Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh paid a visit to Corinthians, a Brazilian professional football club, in Sao Paulo on Sunday morning (Brazil time), as part of his ongoing Brazil trip, which is scheduled to wrap up on Monday.
His visit to the club was aimed at boosting cooperation in football between the two nations.
Founded in 1910, Corinthians is one of the leading football clubs, boasting multiple achievements and becoming one of the most popular sports clubs in Brazil and Latin America.
Speaking at a meeting with the leadership of the club, PM Chinh said that many Vietnamese people know Brazil for its unique Latin American culture, and as one of the world’s big economies with its gross domestic product at nearly US$2 trillion.
Notably, Vietnamese people love football and admire Brazilian football, he said, adding that the Brazil men's national football team, nicknamed Selecao, were crowned winners of the World Cup several times thanks to their attacking flair.
Legendary players from Brazil include Pele, Romario, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, and Rivaldo.
|Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (C) takes a stroll around the headquarters of Corinthians, a Brazilian professional sports club, which was founded in 1910, and is one of the most supported football teams in the world. Photo: Nhat Bac / Tuoi Tre|
The prime minister underlined that the Vietnamese government always creates favorable conditions for partnership in sports, mainly football, seeing huge potential for football cooperation between the two nations.
Vietnam has made great strides in football over the past few years, he added.
The Vietnamese government leader proposed the Brazilian side and Corinthians beef up their cooperation and support for Vietnam in football, with a focus on player training.
PM Chinh also expected the two nations to jointly organize football matches and exchange players.
A representative of Corinthians pledged to foster cooperation with Vietnamese partners to contribute to strengthening the two countries’ ties.