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Vietnam to host final round of Asia U19 Women’s Football Champs

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:27 am

Vietnam to host final round of Asia U19 Women’s Football Champs

QĐND – Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 20:34 (GMT+7)

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) granted Vietnam clearance to host the final round of the Asia U19 Women’s Football Championship 2011.

The championship will take place from October 6 to 16, 2011.

After successfully competing in the second qualifying round, the Vietnamese U19 team will enter the final round with five others – Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, China and Australia.

Vietnam will announce the match-ups in the near future.

Source: VOV

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Coming round mountains to Tay Bac

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 4:00 am

Coming round mountains to Tay Bac

QĐND – Sunday, September 26, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

Tay Bac, the mountainous region in the northwest of Vietnam, is famous for beautiful terraced fields, colorful love markets, magnificent mountains and valleys. The terrain is fascinating for tourists who can discover many riddles of nature and indigenous cultures. The spectacular hillside-hugging road to the northern province of Ha Giang has a few hair-raising turns but the marvelous landscape is irresistible for nature lovers and adventurers.

I came to Meo Vac, a mountainous district in Ha Giang Province where tourists can visit Khau Vai love market, in the late afternoon. The topography is limestone mountains that impose over the poetic Nho Que river running through.

The love market often opens on the nights of 26th and 27th days of the lunar month. Shops trade till after midnight and local residents also stay up late. Their life rhythm is slow; the market is busy but I still sense a tranquility of there that is different to the markets in lowland regions.

In contrast, Meo Vac market in the morning is rather quiet with dozens of ethnic women standing around with wooden packs, filled with vegetables and other agricultural products on their back. Buyers take a look and handle the produce before they start to bargain. The market doesn’t stay open long.

Leaving Meo Vac, I continued the journey to conquer Ma Pi Leng Mountain. I have traveled through many Highland passes, but I felt a bit giddy at Ma Pi Leng, the king of all mountain passes in Vietnam.

Ethnic kids carry water large distances in the dry season

Ma Pi Leng is located on the border of Ha Giang Township and Dong Van and Meo Vac districts. The road runs round the sides of black limestone mountains, which are typical features of Dong Van Plateau. Wall-like rocks of all shapes also beautify the pass between Dong Van Town and Lung Phin Commune. The Nho Que River adds the finishing touch to nature’s masterpiece.

In the dry season, ethnic people have to carry water large distances. I felt touched to see their hardship.

The next stop is conquering Lung Cu Mountain in Dong Van Plateau. It is in Lung Cu Commune, which is about 1,600 meters above sea level. On the peak of the mountain is a flagpole about 30 meters tall.

From the top, tourists can see the terraced fields and lakes below. It was breath-taking. I felt a sense of awe that I cannot forget.

Then I arrived at Dong Van District near sunset. Dong Van, about 155 kilometers from Ha Giang Commune, is the most developed district among the ethnic districts in Ha Giang.

Women carry firewood to Dong Van District in late afternoon

Dong Van is famous with old quarters, old markets, especially with its name meaning a plateau of limestone. Dong Van’s old quarter is different from Hoi An ancient town as most of houses here are built the Chinese way with 60-80-centimeter-thick clay walls and tiled roofs.

The market days in Dong Van left the biggest impression on me. Groups of H’Mong, Dao, Tay and other ethnic peoples in their colorful costumes walk from every corner of the mountains to the market to buy and sell. They arrive on foot with oxen, pigs, horses, chicken and every type of livestock and fowl. It’s exciting to watch the noisy bargaining at the trading area for animals and the tinkling sounds of spoons, pots and bowls when food sellers prepare for the market.

The market is a place where the Kinh people can meet and exchange culture with minority peoples.

Source: VietNamNet Bridge

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Donovan injury-time goal puts US in 2nd round

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 4:35 am

Over and over, everything seemed to go against them. A referee took away a win last week, and a linesman disallowed another goal Wednesday.

