The PVF team were crowned national U19 champions after cruising past two-time finalists Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) 2-0 in the title match on June 28.
The PVF team celebrate their second national U19 trophy. (Photo: VFF)
HAGL headed into the match lacking some of their pillars, as midfielder Dang Van Dan and centre back Nguyen Thanh Khoi (captain) each received an automatic one-match suspension for being shown two yellow cards. Meanwhile, HAGL forward Nguyen Quoc Viet was also absent due to a health problem.
These losses prevented Guillaume Graechen’s side from properly deploying their playstyle as in previous matches, and PVF team did not overlook such a golden opportunity to finish off their opponents to lift the overall trophy.
It took only 12 minutes for PVF to break through HAGL’s weakened defence, with Hoang Huy receiving the ball from a teammate’s corner kick to fire a close-range shot to put his side in front.
HAGL almost paid a sharp price for their fragile backline in the 25th minute, but goalkeeper Bao Duy made a good save to protect their sheet.
After the break, HAGL made some changes and gradually reclaimed their rhythm; however, their attacks were not subtle enough to be converted into an equaliser.
HAGL’s efforts had hardly born any fruits when they conceded a second goal a few minutes after the hour mark, with substitute Ly Trung Hieu taking a delightful though ball before shooting past goalie Bao Duy to seal a convincing 2-0 victory for the PVF side.
This is the second time in history that U19 PVF have claimed the top honour, following their inaugural title in 2015.
Losing the title match, U19 HAGL received the second prize overall, while the People’s Public Security team and Song Lam Nghe An were named as the third-prize winners. Nhan Dan
AFC mark Vietnam as rising power in women’s football
Huynh Nhu, captain of the Vietnamese women’s football team, recently took part in an interview with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to discuss to the road of the national squad to the FIFA World Cup 2023.
The past few years has seen the Vietnamese women’s football enjoy some success on the international stage, including winning the AFF Women’s Championship title and finishing the SEA Games 2019 with a gold medal.
These positive results have elevated Vietnam’s position to 35th in the FIFA rankings and sixth in the AFC rankings. The AFC website confirmed, “The gulf between Vietnam and Asia’s traditional powerhouses also appears, slowly but surely, to be closing.”
This can be seen as the national women’s team had never scored against Australia prior their Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying playoff in March. While the 5-0 defeat in the first leg in Newcastle was the type of result that had previously been the norm, Mai Duc Chung’s side did themselves proud by only losing 2-1 in the second leg on home turf, with Huynh Nhu memorably scoring a 30-yard lob, reliving the goal in an article on the website.
“We know the gap between Vietnam and Australia is still large, therefore, when playing with Australia in the home game, we set a target to score a goal against them. That’s something we had never done before,” Nhu confided.
She added, “Besides that, the expectations of our fans have had a huge effect on us. The whole team had to play with 100% effort to score a goal for the Vietnamese fans.”
“Playing against stronger opponents is a good way for the Vietnamese team to improve, so I also hope that the team will have more opportunities to go abroad and gain more experience from other countries in the region.”
“I also hope that the youth team will have more chances to practice and play because they are an important factor in deciding the future of Vietnamese football as they will help bring us closer and closer to a world-class level.”
Maintaining quality performances at the upcoming 2022 Women’s Asian Cup will be a huge opportunity for Nhu to represent the nation in a regional tournament and to progress to the World Cup.
“This is a big chance for the Vietnam women’s team,” the 28-year-old striker said, adding that, “With the number of participating teams increasing and Australia as the host, the opportunity for our team is now possible.”
“It is the best chance for Vietnamese football to make the World Cup dream come true. I believe that the leaders will have suitable plans from now to create more training programmes and tournaments for the team to play and gain experience, all looking ahead to the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 2023,” she concluded.
The next installment of the Women’s Asian Cup will take place in 2022, with India scheduled to host the tournament between October 28 and November 13.
During the competition, 12 teams will be divided into three groups. Following the conclusion of the tournament, play-off matches will be held in order to select who will go on to represent Asia at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. VOV
Defender Van Hau leaves SC Heerenveen for V.League 1 side
Defender Doan Van Hau is due to return to Vietnam to compete in the second half of the V.League 1 2020 season following the expiry of his loan contract with Dutch team SC Heerenveen, announced his club Hanoi FC on July 10.
Although Van Hau’s loan contract expired on June 30, he was able to continue training with the Dutch team, with Hanoi FC offering to help pay Van Hau’s salary to stay at SC Heerenveen, providing they prove they want to keep the leading Vietnamese player.
Despite the Dutch side’s intentions, the impact of the novel coronavirus has caused a headache for SC Heerenveen, and the team had also bid farewell to eight other footballers.
Following a period of protracted negotiations, Hanoi FC were unable to reach an agreement with the Dutch side. The V.League 1 champions therefore announced their decision to recall Van Hau in order for him to play in the second half of the V.League 1 season, and the national team defender is set to arrive in a few days.
The return of Van Hau marks a joyous moment for Hanoi FC, as many of their football players are suffering from injuries. His return also provides another option for the Vietnamese men’s national football team when they compete in the ASEAN Football Federation Cup 2020 and the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2021.VOV
Veteran musician opens book cafe
HCM CITY — Veteran musician and music teacher Dương Thụ has launched a “reading room” cafe to attract young people in HCM City.
The venue, called Thư Viện Cafe Thứ Bảy Trẻ (Youth Library-Saturday Cafe), has hundreds of titles of rare and best-selling books about literature, culture, history, science and politics.
Highlighted books include those by famous Vietnamese authors and scholars in the 1930s such as Phạm Quỳnh, Phan Khôi, Đào Duy Anh and Vũ Bằng.
Most of the books were donated by cultural researchers, historians, scientists and mathematicians, including maths professor Ngô Bảo Châu and Dr. Nguyễn Xuân Sanh, a maths expert.
Thư Viện Cafe Thứ Bảy Trẻ has computers to help readers access the internet.
According to Thụ, the venue is free to people of any age or background. “Reading good books helps young people improve their knowledge and discover the world,” said the 77-year-old Thụ
Thụ, who began his music career in 1982, has composed more than 100 songs in pop and contemporary folk music. Many of his works were top hits and performed by music stars.
He has worked as a music lecturer at several universities and colleges in Hà Nội and HCM City.
Thư Viện Cafe Thứ Bảy Trẻ is part of a cultural programme titled Cà Phê Thứ Bảy (Café Saturday) launched by Thụ and his partners in 2009. The programme introduces Vietnamese culture and music to young people.
It offers seminars and forums in fine art, literature, painting, photography, film and theatre. The events are hosted by well-known cultural researchers, musicians, writers and artists.
Screenings of Vietnamese and famous foreign films are also included.
Thụ received the Culture and Education prize presented by Phan Châu Trinh Culture Foundation in 2018.
The annual Phan Châu Trinh Awards, launched in 2008 by Phan Châu Trinh Culture Foundation, honours individuals and groups for their contributions to Vietnamese culture, translation, research and Vietnamese studies.
The awards also honour the national hero, poet and cultural expert Phan Châu Trinh of Quảng Nam Province, who fought in the resistance movement against the French.
Thư Viện Cafe Thứ Bảy Trẻ is open from 7am to 10pm every day at 38 Võ Văn Tần Street in District 3. — VNS
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