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Facebook to Exclusively Broadcast Premier League Matches in Laos

Tech giant Facebook has agreed to a £200 million (US$265 million) deal to exclusively broadcast every single Premier League match in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos starting next year in 2019.

It represents a major breakthrough for the Facebook after they beat out the competition from television networks BeIn Sports and Fox Sports Asia in the auction for broadcast rights to the four Asian countries.

The deal will commence at the beginning of the 2019-20 season and run until 2022 and means Facebook will livestream all 380 Premier League matches in those countries.

The deal represents a slight shift away from the traditional television networks towards online streaming after Amazon gained the rights last month to show 20 live Premier League matches per season from 2019-20.

For Facebook, its new Premier League deal is a chance for it to demonstrate that it is serious about long form video, something it’s been trying to do for a while with its Facebook Watch platform.

It is believed the Premier League has also held discussions with YouTube and Netflix over rights deals in other parts of the world as the financial clout of streaming services grows ever stronger.

Source: Daily Mail, Evening Standard

Probably the Best Football Campaign Ever

Carlsberg World Cup

The anticipated football craze is finally here and even better news for football fans is that they get a chance to score limited-edition merchandises from Carlsberg’s Summer Football Campaign. Football spirit is on full mode. The campaign calls out to beer lovers and football fans to collect their favorite country of either England, France, Germany, Brazil, Spain, Portugal or just all of them. But the question is… who are you rooting for?

 Carlsberg World Cup

Carlsberg – “Probably the Best Beer in The World” is celebrating the football event by featuring the mentioned six countries’ flag on its bottles and cans over Carlsberg’s signature hop leaf shape as limited-edition packaging. Let’s just mention that it’s probably the cutest thing ever. Have you seen it?

Carlsberg World Cup

Carlsberg World Cup Laos

Even the “Probably best beer in World” want to celebrate the The Most watched football game in the World

 

It’s a face-off between Germany and France… Who can model it better? You choose!

 

We got Spain cheering on for Denmark! What a good sport!

We got Spain cheering on for Denmark! What a good sport!

 

Spain with their game face

Spain with their game face

 

 

We have France team looking pretty fierce right now

We have France team looking pretty fierce right now

 

We have been spotting these cute can and bottle jersey shaped coolers at all these participating outlets, and we can’t get enough of the charm and football spirit. 

Grab one to make your experience a little more fun – and join in on the celebrations at our top choices to watch the football craze! After all, it’s only here every four years so let’s celebrate it the right way.

 For Huge Excitement and to Cheer on with a big crowd, come experience it at either Vientiane Center or ASEAN Mall.

WORLD CUP “BIG MATCH” DATES:

  • 30/6/2018- Round 16
  • 06/07/2018- Quarter Finals
  • 07/07/2018- Quarter Finals
  • 14/07/2018- Play Off
  • 15/7/2018- FINAL

 Our other top choices to cheer and experience the overall football spirit:

 

  • O’Grady’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

 

 

  • X2 Restaurant

 

 

  • X3 Restaurant

 

 

  • Sai Chai

  

 

  • Bar The Way

 

 

  • Bor Pen Yang

 

  

Get your adrenaline pumping and we will see you there!

 

Oct 4-6 Official Boat Racing Festival Dates

Following an announcement made by the Governor of Chanthabouly district, Mrs. Bouarone Vongdarasan, the annual Boat Racing Festival will officially take place Oct 4-6 at Chao Anouvong Park.

Traditionally, the festival is held every year at Tha Vat Chanh, Chanthaboury district, where boats representing public organizations, private sector, business community and communities compete for victories and prizes.

With the festival drawing massive crowds of guests, participants and vendors from Vientiane Capital and provinces all across the country, the aim of the event is to promote and preserve the culture of the Lao people.

Many vendors travel long distances to sell popular traditional street foods such as khao lam, ping kai and tam mak houng. 

Almsgiving will be made by buddhist worshippers at 7:00am on October, 5 followed by a traditional candle lit procession held at temples nationwide after sunset. In the evening, people release small banana trunk boats lit with candles down the river for good luck, also referred to as lai heua fai.

Oct. 6 the boat racing festivities will conclude, followed by the winners being announced and trophies awarded in the late afternoon.

Roadsides near the boat racing venue and vacant land, along with footpaths, are designated paid parking spaces. Standard parking fees vary, typically starting at 3,000 kip per bicycle, 5,000 kip per motorcycle and 15,000 kip for cars.

Local authorities have stressed that maintaining peace and order during the celebration of the festival is a high priority.

Laos Tank Crew to Compete in Tank Biathlon at International Army Games  

 

A team from Laos is taking part in the Tank Biathlon at the 2017 International Army Games, co-hosted by China and Russia this year.

The Laos tank biathlon team has entered the competition with a Russian T-72B3 battle tank. Uganda has also reportedly entered the competition for the first time this year alongside Laos.

A T-72B Russian Tank

A T-72B Russian Tank

The competition will begin with a race of the first four crews from Uganda, Tajikistan, Angola and Laos, according to the Games’ organizing committee.

