Vietnam's Korean Football Coach Showered with Bonuses After SEA Games Win

  • By Joo Hyung-sik

    December 12, 2019 11:06

    Park Hang-seo /Yonhap

    Vietnam's national football team coach Park Hang-seo is seeing his popularity soar to new heights in the country following its gold medal performance at the Southeast Asian Games.

    According to local media on Wednesday, Park and the national team will be given sizable cash bonuses for winning the country's first-ever gold medal in the 60-year history of the SEA Games.

    Vietnam beat Indonesia 3-0 in the final in Manila, the Philippines on Tuesday. Scores of Vietnamese football fans poured into the streets following the win.

    The Vietnam Football Federation has promised bonuses of 3 billion dong (around W154 million, US$1=W1,193), while Vietnam's Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien plans to present 1 billion dong and business groups have put up another 2 billion dong. The starting monthly salary of a university graduate in Vietnam is 6 million dong, the equivalent of W300,000.

    A staffer at the Vietnam Football Federation said, "The amount of bonuses is expected to increase." 

    Vietnamese football fans pack a street in Nha Trang in southern Vietnam on Tuesday to celebrate the country's first title in the Southeast Asian Games.

    Park renewed his contract last month and his salary remains undisclosed, but local media reports say he will receive US$960,000 a year.

    Park will visit Korea with his team for a nine-day winter training session in Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province starting Saturday. 

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