Sorry for not winning even though the students were very good, refusing to take credit for themselves despite leaving a very strong mark. Vietnam U.23 team coach Gong Oh-kyun ‘forces’ us to love him not only because of his kind smile.
Before coming to Vietnam, Coach Gong Oh-kyun was not a very famous person. He has never even led a team as a head coach. But Mr. Gong decided to “gamble” with his career when he agreed to accept the invitation to come to Vietnam a few months ago, through the introduction of Coach Park Hang-seo.
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He once shared in the press Korea: “I knew it would be a lot of pressure, so I was really worried about the offer from Vietnam. At the same time, I also received an invitation to lead another national team. But I think, before I had 1 Korean Coach paved the way and succeeded in Vietnam. Why am I worried? And so I hit the road.”
Look at VAR. Teacher Gong Oh-kyun was impatient when the referee stopped the match for 8 minutes to watch VAR
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He continued: “Vietnamese players Call me Mr. Kong. And I also have to find a way to memorize the names of Vietnamese players. In order to understand each person’s mentality, I have to distinguish very carefully one player from another and of course I have to know what the specific player’s name is and how to pronounce it. When I first came to Vietnam, I had to stay up all night to memorize the names of the players. As the person with the highest responsibility for all aspects of U.23 Vietnam, I want the team to win titles but winning a tournament is not the most important thing. My goal is to discover and nurture young talents. If we pay attention and give them the opportunity to express themselves, one day Vietnam will have many better players than they currently have.”
Always very friendly
He Gong Oh-kyun always have absolute trust in his players and that trust has been quantified by what they show when training and playing. Everyone is worried, the group of players that Mr. Gong has in his hand is not good and not as good as the previous generations. But it seems that only Mr. Gong thinks otherwise. He used chess pieces skillfully beyond imagination. When Van Xuan was injured, he couldn’t attend Asian U.23 Championship, immediately U.23 Vietnam appeared Tuan Tai. When Tuan Tai was closely followed by his opponent, U.23 Vietnam immediately appeared Thanh Nhan. These are just two very small examples of Mr. Gong’s use of personnel. This man with a smile on his face sees the best in his players and the players bring out the best in them. Because he was fully trusted by his teacher.
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Yet, “I did nothing. They are the most important factor in making what people see on the pitch. My players are really talented and I just coach them. I don’t have any special tips. I’m telling the truth,” said Mr. Gong, laughing when asked what the secret to helping U.23 Vietnam play so well. Draw with Thailand U.23, he apologizes for not winning. Draw Korea U.23, he apologized again for not winning. When he won against Malaysia U.23 with a completely superior attitude, he told him to do nothing.
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We don’t want to compare, but Coach Gong Oh-kyun’s amazing humility reminds us of the words of Mr. Coach Park Hang-seo right after U.23 Vietnam won gold SEA Games 30 2019. Mr. Park said: “I came to Vietnam near the end of 2017, so far I can’t say I have been successful in Vietnam, although I have achieved some results.” And recently, when again with U.23 Vietnam won 31st SEA Games gold medalMr. Park said: “I do not dare to claim that I have completely succeeded in Vietnam because I still have a number of failed matches and incomplete tournaments. To some extent, I have partially met the expectations of Vietnamese fans. But let’s just say that’s in the past. That response is in the past. I don’t want to talk about the past anymore. I want to aim for a new response. My job is the future. What was good in the past, let it be a memory. And facing the upcoming results is the life of the coach.”
Vietnamese football There are 2 amazingly humble coaches!