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Ronaldo in Portugal squad despite injury

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm

LISBON, Nov 8, 2009 (AFP) – Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz on Sunday announced a 23-man squad, including a nominally injured Cristiano Ronaldo, to face Bosnia in their November 14 and November 18 World Cup playoff games.

Queiroz has called on Ronaldo, despite the opposition of the player’s club Real Madrid, who estimate their star will be out of action for at least two more weeks as he recovers from an ankle injury which has forced him to miss the club’s last seven matches.

This file picture dated July 6, 2009 shows Real Madrid’s new player Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo waving to supporters during his official presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. (AFP photo)

Ronaldo initially injured his right ankle in Real’s 3-0 Champions League victory over Marseille at the end of September and aggravated the problem while playing for Portugal on October 10.

Quieroz says that the national team’s doctors will examine him and see if he can play some kind of a role, even from the bench.

Two new names in the squad are Benfica’s Fabio Coentrao and Chelsea keeper Hilario while Ricardo Costa, a defender with German champions Wolfsburg, is back after a two-year absence.

Portugal, semi-finalists in 2006, play Bosnia on November 14 in Lisbon and November 18 in Zenica with the winners qualifying for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

Portugal squad:

Goalkeepers: Hilario (Chelsea/ENG), Eduardo (Sporting Braga), Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon).

Defenders: Ricardo Costa (Wolfsburg/GER), Bruno Alves (FC Porto), Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea/ENG), Miguel (Valencia/ESP), Pepe (Real Madrid/ESP), Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea/ENG), Rolando (FC Porto).

Midfielders: Deco (Chelsea/ENG), Duda (Malaga/ESP), Joao Moutinho (Sporting Lisbon), Fabio Coentrao (Benfica), Miguel Veloso (Sporting Lisbon), Raul Meireles (FC Porto), Tiago (Juventus/ITA).

Strikers: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/ESP), Liedson (Sporting Lisbon), Nani (Manchester United/ENG), Hugo Almeida (Werder Bremen/GER), Simao Sabrosa (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Edinho (Malaga/ESP)

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Hundreds of Vietnamese to support national squad in Laos

In Vietnam Sports on October 21, 2009 at 1:10 am

Hundreds of Vietnamese to support national squad in Laos

QĐND – Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 20:52 (GMT+7)

300 Vietnamese fans will visit Laos to support the national football team during their competition in the 25th SEA Games from December 8-14.

This was confirmed by the Vietnamese football fans club at a meeting in Hanoi on October 19.

Earlier this month, the General Department of Sports and Physical Training agreed to let the club organise a trip to Laos on this occasion.

Le Duc Trung, acting chairman of the club said that this will be a premise for the development of a national football fans club to cheer the national squad on at international tournaments in the near future.

Source: VOV

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National squad to get cash for semi

In Uncategorized on December 10, 2008 at 4:56 pm

HA NOI — A cash prize for the Vietnamese football team will be officially announced if the team qualifies for the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup semi-final, said Viet Nam Football Federation (VFF)’s chairman Nguyen Trong Hy.

Viet Nam beat Malaysia 3-2 in a do-or-die match at Sarakul Stadium in Phuket, Thailand on Monday. The win opens the door to the semi-finals for Viet Nam, who will meet Laos for their last group B match tomorrow.

Vietnamese players should concentrate on winning the last match to secure the semi-final berth, said the VFF chairman.

But the team must also wait for the results of the match between Thailand and Malaysia tomorrow.

Hyadded that Vietnamese players have not played their top form and have so far given a poor performance.

At the T&T Cup in Ha Noi last October Viet Nam, who ranked second after two draws against Thailand and North Korea for prize money of US$20,000, received a VND400 million ($23,500) award from VFF.

The team will get billions of dong in prize money if they win the AFF championship, said the VFF chairman.

Thailand ranks top in group B with six points after two wins – 6-0 over Laos on Monday and a 2-0 defeat over Viet Nam last Saturday – to secure a semi-final berth.

Viet Nam and Malaysia have three points each.

Prior to the AFF Cup, the team were given a boost when VFF signed a $250,000 sponsorship with Yamaha Motor and a five-year contract with Nike.

Last Saturday, Viet Nam missed a chance to earn a $10,000 bonus from chairman of V-League team Hoang Anh Gia Lai, who promised the sum if the team beat Thailand. —

Olympic squad lose to Malaysia in Myanmar

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2008 at 11:53 am

HA NOI — The Viet Nam Olympic team tasted a 3-0 loss to Malaysia in the group B opener of the Grand Royal Challenge at the Thuwunna Youth Training Centre in Myanmar yesterday.

The win was revenge for Malaysia, who were defeated by Viet Nam in the Merdeka Cup final after a penalty shoot-out last month.

Viet Nam meet the South Korean Hyundai in the group’s second match on Sunday.

The Vietnamese team are in group B with Malaysia and the South Korean Hyundai team.

Viet Nam had a goalless draw to V-League’s Hai Phong Cement, who are trained by former national coach Austrian Alfred Riedl in Ha Noi last week.

The Viet Nam team, who are made up of the country’s best young players, all of whom helped Viet Nam place third at the International U-21 football tournament in Hue City in September, will be the main squad competing at the 25th Southeast Asian Games in Laos next December.

