Vietnam football coach says winning PH team plays "poor football," refuses to shake hands with PH coach

Vietnam football coach Henrique Calisto criticized the "poor" play of the Philippine football team, who defeated the former in the recent AFF Suzuki Cup 2010 Group B Match in Vietnam.

"Football is not putting eight players in front of the area with no offensive system. They put the bus in front of the goal (two flanks of defenders and midfielders according to and shoot, shoot, shoot, and pray," the Portuguese coach of the former defending champions said. "They were fighting and I respect the players, but if you think this is football, then you are wrong."

"If you look at the possession of the ball, the shots and crosses, maybe there was 70 or 80 percent for Vietnam and 20 or 30 percent for Philippines, " Calisto said. "If the Philippine team thinks they can win the championship based on that... then my dear, poor, poor football in this region."


Vietnam coach Henrique Calisto refuses to shake hands with Philippine coach Simon McMenemy after the match. Screencap from

After the match on December 5, Calisto refused to shake hands with Philippine coach Simon McMenemy. This "upset" McMenemy, he told ANC’s The Rundown. McMenemy said Calisto supposedly told him, "I won’t shake your hands. You’re not a fair play guy." McMenemy told The Rundown, "I maybe fairly young in a job of this standing but I won’t take that disrespect from anybody. For him not to shake my hand (was) a real lack of class."

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