Việt Nam are drawn in Group B on the AFF Futsal Championship. — Photograph FIFA.com
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam is in a straightforward Group B on the AFF Futsal Championship, hoping to safe a slot on the continental match after a current attract Bangkok, Thailand.
The 2-time World Cup contributors are to play Australia, Myanmar and East Timor. Group A gathers Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Brunei and the hosts.
Australia is probably the most highly effective staff Group B as they’re No 33 on the earth whereas Việt Nam are No 38.
Australia has additionally competed within the World Cup twice however had been eradicated from the group spherical. The staff couldn’t discover a berth within the 2021 World Cup the place Việt Nam had been within the quarter-finals. They haven’t taken half within the regional competitors from 2016 to 2021.
Myanmar has made exceptional progress in futsal as they had been in three semi-finals of the final 4 AFF Championships. In the meantime, East Timor are too weak to consider the highest two groups within the group.
Việt Nam’s finest outcomes right here had been two silvers in 2009 and 2012. They completed fourth within the Asian championship in 2016 and certified for the World Cup for the primary time in historical past. 5 years later, they received a two-leg playoff match in opposition to Jordan to play their second World Cup in 2021.
The AFF Championship might be held on the Huamark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok from April 3-12. The 4 finest groups from the group spherical will advance to the semi-finals.
The match may also be used because the ASEAN qualifiers with the highest three groups incomes tickets to the AFC Futsal Asian Cup in Kuwait from September 25 to October 10.
In preparation for the occasion, coach Phạm Minh Giang known as up a 22-strong squad mixed with skilled and younger gamers.
Most of gamers competed on the Lithuania World Cup similar to Nhan Gia Hưng, Châu Đoàn Phát and Golden Ball winner Hồ Văn Ý. Trần Thái Huy is again in motion after a protracted absence due to harm. Younger star Nguyễn Văn Hiếu and newcomer Nguyễn Huỳnh Thanh Huy are additionally given locations.
“This squad is a mixture of senior gamers and younger however sturdy gamers. I would like my senior ones to information their juniors via competitions. In order that futsal in Việt Nam will be at all times prepared for world-class occasions,” mentioned Giang.
Vietnamese gamers have fun after scoring their first aim throughout the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 Spherical of 16 matches in opposition to Russia on September 22, 2021, in Vilnius, Lithuania. — Photograph FIFA.com
They are going to practise on the Thái Sơn Nam Sport Centre in HCM Metropolis till the final week of March earlier than having a coaching course and competitors in Thailand previous to the championship.
The gamers may also symbolize Việt Nam within the thirty first Southeast Asian Video games on dwelling turf in Might.
“I’m honoured and pleased to have my title on the checklist. It is going to be my first time competing within the SEA Video games,” mentioned goalkeeper Ý, who is without doubt one of the high 10 shot-stoppers on the earth.
“I’ve had a profitable 12 months with my membership and the nationwide staff. It’s particular that I’ll contribute my finest on the regional competitions.”
Awards for deserved gamers
The nationwide futsal staff on Tuesday had been introduced the 2021 Truthful Play Award, an annual award by Pháp Luật Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh Newspaper and Việt Nam Soccer Federation arrange in 2012.
Nationwide futsal staff representatives obtain the 2021 Truthful Play Award on February 22 in HCM Metropolis. — Photograph plo.vn
The staff handed different nominees following their bravery and willpower that they confirmed to win their World Cup berth and their spirit earlier than, throughout and after competing in Lithuania.
The staff made a fairy-tale journey that impressed supporters at dwelling and throughout the world.
Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính introduced certificates of benefit to the entire staff and three people, coach Giang, goalie Ý and captain Trần Văn Vũ, for his or her World Cup achievement, on February 16.
Talking on the ceremony, coach Giang thanked leaders and sports activities officers for his or her care in addition to followers for his or her encouragement that helped his staff overcome challenges to seize success.
Giang, the one Asian coach nominated for the world finest membership coach of 2021, mentioned his staff left World Cup fame behind to concentrate on the SEA Video games this summer time.
“Our goal now’s to beat (defending champions) Thailand within the coming Video games,” he mentioned. — VNS