Hosts Myanmar were held to a goalless draw by underdogs Bangladesh in their group A match on Tuesday. Myanmar, Indonesia and Bangladesh make up group A.

The 11-day football event will see the winning team taking US$15,000, while the runners-up pocket $7,500. —

Karate squad kicks off world champs

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2008 at 10:59 am

HA NOI — Viet Nam’s eight-member karate squad has arrived in Nippon Budokan, Tokyo for the World Karate Championships, which kicks off tomorrow.

The team, led by coach Le Cong, will compete in the men’s and women’s five weight categories kumite (combat) and kata (performance) events.

Vietnamese artists will face tough rivals at the week-long tournament, which has drawn 1,200 competitors from 120 countries and territories around the world. The Vietnamese squad is the cream of the crop, said coach Cong. It includes Doha Asian Games gold medalist Vu Thi Nguyet Anh and World Championship silver medalist Nguyen Hoang Ngan.

Ngan, 24, who was also crowned world champion at the Kobe Osaka International World Cup in Greece in 2006, will perform in the women’s singles event on Thursday. She will later gather with her teammates Dang Thu Ha and Nguyen Thanh Hang to compete in the women’s team event.

Ngan has sustained her form with flawless performances since the 2003 SEA Games in Viet Nam – where she took a team event gold.

The Public Security athlete said she had enough experience to clinch victory against tough rivals in the kata event.

Meanwhile, the 24-year-old Anh will compete in the women’s kumite under-53kg on Saturday. Nicknamed ‘little sparrow’ because of her delicate frame, Anh said she never backed down from a fight.

“She follows my exercises in counterattacking very well,” said coach Cong in a phone interview from the National Training Centre No 1 in Ha Noi on Monday. “This has helped her succeed in the SEA Games and the Asian Games. But this is the World Championships and she will have to fight against top athletes from around the world. Anh should compete all out every minute on mat to win.”

The 55-year-old coach added that the squad had been training according to their own regime since early this year. “They have been working on their strengths and weaknesses which will help them show off their power in the kumite weight categories,” said Cong, who was voted one of Viet Nam’s top five outstanding coaches of 2006 and 2007. —

National squad picks up two more

In Uncategorized on August 27, 2008 at 4:19 pm

HA NOI — National football coach Henrique Calisto has named a squad of 27, which includes two new players, for forthcoming international friendly matches.

The new additions are Nguyen Hoang Vuong, who plays for V-League champions Becamex Binh Duong, and rising half-back star Phan Thanh Giang, who plays for V-League runners-up Dong Tam Long An.

Binh Duong is contributing six players (more than any other club) to the squad, which consists of three goalkeepers, nine defenders, ten midfielders and nine strikers.

Aside from Vuong and Duong, the squad are the same as the one that played three recent friendlies with Indonesia, Chinese Olympic and Brazil Olympic.

Khataco Khanh Hoa’s Nguyen Quang Hai, who has scored 10 V-League goals this season, will spearhead Viet Nam’s attack.

In the midfield, Calisto left out ageing Le Hong Minh of SHB Da Nang but is continuing to call on the services of Song Lam Nghe An’s defender Nguyen Minh Duc.

The squad’s first training session will be on September 8 at Hoang Anh Gia Lai’s Ham Rong training centre.

The national team’s first engagement will be an international friendly tournament in HCM City on October 1-5.

Afterwards, they will train at the National Sports Training Centre in Ha Noi for an international football event organised by the Viet Nam Football Federation in late October at My Dinh National Stadium. —

Paralympic squad gets official send off in capital

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2008 at 3:58 pm

HA NOI — Viet Nam’s Paralympic squad were given an official send-off at the Youth Palace in Ha Noi yesterday.

About 4,000 athletes from 150 nations and territories will be competing in 20 events at the 2009 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, which is scheduled to run from September 6-17.

Viet Nam are sending nine athletes to compete in athletics, swimming, weightlifting and judo.

Speaking at the ceremony, vice minister and head of the General Department of Sports and Physical Training Nguyen Danh Thai stressed that Vietnamese athletes should compete in a spirit of friendly rivalry as they are representing not just themselves but their country.

Among the squad are weightlifters Dinh Thi Nga and Le Van Cong – who won an entry to the Games. Seven other athletes received wild-card places due to their successes at recent international events.

Nga will compete in the women’s 52kg category and Cong the men’s 48kg category.

“I and my teammates will compete to the best of our abilities in order to bring a medal home,” said Le Van Cong, a paraplegic.

Cong and ASEAN Para Games triple gold-medal holder Le Thi Hai – who will compete in the women’s shot-put, javelin and discus – are Viet Nam’s main medal hope.

Dang Anh Tuyet and Chau Hoang Tuyet Loan will compete in the women’s weightlifting 40kg and 48kg classes, respectively.

Hanoian sprinter Dao Van Cuong is competing in the 100m, 200m and 400m.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Thi Thanh Thao is competing in the women’s wheelchair 100m, 200m and 400m events, while swimmer Nguyen Quang Vuong is hoping for a medal in the men’s 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke.

The final member of the squad is judo athlete Trieu Thi Nhoi, who is also a strong medal contender.

This is the third time Vietnamese athletes have competed the Paralympics. —