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FIFA World Cup 2022 – News – Veteran playmaker Nguyen leads charge as Vietnam chase history

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FIFA World Cup 2022™ - News - Veteran playmaker Nguyen leads charge as Vietnam chase history
  • Nguyen Trong Hoang is probably the most capped participant on the present Vietnam squad
  • Midfielder has figured prominently of their qualifying marketing campaign
  • He goals to assist Vietnam to maiden development into the decisive third spherical

Vietnam midfielder Nguyen Trong Hoang enters Friday’s penultimate sport towards Malaysia in Asia’s second spherical of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ realizing that his nation are on the verge of creating history.

With two attracts and 4 victories, together with Monday’s 4-0 rout of eradicated Indonesia, Park Hangseo’s Golden Star Warriors are sitting prime of a difficult Group G main hosts United Arab Emirates and the likes of Thailand and Malaysia by two and 5 factors respectively.

A victory towards the Malayan Tigers is prone to seal their maiden development into the following spherical – at the very least as probably the greatest runners-up – forward of the closing sport towards United Arab Emirates 4 days later.

“Vietnam have never reached the decisive [World Cup] qualifying round before,” the 32-yr-outdated Viettel winger, who missed the Indonesia sport resulting from suspension, informed FIFA.com. “However, we are actually seeing the possibility of progressing to the following stage for the primary time in history. Playing within the World Cup is the nationwide dream for us Vietnamese. So we play with the nation’s dream to grasp.

“[Before arriving in UAE], coach Park had stated the ambitions of grabbing at least six points from the three remaining matches,” he went on. “This is also the goal of the team. We always set the ultimate goals for each match. My team-mates and I will do whatever we can to do our country and supporters proud.”


Vietnam vs United Arab Emirates, 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying

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Leading by expertise

Those following Vietnam’s sport carefully are conscious of how vital Nguyen is to the group. Indeed, in coach Park’s largely younger line-up – almost half of that are beneath 23-years-outdated – Nguyen is a cornerstone determine. With 70 worldwide appearances, he’s the present group’s most skilled participant.

And he’s no stranger on the World Cup qualifying scene, having featured for his nation of their bid for the previous two international extravaganzas. Notably, he was heading in the right direction in a 2-1 defeat of Qatar on the highway to Brazil 2014. In this qualifying marketing campaign for Qatar 2022, Nguyen began in all the opening 5 fixtures as Vietnam emerged as the shock leaders with an undefeated document, together with a spirited 1-0 defeat of the UAE.

“Yes, I have played for the national team for many years. But in our team, every player is playing an important role,” mentioned a modest Nguyen, who was at pains to downplay his position for the group. “We are parts of a machine and we need to connect well to be at our strongest. Personally, I will try my best and share my experiences with my youth team-mates.”

Progress beneath Park

Vietnam have made outstanding progress since Park took over in 2017. Under the South Korean supervisor, they reached the final eight on the 2019 AFC Asian Cup solely to be edged out by eventual champions Japan 1-0. Even extra thrilling is the truth that a bunch of youth skills have been nurtured and kind the spine of the present nationwide group.

“Many said that the biggest progress the team have made are in tactical terms,” continued Nguyen. “And we have improved a lot physically, too. We are better in many details like controlling of the ball, passing and even throw-ins. Last but not least, the chemistry in the team is very good.”

Notable amongst Vietnam’s hottest prospects are Nguyen Tien Linh and Nguyen Van Toan, each of whom figured towards Indonesia with the previous breaking the impasse. “They are very talented youngsters. Both of them have good technique and vision and are physically strong. They are the hopes for the future of the Vietnam team.”


Vietnam vs Indonesia, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying

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Brilliant kind

If Nguyen’s kind with Viettel prior to now V.League 1 season is something to go by, he seems to be set to steer the group to unprecedented qualifying success. He excelled all through the league marketing campaign, serving to the aspect to their first home title in 2020.

“I have won four league titles with three different clubs. But with Viettel it was different. After all, it was only their second season in the top flight. In Viettel, our slogan is ‘Shine for a second’ so I really want to keep moving forward and achieving fresh goals [in this World Cup qualifying].”


Thailand vs Vietnam, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying

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