- Book traces a century in the rise of Vietnamese football00:05 | 28/10/2012
The HCM City Football Federation (HFF) has released a book titled “Landmarks in the 100-year History of Vietnamese Football,” the first ever of its kind.
The book is written by famous novelist Nguyen Quang Sang with assistance from HFF president Tran Duy Long and several sports journalists who collected materials.
The book traces the establishment and development of the game in Viet Nam.
It answers questions like “Since when football has existed in Viet Nam?” and “Where the country’s first football team was formed?”
It also covers the history of the national championships since the country’s unification in 1975, the champions, top scorers and other statistics. It attempts to chronicle Viet Nam’s achievements and has accounts by star players like Le Huynh Duc and Nguyen Hong Son.
But critics say the book has failed to portray a complete picture of football in the country, and has also missed out some famous names like Tran Cong Minh.
* Sai Gon Heat finish sixth in ASEAN Basketball League
Vietnamese club Sai Gon Heat came from behind to defeat Bangkok Cobras 68-66 in the final match of the ASEAN Basketball League.
With this win, they finished sixth with 16 points during their first run in the tournament.
The Cobras took an 8-0 lead during the first five minutes of the first quarter. However, the Heat tried their best to shorten the distance in the second quarter. The guests eventually tied 44-44 in the third quarter. The two teams took turns leading the score during the fourth quarter. With only one minute left, Jonathan Jones’s shot brought two points for the Heat and ensured victory for his team.
San Miguel Beerman from the Philippines topped the standings with 34 points, followed by AirAsia Philippines Patriots (32 points) and Indonesia Warriors (24 points).
Portrait of famous people
- Le Huynh Duc is former captain of Vietnamese national Football team. He is currently coaching SHB Ðà Nẵng.
- Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is to retire at the end of the season.
- Striker Le Cong Vinh is playing for SLNA
- Lionel Messi became the best scorer in a year with 91 goals in 2012.