HÀ NỘI — Viettel are considering their last Group I match against Hougang United today as an ‘early final’ at the AFC Cup, as a loss will see them crash out of the regional tournament.
Viettel coach assistant Đặng Thanh Phương said although the hosts only need a draw to go through, they are targetting a win.
“It is an important match. Viettel are currently top of the table due to a better goal difference, ahead of Hougang. We have a small advantage but we do not expect a draw from this match. We want to walk away as the winner,” Phương said at the press briefing on Wednesday.
He said Viettel’s previous match against Phnom Penh Crown was a win, but was not enough to satisfy people’s trust. The last group round match will be different as players are asked to play their best for their supporters who travelled from Hà Nội to HCM City to cheer them on.
“I have evaluated my team and Hougang United and selected the most suitable line-up. They will have to play the game our way,” Phương said.
National midfielder Nguyễn Hoàng Đức also took part in the briefing.
“Pressure is there in all matches but we know how to escape it. I will go on the field with the strongest determination and a target a win,” Đức said.
“I have no holy or lucky items for my competition but I always look to the sky before entering the field and wish for a positive result. I also tell myself to strive hard every time and do my best. I hope to score in tomorrow’s match to help Viettel finish the group round on top,” the national player said.
Đức said Viettel, who will have to do without head coach Bae Ji-won because of COVID-19, will change their playing style to make sure of a win at Thống Nhất Stadium in HCM City.
He believed it will be a quality and beautiful match to serve the team’s target and supporters’ expectations.
On the other side, coach Clement Teo of Hougang Utd said it would be a decisive match for both teams. While Viettel needs a draw, Hougang must win to advance to the next round.
While Viettel are not competing at their home ground, the match is still in Việt Nam so they will have the advantage of ‘home soil’.
He said although his team are at a lower level compared to Viettel, his coaching board have identified some weaknesses.
In the coming match, if Hougang win it will be a good sign for both the club and Singapore’s football.
Viettel and Hougang United will kick off at 5pm. The winning team will advance to the ASEAN Zone’s semi-final, which will be held in early August.
In the later game, Young Elephants of Laos will play Phnom Penh Crown. Both of them have been eliminated after two losses. VNS
Việt Nam to compete in first international baseball tournament since establishment of federation
HÀ NỘI – Việt Nam will participate in the DGB Cup, an international baseball tournament from February 21-26 in Laos.
This is the team’s first international tournament since the Việt Nam Baseball and Softball Federation was established in April 2021.
The coaching board and South Korean expert Park Hyo Chul will select 18 athletes from 41 candidates who performed well at the National Baseball Clubs Cup in July 2022 in HCM City.
The cup was the first official tournament in the national competition system and featured nearly 170 athletes from eight clubs. In the final, Sài Gòn Storm beat Hanoi Archers A 12-4 to lift the trophy.
The two sides contributed 16 players to the draft list for the national team.
These 41 players will participate in another round of trials before the coaches whittle the number down to the 18 selected to play in the cup. The athletes will then have several weeks to prepare for the Lao event.
In the past, the Việt Nam national baseball team took part in the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia.
Furthermore, U12, U13, and U16 squads with athletes from HCM City and Hà Nội clubs also participated in international tournaments where they achieved strong results. VNS
Linh makes history as first Vietnamese AFF Cup top scorer
HÀ NỘI — Nguyễn Tiến Linh might not have brought the AFF Cup home, but he did make history as the tournament’s first Vietnamese top scorer with six goals.
Linh finished the tournament level on goals with Thailand’s Teerasil Dangda, with whom he shares the Top Goal Scorer award.
In the group stage, Linh scored three goals in matches against Laos, Malaysia, and Myanmar.
In the last-four round, he netted two more in the semi-final second leg against Indonesia.
In the final first leg against Thailand, he opened the scoring for the Golden Star Warriors, his sixth goal in the tournament. However, he failed to convert several opportunities in the second leg.
Four of his goals were headers, leading to Linh being dubbed the ‘king of aerial duels’ at the regional championship.
On January 16, Việt Nam lost the final 3-2 on aggregate to Thailand.
It was Linh’s third AFF Cup. In 2018, he scored once. In the 2020 edition, he got a brace.
Since their first AFF Cup appearance in 1996, Việt Nam have won the trophy twice, and three of their players were voted Most Valuable Player of the tournament, but Linh is the first to finish as top scorer.
In the 2002 edition, Lê Huỳnh Đức also finished the tournament with six goals, but the title went to Indonesian Bambang Pamungkas with eight.
