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Young players at PVF Football Academy during training. PVF is working with ACA Football Partners and VTVcab to bring young Vietnamese talents to European training environments in October. — Photo of VPF

HÀ NỘI — For the first time, young Vietnamese talents will enjoy long-term professional training in Europe to improve the nation’s football quality.

The ACA Football Partners (ACAFP), the Promotion Fund for Vietnamese Football Talent (PVF Football Academy) and Việt Nam Cable Television (VTVcab) on September 22 signed a cooperation deal in Hà Nội.

Under the deal, PFV and ACAFP take charge of selecting players, including 15-17 years olds. Those chosen will have the chance to go to Belgium to gain experience.

ACAFP and VTVcab will work on producing and broadcasting a documentary series entitled ‘Rising Star’ about the whole process of selecting athletes, their training and competing activities, and their daily life while in Europe. 

The young Vietnamese talents will train to pursue their dreams at Deinze Football Club NV (KMSK Deinze), a Belgian second-division team owned by ACAFP. 

The reality show’s first episode is scheduled to be aired in Việt Nam in mid-October.

“I have always been impressed by the football fever in Việt Nam. From my experience working for ten years in the Southeast Asia market, I get the impression that the enthusiasm towards football in Việt Nam is huge,” said Hiroyuki Ono, CEO of ACAFP.

The CEO believes that the European advanced training programme would uncover Vietnamese players’ potential, help them reach their best and bring them back to contribute to national football development.

“We believe in this power, ACA Football Partners is excited to work with PVF to release its true value and provide the opportunity for young talented players to take their chance in Belgium. And I would be happy if I could help unleash its potential and possibilities on a global level.

“I would like to thank everyone involved in this project, including the programme sponsor Phát Đạt Corporation. Since the partnership between PVF and KMSK Deinze was announced in July, the project has steadily progressed.

“Now, I am very happy to be able to collaborate with VTVcab this time. By working with VTVcab, we will be able to deliver realistic programmes that follow the challenges of promising players to Việt Nam’s domestic and global football fans,” he said.

(From left) VTVcab CEO Bùi Huy Năm, ACAFP CEO Hiroyuki Ono and PVF Deputy-General Director Nguyến Thị Mỹ Dung sign their cooperation contract in Hà Nội on September 22. — Photo of VTVcab

“It is our mission to provide an environment where players can train in a country with a better football level, such as Belgium, where KSMK Deinze is located, and where they can gain experience abroad in terms of living. By communicating this to as many people as possible, we hope to promote investment in training and encourage future athletes and their families,” said Nguyễn Thị Mỹ Dung, PVF deputy general director.

Meanwhile, VTVcab CEO Bùi Huy Năm said he was honoured to be able to participate in this programme. VTVcab recognised it as meaningful and unique content. Through this programme, promising young Vietnamese players will gain experience at a professional level in Europe and be more competitive.

“I think that experience will lead to the future discovery and development of young players. I look forward to receiving feedback from home and abroad after the broadcast. The players who have been selected will have good results. I wish all the best for the future and the success of the companies we have collaborated with,” he said.

PVF is one of the top-level football academies in Việt Nam. Based in Hưng Yên Province and founded in 2008, it is awarded AFC’s 3-star Elite Youth Academy and is among the three highest-ranked Elite Youth Academies in Asia.

ACAFP is a Singapore-based football business that plans to create multi-club ownership from Asia. In addition, distinguished football industry experts in Europe have joined the team as founding members supporting ACAFP’s mission to “Release the value of Sports & Evolve”. 

VTVcab is a content production and distribution company and a leading pay-TV service in Việt Nam. VTVcab holds diverse content and produces 25 channels. Their programmes are broadcast on different television platforms, apps and social networks. — VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/sports/promising-young-football-talents-to-train-in-belgium_337554.html

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Magic Messi fires Argentina into World Cup quarters

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Lionel Messi scored his first goal in a World Cup knockout round in his 1,000th match to beat Diego Maradona’s tournament tally, as Argentina beat off a frenzied Australia fightback to win 2-1 on Saturday and reach the quarter-finals.

Messi his side ahead after 35 minutes with a coolly taken low strike for his 94th international goal, passing the great Maradona’s eight World Cup goals, in a match where he was instrumental in almost every Argentine attack.

