Andy Cole, who won the 1999 Treble with English Premier League club Manchester United, and other former stars of the club and Liverpool arrived in Hanoi Wednesday to play two friendly matches with former Vietnamese stars on Nov. 19 and 20.
Andy Cole (L) at Noi Bai Airport, Hanoi on Nov. 18, 2009 (Photo: Vietnam Football Federation)
Cole, Vivian Anderson, Ronny Johnsen, and David May, together with Steve Mcmanaman, John Barners and Jason McAteer, who used to play for Liverpool, will play local ex-stars at the My Dinh National Stadium in the Masters Vietnam 2009 exhibition competition.
|Former Liverpool star Steve Mcmanaman (R)gives his signature to Vietnamese fans at Noi Bai Airport, Hanoi on Nov. 18, 2009 (Photo: Vietnam Football Federation)|
The former internationals shared time for a party and photos with Vietnamese fans on the Wednesday evening.
Thirty-one former Vietnamese players gathered in the capital Tuesday to prepare for the two games – with Manchester United ex-stars on Thursday and former Liverpool stars Friday. Both matches will start at 6 pm.
Britain’s Masters Football Cup had earlier said they would bring two English Premier League referees, Dermott Gallagher and John Underhill, to Hanoi to officiate the matches.
All the former internationals will leave Vietnam for Malaysia on Nov. 21.
Andy Cole was a very famous striker of Manchester United and won the FA Cup, English Premier League and European Champions League in 1999 with his club. He formed a striker partnership with Dwight Yorke from Trinidad and Tobago. Manchester United’s treble winning side of 1999 was founded on the duo’s breathtaking striker partnership.
Vietnam’s My Dinh National Stadium was also the place where Brazil’s Olympic, inspired by two-time FIFA player of the year Ronaldinho and under coach Carlos Dunga, played Vietnam’s national squad early August last year in a warm-up for their 2008 Olympics campaign in China.
Manchester United ex-players: Fraser Digby (Gk), Viv Anderson (C), Ronny Johnsen, Russell Beardsmore, David May, Lee Martin, Paul Parker, Clayton Blackmore, Andy Cole, Simon Davies, Jesper Blomqvist, Ian Walker (Gk), Paul Wood, Tommy Mooney, Peter Davenport, Mark Todd
Liverpool list: Paul Jones (Gk), Don Hutchison, Richard Sneekes, Michael Thomas, Mark Wright, Jimmy Carter, Mark Walters, Jason McAteer, John Barnes (c), Steve Mcmanaman, Craig Hignett, Sasa Ilic (Gk), Georges Santos, Alan Wright, Carl Bradshaw, Ugo Ehiogu, John Durnin
(List provided by the Vietnam Football Federation)