Lucky draws have brought Vietnam to a charming group with the UAE, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia teams in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
In addition to the UAE, the remaining opponents are all too familiar with Vietnam in the tournaments of Southeast Asia. Especially Thailand and Indonesia, two forces that always compete fiercely with Vietnam.
And of course in a continental confrontation of troublesome neighbors, no team will want to be the loser.
Therefore, right from this moment, Thailand and Indonesia have made special preparations for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Accordingly, the Indonesian Football Federation (PSSI) is trying to contact to bring Indonesian players who are playing in Europe to the team.
Some notable names that may be targeted by PSSI include Vinnie Vermeer (PSV), Tristan Gooijer (Ajax), Sandy Walsh (Zulte Waregem)…
If the above plan is successful, the Indonesian team will have quality “reinforcements” from Europe, mostly from the Netherlands.
Meanwhile, Thailand also owns a huge cast of stars playing abroad. That is not to mention a series of their morning stars are in Europe such as striker Achitpol Keereerom, midfielders Thanathorn Namchan and Noppanan Thipaksorn are also being targeted.
Young striker Keereerom was recruited by TSV 1860 Rosenheim club (the club plays in the 4th division of Germany) in June last year and has just shone in the Thailand U18 shirt at the 2019 Panda Cup in China with 2 goals in the match. 3 matches out.
Meanwhile, Namchan and Thipaksorn have just joined the youth team of OH Leuven Club (Belgium), after finishing a two-year training project at Leicester City Club (England) earlier this summer.
Currently, the three stars above are being summoned to Thailand U18 to compete in the Southeast Asian U18 tournament. If they perform well, they will definitely be considered for the national team.
With these extremely quality additions, surely Thailand and Indonesia will be very uncomfortable opponents of Vietnam in the next World Cup qualifiers.