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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… Hanoi (Vietnam YFTC)

Lost in… Hanoi (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

Lost in … Haiphong

Lost in … Haiphong

Hai Phong vs Binh Duong V.League 1, Lach Tray Stadium, April 30th 2016 Given the rarity of World Cup winners playing at any given time, Asian football fans have been surprisingly fortunate in the last 25 or so years. If you’ve been a J.League regular during that time, there’s a strong chance you’ve seen a few, such as Guido … Continue reading

Lost in … Hanoi (My Dinh National Stadium)

Lost in … Hanoi (My Dinh National Stadium)

Vietnam vs Chinese Taipei My Dinh National Stadium, 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia / AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2, March 24th 2016 Sam Allardyce was probably not lacking in sympathisers when he recently bemoaned the ‘goddam two week gap’ in domestic football. Some of his sympathisers are at the top of … Continue reading

Lost in … Hanoi (Hanoi derby)

Lost in … Hanoi (Hanoi derby)

Hanoi T&T vs Ha Noi FC, 6th March 2016 Ha Noi FC vs SHB Da Nang FC, 13th March 2016 Hang Day Stadium, V.League 1 It’s been a busy start to 2016 for me. First, and for the first time in my life, I’ve tried my hand at homebrewing. Continuing on the road to hipsterdom, … Continue reading

Lost in…Hanoi (Hang Day Stadium)

Lost in…Hanoi (Hang Day Stadium)

Ha Noi FC 4-0 Phu Yen Hang Day Stadium, V.League 2, 15th August 2015 Hanoi T&T 2-2 Becamex Binh Duong Hang Day Stadium, V.League 1, 16th August 2015 Death and divorce are often cited as the only things more stressful than moving, but this is not really backed up by any evidence. Those researchers, I’d … Continue reading

Lost in…South Korea

Lost in…South Korea

November 12th, 2004- exactly ten years ago today- was the first time I entered South Korea. I left in August this year and had hoped to produce some kind of retrospective on my football-watching journeys at that time, but the chores of an international move got in the way. Finally, though, on this semi-landmark (at … Continue reading