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One of South-East Asia's premier strikers is heading to Europe...

Vietnam’s number one striker Le Cong Vinh has joined Portugal top flight club Leixoes on a short-term loan deal.

The 23 year-old will start his European career on September 1 and his loan will end on December 31.  

That will be almost a year to the day since Vinh headed home the winning goal in the ASEAN Cup final for Vietnam against Thailand to send the nation crazy and earn his place in football history.  

Vietnam’s national team coach Henrique Calisto hails from Portugal and recommended the player.  

Leixoes are keen to raise their profile in the region and as Asia as a whole and see the four-month loan as the first step.

It is perfect timing for the player as his club team T&T Hanoi have three games left this season – Vinh is the second leading goalscorer in the league with 14 goals.

He will also be released for Vietnam’s two 2011 Asian Cup qualifiers against Syria in November.

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