Historic soccer run brings unequal Vietnam together


Under-23 team’s trip to Asian finals fosters sense of national camaraderie

ATSUSHI TOMIYAMA, Nikkei staff writer

Fans in Hanoi react after Vietnam’s loss in the AFC U23 Championship final against Uzbekistan on Jan. 27. © Reuters

HANOI — The Vietnam national team’s first-ever appearance in the finals of the Asian Football Confederation U23 championship, triggered mass celebrations across the country, despite a close defeat in the final game on Saturday. Tiếp tục đọc “Historic soccer run brings unequal Vietnam together”

Crowds line 30km of streets to welcome Vietnam’s U23 football heroes home

By VNExpress Staff reporters   January 28, 2018 | 12:50 pm GMT+7

Football fans lined the streets on Sunday morning to welcome home their young heroes, forcing the PM to wait for five hours to see them.

Despite a heart-breaking last-minute defeat to Uzbekistan in the final of the AFC U23 Championship on Saturday, the Vietnamese team has returned home to a jubilant reception.

Hailed as national heroes, South Korean coach Park Hang-seo’s team made history at the tournament with thrilling victories over regional powerhouses Australia, Iraq and Qatar.

It was the first time a Vietnamese national team has made it to the final of a continental championship, attracting attention from global football fans.

Thousands of supporters flocked to the streets from Noi Bai Airport to the city center to greet the team bus.

Tiếp tục đọc “Crowds line 30km of streets to welcome Vietnam’s U23 football heroes home”

Vietnams U23 football team arrives at Noi Bai International Airport. Pictured here are coach Park Hang-seo who comes out first and captain Luong Xuan Truong in blue shirt. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh

Hanoi turns red to cheer U23 team

Last update 15:23 | 26/01/2018

Several buildings, construction sites and streets in Hanoi have been covered with the image of the national flag to cheer U23 team which advanced to the AFC U23 Championship final.

After Vietnam defeated Qatar in the semi-final match on January 23, tens of thousands of Vietnamese people took to the streets across the country waving red national flags, turning city downtowns into seas of red. Tiếp tục đọc “Hanoi turns red to cheer U23 team”