town footie teams to face-off
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
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
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
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
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