National football team receives state medal for regional title

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The Vietnamese national male football team that won the ASEAN Football Federation Cup 2008 trophy has received a Labor Medal from the government.

On behalf of the President Nguyen Minh Triet, vice president Nguyen Thi Doan signed the decision on Thursday.

National team head coach Henrique Calisto and six individual players Duong Hong Son, Vu Nhu Thanh, Nguyen Minh Phuong, Phan Van Tai Em, Le Tan Tai and Le Cong Vinh were given the Labor Medal third class.

The national football governing Vietnam Football Federation plans to hold a ceremony next week to celebrate the event.

At the palace Palacio Das Necessidades in Lisbon on Monday, the Portuguese government awarded Calisto Honest Civil Medal for his contributions to football development in Portugal as well as in Vietnam.

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