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Man Utd legend Ryan Giggs dreams of Vietnam place at World Cup 2030

Man Utd legend Ryan Giggs dreams of Vietnam place at World Cup 2030

Monday, November 20, 2017, 15:48 GMT+7

Manchester United icon Ryan Giggs has said he cherishes a dream that Vietnam will make it to the FIFA World Cup 2030, as he signed a contract with a young football academy in the country on Monday.

The former Wales international will be Director of Football at PVF Football Academy, run by Vietnamese conglomerate Vingroup, for two years pursuant to the contract.

The contract was signed during the opening ceremony of the PVF’s training center in the northern province of Hung Yen on Monday.

Former Manchester United player Paul Scholes speaks at a press conference in Hung Yen, northern Vietnam, on November 20, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Former Manchester United player Paul Scholes speaks at a press conference in Hung Yen, northern Vietnam, on November 20, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Giggs is honored to take the directorial post at PVF, he said, adding that the academy’s property and facilities are comparable to world’s top training centers.

The former superstar, who made 672 appearances and scored 114 goals for Manchester United, the only club in his entire career, will be in charge of supervising PVF players in terms of technique, physique and nutrition.

Giggs said his 25 years of experience with Manchester United and two years as a young talent trainer will help him fulfill his job at PVF.

Former Manchester United player Ryan Giggs gives autographs to fans in Hung Yen, northern Vietnam, on November 20, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Former Manchester United player Ryan Giggs gives autographs to fans in Hung Yen, northern Vietnam, on November 20, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre

He added that he will be in Vietnam for a couple of times a year to directly work with coaches, experts and players on several issues, including the training plans for Vietnamese football talents.

Giggs said what he has experienced first-hand in Vietnam has enabled him to reveal his dream that the Southeast Asian country will be able to play at World Cup 2030.

Paul Scholes, another Manchester United legend, has also been appointed a technical consultant for PVF.

Players are seen at the PVF training center in Hung Yen, northern Vietnam.
Players are seen at the PVF training center in Hung Yen, northern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Speaking after Giggs’ speech, Scholes expressed his belief that PVF will succeed in training great and potential players for Vietnam’s football in the future.

The former English international underlined the importance of dreaming and believing and encouraged PVF players to believe that they may be able to make it to the FIFA World Cup 2030.

Following the opening of the Hung Yen training center, PVF also organized a four-team international tournament, comprised of under-15 sides from Stoke City in England, Australia’s Central Coast Mariners, South Korea’s Busan IPark and the PVF team.

Giggs and Scholes joined the audience in the first game between Stoke City and PVF.

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