Vietnam goalkeeper to present award at World Cup semi-final

By Ngoc Dinh   July 10, 2018 | 03:57 pm PT
Vietnam goalkeeper to present award at World Cup semi-final
Bui Tien Dung at an event after AFC U23 Championship. Photo by VnExpress.
Vietnamese goalkeeper Bui Tien Dung will present the Man of the match award for the FIFA World Cup semi-final match between England and Croatia.

Dung has been invited to the semi-final in Luzhniki Stadium as a guest and brand representative of a sponsor of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Dung will present the award after the match, which will start at 9 p.m. on Wednesday Moscow time, which is 1 a.m. on Thursday in Hanoi.

The “Man of the match” award for each match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is determined by votes from football fan around the world. Voting is open online on several platforms including

No official expert’s evaluation is involved in deciding the award, and it is thus not highly regarded in the professional sense. Sponsors, however, see great promoting opportunities via this award, since it is often associated with their brand name.

Dung, currently the goalkeeper for FLC Thanh Hoa Football Club in Vietnam, gained national recognition as a resilient custodian of the Vietnam U23 football team that reached the final of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U23 Championship in January 2018.

The goalkeeper is expected to return the next day to continue practicing and competing in Vietnam Football League (V-League).

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