Calisto is stepping into local hearts

Portuguese Henrique Calisto has been moving properly into Vietnamese souls since he became the head coach of the Viet Nam football team early this month.

Mr. Calisto gestures during his meeting with coaches of Vietnamese clubs on April 20 (Photo: SGGP)

In mid-April, he flew to Ha Noi from HCMC, and went up to Phu Tho Province to burn incense for Hung kings at the temple complex dedicated for the kings – the founders of the nation – on the 10th day of the third lunar month, the day for the kings.

On April 20, he had a consultation meeting with the coaches of the Vietnamese League clubs and the first-division clubs. The main purpose was to strengthen cooperation and solidarity. Later on, he will have separate meetings with the coaches of clubs with players called for the national squad for deeper discussions aiming to help the footballers perform the best at both the national team and their clubs.

The Portuguese coach has lived and worked in Viet Nam for more than seven years, and his conducts show that he has understood Vietnamese culture, understood difficulties of the Vietnamese people and difficulties in football.

Understanding more about the nation in general, Mr. Calisto is gaining support from fans on the way to the ASEAN Cup this December, where the man and his players are expected to perform well with a winning spirit to win the matches and win Vietnamese hearts.

Source: SGGP, translated by Tuong Thuy

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