Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Tottenham and Vietnam's HAGL FC talk business

Paul Barber, Executive Director of the English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspurs, reportedly said in the meeting with leaders of Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL), a Vietnamese football club, that "Vietnam has the chance to become strong nation of football". According to Vietnam Net Bridge, the meeting with Barber and Business Manager Ben Wright took place in the meeting room of the White Lane Part Stadium. Tottenham was the first stop of the Vietnamese club’s leaders in seeking cooperation with several English football clubs in the future.

The chairman of HAGL Doan Nguyen Duc introduced his English partners to his club as well as talked about how the sport was developing in Vietnam. Duc also mentioned the large investment HAGL had planned to invest in the club with the view to making it an excellent one not just in the South East Asian region. Tottenham Hotspurs seemed to be interested in the cooperation between the two clubs.

Tottenham has 50 professional footballers who are playing for the club. It also has a good training system for young footballers. As the club is hoping to further promote its influences in Southeast Asia, HAGL therefore would be an important partner for the English club in implementing this plan.

Barber said that he saw Vietnam was a good country for the sport as it had a population of more than 80 million and the people were excessively fond of football. Vietnam has the opportunity to become a strong nation in Asia in terms of football he added. He promised to carefully look at the possibility to cooperate with HAGL and pledged that Tottenham would provide the Vietnamese club with support when its team arrived in England for training.

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