of Wayne Rooney’s national record of 53.

The goals knocked the stuffing out of Senegal and with England looking full of confidence after the break it no longer felt like a contest.

Saka, recalled by Southgate in his only change from the group stage win over Wales, cleverly lifted in the third after 57 minutes following a penetrating run and low cross by Foden.

It was England’s 12th goal of the tournament, the most by any team in Qatar and a tally that matches their all-time record set four years ago when they went all the way to the semi-finals.

From then on England were able to go through the motions and keep out of trouble as they have yet to receive a yellow card and seem to have avoided any major injuries going into the France showdown.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - England v Senegal - Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar - December 4, 2022 England's Jordan Henderson. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – England v Senegal – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar – December 4, 2022 England’s Jordan Henderson. Photo: Reuters

Their only setback seems to be the absence of forward Raheem Sterling, who was not available for selection on Sunday for what the FA said was a family issue.

They know they will be unlikely to get away with a similarly slow start next Saturday against a French team who dispatched Poland 3-1 earlier on Sunday, but the holders will also be aware that their old rivals have the weapons to do real damage.

“We all want to play in the biggest games and no better game than playing France,” said Foden, who had a hand in all three goals. “On our best game we can create chances and score. We’re looking forward to what’s going to be a big challenge.”

Man of the match Kane was also a happy man. “We’ve shown great maturity through the tournament … 3-0 here against a really good side,” he said.

“We feel good, we’ve got good players getting forward and we’re solid at the back. A really good day for us.”

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/sports/20221205/ruthless-england-surge-past-senegal-30-to-set-up-france-quarterfinal/70337.html

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Age is much more than just a number for Belgium

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Kevin De Bruyne believes Belgium are too old. AFP Photo

Nguyễn Thu Hương

When being asked about his team’s chances of winning the World Cup, Belgium superstar Kevin De Bruyne said they were too old for the victory. Is there a real limitation of age for the world champions? Is it true that there is ‘no glory for old men’? I very much doubt it.

Let’s be realistic, most teams went into the Qatar World Cup knowing they were incredibly unlikely to ever win it. Barring an upset of gargantuan proportions, there’s only really a handful of countries who can safely say they are in it, to win it. 

And considering they are ranked number two in the world, and finished third at the 2018 World Cup in Russia in 2018, then Belgium must have surely fancied their chances. 

“No chance, we’re too old,” De Bruyne said. “I think our chance was 2018. We have a good team, but it is aging.”

On one hand, the Manchester City midfielder has been proven right. His team lost to Morocco and failed to find the net against Croatia on Thursday night.

Out of the competition, and already coach Roberto Martinez has stepped down.  

What De Bruyne said seems not entirely wrong, with that Belgium lost to Morocco and couldn’t score against Croatia in the Thursday match, to crash out the world biggest sport festival in tears and disappointments.

But is their age to blame or is it merely just a number? They have an average age of 27.6 years among their squad, sixth oldest from all their teams. Now it is fair to say many of their so called better players are the wrong side of 30. De Bruyne is 31.

Some of their elder statesmen have been struggling with injuries and it’s clear at this competition, they have rarely threatened to live up to their earlier potential. 

 

Nguyễn Thu Hương.

De Bruyne is a class act. He’s one of, if not the, best players in the Premier League so far this season, just as he was last. 

So maybe this ‘Golden Generation’ is coming to an end, with nothing in the bag to show for it. But it’s worth noting that in the Premier League, he plays for the best team by a country mile, and the 10 players who wear the light blue of City are most if not all, head and shoulders above the Belgium squad. 

Maybe his comments were a way to take the pressure off the team. But for club he is led by Pep Guardiola’s unstoppable system. At international level, not so much. 

The Red Devils, the nickname of the Belgian team, come sixth among oldest participants at the average age of 27.6. Some of their world-class players are in their early 30s and are aging over the prime. Some have struggled with injuries and could no longer impose a consistent threat on the field.

I just think he spoke too soon. And seemed to dismiss his team’s chances before a ball was kicked, because truth be known, Belgium are not that old. 

The average age of 21 World Cup champions is 27.3 years old. Not that much younger than the Belgium team. In the past five recent tournaments, the oldest winner was Italy in 2006, at surprisingly 29.6. Grand parents compared to Belgium. 

Maybe age is just smoke and mirrors for the real problem. A massive lack of believe.

In the past, with his superb skillset and mindset, De Bruyne was able to inspire his team on and off the pitch. However, I feel regretful. What De Bruyne said also shows his lack of belief that Belgium could become the world champions. If so, how could a leader motivate and inspire his team towards glory?

As the Golden Generation of Belgium passed by, it’s quite an ironic feeling hearing the song of this World Cup – ‘Dreamers’: 

Look who we are, we are the dreamers

We make it happen, ’cause we believe it

Belgium didn’t make it happen ‘cause they didn’t believe it. Nothing to do with how old they all are. VNS

 

 

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/sports/age-is-much-more-than-just-a-number-for-belgium_339781.html

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