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V.League: Nguyen Trong Hieu a raw gem needs to be honed

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Midfielder Nguyen Trong Hieu of the V.League 1’s Hai Phong is one of the notable names in the 36-player squad for the third gathering of the U19 Vietnam team this year.

V.League: Nguyen Trong Hieu a raw gem needs to be honed
Nguyen Trong Hieu of Hai Phong is expected to shine in the near future. Photo vinalive.vn

For the training camp from August 20 to August 30, coach Philippe Troussier selected a lot of new players for the upcoming AFC U19 Football Championship to be held in Uzbekistan later this year.

The French coach said he has found many good players not only for the upcoming season but also “bright gems” for Vietnamese football looking towards the 2026 World Cup.

One of the “gems that need to be honed” is Hieu.

“Hieu has a big figure and a very quick reaction. He has the qualities of a good player. This is his first time for the U19 team, so it takes time to adapt. I think he will be qualified and deserves to have a place in the national team through what he has shown,” said Troussier.

Hieu was born in 2001 in Hai Phong and attended the junior football training centre of Hai Phong before being promoted to train with the senior team at the age of 17.

In an interview, Hieu once shared: “My disadvantage is not to play in any U19 tournaments to present myself, but at the club, I still try to practise hard so that national coaches can see me.”

The 19-year-old quickly won the favour of the national underage team coach.

In his debut for Hai Phong in the match against Nam Dinh on June 23, Hieu left a deep impression when contributing to his side’s 2-0 victory.

Coach Pham Anh Tuan was very satisfied with Hieu’s performance.

“Hieu is young, but quite stubborn and not afraid of any players. Observing him during training, I feel that I can trust him when bringing him on the match,” said Tuan.

Hieu is one of the 10 youngest players in the top-flight alongside Pham Trung Thanh of HCM City, Tran Hoang Bao of Binh Duong and Hoang Van Hai of Thanh Hoa.

As well as a height of 1.8m, dexterity and quick reflexes, Hieu is comfortable on the ball, which has his coaches salivating at his potential.

“Because Hieu is a new player, there is lateness compared to the other players that I have worked with, but because he has such potential qualities, I am still patient, giving him the opportunity,” Troussier said.

From 2026, 48 teams will play in the World Cup instead of 32, giving the Asian region 8.5 spots in the finals and Vietnam a greater opportunity to compete at the highest level.

Preparations to achieve this goal have already begun and players born in 2001-2004 with a good height and body like Hieu are being sought by coach Troussier to cope with the physicality of the modern game.

To qualify for the 2026 World Cup and help the “bright gems” grown in confidence, tournaments like AFC U19 event are crucial.

“We need a new wind, a new generation. These players will be at their most mature in 2026. I believe, 50 per cent of these players will be the core of Vietnam team by the year 2026. Of course, the players born in 1995-97 like Nguyen Quang Hai can still play at that time but will be almost 30 years old,” said Troussier.  VNS

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/entertainment-sports/hieu-a-raw-gem-needs-to-be-honed-670508.html

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Vietnam Football Federation condoles Maradona’s death

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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.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/sports/football/vietnam-football-federation-condoles-maradona-s-death-4198239.html

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

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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.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/sports/vietnam-s-toan-gets-olympic-bronze-as-azerbaijani-lifter-sanctioned-for-doping-4197853.html

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Dong Thap Museum receives large artefact donation

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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

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/entertainment-sports/dong-thap-museum-receives-large-artefact-donation-693004.html

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