The day’s program will then end with a race of tank crews from Azerbaijan, Kuwait, Mongolia, and China. The first three crews will operate Russian tanks, while the Chinese will operate the Chinese Type-96B tank.

 

Semi-final races will take place from 8-10 August, with the four finalists to compete on the closing day, August 12.

 

 

Photos: Wikipedia

Laos and Lao Toyota Teams in Disarray Due to Match Manipulation

Lao Toyota Match-fixing

Due to the ongoing investigation by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), not many details have been divulged to the public in reference to the permanent ban of 22 Lao and Cambodian football players in connection to match-fixing.

The AFC has confirmed that the action follows an investigation that started in 2014, and that it will continue to pursue the banning of the affiliated parties worldwide. This is one of Asian football’s biggest mass punishments for match-fixing.

An official statement has said, “The (AFC) Disciplinary Committee has issued a life ban from football-related activities to twenty-two individuals from Laos and Cambodia for involvement in the manipulation of matches involving the representative teams of Laos and the club side Lao Toyota FC”.

Fifteen of those banned are current or former players of the Laos national side or Vientiane-based Lao Toyota FC.

In November, the AFC temporarily suspended four Laos soccer internationals over their connection in the scandal .

The four, Saynakhonevieng Phommapanya, Chintana Souksavath, Moukda Souksavath and Phatthana Syvilay, are among the 22 who have now been banned for life.

Laos Claims Gold, Bronze at Asian Vovinam Championships

Laos Vovinam Team

Laos has secured one gold and five bronze medals from dancing events at the 4th SEAVF Southeast Asian Vovinam Championship 2017 being hosted by Siem Reap, Cambodia, from January 11-14.

Phailath Thammavongsa won gold in the men’s dancing event with a weapon, while the bronze medals awarded included efforts in the men’s team dancing event without a weapon, women’s team dancing event without a weapon, along with men’s and women’s single dancing events with a weapon.

Phailath previously won a gold medal in the men’s dancing event at the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar in 2013.

Lao vovinam fighters will hopefully add to their medal tally in dancing and fighting events at the tournament which continues today.

The Lao Vovinam Federation was confident of winning medals at the championship and sent nine men and three women to compete in the 10 different dancing events while four men and two women went to contest various fighting events.

Their optimism was based on the team’s performance at the 3rd Vovinam Championship in Myanmar in 2014 where Laos was placed third with five gold medals.

Following the championship in Cambodia, the Lao team will begin concentrating on the World Vovinam Championship later this year.

At the Beach Games in Vietnam from September 24 to October 3 last year, the Lao team won one gold and six bronze medals.

The Lao vovinam team’s other successes include winning a gold medal, four silver and six bronze medals at the Indoor Games in Vietnam in 2009; winning two gold and five bronze medals at the SEA Games in Indonesia in 2011; and picking up two gold, three silver and four bronze medals at the SEA Games in Myanmar in 2013.

The team also won four gold medals at the Asean Vovinam Championship in Myanmar in 2013.

Source: Vientiane Times

Lanexang United New Rising Stars of Football

LaneXang United

Fresh from a maiden victory in the Lao Premier League, Lanexang United football club are on the verge of regional success after upsetting Thai giants Buriram in the first leg of the Mekong Club Championship.

Only a 93rd minute equaliser in the former Burmese royal capital of Mandalay last week stymied an astonishing attempt by little known Laos outfit, Lanexang United, to set what would have been a new world record for the most number of consecutive wins by a football team – anywhere on the planet.

In the same week that Lanexang’s run ended at 24 (although their undefeated streak continues) Welsh club The New Saints actually surpassed the previous mark set 44 years ago by Dutch giants Ajax with their 27th straight win, but there was little time for moaning at the Vientiane-based side as their next match produced arguably the best result in their short history.

That was a 1-0 win at home in the first leg of the final of the Mekong Club Championship against none other than Thai heavyweights Buriram United, and has continued the rapid ascension of the team known as the ‘Million Elephants’ to the point where they are emerging now as not just a domestic powerhouse, but indeed as a force to be reckoned with regionally.

 

lanexang-united-score

Having won the Lao Premier League for the first time in their history in 2016 few gave Lanexang a chance of success in the MCC against leading clubs from Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar, but as it stands they are on the verge of winning the entire tournament ahead of the second leg with Buriram this coming Sunday.

On the surface the rise has been a warp-speed one for the team from the Lao capital. but in reality it’s been a methodical, calculated process – flush with heavy investment, a committed backroom staff and a talented, youthful, playing group that’s seen the club emerge as the new standard-bearers for football in the country.

The story began with the takeover of the club by businessman Phanthachith Inthilath a little over two years ago. In that time he’s poured an estimated US$15 million into the organisation, headlined by the construction of a brand-new stadium, an indoor training and recovery facility, a pool and a gym.

Just as importantly though in a nation beset by match-fixing and other problems away from the pitch, the Chairman insisted that Lanexang would do things the ‘right way,’ and in an effort to build their club from the ground up they’ve also been forced to play a very young squad – the average age of the team that defeated Buriram just 24.

