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Bundesliga to launch maiden penalty shootout contest in Vietnam

Wednesday, October 02, 2019, 14:51 GMT+7
Bundesliga to launch maiden penalty shootout contest in Vietnam
A poster of the "Bundesliga Penalty Shootout"

Germany's primary football league Bundesliga and the Delegation of German Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam are teaming up to launch the first-ever penalty shootout competition in the Southeast Asian country this month.

The “Bundesliga Penalty Shootout” is set to take place for one day at the Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City in District 1 on October 26, the organizers of Bundesliga, the football competition with the highest average stadium attendance worldwide said in a press release on Tuesday.

“It’s a great opportunity to give local fans a taste of ‘Football As It’s Meant To Be,' a mantra we use to share the unique qualities of German football clubs such as fast-paced and modern football, passionate fans and packed stadiums,” said Kevin Sim, Bundesliga’s head of Asia Pacific.

The German professional association football league welcomes all Vietnamese football enthusiasts aged 18 and above to participate in the competition.

According to the recruitment announcement, entrants must compete in a team of five players, including a goalkeeper.

The participants will then play against each other in the group stage round-robin format, with the top two teams of each of the four groups advancing to the quarterfinals and further stages of the competition.

Only one winning team will jet off to Germany for an all-expense paid trip to watch a live Bundesliga match, while other participants will each receive an original Bundesliga club jersey even if their teams are eliminated.

The competition’s final game and awards presentation ceremony will precede a live viewing party of the Bundesliga match between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund scheduled for the same day.

The inaugural “Bundesliga Penalty Shootout” is open for registration at from 2:00 pm on October 1 until 0:00 am October 16.

“We all know that Vietnam has a very passionate football culture, which is why we have chosen to host the first-ever ‘Bundesliga Penalty Shootout’ here,” Bundesliga’s Sim explained.

Germany has welcomed more Asian players than any other football leagues in Europe over the years, according to Sim.

The Asia Pacific head of Bundesliga also hailed Vietnam for having huge potential from a football perspective.

“Based on research, we found that there are over 69 million potential Bundesliga fans here, so there’s an immense opportunity for us to convert passive fans into avid followers of our league,” he added.

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