Now there was just 3 1/2 minutes left in their World Cup, just that much remaining until all the doubts about American soccer would rise again.

United States’ Landon Donovan holds a United States flag in celebration after winning the World Cup group C soccer match between the United States and Algeria at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, June 23, 2010.

But then, in one of the most stunning turnarounds in World Cup history, Landon Donovan scored on a lightning fast counterattack 45 seconds into 4 minutes of injury time. With the most amazing late-game moment in American soccer, the United States beat Algeria 1-0 and reached the World Cup’s second round.

“This team embodies what the American spirit is about,” Donovan said. “We had a goal disallowed the other night, We had another good goal disallowed tonight. But we just keep going. And I think that’s what people admire so much about Americans. And I’m damn proud.”

Former President Bill Clinton lingered in the locker room for 45 minutes after the game to congratulate the players. When Donovan scored, raucous cheers erupted on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and even in White House auditoriums in Washington, D.C., according to e-mails sent to U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati.

“That’s probably going to capture more people’s attention than if we won the game 3-0 and it was easy,” American goalkeeper Tim Howard said. “That emotion, that passion is what American sports fans thrive on.”

The United States won its first World Cup match in eight years and finished atop its first-round group for the first time since the original World Cup in 1930. With a quick turnaround, the Americans play Ghana on Saturday night in Rustenburg for a spot in the quarterfinals. Ghana won the final match of the opening round against the Americans to knock them out of the tournament in Germany four years ago.

Clint Dempsey appeared to score in the 21st minute off the rebound of Herculez Gomez’s shot. But the goal was called offside.

Dempsey’s 12-yard shot off Jozy Altidore’s cross clanked off the far post in the 57th minute, and when the rebound came back to Dempsey, he put the follow shot wide to the near side.

“You shake it out of your head and keep on fighting,” Dempsey said.

Knowing England was ahead of Slovenia at the half, the U.S. put in offensive substitutes, first Benny Feilhaber at the start of the second half, then Edson Buddle in the 64th and finally DaMarcus Beasley in the 81st.

“The second half wasn’t a soccer game — it was more like … a track meet. Back and forth, back and forth, both teams are so desperate,” Howard said.

Howard started the counter-attack that led to the goal when he knocked down an Algerian shot and rolled the ball to Donovan on the right flank. Donovan moved upfield and passed ahead to Jozy Altidore just inside the 18-yard box.

“Landon kind of knows me a little bit,” Howard said. “He breaks out when I get the ball and it’s kind of easy to find him.”

Altidore’s right-footed cross was flicked by Dempsey as he crashed into goalkeeper Rais Bolhi.

“I couldn’t chip it over the keeper, so I just tried to hit it under him — hit it hard,” Dempsey said.

As Dempsey tumbled over the goalkeeper, the ball rolled back out. In ran Donovan, who with a right-footed shot from 7 yards, slammed the ball into the lower left corner. It was the first injury-time goal that lifted a nation into the knockout phase since Uruguay’s Daniel Fonseca scored against South Korea in 1990, according to STATS LLC.

“The moment kind of slowed down for me. It was as much a reaction as anything,” Donovan said. “I kind of hesitated. I didn’t know if he was going to play it across the goal or try to cut it back to me. Once he played it in front of the goal, I didn’t sprint, but I kept my run going and once it popped off the goalie, then I picked up a little to get there.”

After his U.S. record 44th international goal, Donovan joyously ran to the corner flag, sliding headfirst in a belly flop, and his teammates ran down the touchline to mob him.

“A lot of kisses. A little uncomfortable,” Donovan said. “It’s something I’ll have imbedded in my mind forever.”

When the game ended, Donovan kicked the final ball into the stands.

“Someone got a nice souvenir,” he said.

He was in tears and even 30 minutes later his eyes watered and voice cracked as he talked about the goal. The field long empty, American fans remained in the stands, still cheering, waving the Stars and Stripes and blowing vuvuzelas.

