Goalie Tien Anh: An obsession called Sasi Kumar

Goalie Tran Tien Anh is remembered by most fans for his error that led to the Vietnamese national team's loss to Singapore in the 1998 Tiger Cup (now AFF Cup) final.

Goalie Tien Anh: An obsession called Sasi Kumar
Goalie Tran Tien Anh seen during an international competition. — Photo thanhnien.vn

Singapore won their first Tiger Cup thanks to a goal from Sasi Kumar in the 71st minute.

Even today, Anh is still haunted by his mistake.

“It was a situation where I rushed out to punch the ball. It was not a very difficult situation. However, due to bad judgment, the ball fell on the back of Singapore midfielder Kumar and slowly rolled into the net. At that moment I felt that everything had collapsed under my feet. Looking at the stands, fans at Hang Day Stadium seemed to be shocked and I knew then we had lost the Tiger Cup, even though there were 20 minutes left to play,” said Anh.

Kumar recently recalled that it started with a corner kick that Vietnam managed to clear. The ball was played back in for him to attack, and the rushed out looking at him instead of the ball.

The Singaporean knew he had a chance to score, but the oncoming Anh put him off so he turned his back. Both players missed the ball, but it bounced off Kumar’s back into the back of the net.

According to Kumar, he went crazy and celebrated because he knew his team would take the title.

Following the 1998 Tiger Cup final, Kumar's goal became an obsession for not only Anh but also for many Vietnamese football fans.

"This obsession has followed me for a long time. Although my teammates and the training board encouraged me a lot, I couldn’t forget it. Even when I slept I dreamt about it," said Anh.

Vu Tien Thanh, former assistant coach of the national team, said they were very disappointed about that result because Vietnam had never been so close to winning the championship before, especially after a convincing 3-0 win over Thailand in the semi-finals.

“Before the final, Vietnam were very confident of winning the championship, so when the losing goal went in we were very sad and felt like the sky had collapsed. After the match, we cried a lot. We received the silver medal and we forced cheerful smiles. However, honestly, we didn’t blame any individual," said Thanh.

Goalie Tien Anh: An obsession called Sasi Kumar
Goalie Tran Tien Anh (right) and Hanoi’s training board with the V.League 1 title in 2018. — Photo thanhnien.vn
 

Family tradition

Anh, 48, was born into a family of goalkeepers. Anh's father was Tran Van Vinh, a talented goalkeeper for Vietnam Post and the national team in the 1960s. Vinh’s three younger brothers Tran Van Khanh, Tran Van Thanh and Tran Van Trung were also famous goalkeepers for the national team in the 1970s and 1980s.

His mother Nguyen Thi Ngan was a famous national volleyball player with more than 40 years of competition.

Anh loved football since he was very small, and he often followed his father and uncles to the football ground.

When he was 12 years old, he joined the The Cong team and quickly proved his talent, before claiming the No 1 jersey for the military team.

In 1998, Anh helped The Cong win the national championship. That season, he only conceded 20 goals in 26 matches, the best in the league. He also won the best goalkeeper award that year.

“Anh was a good goalkeeper for The Cong. He contributed to the championship in 1998. The goal at the 1998 Tiger Cup final was a freak accident," said former The Cong defender Nguyen Duc Thang.

However, due to injuries in 2000, Anh retired from competition.

In 2008, he became the goalkeeping coach for Hai Phong and helped the team finish third in the V.League 1 that year.

At present, Anh is coaching at Hanoi FC. The successes the capital team have achieved in the past decade have all been silent contributions to Anh. Hanoi’s goalies such as Nguyen Van Cong and Phi Minh Long have made significant progress between the sticks thanks to Anh. VNS

Hanoi earn hard-fought win as keeper Tien Dung makes 2019 debut

Hanoi earn hard-fought win as keeper Tien Dung makes 2019 debut

Hanoi FC keeper Bui Tien Dung had a forgettable debut in the 2019 V.League as he conceded twice in the capital team’s nail-biting 3-2 victory over SHB Da Nang at Hang Day stadium on May 19.  

Five talking points from 2019 V.League Matchday 10

Five talking points from 2019 V.League Matchday 10

Matchday 10 of the 2019 V.League saw keeper Bui Tien Dung make a poor debut for Hanoi FC and forward Nguyen Van Toan rescue Hoang Anh Gia Lai from a home defeat against Becamex Binh Duong.

 
 

Other News

.
Yoga, an invaluable gift from ancient Indian civilisation to the modern world
Yoga, an invaluable gift from ancient Indian civilisation to the modern world
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  20/06/2020 

On December 11, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 69/131 declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.

Hue Festival rescheduled in August
Hue Festival rescheduled in August
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  21/06/2020 

The 11th biennial cultural event Huế Festival will be held on August 28 to September 2 at Ngo Mon Square in Hue City, five months after its original schedule because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dalat Ultra Trail cancelled after athlete dies
Dalat Ultra Trail cancelled after athlete dies
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  21/06/2020 

The fourth Dalat Ultra Trail has been cancelled after an athlete died due to extreme weather conditions.

