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Football coach Park Hang Seo: “I’m not interested in fame”

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In addition to professional goals, Korean head coach Park Hang Seo of the Vietnamese national football squad wants to improve the mission of connecting Vietnam and Korea.

HLV Park Hang Seo: 'Tôi không mặn mà với hào quang'

Korean head coach Park Hang Seo of the Vietnamese national football squad

“Within the three years I have worked in Vietnam, we can see the harmony between the two countries through football. Many people see me as an icon, or a bridge between Vietnam and Korea,” said coach Park Hang Seo.

He said that success in football will be forgotten very quickly if he fails, so he always thinks about the present as well as the future, instead of the past halo.

“I always think that fame is the same as acting. I am always grateful for the support and love of the Vietnamese people. That sentiment has definitely affected my performance and achievement because I am the head coach of the national football team,” he said.

“I try not to be dependent on fame as it may disappear very quickly. I had a similar experience at the 2002 World Cup when I used to be famous, so I try not to be too interested in this aura,” he said.

He affirmed that Vietnamese fans’ feelings for him are very sincere, so to thank fans, he tries to take pictures or give his autograph because he is not fluent in Vietnamese.

“We do our best to show our sincere gratitude to our fans as much as we can,” Mr. Park said.

The coach said the image of Korea in Vietnam is much better thanks to football. “I have heard many stories about Korean people and tourists served and treated very well by Vietnamese or at local restaurants or tourist spots every time the Vietnamese national team wins or plays well.

And I’m glad that the harmony in football helps the development of many other relationships in society,” he said.

“However, I always feel that I am receiving too much attention from fans. So I feel sorry for the coaching staff and the whole team who have always worked hard together. If I play a role in the development of diplomacy between the two countries, I will always be willing to take a part.”

Huy Phong-LH

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/entertainment-sports/football-coach-park-hang-seo-i-m-not-interested-in-fame-716744.html

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V-League: football clubs change coaches

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Nearly a third of the teams in the V-League have changed coaches.

V-League chao đảo 'ghế nóng', bầu Đức làm ngoại lệ với Kiatisuk

Binh Duong FC’s coach Phan Thanh Hung (left) has just resigned, the fourth coach who lost his job in V-League.

So far, Saigon FC, Hanoi FC, Hong Linh Ha Tinh FC and the latest, Binh Duong FC, have changed their coaches for the same reason: the teams did not perform well.

Of the four coaches who have lost their position, except for Japanese coach Masahiro Shimoda who has not left any impression, the rest have proven their ability in the V-League for many years. However, they were unable to hold their seats. They were fired or actively resigned.

Looking at the last rounds in the V-League, it can be said that the 2021 football season is exciting, stressful and full of surprises. And this makes the seats of coaches of V-League clubs more fragile.

V-League chao đảo 'ghế nóng', bầu Đức làm ngoại lệ với Kiatisuk

HAGL FC’s Thai coach Kiatisuk (left) and HAGL Chairman Doan Nguyen Duc.

It seems that some other clubs also plan to change their coaches. It is rumored that HCM City FC is seeking a deal with former football star Dusit to be its new coach, replacing Mano Polking or Hanoi FC, although recently replacing coach Chu Dinh Nghiem by Hoang Van Phuc, wants to hire a Korean coach to replace Phuc.

Those are the most obvious movements, but when the V-League enters the upcoming fierce period, no one is really sure they can keep their job until the end of the 2021 season.

But there is an exception, Thai coach Kiatisuk at Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) FC. Kiatisuk can’t be named right now in the group of coaches who are at risk of losing their jobs in the V-League when HAGL ranks first in V-League 2021 and is the biggest candidate for the championship this year.

Mai Anh

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/entertainment-sports/v-league-football-clubs-change-coaches-727883.html

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Than Quang Ninh pays remaining owed salaries to players

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Than Quang Ninh pays remaining owed salaries to players

Than Quang Ninh players (in blue) during a V. League game with Hanoi FC on April 11, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa.


Than Quang Ninh players received the remaining two months’ salaries owed by the club on Thursday.

