Vietnam, Japan sign football cooperation deal

  • 07:50 - 2014/07/22

Vietnam, Japan sign football cooperation deal



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The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) has reached a cooperation agreement with the Japan Football Association (JFA).

Pursuant to the agreement signed on July 11, the two sides agreed to cooperate and mutually support each other at regional and international football forums, and in training their national squads.

They will share experience in the management of top tournaments, like J-League and V-League and other domestic tournaments, in addition to legal issues involving the sport.

At the signing ceremony, VFF President Le Hung Dung expressed his confidence that that with continued support from Japan, the Vietnamese football squad will develop into one of the top teams in the league.

For his part, JFA Daini Kuniya expressed his delight at the fine development of bilateral relations between JFA and VFF.

As a special guest at the signing ceremony, Ambassador to Vietnam Hiroshi Fukada spoke highly of fine relations between VFF and JFA and said that the two countries have paid much attention to sports exchange.

He said he hopes that that the Japanese and Vietnamese football leagues will further develop, raising Asia’s prestige in sports.

Hai Duong hosts National Junior Archery Championships

The 9th National Junior Archery Championships opened in the northern province of Hai Duong on July 14.

The tournament is attracting 100 athletes from 15 teams nationwide. Among them, Hanoi has fielded 23 players, the largest, while Dong Thap and Can Tho have only fielded one player from each team.

Athletes are competing for 38 sets of medals. This is the first time competitors will participate in an 18m range individual event.

The competition includes male and female singles, doubles, and team events. Distances range from between 18–90m for men and 18–70m for women.

The tournament lasts through July 21.

Women cyclists take to the road in Tay Ninh

Ninety-six athletes from 11 domestic teams along with a special guest from Kazakhstan are competing for a yellow jersey in a 444.6 km Women’s Open Cycling Tourney which got underway in Tay Ninh province.

The race starts in Tay Ninh province, then cyclists pass through Ho Chi Minh City, Long An, Ben Tre, Vinh Long, Can Tho, Hau Giang provinces with the final destination at An Giang province.

The tournament aims to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese cyclists to hone their skills and prepare well for upcoming international tournaments.

Strong athletes-Nguyen Thi That, Phan Thi Lieu, Bich Lien, Phuong Phi and Thuy Dung are top candidates for the yellow jersey.

Total prizes are worth up to VND200 million including VND30 million for yellow jersey winner, VND20 million for green jersey winner and VND30 million for championship in team.

Thai players triumph at Can Tho ITF tournament

The U18 International Tennis Federation (ITF) Group 5 concluded on July 13 in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho after eight days of competition.

Thai player Navasi Ri Somoon J took the crown in men singles after defeating HSU Jeffrey from Taiwan 2-0 (6-3, 6-3).

Another Thai player, Junkeaw N, also bagged the trophy in women singles.

In men doubles, a coalition of Indonesian and Indian tennis players beat a Thai duo in the final match to take the title.

Meanwhile, Thai pair Junkeaw Chatmanee and Juneaw Napawee showed excellent performance and become the champions in women doubles.

The winners will be awarded with ITF points in lieu of prize money. Champion of a single event will get 30 points, and double event 20 points.

Hosted by the Vietnam Tennis Federation, the tournament attracted more than 100 tennis players aged from 16 to 18 years from various countries and territories around the world.

Lieu pedals to the front of An Giang Television Cup

Phan Thi Lieu of Hat Gao Ngoc Troi won the first stage of the National Women`s Cycling Tournament – the An Giang Television Cup yesterday.

Lieu finished the 65km stage from Tay Ninh City (Tay Ninh Province) to Cu Chi District (HCM City) in a time of 1hr 39.25min, reaching an average speed of 38.625km/h.

National team member Vo Thi Phuong Phi of Binh Duong Environment-Water Supply and Drainage came second, followed by Trinh Thi Bich Nhien of Imexpharm Dong Thap.

Today, cyclists will take part in the second stage from Cu Chi to Ben Tre City over 102km, the longest course of the tournament.

The annual event has lured 58 riders from 11 teams this year. They will compete over six stages for a prize of VND180 million (US$8,500) and other individual and team awards.

In other cycling news, the National Youth Cycling Championships wrapped up on Saturday, with the title going to An Giang who pocketed six gold medals.

Hosts Binh Duong came second and Dong Thap stood third.

Viet Nam to compete in international futsal event

The national futsal team started training on July 14 in preparation for an international tournament in Hangzhou, China, next week.

Eighteen players under Spanish coach Bruno Jose Garcia Formoso are at the Thai Son Nam Sport Centre and will train together for six days.

In China, they will compete against the teams from Myanmar, Iran and the host country.

The event will be held from July 22 to 24at the Huanglong Stadium.

Second leg of Women`s Football Championship to begin

The National Women`s Football Championship`s second leg will start on Friday in Nha Trang City and end on August 2.

Phong Phu Ha Nam, Ha Noi 1 and Viet Nam Coal and Minerals were the top three teams at the end of the first leg of the event.

Ha Noi 1 will play Ha Noi 2 in the opening match at the city stadium.

