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Lost in… Melaka

Lost in… Melaka

Syria vs Qatar Hang Jebat Stadium, 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification- AFC Third Round, August 31, 2017 The 29th Southeast Games Kuala Lumpur 2017 may have been a fairly mixed experience for me, but a few days on from its conclusion, I am definitely looking back at them positively. Malaysia’s U22 were unable to win … Continue reading

Lost in… Malaysia (Intro)

Lost in… Malaysia (Intro)

Shah Alam Stadium, 29th Southeast Games, August 2017 For the first 15 or 16 years of my life, I probably paid very little attention to Malaysia. I liked maps and atlases, so I knew it existed and where it was, but little else. And then, in the mid- to late-90s, Malaysia was everywhere. The Petronas Towers, … Continue reading

Lost in… Vietnam

Lost in… Vietnam

Vietnam, August 2015 – July 2017 Another work contract comes to an end and it’s time to bid farewell to another country. On leaving South Korea and the Basque Country, I have roughly followed Matt’s end-of-season award format to reflect on my football watching experiences. Vietnam, though, where my groundhopping experiences have been limited, requires … Continue reading

Lost in… Hồ Chí Minh City

Lost in… Hồ Chí Minh City

TP. Hồ Chí Minh vs. Sông Lam Nghệ An Thông Nhất Stadium, V.League 1, July 2, 2017 A weekend away of watching football and drinking good beer had been in my plans for some time. Plan A was a trip to South Korea to watch Vietnam at the FIFA U20 World Cup and finally watch … Continue reading

Lost in… Nam Định

Lost in… Nam Định

Nam Định FC vs. Bóng đa Huế  Thiên Trường Stadium, V.League 2, June 25, 2017 If all goes to plan, then July will be my last month in Vietnam. That means the race is on to have attended 50 Vietnamese football games by the time I leave. For groudhoppers who regularly post three-figure seasons, 50 … Continue reading

Lost in… Hà Nội (Hà Đông)

Lost in… Hà Nội (Hà Đông)

Công An Nhân Dân FC vs Phù Đổng FC  Vietnamese Second Division, Hà Đông Stadium, May 9, 2017 Once again my time in a foreign land is coming to an end with my groundhopping objectives defeated by the usual triumvirate of a busy work schedule, difficult geography, and expensive travel costs. The day before this … Continue reading

Lost in… Seoul

Lost in… Seoul

FC Seoul vs Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Seoul World Cup Stadium, AFC Champions League semi-final 2nd leg, October 19, 2016 There are two posts that remain in the drafts section of this blog that I sometimes regret never finishing. The first is a look at John Toshack’s many years managing overseas, while the other is Lost in… … Continue reading

Lost in… Seongnam

Lost in… Seongnam

Seongnam FC vs Incheon United Tancheon Sports Complex, K-League Classic, October 16, 2016 It’s a dilemma that most groundhoppers will have encountered at some point: watch the team you support or visit a new ground? There are always merits to both, as there were in my own case. Watch Incheon United, the team I had … Continue reading

Lost in… Hà Nội (Vietnam YFTC)

Lost in… Hà Nội (Vietnam YFTC)

Laos U19 vs Australia U19 Vietnam Youth Football Training Centre / AFF U19 Youth Championship / September 19, 2016 When the upcoming Vietnamese National Cup Final finishes, I’ll have watched 30 football matches in Vietnam in 2016. It’s not an impressive total, but with an unsympathetic work schedule and the lengthy distances involved in travelling … Continue reading

Lost in… Sapporo

Lost in… Sapporo

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo vs Shimizu S-Pulse Sapporo Dome, J.League 2, August 7th 2016 Most people who know me well are aware that I like a bit of football trivia. My previous football team even invented a drinking game- ‘Challenge Taffy’- whereby they would take turns asking me football trivia questions. Get it wrong, I drank. … Continue reading