Park Hang-seo (66), coach of the Vietnam national soccer team, advised the players to play for the fans, not for themselves.
Vietnam, led by coach Park, will play the first leg of the 2022 AFF (ASEAN Football Federation) Mitsubishi Electric Cup final against Thailand at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam on the 13th at 9:30 pm (Korean time). The second game will be held at Thammasat Stadium in Pathum Thani, Thailand on the 16th.
Vietnam advanced to the final by beating Indonesia under Shin Tae-yong in the semifinals. The ‘defending champion’ Thailand defeated Malaysia, led by coach Kim Pan-gon, to reach the finals for two consecutive tournaments.
Prior to the game, coach Park pledged victory. According to Vietnam’s ‘VNEXPRESS’, he said, “While leading Vietnam for five years, the only match we lost to Thailand was the first leg of the 2020 AFF Cup semi-finals.” I want to give it to people,” he said. 스포츠토토
Director Park, who has been in charge of Vietnam since September 2017, will end his 5-year partnership with Vietnam this month. He signed a 2+1 renewal contract with the Vietnam Football Association in November 2019, but this time he chose to say goodbye.
As it is Park’s ‘Last Dance’, Vietnamese players are also burning their determination. Do Hung-dong, the captain, was determined to give coach Park the championship as a parting gift.
Director Park thought differently. He said, “I don’t think the players should be under pressure because of me. As a national team player, the fact that I must win for the fans is the most important thing. My job is to motivate the players, not to burden them.”
Vietnam also needs to pay attention to warning management. If you receive a warning in the first game, there are four players who cannot participate in the second game. Nevertheless, coach Park replied, “Our goal is to win,” and “I don’t care about warnings because victory comes first.”