Samsung Electronics Vietnam Employees Celebrate as U-23 Football Team Almost Take Asian Crown

on January 30, 2018
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Employees watched and cheered from Samsung’s Bac Ninh and Thai Nguyen complexes as Vietnam’s U-23 football team showcased unprecedented success

Vietnam is in jubilant celebration as its U-23 national team advanced to the Asia Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Championship final for the first time, eventually taking second place. Samsung Electronics Vietnam employees joined the nation, cheering with fervor as their U-23 team marched through the knockout rounds.

 

Samsung Electronics Vietnam employs over 100,000 across its manufacturing facilities in Bac Ninh and Thai Nguyen provinces and provides residence for 30,000 employees within its gates. Here, football (or soccer, depending on where you’re from) has been very popular even before the AFC U-23 Championship.

 

Winners of the 2017 ‘CUP TỨ HÙNG SEV’ celebrate their victory (Photo: Samsung Xin chào Facebook page)

 

About 1,700 employees make up 86 different men’s and women’s football teams at Samsung Electronics Vietnam. Apart from the regular games before and after work, these teams also compete for the top spot in the annual ‘CUP TỨ HÙNG SEV,’ or ‘Samsung Electronics Vietnam Friendship Cup.’

 

Already boasting a strong football culture within, anticipation grew to an unprecedented whirl of excitement in Samsung’s facilities in Bac Ninh and Thai Nguyen as the U-23 national team made history.

 

Those who could got off early to join the crowds in the streets and watch the games. Those who couldn’t remained at Samsung where large screens throughout the facilities – TVs in cafeterias, displays in meeting rooms, and screens in monitoring rooms, auditoriums and even in-house movie theatres – were used to show employees the Vietnamese team’s games.

 

Employees gather at a dormitory movie theatre to watch the AFC U-23 Championship final on January 27 (Photo: Samsung Xin chào Facebook page)

 

Employees cheer from a meeting room as Vietnam edges past Qatar in the AFC U-23 Championship semi-finals on January 23 (Photo: Kilsang Ryu, Samsung Electronics)

 

A monitoring room turns into a temporary sports broadcast center on January 23 (Photo: Tran Thi Quynh Mai, Samsung Electronics Vietnam)

 

Cafeteria TVs highlight the previous night’s AFC U-23 semi-final game on January 24 (Photo: Samsung Xin chào Facebook page)

 

As the tournament proceeded, Vietnamese and Korean employees in the facilities developed a special bond as the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship closely resembled the 2002 World Cup celebrations in Korea.

 

“I’ve never seen my colleagues so happy,” said Kilsang Ryu, a Korean Samsung Electronics employee in Vietnam. “The Vietnamese national football team brought us all together. It reminded me of Korea in 2002 and in cheering on the Vietnamese team, I grew to feel even closer with my friends here.”

 

Employees pose before the final of the AFC U-23 Championship (Photo: Samsung Xin chào Facebook page)

 

Sports have a special way of bringing people together and our colleagues in Vietnam were some of the most recent to experience that. For more information about Samsung Electronics in Vietnam, please visit Samsung Newsroom Vietnam at: https://news.samsung.com/vn/.

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