Rocker Pham Anh Khoa has been announced as the newest member of the famous Vietnamese rock band Bức Tường (The Wall), becoming the lead vocalist of the country’s oldest rock band.
|Rocker Pham Anh Khoa performs together with The Wall frontman Tran Tuan Hung on Friday night. Photos courtesy of The Wall|
The announcement was given by the band’s frontman, songwriter/guitarist Tran Tuan Hung, on Friday night, when the 25-year-old band had a concert to launch their fifth album Con Đường Không Tên (Nameless Road).
According to him, after the death of frontman and lead vocalist Tran Lap in 2016 due to cancer, the band faced days of confusion, disorientation, and seeming collapse.
“But we decided to keep going because that is also the last wish of our late buddy, who we saw as our brother. We were lucky to receive so much support and help from our friends and our dedicated fans, who were willing to help in our difficult time, Hung said.
“Our new album is to continue the road that all The Wall has been walking on,” he said.
Talking with the media, the 35-year-old rocker Khoa, who rose to fame when he competed in Morning Star – Rendezvous 2006, was reserved. He said the role of lead vocalist requires him to try his best.
“I never ever imagined that I could become a member of The Wall someday,” he added.
The Cam Ranh-born singer recalled his bond with late rocker Tran Lap, which started when he contacted Lap for his approval to perform his song Ra Khơi (Offshore) in the finale of the Morning Star – Rendezvous contest.
To prepare for his debut with The Wall, Khoa has worked with the band since last year.
“I know that everyone got used to listening to Tran Lap, however, I am not him. I’m sorry if I bother anyone who loves him. I also love him so much, and I believe that I will be able to convey the spirit of The Wall,” he said.
|Frontman Tran Tuan Hung (2nd left) seen on stage to perform with some former members of The Wall, including founding member Nguyen Hoang (2nd right), guitarist Nhat Hoang (right), and drummer Nghiem Manh Tuan (left).|
The first part of the Friday night concert featured the performance of frontman Hung with some former members, including the founding member, guitarist Nguyen Hoang.
For his debut, Khoa performed the songs featured in the album Nameless Road. Among 10 songs in the album, seven were written by Hung, while the remaining three were created by another new member, songwriter Vu Van Ha.
Alongside 1,000 physical CDs, the albums are also available on digital platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.
Earlier, to reveal their upcoming album, in October, the band introduced the single Tháng Mười (October), which was warmly welcomed by fans.
At the end of March, the band released a new music video entitled XXV to celebrate their 25th anniversary. XXV was composed by guitarist Hung with inspiration from a poem presented to the band by Dam Tien Dung.
The song integrates more than 20 hits by The Wall, showcasing the band and their late leader Tran Lap.
The band is scheduled to tour several cities across the country the next two months.
Established on March 26, 1995, from the students’ musical movement of the National University of Civil Engineering, The Wall first consisted of three members – Tran Lap, Tran Tuan Hung and Nguyen Hoang.
Many songs by the band became hits, particularly among Vietnamese students, like Đường Đến Ngày Vinh Quang (Road to Glory Day), Tâm Hồn Của Đá (Soul of Stone) and Bông Hồng Thủy Tinh (Glass Rose). VNS
Vietnam to host annual national esports contests
Vietnam Recreational and Electronic Sport Association (VIRESA) plans on launching annual tournaments and publish a white book on the local esports scene.
The association said at a conference earlier this week it would host professional and varsity level tournaments, Vietnam Esports Championship (VEC) and University Esport Championship (UEC), starting this year.
VEC is designed with the purpose of recruiting Vietnamese representatives to compete in international arenas. Teams will have to register online at the tournament’s official website and compete in city and provincial qualifiers before heading to regional and national events. UEC will be open to semi-professional players.
VIRESA has yet to decide which and how many games to include per league, but is considering 10 disciplines, featuring one PlayStation, four computer and five mobile games.
These are: League of Legends: Wild Rift, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile, Arena of Valor, Free Fire, League of Legends, Crossfire, Dota 2, Pro Evolution Soccer and FIFA Online 4.
VIRESA further plans to debut an annual white book containing statistics, overall performance data and related content on local esports teams and the industry itself. It will also provide updates on the latest global trends, including a perspective on esports economy, and its digital transformation.
The publication will be designed to help individuals and organizations operate in an effective manner and promote the development of a professional esports environment in Vietnam.
Dang Thai Son, board member of the VIRESA executive committee, said the Vietnamese version of the white book would be officially released on Feb. 1 on the association’s website, while the English version will be released at the end of February.
