Deputy PM cries ‘Vietnam still wins’ after defeat to Uzbekistan

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam came on stage at the end of the U23 Asian Cup final on Saturday and shouted “Victory for Vietnam” even though the national football team had lost 1-2 to Uzbekistan.  The deputy PM had joined other 40,000 Vietnamese fans to watch the live broadcast at My Dinh National Stadium, despite the rain in Hanoi.  He went on to read the names of every football player in the team, which has become the source of national pride after it broke one record after another, marking the first time a Southeast Asian team qualified to the semifinal, let alone of finishing second in the championship. Deputy PM Dam previously took to the streets on January 23 when Vietnam won the semifinal against Qatar, surprising many fans around Hoan Kiem Lake. He wore red and waved the national flag alongside the mostly young crowd.  He once emphasized that Vietnamese football should be “beautiful, honest and precise”, meaning players need to be trained not only on strategy but also morality, culture, health and fitness. Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh also cried out “Vietnam still wins”, as he expressed great respect for the team.  “Competing in two hours with such strength is already amazing. It’s beyond the physical strength of the Vietnamese players. Congratulations to the Vietnam U23! It’s already a success that we won second place. Vietnam still wins!,” said Deputy PM Minh after the end of the match.  Vietnam’s Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh shares joy as Vietnam scores… [Read full story]


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