Viet Nam Football Federation (VFF) has asked all 14 V-League clubs to ensure that they meet full professional status by the end of August. VFF general secretary Tran Quoc Tuan said on Tuesday that Dong Thap, Nam Dinh and Thanh Hoa had yet to adopt full business status, as required by the football association. The VFF also said that five of the 14 clubs in the First Division also have to adopt professional status. Tuan added that if those clubs failed to meet VFF requirements in time they would be relegated. Following the move towards professional status since early 2000, 11 V-League clubs are now owned by businesses, including Dong Tam-Long An, Binh Duong, Hoang Anh Gia Lai, Hai Phong, Hoa Phat and Ha Noi T&T. A number of V-League clubs in the last two years have had to pull out of the Asian Football Confederation Champions League because they were not considered enterprises. V-League players test controversial ball Ha Noi T&T defender Cristiano praised the quality of the … [Read more...] about Tardy football clubs told to turn pro
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Binh Duong, T&T to represent VN at AFC Champions League 2015 Binh Duong, the national champions, and T&T, the runners-up, will replace Super Cup winner Hai Phong, which previously won a place in the League's playoff round but lost their spot after the AFC announced that the V-League team failed to meet its requirements on infrastructure conditions. In Southeast Asia, apart from Vietnam, Thailand has one berth in the main round and two in the playoffs while Indonesia has one in the playoffs. The AFC also gave one playoff berth each to Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar. Fans unhappy at price hike for AFF semi-final matches Fans are unhappy when the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) has raised ticket prices for AFF Cup matches following the success of the local side in the first round. Seat prices for the AFF Cup 2014 qualification round were set at four levels, from VND100,000 to VND350,000, and were well taken, with fans flocking to My Dinh National Stadium to watch … [Read more...] about Binh Duong, T&T to represent VN at AFC Champions League 2015
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - Former national striker Hải bid goodbye to football, playing his last season under Quảng Ninh Coal's jersey in 2016. Hải, 31, who is from Khánh Hòa Province, played just five matches and scored one goal in the V.League tournament, which ended last month. The main reason for the poor show was attributed to a herniated disc, which prevented him from playing more aggressively Hải, who played 40 matches with the U23 and national teams, with a total of eight goals in 2007-08, made a transferring fee record of VNĐ9 billion when he moved from Khatoco Khánh Hòa to Navibank Sài Gòn in 2010. However, he was not happy with the new team and subsequently joined Hải Phòng in 2013-14. Later, he played for Quảng Ninh Coal in 2014-16. In 2016, Quảng Ninh Coal missed their first title, losing in the last round. However, the team triumphed at the National Cup, beating national champions Hà Nội T&T 6-5 in aggregate. Hải will now focus on his restaurant and shop selling … [Read more...] about Striker Hải quits football after long-term injury
VietNamNet Bridge – There is a saying in Viet Nam that goes, "daughter-in-law of a hundred families" to describe a position who must try to please everyone.Coach Mai Duc Chung -- File photoOne could hardly find a better term to portray the post of Viet Nam national football team head coach, who will also take charge of the country's U23 team.VFF's sources have confirmed the federation is looking at Vietnamese candidates for the post, a move which was likely inspired by the success of Viet Nam's arch rival, the Thai national team, who has been doing quite well under the Thai manager and former V-League player Kiatisuk Senamuang.It's no doubt an honour to lead the national teams. On the other hand, the post has always been considered as a "hot seat", certainly not for the faint of heart.There is much speculation over who would be a good fit to lead the teams.Several names, however, were believed to be short-listed by the VFF thanks to their past success in managing V-League's clubs … [Read more...] about VN football coach: who will take hot seat?
Japanese-Mito Hollyhock FC have granted Vietnamese striker Nguyen Cong Phuong an extra month to recover from his injury until February 15. Cong Phuong welcomed by fans at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport upon his return to Viet Nam from the Asian U23 Football Championship in Qatar. — Photo vff.org.vn Phuong suffered a collar-bone injury during Viet Nam's 2-3 defeat against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the last Group D match of the Asian U23 Football Championship on January 21. He underwent immediate surgery in Qatar. His injury is estimated to take up to two months to heal. Because of the injury, Phuong returned Viet Nam after the rest of the team. He will go back to his hometown in Nghe An to rest for a short spell and enjoy the Lunar New Year holiday. Phuong will arrive in Japan only a few days before the beginning of J-League 2, which kicks-off in late February 2016. The Vietnamese national will play for the Japanese club this year on loan. Ha Noi strengthen … [Read more...] about VN football star Cong Phuong gets more time to recover