‘Ssaldink’ Vietnam national football team coach Park Hang-seo goes on a ‘last dance’ against his ‘old enemy’ Thailand. Coach Park has a great desire to decorate his final stage with victory, such as seeking advice from Indonesian coach Kim Pan-gon, who recently played against Thailand.
Vietnam, led by coach Park Hang-seo, will play the first leg of the 2022 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Mitsubishi Electric Cup (Mitsubishi Cup) final against Thailand at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam on the 13th at 9:30 pm (Korean time). On the 16th at 9:30 pm, the second leg of the final will be held in Thailand. In the final, the team with the highest total score in the first and second games takes home the championship cup.
The Mitsubishi Cup final is the farewell stage for coach Park. He puts down the baton of coaching Vietnam after two consecutive matches in the finals. Ending a long, long life in Vietnam. Coach Park, who took over the leadership of the Vietnamese national team in September 2017, has made Vietnamese football reborn as a powerhouse in Southeast Asia for five years. In the 2018 Suzuki Cup (now the Mitsubishi Cup), he won the championship trophy in Vietnam for the first time in 10 years and became a ‘national hero’. Director Park is gaining immense popularity in Vietnam.
Coach Park even received the 2022 Vietnam Best Foreign Leader Award at an awards ceremony organized by the Vietnamese Sports Authority on the 11th. He received all the recognition in Vietnam as a foreign coach. He just wants to finish ‘Last Dance’ well. Coach Park, whose contract with Vietnam expires after this tournament, is making a strong determination. He said, “There is still work to be done in Vietnam. (Mitsubishi Cup) The finals remain. We have to finish this well to complete our mission in Vietnam.” 안전놀이터
The opponent is Park’s ‘old enemy’ Thailand. It is by no means an easy opponent. ‘Defending champion’ Thailand is a strong team with the record of winning 6 times, the most in this tournament. In the last tournament, Thailand defeated Shin Tae-yong’s Indonesia in the final and won the championship. Coach Park’s Vietnam met Thailand in the semifinals of this tournament and lost 0-2 on aggregate in the first and second games.
The first leg of the final will be held at the home of Vietnam. The game is expected to unfold amidst the fervent support of the home fans. As it is important to suppress the baseline in the second game, I am determined to put my life and death on the line in the first game.
Coach Park even asked Malaysian coach Kim Pan-gon for advice to win the championship. Vietnamese media 24H.com reported that “Coach Park had discussions with coach Pan-Gon Kim to prepare for the match in Thailand in the final.” Even through a press conference ahead of the final, coach Park said, “I asked for advice from coach Kim. He is a Korean coach, and he has experience dealing with Thailand in the semifinals of this tournament.” Coach Kim’s Malaysia met Thailand in the semi-finals of this tournament and recorded 1 win and 1 loss, but were eliminated after being pushed on goal difference. With the experience of winning 1-0 in the first game, it seems that Park must have listened to a lot of advice.