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In Japan for a five-month loan spell, Vinh was received by Vietnamese residents and Japanese journalists

Vietnamese star Le Cong Vinh arrived in Sapporo to a hero's welcome as he begins his five-month stint with Japanese side Consadole Sapporo.

The 27-year-old was greeted at the airport by Vietnamese residents in Hokkaido as well as Japanese journalists.

"Honestly, I didn't expect to be welcomed by so many Vietnamese supporters and Japanese media," said Vinh modestly.

"Although being quite tired, I feel very happy. Before departing for Japan, I heard Sapporo citizens are very friendly and now I can feel it clearly."

The forward will remain with the J-League 2 side until January 2014, and will be in his second stint with a foreign club having had a loan spell with Leixoes Sport Club of Portugal in 2009.

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