Hanoi (VNA) – Men’s Soccer at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (WED Games 31) is not only attracting the attention of Southeast Asian audiences, but also the fans of the Republic of Korea (Republic of Korea).
This is understandable because there are two Korean coaches participating in this tournament. They are Vietnam U23 coach Park Hang-seo and Indonesia U23 coach Shin Tae-yong.
Immediately after Vietnam U23 defeated Malaysia U23 in the semi-finals and won the ticket to play in the final, the Korean press praised Coach Park and expressed regret when Coach Shin’s team failed to play. could not qualify for the final.
The Sport Seoul newspaper published an article with an opening sentence: “In the end, only the ‘Original Hallyu’ can smile.” It is a statement full of hidden meanings. The author of the article, journalist Jung Da Woo, implicitly appreciates the 65-year-old strategist who has been behind the trend of hiring Korean coaches in Southeast Asia since 2018 and who has brought about many changes positive to regional football.
Coach Park and his players won when they secured their ticket to the final game against Thailand U23, while Coach Shin’s team stopped in the semi-finals and will compete for the bronze medal in a game against Malaysia U23.
On the same day, the Chosun daily expressed regret when Shin Tae-yong’s Indonesia U23 team lost to Thailand U23. According to the newspaper, “the dream final between two Korean coaches, Park Hang-seo and Shin Tae Yong, is gone.” Only now U23 Vietnam will face Thailand U23 in the final match./.