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Disparaging Mr. Park


I wonder, if it wasn’t Mr. Park but someone else sitting as the head coach of Vietnam, maybe we wouldn’t have even scored a goal.

There is an inherent “illness” of Vietnamese football fans that when the team wins, wins a cup or a title, we cheer with all our words, using the most beautiful words to praise and sob. players and coaches. However, when the home team fails, the same people turn their backs, scoff, scold, even go to the personal pages of the players and coaches to let go of harsh words to the point of vulgarity. .

It is a very sad image with the national football background. Many fans claim to be football lovers, knowledgeable about “the sport of kings”, to judge the members of the team, that if they do this or that, the team “won like chopping bamboo”. .

I still remember, before Coach Park Hang-seo came to take charge of the Vietnamese team, our team was always in a state of fear of the “neighborhood” team of Thailand. Even during the golden generation with famous players Hong Son, Huynh Duc, Van Sy Hung…, every time we have to fight with Thai people, our players are “like chickens with hair”. However, since Mr. Park took over the team, we only drew or won the opponent. The position of Vietnamese football has also gone up dramatically since then. What we have today, is largely due to the efforts of the Korean teacher.

However, all those beautiful things were soon forgotten after the first few matches in the third qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup in Asia. With an inadequate force because many key players have been injured, while facing the top teams in the continent, ranked “upper door” (at least 20 places higher than us according to FIFA rankings). ), the fact that our team failed consecutively is not too surprising.

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In fairness, despite losing, under the guidance of Coach Park Hang-seo, the team showed not bad performances at all. Even experts and the international press also gave us praise, affirming that “Vietnam is a team that cannot be underestimated”. If we were lucky, we might have had points.

But that’s football, in addition to having body, skills and tactics, a team that wants to win good results also needs luck. Unfortunately, we did not have this when continuously receiving controversial and unfavorable rulings from referees and VAR technology.

However, now, I feel sad when many Vietnamese fans still criticize and even curse at the head coach and the national players. When the team plays, I believe any of us want the team to win, it’s a legitimate pursuit. But that doesn’t mean we criticize the team when it fails. Broadly speaking, ask yourself what do we have in hand, where is our position, to require the team to play well, kick well, win big?

If we all thought so thoroughly, I believe we wouldn’t utter such insensitive words. Thinking about the recent defeats, I think that if it was not Coach Park Hang-seo but another person sitting in the chair of the head coach of the Vietnam team, it is unlikely that we would have scored any goals, but not dream of a draw or win. So, if you are not satisfied with the team’s performance, please give your honest feedback in a constructive spirit, always be with the team in both victory and defeat. Please don’t be ungrateful to them.

Bui Huu Cu

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Saudi Arabia – Vietnam – VnExpress Sports


Park Hang-seo’s teachers and students are guests on the Saudi Arabia field in the opening match of the third qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup in Asia. The ball rolls at 1 o’clock.

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After the historic achievement – reaching the final qualifying round for the first time to qualify for the World Cup, ahead of the Vietnamese team will be much bigger challenges. Located in Group B with the teams of Oman, Australia, Saudi Arabia, China and Japan, Vietnam has the lowest rank on the FIFA scoreboard. Among these, Oman and Vietnam have never attended the World Cup.

The opponent in the opening match of Park Hang-seo’s teachers and students – Saudi Arabia – is a regular guest of the biggest football festival on the planet. They have each attended the World Cup five times, including once reaching the knockout stage. A victory for Vietnam will be an earthquake, especially when playing on the opponent’s field. But a draw is also an encouraging result for them.

Saudi Arabia has won and has not conceded five matches in a row. They also do this in the last four matches at home. Vietnam is unbeaten in 10 out of 11 matches, but the only defeat of Park’s teachers and students came in the last match, when they lost 2-3 at the UAE field – the team is also from West Asia and has a similar playing style to Saudi Arabia. Arabia.

Vietnam suffered many disadvantages in terms of force when losing midfielder Bui Tien Dung, defender Doan Van Hau, two midfielders Minh Vuong, Hung Dung and striker Cong Phuong. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia possesses the strongest force.

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Nguyen Van Toan: ‘I don’t know when I will have such an opportunity’ – VnExpress


Suffering a lot of personnel losses as well as the impact of Covid-19, but striker Nguyen Van Toan and his teammates are determined to aim for a historic opportunity in the 2022 World Cup qualifier.

The Vietnamese team gathers from May 7. However, due to Covid-19, Coach Park Hang-seo almost banned the players from moving out of the military place, limiting contact with outsiders as well as entertainment activities above the necessary level. Going to the UAE, in addition to training sessions, the players almost only live in hotels. Coach Park admitted, this more or less affected the psychology of the players.

However, Van Toan affirmed that he and his teammates all tried to overcome because the common goal is to win tickets to the final qualifying round of the World Cup 2022 – Asia region. If successful, it will be a new milestone for Vietnamese football: “We don’t know when we will have such a good opportunity, so we strive to achieve the common goal”, Van Toan shared before. training session on May 30

Nguyen Van Toan gave an interview before the training session of the Vietnamese team at the Police Stadium in Dubai on May 30.  Photo: Lam Thoa

Nguyen Van Toan gave an interview before the training session of the Vietnamese team at the Police Stadium in Dubai on May 30. Image: Lam Tho

Vietnam is at the top of Group G with 11 points. However, with five goals in five matches, Park’s team is only fourth, behind the UAE (8 goals), Malaysia (8 goals) and Thailand (6 goals). But Van Toan is confident that the team’s scoring will be improved. He said: “Vietnam’s offensive line currently has many players in high form. However, we also have many things to improve such as the ability to finish or play stably. Hope for a friendly match with the team. Jordan will be a stepping stone for attacking players to play well in the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches.”

Van Toan is the player with the highest performance, leading the list of goalscorers in the V-League (7 goals). He is ready to compete for the position with Nguyen Cong Phuong or Phan Van Duc, and confidently adapts to the tactical schemes of Coach Park. “Competition for players is normal in football. Currently the team has many good and stable attacking players. Whoever is in better and more stable form will be able to play,” Van Toan added. . “I’ve played a lot in the 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 formation, it’s not that difficult to get used to. In any formation, I think I can play well.”

Coach Park Hang-seo only taught Nguyen Van Toan and Ha Duc Chinh.  Photo: Lam Thoa

Coach Park Hang-seo only taught Nguyen Van Toan and Ha Duc Chinh. Image: Lam Tho

In the first leg, Vietnam defeated both Indonesia and Malaysia. If this achievement is restored, the team will be open to win tickets to continue before having to face the host UAE. Commenting on two opponents in the same Southeast Asia region, Van Toan said: “Indonesia has always been an unpleasant opponent. Vietnam won 3-1 in the first leg, but in the second leg they changed the entire squad. I don’t have much information about this opponent yet but the team also watched some of their players.Hopefully we will play well and get good results.Malaysian opponent also got a lot stronger after the addition. naturalized players. After watching the recent friendly match, we see that they are stronger than before, but Vietnam is also very confident in the confrontation.”

Vietnam played a friendly match with Jordan today May 31, to check the force. In order to ensure that the tactics are not revealed, the two teams agree not to record the match and not to allow the media to operate.

Lam Tho (from Dubai)

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