The ‘Korean Derby’ was held. Korean coaches face each other in the semi-finals of the 2022 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Mitsubishi Electric Cup (Mitsubishi Cup), dubbed the “Southeast Asia World Cup.” Vietnamese director Park Hang-seo and Indonesian director Shin Tae-yong are the main characters.
Indonesia and Vietnam will play 메이저놀이터 the first leg of the semi-finals of the tournament at 6:30 pm (Korean time) on the 6th at the Gelora Bong Karno Stadium in Indonesia. The second game will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam at 9:00 pm on the 9th.
Their meeting was possible because Indonesia’s rising trend continued. Indonesia was tied with Thailand in Group A with 3 wins and 1 draw, but fell behind on goal difference and rose to second place in the group. In the semifinals, they faced Park’s Vietnam, who ranked first in Group B. It is showing a strong aspect even compared to Thailand, which is the most successful country in the tournament and the first place in Group A.
Coach Shin, who took over as coach of the Indonesian national team in 2020, is recognized for his leadership so that there is no defeat in this tournament. He developed Indonesia in a short period of time and raised the trust of Korean coaches. However, I have the experience of not winning in all three meetings with coach Park. In June 2021, it lost 0-4 in the second qualifying round for the World Cup, and drew with Vietnam in the 2020 Mitsubishi Cup (then Suzuki Cup), which reached runner-up. Last year, the U-23 team clashed with each other in the Southeast Asian Games, where they lost 0-3.
Director Park’s Vietnam is nagging to say the least. Since Park took office, Vietnam has grown to the point where it is no exaggeration to say that it is the strongest team in Southeast Asia. Coach Park, who has led the Vietnamese national team since 2017, has been running tirelessly, starting with the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games semifinals, the 2019 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup quarterfinals, and winning the 2020 Mitsubishi Cup. In the Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines in 2019, he won Vietnam for the first time in 60 years, and he advanced to the Asian final qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and is praised as the best coach in Southeast Asia.
The clash between the two countries is expected to be a battle of pride for the two coaches. Director Park is determined to win the championship in order to reap the beauty of the last kind, as this competition is the stage for the ‘last dance’. Coach Shin is also thirsty for victory because he has suffered a lot in Vietnam.
Meanwhile, coach Kim Pan-gon, who leads Malaysia, has advanced to the semifinals and is preparing for a confrontation with Thailand. On the other hand, the performance of Japanese coaches was sluggish. Coaches Ryu Hirose and Keisuke Honda, who were assigned to Cambodia, and Takayuki Nishigaya, coaches from Singapore, were all eliminated from the preliminaries, contrasting with Korean coaches.