Hoàng Anh Gia Lai’s striker Nguyễn Công Phượng (centre) dribbles upfield towards Nam Định final season. The 2 groups will kick-off the V.Leauge 1 opener at Thiên Trường Stadium on February 19. Picture vov.vn
HÀ NỘI — After a longer-than-usual wait, home soccer will lastly return to Việt Nam on February 19 as Hoàng Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) meet Nam Định within the opening match of the V.League 1 2022 season.
The Việt Nam Skilled Soccer Firm (VPF) organised a draw for the nationwide match in Hà Nội on Friday.
The nationwide premier match could have 13 groups competing in a round-robin, two-leg, residence and away format.
Whoever is topped champions on November 20 will stroll away with a handbag of VNĐ3 billion (US$132,000). The underside-placed crew will likely be relegated to V.League 2 subsequent season.
It is going to be a troublesome opening weekend for HAGL, who have been high of the desk when final season was cancelled. They are going to be away to Nam Định, who will not be probably the most constant crew however have a popularity of being occasional giant-killers at Thiên Trường Stadium lately.
Of their final two conferences, the previous champions misplaced 2-0 on the Nationwide Cup in 2020 and drew 0-0 on the V.League 1 in 2019.
Final yr, Nam Định made Thiên Trường a nightmare for highly effective groups like Hà Nội FC, former champion Sông Lam Nghệ An (SLNA) and title favorite’s HCM Metropolis.
The opposite matches of the opening weekend will likely be Hà Nội and Thanh Hóa; Bình Định and Viettel; SLNA and Bình Dương; SHB Đà Nẵng and Sài Gòn, and Hồng Lĩnh Hà Tĩnh and Hải Phòng.
At Friday’s draw, VPF additionally introduced the schedules for the V.League 2 and the Nationwide Cup.
The V.League 2, which has 12 golf equipment, will start on March 5. The highest two groups will soar to the V.League 1 and the profitable crew will safe a VNĐ1 billion ($44,100) bonus. There’s additionally one relegation spot for the underside crew.
The Nationwide Cup will see all V.League 1 and V.League 2 golf equipment competing for the cup. They’ll compete in a knock-out format match that kicks off on April 6.
The 2021 season was cancelled due to the pandemic and, for the primary time, no crew was topped champion in any league. Because the end result, there will likely be no Tremendous Cup match between the V.League 1 champions and Nationwide Cup winner this yr.
VPF have this yr made plans for the match to adapt to any additional COVID issues.
To enhance the standard of the matches and the eligibility of COVID-19 substitute plans, golf equipment are allowed to register 35 gamers, 5 greater than beforehand. Coaches may also signal as much as 4 gamers to enhance their line-up in the course of the season’s break, as a substitute of three as prior to now.
Within the V.League 1, groups can register three overseas gamers and one Vietnamese participant of overseas origin. V.League 2 groups can solely have one Vietnamese participant of overseas origin.
Động Lực Group has grow to be sponsor of the three home tournaments, which was introduced at a ceremony in Hà Nội on Friday.
The group is a well-known model title in Việt Nam and has supported numerous sport tournaments and groups since 2003.
Động Lực will ship balls of FIFA high quality for competitions and coaching, in addition to equipment and sportswear for all referees, referee assistants and dealing employees.
Over the weekend, Hà Nội FC launched their second overseas participant, Serbian Djuro Zec, bought for 700,000 euros (US$796,000), in accordance to Transfermarkt.
Serbian winger Djuro Zec signed a two-year cope with Hà Nội FC. Picture superliga.rs
Earlier than coming to Hà Nội on a two-year deal, Zec plied his commerce as a left-winger for Backa Topola in Serbia.
The 31-year-old stated Việt Nam is a very new nation to him. It is going to be a problem and a chance for him to find his skills.
Earlier, the capital metropolis crew welcomed Croatian striker Josip Ivancic and two native gamers Vũ Minh Tuấn, former nationwide midfielder, and Nguyễn Hai Lengthy, a midfielder who has featured within the nationwide U23’s crew.
On Saturday, Bình Định launched 12 new faces who’re anticipated to elevate them up within the 2022 season.
Ten of them, together with striker Hà Đức Chinh and midfielder Lý Công Hoàng Anh of the nationwide crew, signed three-year contracts.
Their two overseas gamers are Jamaican Jermie Lynch and Brazilian Rafaelson Bezerra Fernandes, who each play within the entrance line.
SLNA has confirmed nationwide stars Nguyễn Trọng Hoàng Quế Ngọc Hải for the brand new season.
In addition they have Nigerian ahead Michael Olaha again within the crew after two years taking part in in Israel. They’re nonetheless out there for 2 different overseas gamers in midfield and up-front.
HCM Metropolis signed Brazilian midfielder Bruno Cosendey final week, in addition to full-back Dương Văn Khoa, midfielders Đào Quốc Gia and Trần Đình Bảo. They are tipped to signal one other Brazilian participant within the coming days.
Thanh Hóa secured Brazilian striker Paulo Henrique with a two-year contract. Earlier, they prolonged a one-year cope with ahead Paulo Pinto additionally from Brazil and signed Serbian defender Igor Jelic for the 2022 season. VNS