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Special terms in VFF’s contract with Coach Park Hang Seo



The employment contract signed between the head coach of the Vietnamese national football team Park Hang and VFF has a special clause that prolongs the cooperation between the Korean coach with Vietnamese football.

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Coach Park Hang Seo (right) is under great pressure in 2021.

On November 7, 2019, the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) and Coach Park Hang Seo extended the contract for two years. The Korean coach receives a monthly salary of $50,000.

The special provision is that the contract will automatically be extended for one more year if both parties agree. Mr. Park’s 2-year contract is about to end in 10 months.

According to VFF Secretary General Le Hoai Anh, three months before the end of the contract, the two sides will sit down to discuss the future. If they agree to continue their cooperation, the contract will immediately be valid and they will not need to negotiate and sign a new one. The salary of the Korean coach will remain unchanged next year.

In case the two sides cannot find a common voice for some reason, they will say goodbye to each other. Both the insiders and fans do not expect this scenario to happen, because Mr. Park has helped Vietnamese football win many victories, and the Korean coach has gained a lot from working in Vietnam.

Go beyond employment contract

This year coach Park has been assigned a lot of important tasks by VFF, including taking Vietnam to the final qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup in Asia, winning a card to the final of the Asia U23 championship, and defending the championship title at SEA Games and the AFF Cup.

Mr. Park understands the expectations of VFF and Vietnamese fans. Over the past year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, activities of the Vietnamese teams were almost “frozen”, but the Korean coach was still paid by the VFF.

“I understand the pressure and am aware of my responsibility. It is not easy to meet the Vietnamese fans’ expectations. But I will try to bring into play all the resources and allocate the time properly to achieve the set target,” said Mr. Park.

Vietnamese football needs Mr. Park, and vice versa

The VFF is very confident that Coach Park Hang Seo will continue to stick with Vietnamese football, even for a long time to come. A VFF official said: “Mr. Park is doing his job very well, and we think there is no reason for Coach Park Hang Seo to refuse to renew the contract.”

The VFF needs Mr. Park and vice versa. In addition to professional issues, Coach Park Hang Seo also plays a role as a link between Vietnam and Korea in many fields. He has helped raise the image of the two countries and create pride among the public, so the relationship between VFF and Mr. Park will last long.

Park Hang-seo denies rumored interest from Korean team

Head coach of the Vietnam national football team Park Hang-seo has denied rumors that he is set to return to his home country the Republic of Korea to coach his national team.

According to rumors, the proposal was made to the coach by a Korean middleman during a recent meeting with Park.

Park inked a contract with the Vietnam Football Federation to coach Vietnam’s national and U23 football teams until 2022.

Although his salary has not been revealed, it has been reported that he is being paid approximately US$50,000 per month, which would make him the highest-paid coach in the nation’s history.

Under the deal, three months before the contract expires, the coach and the VFF will discuss future plans. Providing that the two sides reach a consensus, the contract will remain valid without the need to sign an extension.

However, VTC News reported the Korean strategist hit back at rumours, saying it’s not the right time now to talk about the deal and he wants to work hard for the two Vietnamese football squads.

2021 will see Park and the two Vietnamese teams play a number of crucial fixtures.

At present, Park is spending the majority of his time planning tactics in preparation for the country’s remaining games in Group G of the Asian region’s qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.

The remaining 2022 World Cup qualifiers in the Asian region have been delayed until June due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vietnam top Group G with 11 points, two points higher than Malaysia in second. Elsewhere, Thailand are third with eight points, while the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are in fourth with six points, followed by Indonesia who are bottom with zero points.

The national team will also compete in the AFF Cup which is scheduled to take place in December.

The U22 team will also be defending their trophy at the upcoming 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games which is scheduled to take place in the country in late 2021, along with qualifiers for the 2022 AFC U-23 Championship. VOV

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Vietnamese athletics eye reign defence at SEA Games 31



In the last two editions of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, Vietnam surpassed Thailand to top the overall track and field medal tally. As the host of the 31st SEA Games this year, it is highly feasible for Vietnam to take the supreme honour

 in the sport for the third successive time.

Vietnamese athletics eye reign defence at SEA Games 31
Nguyen Thi Oanh scores four gold medals at the 2020 National Athletics Championships. Photo: Zing

Vietnamese athletics’ top-spot ambition for the upcoming regional Games is posed with significant challenges as, throughout 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic hindered Vietnamese athletes from participating in any overseas training courses as well as international competitions. Entering 2021, amidst the complicated evolution of the disease, international track and field tournaments have remained halted without confirmed dates for return, while it remains unknown when the sending of athletes for overseas training will resume. On mass media, Vietnam’s athletics arch-rivals Thailand have also constantly affirmed their determination to reclaim the lost position. Given that fact, the host country of the 31st SEA Games will have to exert much greater efforts if they wish to defend their regional reign.