As a 20-year-old in 2002, Donovan scored two goals and became a star. But expectations became crushing in 2006, went he went scoreless. With his fourth World Cup goal, Donovan tied Bert Patenaude (1930) as the American leader.

“I’ve been through a lot in the last four years,” Donovan said with tears in his eyes. “And I’m so glad it culminated this way. It makes me believe in good in the world. When you try to do things the right way, that’s good to see them get rewarded.”

The United States finished a World Cup game with a shutout for just the fifth time in 28 matches (7-16-5) and topped Group C with 5 points.

England (1-0-2), which beat Slovenia 1-0 moments earlier, also had five points but finished second because the U.S. scored four goals to two for the English. Slovenia (1-1-1) was third with four points, missing advancing because of Donovan’s heroics. Algeria (0-2-1) was last with one point.

The Desert Foxes were making their third World Cup appearance following first-round elimination in 1982 and 1986. Algeria was the fourth African team to exit the first World Cup on African soil, following Cameroon, Nigeria and host South Africa.

“I think that Africa is on the right road,” coach Rabah Saadane said. “What we need in our national teams and squads is stability and a lot of discipline, and I think in a few years time, Africa will have among the best teams in the world.”

Dempsey needed four stitches to close a cut on his lip.

It was yet another late goal for the United States, which came from behind to tie England 1-1 in its opener, then rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit against Slovenia and would have won had Maurice Edu’s 85th-minute goal been allowed. In six of the final 10 qualifiers, the Americans gave up the first goals — but they bounced back to win three of those games and tie two others.

“That was a really special feeling,” U.S. coach Bob Bradley said. “These guys put a lot into it, they never quit.

“We’re proud. We finished first in our group. Five points, didn’t lose a match. So we’re ready.”

Howard bounced up and down in elation after the game. Feilhaber took a water bottle and sprayed his teammates, and it felt as good as champagne.

“We’re not done yet,” Donovan said. “We believe, man. We’re alive, baby.”

Source: SGGP

Farmers begin final round of football tourney in September

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Farmers begin final round of football tourney in September

QĐND – Thursday, May 20, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

Amateur footballers will compete in the final round of the National Farmers Football Championship in the southern province of Long An from September 15-25, organizers announced on May 19.

The event, organised by Nong Thon Ngay Nay (Countryside Today) newspaper, will see 28 teams from around the nation competing in seven groups at the qualifiers in Tien Giang’s My Tho Stadium in August.

Hosts Long An and the seven other qualifying teams will battle for their spot in the final round, which will see the winners walk away with a 100 million VND (5,100 USD) cash-prize.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Vietnam Robocon 2010’s final round underway in Dac Lak

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2010 at 12:53 am

Vietnam Robocon 2010’s final round underway in Dac Lak

QĐND – Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 21:5 (GMT+7)

The final round of Vietnam Robot Contest (Robocon) 2010 began in the Central Highland province of Dak Lak on May 11. 

Organised by the Vietnam Television, the Robocon final round drew 34 teams selected from 251 squads of universities, colleges and technical secondary schools across the country. 

The teams will compete in three rounds. The winner will represent Vietnam at the Asia-Pacific Robot Contest scheduled to take place in Cairo, Egypt, in September this year. 

The same day the Vietnam Television opened an exhibition “Robocon Tech-show”, displaying hi-tech products made by students, including robots that are able to operate in different fields.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Anelka earns plaudits after firing Chelsea into fifth round

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 4:53 am

PRESTON, England, Jan 24, 2010 (AFP) – France striker Nicolas Anelka took the plaudits after his goal inspired a 2-0 win at Preston kept Chelsea on course to land the FA Cup for the third time in four seasons.

Anelka set the platform for the Premier League club’s fourth round success at Deepdale on Saturday with his fifth goal in four games.

