Miura targets to lift HCM City to third place

The 54-year-old Japanese announced this after signing a two-year contract with the club in HCM City on January 5. The appointment of the former Vietnam coach is another sign of HCM’s ambition after their third-from-bottom finish in the 14-team V.League 1 last year. “I am very glad and excited to return to Vietnam to train HCM City. I am eager to begin work and meet Vietnamese fans again,” said Miura. “Last year, the club didn’t finish high in the table, so I have to improve gradually. Our first goal is to enter the top five and then top three in the league this year, and then win the league in the future and compete in Asian events,” said Miura. “I came here to help HCM City become a strong club and develop to a new height,” Miura added. Le Cong Vinh, acting chairman of HCM City, was coached by Miura and invited him to return to Vietnam two years after his dismissal by the national side. Miura was manager both the national and U23 squads of Vietnam in 2014-16. However he was fired before his contract expired due to poor results. Vietnam lost both games against Thailand during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifications and performed poorly against Australia and Jordan during the AFC-U23 Championships in 2016. However, under the guidance of Miura, Vietnam came third in the AFF championship in 2014 and won the bronze medal in the Southeast Asian Games in 2015. At the press conference on January 5, HCM City also announced new…

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