Yoga to be celebrated across nation
Yoga to be celebrated across nation
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  20/06/2020 

The sixth International Day of Yoga (June 21) will be celebrated across the country from June 21-28 under the theme “Yoga from Home”.

Asian Football Federation refuses Vietnam proposal to host AFF Cup 2020
Asian Football Federation refuses Vietnam proposal to host AFF Cup 2020
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  20/06/2020 

The Asian Football Federation (AFF) has turned down a proposal by Vietnam to organise the AFF Cup 2020.

Keedron Bryant: Warner Records signs black protest singer, 12
Keedron Bryant: Warner Records signs black protest singer, 12
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  19/06/2020 

Keedron Bryant's song I Just Wanna Live was posted one day after the death of George Floyd.

Concert in memory of famous songwriter Trinh Cong Son
Concert in memory of famous songwriter Trinh Cong Son
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  19/06/2020 

Dozens of singers and musicians will perform 20 songs by the late songwriter Trinh Cong Son at a concert to be held in Hanoi next week.  

Ngoc Hoa, a volleyball pioneer of Vietnam
Ngoc Hoa, a volleyball pioneer of Vietnam
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  20/06/2020 

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa can't stand still throughout a match. She walks along the court and screams, telling players to take the right positions and what shots to make.

Vietnamese nature pressed in books
Vietnamese nature pressed in books
PHOTOSicon  20/06/2020 

By carefully putting dried flowers, leaves and grass between pages, Hoa la co (Flowers, leaves and grass) workshop has created nature books that have made an impression on international visitors.

Sam Son street carnival attracts over 80 European dancers
Sam Son street carnival attracts over 80 European dancers
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  20/06/2020 

More than 80 European dancers will take part in a street carnival as part of the Sam Son Sea Festival 2020, scheduled to take place between June 26-27 in the north-central coastal province of Thanh Hoa.

Beauty queens return to fashion show following COVID-19 epidemic
Beauty queens return to fashion show following COVID-19 epidemic
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  19/06/2020 

H’Hen Nie, a Top 5 finisher at Miss Universe 2018, was joined by many beauty queens as they returned to the stage for a fashion show held in HCM City following a long suspension to all entertainment activities for the COVID-19 fight.

Foreign media hails Vietnam schoolgirl’s effort to create art from chaos
Foreign media hails Vietnam schoolgirl’s effort to create art from chaos
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  19/06/2020 

Renowned media outlet Reuters of the UK has recently published an article titled “Vietnamese schoolgirl creates art from the chaos of the coronavirus”, 

Musicians perform to thank COVID-19 fighters
Musicians perform to thank COVID-19 fighters
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  19/06/2020 

Vietnam's three biggest orchestras will perform together in a concert at Vietnam National Academy of Music (VNAM)'s Grand Hall today (June 19). 

Classical music group to present “Summer” concert
Classical music group to present “Summer” concert
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  20/06/2020 

The Mai House Philharmonic will hold a “Summer” concert at Mai House on June 27. File photo from the group’s Facebook page

Beekeeping in Ca Mau recognised as national intangible heritage
Beekeeping in Ca Mau recognised as national intangible heritage
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  19/06/2020 

Traditional beekeeping in U Minh and Tran Van Thoi districts in the southernmost province of Ca Mau was recently recognised as a national intangible heritage by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Famous cai luong play on love and crime restaged
Famous cai luong play on love and crime restaged
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  19/06/2020 

The cai luong (reformed opera) play Tướng Cướp Bạch Hải Đường (Bandit Bach Hai Duong), a production by well-known scriptwriter Nguyen Huynh, will be restaged in a new version 61 years after its premiere.

U19 footballers gather ahead of AFC U19 Championship finals
U19 footballers gather ahead of AFC U19 Championship finals
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  18/06/2020 

Head coach of the Vietnam U19 men’s national team Philippe Troussier has called up a large squad of 29 footballers in preparation for the upcoming AFC U19 Championship 2020 finals which are set to get underway in Uzbekistan between October 14-31.

Nearly 2,000 to participate in Tien Phong Marathon 2020
Nearly 2,000 to participate in Tien Phong Marathon 2020
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  18/06/2020 

Nearly 2,000 Vietnamese and foreign people will participate in the Tien Phong Marathon National Championship.

Park Hang-seo number 2 football coach in Southeast Asia
Park Hang-seo number 2 football coach in Southeast Asia
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  18/06/2020 

The head coach of the Thailand national football team Kiatisuk Senamuang has surpassed Park Hang-seo of Vietnam to be named as the most successful national team coach in ASEAN of the past decade, announced by AFF website.

Vietnam Press Museum ready to open
Vietnam Press Museum ready to open
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  18/06/2020 

A number of rare items and documents which mark significant events in the history of the Vietnamese revolutionary press are set to be showcased to guests at the first-ever Vietnam Press Museum in Hanoi.

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN