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Vietnam qualify for 2023 Asian Cup finals

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On top of their historic achievement of advancing to the third round of World Cup qualification for the first time, the national football team have also qualified for the finals of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup.

Vietnam qualify for 2023 Asian Cup finals
Vietnamese players celebrate their goal during the 2022 World Cup second qualification Asian zone. Vietnam, who are one among five best second-placed team at the tournament, have qualified for the 2023 Asian Cup in China. Photo courtesy of VFF

The continent’s top tournament will be held in China in 2023.

All 12 teams that advanced to the third round and reigning champions Qatar qualified for the tournament set to take place from June 16 to July 16, 2023.

Eleven other participants will be chosen from qualifiers which will be held later this year.

At the 2019 edition, Vietnam advanced to the quarter-finals where they lost 1-0 to Japan in the UAE. 

Players return home

The national team members except for Viettel players arrived back in HCM City yesterday morning. They will be quarantined in a hotel for seven days then another week at home.

The Vietnam Football Federation asked the Ministry of Health for the shorter quarantine time as all members of the travelling party received two shots of COVID-19 vaccines and were tested for the virus every three days in Dubai, with no positive tests.

Captain Que Ngoc Hai and the four other Viettel players in the squad travelled to Bangkok and will join their club teammates on June 22. They will have four days to prepare for AFC Champions League matches in the country. 

World Cup draw

The draw for the third round of World Cup qualification will be held on July 1 in Kuala Lumpur, contrary to previous reports it was to take place a week earlier.

The matches will begin in September, while a special release of the FIFA rankings for Asian teams will be revealed on June 18 to decide the seeding for the draw.

The top 12 teams who qualified for the third round will be drawn into two groups of six teams each. 

The teams will be divided into two groups based on seeding and compete in a home-and-away format. The top two teams of each group will secure World Cup slots.

The two third-placed teams will face each other in a one-legged play-off for the chance to advance to the inter-confederation play-offs.

Speaking about the third round, coach Park Hang-seo of Vietnam said challenges were ahead.

The South Korean said the happiness for advancing was momentary and tough times await Vietnam as the teams in the next round are really strong and at a higher level compared to the previous opponents.

Park said he knew the big difference between the two rounds because he has experienced it in the past.

He said to avoid being embarrassed the coaches and players would need to put a great effort in, but facing Asia’s top teams would also be a valuable opportunity for Vietnam.

Source: Vietnam News

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Hoang Anh Gia Lai owner willing to listen to Thai proposal to recruit team manager

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Doan Nguyen Duc, owner of Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) expressed his openness to the Football Association of Thailand (FA Thailand) to discussing their intention of recruiting his club’s manager Kiatisuk Senamuang, saying that he’s willing to listen.

Hoang Anh Gia Lai owner willing to listen to Thai proposal to recruit team manager
HAGL owner Doan Nguyen Duc and coach Kiatisuk Senamuang in a recent durian planting event before Kiatisuk returned to Thailand. Photo courtesy of HAGL

After Nishino Akira was fired, there were many questions about who would replace the Japanese manager in the Thai national team.

In July, Thailand’s number one superstar Chanathip Songkrasin said he wanted Kiatisuk to come back to Thailand’s national team manager position.

Recently, the media in the “Land of the Golden Temple” confirmed that the Football Association of Thailand is looking at Kiatisuk as a strong candidate for this position.

Despite rumours, the 47-year-old Thai still has two years left on his contract with HAGL.

However, club owner Duc will still consider any offer.

“I will agree to let Kiatisuk return to Thailand to lead the national team if they really want him,” Duc told Pháp luật Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh (The HCM City Law newspaper).

“If they really want Kiatisuk, they should feel free to come to Vietnam to talk. I have not received any information from the Football Association of Thailand. They have not called or contacted my club. However, I will still be willing to listen.”

“During the complicated Covid-19 pandemic, it will be difficult to go to Vietnam. However just inform me first and I will think about it,” Duc said.

“It is important to know when the V.League 1 will return. If it’s soon then there can’t be any negotiation, but if there’s no news about when the league will return, then I’m happy to let him go back. Why keep someone when others need him more at the moment?” The 59-year-old HAGL president asked.

Kiatisuk returned to HAGL at the beginning of this season. Immediately, the Thai football legend made major changes. From an unstable team, HAGL is on top of the league table with an unbeaten record.

After the V.League 2021 was postponed until the beginning of next year due to the pandemic, Kiatisuk allowed HAGL players to have a break while he returned to Thailand.

Previously, Kiatisuk led the Thai national team to great success reaching the final round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Source: Vietnam News

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Việt Nam News Olympics news bulletin – August 5

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Aussie Keegan Palmer takes gold medal in the men’s park skateboarding. For all latest news from the Olympics, please join our virtual AI Phuong.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/sports/1004450/viet-nam-news-olympics-news-bulletin-august-5.html

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Vietnam ascend FIFA futsal world ranking

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Vietnam ascend FIFA futsal world ranking

The Vietnam national futsal team that played Iraq in a friendly on May 17, 2021. Photo courtesy of Vietnam Football Federation.


The Vietnam national futsal team has moved up one place in the August update of FIFA futsal world ranking.

After beating Lebanon in the World Cup qualification playoffs in late May and claiming a ticket to Futsal World Cup 2021, Vietnam climbed from 44th to 43rd on the FIFA futsal world ranking. In the August update, only Vietnam and Japan improved their positions in Asia.

The top three positions in the world remained unchanged, with Spain first, followed by Brazil and Argentina. In Asia, Iran continued to lead, followed by Kazakhstan and Japan.

The national team has started training since late July. They are set to fly to Spain on Aug. 25 to participate in a friendly tournament with hosts Spain, Japan and Guatemala. They will play another exhibition match with Morocco on Sept. 6, before entering Futsal World Cup, held in Lithuania between Sept. 12 and Oct. 3.

At Futsal World Cup, Vietnam are grouped with Brazil, the Czech Republic and Panama. The team will play their first game against Brazil on Sept. 13, then Panama on the 16th, and the Czech Republic on the 19th.

This is the second time Vietnam qualified for the event, after the first in 2016.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/sports/football/vietnam-ascend-fifa-futsal-world-ranking-4336202.html

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