7 May 2024

“Remove Park Hang-seo’s Shadow”…Kim Sang-sik’s new adventure as ‘Vietnam’s new head coach’

By pestfood.com

The era of Kim Sang-sik, coach of Vietnam’s A national soccer team, has begun. Kim Sang-sik, former coach of Jeonbuk, was officially appointed as the vacant head coach of Vietnam on the 3rd. The terms are a two-year contract from May this year to March 2026 and a salary of 20,000 U.S. dollars. It is known that the figure is about one-third of the former coach Philippe Trucier and one-half of the former coach Park Hang-seo. Kim will concurrently serve as the Vietnamese A national team and the U-23 team along with three Korean coaches, including former Daegu coach Choi Won-kwon. The Vietnam Football Association (VFF), which replaced Coach Trucie in March, finally picked Kim, the same nationality as Park, who led the heyday of Vietnamese soccer as a leader who perfectly fits the criteria for appointing a new head coach, “culture, tolerance for criticism, acceptance of differences.”

It does not appear to be an unconditional two-year contract. Under Trussie, who signed a long-term contract, VFF has put in place a kind of “safety measure” to avoid repeating its worst mistake of falling into a slump, in which its team lost 10 games and its FIFA ranking plunged nearly 20 notches. Given that it is difficult to advance to the third Asian qualifying round for the 2026 North-China World Cup, VFF has thrown in detailed “mission” such as the ASEAN Football Association Cup in the 2024-2025 season, the semifinals at the 2025 South East Asian Games, and the 2026 U-23 Asian Cup. Considering that the contract will be reviewed based on the results of the tournament, it will continue to receive “intermediate evaluation.”

Coach Kim, who completed all the appointment procedures, immediately ran to the Hangday Stadium as soon as he arrived at Hanoi International Airport in Vietnam on the 5th to watch the Vietnam V-League game.

It is a new and difficult challenge for Kim. Still, there is a shadow of Park in Vietnam. Dubbed the “Saldingk,” Park led the team to second place at the U-23 Asian Cup in 2018, win the AFF Cup in 2018, advance to the quarterfinals at the 2019 Asian Cup, and advance to the third qualifying round for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. “The shadow that Park left behind will serve as the basis for all comparisons,” Vietnamese media outlet Bao Tan Nien said on Tuesday. “Before taking the helm in Vietnam, Park’s only achievement was to help Guus Hiddink win the semi-finals at the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup,” the media outlet said. “It is a difficult test even for Kim, who has no experience in coaching the national team. However, everyone is unknown before they become great,” adding that the success will be determined only when the lid is opened.

Vietnamese fans are paying keen attention to what kind of soccer Kim will play in Vietnam and whether he will be as good as Park. The Vietnamese national team is drawing keen attention from numerous fans like Jeonbuk. “Kim needs to inherit the leading style (which emphasizes ball occupancy rate) pursued by Trussie,” Vietnamese media outlet Bao D’Anthri said. “Coach Park’s soccer was too strong in defense.” Kim led the team to win the K League 1 title in 2021 and the Korean Cup in 2022 by banking on his “Hwagong (shut up and attack)” that goes beyond the style of coach Choi Kang-hee. Under pressure from fans to step down due to sluggish performance in the early 2023 season, he stepped down in early May and served as a wild man. 메이저사이트

Kim’s debut match is expected to be the fifth match of the second Asian qualifying round for the North China-U.S. World Cup that will take place in Hanoi on June 6. The team will play its sixth match against Iraq in Basra, Iraq on June 11. Vietnam is ranking third with only one win, three losses and three points from the four previous qualifying matches. It is almost impossible to overturn the situation as it is four points behind Indonesia (7 points), which is ranking second led by Shin Tae-yong. The top two teams in each group will win tickets for the third qualifying round. The full-fledged test for “Salmama” will be the 2024-2025 ASEAN Football Confederation Cup, in which Southeast Asian teams will participate. Vietnam is more interested in finding hegemony in Southeast Asia than in advancing to the World Cup finals.