‘Saldink’ coach Park Hang-seo (63) will lead the Vietnamese national soccer team on its final voyage.
Vietnam, led by coach Park Hang-seo, will go to the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Mitsubishi Electric Cup (Suzuki Cup) in the Southeast Asia World Cup, which opened on the 20th (Korean time). The tournament will be held in Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and the Philippines until January 16 next year.
The Suzuki Cup is a competition in which AFF member countries compete for supremacy, and has been held every two years since the 1996 Singapore competition. Even in Asia, the AFF member countries that belong to the weak group have the Suzuki Cup as a tournament like the ‘World Cup’. The interest of the people of each country is considerable.
In this tournament, the 10 member countries of the AFF are divided into two groups to play the group stage, and the first and second places in each group advance to the semi-finals to decide the winner. Coach Park Hang-seo’s Vietnam was in Group B along with Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar and Laos.
Director Park Hang-seo, who took the baton in Vietnam in October 2017, will perform “Last Dance” at the Suzuki Cup. Coach Park and the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) agreed not to extend the contract beyond January 31, 2023, when the contract expired in October. This Suzuki Cup is the last tournament with Vietnam.
Coincidentally, the Suzuki Cup is the tournament in which coach Park Hang-seo won Vietnam. Vietnam, which participated in the 2018 Suzuki Cup, lifted the trophy while remaining undefeated from the group stage. It was the first win in 10 years. Director Park became a ‘hero’ in Vietnam. Even after that, he caused ‘Park Hang-seo Magic’ by advancing to the quarterfinals of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup and advancing to the final Asian qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Vietnam is looking forward to a beautiful breakup with director Park Hang-seo. VN Express, a Vietnamese media outlet, said, “I hope that Vietnamese players will present coach Park with the last championship. Director Park deserves it.” 토토
Director Park Hang-seo’s ‘Last Dance’ opens at 9:30 pm on the 21st in the first round of the group stage against Laos. Vietnam has met Laos twice since the appointment of coach Park, and has won both victories without conceding a goal.
It is also worth paying attention to the confrontation between Korean leaders in this competition. Vietnam and Malaysia, led by coach Pangon Kim, will face off on the 27th. Indonesia, led by coach Shin Tae-yong, belonged to Group A. They have to go through the group stage and reach the semifinals to face head coaches Park Hang-seo and Kim Pan-gon. Coach Shin’s Indonesia showed the potential to win the runner-up in the last tournament.