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June, 05 2009 00:00:00

Coast town footie teams to face-off

Coast town footie teams to face-off

(06-06-2009)

HA NOI — The 14th round of football V-League will begin today with a match between hosts Hai Phong Cement and SHB Da Nang at Lach Tray Stadium in the northern port city of Hai Phong.

Hai Phong Cement have been resuscitated under coach Vuong Tien Dung and have Brazilian football star Denilson de Oliveira Araujo to boost their chances for the 13 matches left in the season.

Born in Diadema, Brazil, the 32-year-old winger was the most expensive footballer in the world in 1998 when Spanish Real Betis paid Sau Paulo US$32 million for a trade.

He was recently released by Palmeiras and had a trial with the English Premier League Bolton Wanderers.

He was a member of the 2002 Brazilian squad for the World Cup in South Korea and Japan and helped Brazil win the Copa America and Confederation Cup in 1997.

SHB Da Nang is coached by Le Huynh Duc, named coach of the month three times in a row. They have good skills and physical strength.

After 13 rounds, Da Nang, who have two good Brazilian players, Almeida and Rogerio, are top of the V-League with 27 points, while Hai Phong, who edged T&T Ha Noi 1-0 on May 17, are seventh.

Asked about Denilson’s appearance in Hai Phong, Duc said "Da Nang players always play to the fullest against any rival. However, we know Denilson has very good technique. Da Nang also have our own tactics to confront Hai Phong. Details will be showed at the match."

Tickets for the first match with Brazilian striker Denilson today are hard to come by and prices have gone up. Hai Phong has put tickets on sale two days before the event instead of its usual one day.

Prices are VND40,000 (US$2.2), VND60,000 ($3.3) and VND80,000 ($4.4) – VND10,000 ($0.5)-VND30,000 ($1.6) more than the first leg of V-League.

Thousands of people queued in the early morning at ticket stalls at Lach Tray Stadium. The demand for the tickets on the black market pushed prices up a further VND10,000 ($0.5) to VND20,000 ($1.1) per ticket.

The organisers tried to control sales so each fan could only buy two tickets. However, traders are still selling tickets on the black market.

Meanwhile, T&T Ha Noi will today have a chance to improve their ranking in their first match in The Cong of V-League’s second leg, with the return of Casiano and Cristiano.

Both teams are bottom dwellers. The Cong are 10th with 14 points while T&T Ha Noi, who was promoted to the V-League last year, are last with 12 points.

The Cong will be missing halfback Phuoc Tu, who has been suspended for the game. Ha Noi, meanwhile, could play their strongest line-up.

Nam Dinh’s Thien Truong Stadium will see hosts Nam Dinh meet defending champions Binh Duong.

This is the first challenge for Binh Duong’s new coach, Mai Duc Chung, who has taken over from Nguyen Minh Dung.

The race to top finishers will be more effervescent with two-time champion Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) narrowing the gap between them and Da Nang on the top rung. HAGL are second with 22 points.

Finally, visitors to Dong Thap’s Cao Lanh Stadium today, HAGL coach Chatchai will ask his students to liquidate the 0-3 loss Dong Thap in the first leg. — VNS

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