Coach Park Hengrui, Teacher Gong and the Difficulties of Vietnamese Football

16 Jun 2022 | 01:06 | Football

In recent days, the news about the future of coach Kong Wujun has received extensive public attention.

Coach Park Heng Swee, Master Gong and the Difficulties of Vietnamese Football

Coach Park Hengrui and Coach Kong Wujun

The majority opinion is that VFF should have a long-term plan with Gong after the leader’s performance at the 2022 Asian U23 Championships.

One issue to keep in mind, however, is seamlessness, with Vietnamese football using both coach Park Heng Swee and coach Kong Ng Kwan at both team levels.

The two leaders have completely opposite football philosophies. If Mr. Park values ​​pragmatism and firmly plays the 3-5-2 scheme, then Mr. Gong prefers a looser, imposed 4-4-2 scheme.

There is no rule forcing the national team and the U23s to have the same philosophy of playing, but basically, almost any football background ensures that the national team and the U23s have the same way of playing.

This will maintain continuity and help the U23s become a true national team reserve.

Head coach Trieu Quang Ha said choosing a different style of play would make it difficult for young players to advance to the team.

“If the tactics and people of the two teams are similar, the U23 players will adapt easily when they join the national team. On the contrary, they need time to adapt and there is no guarantee that they will adapt,” Ha said.

Previously, the U23 Vietnam team and the Vietnam national team operated in the same way when Mr Park held the 2 head coach seats at the same time.

During that time, many young players gradually matured from the U23 and gained a firm foothold in the team.

Now, with the Palace going in completely different directions, fans have the right to question the continuity of personnel between the two teams.

After a long journey from Tashkent (Uzbekistan) and a stopover in Istanbul (Turkey) to wait for a connecting flight, on the afternoon of June 15, the remaining members of the U23 Vietnam team showed up at Noi Bai Airport,Hanoi. Earlier, yesterday (June 14), the first group of players returned to Ho Chi Minh City.

After the final task of the 2022 AFC U23 Championship, the players will return to the club to continue their national football competition. Coach Kong Wujun will return to South Korea to complete the AFC professional coaching course. He will return to Vietnam at the end of June to continue his work.

Due to the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic, Asiad 19 has been postponed, and Mr. Gong Wujun’s work from now to the end of the year will mainly be to observe professional competitions and national youth competitions to choose recovery strengths. sea ​​games 32 and Asia U23 qualifiers will be held next year.

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