Vietnamese footballers earn kudos in French U17 tournament

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The Vietnamese boys playing for Ho Chi Minh City-based Scavi Rocheteau have impressed with their performance at the Under-17 French Cup in Bordeaux.

Although they ended up in seventh place in a field of 16, it was a creditable showing considering they were up against top level competition, including French clubs like Bordeaux, Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain, and a team from Norway.

Newspapers Floirac and Bordeaux provinces on Monday lavished praise on the Vietnamese young men for their quality performances.

They were an awarded an honorary trophy along with other presents.

Michel Deschamps, chief of the event's organizing board, praised the Vietnamese boys and said that although they finished seventh, they were the only squad that managed to hold the tournament's champions ES Troyes from Montpellier and the runners-up FC Tours from Toulouse to draws.

The Vietnamese players claimed the seventh place after beating Le Mans 3-2 in the penalty shootout.

Professional football coach Henry Atamaniuk and friend Dominique Rocheteau, a former French national team player, established the Scavi Rocheteau Football Training Center (SRC) in Ho Chi Minh City in June 2007 to train Vietnamese teenagers aged 13-14.

SRC is funded by three partners SCAVI Vietnam Company founded by Rocheteau's overseas Vietnamese friend Tran Van Phu, Rocheteau himself, and the HCMC Football Federation with Atamaniuk serving as chief of the center's training program.

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