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Park Hang-seo’s ‘Last Dance’… Is it possible to win revenge against Thailand?

Park Hang-seo (65), head coach of the Vietnam national soccer team, will fight for the last time to reap the beauty of the end after spending the past five years with Vietnam. It is a determination to fight for revenge against Thailand, which has been especially weak since his appointment.

Coach Park will play the first match against defending champion Thailand in the 2022 Southeast Asian Football Federation (AFF) Mitsubishi Electric Cup (Mitsubishi Cup) final held at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam at 9:30 pm on the 13th (Korean time). The second leg will be played at home in Thailand on the 16th. It is the third challenge to win the Mitsubishi Cup, which is called the ‘Southeast Asia World Cup’ with the highest authority in the region.

Director Park’s ‘Last Dance’ stage looks rough. In this tournament, which started in 1996, Thailand, the winningest team in history (six times), neutralized Vietnam, which had reached the semifinals 10 times. Thailand has thwarted Vietnam’s progress to the finals four times in 2002, 2007 and 2020, including the inaugural tournament in 1996. At least two victories saved Vietnam’s face. One of these is directed by Park.

In particular, due to the new coronavirus infection (Corona 19), the 2020 competition held in December 2021 is regrettable. At the time, Vietnam was eliminated from Thailand with 1 draw and 1 loss in the quarterfinals 온라인바카라. On the other hand, Thailand, who reached the final, won the championship by defeating Indonesia, led by Korean coach Shin Tae-yong. The match against Thailand has become a tomb for Korean coaches. In the semifinals of this tournament, coach Kim Pan-gon’s Malaysia was caught by Thailand, and the finals were frustrated, and the final match between Korean coaches was also unsuccessful.

Since coach Park joined the Vietnam national team in 2017, the record against Thailand has been 1 win, 3 draws and 1 loss. Since the King’s Cup victory (1-0) in June 2019, they have not caught Thailand for over three and a half years. As this is the last challenge, I am determined to complete a happy ending. This is the first re-challenge in 4 years since 2018 when Vietnam reached the top of the tournament after 10 years.

Over the past five years, coach Park has contributed to the development of his local football and has been treated as a ‘Vietnamese hero’. 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Asian Cup first semifinals (runner-up), 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games first semifinals (4th place), 2019 AFC Asian Cup first quarterfinals, 2019 Southeast Asian Games 60 years , and advanced to the first final qualifier for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Meanwhile, Vietnam awarded coach Park the Best Foreign Sports Leader of 2022 award. He attended the ‘Victory Cup’ award ceremony in Hanoi on the 11th and said, “This is the year that ends my 5-year partnership with the Vietnamese national team. The (Mitsubishi Cup) finals remain.” I think. I will do my best to make sure the players deliver good news to the Vietnamese people by holding the final well.”

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