Last year, as a result of the two COVID-19 outbreaks, Vietnamese athletics only managed to organise two official domestic tournaments, the Speed Cup (Ho Chi Minh City, June) and the National Championships (Hanoi, November). The inability to train and compete overseas significantly affected the performance of athletes. In previous years, most of the national teams chose to train abroad to improve their profession and performance. In fact, practising in the countries with advanced sport levels brings athletes greater excitement and helps them further improve themselves in terms of both psychology and fitness compared to training at home. By engaging in overseas training camps and competitions, Vietnamese athletes will be able to break their limits to reach new heights. Meanwhile, at the present time, due to the pandemic, athletes in most of the events in which Vietnam is capable of securing a Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 berth have yet to achieve the performance indicators as expected. For example, Vietnam currently ranks 17th in the world regarding the 4x400m relay event and stands a chance to make the top 16 teams qualifying for the 2020 Olympics if international performance is improved in 2021. Even so, athletics is not a key sport of Vietnam in the Olympic arena and the real focus of the track and field department in 2021 is on the 31st SEA Games.

Looking towards the regional Games later this year, Vietnam athletics is completely confident in realising the goal of defending its reign thanks to a team of prominent athletes, such as Le Tu Chinh, who smashed her way to five gold medals at the 2020 National Championships – with two individual titles in the 100m and 200m dash and three team gold medals in the women’s 4x100m, women’s 4x200m and mixed 4x400m disciplines, recording an especially notable time of 11.43 seconds in the 100m distance. Tu Chinh took gold in this event at the 30th SEA Games with 11.54 seconds, 0.14 seconds far from her personal best (11.40 seconds). Another SEA Games 2019 champion, Nguyen Thi Oanh, also scored four gold medals at the National Championships last year and established a new national record in the women’s 10,000m run with a time of 34:08.54, breaking the 17-year-old record set by Doan Nu Truc Van in 2003 (34:48.28). In the men’s medium-distance categories, Duong Van Thai, who won eight SEA Games gold medals, was surprisingly surpassed by 20-year-old Tran Van Dang. Dang’s performance will surely create a big motivation for Duong Van Thai to exert greater efforts at the upcoming 31st SEA Games.

According to experts, in order to top the 31st SEA Games track and field medal tally, Vietnamese athletes will need to secure 17-19 gold medals in a total of 47 events. In the previous Games, the Vietnamese athletics team won 16 golds, four clear of Thailand and five more than that of the Philippines. Thanks to its effective control of COVID-19, Vietnamese athletics is making better preparations for this year’s Games compared to many other countries in the region which are being raged by the pandemic. From the beginning of 2021, coaches and athletes will enjoy a diet costing VND320,000 each per day during their training time at the national team level, which will increase to VND480,000 for a maximum of 90 days prior to official competition. With thorough preparations in the past year as well as in the coming time, athletics and football are the two departments which have been assigned with the biggest tasks and are the most likely to finalise the goal of winning the overall championship title at the 31st SEA Games later this year.  NDO


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Vietnamese cueist off to rosy start at PBA World Championship 2020-2021



Ma Minh Cam secured his first win at PBA World Championship 2020-2021, a tournament with the biggest prize money ever offered in the history of pool.

The 46-year-old cueist, ranked 9th by Professional Billiards Association (PBA), had a close game against South Korean Kim Ki-Hyok (24th) after the first day of the tournament with a score of 3-2 (15/13, 11/15, 13/15, 15/8 and 11/3).

Cuiest Ma Minh Cam beats Kim Ki-Hyok 3-2 on Feb.25, the first day of PBA World Championship 2020-2021 in South Korea.

Cuiest Ma Minh Cam beat Kim Ki-Hyok 3-2 on Feb. 25, the first day of PBA World Championship 2020-2021 in South Korea. Photo courtesy of Billiard Vietnam.

His next rival in group H is Tae Jun Oh (25th), who beat Sam Il Seo (8th) with a score of 3-0.

Cam is the only Vietnamese player competing in the championship in South Korea from Feb. 25 to March 6.

He has been in the country since last July to participate in multiple PBA events.

Meanwhile, Ngo Dinh Nai and Nguyen Huynh Phuong Linh, the other two Vietnamese players who joined the PBA 3-cushion carom tourney not so long ago, did not qualify for the tournament since organizers could not determine their rankings since they had taken part in less than five events.

According to the league format, 32 local and foreign cueists are divided into eight groups of four players each. Players go head to head following the round-robin format. The top two players of each group would advance to round-16.

After the elimination round, the final two players will compete in seven bouts, with the first place awarded to whoever wins four matches.

Since the tournament boasts the biggest prize money ever offered in the history of pool, the winner will walk home with 300 million won (over $267,000) out of the prize pool of 400 million won.


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Vietnam to host Davis Cup regional group



Vietnam to host Davis Cup regional group

Vietnamese tennis players celebrate after topping Davis Cup Group III in Hanoi, Vietnam, April 2018. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Thuy.

Vietnam will host the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group III tournament in the southern Tay Ninh Province in June.

The matches will be played at the Hai Dang Tennis Club from June 16 to 19, according to the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

The Vietnamese team, ranked 71st in the world, will play Hong Kong (68th), Syria (76th), Sri Lanka (78th), Kuwait (110th), Qatar (111th), Jordan (120th), Pacific Oceania (122nd) and Malaysia (127th).

The fixture list has yet to be announced.

All foreign teams will be quarantined for 14 days on arrival.

Vietnamese coach Truong Quang Vu will pick four players for the tournament in May.

Vietnam have been in Group III since 2003. After topping it in 2018, they failed to get promotion to World Group II after losing 4-0 to Morocco in the play-offs last March.

With home advantage, Vietnam again hope to reach the play-offs next year.


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