Vietnam calls up 22 players to prepare for FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021

Monday, 2021-07-19 15:14:05
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Vietnamese players celebrate with joy after beating Lebanon in the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup play-off in May 2021. (Photo: VFF)
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NDO – The Vietnamese futsal team are set to reconvene for training on Tuesday (July 20) with 22 players in preparation for the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup, to be hosted by Lithuania from September 12 to October 3.

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Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, matches in the return leg of the 2021 HDBank National Futsal Championship still cannot go ahead as planned. This has led to difficulties in the professional work of the team, especially in selecting forces as well as maintaining players’ form.

Therefore, with the consent of the competent agencies, the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) has decided to create conditions for coach Pham Minh Giang’s troops to reconvene two weeks earlier than the original plan (August 2), aiming to give them more time to train, hone their skills and tactics, and enhance their fitness levels.

As the domestic tournament has been temporarily suspended to serve COVID-19 prevention and control, it is not surprising that the players summoned for the camp are those who competed in the World Cup play-off against Lebanon nearly two months ago, together with the return of Pham Van Tu (Goleiro), Nhan Gia Hung (Fixo), Tu Minh Quang (Ala), and Nguyen Tran Duy and Nguyen Thinh Phat (Pivo).

To ensure pandemic prevention and control, this morning (July 19), all team members were sampled for RT-PCR tests. Tomorrow, if having negative results for SARS-CoV-2, the entire squad will start training at the National Sports Training Centre in Ho Chi Minh City until August 24 before leaving for Spain for overseas training the following day.

During their stay in Spain, Giang’s side will join Japan, Guatemala and Spain in a friendly tournament from August 28 to 31. Concluding the competition, the Vietnamese team will play another international friendly on September 3, possibly meeting the Cordoba Club from the Spanish futsal championship.

They will then fly to Lithuania for the last phase of preparations for the 2021 Futsal World Cup. If everything goes to plan, the Vietnamese team will have a last-minute friendly against Morocco, scheduled for September 6.

Vietnam have been drawn into Group D, together with Brazil, Panama, and the Czech Republic, in the upcoming 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup. (Photo: FIFA)

According to the draw for the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup, Vietnam will be joined by five-time champions Brazil, Panama and the Czech Republic in Group D. As a powerhouse in the sport, it is almost certain that Brazil will capture one of Group D’s two qualification slots in the knockout round. Vietnam, the Czech Republic and Panama will battle one another for the remaining slot.

As scheduled, Vietnam will kick-start their Group D campaign with a clash against Brazil on September 13 before taking on Panama and the Czech Republic on September 16 and 19, respectively.