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Lawmakers of S. Korea, Vietnam to hold first friendly football match

Diplomacy 10:37 January 11, 2019

HANOI, Jan. 11 (Yonhap) -- Lawmakers of South Korea and Vietnam will have their first friendly football match in Hanoi later this month, diplomats in Hanoi said Friday.

Twenty-five South Korean lawmakers, including members of the South Korea-Vietnam Parliamentary Friendship Association, will make a four-day trip to Hanoi, beginning next Thursday, to hold various exchange events, according to the South Korean Embassy.

Notably, lawmakers from both countries plan to hold a friendly football match at Hang Day Stadium in the Vietnamese capital next Friday.

This undated file photo provided by Kyodo News shows a friendly football match between South Korean and Japanese lawmakers. (Yonhap)

It will be the first time that South Korean and Vietnamese lawmakers play football together. It will also be the first time that Vietnamese lawmakers play football with their counterparts from other countries.

Embassy officials said the two countries' friendly relations, attributed largely to the popularity of Park Hang-seo, the South Korean head coach of the Vietnamese national football team, appear to be spreading to the political circles.

South Korean lawmakers have so far held 11 friendly football matches with their Japanese counterparts but have never engaged in football diplomacy with lawmakers of other countries.

The South Korea-Vietnam Parliamentary Friendship Association has about 10 members, and 15 other lawmakers will join the delegation to hold the football event, set to kick off at 3 p.m. next Friday.

The two countries' lawmakers will hold a plenary meeting in the morning of the day to discuss ways to expand bilateral exchanges, including regularization of exchange events.
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