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Finishing second would be a failure for Hanoi



Hanoi are unbeaten in nine matches and since the second leg of the season kicked off, the capital side have surged up the rankings to second place, only two points behind Viettel.

Midfielder Đỗ Hùng Dũng (left) hopes to leadHà Nội FC to theV.League 1title. — Photo

It’s championship or bust for Hà Nội FC in the V.League 1 this season, according to midfielder Đỗ Hùng Dũng.

“Finishing second is a failure for our club. Maybe in other clubs, second is a success, but for us, it is a failure,” said Dũng, who won the Vietnamese Golden Ball award 2019.

“The players always train and compete with the best determination towards the top position in all the matches. Even when playing in the Asian events, we must aim for the title. I think it is a desire that Hà Nội can’t lack,” Dũng added.

Hà Nội are unbeaten in nine matches and since the second leg of the season kicked off, the capital side have surged up the rankings to second place, only two points behind Viettel.

Despite an injury crisis, coach Chu Đình Nghiêm has been able to build a solid defence with young players mixed with wily veterans like Bùi Tấn Trường and Lê Tấn Tài, alongside foreign players like Rimario Gordon and Pape Omar Faye.

“Hà Nội’s biggest rivals are Viettel and Sài Gòn FC. We will play against them in the upcoming games. Viettel are in good shape and starting to find their way of playing. Viettel also have brave and experienced players who have competed in many major tournaments or won the V.League 1 title,” said Dũng.

Today, defending champions Hà Nội will meet Becamex Bình Dương at Hàng Đẫy Stadium. In the previous match, Bình Dương lost by a goal to nil to Viettel also at Hàng Đẫy.

Race between Hà Nội and Viettel

According to pundit Vũ Mạnh Hải, the championship is likely to be a race between Hà Nội and Viettel as Sài Gòn have gradually run out of steam, while the teams Quảng Ninh and Bình Dương will also struggle to take the title.

“I once predicted that the championship race would be a competition among Hà Nội, Viettel, Sài Gòn and HCM City FC. After three matches of the second phase, Viettel showed their outstanding progress to win all three matches. While Hà Nội proved the first phase’s disappointing results were just an accident. They are coming back strong and following the leaders,” said Hải.

“While HCM City are a big disappointment. They are in turmoil, it is unclear for them how to play. The setback of Sài Gòn is expected because their squad can’t be compared with their opponents,” Hải added.

According to Hải, while Viettel may be top of the table and their good form has made for an exciting title race, they shouldn’t count their chickens yet.

“I also think it will be difficult for Viettel are also difficult to win. Viettel are excellent, but Hà Nội are the strongest team. The championship race still has four games left, so the second-point gap is fragile. In the upcoming match, Viettel will take on Hà Nội. This is likely the final of the event,” said Hải.

Hải said that bravery is a particularly important factor at this stage of the season. Most of the players of Hà Nội are V.League 1 champions. Nguyễn Văn Quyết, Dũng, Phạm Thành Lương and many other players are used to playing with heavy pressure, while many Viettel players have never experienced the feeling of having to fight for every point.

“Therefore, I think the championship is still within the reach of Hà Nội,” said Hải. — VNS



Vietnam Football Federation condoles Maradona’s death



Vietnam Football Federation condoles Maradona’s death

Diego Maradona before the match between Boca Juniors and Gimnasia y Esgrima, at Alberto J. Armando Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 7, 2020. Photo by Reuters/Agustin Macarian.

Le Khanh Hai, Chairman of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF), has sent condolences to Argentina and Diego Maradona’s family on the football legend’s passing.

“We would like to express our deepest condolences over the passing of Diego Armando Maradona, a legend of Argentine football in particular and world football in general. This is a huge loss to Argentine football and for all of us. On behalf of the VFF, I would like to send my sincere sympathy to Argentina for this loss.

“Diego Maradona is an outstanding footballer who won the World Cup 1986 in Mexico for Argentina. His death is a very sorrowful event, but Maradona will always be a legend in the hearts of football lovers around the world. VFF and the Vietnamese football community share the loss and pain with Maradona’s family and Argentina. We would like to send our prayers to his family…,” Hai wrote.

The condolences were conveyed to Maradona’s family through Argentinian Embassy in Vietnam.

