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Quang Hải signs two-year deal with French side Pau FC

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Việt Nam international Nguyễn Quang Hải (left) poses with his new coach Didier Tholot and jersey, after signing his two-year contract with French side Pau FC on June 26. Photo of Pau FC

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s international star Nguyễn Quang Hải has finally completed a move to Europe, signing with French Ligue 2 side Pau Football Club.

The midfielder has passed a medical and signed a two-year deal that has an option to extend his stay in southwestern France for another year. 

He has been handed his favourite No 19 jersey, which he wore for both former side Hà Nội FC and the national team.

“I have had medical tests at Pau Football Club. Everything is good. I have reached all requirements of health,” Hải posted on his Facebook on June 29.

“The first important step is done. I am an official player of Pau FC from this moment. I am happy and proud.

“Thank you all, parents, family, supporters, media and all people who have been accompanying me on my journey. Let’s fight!” he wrote.

On the club facebook fanpage, Pau FC posted: “Nguyễn Quang Hải is here! Vietnam’s international offensive midfielder (45 selections) joins Pau FC for the next two seasons. He will wear Pau FC’s No 19. Welcome, Quang Hải!”

A short video introducing the Vietnamese player is also available on the page.

The 25-year-old, who also received offers from clubs in Thailand, Japan, Spain and other countries, will have about a month to make himself familiar with his new environment and earn a place in the starting 11. 

Pau FC’s Coach Didier Tholot praised Hải’s abilities but has not revealed where he will utilise them in the favoured 4-4-2 formation of the club. 

Pau FC returned to training on June 24. Hải will join his new teammates in Saint-Paul-les-Dax on July 3, ahead of pre-season matches against Ligue 2 champions Toulouse on July 8, Angouleme on July 15 and Niort on July 23.

They will then have a week’s rest before beginning their Ligue 2 season on July 30 away to Guingamp.

Pau FC were established in 1904. Last season they finished 10th out of 20 clubs in Ligue 2.

Showing Quang Hải’s popularity among Vietnamese football fanatics, Pau FC’s Facebook page received hundreds of thousands of likes and comments since the news broke that he would be joining the side. 

At 11.30am yesterday, the club has had more than 155,600 likes and 201,000 followers, nearly 10 times the numbers of the week before. 

The Ligue 1 introduces Việt Nam international Nguyễn Quang Hải on their fanpage. Photo of Ligue 1

Ligue 1, France’s premier league, also posted a picture of Hải in Pau’s jersey along with Việt Nam’s national flag on their fan page, which has almost 7.5 million followers. They welcomed Hải in both English and Vietnamese.

While the Ligue 1 page usually posts transfer news from their own league, this is the first time such a deal from Ligue 2 has been highlighted. 

Hải is the eighth Vietnamese player to play abroad. While Việt Nam has been represented in China, Portugal, Japan, South Korea and the Netherlands, most of these overseas ventures proved unsuccessfully. Quang Hải will be hoping to buck that trend over the coming years. VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/entertainment/quang-hai-signs-two-year-deal-with-french-side-pau-fc_335164.html

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Indonesian bikers exchange with Vietnamese partners

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HÀ NỘI – A team of 18 bikers drove across Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos and reached Việt Nam on July 31 in the 2nd Wonderful Indonesia Motorbike Touring 2022 (WIMT 2022).

Members of the Hanoi Motorbike Club greeted the Indonesian Motor Association (IMI) members at the Cầu Treo international border in Hà Tĩnh Province.

“I am certain that doing something out of love will always be successful because it is done wholeheartedly,” said Indonesian Ambassador to Việt Nam, Denny Abdi, at a reception on Monday at the Indonesian Embassy.

Trần Anh Tuấn, Chairman of the Hanoi Motorbike Club and Vice President of the Vietnam Bicycle and Motorcycle Federation (right), hands a gift to Joel DeksaMastana, the Head of the 2022 WIMT Delegation. Photo Courtesy of the embassy

Ambassador Denny Abdi appreciated the Hanoi Motorbike Club welcoming the 2022 WIMT group.

“I remember the first time I met Trần Anh Tuấn to convey the plan for WIMT 2022. He was very excited and conveyed his full support immediately,” he said.

Trần Anh Tuấn, Chairman of the Hanoi Motorbike Club and Vice President of the Vietnam Bicycle and Motorcycle Federation, recalled his first meeting with Indonesian bikers at the Cầu Treo border. He was impressed that the Indonesian bikers rode their motorcycles well and successfully passed challenging tracks at the Cầu Treo border.

In his response, Joel DeksaMastana, the Head of the 2022 WIMT Delegation, said, “The Vietnamese bikers were amazing. They escorted us from the border to Hà Nội. It was a very memorable journey.” The journey from the Cầu Treo border to Hà Nội, covering around 390km, took almost 10 hours.

Joel added that WIMT 2022 encountered many hardships such as the delayed arrival of the motorbikes, motorbikes breaking down in Thailand, Cambodia, and Việt Nam, as well as accidents.

The team at Cầu Treo Border. Photo courtesy of the embassy

However, he hopes this 4,500 km journey can benefit the countries greatly, particularly strengthening good relations between the peoples, including the brotherhood of the biker’s community in Indonesia and Việt Nam.

Luyến Thị Hồng Hạnh, Deputy Director of International Cooperation, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Việt Nam, expressed her appreciation to the WIMT 2022, who also brought various Indonesian products to introduce to the Vietnamese bikers in Hà Nội. She hopes that this activity can further strengthen cooperation between the two countries.

Apart from touring, WIMT 2022 also carried a special mission for promoting tourism and Indonesian MSMEs.

