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Park Hang-Seo Signs Contract Extension with Vietnam

Vietnam national team manager Park Hang-Seo has signed a contract extension to continue taking charge of the Southeast Asian side.

Since taking charge, coach Park has become a fan favorite, going above and beyond expectations by steering a ‘Golden Generation’ of Vietnamese players to unprecedented success.

The South Korean boss took over as the coach of both Vietnam’s senior national team and the U23 side in 2017. He led the youth side to be finalists at the AFC U23 Championships and semi-finalists as the Asian Games in 2018, before guiding the senior team to win their first AFF Cup in a decade at the end of that year.

Since then, the Golden Dragons have gone from strength to strength, outlasting regional rivals Thailand in the AFC Asian Cup by reaching the quarter-finals, where they were eventually beaten by Japan.

Currently, Vietnam find themselves in what is shaping up to be a heated three-way race for qualification to the next round of 2022 World Cup qualifying with Thailand and the UAE, while Malaysia are also gaining ground and looking to get involved in the Group G action.

Coach Park will lead Vietnam into two crucial games during the upcoming international break, both in front of their own home crowd. They host the UAE on the 14th of November before renewing their heating regional rivalry against Thailand on the 19th.