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SBD Global/July 16, 2013/International Football
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Published July 16, 2013
VIETNAM GREETS ARSENAL: The AFP reported "hundreds of cheering Vietnamese football fans turned out to greet Arsenal on Monday" as it became the first Premier League club to "visit the football-mad communist country." Arsenal arrived at Hanoi's Noi Bai airport and was greeted by Vietnam Football Federation officials, who presented Arsenal "with traditional Vietnamese comical hats and bunches of lotus flowers." To "the delight of fans Vietnam's state-run press," the players and coach Arsene Wenger donned the hats. Hundreds of fans in Arsenal shirts "had been waiting at the airport since Saturday night." The fans "sang Arsenal's song and cheered loudly as the players disembarked from their plane" (AFP, 7/15).
MANU LANDS IN SYDNEY: In Brisbane, Sebastian Hassett reported ManU, "the travelling circus that is the world's biggest sporting club," arrived in Sydney on Sunday. Roughly "only a sixth of those travelling with the club's official delegation are actually players." Just as many belong to the club's media and publicity department. Nothing is "left to chance" (BRISBANE TIMES, 7/14).