Julian Alvarez made it two near the hour mark after pouncing on a howler by keeper Mat Ryan to set up a mouth-watering last-eight clash next Friday with the Netherlands, who beat the United States 3-1 earlier in the day.

With nothing to lose, the Socceroos, chasing a first World Cup quarter-final berth, pulled a goal back 13 minutes from time when Craig Goodwin’s wayward shot took a huge deflection off Enzo Fernandez and flew into the net for an own goal.

Messi spurned two clear chances late on but it was Australia’s teenaged substitute Garang Kuol who set hearts racing in the stadium when deep into stoppage time his close-range shot on the turn was brilliantly saved by Emi Martinez.

The Australia bench had their heads in their hands as the final whistle blew moments later, sparking fervent celebrations from the Argentina squad and roars around the packed Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.

Man of the match Messi admitted the final moments were tense.

“Things got complicated in the end with their goal but it’s a World Cup and it’s never easy,” Messi said.

“Now we have a really tough clash with Holland, who play very well. They have great players and a great coach, it’s going to be hard-fought.

“If a World Cup has been tough from the start, it gets even tougher at this stage.”

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - Argentina v Australia - Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar - December 3, 2022 Argentina's Lionel Messi in action with Australia's Harry Souttar. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – Argentina v Australia – Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar – December 3, 2022 Argentina’s Lionel Messi in action with Australia’s Harry Souttar. Photo: Reuters

Messi magic

Argentina took a while to find their stride in a physical match that started off scrappy, with Alejandro Gomez, Fernandez and Alvarez combining well but unable to break down a resolute defence as Messi struggled to make his mark.

Australia had a chance from a corner when towering defender Harry Souttar leapt high in the area but headed tamely.

Lifted throughout by the overwhelmingly Argentine support, which cheered, sang and bounced in unison from all sides of the stadium, Argentina finally made the breakthrough after 35 minutes with Messi the creator and finisher of a superbly worked goal delivered at breathtaking speed.

He took a free kick then picked out Alexis Mac Allister, who passed to Nicolas Otamendi to tap gently back into the path of Messi, who fired low into the corner and beyond the reach of the outstretched Ryan.

Argentina got their second close to the hour after a huge back-pass blunder from Ryan, who came under pressure from Rodrigo De Paul and was robbed of the ball by Alvarez, who turned and slotted home.

Australia refused to give up and launched a succession of threatening moves that rattled an Argentina side whose attention was focused more on their own attacks.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - Argentina v Australia - Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar - December 3, 2022 Argentina's Lionel Messi shoots at goal. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – Argentina v Australia – Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar – December 3, 2022 Argentina’s Lionel Messi shoots at goal. Photo: Reuters

After Goodwin’s deflected shot went in there was a real prospect of extra time in a stadium where the Socceroos had booked their World Cup place via a penalty shootout win over Peru in an intercontinental playoff earlier this year.

They pushed forward relentlessly and nearly equalised when Aziz Behich darted dangerously into the area before a brilliant saving tackle by Lisandro Martinez.

Argentina tried for a third goal, with Lautaro Martinez firing wide and Messi coming close before Australia substitute Garang Kuol missed with seconds left in stoppage time.

“We took it to them. I felt that we finished off well. We had a great chance at the end there to equalise,” said Australia coach Graham Arnold, who described Messi’s performance as “incredible”.

“I’ve got to be very, very proud of the boys.”

Argentina defender Nahuel Molina said the win was all about Messi. “It’s a privilege to play with Messi, with him on the pitch we know that we just need to be patient because he is our ace in our sleeves.”

Lionel Messi scored his first goal in a World Cup knockout round in his 1,000th match to beat Diego Maradona’s tournament tally, as Argentina beat off a frenzied Australia fightback to win 2-1 on Saturday and reach the quarter-finals.

Messi his side ahead after 35 minutes with a coolly taken low strike for his 94th international goal, passing the great Maradona’s eight World Cup goals, in a match where he was instrumental in almost every Argentine attack.

Julian Alvarez made it two near the hour mark after pouncing on a howler by keeper Mat Ryan to set up a mouth-watering last-eight clash next Friday with the Netherlands, who beat the United States 3-1 earlier in the day.

With nothing to lose, the Socceroos, chasing a first World Cup quarter-final berth, pulled a goal back 13 minutes from time when Craig Goodwin’s wayward shot took a huge deflection off Enzo Fernandez and flew into the net for an own goal.