Vietnam has named esports as one of 40 disciplines of the 31th SEA Games, scheduled to be held from Nov. 21 to Dec. 2 in Hanoi.
The country had the highest number of adult gamers in the world in 2020. Ninety four percent of participants said they gamed at least occasionally while nearly 20 percent said they were frequent gamers, according to a survey released by German data portal Statista late last year.
In a different report, Statista projected online game revenues in the country last year to top $10.1 million, up 16 percent from 2019.
Three Vietnamese women named as elite FIFA referees
The International Football Federation (FIFA) has recognised three local female referees, in addition to three assistant referees, as coming up the standards of its Elite level.
|Referee Bui Thi Thu Trang (third from left) and assistant Ha Thi Phuong (left) officiate at ASIAD 18. (Photo: Myanmar Football)|
This represents the highest level of officiating, with elite FIFA referees being chosen to officiate important events, such as World Cup qualifiers, the AFC Champions League, and the Asian Cup.
The three female referees acknowledged by FIFA include Cong Thi Dung, Bui Thi Thu Trang, and Le Thi Ly, in addition to three assistant referees, such as Truong Thi Le Trinh, Nguyen Thi Hang Nga, and Ha Thi Phuong, all of whom have been recognised by FIFA as making the Elite level.
Among the officials, referees Thi Dung and Thu Trang, in addition to assistants Le Trinh and Thi Phuong, have plenty of experience after being in charge of matches at the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan in 2016, in addition to the 18th Asian Games (ASIAD 18) held in Indonesia.
According to Duong Van Hien, head of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) arbitration committee, the 2023 World Cup will provide a good chance for Vietnamese referees and assistants to prove themselves at a prestigious global tournament. VOV
Thanh Hóa ready for V.League 1 under coach Ljupko Petrovic
HÀ NỘI — Ljupko Petrovic, who won the European Cup with Red Star Belgrade in 1991, has vowed to bring Thanh Hóa back to the top of V.League 1 this season.
The Serbian coach led Thanh Hóa to the second place of the national premiere league in 2017, the highest league position in the club’s history. However, after a disagreement with the club owner, his contract was not extended.
Last year, Thanh Hóa finished third in the group of relegation. While in 2019 V.League 1, Thanh Hóa scored a league record by employing three consecutive coaches in one season. They parted ways with Spanish coach Fabio Lopez, then replaced coach Nguyễn Thành Công with another domestic manager, Mai Xuân Hợp.
Now the 73-year-old has returned to Thanh Hóa under president Cao Tiến Đoan and has insisted that he is ready to lead Thanh Hóa back to their golden age.
“I don’t know how much the possibility of Thanh Hóa club ranking one, three or four will be this year,” said Petrovic. “However, I believe a spot in the top six is fine. The whole team must do their best to do that this year. Next year, we are definitely aiming for the top three in the league.
“Earlier, Thanh Hóa had many better players to play. Now, I don’t have such people in the squad. However, the team have many young talents and are improving day by day. I can use them in the future. I am glad that the talented youngsters are an asset to the team.”
The coach wants his players to play fast, one touch football.
He added: “I want to speed up working together with the hard working of people at the club. Vietnamese players are hard-working and have a good spirit. After one or two years, many good players will appear here. Their level will be similar with players in Europe. I believe I can do that.”
According to Petrovic, Thanh Hóa are still a strong team. This year, he wants better performances and a higher finish. Next year he is setting his sights on Asian tournaments.
Petrovic started his coaching career in 1982. He used to manage many famous clubs like Spain’s RCD Espanyol, Serbia’s Red Star Belgrade, and Greece’s Olympiakos. Petrovic’s biggest achievement was to coach Red Star to European Cup victory in 1991 before the tournament changed its name to UEFA Champions League in 1992.
To prepare for the new season, Thanh Hóa kept key players such as midfielder Loius Epassi, naturalised striker Hoàng Vũ Samson, midfielder Lê Phạm Thành Long, goalkeeper Nguyễn Thanh Diệp, captain Hoàng Đình Tùng as well as bringing in many quality players such as Brazilian midfielder Paulo Pinto, midfielder Lê Quốc Phương, defender Doãn Ngọc Tân, Jamaican striker Chevaughn Walsh.
Thanh Hóa contribute two players for the national team including midfielder Nguyễn Minh Tùng and defender Vũ Xuân Cường. They have one player, goalkeeper Trịnh Xuân Hoàng, in the national U22 team.
This year will see plenty of opportunities for the younger players to break into the first team. Attention will also be paid to the club’s youth teams. —
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