SEA Games 29: Thai football team brimming with confidence

VietNamNet Bridge – There are some badminton players from around the world who are regarded as true legends, and this elite group has been in the forefront of the game for many years. Volley: Viet Nam’s badminton legend Nguyen Tien Minh will take part in the Olympic Games this summer in Brazil. – Photo: VNS They have played with style and brilliance that has captivated spectators in tournaments around the world, and have remained at the top of the world rankings for more than a decade. Audiences around the world cherish the memories of the breath-taking rallies and thrilling matches that these players have competed in. It will not be an exaggeration to say that they have helped shape the history of the game as it is played today. Nguyen Tien Minh may not have reached that level, but in Viet Nam he is really a legend, a big status on the national badminton scene. The 33-year-old will take part in his third Olympic Games in a row this summer in Brazil. With this remarkable achievement Minh has set a record in the national sporting history as the first ever sportsman to represent Viet Nam in three Olympics. "It is the largest sporting event in the world, and it is every sportsman’s dream to take part in it once in a lifetime. It is my third time so the happiness is multiplied three times and I am the first Vietnamese to do that," Minh said. He took part in the…... [read more]

Volleyball aficionados will have the chance to enjoy thrilling matches between some of the best clubs in Asia, as the 2015 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship is schedule to be held in the northern province of Ha Nam from September 12-20. Jointly held by the Vietnam Volleyball Association and the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the annual continental competition will attract nine teams, Hisamitsu (Japan), Zhejiang (China), Bangkok Glass (Thailand), Taiwan Power (Taiwan, China), 4.25 Sports Club (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), Islamic Azad University (Iran), Zhettysu (Kazakhstan), Petro Blaze Spikers (the Philippines) and Thong Tin Lienvietpostbank (Vietnam). The winner will pocket the only ticket to compete in the 2016 edition of the FIVB’s Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship, which is slated for October 2016. According to the organising board, meticulous logistics and security preparations have been made to leave lasting impressions on participants. To draw audiences, free entrance tickets are being offered for all matches during the event. VNA... [read more]

Volleyball aficionados will have the chance to enjoy thrilling matches between some of the best clubs in Asia, as the 2015 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship is set to be held in the northern province of Ha Nam from September 12-20. Jointly held by the Vietnam Volleyball Association and the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the annual continental competition will attract nine teams, Hisamitsu (Japan), Zhejiang (China), Bangkok Glass (Thailand), Taiwan Power (Taiwan, China), 4.25 Sports Club (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), Islamic Azad University (Iran), Zhettysu (Kazakhstan), Petro Blaze Spikers (the Philippines) and Thong Tin Lienvietpostbank (Vietnam). The winner will pocket the only ticket to compete in the 2016 edition of the FIVB’s Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship, which is slated for October 2016. According to the organising board, meticulous logistics and security preparations have been made to leave lasting impressions on participants. To draw audiences, free entrance tickets are being offered for all matches during the event.... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam's national futsal team lost to Croatia 3-8 in their third friendly match during a training course in Croatia on Thursday, Feb 12. Vietnam lost to Croatia in their third friendly match on Thursday. — Photo vff.org.vn The two teams played a thrilling match with spectacular attacks. However, the skilful and tall Croatian players took full advantage of visitors' errors to score their goals. Vietnam's three goals were scored by Trong Luan, Ngoc Son and Anh Tung. Earlier, Vietnam were beaten by world No 16 Croatia 3-6 in the first friendly match, and then defeated world No 14 Slovenia 6-4 in their second friendly match. It was the first time that the Vietnamese team was taking part in a friendly event with strong European rivals. It was a good opportunity for them to hone their skills and gain experience for the upcoming 2015 ASEAN futsal championships, and the 2016 Asian futsal championships' qualifying round. The team will return home today, Feb 14, to celebrate Tet. Source: VNS... [read more]

World number one Rafael Nadal stormed into the semi-finals of the Madrid Masters on Friday with his 17th consecutive win over Tomas Berdych, 6-4, 6-2. Rafael Nadal returns a ball to Czech tennis player Thomas Berdych during the men's singles quarter-final tennis match of the Madrid Masters at the Magic Box (Caja Magica) sports complex in Madrid. (AFP/JAVIER SORIANO) MADRID: World number one Rafael Nadal stormed into the semi-finals of the Madrid Masters on Friday with his 17th consecutive win over Tomas Berdych, 6-4, 6-2. Maria Sharapova also booked her place in the last four of the Madrid Open with a three-set win over Li Na, but top seed and reigning champion Serena Williams was forced to pull out due to a thigh injury. Despite coming into the tournament with doubts following surprise defeats to David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro in recent weeks, Nadal has looked in fine form in the Spanish capital as he has cruised into the last four without the loss of a set. "I just managed to go over the barrier of the quarter-finals against a difficult opponent which I haven't done for a couple of weeks so I'm very happy abut that," said Nadal. "Now I just need to make that effort once more tomorrow. I have to keep on going on in the manner that I have so far this week, which means getting better a little each day." The 13-time Grand Slam champion will meet compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut on Saturday for a…... [read more]