Messi spurned two clear chances late on but it was Australia’s teenaged substitute Garang Kuol who set hearts racing in the stadium when deep into stoppage time his close-range shot on the turn was brilliantly saved by Emi Martinez.

The Australia bench had their heads in their hands as the final whistle blew moments later, sparking fervent celebrations from the Argentina squad and roars around the packed Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.

Man of the match Messi admitted the final moments were tense.

“Things got complicated in the end with their goal but it’s a World Cup and it’s never easy,” Messi said.

“Now we have a really tough clash with Holland, who play very well. They have great players and a great coach, it’s going to be hard-fought.

“If a World Cup has been tough from the start, it gets even tougher at this stage.”

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - Argentina v Australia - Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar - December 3, 2022 Argentina's Lionel Messi in action with Australia's Harry Souttar. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – Argentina v Australia – Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar – December 3, 2022 Argentina’s Lionel Messi in action with Australia’s Harry Souttar. Photo: Reuters

Messi magic

Argentina took a while to find their stride in a physical match that started off scrappy, with Alejandro Gomez, Fernandez and Alvarez combining well but unable to break down a resolute defence as Messi struggled to make his mark.

Australia had a chance from a corner when towering defender Harry Souttar leapt high in the area but headed tamely.

Lifted throughout by the overwhelmingly Argentine support, which cheered, sang and bounced in unison from all sides of the stadium, Argentina finally made the breakthrough after 35 minutes with Messi the creator and finisher of a superbly worked goal delivered at breathtaking speed.

He took a free kick then picked out Alexis Mac Allister, who passed to Nicolas Otamendi to tap gently back into the path of Messi, who fired low into the corner and beyond the reach of the outstretched Ryan.

Argentina got their second close to the hour after a huge back-pass blunder from Ryan, who came under pressure from Rodrigo De Paul and was robbed of the ball by Alvarez, who turned and slotted home.

Australia refused to give up and launched a succession of threatening moves that rattled an Argentina side whose attention was focused more on their own attacks.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - Argentina v Australia - Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar - December 3, 2022 Argentina's Lionel Messi shoots at goal. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – Argentina v Australia – Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar – December 3, 2022 Argentina’s Lionel Messi shoots at goal. Photo: Reuters

After Goodwin’s deflected shot went in there was a real prospect of extra time in a stadium where the Socceroos had booked their World Cup place via a penalty shootout win over Peru in an intercontinental playoff earlier this year.

They pushed forward relentlessly and nearly equalised when Aziz Behich darted dangerously into the area before a brilliant saving tackle by Lisandro Martinez.

Argentina tried for a third goal, with Lautaro Martinez firing wide and Messi coming close before Australia substitute Garang Kuol missed with seconds left in stoppage time.

“We took it to them. I felt that we finished off well. We had a great chance at the end there to equalise,” said Australia coach Graham Arnold, who described Messi’s performance as “incredible”.

“I’ve got to be very, very proud of the boys.”

Argentina defender Nahuel Molina said the win was all about Messi. “It’s a privilege to play with Messi, with him on the pitch we know that we just need to be patient because he is our ace in our sleeves.”

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Brazil soccer legend Pele says he remains ‘strong’ amid cancer battle

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Brazilian soccer great Pele said on Saturday he was “strong” and grateful for the widespread support he has been receiving after being hospitalized in Sao Paulo earlier this week as he battles colon cancer.

The 82-year-old said in an Instagram post that he wanted to keep “everyone calm and positive” after a medical report showed he remained in stable condition while also being treated a respiratory infection.

“I’m strong, with a lot of hope and I follow my treatment as usual,” Pele said. “I have a lot of faith in God and every message of love I receive from you all over the world keeps me full of energy”.

Pele, one of the greatest footballers of all time if not the greatest, was admitted to hospital on Tuesday to re-evaluate his cancer treatment.

He had a tumor removed from his colon in September 2021 and has been receiving hospital care on a regular basis.

In a report on Saturday, medical staff at the Albert Einstein Hospital said Pele has responded well to treatment for a respiratory infection diagnosed after his hospitalization and that his condition had not worsened in the last 24 hours.

“He is still undergoing treatment and remains in stable condition,” the doctors said.

The latest medical note came after newspaper Folha de S.Paulo reported earlier in the day that Pele – whose full name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento – had been receiving palliative care after chemotherapy stopped having the expected results.

The newspaper also said he had a general swelling and cardiac issues when admitted to hospital earlier this week, as previously reported by ESPN Brasil.

