​Doan Nguyen Duc, the tireless booster of Vietnam’s youth football

Shortly after leading Vietnam to a historic run at the 2018 AFC U23 Championship, coach Park Hang-seo traveled to the Central Highlands to meet Doan Nguyen Duc, a businessman who has hugely contributed to the development of Vietnam’s football for nearly two decades. Vietnam finished second at the U23 competition in China late last month, losing 1-2 to Uzbekistan in extra time in a snowy final on January 27.  The Vietnamese players and their South Korean coach Park were still welcomed as heroes when they returned to Vietnam the following day. After all celebrations, Park flew all the way from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, where he continued to board a flight to Pleiku, the capital of Gia Lai Province, to meet Duc and say thanks to him on February 1. He has reasons to do so. Upon being assigned to take the helm at both the U23 and national teams in October 2017, the South Korean coach visited Duc at his football academy, Hoang Anh Gia Lai, in Pleiku twice later the same year, and was impressed with how professional the training center is. Park has said he also admired Duc for the amount of time, money and effort he has tirelessly spent on developing the academy, which has indeed provided a number of great players to Vietnamese football teams of all levels. Coach Park Hang seo is welcomed upon his arrival to Pleiku. Photo: Tuoi Tre Six players out of the Vietnamese squad making history at the… [Read full story]


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