Coach Park's football academy launched in Vietnam

By VNA   August 31, 2023 | 03:25 am PT
Coach Park's football academy launched in Vietnam
Coach Park Hang-seo speaks at the launching ceremony of his football academy in Hanoi on Aug. 30, 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Hieu Luong
The Park Hang-seo International Football Academy officially opened in Hanoi on Wednesday, marking the development of youth football in Vietnam.

This is the outcome of enthusiasm of coach Park Hang-seo and his team, with the goal of developing the school football model for students aged between five and 11.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Park emphasized the importance of the school football development movement, expressing his hope that the academy will open up new horizons, contributing to creating a firm root for the development of Vietnamese football in the future.

President of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) Tran Quoc Tuan said that the opening of the first South Korean football academy in Vietnam will contribute to tightening the friendship and cooperation between the two countries. In the coming time, Vietnam and the RoK will continue to have cooperation development programs to help Vietnamese football develop in a stable and sustainable way.

Head coach of the Vietnamese national women’s football team Mai Duc Chung expressed his hope that the academy will train many good players, provide the right orientations for football talents, and help nurture football passion among young kids.

Coach Park Hang Seo, 66, used to be Guus Hiddink's assistant in the South Korea team to the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup. He also led the RoK’s Olympic team to win the bronze medal at the 2022 Asiad.

However, his name was only really known to many people when he served as the head coach of the Vietnam team (2017-2022).

He helped Vietnam U23 win the 23 Asian U2018 runner-up position, twice winning the SEA Games gold medals (2019, 2021), with the Vietnamese team winning the AFF Cup 2018, reaching the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup 2019 and to the final qualifying round of the World Cup 2022.

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