‘K-soccer’ leadership boom sweeps Southeast Asia: DONG-A ILBO


Southeast Asian countries are scrambling to invite South Korean football coaches. Kim Pan-gon (53), chairman of the Korea Football Association’s South Korean national team capacity-building committee, will take over as Malaysian national team coach, following Park Hang’s footsteps -seo (63 years old). for Team Vietnam and Shin Tae-yong (52) for Team Indonesia.

“Kim Pan-gon has decided to step down as chairman of the South Korean national team’s capacity building committee as he has been appointed coach of the Malaysian national team,” the KFA said on Friday. The Malaysian Football Association also announced the day it appointed Kim as national team coach. Kim will end his role for the Korea team by traveling with the team for the seventh and eighth away matches against Lebanon and Syria scheduled for January 27 and February 1, respectively, for the final qualifying round for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Kim was the coach of the Hong Kong team from 2012 to 2017. Since 2018, he has played a coordinating role for the Korean national team at KFA. “As I think I have fulfilled my little mission as chairman of the committee, I think it is time to return to the field to serve as a coach,” Kim said. “I had a shared understanding of the Malaysian team’s development potential and vision, and decided to move to Malaysia to take on a new challenge.”

While Kim is set to coach the Malaysian soccer team, three Korean coaches, including Park and Shin, will serve as coaches for the Southeast Asian national teams. Park, who took over as coach of the Vietnam team in October 2017, has displayed outstanding performances including Vietnam’s advance to the semi-finals of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta Palembang, the 2018 AFF Championship (Suzuki Cup ) and the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, and the team’s first-ever qualification for the final qualifying round of the World Cup.

Shin, who has coached Team Indonesia since October 2019, led his team to second place in the 2020 AFF Championship last year and is hailed as a hero in the Southeast Asian nation. While Korea’s soccer leaders have shown outstanding performances, “K-soccer” fever is likely to heat up in Southeast Asia. “Other countries and territories in Asia, including Hong Kong, are keenly interested in Korean coaches,” a K-League source said. “Korean coaches have demonstrated strong leadership, have a better cultural understanding of these countries and are cheaper to hire, and are therefore highly sought after in the region.”

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