Andy Murray pulled off a dramatic comeback from two sets down to beat Fernando Verdasco in the Wimbledon quarter-finals and keep up home hopes of a first British champion since 1936. Andy Murray pulled off a dramatic comeback from two sets down to beat Fernando Verdasco in the Wimbledon quarter-finals and keep up home hopes of a first British champion since 1936. The second seed defeated the 54th-ranked Spaniard 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 in a thrilling match on Centre Court that lasted nearly three and a half hours. Murray faces Poland's Jerzy Janowicz in Friday's semi-finals after the 24th seed beat compatriot Lukasz Kubot in straight sets. "I came through an incredibly tough match. It could have gone the other way. I found a way to get through and that's all you need," said Murray, the US Open and Olympic champion. "I started to play more solid and really took my time when I had the chance. "Towards the end it was an unbelievable atmosphere. It was great to get through that one." With closest rivals Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga already out of his half of the draw, the weight of expectation from British fans and media was all on the 26-year-old's shoulders. "I know how good these players are and it's everyone else who keeps trying to say that they're not," he said of his opponents, calling Verdasco "incredibly dangerous". Fans inside the 15,000-seater court were on their feet as Murray came back from the…... [read more]

Lionel Messi scored another hat-trick as Barcelona came away with a 5-4 win at Deportivo in a thrilling match. Barca continued their unbeaten start to the season but were made to work hard for their win after going 3-0 up inside 20 minutes through Jordi Alba, Cristian Tello and Messi. Pizzi started the Depor fightback from the penalty spot after a clumsy slide challenge from Javier Mascherano and Alex Bergantinos made it 3-2 before Messi added another just ahead of the break. Pizzi got his second of the night two minutes after half-time with a fine free-kick and it was left to Messi to hammer his hat-trick in the 77th minute to put them to bed. Depor were not done though and Alba's lobbed own goal made it 5-4, but they could not muster the all-important equaliser. Earlier, Gonzalo Higuain's cross-cum-shot and a penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo helped injury-hit Real Madrid to a comfortable, if uninspiring, 2-0 victory over Celta Vigo. The recent international break has left Madrid short of options at the back, with full-backs Marcelo, Fabio Coentrao and Alvaro Arbeloa facing spells on the sidelines, but they attacked from the off although Higuain's 11th-minute opener was a touch fortunate. Ronaldo netted from the spot midway through the second half to settle matters after Mesut Ozil tumbled in the area following a rather innocuous challenge from defender Gustavo Cabral. Valencia snatched a 3-2 victory away from 10-man Athletic Bilbao with two late goals in a match between two of…... [read more]

Novak Djokovic exacted revenge on Andy Murray for his U.S. Open final defeat by saving five match points to outlast the Briton 5-7 7-6 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters title on Sunday. Photo: REUTERS The resilient Serbian fought back from the brink of defeat, trailing by a set and 5-3 before staving four match points in the tiebreak to force a tense decider. The world number two then broke Murray, winner in Shanghai for the last two years, in the seventh game and again at 5-3, prevailing on his third match point to triumph when his opponent went long. Djokovic had lost to Murray in their last two meetings, the U.S. Open final at Flushing Meadows in September in which the Scot secured his first grand-slam triumph, and the semi-finals of the Olympics in London. "It was a thrilling match...very long - 3 1/2 hrs for best of three is quite long. But I have got used to it," Djokovic said. "Whenever I play Andy I know it's going to be a gruelling fight, a lot of long rallies. It could have gone either way. "I could not say I dominated the match because all three sets were very close and he had some match points and opportunities to finish the match. I could have easily been a runner-up today but I'm very proud of my fight." An extraordinary topsy-turvy first set featured seven breaks, both players gaining an advantage before handing it straight back. Djokovic led 2-0, world…... [read more]

Petra Kvitova helped the Czech Republic reach the Hopman Cup final on Friday, defeating world number one Caroline Wozniacki in another sign the Dane's days at the top may be numbered. The most-anticipated match of the tournament lived up to expectations, with the left-handed Czech Republic player and world number two triumphing 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 6-4, in two hours and 16 minutes. In the men's singles, Tomas Berdych secured the Czech Republic's place in the final, with a straight sets win over Frederik Nielsen, 6-1, 6-3. The third match in the tie, the dead mixed doubles rubber, was not played. World number seven Berdych had shown some indifferent form in the other group ties -- 76th-ranked Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov took him to three sets in a match lasting over two hours -- but he made quick work of the Dane. In Saturday's final, the top seeded Czech duo will meet second seeds France, represented by Marion Bartoli and Richard Gasquet, who have shown impressive form in their group ties against Spain, Australia and China. Although no ranking points were on offer in the women's match, the two 21-year-olds played as if there were, trading blows from the back of the court in a thrilling match, and Kvitova's jubilation at victory told a tale. Both players had played down the significance of the match before, but Kvitova admitted it was a nice fillip ahead of the Australian Open, starting Monday week in Melbourne. "It was a great match from both of…... [read more]

Thousands of badminton fans in Ho Chi Minh City were Wednesday treated to a thrilling friendly match between Peter Hoeg Gade, the world number 4 of Denmark and the world number 7 of Vietnam, Nguyen Tien Minh at Phan Dinh Phung stadium. Danish Crown Prince Frederik and Vietnamese former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai were also among the spectators to watch the friendly game to mark 40 years of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Denmark. Minh was beaten 2-1 (21-18, 19-21, 21-14) by the Dane ace star after an extremely thrilling match they dedicated to the audiences. At the end of the match, Crown Prince Frederik presented VND85 million (US$4,000) to the Young Talent Development Fund of the municipal Badminton Federation. Earlier Vietnamese badminton veteran Ho Van Loi defeated Danish former Olympic champion Hoyer Larsen 2-0 in a friendly demonstrative match.... [read more]




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