There’s an obsession with English Premier League football in Vietnam. Thomas Barrett spends the night with a local arm of the Arsenal Supporters Club to find out what it’s all about.
How to create a football fan. And how not to.
Monday Night Football is a whole new ball game in Vietnam. Photo by Kyle Phanroy
While most World Cups have been a festival of football and, ahem, a celebration of international comradeship, there have always been moments better forgotten
World Cups are entirely predictable, at least until the first game has finished, when people start looking at one another and asking questions. Questions like: Why does the ball always fly out of the stadium when someone kicks it? Where is Senegal? Why did those Scottish players bundle the ball into their own net? How do you pronounce Schillaci?
28 Tran Nao, Q2, Tel: (08) 7303 1100
International coaches provide training in soccer, basketball, tennis and swimming for children aged four to 16 years and private lessons for children and adults. Youth soccer league Sundays from 2pm to 6pm in District 7.
The Vietnamese passion for football came under the spotlight when Arsenal, the first Premier League team to visit Vietnam on a preseason tour, came to play against the national side at My Dinh Stadium last month. Marc Forster-Pert caught the action, photos by Thiep Nguyen
Former Arsenal player Freddie Ljungberg was in Ho Chi Minh City last month to promote the Gunners’ upcoming clash with the Vietnamese national team on Jul. 17 in Hanoi. Photo by Alexandre Garel
Former Arsenal Invincible Freddie Ljungberg was in Ho Chi Minh City in early June to promote the Gunners’ clash with the Vietnam national team next month in Hanoi.