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Standard Chartered Vietnam kicks off annual futsal tournament

Released at: 08:20, 12/09/2019

Standard Chartered Vietnam kicks off annual futsal tournament

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Largest tournament ever to commemorate 115 years of the bank's presence in Vietnam.

by Khanh Chi

Standard Chartered Bank Vietnam recently announced the launch of the “Standard Chartered Cup 2019” futsal tournament in Vietnam. Part of a series of activities to commemorate Standard Chartered’s 115 years in the country this year, the tournament will be the largest ever in Vietnam and will feature the attendance of Liverpool Football Club (LFC) legend John Barnes, who will present the trophy to the winning team.

The five-a-side competition sees 130 amateur teams representing the bank’s clients and staff competing for a chance to watch the defending Champions League titleholders, Liverpool FC, play at iconic Anfield Stadium in the UK. The winning team will also receive a professional training session at the LFC academy, hosted by LFC legends and coaches.

The tournament, which has free admission to football enthusiasts and spectators, took place in Hanoi on September 7 at the stadium of the Hanoi National University of Education and then in Ho Chi Minh City on September 14 at Phu Tho Stadium. The winning team from Hanoi will fly to Ho Chi Minh City to battle it out for the national championship against the Ho Chi Minh City winner on September 14.

Former LFC midfielder John Barnes, who will be on an official visit to Vietnam on September 13 and 14, will attend the Ho Chi Minh City round. On the sidelines of the tournament, John will hold soccer clinics for adolescent girls participating in Standard Chartered’s Goal program and children of the bank’s clients, partners, and staff. The legend will also spend time hosting lunch with bank clients, engage with fans, and call on bank offices during his stay in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

“Vietnam’s passion for football is second-to-none and the recent achievements of the Vietnamese national football teams have been extremely impressive,” said Mr. Nirukt Sapru, CEO Vietnam and ASEAN and South Asia Cluster Markets, Standard Chartered Bank. “As the official sponsors of Liverpool Football Club, we are delighted to once again bring this priceless opportunity to Vietnam for Vietnamese footballers and football fans.”

“Having been named the Best International Bank in Vietnam, we know that following our passions leads to great things and we will continue our efforts to bring exceptional experiences to support the passions of our clients in Vietnam.”

The Standard Chartered Cup is an annual amateur football tournament organized by Standard Chartered Bank in countries where the bank operates since 2012. This is the fourth time the tournament has been held in Vietnam.

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