Vietnam to face Brazil in Futsal World Cup

Vietnam will face five-time Futsal World Cup winners Brazil in this year's tournament in Lithuania.

Vietnam to face Brazil in Futsal World Cup

The Southeast Asian team were placed in Group D alongside futsal royalty Brazil, Panama and the Czech Republic during a draw held on Monday in Zurich.

A total of 24 teams in six groups will compete in the tournament in September. The two best teams of each group and the top four third-placed sides will go through to the knockout rounds.

"Group D is not too difficult but also not an easy one. If there are no surprises, Brazil will take top place. Vietnam will vie with the other two for a berth in the last eight," said Tran Anh Tu, head of the Vietnam Football Federation's Futsal Department.

"The Czech Republic are really strong. We need one point from them. Meanwhile, we must beat Panama who are similar to Guatemala (who lost to Vietnam in the previous World Cup group stage). We hope we can repeat our fairy tale from five years ago," Tu said.

World No 43 Vietnam will face Brazil, No 2, on September 13, then Panama, No 37, on September 16 and finally the Czech side, No 16, three days later.

Head coach Pham Minh Giang said it would be a tough task for Vietnam to get out of the group and detailed planning was required.

"Brazil and the Czech Republic are powerful. The former are five-time champions. The latter just eliminated powerhouses Italy in the European qualifier. Only Panama are the same level as Vietnam," said Giang.

"We will play on the counter-attack and defend our goal as best as we can and minimise goal conceded from Brazil and the Czechs. It would be great to earn one point against the Czech Republic.

"We must beat Panama with the maximum possible score to be among the top four third-placed teams who will advance to the next round. My first act is to research them carefully and then produce suitable tactics. As I regularly watch competitions, Panama are home to quality players but they lack team spirit," he said.

 

Brazil have played in every World Cup and won the tournament three times in a row in 1989, 1992 and 1996. Their two other crowns were in 2008 and 2012. 

Brazil have played Vietnam twice. The Vietnamese came out on to 3-2 in the HCM City International Futsal Tournament in 2013 but Brazil cruised to an 8-1 win at the Grand Prix a year later. 

It will be the third World Cup for Panama. They advanced to the quarter-finals in their debut in 2012 and four years later, they went out in the group stages.

The Czech Republic will compete in their fourth World Cup this September. Previously, they played in 2004, 2008 and 2012.

Vietnam secured their first World Cup berth in 2016 and reached the quarter-finals in Colombia, losing to eventual silver medal winners Russia. 

Giang and his players are in quarantine in HCM City now after returning home from the World Cup playoff in the UAE where they defeated Lebanon to advance.

After that, they will prepare for the tournament and will have a training camp in Spain if the COVID-19 pandemic is under control in August.

The World Cup will be held in Kaunas, Vilnius and Klaipeda from September 12 with the final set to be played at Kaunas Arena on October 3.

VNS

Vietnam win berth for 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup

Vietnam win berth for 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup

Vietnam secured a 1-1 tie with Lebanon in the return leg of their playoff on May 25, clinching a berth for the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup finals for the second time, thanks to the away goals rule.

 
 

Other News

.
Paintings portray inspiring stories during pandemic
Paintings portray inspiring stories during pandemic
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  30/06/2021 

Inspiring images of a doctor wearing PPE feeding a COVID-19-infected baby, shops offering free lunches and rice ATMs are some of the inspirations for painter Le Sa Long’s recent artworks about the pandemic.

Women’s football team in group B of AFC Women’s Asian Cup
Women’s football team in group B of AFC Women’s Asian Cup
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  30/06/2021 

The Vietnamese national football women’s football team have been drawn in Group B of the qualifying round of 2022 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women’s Asian Cup.

Vietnamese woman debuts in multinational K-pop music group
Vietnamese woman debuts in multinational K-pop music group
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  30/06/2021 

Beating thousands of other competitors from different Asian countries, Vietnamese woman Tran Nguyen Tram Anh has been selected to be a member of the K-pop multinational music group Beauty Box.

Vietnam Film Festival 2021 to begin on September 12
Vietnam Film Festival 2021 to begin on September 12
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  29/06/2021 

The 22nd version of the Vietnam Film Festival is scheduled to take place in Thua Thien-Hue between September 12 and September 16, with the event featuring the best local movies released over the past two years.

