As the excitement builds ahead of the final of the Asian Football Confederation Under-23 Championship, all eyes are on the two title contenders, Vietnam and Uzbekistan. Neither team has ever made it beyond the group stage of the biennial championship prior to this year. Previous winners include Japan in 2016, who lost 4-0 in this year’s quarterfinals to Uzbekistan, and Iraq in 2013 (when it was the AFC U22 Cup), who lost in the quarterfinals on penalties (5-3) to none other than Vietnam. This year, both finalists lost a match in the group stage. Vietnam lost 2-1 to South Korea, but the Koreans were subsequently defeated by Uzbekistan in the semis, while Uzbekistan lost to Qatar 1-0, who then lost to Vietnam… also in the semis. As for goal stats, Uzbekistan has so far fared better than the more defensively minded Vietnam. Vietnam Uzbekistan Goals scored 7 10 Goals conceded 7 2 Top goalscorer Nguyen Quang Hai (4 goals) Jasurbek Yakhshiboev (3 goals) Formation … [Read more...] about Vietnam vs Uzbekistan in U23 Asian Cup final: Who do you think will win?
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The Vietnamese national football team could face regional rivals Thailand or the Philippines in the final round of the 2019 Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) because the three Southeast Asian football teams have been drawn into two separate groups. Vietnam may face regional rivals in Asian Cup finals Vietnam were seeded into the third group, with Iraq, Uzbekistan, India, Qatar, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Meanwhile, the Philippines and Thailand were unseeded. They were drawn into the fourth group, with Bahrain, Jordan, Yemen, and Turkmenistan. As they are in separate groups, there is a chance that Vietnam will have to play one of the two Southeast Asian teams to secure progression in the knock-out round. Twenty-four teams have won a place in the finals of the 2019 Asian Cup, including the host country of the UAE, Qatar, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Uzbekistan, Iran, Syria, Iraq, China, Palestine, Oman, India, … [Read more...] about Vietnam may face regional rivals in Asian Cup finals
HA NOI — Viet Nam drew with Lebanon yesterday, which means Syria and China will go through to the final of the Asian Football Federation (AFC) Asian Cup 2011. Viet Nam were held 1-1 by hosts Lebanon in their fifth group D match. Meanwhile, also in group D, China and Syria’s encounter ended in a goalless draw in Zhejiang. The group’s top two teams are now on 10 points, which means they are through to next year’s final. Viet Nam finished third with five points, while Lebanon remained in last place with one point. As the winning team in their first leg match in Ha Noi with Lebanon, Viet Nam were expected to easily defeat the hosts. However, they faced a number of challenges ahead of the game, such as a gruelling 30-hour flight to Beirut Municipality Stadium and unfamiliar food. They were also without four key players – keeper Duong Hong Son, striker Le Cong Vinh and halfbacks Phan Van Tai Em and Huynh Quang Thanh. The hosts, who were forced to play in an … [Read more...] about VN draw, miss Asian Cup final
Vietnam suffers first loss in Women's Asian Cup finals The Vietnamese women could not build on their previous 3-1 victory over Jordan in the 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup knock-out stage as they lost 0-4 to defending world champions Japan in their second Group A tie on Friday, May 16. The Vietnamese side played a solid defence throughout the whole match, which proved effective, with goalie Kieu Trinh's net kept empty in the first 40 minutes. Japan proved themselves as world champions by ultimately finding ways past a resilient Vietnam rearguard in the last minutes of the first half. Midfielder Kawasumi hammered a powerful shot from the edge of the area that flew past a motionless Kieu Trinh to open the scoring for Japan. The first-half pattern of the game continued in the second period, with Vietnam defending deep in their own zone and Japan applying continuous pressure and making the most of their chances. Shortly after the hour mark, Japan did find a second as Kiryu fired a … [Read more...] about Vietnam suffers first loss in Women’s Asian Cup finals
Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) said Tuesday its Vice Chairman Tran Quoc Tuan has been appointed as head of the management team of the 2015 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup finals to be held in Canberra this month. The finals will take place from January 9 to 31 at five cities in Australia with the participation of 16 teams. Seven matches of the finals will be held in the capital city of Canberra alone, according to AFC. AFC also assigned VFF General Secretary Le Hoai Anh as a member of the tourney’s supervisory board, the Federation said Tuesday. Tuan currently serves as Vice Chairman of the AFC Competitions Committee and a member of the Futsal Committee of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA). In 2014, he was assigned as head of the management team of men’s and women’s football at the Asian Games in the Republic of Korea. He was also the first Asian appointee to the management board of the FIFA Futsal World Cup finals in … [Read more...] about Vietnamese appointed as manager at Asian Cup finals