Nicolas Anelka (2nd L) celebrates scoring the opening goal during the FA Cup fourth round football match between Preston North End and Chelsea at Deepdale Stadium, Preston, England, on January 23, 2010. AFP PHOTO

Young strike partner Daniel Sturridge doubled the holders’ lead in the second half as Carlo Ancelotti’s team saw off Darren Ferguson’s Championship outfit.

But it was Anelka’s performance which caught the eye of Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins and he was keen to salute the former Arsenal and Real Madrid star.

“He’s playing some outstanding football at the minute,” Wilkins said. “He’s clearly enjoying his football and training.

“He’s an outstanding player and hopefully he will carry in this rich vein of scoring form.”

Wilkins insisted Chelsea’s professional performance against Preston is proof that the west London club are determined to retain the FA Cup they won last May after beating Everton 2-1 in the final.

“I thought our lads were extremely professional,” he added. “This is not an easy place to come and the Preston fans really got behind their team.

“But we are the holders and we want to retain it. This is not an easy place to come and the fact that Carlo picked a strong team shows how seriously we are treating the competition.”

Wilkins refused to blame referee Mike Dean for disallowing a goal by substitute Florent Malouda when the tie was goalless.

Malouda found the net soon after coming on in the first half for the injured Juliano Belletti. With the scores locked at 0-0, the goal was ruled out as the referee had blown for a foul committed on Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard.

“In our eyes it was the wrong decision,” added Wilkins. “But I’m not going to have a go at the referee. We got a free kick out of it and didn’t make the most out of it.”

Lampard was substituted in the second half after suffering a calf problem, but Wilkins is hopeful he will be available for Wednesday’s home game with Birmingham City.

The tie might have had a different ending had Preston midfielder Darren Carter not missed from three yards towards the end of the first half, when the score was 1-0.

Ferguson, son of Manchester United manager Sir Alex, refused to criticise Carter for his astonishing blunder, which came after Portuguese keeper Hilario had failed to hold a header by Chris Brown.

“At half time I said to him to keep getting stuck in,” said Ferguson, taking charge of his first home game since replacing Alan Irvine as Preston manager earlier this month.

“I didn’t want him hiding in the second half. The lad needed a bit of a lift, but that’s football.

“A few minutes before half time we miss a great chance and two minutes in the second half we concede a goal.

“But I can’t have any complaints about my players. We played some great football.”

Ferguson revealed Celtic had made an inquiry for Republic of Ireland international defender Sean St Ledger, but said: “Celtic have no chance of getting him on what they are offering.”

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Australian Open: Angry Soderling falls in first round

In Vietnam Sports on January 19, 2010 at 2:39 pm

MELBOURNE, Jan 19, 2010 (AFP) – Swedish eighth seed Robin Soderling was fuming after he became the first top-10 casualty of the Australian Open, bowing out in the first round on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old looked on target for an easy win after he took the first two sets, but eventually lost to Spain’s 113th-ranked Marcel Granollers 5-7, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

(Files) Robin Soderling (R) speaks during a press conference for the Kooyong Classic tournament in Melbourne on January 12, 2010 (AFP photo)

Soderling made 67 unforced errors and was scathing in his assessment of his performance.

“No, I started terrible and finished terrible,” he said bluntly when it was suggested things were going well early in the match.

“I played a horrible match today and I am terribly disappointed.

“I didn’t feel good at all and I didn’t play well.”

Although the fragile Swede, who has won four ATP titles, pulled out of the AAMI Classic last week because of elbow tendonitis, he said he was 100 percent fit and that the loss had nothing to do with any injury.

Soderling said his frustration had nothing to do with his good form in 2009.

“I would have been annoyed even if I didn’t play well last year,” he said.

It was the third Grand Slam in a row where Soderling had faced Granollers, who is something of a doubles specialist, but the Spaniard’s first ever win over the Swede.

