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Vietnam to play int’l football friendly against Syria next month

Vietnam to play int’l football friendly against Syria next month

Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 14:42 GMT+7
Vietnam to play int’l football friendly against Syria next month
Spectators watch a football game at Thien Truong Stadium in Nam Dinh Province, northern Vietnam. Photo: Huu Tan / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam will face Syria in an international friendly next month in preparation for their 2026 FIFA World Cup and 2027 AFC Asian Cup qualification campaigns, the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) announced on its website on Monday evening. 

The Vietnamese national football team, ranked 95th in the FIFA world ranking, will host Syria, in the 90th position, at Thien Truong Stadium in northern Nam Dinh Province on June 20.

They see this as a valuable opportunity to sharpen their skills, considering Syria’s slightly higher global ranking. 

The presence of renowned coach Hector Cuper leading the Syrian team also adds to the significance of the occasion.

The seasoned 65-year-old coach previously managed well-known European football clubs such as Valencia, Inter Milan, Real Betis, and Parma. 

Prior to taking charge of the Syrian national team, he had coaching stints with national teams such as Egypt, Uzbekistan, and Congo.

Five days before the Syria match, Vietnam will play Hong Kong in another international friendly game, which will also be their first since the appointment of new head coach Philippe Troussier in February, at Lach Tray Stadium in northern Hai Phong City on June 15.

In anticipation of the games in June, the Vietnamese national football team players are scheduled to regroup on June 7.

Previously, the VFF announced that Vietnam will play two more international friendlies in September and October this year before two matches in the 2026 World Cup and 2027 Asian Cup qualifiers, taking place on November 13 and 21, respectively.

Vietnam’s opponents for these matches will be determined following a draw in July.

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Bao Anh - Nguyen Khoi / Tuoi Tre News

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