His manager, family members and the hospital have not confirmed that information.

On Thursday, Pele said in an Instagram post that he was at the hospital for a “monthly visit”.

Pele, who played for Brazil and club sides Santos and New York Cosmos as a striker, was one of the world’s best known sportsmen at his peak and is regarded as one of the best soccer players of all time.

He won the World Cup with Brazil three times, in 1958, 1962 and 1970 – a feat no other player has achieved. He is the all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil, with 77 goals in 92 games.

Messages of support came in from players and fans at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

French striker Kylian Mbappe tweeted, “Pray for the King”.

England captain Harry Kane said the whole national team wished him well.

“We send our best wishes to him and his family as well. (He is an) inspiration amongst our game, incredible footballer, incredible person,” Kane said.

The Torch tower in Doha was also lighted up on Saturday with a message of support saying “get well soon” and a picture of his face.

A sign with the same message was displayed by Brazilian fans at the Lusail Stadium on Friday ahead of Brazil’s 1-0 defeat by Cameroon.

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Brazilian soccer great Pele said on Saturday he was “strong” and grateful for the widespread support he has been receiving after being hospitalized in Sao Paulo earlier this week as he battles colon cancer.

The 82-year-old said in an Instagram post that he wanted to keep “everyone calm and positive” after a medical report showed he remained in stable condition while also being treated a respiratory infection.

“I’m strong, with a lot of hope and I follow my treatment as usual,” Pele said. “I have a lot of faith in God and every message of love I receive from you all over the world keeps me full of energy”.

Pele, one of the greatest footballers of all time if not the greatest, was admitted to hospital on Tuesday to re-evaluate his cancer treatment.

He had a tumor removed from his colon in September 2021 and has been receiving hospital care on a regular basis.

In a report on Saturday, medical staff at the Albert Einstein Hospital said Pele has responded well to treatment for a respiratory infection diagnosed after his hospitalization and that his condition had not worsened in the last 24 hours.

“He is still undergoing treatment and remains in stable condition,” the doctors said.

The latest medical note came after newspaper Folha de S.Paulo reported earlier in the day that Pele – whose full name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento – had been receiving palliative care after chemotherapy stopped having the expected results.

The newspaper also said he had a general swelling and cardiac issues when admitted to hospital earlier this week, as previously reported by ESPN Brasil.

His manager, family members and the hospital have not confirmed that information.

On Thursday, Pele said in an Instagram post that he was at the hospital for a “monthly visit”.

Pele, who played for Brazil and club sides Santos and New York Cosmos as a striker, was one of the world’s best known sportsmen at his peak and is regarded as one of the best soccer players of all time.

He won the World Cup with Brazil three times, in 1958, 1962 and 1970 – a feat no other player has achieved. He is the all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil, with 77 goals in 92 games.

Messages of support came in from players and fans at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

French striker Kylian Mbappe tweeted, “Pray for the King”.

England captain Harry Kane said the whole national team wished him well.

“We send our best wishes to him and his family as well. (He is an) inspiration amongst our game, incredible footballer, incredible person,” Kane said.

The Torch tower in Doha was also lighted up on Saturday with a message of support saying “get well soon” and a picture of his face.

A sign with the same message was displayed by Brazilian fans at the Lusail Stadium on Friday ahead of Brazil’s 1-0 defeat by Cameroon.

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With World Cup going well, Qatar determined to host 2036 Games

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DOHA — Qatar is determined to bring the 2036 Summer Olympic Games to Doha, according to a source familiar with the Olympic bidding process.

The success so far of the ongoing FIFA soccer World Cup has emboldened the Qataris and strengthened their resolve to host the Olympics.

No timeframe has been announced by the International Olympic Committee on when it plans to award the 2036 sports extravaganza.

Were the Games to go to Doha it would be the first to be staged in a Muslim country.

Qatar failed to make the cut for the shortlist for both the 2016 and 2020 Games, partly due to concerns over the summer temperatures in the desert state, with those Games ending up in Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo.

It is expected Qatar would push to move any Olympics later in the year, like it has done with the World Cup, and the Gulf state has made use of advanced air-conditioning systems in stadiums to mitigate the heat for the football.

Doha staged the World Athletics Championships in 2019 at the Khalifa International Stadium, from late September to early October.

