Vietnam to play Barcelona in Hanoi in May 2008

Vietnam may play a friendly match against Spanish Primera Liga club Barcelona in Hanoi next May, Vietnam Football Federation’s media department told Vienam News. VFF Chairman Nguyen Trong Hy met Barcelona’s marketing representative, Joshua Thomson, in Hanoi last Sunday to discuss future co-operation between the two sides. During the meeting, Spanish representatives announced they will assist the VFF with coach training. Hy, who is the newly promoted Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, invited the Spanish club to send its best stars to a friendly match against Vietnam in mid-May next year.

Thanh Nien News further reported that reported that Thomson told VFF that Barcelona would "tap the Vietnamese market" and suggested organising a friendly match in mid-May between the Vietnamese national team and a Barcelona squad. Leaders of the two sides also discussed the possibility of opening a football academy in Hanoi under technical and professional assistance from Barcelona. /div>