HO CHI MINH CITY， Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam has set a goal of advancing to the football final at the 2017 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games slated for August in Malaysia， the Vietnam Football Federation announced on Friday.
To prepare for the coming SEA Games， Vietnam's U-22 football squad convened in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday， and will play their first friendly match against Malaysia on Feb. 7.
In addition， the federation has signed a contract with German health expert Sebastian Mathias Schoch with experience in injury treatment. Schoch is scheduled to fly to Vietnam early next month to assist Vietnamese head coach Nguyen Huu Thang with the country's U-23 and U-20 teams during duties at home and abroad.
Vietnam's U-20 squad will take part in the U-20 FIFA World Cup slated for May in South Korea.
DUBAI , June 27 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Educational,Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has chosen UnitedArab Emirates' (UAE) Sharjah as the World Book Capital of 2019, theofficial Emirates News Agency reported Tuesday.
The UNESCO made the selection in recognition of Sharjah'sprominent role in supporting the book and reading culture, said thereport.
Sharjah, one of the seven sheikdoms of the UAE, is the firstGulf city to win the title and the third in the Arab world and theMiddle East, the official agency said.