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Ex-football star Ryan Giggs to be appointed as Director of Vietnamese football academy

Updated at Monday, 20 Nov 2017, 19:27
The Hanoitimes - The Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs said the youth football training center of the Promotion Fund of Vietnamese Football Talents FC (PVF) is somewhat more modern than the Carrington Training Center of Manchester United.
At the opening ceremony of the PVF’s youth football training center, Ryan Giggs showed his eagerness for opportunity to work in Vietnam. Giggs said: “I am certain in some perspective, the PVF’s youth training center is more modern than the Carrington training center of Manchester United. This time, I hope to bring all my 20 years of football experiences to contribute to the development of Vietnamese young footballer”.
 
Ryan Giggs to become the director of Vietnamese Football Academy.
Ryan Giggs to become the director of Vietnamese Football Academy.
Khac Hiep, the Vice Chairman of Vingroup, one of the founder of PVF said, the decision to invest in young footballers is aimed to fulfil the expectation of Vietnamese fans in raising the level of Vietnam’s football and achieving higher objectives in regional and international tournaments. 

PVF will have a modern training facility with total investment of 1.2 million Euro, with the training system currently applied in PVF was bought from Benfica Football Club (Portugal). Ryan Giggs is supposed to play a part in building and developing PVF to become the leading youth football training center in Vietnam. However, this will not be his full-time job, as he and Paul Scholes have agreed to go a couple of times a year to help establish a blueprint of Vietnamese grassroots football. 
 
Paul Scholes along with Ryan Giggs will start a new adventure in Vietnam.
Paul Scholes along with Ryan Giggs will start a new adventure in Vietnam.
With the question of whether PVF will expand its operation to other countries in the South East Asia, representative of PVF said this model will not be expanded to other country, but PVF will always open its door for young footballers from all over the world coming to Vietnam. 

Ryan Giggs set the objective for Vietnam’s football to reach the international level by 2030. As such, the Vice President of Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) Tran Quoc Tuan said when FIFA decided to increase the number of national teams participating in the World Cup as of 2026, VFF has set up strategy to qualify for the world biggest football tournament in the future. On the other hand, another Manchester United legend Paul Scholes also expressed his excitement to train young footballers at PVF. Facilities of PVF is considered to be at the highest quality, as such, it will be prerequisite condition for young footballers to realize Vietnam’s target of qualifying for World Cup 2030.  
 
PVF has one of the top facilities in the world.
PVF has one of the top facilities in the world.
Paul Scholes also said he is grateful for the warm welcome of Vietnamese fans, and hoped there will be more opportunities for him to explore and experience the beauty of Vietnam. Meanwhile Giggs said he expected there will be time in the future when he will play golf with Scholes in Vietnam. 

Paul Scholes was surprised when asked whether he wants to become Vietnams’ foreign ambassador for tourism. He said all doors are open and if he falls in love with Vietnam, it will be a very attractive offer. Scholes also said PVF is not only one of the best training center in Asia, but also on international level, and all young footballers coming to PVF will have the best treatment and nourishment.
Ngoc Thuy
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