Park Hang-seo’s final opponent confirmed…Vietnam faces off against ‘defending champion’ Thailand


The Vietnam national soccer team, led by coach Park Hang-seo, competes with Thailand, a powerhouse in Southeast Asia, to win the 2022 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Mitsubishi Electric Cup (Mitsubishi Cup).

On the 10th (Korean time), Thailand defeated Malaysia, coached by Pangon Kim, 3-0 in the home game of the Mitsubishi Cup semi-final second leg held at Tammasat Stadium in Pathum Thani, Thailand. Thailand, who lost 0-1 in the first leg of the away game, was tied at 1 win and 1 loss in the first and second leg, but advanced to the final with a 3-1 lead on aggregate score. Vietnam advanced to the final by defeating Shin Tae-yong’s Indonesia in another semifinal match held a day earlier. As a result, the highly anticipated final confrontation between the Korean commanders was canceled. 안전놀이터

Vietnam and Thailand will play the first leg of the final on the 13th at 9:30 pm at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam, and the second leg at home in Thailand on the 16th. Thailand, the most successful team in history (six times) and the defending champion, is aiming for its seventh trophy. Vietnam is challenging for the third championship in its career. The Mitsubishi Cup, held every two years, is the most prestigious tournament in the region, called the ‘Southeast Asia World Cup’. It was called the Suzuki Cup until the last tournament, but the sponsor changed from this year. 10 teams participated in this competition.

Director Park Hang-seo dreams of a happy ending by defeating Thailand. This tournament is the stage of the ‘Last Dance’ where coach Park takes the lead in Vietnam. Director Park, whose contract expires on the 31st, decided not to extend the contract with Vietnam. During the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, coach Park, who helped coach Guus Hiddink as the head coach of the Korean national team and contributed to the semifinal myth, took the baton of Vietnam from 2017 and led Vietnam to the top of the Mitsubishi Cup (then Suzuki Cup) in 2018 for the first time in 10 years. In 2019, he won another championship at the Southeast Asian Games (SEA), causing a ‘Park Hang-seo craze’.

Coach Park challenges the beauty of Yoo Jong with his beloved Vietnamese players. After confirming the finals, he held a press conference, saying, “Vietnamese players are one step above other Southeast Asian teams.” lost.

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