Soderling played the 23-year-old three times last year, including the US Open and Wimbledon, winning all three matches convincingly and dropping just one set to Granollers in those matches.

Tuesday’s loss continues a tough start to the year for last year’s French Open finalist, having lost in the first round in Chennai and now here.

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Imposing Murray coasts into Open second round

In Vietnam Sports on January 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Andy Murray waves following his victory over Kevin Anderson of South Africa during their men’s singles first round match on day one in Melbourne on January 18, 2010 (AFP photo)

MELBOURNE, Jan 18, 2010 (AFP) – Scotland’s Andy Murray was in imposing form as he breezed into the second round of the Australian Open with a straight sets win over qualifier Kevin Anderson on Monday.

Murray, fancied to become the first British man to win a Grand Slam singles titles since 1936, could scarcely have been more impressive as he destroyed the South African world number 148 in just 97 minutes, 6-1, 6-1, 6-2.

The match wasn’t quite as one-sided as the score suggested, with Anderson genuinely testing the Scot at times.

But the fifth seed showcased an array of winners that backed his unwavering personal belief that he can take out the year’s first Grand Slam.

Murray reeled off 37 winners in his brief time on court, and also showcased his improved volleying game by losing just two points from the 18 times he ventured to the net.

However, one area of concern was his first serve percentage, which was just 35 percent for the match.

The tall Anderson tried to serve and volley his way out of trouble against the 22-year-old, but each time he seemed in a dominant position at the net, Murray would come up with a crisp passing shot.

Down 0-40 in the second game of the second set, Murray reeled off a string of winners to hold serve and then immediately broke the Anderson serve in a period of play that reflected the tone of the whole match.

When Anderson finally broke the Murray serve in the third set, the Scot simply broke back as he reeled off the next three games to take the match.

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Fiorentina on brink of second round after Debrecen rout

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2009 at 6:54 am

FLORENCE, Italy, Nov 4, 2009 (AFP) – Fiorentina romped to a 5-2 rout of Hungarians Debrecen on Wednesday to put them on the brink of qualification for the Champions League knock-out stages.

Following Liverpool’s 1-1 draw away to Lyon, La Viola need only beat the already qualified French team in their next game or draw away to Liverpool to ensure their passage to the next round.

Fiorentina’s Alberto Gilardino (L) fights for the ball with Debreceni’s Zoltan Szelesi during their Group E Champion’s League football match on November 4, 2009 in Florence’s Artemio Franchi Stadium. Fiorentina defeated Debrecen 5-2. AFP PHOTO

It took the Italians’ aggregate against debutants Debrecen, who have conceded 13 goals in their last three Group E games, to 9-5 following their 4-3 win in Hungary.

Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli refused to look ahead at potential qualifcation, though.

“If you know me you’ll know that I’ll only look at the table after the last match. Right now we have to look at what we did right and what errors we made,” he said.

“Even if it seems pardoxical to say so tonight, I’m now even more convinced that we can do better.

“In the first half we had the game in our hands but we lost our way and it doesn’t take much to encourage your opponents.

“In the second we did well, we played with the right intensity and good passing and we deserved to win.”

Debrecen boss Andras Herczeg said his team simply couldn’t contain La Viola’s forwards.

“We did the best we could and played the game in the right way but once we had conceded the first goal we couldn’t get any control of the game.”

Three goals in nine minutes early in the second half made the difference for La Viola, who failed to get out of the group stages last season.

Fiorentina began brightly with Adrian Mutu beating two men on the left before his cross was blocked behind with captain Dario Dainelli heading wide from the corner in the 5th minute.

The Hungarians lost Adam Komlosi to injury early on and Fiorentina exposed the subsequent confusion on 14 minutes as Marco Marchionni played a one-two with Alberto Gilardino that split Debrecen’s defence wide open before crossing for Mutu to head past Djordje Pantic.

Gilardino then clipped the top of the crossbar with a header from Juan Vargas’s corner on 34 minutes.

