- Vietnam U-19s set foot in Europe for training10:59 | 05/03/2014
The Vietnamese national U-19 football team arrived in London on Sunday to start their 51-day training tour in England, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands in preparation for the 2014 Asian U-19 Football Championship and the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Landing at Heathrow Airport, the players were taken to Village Hotel before their friendly matches against Arsenal U-19s on March 5 and players from League Two club AFC Wimbledon on March 10.
On March 15, they will watch an English Premier League game between Stoke City and West Ham before playing Tottenham Hotspur U-19s on March 18 and players from League One side Wolverhampton the following day.
On March 21, the team will travel to the training center Tongerloo in Belgium before playing more friendly matches in France and the Netherlands.
In Belgium, the team will train and play with other teams of the football company JMG around the world, including the Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Thailand, Mali, Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, and Belgium.
The Vietnamese U-19 team is made up mostly of players from the JMG football academy in Vietnam.
The training trip is intended to help the young Vietnamese players prepare for the 2014 Asian U-19 Football Championship to be held in October in Myanmar.
Vietnam’s goal is to place in the top four of the 2014 Asian U-19 Football Championship, meaning they must win one of the four direct tickets to advance to the final round of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2015 held between May 30 and June 20 in New Zealand.
In related news, yesterday the Vietnamese national senior football team had a goalless draw in a friendly match with a South Korean student team in Hanoi.
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