In the second match, HCM City will play Thai Nguyen. The last match of the day will be between Coal and Ha Nam.

Some matches which are expected to witness aggressive competition will be broadcast live on the VTV6 channel.

National Handball championships commence today

The National Handball Championships will commence today in Nha Trang beach in Khanh Hoa Province.

Teams from six cities and provinces will compete in the men`s and women`s events.

The tournament will be held in a round-robin format with group stages. The top two teams in each group will enter the semi-finals.

Handball is a new sport in Viet Nam, with the national championships being organised for the first time last year.

This year, the sport has been included in the seventh National Sport Games`s programme also.

V-League title race starts to heat up

The V-League title race has become more unpredictable as Ha Noi T&T, which was the leader, has seen a sudden drop in form.

With the V-League heading toward the end of the season, the team has lost seven points in the past four games, allowing Becamex Binh Duong and Thanh Hoa to reduce the gap to one and four points, respectively.

Even SHB Da Nang and Song Lam Nghe An now have a chance to climb to the top.

With four rounds remaining, Viet Nam News re-evaluates the standing of the three top teams, T&T, Binh Duong, and Thanh Hoa.

T&T, now leading the table with 40 points, are no doubt one of the best teams in the V-League, with one of the best coaches, Phan Thanh Hung.

They have a prolific striker Hoang Vu Samson, who has scored 19 goals, now back in service.

The chances of the Ha Noi-based football team, however, have considerably diminished, given that they have a very tough run-in, facing three strong teams in the last four games.

In the 21st round, the two-time champions will travel to Vinh city to face Song Lam Nghe An, who they had to come back two times to earn a 2-2 draw at home last Saturday at Hang Day Stadium.

After returning from Vinh city, T&T are expected to win the match against eighth-placed Hoang Anh Gia Lai at home.

The last two games, away against Da Nang and home against Thanh Hoa, will be a real challenge for the defending champions` spirit and technical skills, and could potentially decide their fate.

Another problem for T&T is that they have not had a good record against strong teams recently.

Unlike T&T, Binh Duong have a much easier run for the rest of the season, hosting relegation candidate Hung Vuong An Giang and playing away games against a mediocre QNK Quang Nam and struggling team Dong Tam Long An.

The only significant obstacle for Nguyen Thanh Son and his players is a home game against former two-time champions Da Nang, who have been riding high with four wins in a row.

Moreover, Binh Duong has not played away games very well and has lost points unexpectedly at times.

Thanh Hoa, another team with a realistic chance to win the title, will also have a favourable run to the title as they only have to visit Long An, host Nghe An and An Giang before their away game with T&T in the last round.

Although T&T are leading the race, Binh Duong has the upper hand while Thanh Hoa have only a slight chance of becoming the ultimate victor.

U19s in preparation for regional football tournaments

The national women`s U19 team have been in training in Ha Noi since Saturday to prepare for the coming ASEAN Championships in August.

Thirty players have been practicing under coach Nguyen Duy Hung and his four assistants.

Le Thi Diem My has been named team captain with Bien Thi Hang and Nguyen Thi Thuy Kieu as her vice captains.

When they return to the capital, they will play five friendly matches with local teams at the Viet Nam Football Federation`s (VFF) Youth Training Centre.

The VFF has invited Uzbekistan`s U19 team to play two matches with the hosts on August 6 and 8 before their depart for the tournament.

The regional five-team event will be held in Thailand on August 16-27.

Viet Nam will play Singapore in the first match on August 18.

Trang sole VN winner in ITF junior circuit first round

Dao Minh Trang was the only Vietnamese to pass through yesterday`s first round match in the International Tennis Federation`s Junior Circuit in HCM City.

Trang defeated Masako Makiba of Japan 6-4, 6-3 in the girls` singles event.

Her next rival is Kamonluk Kittitanon of Thailand. It will be a tough task for the Thai girl, who is a wildcard holder. Her rival is the tournament`s No 1 seed.

Kittitanon yesterday won 6-3, 6-3 over Venia Yeung of Hong Kong.

Other Vietnamese in the girls` side were Si Boi Ngoc and Dao Thu Uyen. They both lost.

In the boys` singles, wildcard Nguyen Mau Vinh Quang had no chance against Charles Roberts of Thailand, losing 6-4, 6-3.

The tournament for U18 players is organised at the Phu Tho Tennis Club. Athletes take part in boys` and girls` singles and doubles pools. The finals are planned on Sunday.

Yahama footballers finish training

The Yamaha Football Camp has successfully finished its five-week training course in Ha Noi.

Some 150 attendees, aged from six to 10 years, have completed the camp, where they learned basic football techniques and skills, self-confidence and sportsmanship.

Speaking at the Gala Night on Saturday, the Viet Nam Football Federation General Secretary Le Hoai Anh said the lessons that the programme teaches were basic but important for the attendees.

"During five weeks, they have learnt a lot and absorbed it as their own knowledge of football, which would definitely help them in the future if they train more to be a footballer," Anh said.

The second camp, which is an extended event in the third season of the programme, will continue today in Vinh City, Nghe An Province, which is another national football hub, with 125 children participating until July 26.

