Pham Huynh Tam Lang, the iconic figure of Vietnamese football (soccer), died of a heart attack on Monday in Ho Chi Minh City at the age of 72.
His funeral ceremony is to be held at the Funeral Parlour of Ho Chi Minh City, at 25 Le Quy Don Street in District 3.
Access for tributes will start from 7:00 pm on June 3 and the burial service will be held at 7:00 am on June 6 at Da Phuoc Cemetery in Binh Chanh District.
The former coach and central defender of the Vietnamese national football team won numerous medals, awards, and certificates of merits during his career.
Born in 1942 in Go Cong District of Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta, he played for the national team of South Vietnam and won the Merdeka Cup trophy in 1966 in Malaysia. Then, Merdeka Cup was one of the most prestigious tournaments in Asia.
From 1975-80, he played for the Saigon Port football team and rose to coach the team in 1983-2003.
During the period, he led his team to win four championship titles of the national elite football league, which is now the V-League, in 1986, 1993-94, 1997, and 2002.
Saigon Port won two Vietnam Cup titles in 1992 and 2000.
Tam Lang was admitted to the Communist Party of Vietnam when he was working for Saigon Port. His father was a martyr during the resistance war against the French invasion before 1945.
Vietnam Football Federation chairman Le Hung Dung told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, “This is a great loss to Vietnamese football. To pay tribute to his devotion, we will work with his family to organize his funeral to see him off peacefully.
“He deserves to be acknowledged as an icon of Vietnamese football.”
Former football star Le Van Tu, nicknamed Tu Le, said, “Not only was he a talented central defender, Tam Lang also led a virtuous life.
“He was once invited to play for the Asian stars’ team. Vietnam has no such qualified central defender after him.”
Other players of later football generations as former striker Dang Tran Chinh and former goalkeeper Nguyen Hong Pham call him a ‘respected’ and ‘legendary’ coach of Vietnam.