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“Vietnam is at the pinnacle of Southeast Asian football”

U23 Vietnam made the whole Southeast Asia look up once again when successfully defending the men’s football gold medal at the 31st SEA Games, thanks to a suffocating 1-0 victory over the great rival Thailand U23. Nham Manh Dung’s only goal helped Vietnamese fans burst into national joy.

The 31st SEA Games gold medal also made U23 Vietnam set a series of unprecedented records, including a series of unbeaten achievements against regional rivals. The strength of Vietnamese football is increasingly recognized by international experts.

America’s leading sports news agency – ESPN had a song praising the achievements of coach Park Hang Seo’s teachers and students. Asian expert Gabriel Tan, the author of the article, did not hesitate to affirm that Vietnam has reached the pinnacle of Southeast Asian football.

“Vietnam U23 won gold at SEA Games 31. This is only the second time they won, but it is an achievement and a meaningful success that dispels all doubts about Vietnamese football.”

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Asian experts praise Vietnam as the pinnacle of Southeast Asian football (Photo: VFF)

After all, Vietnam rose to the pinnacle of Southeast Asian football a few years ago when it placed fourth at the Asian Games, won the AFF Suzuki Cup in 2018, and then reached the quarterfinals of the 2019 Asian Cup. Nam was the undisputed power in ASEAN – until they lost to Thailand in the semi-finals of the AFF Cup 2021.

And yet, in the final qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup, which has just ended, Vietnam is the only Southeast Asian representative out of the 12 strongest Asian teams. Although it only got 1 win, 1 draw and 8 losses, this is still a shameless achievement when Vietnam Tel has to face great powers like Japan, Saudi Arabia, Australia…

Now, after a great SEA Games campaign where they got 5 wins and 1 draw without conceding a single goal, the Vietnamese have certainly released a statement that: Their days are not over yet. end”.

After winning the 31st SEA Games gold medal, U23 Vietnam will immediately enter the preparation process for the 2022 AFC U23 Championship. New coach Gong Oh Kyun, the successor of coach Park Hang Seo has just announced a list of 25 players aiming for In the continental arena, meet U23 Thailand, U23 Malaysia and U23 Korea.

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