Hanoi (VNA)– Park Hang Seo from the Republic of Korea (RoK) has officially become the headcoach of the men’s national, U23 and Olympic football teams of Vietnam.
Park’s contract with the Vietnam FootballFederation (VFF) lasts from October 2017 until the end of 2019.
Park Hang Seo, born in 1959, used to be a playerof the RoK national team before starting a professional coaching career. He wasknown as the No 1 assistant of Guus Hiddink, who led the RoK team to the semi-finalsof the World Cup 2002 and the RoK’s U23 team to win the bronze medal at theAsian Games in the same year.
He and his teams obtained many achievements atdifferent tournaments of the RoK. Notably, he set a record in 2013 when he ledthe Sangju Sangmu FC with all players being RoK citizens to win 11 consecutivevictories at the K.League Challenge.
Before the VFF inked the contract with Park, thefootball teams of Vietnam were temporarily led by Mai Duc Chung, head coach ofthe women’s national team. Chung replaced coach Nguyen Huu Thang, who resignedafter the national U22 team was defeated at the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEAGames 29) in Malaysia in August.
The first challenge to Park is to lead thenational team in a match against Afghanistan at My Dinh Stadium, Hanoi, onNovember 14, within the fifth qualification round of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
The new coach expressed his hope to receivesupport from football fans and the media. He also wants to bring new vitalityto the national, U23 and Olympic teams so that they will gain the best resultsat upcoming international events.-VNA