Vietnam and Japan Collaborate in Coaching Young Soccer Players

Two football clubs, one from Vietnam and one from Japan, have recently agreed to a partnership in order to develop young football players through training and exchange programs.

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Vietnam, Japan Work Together in Training Young footballers
Representatives of Song Lam Nghe An Football Club and Japan’s Mito HollyHock Football Club meet on May 31 in the central province of Nghe An. Photo: VNA

Song Lam Nghe An Football Club (SLNA) is set to receive experienced coaches and specialists from Japan’s Mito HollyHock Club to enhance the training quality for its players, according to Truong Manh Linh, General Director and CEO of SLNA, as reported by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA).

Representatives of two clubs convened in the central province of Nghe An on May 31 to share their experiences and explore potential directions for collaboration in the training of young players, with the goal of eventually signing a comprehensive cooperation agreement. Representatives of the two clubs had a meeting in the central province of Nghe An on May 31 to exchange experiences and seek cooperation directions in training young players, towards a comprehensive cooperation agreement in the future.

Linh declared that both organizations will dispatch athletes to gain from one another.

More importantly, Song Lam Nghe An aims to enhance their management quality and adopt the model of Mito HollyHock for sustainable development, Linh stated.

Tran Quoc Tuan, the President of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF), has stated that Song Lam Nghe An is renowned for its long tradition of nurturing exceptional players for Vietnamese football. The area has seen notable growth over the years, producing some of the country’s finest talent.

Tuan declared that collaboration, particularly international cooperation, is the driving force that will help Vietnamese football advance further.

He pointed out that there are some commonalities between the two organizations, thus making their partnership very promising.

A representative of Mito HollyHock stated that they had come to understand the tradition and culture of Song Lam Nghe An, and were surprised to discover similarities between the two clubs.

The most noteworthy similarity between these two teams is their local roots and strong ties to the local government, which provides assistance in cultivating and training young talent. Furthermore, this relationship helps them to stay abreast of the latest developments, enabling them to remain competitive in the ever-evolving world of football.

In an exciting announcement, the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) held a special ceremony on June 1st to announce the appointment of their new Technical Director, Koshida Takeshi. This move marks a major step forward for the organization, demonstrating their commitment to developing the game in Vietnam.

The renowned director, born in 1960, featured 19 times for the Japanese national team between 1980 and 1985. During his club career, Takeshi played for Nissan Motors Club from 1983 to 1989, and Kanazawa Club from 1990 to 1996.

VFF President Tran Quoc Tuan and VFF's new technical director Koshida Takeshi. Photo: VFF
VFF President Tran Quoc Tuan and VFF’s new technical director Koshida Takeshi. Photo: VFF

The Japan Football Federation (JFA) has deemed Takeshi to be one of the most accomplished experts, boasting over 30 years of experience in coaching the U22 and U18 youth teams of Japan.

He holds a Professional degree from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and has a wealth of experience in training young players. Throughout his career, he has mainly been in charge of management.

Speaking at the ceremony, VFF General Secretary Duong Nghiep Khoi declared his faith in Takeshi’s ability to help enhance Vietnam’s youth football and improve the coaching of young players at both training centres and clubs across the country.

Takeshi has promised to assist clubs in gradually building their coaching staff to meet the criteria set by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Takeshi stated that his objective is to effectively teach Vietnamese coaches while still preserving and upholding the Vietnamese national identity and football culture.

The new technical director declared that in the near future, he will assist the coaches in obtaining both C and A diplomas from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Moreover, as a long-term goal, they will be able to pass on their knowledge to other coaches in Vietnam.

Regarding the plan to work with the coach of the Vietnamese national youth team, Takeshi said there is a Japanese coach, Akira Ijiri, who is leading the U20 women’s team. He further noted that Ijiri has extensive experience in training and managing youth teams, making him an ideal choice for the job.

“Together with Akira Ijiri, we will work even more closely with the coaches of the Vietnamese youth team,” Takeshi declared. He added that he had the opportunity to meet and discuss Vietnamese football with head coach of the national team Philippe Troussier.

Hannah Nguyen