By then the hosts had also been forced into a defensive change as Alessandro Gamberini limped off to be replaced by Per Kroldrup and they too were soon made to pay.

Debrecen equalised out of the blue on 38 minutes as captain Leandro sent a deep cross over from the left and Gergely Rudolf did brilliantly to get on the end of it ahead of Kroldrup and poke it past Vlada Avramov.

Fiorentina came close to retaking the lead immediately but Pantic made a stunning save from Gilardino.

Fiorentina took control from the restart as Gilardino shot wide and Marchionni’s effort was tipped around the post by Pantic who then saved on the line from Danielli’s poke from the resulting corner.

Fiorentina were all over the visitors and Pantic saved with his foot from Mutu and then palmed away substitute Riccardo Montolivo’s volley.

But finally on 52 minutes he was beaten in the air by Dainelli who headed home Comotto’s high cross.

Montolivo then doubled the advantage on 59 minutes as Vargas’s cross found it’s way to the back post and the substitute volleyed home.

Two minutes later it started to become a rout as slick passing played Marchionni into the box and he dinked the ball over Pantic.

But 20 minutes from time Debrecen had a lifeline when their substitute Adamo Coulibaly converted at the back post.

But minutes later Gilardino flicked a header home from Vargas’s free-kick as Debrecen’s woeful defence crumbled again.

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V-League Round 4: Khanh Hoa takes lead

In Vietnam Sports on September 9, 2009 at 2:54 am

The V-League finished Round 4 March 8 with the new leaders Khanh Hoa and T&T Ha Noi on eight points, followed by Binh Duong, Hai Phong Cement and Ho Chi Minh City, all with three points each.

Ngoc Duy (Red T-shirt) of The Cong tries to escape from the defense of Song Lam Nghe An (Photo: SGGP)

The first match kicked off at the Pleiku ground between Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) and Hai Phong Cement (HPC).

Leandro for HPC opened the scoring in the 15th minute but HAGL quickly recovered to equal the score in the 33rd minute thanks to Thonglao.

Lee Nguyen, a newcomer to the club, doubled the score for HAGL in the 60th minute but Minh Duc of HPC equalized in the 72nd minute.

The striker, Evaldo for HAGL, brought the game to a close, scoring in injury time to help HAGL win the match 3-2.

At Thien Truong ground in the Red River Delta’s province of Nam Dinh, Dong Tam Long An (DTLA) managed only a 1-1 draw against the home team, Nam Dinh.

It took 87 minutes before Van Kahi broke the deadlock for DTLA but two minutes later Amaobi quickly recovered some pride for Nam Dinh.   

In Ha Noi, the home team T&T Ha Noi scored the only game of the match against Thanh Hoa, thanks to striker Junio in the 87th minute. This score helped Ha Noi knock out Thanh Hoa.

The SHB Da Nang team also had a late score with Hong Quang helping them in the 86th minute to defeat the Ho Chi Minh City team on their home ground, Chi Lang.

The visitors Dong Thap found a victory against the home team, Khanh Hoa.

Khanh Hoa were driven to victory with a 47th minute goal by Quang Hai and 61st minute goal by Jonathan.

The last match of the round took place in Vinh ground of the north central coastal province of Nghe An between Song Lam Nghe An (SLNA) and The Cong (TC).

Ngoc Anh of SLNA drew first blood in the 66th minute but TC returned to even the score with a goal from Nyom in the 75th minute. The match ended at 1-1.

The descending order of V-League ranking board after round 4 is Khanh Hoa – T&T Ha Noi – Nam Dinh – Dong Tam Long An – Song Lam Nghe An – Dong Thap – SHB Da Nang – Military Zone 4 – Hoang Anh Gia Lai – The Cong – Thanh Hoa – B. Binh Duong – Hai Phong Cement – Ho Chi Minh City

Source: SGGP