The Viet Nam Football Federation announced some days ago coach Phan Thanh Hung to take over the national football team. Hung replaced German coach Falko Goetz. Finding a head coach for the national team has been a tough task. The high salary demanded by foreign coaches has shifted the focus to local coaches, but according to a VFF rules, the candidates cannot be in charge of a club at the same time. Vietnamese football is growing: Viet Nam is 97th in the FIFA rankings, the seventh consecutive month they has been placed atop Southeast Asia since December 2011. In the same time, members of VFF and Viet Nam Professional Football are ready to leave for Japan on June 14 to learn more about the J-League system. Phan Thanh Hung, coach of 2010 V-League champions Hanoi T&T, showed confidence about to get a good results on 2012 ASEAN Football Federation Cup. Hung will start his job leading Viet Nam in the next friendly matches against China on June 8 and Hong Kong on June 10, two warm-up games for the Southeast Asian Football Federation Cup. His first 22-member team’s outing is:
Goalie: Hong Son, Manh Dung
Defenders: Phuoc Vinh, Bat Hieu, Viet Cuong, Dinh Dong, Minh Duc, Hong Tien, Quang Thanh, Chi Cong
Midfielders: Ngoc Duy, Duy Nam, Sy Cuong, Van Quat, Trong Hoang, Van Binh, Thanh Luong, Thanh Hung, Tan Tai.
Forwards: Anh Duc, Viet Thang, Cong Vinh
Among the players, Van Binh, Ngoc Duy, Duy Nam, Hong Tien, Bat Hieu, Phuoc Vinh and Sy Cuong get their first call.