In this regard, the bikers exhibited Indonesian products, especially motorbike’ parts and accessories, namely Axson Lube, Rob1 (clothing-footwear-muffler), RSV Helmets, the Maxxwire (booster device), safer driving products, as well as sport tourism products from Indonesia. VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/entertainment/indonesian-bikers-exchange-with-vietnamese-partners_336108.html

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Cồn Đen eco-tourism area, a wild beauty

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Visitors discover Cồn Đen Eco-tourism Area. — Photo mythaibinh.vn

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We were lucky enough to visit the Cồn Đen Eco-Tourism Area in the northern province of Thái Bình at the weekend.

In addition to Đồng Châu and Cồn Vành, Cồn Đen is also an extremely attractive and interesting destination for tourists both inside and outside the province. It is only 150km from the capital of Hà Nội, so it is an ideal coastal destination for tourists on summer days.

Coming to this eco-tourism area, in addition to swimming in the sea, visitors also admire the green stretches of pine trees or enjoy a boat ride to explore the mangrove forest, which is typical of the biosphere in the northern coastal area.

Cồn Đen is located in Thái Đô Commune, Thái Thụy District, 60km from the centre of Thái Bình City. 

The roads in Thái Đô leading to Cồn Đen are built of solid concrete, which is convenient for tourism development.

Cồn Đen has a relatively flat terrain with a 3km sandy strip which was formed by alluvial and sedimentary tectonics of the Trà Lý River. On hot days, walking along this sandy strip, you can watch the white waves rushing to the shore and the green pine trees swaying with the sea breeze.

Cồn Đen was recognized by UNESCO as a world biosphere reserve in 2004. Up to now, the natural scenery on the islet is still wild. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful sea dunes in the north.

Sitting on the boat for about 45-60 minutes, we observed all the majestic beauty of the scenery and had the opportunity to visit the mangrove forest, as well as be immersed in nature.

Cồn Đen’s coastal ecosystem is very unique with plants such as nipa palms and mangroves. It has about 200 species of birds, including nearly 60 species of migratory birds, more than 50 species of water birds and many rare bird species recorded in the World Red Book such as the black-faced spoonbill, gulls and spoon-billed sandpiper.

Tourists catch oysters with a fisherman. — Photo mythaibinh.vn

We are extremely surprised by the wild beauty here, it is rare to combine many experience models in one complex.

With long sandy beaches, moderate slopes, and year-round gentle waves, Cồn Đen is also a very suitable place to swim every summer. You can also organise picnics, games and entertainment on the sea such as fishing and beach volleyball after hours of playing with the waves.

Also do not miss the chance to explore inside the mangrove forest through the Dream Bridge – the longest bamboo bridge in the country.

Visitors can explore the mangrove forest along the Dream Bridge, the longest bamboo bridge in the country. — Photo bds.net

Savouring foods here is also an unforgettable experience for us. The restaurants are arranged in a cool space, serving fresh seafood such as oysters, prawn, crabs, fish and sea snails at reasonable prices. 

In addition, Cồn Đen’s specialities include jellyfish salad, fish salad, Diêm Điền fish sauce and home-brew rice wine with typical, rustic flavours.

When the sunset comes, nature and people seem to blend, bringing something new and attractive. The people here often say that Cồn Đen is like a ‘sleeping beauty who has just been awakened. It is so wild, poetic and lyrical.

Tourists enjoy grilled seafood in the evening. — Photo courtesy of Cồn Đen Eco-tourism Area

Cồn Đen ecological area is suitable for one or two-day trips. The hotels and motels here meet all needs of visitors.

The presence of eco-tourism areas like Cồn Đen contributes to bringing a new face to Thái Bình tourism, helping to make full use of inherent natural resources, and widely promoting the beauty of the homeland to visitors.

Ignoring the hustle and bustle of the streets, being immersed in the sea, and being in harmony with nature will certainly be great experiences for every visitor when coming to Cồn Đen. VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/entertainment/con-den-eco-tourism-area-a-wild-beauty_335927.html

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VN students win golds in pencak silat at ASEAN University Games

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Ong Gia Phong of Việt Nam (centre) poses for photos after winning his gold in the men’s U90kg class in pencak silat. Photos aug20th2022

HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese students won two gold medals in pencak silat at the 20th ASEAN University Games in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand, on August 4.

Ong Gia Phong of Việt Nam beat Fauzi Ahmad Zein of Indonesia 3-2 in the final of the men’s U90kg category.

His teammate Nguyễn Thanh Phong defeated Saena Afikin of Thailand 3-2 in the men’s U50kg class.

Nguyễn Thanh Phong of Việt Nam (right) fights to win gold in the men’s U50kg category in pencak silat. 

Other fighters taking medals were Nguyễn Thị Hoài Duyên with a silver in the women’s U50kg; Trịnh Huy Khang with a bronze in the men’s U85kg and Nguyễn Tấn Định in the men’s U95kg.

In Muay Thai, Lý Diệu Phước of Việt Nam pocketed a silver in the men’s U48kg. He was defeated 30-27 by Thai Chaaumphan Surakiart.

Earlier, Võ Công Anh Kiệt earned a bronze in the men’s U63.5kg and Nguyễn Đình Minh Khuê bagged a bronze in the men’s U51kg.

Việt Nam will vie for gold medal in the women’s team e-sport event against Thailand today.

After 10 days of competition, Việt Nam remain at No 4 in the medal tally with 12 golds. 

Thailand are well ahead in leading position with 92 golds. Malaysia are second on 46 and Indonesia third with 40.

The Games will close on August 6. VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/sports/vn-students-win-golds-in-pencak-silat-at-asean-university-games_336175.html

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