Yokohama FC to play SHB Da Nang

VietNamNet Bridge – Japan’s Yokohama Football Club will play a friendly match against local SHB Da Nang at the city’s Hoa Xuan Stadium on January 20th, a representative of SHB Da Nang said yesterday.


The friendly match, which will start around 3.30pm next Saturday, will form part of activities marking the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Japan and Vietnam.

As planned, the Japanese football club will begin training at the newly launched 20,000-seat Hoa Xuan Stadium from January 16th, according to SHB Da Nang.

Yokohama FC will train in the coastal city until January 23rd in preparation for the new football season in J-League 2.

SHB Da Nang will play the match under temporary coach Nguyen Minh Phuong, who has been in negotiations with Da Nang for the team’s head coach seat since former coach Le Huynh Duc left.

The Da Nang team won the V.League championship in 1992, 2009 and 2012, but ranked 9th in the championship of 2017.

The friendly match will be free for local football fans.

In 2015, Yokohama agreed a one-year loan contract with Vietnamese Nguyen Tuan Anh in playing in J-League 2. Two years ago, representatives of Barcelona football school in Asia and Oceania (FCBEscola) and Manchester City Football Services had working sessions with SHB on the possibility of constructing football academies in the central city.

The central city has hosted the annual Viet Nam-Japan Culture Exchange since 2014.

Japanese tourists were the second largest foreign group visiting Da Nang with more than 400,000 tourists each year.

Direct routes were opened from Da Nang to Osaka, Narita and Tokyo in boosting tourism between destinations in central Vietnam and Japan.

Source: VNS



Vietnam league makes low-key start

Monday, January 13, 2014 11:15

Vietnam’s top-flight V-League started Saturday in front of modest crowds, and Hanoi’s Hang Day Stadium was no exception though the match there involved defending champs Hanoi T&T and Binh Duong.

There were not many fans at Hon Gai Stadium where Quang Ninh played Song Lam Nghe An either.

Dong Nai Stadium was always almost full last season but more than half the seats were empty Saturday when the hosts took on Ninh Binh.

Binh Duong took the lead 10 minutes before half time, but the hosts improved after the break and scored four times before the visitors’ newcomer Trong Hoang pulled one back in the dying minutes.

Dong Nai came back from two goals down to thrillingly draw while the other host team Quang Ninh suffered a 1-0 loss to Nghe An.

In games played Sunday SHB Da Nang beat Dong Tam Long An 3-1 at Chi Lang Stadium, while Quang Nam beat An Giang 1-0 at Quang Nam Stadium and Hai Phong fought to a scoreless draw with Thanh Hoa at Lach Tray Stadium.


Vietnamese Badminton Ace Looks To Regain Form at Taiwan Tourney

Nguyen Tien Minh, Vietnam’s top badminton player, will try to overcome a recent slump and advance his standing within the world’s top ten at the 2013 Badminton Asia Championships in Taipei from April 16-21.

The fifth-seeded Minh, 30, who is currently ranked 10th by the Badminton World Federation (BWF), will clash with Chan Yan Kit from Hong Kong in the first round.

Chan, currently ranked 80th by the BWF, lost to Minh in all three of their previous matches.

Should Minh prevail, he will face Zi Liang Derek Wong, Singapore’s top player, currently ranked 56th by the BWF.

However, Minh has not advanced to the semifinals of any contest since the beginning of the year, suffering recent losses to younger players of
lower rankings.

Vietnamese players Do Duc Tuan, Nguyen Hoang Nam and Pham Cao Cuong will also be participating in the Taipei tournament.

Le Thi Huyen and Vu Thi Trang will compete in the women’s singles event. The duo of Duong Bao Duc and Nguyen Hoang Nam will compete in the men’s doubles event; and Vu Thi Trang and Nguyen Thi Sen will compete in the women’s doubles category.




VN wins race to host 2019 Games

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam will host the Asian Games (ASIAD) in 2019, announced the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) yesterday.

The capital city of Ha Noi was selected after Dubai in the United Arab Emirates pulled out at the last minute to leave Surabaya, the second biggest city in Indonesia as the only other contender to host the games.

The OCA’s general assembly in Macau, China, yesterday also announced that Surabaya will host the 2021 Asian Youth Games.

It is hoped Viet Nam’s success in winning the right to host the 18th ASIAD will provide a big boost to local sports.

“The OCA chose Ha Noi to host the Games and this is very good news for sports in Viet Nam,” said Hoang Vinh Giang, vice chairman of the Viet Nam Olympic Committee.

“This will create a turning-point for the country’s sports and help to achieve great advances in the area.”

Viet Nam planned to spend US$150 million on staging the Games with $7 million earmarked for upgrades to My Dinh National Stadium and My Dinh National Sports Complex.

Besides locations in Ha Noi, Viet Nam will provide 14 other venues in HCM City, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Bac Ninh, Thai Nguyen, Hai Duong and elsewhere.

The 18th ASIAD is expected to draw 12,000 athletes from 45 nations, along with 1,000 international officials, 1,000 referees, 8,000 guides and up to 3,000 reporters.

It is the first time the continent’s biggest sports event is being held in Viet Nam.

The country previously hosted the Asian Judo Championships (1996), Tiger Cup (1998 ), Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship (2003 and 2009), Southeast Asian Games (2003), World Wushu Championships (2005), AFC Asian Cup (2007), Asian Indoor Games (2009) and AFF Suzuki Cup (2010).

This year Viet Nam hosted the Asian Taekwondo Championships, Asian Men’s Cup Volleyball Championship, and the AFF Women’s Championship, and is preparing to host the Asian Beach Games in 2016.

Initially, the 18th Asian Games were scheduled for 2018. However, at the OCA’s general assembly in Singapore on July 3, 2009, the committee decided to move the Games so that they were held one year before the Summer Olympics.

The 16th ASIAD was held in Guangzhou, China, two years ago. The 17th edition will take place at Incheon, South Korea, in September, 2014. — VNS


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