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Two Vietnamese players featured in AFF list of star footballers

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The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) has revealed a poster titled “Vietnam Stars of Their Times” which features several outstanding Vietnamese footballers from the past 20 years, including Quang Hai and Hoang Duc.

AFF reveals a poster featuring outstanding Vietnamese footballers from the past 20 years

AFF reveals a poster featuring outstanding Vietnamese footballers from the past 20 years
 

As one of the country’s leading players, midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai is considered to be an integral part of head coach Park Hang-seo’s plans for the senior national squad.

The Hanoi-born star has previous experience in leading the country’s national side, having captaining Vietnam’s U22 team during the qualifiers AFC U23 Championship 2020 in March.

Meanwhile, after some outstanding performances in recent 2022 World Cup qualifiers, national midfielder Nguyen Hoang Duc is being sought after by several international clubs, including Pathum United FC of Thailand.

Standing at 1.83 metres tall, Hoang Duc is capable of playing in both attack and defence and he performed well for the national team in the latest round of 2022 World Cup qualifiers, especially in the match against Australia.

Moreover, former Vietnamese football stars such as Le Huynh Duc, Nguyen Minh Phuong, and Le Cong Vinh, all of whom significantly contributed to the country’s footballing history, were also named in the AFF list.

Source: VOV

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Vietnam enter Women’s Asian Cup quarterfinals after Myanmar draw

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Vietnam have advanced to the quarterfinals of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 as one of the two best third-placed teams after holding Myanmar to a 2-2 draw in their Group C tie at the D.Y. Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Thursday.

Vietnam came from behind twice to salvage a point and finish third in their group.

Before the game, Vietnam only needed a draw to proceed while Myanmar had no choice but to win after each of the Southeast Asian representatives had suffered two defeats against Japan and South Korea. 

Myanmar started the more aggressive of the two sides and put continuous pressure on Vietnam right at the start, creating many chances in the first 25 minutes.

Win Theingi of Myanmar scored the first goal from a penalty kick in the 26th minute after Nguyen Thi Thanh Nha of Vietnam committed a foul in the penalty area.

Vietnam fought back and after several missed opportunities, they finally leveled the score at the stroke of half-time, with Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung beating Myanmar goalkeeper Nwe May Zin off a corner set-piece.

After the restart, the goal chase repeated.

Myanmar edged ahead again in spectacular fashion in the 49th minute when Win Theingi set up Tun Khin Marlar, who found space before smashing her effort into the back of the net.

Vietnam equalized in the 62nd minute after Nguyen Thi My Anh dribbled past a Myanmar defender inside the box and was fouled. 

Huynh Nhu leveled the score with a successful penalty kick.

After the goal, Vietnam played defensively to protect the score while Myanmar were unable to create many chances despite their desperation to score.

The 2-2 draw helped Vietnam keep the third place in Group C and become one of the two best third-placed teams in the group stage, who will join the respective six group winners and runners-up in the quarterfinals. 

Vietnam’s quarterfinal opponent will be China. 

Even if they lose, Vietnam will have a chance to go to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup through the inter-confederation play-off door.

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Australia beat Thailand to set up quarter-final with South Korea at Women’s Asian Cup

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Australia defeated Thailand 2-1 at the Women’s Asian Cup in Mumbai on Thursday to secure the top spot in Group B and set up a quarter-final clash with South Korea.

The Matildas finished the group stage with nine points, ahead of the Philippines, who ended on six points after thrashing Indonesia 6-0 in Pune.

Australia took the lead in the 39th minute after Emily van Egmond scored with a low drive from the edge of the box and all-time leading scorer Sam Kerr came off the bench to add the second goal in the 80th minute.

Thailand substitute Nipawan Panyosuk scored in stoppage time, lobbing the ball over keeper Lydia Williams with a stunning shot from distance.

Despite the defeat, Thailand advanced to the quarter-finals on account of finishing among the best third-placed teams alongside Vietnam.

