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VN drawn against Myanmar for AFC U23 qualifiers



Vietnam will play fellow Southeast Asian side Myanmar in the qualifiers for the 2022 AFC U23 Asian Cup.

The U23 team celebrate Nguyen Quang Hai’s stunning goal in the 2018 AFC U23 Championship final. They’ll be hoping to go one better next year and win the tournament. Photo

At the draw held by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Friday, coach Park Hang-seo’s men were placed in Group I to battle it out for a spot in the tournament, in Uzbekistan, in June next year.

They will also take on Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei.

Matches are slated to be held this October in centralised venues where each team will play each other once. Việt Nam’s matches will be hosted in Taipei.

The 11 group winners and four best runners-up will qualify for the tournament.

The Vietnamese side will be seen as favourites to qualify, having been seeded in pot 1 for the draw and having performed considerably better than their opponents in recent years.

Việt Nam struggled in the last edition of the tournament in early 2020 in Thailand, finishing bottom of their group with two draws and a defeat to North Korea.

The 2018 tournament, however, was perhaps Vietnamese football’s finest moment.

The unfancied Vietnamese made it all the way to the final, knocking out Asian football heavyweights like Australia, Iraq and Qatar along the way.

They narrowly lost the final 2-1 to Uzbekistan after extra time in snowy Changzhou City, China.

The silver medal was and remains Việt Nam’s greatest achievement in an AFC tournament and helped kick-start all the remarkable success the senior and junior national teams have enjoyed in the last three years.

With only players born on or after January 1, 1999, eligible to play in the qualification campaign and finals, only six members of the 2020 squad that played in Thailand will be up for selection.

In related news, senior and U23 team head coach Park Hang-seo returned to his native South Korea on Friday evening following the death of his father-in-law.

V.League restart postponed

Hopes for restarting the domestic football season took another blow on Thursday, as the Việt Nam Professional Football (VPF) Company announced it had scrapped plans to resume play this month.

The VPF had hoped to hold the final seven fixtures of the first half of the season on July 31 and wrap up the second half in August, with all matches in the second half taking place in the north.

However, due to the continued uptick in COVID-19 cases, particularly the large outbreak in HCM City, the VPF told clubs the planned restart was no longer under consideration.

No alternative date for the restart has been announced, while the national team are scheduled to gather in a training camp in August to prepare for World Cup qualifying fixtures starting in September.

Play was halted in early May at the beginning of the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, with Hoàng Anh Gia Lai on top of the table. — VNS



Vietnam national tennis team claim first Davis Cup win



Vietnam national tennis team claim first Davis Cup win

Vietnam players celebrate after the victory over Pacific Oceania in Davis Cup on September 15, 2021. Photo by Vietnam Tennis Federation

Vietnam won 2-1 against Pacific Oceania on the first day of Davis Cup Asia-Oceania zone matches Wednesday.

Trinh Linh Giang played first, facing Mainguy Clement. Giang let Clement win the first set, but came back stronger in the next two sets to claim victory.

In the second match, the key player of Vietnam, Ly Hoang Nam, battled Colin Sinclair, the star of Pacific Oceania. Sinclair won the first set and Nam equalized, but the Vietnamese lost in the last set.

After two matches, the score was 1-1 and the result was decided by the final match, as Nam and Le Quoc Khanh played Sinclair and Baudinett Brett in the doubles. The Vietnamese players won the first set, before Pacific Oceania equalized. In an intense third set, Nam and Khanh wrapped it up with a triumph. Overall, Vietnam won 2-1 after 7.5 hours of competition with Pacific Oceania.

This victory pushed Vietnam to the top of their group. The team will play Qatar on the second day Thursday.

Previously, Vietnam had been chosen to host group three of the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania zone. But because of the ongoing Covid-19 wave in the country, the International Tennis Federation instead appointed Jordan as host.


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Hải Phòng FC proposes plan to organise World Cup qualifiers matches at their stadium



Hải Phòng FC would like to host Việt Nam’s matches team in the final round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers campaign at Lạch Tray stadium after international media complained about the grass quality at Mỹ Đình stadium. Photo courtesy of Hải Phòng FC

HẢI PHÒNG — Following complaints about the state of the pitch at Việt Nam’s national stadium, Hải Phòng FC is offering to host the next round of World Cup qualifier games.

After the loss to Australia last week, the condition of the pitch at Mỹ Đình was heavily criticised.

Now Hải Phòng FC president Trần Văn Hoàn, has written to the People’s Committee and Department of Culture and Sports of Hải Phòng, asking to work with the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) on the possibility of Lạch Chay stdium hosting the matches against Saudi Arabia on November 16 and China on February 1.

In the proposal, the club says they believe that organising Việt Nam’s matches on low quality grass surface such as Mỹ Đình will affect the professional quality of the game as well as the image of the country.

VFF board members said that they have not yet received the proposal from Hải Phòng. However, the possibility of the national team playing at Lạch Tray is low due to many regulations of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Rules state the stadium must be near an international airport so that the visiting team can minimise the travel distance, be close to a five-star hotel to ensure safety and have training facilities nearby.

After the 1-0 victory against Việt Nam, Australian coach Graham Arnold complained about the grass of Mỹ Đình, saying it had detrimental effect on his team’s performance.

Australian media even compared the stadium surface to a “cow paddock”.

Mỹ Đình Stadium is a non-business unit under the management of the General Department of Physical Education and Sports. VFF has to pay a fee every time the national team plays there.

Addressing the criticism of the pitch, director of the Mỹ Đình National Sports Complex Nguyễn Trọng Hồ said: “The grass is still good as AFC has checked and assessed the pitch to be of good quality, thereby allowing the match to be held.”

Currently, Hải Phòng FC is waiting for the permission of the People’s Committee and the Department of Culture and Sports of Hải Phòng city to work with VFF. If this is approved, the representative of the club will send an official letter to VFF.

Lạch Tray stadium used to be considered one of the low-quality stadiums in Việt Nam. However, the team has just invested to improve the grass, lights and facilities.

In the 2022 World Cup third round qualification, Việt Nam are still to win a point after two defeats to Saudi Arabia and Australia and are only above the bottom team China in group B thanks to a better goal difference.

The team will return to training on September 16 to prepare for the two away matches against China and Oman in October.


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Two Vietnamese contestants vie for Miss Grand Slam 2020



Two Vietnamese contestants have been named in the list of 42 candidates for Miss Grand Slam 2020, according to Global Beauties, an online source of reliable pageant-related information and news.

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Miss Universe Vietnam 2019 Nguyen Tran Khanh Van. (Photo: VNA)

They are winner of Miss Universe Vietnam 2019 Nguyen Tran Khanh Van and second runner-up of Miss Vietnam 2020 Nguyen Le Ngoc Thao.

Thao entered Top 20 of the Miss Grand International 2020 held in Thailand, while Van received the highest number of votes from fans to enter the Top 21 of the Miss Universe 2020 in the US after finishing the final round.

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Second runner-up of Miss Vietnam 2020 Nguyen Le Ngoc Thao. (Photo courtesy of Thao)

Global Beauties will announce the Top 20 of Miss Grand Slam 2020 following assessments of an international panel of judges.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, two Grand Slam contests, or the top competitions of beauty pageants worldwide, managed to make their 2020 editions happen, which were Miss Grand International and Miss Universe.

The candidate with the best overall performance of the year will be chosen from 42 young women who advanced to the semi-finals of their respective international challenges. In this competition, it does not matter how they ranked in the actual contests, announced Global Beauties./.

Source: VNA


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