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VPF proposes pushing back V.League 1-2021 resumption until February 2022

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V.League 1-2021’s restart date is likely to be pushed back until February 2022 as the Vietnam Professional Football Company (VPF) rolls out concrete plans for the resumption of top-flight football in the country.

VPF proposes pushing back V.League 1-2021 resumption until February 2022
V.League 1-2021 – Round 12 – Hoang Anh Gia Lai vs Becamex Binh Duong – Pleiku Stadium – May 2, 2021 Hoang Anh Gia Lai’s Nguyen Van Toan in action. (Photo: VPF)

Specifically, on July 19, the VPF sent a dispatch and voting papers to its shareholders and 27 V.League 1 and First Division (V.League-2) clubs to collect their opinions on the projected plan to continue Vietnam’s 2021 national professional football competitions.

Time fund conditions show that the August 23, 2021-February 1, 2022 period coincides with the national team’s competition and health quarantine plans for participating in international matches and tournaments.

Given that fact, to ensure the goal of finalising the 2021 season once the pandemic is brought under control, the VPF has designed plans for the continued organisation of this year’s domestic professional tournaments, expected to restart on November 20, 2021 with the rescheduled matches of Round 7 of the first phase of the National First Division Tournament, concluding on March 18, 2022 with the final of the Vietnamese National Cup.

With the aforementioned plans, the 2021 season will be extended to 2022, causing many difficulties for clubs and tournament organisers. In addition, some relevant legal regulations will have to be adjusted to suit the tournaments. However, the efforts to finalise the 2021 season will contribute to maintaining the system of professional football tournaments in the country, creating a competitive environment for players to maintain their professional capabilities, helping national teams have the strongest force to participate in international tournaments, and ensuring the benefits of all parties, from sponsors, clubs to the tournament organisers.

The deadline for feedback from clubs and shareholders is 00:00pm on July 23, 2021. On the basis of the opinions collected, the VPF will complete the projected plans and report them to the Vietnam Football Federation for consideration and a final decision.

The VPF’s projected plans for the resumption of top-flight football in Vietnam:

2021 National First Division Tournament

– November 20, 2021: Begin with rescheduled matches of Round 7, first phase

– December 16, 2021: Conclusion of the first phase

– December 20, 2021-January 14, 2022: Second phase and conclusion of the tournament

LS V.League 1-2021:

– February 12, 2022: Begin with rescheduled matches of Round 13, first phase

– February 16, 2022-March 12, 2022: Second phase and conclusion of the tournament

2021 Vietnamese National Cup:

– January 17, 2022: Round of 16

– February 8, 2022: Quarterfinals

– March 15-18, 2022: Semifinals and final

Source: Nhan Dan

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/entertainment-sports/vpf-proposes-pushing-back-v-league-1-2021-resumption-758052.html

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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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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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