by Tien Thanh "I wonder if I will ever see Viet Nam competing at a World Cup in my lifetime," a friend says wistfully while watching the group E match between Japan and Cameroon. "I hope I will because I am only 25 now." Nguyen Van Phuc is not the only one with such sentiments in this football-mad country where millions are avidly watching the world's biggest football tournament on television. The match ended with a deserved win for the Asian team, with CSKA midfielder Keisuke Honda's shot from a pass from another foreign-based player, Daisuke Matsui, on the half-hour sealing victory. East Asian teams have made enormous progress mentally and tactically. When Japan made their first appearance at the 1998 World Cup in France, they did not have anyone playing in Europe and proceeded to lose all three group matches. As for South Korea, who scored a convincing win over 2004 European champions Greece in the opening game of group B, nearly half their players are foreign-based. Manchester … [Read more...] about Will VN ever compete in the World Cup?
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World Cup fever overtakes Ha Noi Fan frenzy: South Korean fans gather at the Hanoi Daewoo Hotel to support their team at the World Cup. — VNA/VNSPhoto Quang Minh (04-06-2006) Venues across Ha Noi are preparing for brisk business as football fans make the ever-important decision on where they’ll watch the upcoming World Cup. Hoai Nam reports. The World Cup will start in Germany next week, but Cup fever has already begun in Ha Noi over the past weeks. On the streets of the capital including Trieu Viet Vuong, Hang Hanh and Dien Bien Phu, pubs and cafes have been putting up decorations and giant TV screens in anticipation of an overwhelming rush of football fans during the World Cup. The owners of large cafes have also set up projectors to provide even bigger screens for crazed football fans because the World Cup is not only entertaining, it is big business for these cafes. All of the World Cup matches will be broadcast live at night in Viet Nam (midnight and … [Read more...] about World Cup fever overtakes Ha Noi
(Cinet)- Spain won the World Cup for the first time in their history as an extra-time goal from midfielder Andres Iniesta gave them a last-gasp 1-0 victory over the Netherlands in the final at Soccer City on July 12. With the scoreless match inching towards a penalty shootout, and the Dutch down to 10 men, Andres Iniesta picked up a pass from Cesc Fabregas to fire home from close range four minutes from the final whistle in Africa's first World Cup. The goal sparked euphoric scenes as the Spanish team and bench raced after Iniesta into the corner of the SoccerCity stadium to celebrate while the Dutch appeared stunned. It was the first time the European champions had reached a World Cup final and a bitter disappointment for the Netherlands who finished runners-up for the third time after previously losing the 1974 and 1978 finals. It was also the first victory by a European side outside their continent. But the game was far from the classic final hoped for from the two most … [Read more...] about Spain win World Cup
MILAN, Nov 13 -- Italian football boss Carlo Tavecchio said recently that failure to qualify for the World Cup would be the apocalypse and his worst fears came true on Monday as they missed out on the finals for the first time in 60 years.A desperate 0-0 draw at home to a defiant, belligerent and technically inferior Sweden ended the four-time world champions' hopes of reaching next year's finals in Russia and with it the international careers of several of Italy's biggest names.The Swedes, whose starting lineup included only four players based with teams in Europe's so-called big five leagues, will take their place after qualifying for the first time since 2006.Italy's 1-0 aggregate defeat in their European playoff, after Jakob Johansson's deflected strike in Stockholm, is likely to go down alongside elimination by North Korea at the 1966 World Cup as one of their greatest football debacles.The Italians have only failed to qualify for the tournament once before - missing out on the … [Read more...] about Soccer-Stunned Italy fail to reach World Cup as Sweden qualify Info Alert Alert Chia sẻ bài viết qua e-mail
Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal will come up against Spain in the standout fixture of the 2018 World Cup group stage, while England were handed an encounter with a dangerous Belgium side in Friday's draw. National team coaches pose as screens display the groups Spain, the 2010 World Cup winners, have been revitalised under Julen Lopetegui after underperforming in recent years and were seen as the team to avoid after missing out on a place among the top seeds.It was Portugal, the reigning European champions, who were handed an Iberian derby in a glitzy ceremony held at the Moscow Kremlin and featuring an appearance from Russian President Vladimir Putin alongside FIFA president Gianni Infantino.The draw also laid out all sides' potential routes to the final, and revealed such tantalising prospects as a quarter-final between Spain and Argentina, and possible semi-finals of Spain against Germany or France versus Brazil.Spain's match against Portugal is a mouthwatering early clash, … [Read more...] about World Cup draw throws up Spain, Portugal showdown