Lee Nguyen, a well-known American footballer, has become an official member of the Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) club under a three-year contract with a salary of US$10,000 per month. At the signing ceremony in HCM City on January 17, Lee Nguyen said he is happy to join the HAGL and remarked that Vietnamese football fans are very enthusiastic, even more than Danish fans. The HAGL is a large-scale club in Vietnam, he said. Vietnamese football fans have been familiar with Lee Nguyen since he was selected as the US’s best student footballer in 2004. In 2006 he signed a contract to play for the well-known Dutch team PSV coached by Guus Hiddink, and then joined the US national team to compete in the 2007 Copa America tournament. Doan Nguyen Duc, President of the HAGL, said he will create the best conditions for Lee Nguyen to practise with the Arsenal Club in the UK after the V-League national championship for professional clubs concludes. … [Read more...] about American footballer officially joins HAGL club
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(and Canada) does the word "football" conjure a rather violent sport involving an oblong ball and heavily padded hulks colliding with great purpose and force. That's football, American style - not to be confused with Latin America's futbol or European football. … [Read more...] about Which is beautiful? Soccer, football or baseball?
Overseas Vietnamese Nguyen Hoai Nam and Tommy Le have brought freestyle and rugby-style football to Viet Nam. Nguyen Hoai Nam - freestyle football God More than 100 people gathered in front of the Ho Chi Minh City Post Office recently to witness the graceful union of a man and a ball. They watched, mesmerized, as he juggled the ball with his feet, knees, chest, shoulders, and head, never letting the ball touch the ground. He is Nguyen Hoai Nam - also known as Nam the Man - and he has single-handedly brought freestyle football to Viet Nam. Despite graduating from the Technology University of Dublin in Ireland, Nam decided to pursue his passion for freestyle football instead. The freestyle master won third place behind Korea's Mr. Woo and UK's Mike Delaney at the 2006 Ring Soccer and Freestyle Final in the Netherlands. After four years of performing freestyle football all over the world, Nam confessed that his trip to Viet Nam gave him the most satisfaction. He is now working … [Read more...] about Two New Types of Football Move into Viet Nam
Former German international Jurgen Klinsmann made his first public appearance as coach of the United States football team on Monday, saying he is already looking forward to the 2014 World Cup qualifying. "This is a big moment for me personally and I'm really proud that I get the opportunity to be a part of the future," Klinsmann said. "It's about the bigger picture. It's about moving the US team forward and it's an exciting moment." Klinsmann was named to the post on Friday, one day after the firing of Bob Bradley. The switch was made by US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati following an evaluation after a US loss to Mexico in June's Gold Cup final. "After the Gold Cup, we started to review the year and five years. The last 10 to 14 days we came to some conclusions," Gulati said. "The commitment we've made is through the World Cup." Klinsmann was a prolific scorer at the club level for Stuttgarter Kickers, VfB Stuttgart, Inter Milan, Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur, … [Read more...] about Klinsmann excited to be US football coach
VietNamNet Bridge - The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) said that it is seeking substitutes for Portuguese coach Henrique Calisto and the federation will give priority to foreign candidates. "Calisto is an excellent coach and he has good knowledge of Vietnam's football. He is very popular with the players and he is very good at encouraging their fighting spirit. I'm surprised with his resignation. You know about his contribution to Vietnam. I regret that he is leaving but the federation respects his decision," said VFF Chair Nguyen Trong Hy. … [Read more...] about Football Federation to recruit foreign coach