Diego Armando Maradona is widely regarded as the best player of his generation and one of the greatest footballers of all time. He was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award, with the other being Brazilian legend Pelé.

Maradona played in four World Cup tournaments, including the 1986 edition in Mexico, where he captained Argentina to victory.

On November 25, 2020, at the age of 60, Maradona died after suffering a heart attack at his home in Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


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Vietnam’s Toan gets Olympic bronze as Azerbaijani lifter sanctioned for doping



Vietnam's Toan gets Olympic bronze as Azerbaijani lifter sanctioned for doping

Vietnamese weightlifter Tran Le Quoc Toan competes in the men’s 56 kg event at the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Photo by VnExpress/An Nhon.

Weightlifter Tran Le Quoc Toan has been awarded the 2012 Olympic bronze medal after the Azerbaijani bronze medalist was stripped of it for a doping offense.

The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday announced the decision to strip Valentin Hristov of the medal.

At the London Olympics, Toan finished fourth in the weightlifting men’s 56 kg event with a total lift of 284 kg, two kg less than Hristov’s tally.

A recent analysis of Hristov’s sample showed anabolic–androgenic steroid oral turinabol (Chlorodehydromethyltestosterone).

The 31-year-old Vietnamese told the media that Hristov’s doping scandal has been going around for years, but he had lost hope since there was no official confirmation about it.

The Da Nang native said while he is happy to get the medal it would have been more meaningful eight years ago.

Earlier this week the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) hit Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, 17, and Bui Dinh Sang, 16, with four-year bans starting last January after they tested positive for oxandrolone, an anabolic steroid that promotes the growth of muscle tissue.

The federation last year banned Trinh Van Vinh and Nguyen Thi Phuong Thanh for using performance-enhancing drugs in 2018.

As a result, Vietnam face a potential ban from the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics. As a rule, any country that more than thrice fails doping tests during Olympic qualifiers, which commenced in November 2018, could lose their quota count or be banned from the games.

The IWF announced in April that it would test Vietnamese lifters using stricter anti-doping measures before and after all regional, continental and world tournaments.


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Dong Thap Museum receives large artefact donation



More than 500 artefacts and antiques have been presented to Dong Thap Museum in the southern province of Dong Thap by Nguyen Ngoc An, a collector from the central province of Binh Thuan.

Dong Thap Museum receives large artefact donation
Over 500 artifacts and antiques have been presented to Dong Thap Museum. — VNA/VNS Photos Nguyen Van Tri

According to Nguyen Minh Phuoc, the director of the museum, the donated objects are mostly jewellery and ceramic artefacts like necklaces, bracelets, rings, bowls, cups and jars

All the artefacts belong to Dong Son Culture, Sa Huynh Culture, Cham, Ma, Chinese, Japanese and southern Vietnam’s cultures, dating back to as long as 1000BC to the early 20th century.

They have high historical, cultural and artistic values, reflecting the production process and creativity of the Vietnamese in different historical periods, said the director.

On this occasion the Dong Thap Provincial People’s Committee presented a Certificate of Merit to collector An for his donation.

Reviewing the tradition of Vietnam Cultural Heritage Day (November 23, 1945), Phuoc said there have been remarkable results in recent years in the preservation and promotion of national cultural heritage.

Dong Thap Museum receives large artefact donation
Dong Thap Museum is home to more than 30,000 artifacts, including those of exclusive and rare types. 

According to the Department of Cultural Heritage under the ministry of culture, Vietnam boasts eight world cultural heritages, 112 special national relics, 3,500 national relics and more than 10,000 provincial relics.

In addition, 191 artefacts have been recognised as national treasures and more than 200 intangible cultural heritages have been inscribed in the national intangible cultural heritage category.

Nearly 100,000 antiques and artefacts have been collected, researched and preserved in 154 museums nationwide, the director added.

A blend of Eastern and Western architecture, interesting exhibits, and a lush green outdoor space looking to the Cao Lanh River make Dong Thap Museum in Cao Lanh City one of the best tourism attractions in the Mekong Delta.

The museum which was established in 1978, is home to more than 30,000 artefacts, including three recognised as national treasures.

It is committed to teaching younger generations about the province’s history and heroic tradition.

The museum’s management board is collaborating with partners in other historical relics and scenic spots in the province to promote local tourism. It targets to welcome over 100,000 visitors each year.  VNS


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