VietNamNet Bridge – Two-time V-League champions Becamex Binh Duong have made their title aspirations for this season clear, revamping the team with some good players and working hard on the training pitch. The new signings include Brazilian playmaker Leandro de Oliveira from Hai Phong and Nigerian striker Joshep Nwafor. Nwafor will fill the gap left by Brazilian-Vietnamese striker Huynh Kesley Alves who has left for Sai Gon Xuan Thanh. Binh Duong's Portuguese coach Ricardo Formosinho told Viet Nam News that Leandro and Nwafor would help his team become more balanced than last year. "We work hard every, thinking about the season and follow the plan we drew up before in order to increase communication and understanding among players and play well in the V-League. Everyday we think of that," said Formosinho, who came to Binh Duong after just one season with Dong Tam Long An. Asked about the team's 2011 title chances, the Portuguese tactician said: "We will take it game by game … [Read more...] about Binh Duong set sights on V-League title
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VietNamNet Bridge – The golden age of Vietnamese football players has passed. Even with football stars, the transfer value has also decreased dramatically. It is highly possible that several bosses will stop investing in football in the next season. If that happens, the Vietnam Professional Football Company (VPF) will encounter difficulties in holding football tournaments. Meanwhile, the transfer value of players will surely go down to the lowest level because almost football teams complained of losses. They will not be so foolish to spend several hundred thousand dollars to buy a player for several years. Timothy, who won the best scorer of V-League 2012, is at risk of unemployment when no team wants to get him. After his contract with Hanoi FC was liquidated, Timothy had reached an agreement with Ninh Binh FC but at the last minute, Ninh Binh did not sign the contract because the price of Timothy was too high. After being refused by Ninh Binh, the Nigerian striker headed to … [Read more...] about V-League players ‘depreciate’
VietNamNet Bridge – The footballer-transfer market is considered a big hindrance for the development of Vietnam’s football. How has this market operated in the last eight years? In 2003, Minh Phuong moved from Saigon Port FC to Dong Tam Long An FC at the transfer price of VND400 million (around $30,000). In 2003, Minh Phuong moved from Saigon Port FC to Dong Tam Long An FC at the price of VND400 million (around $30,000). This was the record high price at that time. Eight years later, the record price belongs to midfielder Phuoc Tu, who left Thanh Hoa FC to Saigon Xuan Thanh at the transfer fees of VND12 billion ($600,000). In the first two V-Leagues, no domestic player was transferred. Minh Phuong was the first case. After that affair, Trinh Xuan Thanh and Truong Giang moved from Hai Phong and Tien Giang FCs to Binh Duong FC. Truong Giang made a new record with transfer fee of VND1.2 billion (around $80,000), to become the most expensive player at … [Read more...] about Prices for Vietnamese football players gallop, why?
Quang Ninh lost 1-2 to Sanna Khanh Hoa in a match marred by violence while two capital-based clubs, Hanoi and Hanoi T&T, were both crushed in the first round of the V-League during the weekend. Quang Ninh and Sanna Khanh Hoa, ranked fourth and fifth last season, were expected to offer interesting fare at Cam Pha Stadium, especially after the former, the host, had signed up seven young players from the Vietnam Professional Football Academy last November. Khanh Hoa went ahead in the 23rd minute through a free kick by Nigerian striker Iheruome Uche who played for Quang Ninh last season. Quang Ninh lost their temper in the 63rd minute after Cao Van Trien scored a second goal, and began to repeatedly foul. Referee Tran Xuan Nguyen issued five yellow cards to Quang Ninh, including two to Thanh Hien, and three to Khanh Hoa. But he was later criticized for poor decision-making on several occasions by ignoring Van Khoa's petulant behaviour in pushing him, and issuing only a yellow card … [Read more...] about 2016 V-League kicks off with violence, one-sided matches
VietNamNet Bridge - Dozens of foreign players have left Vietnam to seek opportunities in other countries in the region. Those who stay have to accept significant reduction of salary. Argentinean striker Gaston Merlo has returned to Da Nang after a long time of injury treatment at home. In the 2012 season, after the 20th round, Merlo was the top scorer with 20 goals. However, he was badly injured and had to say goodbye to the season early. After Da Nang FC won the V-League championship, the team intended to liquidate the contract with Merlo. However, through video clips to prove his full recovery, Merlo is still in the team's list for the 2013 season. Shortly after his return to Vietnam, Merlo met with officials of the Da Nang FC. The striker was like "falling from the sky" because he did not know the recent changes of Vietnam’s football. He still innocently requested to be paid VND6 billion ($300,000) per year and monthly salary of not less than VND300 million ($15,000). This … [Read more...] about Foreign players – V-League’s luxurious liquidation