InterContinental Asiana Saigon Welcomes the Internationally Well-known Coach - Mr. Alex McLeish.

Ho Chi Minh City, May 2013, InterContinental Asiana Saigon was delighted to welcome the internationally well-known coach Mr. Alex McLeish, who was the 16th national coach for Scotland.

Born in Glasgow, Mr. McLeish was a fixture in the Scotland national team for over a decade. He made his debut against Portugal in March 1980, and played for Scotland in the World Cup Finals in 1982, 1986 and 1990 before winning his 77th and final cap in February 1993. He was also a key player in the dominant Aberdeen side of the early 1980s, which won numerous trophies under Sir Alex Ferguson. The height of his success was reached with the European Cup Winners' Cup victory over Real Madrid in 1983, followed by the European Super Cup defeat of Hamburg later that year. After playing Alex McLeish went into management and had highly successful spells managing Glasgow Rangers, the Scotland national team and Birmingham City. During his time at Birmingham they defeated Arsenal to win the Carling Cup. His last post was as manager of Aston Villa.

During his first time visit to Vietnam, Mr. McLeish made the visit to the prestigious British International School (BIS) in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City. Mr. McLeish also went to the football pitch to conduct different training sessions with the students from BIS campuses including the boy teams and the girl teams of both primary and secondary grades. He was warmly welcomed by the eager group of students and spent around 40 minute session with each team to train them some of the techniques and tactics that he acquired from his successful career. "There's nothing that beats playing sport. When you play sport, it's not a catwalk where you perform individually. You will learn how to communicate with your teammates, to trust them and to work together as a team", Mr. McLeish shared with the students at the end of the session.

Being a proud member of the IHG family, InterContinental Asiana Saigon has always strived to be a responsible business that supports the local community where it does business. Through various sustainable development programmes such as the Library Project, park cleaning days, tree planting activities and the I-grad programme to support graduated students, the hotel team is doing its best to make Ho Chi Minh City a better place for its citizens. "It is an honour for InterContinental Asiana Saigon to host Mr. McLeish. He is a great person and truly a world's figure who has contributed so much throughout his football career. At InterContinental Asiana Saigon, we value and believe in building individuals with strong passions and talents to become future leaders. I truly believe that Mr. McLeish's presence at BIS has inspired many young talented individuals who will take his lesson about teamwork and turn it into action. I cannot wait to see each of these young students make a good impact in the local community." said Mr. Fergus Stewart, General Manager of InterContinental Asiana Saigon cum Director of Operations of IHG in Thailand and Indochina.

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