Former head coach of Vietnam’s national team Nguyen Huu Thang will be on the selection panel for the Vietnam Juventus Academy (Photo: baohatinh.vn)

Hanoi (VNS/VNA) -  Italian giants Juventus have officially opened a football academy for youngsters in Vietnam as the club’s first venture in Southeast Asia.

The academy is based in southern Ba Ria – Vung Tau province, and will provide professional training as well as nutritional care and lessons on culture, foreign languages and life skills. 

Nicknamed the Old Lady, Juventus have won 34 official titles, including 13 Coppa Italia titles, seven national Super Cups titles, two Intercontinental Cups, two European Cups/UEFA Champions Leagues, one European Cup Winners’ Cup, and a national record of three UEFA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and one UEFA Intertoto Cup.

Besides newly recruited superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, the club was home to world-famous players like Michel Platini, Roberto Baggio, Zinédine Zidane, Pavel Nedved, Fabio Cannavaro, Del Piero, Gianluigi Buffon and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Gianluca Settanni, head coach of the global Juventus Academy, has come to Vietnam to select the first players for the academy with the help of former coach Le Thuy Hai, former head coach of Vietnam’s national team Nguyen Huu Thang, former player Nguyen Hong Son, head coach of the U20 team Dinh Hong Vinh, and former Sai Gon coach Phan Van Tai Em.

Players born from 2006–2009 are main focus of the academy, and will train for seven years.

The nationwide enrollment programme will travel to Ba Ria – Vung Tau on August 10, Ho Chi Minh City on August 11 and 12, Can Tho on August 13, Da Nang on August 15, Hanoi on August 17 and Ha Tinh on August 19.-VNS/VNA