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HAGL face tough challenge in opening match – coaches Kiatisuk and Tuan Anh have clothing issues

27 Apr 2022 | 08:11 | LATEST POSTS

HAGL vs Yokohama F. Marinos: The first difficulty

After a lapse of 17 years, HAGL has the opportunity to return to Asia’s first club-level competition – the AFC Champions League. The teachers and students of Coach Kiatisak Senamuang are the only representatives of Vietnamese football to participate in this prestigious playground.

In this memorable comeback, however, the Nui football team will face a formidable challenge.

As such, HAGL had to face Japan’s “big man” Yokohama Mariners in their first match in Group H. The Yokohama Mariners are Japan’s top team that has won the J-League title four times.

In the Asian arena (AFC Champions League), the team’s best result is 2 runners-up.

HAGL face tough challenge in opening match - coaches Kiatisuk and Tuan Anh have clothing issues
HAGL faced a tough challenge in their first AFC Champions League match.

The Yokohama Mariners are also performing very well at present, ranking second in the J League 1 table with 18 points in 10 games, scoring 17 goals and conceding 11 goals. There is no doubt that the Japanese team is more appreciated than HAGL.

The Vietnamese representative entered the 2022 V-League with the mentality of being a title candidate after a fantastic season.

However, the performance of Xuan Chang and his teammates disappointed the fans. After 4 rounds, they only scored 3 points, and they did not win or score in the first 3 games.

However, with the excitement of participating in the prestigious playground and the addition of a foreign soldier to the continental arena, this is also an opportunity for HAGL to improve its offensive and defensive capabilities.

Coach Chiatisak’s teachers and students will also be greeted with cheers from the home crowd, looking forward to a positive result in the opening game of the 2022 AFC Champions League.

possible team

  • Huang Yingjialai: Tuan Linh, Hong Duy, Huu Tuan, Kim Dong Su, Mauricio, Van Thanh, Cong Phuong, Tuan Anh, Jefferson, Brandao, Van Toan.
  • Yokohama F.Marinos: Takaoka, Nagato, Kakuda, Hataka, Koike, Iwata, Kida, Nakagawa, Nishimura, Mizunuma, Lopez.

Coach Kiatisuk and Tuan Anh have clothing issues

On the morning of April 15, the Group H press conference was held at Tongyi Stadium (HCMC). HAGL is expected to attend a press conference at 12pm after the Jeonbuk and Sydney clubs. However, Coach Kiatisuk’s teachers and students were nearly 20 minutes late due to clothing issues. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) does not allow HAGL to wear jerseys with team sponsor logos.

Coaches Kiatisuk and Tuan Anh had to use duct tape to cover the signs before the organisers could supervise them. This goes to the press conference.

HAGL face tough challenge in opening match - coaches Kiatisuk and Tuan Anh have clothing issues
Before the 2022 AFC Champions League Group H press conference, Dr. Lin Dongxuan helped teacher and coach Kiatisuk with clothing issues.

In addition to sponsorship and image issues, the AFC Champions League has strict regulations at other stages. All teams must operate in a closed environment according to the bubble rule. Journalists working at the games must also test negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours.

On April 14, the AFC also scrutinized the organization at Tongyi Stadium. Grass, spectator seats… are all checked before the official game. On April 16, HAGL will usher in the first game of the 2022 AFC Champions League. Coach Chiati Suk’s teacher and student opponent is the Japanese representative Yokohama Mariners.

Cong Phuong and Chanathip are among the most watched players in the AFC Champions League

Before the start of the AFC Champions League group stage, the AFC homepage recently listed the 6 most-watched players in the eastern region group stage.

In this list, Cong Phuong is honored to be present. Besides Cong Phuong, there are also very famous names such as Iniesta (Visit Kobe), Chanathip Songkrasin (Kawasaki Frontale), Mathew Leckie (Melbourne City), Jun Amano (Ulsan Hyundai) and Dejan Damjanovic (Kitchee SC).

AFC homepage comments on Cong Phuong: “Vietnam Telecom striker Nguyen Cong Phuong, who was only 27 years old, had time to play abroad in Japan, South Korea, Belgium, etc. at a very young age. However, until now, he is also about to have a game. Let his 12-year-old follow suit. The HAGL club, where Tongfang started his career, made his first appearance in the AFC Champions League.

HAGL face tough challenge in opening match - coaches Kiatisuk and Tuan Anh have clothing issues
Cong Phuong played in the AFC Cup with HCM City.

The strength of each team in the HAGL group participates

The three clubs from Japan, South Korea and Australia are strong representatives of football development powers in the African continent. In terms of rank relevance, South Korea’s Jeonbuk Hyundai Motor scored the highest.

South Korea won the AFC Champions League twice in 2006 and 2016. Followed by Yokohama Mariners, the club has always been in the strongest group in the J-League. Finally, there is Sydney FC, the team that has won the Australian Championship multiple times.

Let’s take a look at the strength of the 3 clubs in Group H with HAGL in the AFC Champions League:

Yokohama F.Marinos The Power of Science Kicks: The Japanese team is known for their scientific way of playing, and the Yokohama Mariners are no exception. Coach Kevin Muscat’s 4-3-3 strategy is operated by his students like a pre-programmed machine.

For the Yokohama Mariners, foreigner Anderson Lopez was an amazing player. Although he only joined the club in February, the Brazilian striker is Yokohama’s all-time leading scorer with four goals. With the support of surrounding satellites including Mizunuma and Nakagawa, Yokohama’s attacking midfielder Nishimura formed a powerful firepower in a 4-3-3 formation.

HAGL face tough challenge in opening match - coaches Kiatisuk and Tuan Anh have clothing issues
Anderson Lopez is always ready to tear through opponents’ nets as he shows off his pressing and turning ability.

Golf specialist named Sydney FC: This is a team with an average height of 1.80 meters, and the physical strength of the players is very good. The ability to jump and time accurately helps the Australian representative’s striker coordinate well with the surrounding satellites.

The team’s most famous name is, of course, veteran midfielder Alex Wilkinson. Ready to turn 38 in August, the veteran is still playing well and has good combat experience. Wilkinson is also the first player to win the Australian Championship (A-League) five times.

HAGL face tough challenge in opening match - coaches Kiatisuk and Tuan Anh have clothing issues
Alex Wilkinson was an excellent ball from the bottom line of Sydney FC.

Jeonbuk Hyundai’s full attack: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motor has players who are considered to have the best stamina in the competition thanks to the high-quality playing environment of the K-League. They often deploy very fast and aggressive attack scenarios.

The Korean representative has always been a big boss in the mainland, winning the AFC twice, the first time was in 2006 when he had not yet won the domestic championship (few teams have won the continental championship before the national championship). Family ). It’s hard to pinpoint which of the best names on this team come from Kimchi Country, because they’re just as strong.

HAGL face tough challenge in opening match - coaches Kiatisuk and Tuan Anh have clothing issues
Jeonbuk Hyundai has players considered to have the best stamina in the championship.

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