Vietnamese football confident for the future

NDO – A new page was written in the history of Vietnamese football as the country’s U23 team claimed second place at the AFC U23 Championship 2018 that concluded in China two days ago. It was not just a matter of luck either, but a praiseworthy achievement following a difficult journey to defeat their opponents and progress to the final, as stated by the professional circle both at home and abroad. From being an average team in Southeast Asia (SEA) without a single SEA Games title, under the leadership of the Republic of Korea coach Park Hang-seo, Vietnam U23’s overcame many of the footballing powers in the region, including Australia, Iraq and Qatar, and fought bravely on a par with the overall champions Uzbekistan in the final during harsh weather conditions. The accomplishment is even more impressive and praiseworthy given that a lot of the favoured teams, such as Japan, China and Australia did not progress past the group stage. When Vietnam U23’s produced their first miracle by beating Australia, Park Hang-seo affirmed that was only the beginning. Indeed, the RoK coach and his players later performed consecutive “earthquakes”, which struck the whole continent, with commanding victories against Iraq and Qatar in order to seal a final place against Uzbekistan and finish as the overall runners-up, alongside being awarded the Fair-play prize. In the mindset of the fans, Vietnam U23’s was considered weaker than most of the other opponents. Only coach Park Hang-seo showed his players that they were at… [Read full story]

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