Former champions SHB Da Nang will start 2017 in an auspicious manner where they will start playing all their V-League matches at the new 20,000 capacity Hoa Xuan Stadium.

SHB Da Nang’s first game at the new stadium will be against Fico Cement Tay Ninh in the qualifying round of the National Football Cup on 4 February.

The new stadium, which covers an area of 10.2ha, will host all international sports in the city. Last year, Barcelona football school in Asia and Oceania (FCBEscola) paid a working visit to the team for future co-operation in training young footballers.

For the new season, Da Nang have signed up Britez Ezequiel David from Argentina and Brazilian Teofilo Soares Eydison.

They have also secured Vietnamese citizenship for Argentina-born striker Gaston Merlo, and the striker will now play under the Vietnamese name Do Merlo.

Merlo was the top scorer in the V.League last season with 24 goals – the fourth time he finished as the league’s top marksman.

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