Van Quyet targets unprecedented third successive V.League crown
Hanoi: Nguyen Van Quyet has admitted that Hanoi FC have their eyes firmly fixed on a third league title in a row as Vietnam’s V.League gets set to resume on Friday following the COVID-19 pandemic.
V.League champions in 2018 and 2019, Hanoi enjoyed considerable success last year as they also lifted the Vietnamese Cup and were crowned the AFC Cup’s ASEAN Zonal champions in a campaign that will go down as the best in their history.
The capital city side have now won the league in three of the past four seasons, and they are targeting history in 2020 as no club has ever claimed three in a row since league football was introduced in Vietnam back in 1980.
Teams, star players, coaches: All you need to know about V.League 1 2020
Kuala Lumpur: Vietnam's top flight will become the latest of Asia's leagues to return to action when the V.League 1 resumes on Friday after a near three-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Founded in 1980 in a semi-professional capacity before moving into a profession era at the turn of the Millennium, the V.League has enjoyed a steady rise in recent years, with last season's AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal final between Hanoi FC and Becamex Binh Duong suggesting that some of the strongest club sides in Southeast Asia now hail from Vietnam.
And in further positive news for football fans across Vietnam, matches will not be played behind closed doors, with authorities allowing spectators into stadiums as the country continues to return towards normality.
East Asia & ASEAN Wrap: Jeonbuk suffer first defeat
Kuala Lumpur: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors dropped their first points of the 2020 K League season after defeat to Gangwon but remain top of the standings after second-placed Ulsan Hyundai were held in a weekend of upsets in Korea Republic.
In Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City FC needed penalties to navigate the second round of the Vietnamese Cup, but there were few problems for Hanoi FC with the defending champions breezing into the quarter-finals as football in the Southeast Asian country gathers momentum ahead of the V.League's resumption on Friday.
Elsewhere, there were vital wins for the Japanese contingent in Germany's Bundesliga and a goal for a famous Chinese name in Serbia, so join the-AFC.com as we review the latest from East Asia and ASEAN.
Samara: February 2020 was a turning point in the life of stylish Iraqi midfielder Safaa Hadi. That was when the promising youngster signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with PFC Krylia Sovetov Samara, becoming the first Iraqi to play in the Russian Premier League.
After starting out in youth football at the prestigious Ammo Baba Academy in Baghdad, Hadi got his first senior team experience with Amant Baghdad SC. He then moved between Al-Minaa SC, Al-Zawra'a SC and Al-Shorta SC before being called up to the Iraqi national team for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup and subsequent Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
In an exclusive interview with FIFA.com, the 21-year-old discussed his move to Russia and the difficulties faced during his first professional assignment outside Iraq. He also expressed his firm desire to continue playing in the host nation of world football’s flagship event two years ago.
Makoto Hasebe ties Bundesliga record as Eintracht Frankfurt grab vital win
Berlin: Makoto Hasebe tied the record for most Bundesliga games by an Asian player on Wednesday as his Eintracht Frankfurt side secured a vital 3-0 away win against fellow relegation battlers Werder Bremen.
The former Japan captain's 308 appearances put him level with Korea Republic great Cha Bum-kun, whose career in the German top flight included several seasons with Frankfurt.
Son: Military service was special, I've missed everyone
London: Son Heung-min made some new friends while serving his nation in Korea Republic but he’s delighted to now be back alongside his Tottenham Hotspur comrades as they prepare for the Premier League season to resume.
Having undergone surgery to repair a fractured right arm in the wake of the 3-2 win at Aston Villa on February 16, where he sensationally scored a last-gasp winner despite carrying the injury, the flying forward returned to his home country during lockdown and completed his mandatory three-week military service in April.