Vietnam, a team of ‘incredibles’

Their route to a possible gold-medal is amazing as the team is made of incredible members. The first special one must be head coach Park Hang-seo whose nickname is ‘Sleeping One’ due to his sitting position on the bench during matches. Park took charge of the Vietnamese squad in early October last year after the team failed to make the final of the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia. He did not convince too many Vietnamese of his prowess due to his CV. Park had an unimpressive career as a player before he moved to work as a coach. The local media worked hard on finding out who he was but the information about him was sketchy. Even midfielder Luong Xuan Truong, who played in the Republic of Korea (RoK) for two years, did not know him. Vietnam was the first national senior team he was taking over. He was well-known for his position as coach assistant to Guss Hiddink at the RoK’s national team during the 2002 World Cup. In the same year, he led the RoK’s U-23 team to a bronze medal at the Asian Games. Before coming to Vietnam he had taken charge of Changwon FC who finished sixth in the RoK’s National League’s third-tier last year. However, in just three months, he has brought about a great change in the team and altered people’s thinking. Park spent his time watching players in the domestic leagues as well as their video clips. He also talked with his assistants to find out their advantages and disadvantages to… [Read full story]

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