Journalist Truong Anh Ngoc We’ve been talking a lot about Vietnamese football players, given all the improvement they showed so far at the U23 Asian Cup in January and then the Asian Games in August. Now with the ongoing AFF Cup 2018, the talk about our players continues. But not enough time is spent on the 12th player, Vietnamese supporters, who are a significant part of the team’s strength with a “competitive attitude” that rubs off on the team. In early 2009, I watched a Serie A match between Roma and Milan in Italy. Audiences had been warned that the game could get “quite dangerous,” that clashes could break out between supporters of the two teams. That day at the Olimpico stadium, an empty stand audience was arranged between two stands filled with supporters of the two teams. I sat in one of the two stands, observing the match in a tense atmosphere that had been described by the media as a “deadly specialty” of Italian football: scuffles among fans and smoking flares all over the place. Before that game, I’d seen fighting happen right on the football field, police using tear gas and water cannons and ambulances rushing to… Read full this story
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