06 November 2009
Viettel FC officially taken over by Thanh Hoa
So basically Thanh Hoa will play in V-League next season.
However, there's something undecided here. Vietnam football rules say a club merge requires at least 10 players transferred from the old club to the new one. As an agreement between Thanh Hoa and Viettel, Viettel FC squad would be divided into two groups. The youth squad trained in Europe would be transferred to a club namely Viettel Football Center which is playing in Vietnam First Division. The rest would join Thanh Hoa next season. That means they would have to move from Ha Noi to their new base in Thanh Hoa Province. Understandably, a lot of players said they were extremely disappointed about the decision. Some said they would never join the new club.
Viettel squad can be considered a good one, including some quality players such as Le Phuoc Tu, Thach Bao Khanh and Pham Minh Duc. If the board fail to reach an agreement with these players, some may be put on sale. Then it would be good news for other V-league sides.