Vietnamese clubs to face top London teams

November 24, 2006

BANGKOK, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Vietnamese top-flight team Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) will travel to England next month to take on three Premier League clubs in friendly matches, state media reported on Friday.

HAGL, who finished fourth in this season's V-League, will face Arsenal on December 13, Charlton Athletic on December 16 and Tottenham Hotspur on December 21, reports said.

The club's chairman visited London last month to discuss commercial deals with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham, in which HAGL would promote the clubs in Vietnam in return for Premier League coaches training their players.