Arsenal have announced that they will play Vietnam as part of their pre-season tour.
Arsenal will become the first Premier League team to play in Vietnam when they take on the national side as part of their pre-season tour.
The match will take place on July 17 at the 40,000 capacity national stadium.
Having toured Asia for the last two years, the Gunners have added the match in Hanoi to this year’s schedule.
So, ignoring all urges to shout “Good morning, Vietnam!” or make any other reference to Robin Williams’ film about that crazy DJ, here are five things you need to know about Arsenal’s Vietnamese opponents:
1) Vietnam are currently 132nd in the Fifa world rankings, although they have been as high as 84.
2) Their head coach is called Hoang Van Phuc. *Commentators beware: approach surname with caution.
3) Prior to reunification, there were two national football sides, North and South Vietnam. This was up until 1976 when they became a single football federation once more.
4) They play their home internationals at My Dinh National Stadium, which is where the game against Arsenal will take place
5) Their attempt to qualify for the World Cup 2014 began with a two-legged tie against Macau, which Vietnam won 13-1 on aggregate; although the next round would prove much harder, and they were eliminated following a 4-2 aggregate defeat to Qatar.
As well as their match in Hanoi, Arsene Wenger’s side will also play fixtures in Jakarta, Japan and Indonesia.
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