"I hope that the coming event in Nghe An will be also successful. And in the future, Yamaha will continue hosting such meaningful camps in the upcoming years, helping Viet Nam nurture talented generations for the national teams," Anh added.

The camps are one of activities of For the Future of Viet Nam Football programme, which has been hosted by Yamaha Viet Nam since 2007.

Draw takes place for U22 champs

Viet Nam will compete in Group B of the ASEAN U22 Football Championship this August in Brunei.

Represented by the U19 team, Viet Nam will compete against Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Brunei, with the first match starting on August 9.

The Group B concludes with Thailand, the Philippines, Laos, East Timor and Myanmar.

Teams will compete in a round-robin format, with the two strongest teams from each group advancing to the semi-finals.

The final is planned for August 23.

The tournament is considered an important warm-up for those Vietnamese youth who take part in the ASEAN U19 Football Championship on home turf ten days later.

Binh Duong face Hai Phong Cup final showdown

Becamex Binh Duong will play Hai Phong in the all-V-League final of the National Cup next month, after their easily won semi-final matches on Saturday.

While Binh Duong defeated Hoang Anh Gia Lai 3-1, Hai Phong also trounced Dong Tam Long An with the same result, both on their home ground.

Coming to Go Dau Stadium without Nigerian star Anjembe Tymothy, Hoang Anh Gia Lai met with many difficulties against the hosts, who welcomed them with their full strength, and were eyeing the top place at the national premier league.

Tymothy was not in the list, as the team managers could not support him, following the troubles that he had created. He is presently the leading score of the V-League, with nine goals.

His absence strongly affected his team`s performance. The visiting side could complete only one shootout on target during the additional time in the first half, which could not threaten goalie Nguyen Quoc Thien Esele.

Binh Duong found a way to break through Hoang Anh Gia Lai`s thick defence in the second half.

Just four minutes after the break, Huynh Alves Kesley scored for the host during a counter-attack.

The Brazilian-origin player made his double just 15 minutes later, after he tore Hoang Anh Gia Lai`s defence into pieces and defeated keeper Bassey Akpan.

The visitors pushed their team up and narrowed the score at the 75th with a goal by Le Hoang Thien, but it was all they could do.

Just five minutes later, Dieng Cheikh Abass marked his name in the score board with a straight shot.

It was the second win of the hosts over Hoang Anh Gia Lai within one week.

Earlier last week, they won 4-1 in the V-League Round 20 match. In the other semi-final match, Hoang Dinh Tung of the hosts Hai Phong pocketed a double with the opening goal at the 17th minute. His second goal was 15 minute into the second half, followed by Nguyen Quang Hai`s goal at the 77th.

Dong Tam Long An, who were promised VND300 million (US$14,300) for a win, saw one goal sail by in the first minute of the second half by Nigerian striker Ganiyu Bolayi Oseni.

The final of the National Cup will be organised on August 17 with the home advantage going to Hai Phong.

HA Noi T&T win twin awards

V-League club Ha Noi T&T have received two awards in June, the Viet Nam Professsional Football Joint Stock Company has announced.

They won the best team of the month award and Phan Thanh Hung was the best coach of the month.

T&T will have a tough match against Song Lam Nghe An in a late eighth-round match today on home turf at Hang Day Stadium.

T&T will welcome the return of their main striker Hoang Vu Samson after the hitman, who is now a naturalised Vietnamese citizen, sees out a four-match ban.

Nigerian-born Samson has scored 18 goals for the club and his return is a timely boost for the defending champions, which have lost five points in the last four matches.

Regardless of Samson`s comeback, it will not be an easy game for the hosts given that high-flying Song Lam Nghe An are hitting their top form, winning all four recent matches to rise to fifth place.

Their star striker Le Cong Vinh has found his form as well, scoring one goal in every one of those games.

Long An fire unfit striker

Dong Tam Long An have decided to fire striker Nguyen Viet Thang for fitness reasons, although his one-year contract with the team runs until this October.

Long An had bought Thang from Becamex Binh Duong for a reported VND1 billion (US$47,600).

Thang is an experienced player with top level experience, helping the national team win the ASEAN Football Federation Cup trophy in 2008.

Nam ousted at Thailand event

Ly Hoang Nam of Viet Nam and Congsup Congcar of Thailand lost to Ti Chen of Chinese Taipei and Ruan Roelofse of Arab Saudi 6-1, 3-6 [10-4] in the men`s doubles semi-finals of the Thailand F9 Futures tennis tournament.

The pair had beaten Christopher Rungkat and David Agung Susanto of Indonesia 4-6, 6-0 [10-8] in the quarter-finals.

Nam, 17, was defeated by sixth seed Dayne Kelly of Australia 1-6, 4-6 in the men`s singles second round.

Juniors to tee off in Quang Nam

Fifty junior golfers will compete at the fourth edition of the Colin Montgomerie Junior Challenge at the Quang Nam Province`s Montgomerie Links Golf Course on July 24.

The organising committee said yesterday that the tournament will have junior golfers competing in three age groups: 8-11, 12-16, and 17-21 years old.



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