Vietnam's Korean Coach Park Hang-seo Continues Run of Success with SEA Games Gold

  • By Yun Dong-been

    December 11, 2019 10:48

    Vietnam’s coach Park Hang-seo reacts during the final against Indonesia at the Southeast Asian Games in Manila, the Philippines on Tuesday. /AP-Yonhap

    Vietnam's national football team coach Park Hang-seo has led his team to its first-ever Southeast Asian Games title. Vietnam defeated Indonesia 3-0 in the final in Manila, the Philippines on Tuesday.

    "I'm so glad to repay all the love and support I received from the people of Vietnam," Park said.

    But Park had to watch the final portion of the game from the stands after being shown a red card for complaining to the referee in the 77th minute. After the game he returned to the pitch to celebrate Vietnam's first gold medal in the tournament. South Vietnam won the inaugural title in 1959 before the country's reunification.

    It is Vietnam's second major title under the Korean coach, who has become a hero in the country, since the 2018 ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup.

    Since taking the helm in October 2017, Park has led the Vietnamese national team to the final of the 2018 Asian Football Confederation U-23 Championship and the semifinals of the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. Vietnam also won the final of Southeast Asia's top Suzuki football tournament and reached the quarterfinals of this year's AFC Asian Cup. 

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