One of the key appointments made by the club was to bring in former Australian youth international Kaz Patafta, who at just 28 years of age is one of the youngest General-Managers anywhere in Asian football and who has done a tremendous job in overseeing the transformation of the club.

As he exclusively told FOX Sports Asia, the aim is for Lanexang to become one of the leading Southeast Asian powers – and they’re not that far away from achieving that goal.

“We want to put Lao football on the map and we want to do it the right way.

“In terms of the bigger clubs in the region we’re aiming to be considered on the same footing as those teams from Thailand and elsewhere and we want to do it by promoting young Lao talent and stamping out the negativity that’s surrounded football in the country recently.”

Despite his tender years, Patafta – whose mother is from Laos – is quickly emerging as one of the sharpest young administrative minds in the region and backed by a law degree that he completed following the conclusion of his playing days the former captain of the Benfica youth team was thrilled by what he saw in the first leg of the MCC final.

“We don’t have the support of some of the other clubs in the region – it’s really just our President doing everything by himself – and we certainly can’t compete with the budget of a club such as Buriram but what we can do is do things in what we believe is the best way that will give us success.

“We’re using the latest technology to scout and analyse our opponents, we have a wealth of data and tactical information on our opponents and this is helping our success on the pitch.”

That too is translating to mass support off the pitch where, even as they were forced to play the MCC final away from their regular home venue, they still managed to sell out the Chao Anouvong Stadium with 10,000 supporters cramming into the tiny venue and another estimated 3-4,000 milling around outside, trying to climb fences and trees just to get a glimpse of the new dominant force in Lao football.

The club also completely sold out their supply of merchandise and is expected to take a healthy travelling contingent of supporters to Thailand for the second leg.

Whilst the staff behind the scenes have been working overtime to get the club to this level, on the pitch much of the success has been down to a crop of little known players who the club has either developed itself or plucked from relative obscurity elsewhere to form the nucleus of a technically sound, hard-working, outfit.

One of those is young Australian defender Aaron Evans, who never played professionally in his homeland but who has grown considerably to emerge as a leader at the back after being handed an opportunity by Lanexang.

As the 22-year-old told FOX Sports Asia, such is the self belief in the side at the moment that they’re confident they can keep their astonishing undefeated run going and knock off the might of Buriram in the second leg to claim the regional title.

“We’ve certainly exceeded all expectations – even my own – in reaching this stage but what we’ve also shown is that these results are fully deserved and are not lucky in any way.

“We might not have any superstars in the team but what we do have is skill, ability and a very strong team spirit where each player works for each other and that hard work is paying off in the results.

“For me, from a small city in Australia, to be on this stage is unbelievable but we want to keep this dream going and we’re confident that if we keep playing to our strengths we can beat Buriram in Thailand.

Scott McIntyre

SCG Muang Thong United to Play Friendly Match in Lao PDR

A friendly football match between SCG Muang Thong United and Lao Premier League All Star will be held at the Chao Anouvong stadium in Vientiane Capital on January 25.

SCG, a leading conglomerate for sustainable development in the ASEAN region, is organizing SCG Muang Thong United ASEAN Tour 2017 in Lao PDR.

As the main sponsor of Muang Thong United, a leading ASEAN football club with a big following in Lao PDR, SCG is pleased, with the cooperation of Lao Football Federation, to host the friendly football match between Lao Premier League All Stars and SCG Muang Thong United.

Mr. Xaybandith Rasphone, General Secretary of Lao Football Federationsaid, “We would like to thank SCG for organizing SCG Muang Thong United ASEAN Tour 2017 in Laos. The friendly football match will be regarded as an important event. As we know, football in the ASEAN region has developed significantly.  In Laos, we have been trying a lot to promote football during the past several years, especially the Lao League. As can be seen, a Lao football club got a quota to play in the Asian football league. Moreover, the Lao Premier League All Stars team was established to award outstanding players and to welcome matches against foreign teams. We also would like to thank SCG for hosting the Football Clinic for Lao young people. This will be an excellent activity that will help to inspire the children of the country.”

Mr. Wiroat Rattanachaisit, Managing Director of Sales and Channels at SCG Cement-Building Materials Co., Ltd. added,“Apart from our business objectives, SCG is strongly committed to sustainable business practices. We actively and constantly strive for the sustainable development of human capacity. As can be seen, SCG has continued to implement the “SCG Sharing the Dream” program, which is one of SCG’s social responsibility activities, for five years in Lao PDR. Another important activity that SCG believes will be beneficial for the development of human capacity in Lao PDR is sport, which is considered as an international language to reach many people regardless of sex or age.”

Mr Ronnarit Suewaja, Club Director and Executive Director SCG Muang Thong United said that this match aims to test the football team by competing with other national football teams in ASEAN.

The next SCG Muang Thong United ASEAN Tour 2017 will visit Hong Kong.

Along with the match, a Football Clinic will be offered to Lao young people to practice with professional players and coaches from Muangthong United’s Football Academy. The proceeds from the match will be donated to charitable organizations to help improve the quality of life for Lao people.  Tickets are available for 20,000 kip at any True Coffee or Jiffy convenience store or by calling +856 (020) 7899 5959.

 

Source: KPL