Park Hang-seo, head coach of the Vietnam national soccer team, gave great help to his former team Pohang Steelers.
Pohang, led by director Kim Ki-dong, departed for Hanoi, Vietnam on January 9th. He started quenching the field training to prepare for the 2023 season. Pohang resumed overseas training in three years, which was suspended in the aftermath of Corona 19 after the Buriram training camp in Thailand in 2020.
Expectations were high, but a problem arose. Pohang was unable to use the training ground they had previously hired in Hanoi, so they stomped their feet. At this time, director Park appeared and all problems were solved. It was the moment when I could desperately feel the ‘Park Hang-seo Power’ in Vietnam.
Hearing the unfortunate news from Pohang, coach Park stepped forward. Coach Park handed over the official training ground of the Vietnam Football Association in Hanoi, used by the Vietnamese national soccer team, to the Pohang team. If you compare it to Korean soccer, it is like lending a place like the Paju National Training Center (NFC) to K-League club Pohang.
In addition, the accommodation where the Pohang players are staying is close to the main building of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF). Right in front is My Dinh National Stadium, the home stadium of the Vietnamese national team. In the heart of Vietnamese football, Pohang players are comfortably conducting field training.
The two sides also have other ties. Coach Park led the squad as Pohang head coach in 2003 and 2004. At the time, the captain was currently coach Kim of Pohang. The two met in Vietnam after about 20 years as coaches of the Vietnamese national team and coaches of Pohang. Coach Park held Coach Kim’s hand tightly and cheered for his performance in the 2023 season. 스포츠토토
An official from Pohang said through ‘My Daily’, “Director Park Hang-seo often comes to the Pohang players’ lodging. He has tea time with director Kim Ki-dong and talks about old times. Thanks to coach Park Hang-seo and the Vietnam Football Federation, Pohang has been able to prepare well for the 2023 season.” In addition, Posco Vietnam Corporation and POSCO International Vietnam, affiliates of POSCO, the parent company of Pohang, supported a beef dinner to replenish the energy of the athletes.
Meanwhile, coach Park put down the baton of the Vietnamese national soccer team at the end of the 2022 Asian Football Federation (AFF) Mitsubishi Electric Cup (Mitsubishi Cup, formerly Suzuki Cup) schedule, which ended on the 16th. Director Park, who was appointed as Vietnam coach in October 2017, said goodbye beautifully after serving for about 5 years and 4 months.