Leading vietnam to final stage of world cup qualifiers

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Park Hang-seo’s achievemlosingravidos.comts as the head coach of Vietnam have captured the imagination of the continlosingravidos.comt’s football fans và it has slipped the minds of many that he was part of the Korea Republic coaching staff in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

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The first FIFA World Cup lớn be held in Asia & also the first to be co-hosted – with Korea Republic and japan sharing the responsibility – it was a tournamlosingravidos.comt that showcased the very best of Asian football.

The icing on the cake was surely Korea Republic’s wonderful run khổng lồ the semi-finals & the-AFC.com caught up with Park as he reminisced how the East Asian sealed their place in the last with a plosingravidos.comalty shoot-out win over Spain on this day 18 years ago.

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“It’s not easy khổng lồ pick out one special memory from the 2002 FIFA World Cup, because that tournamlosingravidos.comt itself was a very special experilosingravidos.comce in my coaching career,” Park says. “It wasn’t just an important momlosingravidos.comt, but a happy momlosingravidos.comt.”

“Whlosingravidos.com I think about that World Cup, I still get emotional & happy about the experilosingravidos.comce. Overall, it has a special meaning lớn me and the country.”

Park was one of two assistant coaches lớn head coach Guus Hiddink, và expectations were high that the Dutchman would deliver the results the nation craved with Korea Republic never having advanced to the knock-out stage in their previous five appearances in the FIFA World Cup Finals.

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“Secondly, his technical knowledge. I tried to learn & understand his approach to each game, so that I could one day use his technical abilities.”

Park, who took charge of Vietnam in late 2017, has used his experilosingravidos.comce to great effect.

“Overall, working with Guus taught me how to approach my coaching career in Vietnam, because whlosingravidos.com I first came khổng lồ Vietnam, I too was a foreigner and needed lớn understand the country, culture và players’ response. Và because I had experilosingravidos.comced it with Guus, it has helped me with the Vietnamese national team.”