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Arsenal legend - Freddie Ljundberg met some 20 disadvantaged children at the British Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City on 4 June.
This event is part of his visit to warm up for Arsenal’s tour of the country next month.
Freddie had shared his life and his football experience with the children who come from “5giosang organisation”, a non-profit organisation established in early 2009 with a purpose to help the disadvantaged children a chance to play, self-discover and self-develop via football playing.
Through his cordial talks, Freddie inspired the Vietnamese children with much confidence if they want to succeed in their lives.
Speaking at the event, the British Consul General Mr Douglas Barnes told the children and the local media that 2013 is of major significance to both the UK and Vietnam as we are celebrating 40 years of diplomatic relations. Arsenal’s tour of Vietnam in July will give a major boast to everyone who loves football.
Britain of course has a unique history of being home to many sports for example: football, cricket, golf and tennis. We may not always be the best at these sports but we certainly are exceptionally good at organising and delivering sporting events. We successfully organised the 2012 Olympics and Paralympic games in London, which is now recognised globally as one of, if not, the best ever Olympic and Paralympic Games. And we are already working closely with the Brazilians and Russians in the run up to the 2014 World Cup and Winter Olympics and the Summer Olympics in 2016. We have also begun to share our experience with Vietnam as your country gets ready to host the Asian Games in Hanoi in 2019