Before going to Hanoi for the V. League match against Viettel FC Friday, they had received five of the seven months’ salaries, and demanded payment of the rest to play.

Club chairman Pham Thanh Hung had promised the players the payment would be made on Thursday, and made good on it.

The amount paid was VND8 billion ($341,671) of which half came from Hung’s pocket and the rest from two sponsors the Quang Ninh Province People’s Committee had found.

The players are owed bonuses and other payments since early 2020, but Hung has promised to work with the province to find a solution.

Quang Ninh’s financial problems began before the 2021 season after their sponsor Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Industries Group withdrew.

They need VND60-70 billion ($2.6-3.03 million) a season.

The team’s head coach and many key players moved to other teams, with only a few staying back and the club having to use young players from their academy.

Despite this Quang Ninh have performed well, scoring 18 points from nine rounds to lie third in the table.

Earlier this month the players went on a strike after months without payment. On April 9 they said on their social media accounts that they would not play until the club paid them.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/sports/football/than-quang-ninh-pays-remaining-owed-salaries-to-players-4263720.html

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Hanoi works to ensure best preparations for SEA Games 31 and ASEAN Para Games 11

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The People’s Committee of Hanoi has recently issued Plan No. 91/KH-UBND on the organisation of the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) and the 11th ASEAN Para Games (ASEAN Para Games 11) in the city later this year.

Hanoi works to ensure best preparations for SEA Games 31 and ASEAN Para Games 11
The official logo and mascot of the 31st SEA Games, to be hosted in Vietnam in 2021.

SEA Games 31 is scheduled to take place in Vietnam between November 21 and December 2, while ASEAN Para Games 11 will follow from December 17 to 23. Hanoi has been designated to host the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the competitions in the majority of sports.

In order to well organise the aforementioned important events, along with the renovation and repair of the sports facilities in service of the regional Games, the municipal People’s Committee has directed the development of local athletes to participate in the national teams, striving to achieve high results and decisively contribute to the overall performances of the Vietnamese sports delegations at SEA Games 31 and ASEAN Para Games 11.

The city has requested agencies, departments and branches to effectively implement emulation movements to build a civilised lifestyle and polite communication style, observe the law and traffic safety regulations, and keep environmental hygiene green, clean and beautiful, in combination with the acceleration of the movement “All people unite to build cultural life”, towards promoting the image of elegant, civilised and friendly Hanoi people and leaving a good impression in the hearts of international friends. In additions, local efforts to maintain political security and social safety as well as to fight social evils and the pandemic will also be stepped up.

Hanoi works to ensure best preparations for SEA Games 31 and ASEAN Para Games 11
This is the second time Vietnam has hosted the regional Games, after the first time in 2003.

Relevant agencies have been asked to strengthen technical infrastructure to ensure the provision of logistics, transportation, tourism, health, and information technology services for SEA Games 31 and ASEAN Para Games 11. The municipal People’s Committee has also requested the embellishment of local markets, shops, trade centres and supermarkets, along with the proactive preparation of goods sources to serve international delegations, tourists and fans, ensuring abundance in volume, diversity in forms, quality and food safety.

Under the plan, the city will mobilise young people and students to join the voluntary forces serving activities in the framework of the Games, in addition to arranging tour guides and interpreters to support participating foreign athletes, trainers and visitors. Individuals and mass organisations will also be encouraged to get involved in voluntary activities to serve the Games in the capital.

The Hanoi People’s Committee has requested the organisation of SEA Games 31 and ASEAN Para Games 11 must ensure absolute safety in terms of social security and order, fire prevention and control, health care, and fighting the pandemic.

SEA Games 31 will feature more than 520 competition events in 40 sports, most of which are named in the Asian Games and Olympic Games systems. Meanwhile, ASEAN Para Games 11 will comprise of 14 sports with about 400 competition events. This is the second time Vietnam has hosted the regional Games, after the first time in 2003.

Nhan Dan

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/entertainment-sports/hanoi-works-to-ensure-best-preparations-for-sea-games-31-and-asean-para-games-11-728077.html

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