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Dubai Cup 2022: U23 Vietnam is ready to face U23 Iraq

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Vietnam U23 team mobilizes outstanding players to attend the Dubai Cup 2022 as a preparation step for the goal of SEA Games 31. Photo: VFF

It can be said that this is a training tournament that could not be better for both teams because it will be an opportunity for both teams to test their squads before entering the competition in the U23 Asian Finals in Uzbekistan in early June. . With U23 Vietnam, the Dubai Cup 2022 is also identified as a very important preparation step before the 31st SEA Games. The most prominent players in this tournament will certainly have many opportunities to defend with Vietnamese football. gold medal. This promises to help the red shirt team compete jubilantly.

Because Coach Park Hang-seo is busy leading the Vietnamese team in the final qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup, assistant Lee Young Jin was appointed as the acting head coach to lead Vietnam U23 to compete in the UAE. Mr. Lee’s assistant is compatriot Gong Oh Kyun – who will be the head coach of the U23 Vietnam team to replace Mr. Park after the 31st SEA Games. In the role of “Mr. Park’s brain”, Mr. Lee will experiment and test. capacity of the players in the Dubai Cup 2022, thereby advising Mr. Park on the framework of U23 Vietnam to attend the SEA Games in May.

In the qualifying round of the 2022 Asian U23 Championship in Kyrgyzstan in October 2021, the ability to organize attacks and finish is the biggest weakness of U23 Vietnam. Attending the tournament in the UAE this time, the strikers accounted for the largest with 9 registered strikers in the squad. Besides the faces who participated in the recent Asian U23 qualifier such as Van Dat, Xuan Tu, Thanh Minh, Manh Dung, Viet Cuong, the U23 Vietnam’s offensive line also has the appearance of potential young strikers. such as Van Tung, Quoc Viet, Nguyen Hoang and Minh Khoa. Bringing an abundant attack to Dubai will help coach Lee Young-jin and his associates to freely experiment.

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The match against a strong opponent like Iraq U23 will be a useful rubbing for Vietnam U23 players. Photo: VFF

Dubai Cup 2022 is determined to be a very important preparation step for U23 Vietnam before the 31st SEA Games. However, the four pillars of U23 Vietnam, Thanh Binh, Viet Anh, Van Xuan, and Hoang Anh, cannot attend because are preparing with the Vietnamese team for 2 matches against Oman and Japan in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers. This will be an opportunity for new players such as Duy Cuong, Quang Thinh, Tuan Tai, Van Minh, Xuan Tien.. express yourself.

The match against a strong opponent like Iraq U23 will be a useful rubbing for Vietnam U23 players. It will be a “high dose reagent” for them to know their advantages and limitations. This is also an opportunity for the “heroes” who have just helped Vietnam U23 win the Southeast Asian U23 Championship in Cambodia to affirm their professional capacity, thereby being able to catch the “blue eyes” of the coaching staff.

U23 Vietnam’s opponent, Iraq U23, is highly appreciated when it comes to possessing a force with outstanding physique and playing with strength and speed. The advantage of this team is its ability to adapt well to the climate in West Asia. U23 Iraq has up to 5 players playing in Europe, including the central defender duo Cardo Siddik (Crystal Palace, England) – Martin Haddad (Orebro Syrianska, Sweden) and 3 midfielders Merchas Doski (Wacker Innsbruck, Austria), Alexander Aoraha (Queens Park Rangers, England) and Hiran Ahmed (Thun, Switzerland).

With Iraq U23, through the 2022 Dubai Cup, they want to review the squad, accurately assess the stars playing abroad, before heading to the final round of the U23 Asia 2022 taking place in early June in Uzbekistan. .

Historically, U23 Vietnam eliminated Iraq U23 after the penalty shootout in the quarter-finals of the 2018 Asian U23 Championship. At that time, coach Park Hang-seo’s teachers and students drew a much more appreciated opponent than this 3 – 3 after 120 minutes before winning in a series of kicks from the 11m mark.

The match between U23 Vietnam and U23 Iraq at the Dubai Cup 2022 will take place at 23:00 on March 23 at Al Awir Stadium (UAE).

According to the draw results of the final round of the U23 Asian Cup 2022., U23 Vietnam is in Group C with U23 Korea, U23 Thailand and U23 Malaysia. Meanwhile, U23 Iraq is in Group B with U23 Jordan, U23 Australia and U23 Kuwait.

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