Korea is not part of the ASEAN Football Federation. However, two Korean soccer coaches will face each other at the AFF Championship this week. Park Hang-seo leads Vietnam, and Kim Pan-gon will head Malaysia.
Tomorrow night (Tuesday) at 7:30 p.m. local time in Vietnam (or 9:30 p.m. in Korea) in Hanoi will be the much-anticipated match between Vietnam and Malaysia. Both teams play in Group B of the competition, with Malaysia in the first place and Vietnam in second with three points each. Malaysia is ahead of the game.
According to an online sports forum, Malaysia trounced Myanmar by 1-0 in their opening game on Wednesday. Also, they dominated Laos by a score of 5-0 over the weekend. So far, Vietnam’s lone opponent has been Laos, whom they defeated 6-0 in their season opener on Wednesday.
Korean Soccer Coaches at the AFF Championship
Park, Korea’s assistant coach at the 2002 World Cup, has a far more significant public presence than his fellow Korean coach. Since arriving in Vietnam, Park has become an instant icon and the face of a historic movement to modernize Vietnamese football.
According to online sports wagering sources, Park was also in charge of the U-23 squad. He led Vietnam to the final of the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship. However, they ultimately lost to Japan in the championship match. Two months later, he guided the senior squad to the semifinals of the 2018 Asian Games and, subsequently, to victory in the 2018 AFF Championship.
A year later, Vietnam was victorious in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Nearly all of these accomplishments were firsts for Vietnam or, at the very least, for the newly unified nation. Also, the biggest gambling companies are accepting wagers for the games.