VietNamNet Bridge – The top striker of Vietnam – Le Cong Vinh – arrived in Japan this morning, August 5 to begin his challenging journey at the Consadole Sapporo FC.


Cong Vinh at Tan Son Nhat Airport on August 4.

Before going to Japan, Cong Vinh had only one free day after returning from Germany.

His flight from Tan Son Nhat airport in HCM City to Narita airport, Japan took off at 11.40pm on August 4 and landed at 7am (local time) on August 5. After that, he waited for more than three hours at Narita airport for another flight to the island of Hokkaido. He arrived at Sapporo in the afternoon of August 5.

Cong Vinh was accompanied by a Japanese PR officer, who will help him in the early days in Japan.

It is expected that Cong Vinh will have one free day before attending a press conference on August 6. He will join training with the team on the morning of August 7 in preparation for his debut with Sapporo fans on August 11. In the game last weekend, the new team of Cong Vinh lost 1-3 against Kataller Toyama.

Cong Vinh played for Sapporo under a five-month contract (01/8/2013 to 1/1/2014). His wages in Japan is $7,000/month.

At the farewell meeting with the fans, Cong Vinh promised to play for Song Lam Nghe An FC until his current contract expires in October 2014. If the team wants to extend the contract, Vinh will play three more seasons before retirement.

Nguyen Nam