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Football fever: Ho Chi Minh City celebrates 2018 World Cup opener

Football fever: Ho Chi Minh City celebrates 2018 World Cup opener

Friday, June 15, 2018, 14:44 GMT+7

Electronics stores made a fortune selling wares for diehard fans to watch the tournament, while eateries and cafés set up giant screens throughout Ho Chi Minh City for the supporters to catch Thursday night’s 2018 FIFA World Cup kick-off in Russia.

The city made it clear that it was a true football town on Thursday night, with local cafés and watch parties in Districts 1 and 3 flooded with fans ready to watch the World Cup opener between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Many shops and eateries throughout the city set up World Cup posters alongside projectors or large LED screens to attract football-loving customers.

Thai Van Kham, a university student, excitedly shared: “I have been waiting ages for this! There are just so many superstars and celebrities in this year’s World Cup."

“I will try my best to study beforehand so that I can enjoy the matches each night with my buddies,” he added.

Below are some pictures taken by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, capturing the World Cup opening night celebrations in Ho Chi Minh City.

Fan girls cheer on their beloved teams. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Fans cheer on their beloved teams. Photo: Tuoi Tre
An eatery on Bui Vien Walking Street in District 1, a famous pedestrian zone in Ho Chi Minh City that attracts many international visitors. Photo: Tuoi Tre
An eatery on Bui Vien Walking Street in District 1, a famous pedestrian zone in Ho Chi Minh City that attracts many international visitors. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A girl mourns Saudi Arabia conceding the first goal. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A girl watches as Saudi Arabia concede the first goal. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Young fans await their turn to enter a ‘fan zone’ at Ho Xuan Huong sporting house. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Young fans await their turn to enter a ‘fan zone’ at the Ho Xuan Huong Sports House in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Three girls root for Russia.  Of course the hosts won the first match. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Three girls root for Russia. Of course the hosts won the first match. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Music is indispensable for such a large gathering. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Music is indispensable for such a large gathering. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A bar on Bui Vien Walking Street. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A bar on Bui Vien Walking Street. Photo: Tuoi Tre
World Cup posters fill every nook and cranny of Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
World Cup posters fill every nook and cranny of Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Even street vendors can’t escape the tournament. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Even street vendors cannot escape the tournament. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Independent parking lots pop up one after another, hoping to profit from the world’s biggest football competition. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Independent parking lots pop up one after another, hoping to profit from the world’s biggest football competition. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A corner of Bui Vien Walking Street. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A corner of Bui Vien Walking Street. Photo: Tuoi Tre
LED screens everywhere. Photo: Tuoi Tre
LED screens everywhere. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Many eateries showed the game on projectors. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Many eateries showed the game on projectors. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Another fan zone means another queue for Vietnamese youth. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Another fan zone means another queue for Vietnamese youth. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Fan girls at Ho Xuan Huong sporting house. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Fan girls at the Ho Xuan Huong Sports House. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Every score is an emotional roller coaster for local fans. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Every score is an emotional roller coaster for local fans. Photo: Tuoi Tre
This World Cup season attracts female fans from around the country. Photo: Tuoi Tre
This World Cup season attracts female fans from around the country. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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Duy Khoi / Tuoi Tre News Contributor

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