The article begins by stating, “Vietnam's top flight will become the latest of Asia's leagues to return to action when the V.League 1 resumes on June 5 after a near two-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Founded in 1980 in a semi-professional capacity before moving into a profession era at the turn of the millennium, the V.League 1 has enjoyed a steady rise in recent years, with last season's AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal final between Hanoi FC and Becamex Binh Duong suggesting that some of the strongest club sides in Southeast Asia now hail from Vietnam,” the AFC articles notes.
The AFC go on to praise the nation by adding, “In further positive news for football fans across Vietnam, matches will not be played behind closed doors, with authorities allowing spectators into stadiums as the country continues to return towards normality.”
The confederation’s website gives a breakdown of each of the 14 teams gunning for glory in the V.League 1 2020 season.
Furthermore, each team’s player to watch has been listed. This includes: Nguyen Quang Hai of Hanoi FC, Nguyen Cong Phuong of Ho Chi Minh City FC, Nguyen Hai Huy of Than Quang Ninh FC, Nguyen Tien Linh of Becamex Binh Duong FC, Pedro Paulo of Saigon FC, Que Ngoc Hai of Viettel FC, Phan Van Duc of Song Lam Nghe An FC, Luong Xuan Truong of HAGL FC, Dinh Thanh Trung of Quang Nam FC, Ha Duc Chinh of Da Nang FC, Do Merlo of Nam Dinh FC, Joseph Mpande of Hai Phong FC, Hoang Vu Samson of Thanh Hoa FC, and Le Tan Tai of Ha Tinh FC.
Most notably, Vietnam national team midfielder Luong Xuan Truong has been out injured since September last year and has yet to return to the competitive action on the pitch, but he still wins praise as one of the players to watch for HAGL FC.
In addition, two foreign stars Joseph Mpande and Pedro Paulo, along with two naturalised Do Merlo and Hoang Vu Samson have also been listed among the 14 stars of the ongoing V.League 1 season.