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August 26, 1998 | TINI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Draped in banners and clutching a host of Vietnamese flags, Tran Duc Loi, 21, earnestly repeated his mantra to anyone who would listen: "We will win. We will win." If there is a national religion here in this Communist state, it might well be soccer. And die-hard fans are in the throes of ecstasy as opening ceremonies begin today for the Tiger Cup, the biennial two-week soccer championship for Southeast Asian countries. T-shirts and sports banners are flying out of stores.
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August 26, 1998 | TINI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Draped in banners and clutching a host of Vietnamese flags, Tran Duc Loi, 21, earnestly repeated his mantra to anyone who would listen: "We will win. We will win." If there is a national religion here in this Communist state, it might well be soccer. And die-hard fans are in the throes of ecstasy as opening ceremonies begin today for the Tiger Cup, the biennial two-week soccer championship for Southeast Asian countries. T-shirts and sports banners are flying out of stores.
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