>>> 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?
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Fans gathered at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi to say goodbye to the national football team as they left to train in Qatar for the Asian Cup on December 27. The national team at Noi Bai Airport Fans surrounded the team when they arrived at the airport at 7 am. Many supporters wanted photos and to give the team gifts. The players were looking forward to the training session. They will train for nearly one week and have a friendly with the Philippines on December 31. Van Toan has fully recovered from his injury so he will also train with the team in Qatar. Luc Xuan Hung, however, is suffering from ligament injury and is unable to join the team. Nguyen Hoang Duc, Ngo Tung Quoc and Phan Thanh Hau failed to make the final squad while coach Park Hang Seo still has to trim the squad with another player set to miss out. Trong Hoang was also injured and if he can't recover in time, he may have lost the chance to participate in the Asian Cup. The final team to participate in the 2019 Asian Cup … [Read more...] about National team to train in Qatar for the 2019 Asian Cup
* Park summons 27 players for 2019 Asian Cup campaign A total of 27 players have been summoned in service of the mission, including seven newcomers and 20 members of the Vietnamese side who recently won the 2018 AFF Cup trophy, excluding veterans Nguyen Anh Duc and Nguyen Van Quyet, and centre-back Tran Dinh Trong (injury). At the 2019 Asian Cup, scheduled to take place in the United Arab Emirates from January 5 to February 1, Vietnam have been drawn in Group D, together with three Western Asian opponents, namely Iran, Iraq and Yemen. This is the toughest group of the tournament, as said by Coach Park Hang-seo. As planned, the “Golden Dragons” will warm up for their Asian Cup campaign with a friendly match against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea team at My Dinh National Stadium on December 25. Two days later, the Vietnamese squad will travel to Qatar for a training course, during which they will have another friendly with the Philippines. On January 4, 2019, … [Read more...] about Vietnamese team convene training for 2019 Asian Cup campaign
* Forward Quang Hai among top 10 anticipated youngsters at Asian Cup 2019 The summoned names mainly consist of the members of the Vietnamese squad who recently won the 2018 AFF Cup trophy, excluding veterans Nguyen Anh Duc and Nguyen Van Quyet, and centre-back Tran Dinh Trong (injury). Anh Duc and Van Quyet contributed significantly to Vietnam’s top honour at the freshly concluded regional showpiece. But due to their old age, Park has been forced to make calculations to ensure Vietnam’s competitiveness for the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games and the 2020 AFC U23 Championship qualifiers in the future. The 59-year-old tactician has decided to give opportunities to seven young players, including Tran Minh Vuong, Phan Thanh Hau and Dinh Thanh Binh (Hoang Anh Gia Lai FC), Nguyen Thanh Chung and Ngan Van Dai (Hanoi FC), Nguyen Hoang Duc (Viettel), and Ngo Tung Quoc (XSKT Can Tho FC). As planned, the national team will reconvene on December 20. Park’s troops will have four … [Read more...] about Park summons 27 players for 2019 Asian Cup campaign
They are Tran Minh Vuong, Dinh Thanh Binh, Phan Thanh Hau, Nguyen Thanh Chung, Huynh Tan Sinh, and Ngo Tung Quoc. Apart from Minh Vuong, the five other players are currently competing at the ongoing 2018 International U21 Football Tournament. In the 2019 Asian Cup, Vietnam have been drawn in group D alongside Iran, Iraq, and Yemen. As scheduled, the Vietnamese national team will play Iraq on January 8, Iran on January 12, and Yemen on January 16. After winning the AFF Cup trophy, the Vietnam’s national football team will have a 4-day break. They will gather back in Hanoi on December 20 to prepare for the 2019 Asian Cup, which will take place between January 5 to February 2 in the UAE. … [Read more...] about 6 players added to national squad for upcoming 2019 Asian Cup