-- 27-year-old basketball player Diep Phuoc Loc of the Soc Trang squad on Sunday suddenly died when he was sitting on the substitute’s bench at the provincial stadium.
The tragedy occurred when Loc’s team and rival Hau Giang entered the third round of the game at the Geru Sport Tournament, said his coach Huynh Long Bao.
“Loc had earlier warmed up with his teammates, but had yet to play any minutes in the game,” said Bao.
“He was immediately hospitalized after falling off the bench, yet it was too late.”
Tran Van Hung, deputy head of the Soc Trang Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism quoted the local general hospital conclusion as saying that Diep had suffered from a coronary.
-- Emil Le Giang, a Slovak-Vietnamese football player, arrived at HCMC-based Tan Son Nhat International Airport yesterday to begin his journey of seeking a chance to play in the country’s top-tier football league, the V-League Eximbank 2012.
The 21-year-old forward is renowned at home for his incredible goal-hunting ability. He used to wear the captain band on the U-16 and U-17 Slovak national football squad, and has generated interest from several major European football clubs, such as Lazio, Ajax, and Juventus.
As scheduled, Emil Le Giang will have three weeks to seek an internship at one of the clubs in the V-League.
“I am happy to return to Vietnam, not only to reunite with my relatives after 10 years, but also to find a chance to play football at my homeland,” said the footballer, who was born to a Vietnamese man and a Slovak linguist.
Emil Le Giang at the airport. Photo: Tuoi Tre
-- Turkish Airlines yesterday organized an event for local fans of the UK-based Manchester United football club to meet with the clubs’ renowned players Irwin and Gordon McQueen, as part of their visit to Vietnam under the “Manchester United 19 Times Premier League” trophy global tour.
At the meeting, local fans also had the chance to observe first-hand the honorable trophy of the Premier League, and listen to the players’ share memorable stories from their football careers.
Vietnam is amongst 27 destinations of the 48,000-mile tour. Others stops include India, Turkey, Korea, Japan, Norway, and Africa.