Linh is currently one of the three best Vietnamese strikers on the national team. In his 38 caps, Linh has netted 19 times, an average of one goal every two matches.
He is still far behind top-placed Lê Công Vinh (51 goals) and second-positioned Đức (27 goals) in Việt Nam’s all-time scoring leaderboard, but the 26-year-old will have many opportunities to narrow the gap in the future.
First Golden Ball award
Linh’s outstanding performances and AFF Cup achievements have made him a favourite to win the Golden Ball award, honouring the best footballer of 2022, which will be announced in the middle of February.
As well as his international success, Linh was also the second-highest scorer in the 2022 V.League. The Becamex Bình Dương striker finished the season with nine goals.
His biggest rivals in the race to win the statue are striker Phạm Tuấn Hải and midfielder Nguyễn Văn Quyết, both of champion Hà Nội FC.
Hải finished the season with a tally of ten goals, while Quyết was the best V.League player as voted by the organising board. However, neither of them has done as well on the international stage.
In 2021, Linh won the Bronze Ball, behind Nguyễn Hoàng Đức of Viettel FC and Nguyễn Quang Hải of Hà Nội FC.
“At this point, Linh has his biggest chance to bring home the Golden Ball. His contribution to the national team is impressive, and he also shone with the U23s squad, winning the 31st SEA Games gold medal,” said pundit Ngô Quang Tùng. VNS
Hà Nội Police have high hopes for V.League 1 debut
HÀ NỘI — V.League 1 new boys Hà Nội Police FC have attracted a number of quality players including national team members with high hopes for their debut season.
The tournament will begin on February 3 and will end after five and a half months, the shortest event in history. It made the switch to synchronise with the FIFA’s and AFC’s competition systems.
Hà Nội Police, formerly People’s Public Security FC, advanced to the national premier league after winning the V.League 2 title last October.
In their name-changing ceremony earlier this month, the international coaching team and new faces were introduced. Despite playing in the First Division for the very first time, they are aiming for a top-three finish.
Brazilian Paulo Foiani has signed as head coach. Before coming to Việt Nam, he took charge of 21 clubs in his home country. Among them were Sociedade Esportiva Juazeirense who finished second at the 2015 Copa Governador Da Bahia; Sinop Futebol and Sportivo who grabbed slots in the 2019 and 2021 Copa Do Brazil, respectively.
In his playing time, the midfielder was captain of Coritiba FC from 1997 to 2001.
“I want to build up a beautiful playing style, the Brazilian style, at Hà Nội Police. This is a club with determined and energic players that will hunt victories,” said Foniani, 46.
“I am excited about the new job and will try my best to glue players together into a strong and united team to achieve good results this season.”
Foiani will be assisted by Flavio Cruz. The Brazilian has been working in Việt Nam for seven years as both a player and coach with Huda Huế, Bình Định, Gia Định and Navibank Sài Gòn in both V.League 1 and V.League 2.
“I believe that Vietnamese football has made impressive progress with good preparation,” he said.
“Our football training centre at the PFV campus provides high-quality facility and training conditions. I think that Hà Nội Police’s young and determined players with good technique and tactical mind will help the team become a competitive opposition in the league and we will go far.”
The club has signed a two-year contract with defender Hồ Tấn Tài who was part of the national team that reached the final of the AFF Cup.
Tài signed a five-year deal with Bình Định FC early last year after almost two years playing for his hometown club. He was a key player to help the team finish third in the 2022 season. But recently, the club faced a financial crisis of VNĐ38.5 billion of debt including players’ salaries and bonuses. This is thought to be the reason that Tài’s left.
“I will try to compete, give my best, and help my team finish high in the V.League so that we will not disappoint our fans, coaches and owners,” he said.
Despite being a defender, Tài scored five goals in the 2022 V.League 1, two for the national team at the 2022 World Cup qualifications and one at the AFF Cup.
The club has also introduced national team defenders Vũ Văn Thanh and Đoàn Văn Hậu, midfielder Phan Văn Đức, and former U23 goalkeeper Bùi Tiến Dũng.
Former Becamex Bình Dương captain Tô Văn Vũ and striker Nguyễn Xuân Nam, also arrived in early January.
Duo Bùi Tiến Dụng and Sầm Ngọc Đức are also among the 10 new faces. They are expected to strengthen the team’s defence.
At the same time, they will guide young teammates who are home-grown players of the team in the tough V.League 1.
In the first-round match, Hà Nội Police will host Bình Định at the Hàng Đẫy Stadium.
Following the tournament format, 14 teams will play in round robin in the first period. In the second, the top six teams will vie for the championship trophy while the rest will fight to avoid relegation. VNS
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