The IOC has revamped the process for awarding the Games since then, changing from a traditional bidding process to selecting a preferred candidate from interested cities.

Brisbane 2032 were the first Games to be awarded using this method.

Infrastructure ready

With the Games going to Paris in 2024, Los Angeles in 2028 and then Brisbane, a bid from Qatar might be expected to be received warmly if the IOC were to rotate continents, although the IOC said in October it was in preliminary discussions with 10 cities.

Countries who have expressed an interest in staging the 2036 Games include India, Indonesia and South Korea. Germany is also considering whether to launch another Olympic bid despite strong domestic opposition to the Olympics.

Qatar will feel in a very strong position, one source told Reuters. “The success so far of this World Cup puts Qatar in a strong position – they have shown they can do this… it is a proof of concept.

“They hosted the Asian Games in 2006; and will be hosting them again in 2030.

“All of the infrastructure is here – the stadiums, the metro, the new airport.”

The Qatar Olympic Committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Qatar built seven of the eight World Cup stadiums from scratch, but it will struggle to find regular use for all of them. The Olympics would be seen as a natural fit given the extended infrastructure upgrade of the country.

Gas-rich Qatar, in an attempt to emulate the dramatic transformation of Gulf rivals Dubai and Abu Dhabi, has spent at least $229 billion on infrastructure in the 11 years since winning the bid to host the World Cup, and now boasts a gleaming new subway system as well as state-of-the-art sports facilities.

Much of the work was planned independently as Qatar pushes to diversify its non-energy economy, with ambitions to become a regional business hub and to triple tourist numbers to 6 million a year by 2030, a government official told Reuters earlier this year.

As one of the world’s biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers, Qatar has become one of the wealthiest nations per capita with a population of a little over 3 million, of which 85% are expatriates.

DOHA — Qatar is determined to bring the 2036 Summer Olympic Games to Doha, according to a source familiar with the Olympic bidding process.

The success so far of the ongoing FIFA soccer World Cup has emboldened the Qataris and strengthened their resolve to host the Olympics.

No timeframe has been announced by the International Olympic Committee on when it plans to award the 2036 sports extravaganza.

Were the Games to go to Doha it would be the first to be staged in a Muslim country.

Qatar failed to make the cut for the shortlist for both the 2016 and 2020 Games, partly due to concerns over the summer temperatures in the desert state, with those Games ending up in Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo.

It is expected Qatar would push to move any Olympics later in the year, like it has done with the World Cup, and the Gulf state has made use of advanced air-conditioning systems in stadiums to mitigate the heat for the football.

Doha staged the World Athletics Championships in 2019 at the Khalifa International Stadium, from late September to early October.

The IOC has revamped the process for awarding the Games since then, changing from a traditional bidding process to selecting a preferred candidate from interested cities.

Brisbane 2032 were the first Games to be awarded using this method.

Infrastructure ready

With the Games going to Paris in 2024, Los Angeles in 2028 and then Brisbane, a bid from Qatar might be expected to be received warmly if the IOC were to rotate continents, although the IOC said in October it was in preliminary discussions with 10 cities.

Countries who have expressed an interest in staging the 2036 Games include India, Indonesia and South Korea. Germany is also considering whether to launch another Olympic bid despite strong domestic opposition to the Olympics.

Qatar will feel in a very strong position, one source told Reuters. “The success so far of this World Cup puts Qatar in a strong position – they have shown they can do this… it is a proof of concept.

“They hosted the Asian Games in 2006; and will be hosting them again in 2030.

“All of the infrastructure is here – the stadiums, the metro, the new airport.”

The Qatar Olympic Committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Qatar built seven of the eight World Cup stadiums from scratch, but it will struggle to find regular use for all of them. The Olympics would be seen as a natural fit given the extended infrastructure upgrade of the country.

Gas-rich Qatar, in an attempt to emulate the dramatic transformation of Gulf rivals Dubai and Abu Dhabi, has spent at least $229 billion on infrastructure in the 11 years since winning the bid to host the World Cup, and now boasts a gleaming new subway system as well as state-of-the-art sports facilities.

Much of the work was planned independently as Qatar pushes to diversify its non-energy economy, with ambitions to become a regional business hub and to triple tourist numbers to 6 million a year by 2030, a government official told Reuters earlier this year.

As one of the world’s biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers, Qatar has become one of the wealthiest nations per capita with a population of a little over 3 million, of which 85% are expatriates.

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