The Vietnamese national football team's captain Que Ngoc Hai (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam secured the last ticket to the knockout round of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 in the United Arab Emirates after narrowly qualified over Lebanon on fair-play points. Both Vietnam and Lebanon had three points after three group matches and the same goal difference of -1. However, Vietnam accumulated five yellow cards as compared to seven of Lebanon. Lebanon showed great determination with a convincing 4-1 win against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea despite conceding the match’s opening goal. Earlier, fans of the “Golden Dragons” watched in regret as Oman doubled the lead in their clash with Turkmenistan when there were just seconds left on the clock to win 3-1 to book a spot in the round of 16. Vietnam had previously lost 2-3 to Iraq and 0-2 to Iran, but the team beat Yemen 2-0 in Group D. Vietnam will face Jordan, the winner of … [Read more...] about Vietnam win last ticket to Asian Cup knockout round
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Tran The Tam is one of them. When the tournament kicked off in the UAE last Saturday, he was assigned the task of filming fans and taking photos with them. Tam, who has been living in the UAE for the last four years, is one of three Vietnamese there volunteering for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup UAE Playmakers Program. It is an initiative by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to promote the tournament, increase interaction with fans and increase exchanges between the 24 participating nations in the spirit of "Bringing Asia together," the tournament’s slogan. It has more than 600 ambassadors aged between 14 and 54 from 61 nations. They are called "playmakers" and receive support from UAE-based embassies, businesses and individuals for raising awareness of the tournament in their communities. The main task of a playmaker like Tam is to create and promote content about the tournament or receive content from the organizers and promote it on their own social networks. They also have to … [Read more...] about 10 Vietnamese join AFC program to promote Asian Cup
>>> National squad arrive in UAE to kick start 2019 Asian Cup campaign The tournament will officially start this evening and run until February 1, and the Vietnam team will kick off their opening game on January 8. To ensure the security and safety for Vietnamese fans in the UAE, the Vietnamese Embassy in the West Asian country recommends that fans buy tickets through the official website of the Organising Committee at www.afcasiancup2019.com. In addition, it is necessary to bring proper luggage, clothes, personal belongings and necessary documents, while preserving them carefully, especially personal identification documents. Passport must be valid for more than six months. Vietnamese fans should also behave and support their team in a civilised manner and with politeness, while restraining themselves and avoiding extreme/provocative behaviour in order to avoid conflicts with international fans and negatively affect the Vietnamese image. They are also urged to strictly obey … [Read more...] about Recommendations for Vietnamese fans travelling to UAE to cheer on national squad at Asian Cup 2019
>>> Asian Cup: Vietnam team to face three Western Asian rivals in “group of death” Recently, the prestigious sports network FOX Sports Asia ran an article to review the Vietnamese team and their journey at the upcoming Asian Cup, saying that the "Golden Dragons" could completely surpass Group D, which consists of two strong opponents, Iran and Iraq, and even win one of the top two positions in the group to qualify automatically for the last 16 with a top-two finish in their group. Having only participated in the first Asian Cup finals in 2007 (as co-hosts), Vietnam are in a rather tough group in the 2019 tournament, as they have to compete for a ticket to progress against Iran, Iraq and Yemen. However, according to FOX Sports Asia, with the current squad and impressive performance in the past year, coach Park Hang-seo’s side could open the opportunity to reach the Round of 16 as one of the four-best third-placed teams, according to the new format of the … [Read more...] about Vietnam forecast to cause surprise at Asian Cup 2019
>>> A strategic vision needed for Vietnamese sports >>> Vietnam draw with DPRK 1-1 in int’l friendly The Asian Football Federation (AFC) has just announced the final list of 23 players submitted by the 24 teams to compete in the 2019 Asian Cup in the UAE early next year. Accordingly, teams are allowed to replace their players from the final list of 23 up to six hours before their first match, but overall, they are almost the official squads that the national teams across the continent will bring to the 2019 Asian Cup. According to the current list registered with the organisers, Vietnam have the youngest average age at only 23. Notably, in the squad of 23 Vietnamese players, there are 16 names from the U23 age group. In particular, the youngest player is defender Doan Van Hau (19). The Thai Binh native is also the third youngest player in the 2019 Asian Cup, behind Mohammed Al-Huthaifi of Yemen and Iraqi striker Mohanad Ali (both born in 2000). In the current … [Read more...] about What opportunities await Vietnam at 2019 Asian Cup?