SEA Games 31 expected to be held in April or May 2022
SEA Games 31 expected to be held in April or May 2022
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  29/06/2021 

The 31st SEA Games hosted by Vietnam later this year is likely to be postponed until April or May 2022.

Murals in Hanoi convey message of fighting Covid-19
Murals in Hanoi convey message of fighting Covid-19
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  29/06/2021 

A 100-metre-long wall on Vu Trong Khanh Street in Hanoi's Ha Dong District, is now painted with colorful images that spread a message of fighting COVID-19. It is a work by the Hanoi Youth Union.

Vietnamese fashion designer’s collection launched in Milan
Vietnamese fashion designer’s collection launched in Milan
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  29/06/2021 

The collection called "Quintessence" by Vietnamese designer Phan Dang Hoang is one of the top 30 best collections voted on by the fashion council, with representatives from the LVMH group, Versace, and Vogue Italy.

Special online concert to support COVID-19 Vaccine Fund
Special online concert to support COVID-19 Vaccine Fund
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  29/06/2021 

An online international symphony concert connecting Vietnam with the world was held on Sunday evening to support the COVID-19 Vaccine Fund, the largest-ever vaccination campaign in the country.

Luy Lau ceramics feature the soul of an ancient citadel
Luy Lau ceramics feature the soul of an ancient citadel
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  29/06/2021 

Luy Lau, a line of ancient ceramics from the northern province of Bac Ninh's Thuan Thanh District is reviving its historical, cultural and artistic values after many ups and downs, 

Online music show evokes beautiful memories
Online music show evokes beautiful memories
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  28/06/2021 

Vietnamese singers are being featured in a YouTube show which reminds people of beautiful memories of their youth.

New art space opens in Northwest
New art space opens in Northwest
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  28/06/2021 

Known as one of the leading pianists in Vietnam, Pho An My creates her art in a separate and unique way. 

Turning driftwood into works of art
Turning driftwood into works of art
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  29/06/2021 

The statues of 12 oriental zodiac animals, carved from giant tree stumps found at the bottom of the Tien River, impresses visitors to My Luong ecotourism site located in Cho Moi District in the southern province of An Giang.

Does Vietnam need two national football teams?
Does Vietnam need two national football teams?
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  28/06/2021 

Is the idea of setting up two national football squads to play at the AFF Cup and the 2022 World Cup qualifiers possible?

Referee Le just wants to run good, clean fights
Referee Le just wants to run good, clean fights
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  28/06/2021 

With a passion for her career as a boxing referee, 1-star International Boxing Association (AIBA) referee and judge, Bui Thi Nhat Le, just wants to referee good, clean fights to help the sport progress.

Vietnam move up one place to 32nd in FIFA Women’s Rankings
Vietnam move up one place to 32nd in FIFA Women’s Rankings
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  28/06/2021 

Vietnam climbed one place to 32nd in the latest FIFA women’s rankings released on June 25.

French museum hosts exhibition on painter Mai Trung Thu
French museum hosts exhibition on painter Mai Trung Thu
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  27/06/2021 

The Ursulines Museum in France is currently exhibiting paintings by Vietnamese master Mai Trung Thu, the first retrospective ever in Macon City.

Exhibition links young Belgian and Vietnamese people
Exhibition links young Belgian and Vietnamese people
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  27/06/2021 

Young European and Vietnamese have the chance to spark conversations about values in a pandemic-hit world through a project supported by the Belgian embassy.

Ministry proposes financial support for artists and tour guides
Ministry proposes financial support for artists and tour guides
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  26/06/2021 

Performing artists and tour guides who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic should be added to the Government's list of financial aid beneficiaries, according to a recent proposal from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

People adapt to pandemic with home exercise routines
People adapt to pandemic with home exercise routines
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  26/06/2021 

With gyms closed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are exercising at home to stay in shape.

Still no fixed date for upcoming 31st SEA Games
Still no fixed date for upcoming 31st SEA Games
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTSicon  25/06/2021 

Representatives of Southeast Asian (SEA) nations have yet to set the official date for the 31st SEA Games following hosts Vietnam’s proposal to postpone the event due to COVID-19,

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN