‘Rice Dink’ is the word we use to describe him.
A soccer hero who took over as head coach of the Vietnamese national soccer team in 2017, leaving behind a legacy of achievements in the sport for six years.
Today, we’re taking a trip back in time to meet the Vietnamese Hiddink.
Park started playing soccer relatively late, first joining a soccer team in high school. His professional career was short-lived, as he played for unemployment teams and the military.
In 1981, he made his debut for the unemployment team, First Bank, and was good enough to be called up to the national team.
In 1984, he moved to the Lucky Geumsung Bulls, now FC Seoul. In 1985, Park was an ace for the Bulls, winning the league title and being named to the league’s Best 11 midfielders.
Unfortunately, Park retired at the end of the 1988 season at the age of 31.
Go, go, go, go~ South Korea!
The 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup is one of the most memorable events in South Korean soccer history.
Park Hang-seo was there as head coach. 카지노
At the time, the national team manager, Gus Hiddink, said that the vertical relationship between seniors and juniors in South Korea hindered the creativity of the game and emphasized that if a senior made a mistake, the junior must point it out. This philosophy was met with both positive responses and criticism that the national coach didn’t understand the culture of the country, but Park was able to build a bridge between the coach and the players.
In recognition of his efforts to unite the squad and the team’s fourth-place finish at the World Cup, Park was honored by the South Korean government with the Order of Merit for Sportsmanship.
In a broadcast, Park showed his affection for Hiddink by saying that he still has Hiddink’s AD card from the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, which Hiddink gave him when he left Korea.
After the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, Hiddink was officially dismissed and Park Hang-seo was appointed head coach for the 2002 Busan Asian Games, held the same year.
The tournament was a disappointment, but Park would go on to become a coach and then a leader.
He led Vietnam to the first FIFA World Cup final qualification in the country’s history, the first Asian Games quarterfinals after Vietnam’s reunification, and the first Southeast Asian Games title in 60 years. ….