Soccer Football - Women's Asian Cup - Group C - Japan v South Korea - Shivchatrapati Sports Complex, Pune, India - January 27, 2022 South Korea's Shim Seo-Yeon in action with Japan's Risa Shimizu. Photo: Reuters
Soccer Football – Women’s Asian Cup – Group C – Japan v South Korea – Shivchatrapati Sports Complex, Pune, India – January 27, 2022 South Korea’s Shim Seo-Yeon in action with Japan’s Risa Shimizu. Photo: Reuters

Thailand will face two-time defending champions Japan, who clinched the top spot in Group C on goal difference despite being held to a 1-1 draw by second-placed South Korea.

Forward Roki Ueki gave Japan the dream start with a goal in the first minute — the quickest at the competition — as she charged into the box and found the bottom left corner with a fine finish.

South Korea, putting up an improved performance in the second half, found a late equaliser through substitute Seo Ji-youn in the 85th minute after a scramble in the box.

Vietnam, who came from behind twice to hold Myanmar to a 2-2 draw in Navi Mumbai, will take on Group A winners China in the last eight. The Philippines will face Taiwan, who finished second in Group A.

Soccer Football - Women's Asian Cup - Group C - Japan v South Korea - Shivchatrapati Sports Complex, Pune, India - January 27, 2022 Japan's Yui Hasegawa in action. Photo: Reuters
Soccer Football – Women’s Asian Cup – Group C – Japan v South Korea – Shivchatrapati Sports Complex, Pune, India – January 27, 2022 Japan’s Yui Hasegawa in action. Photo: Reuters

Group A ended with only three teams with hosts India thrown out of the tournament after a COVID-19 outbreak meant they were unable to field a team for their match against Taiwan. 

The quarter-finals will be held on Sunday, followed by the semi-finals on Feb. 3 and the title clash on Feb. 6.

The competition is doubling up as Asia’s qualifier for next year’s Women’s World Cup, with the continent awarded five guaranteed spots at the finals in Australia and New Zealand.

Australia qualify for the World Cup as co-hosts while two other Asian nations will feature in an intercontinental playoff round.

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Age is just a number for Watford’s new boss

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Roy Hodgson is, for the second time, the oldest manager in the Premier League. — Photo courtesy of Watford FC

Paul Kennedy

I’ve never been very good at dating apps. I guess it’s a generational thing.

I do know one thing for sure though; I’m not exactly a good catch. Very much the wrong side of 40, I drink and smoke far too much, work all the time, and the only thing I actually care about is Liverpool FC.

So if you’re looking for a keeper, and I’m not talking about the Alisson Becker variety, then I think swiping left is a better option.

I guess the reason I just don’t get the whole modern-day dating by app thing is my age. The days of meeting the future ex-Mrs Kennedy in a bar are long gone.

Nowadays, you can actually get to know potential suitors simply through endless conversations on apps like Zalo, long before you ever meet.

While I bemoan my hatred of dating apps because of my age, I tend to get the same reply over and over: “Age is just a number”.

And I guess that’s probably the case, but as I fast approach the big 5-0, I do start to look at things a little bit differently and wonder: “When does the time come to start to slow down?”

This week, Watford FC announced Roy Hodgson as their new manager. He is 74-years-old and his appointment makes him the oldest ever manager in the Premier League.

Previously, the oldest ever manager in the Premier League was, you’ve guessed it, Roy Hodgson when he managed Crystal Palace from 2017-21.

Roy clearly sees age as just a number.

In 1976, yeah, that long ago, he became manager of Halmsteds BK in Sweden, leading them to two league titles during a four-year spell in charge.

In the 42 years that followed, Roy has managed a staggering 20 teams, with Watford being his 21st managerial position.

So I don’t think there’s any doubt of his experience, but the big question Watford supporters will be asking themselves right now will be, is Roy over the hill?

Roy is Watford’s 15th manager in the past 20 years since the club was bought by Italian businessman Gino Pozzo in 2012.

I’ve no idea what reassurances Hodgson was given before he agreed to the job, but with a boss as trigger-happy as Pozzo seems to be, I do wonder how long he’ll last.

Throughout his extremely long career, Hodgson has never managed a team that has been relegated.

But with Watford currently sat second from bottom in the Premier League (their next game is against bottom club Burnley) saving the Hornets from relegation could be one of the veteran manager’s greatest ever achievements.

It’s not the time for Roy to be slowing down. He has a mammoth task on his hands over the next few months to save Watford from the drop. Sadly I fear in his case, age is a number, and he may have bitten off more than his dentures can chew. —

 

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