Vietnam: Truong Viet Hoang Wants To Become A Great Coach

Truong Viet Hoang suffered a nightmare two years ago when his Binh Dinh club lost the National Cup final on the same day he was to retire from competitive football.
After making the decision to leave the game, Viet Hoang took an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) coach training course to qualify himself as a junior team coach for Hanoi T&T.

The Hanoian-born playmaker is the last of Vietnam football’s ‘golden generation,’ which led Vietnam to the runners-up spot at the Tiger Cup 1998.

The 34-year-old coach gave Vietnamese fans the unforgettable image of his goal in the Tiger Cup semi-finals against archrivals Thailand at Hanoi’s Hang Day Stadium.

Viet Hoang’s 20-metre thundering volley opened the score for Vietnam before team mate Nguyen Hong Son and Van Sy Hung added two more goals for a 3-0 win over Thailand.

His spectacular goal was voted as ‘Asia’s best goal’ in August 1998.

But in the final, Vietnam tasted a bitter 1-0 loss to Singapore.

“It was so hard to say goodbye, but I had to. I’ve started to leave the pitch when I feel tired. I cannot play high performance football any longer. I just want to thank all the fans who supported me when I played for The Cong and Binh Dinh,” said Viet Hoang.

“However, my love of football will continue as I coach future generations. I hope to return to The Cong - my native team - someday as a trainer for the youth side.”

Viet Hoang began playing football at a relatively young age at The Cong’ s training centre before making his debut in 1996 at the age of 21.

He helped The Cong win the national championship and a Super Cup before taking the Tiger Cup second spot in 1998.

He was then called up to the national team to compete in the Southeast Asian Games in Brunei in 1999, where Vietnam bagged a silver medal.

Things took a turn for the worse in 2004. His team, The Cong, team was relegated from the V-League to the lower First Division.

Most of the best players left The Cong that year while Viet Hoang could not maintain his consistent performance throughout the season.

In 2005, Viet Hoang married a member of Hanoi’s shooting team he met while training with The Cong at the National Sport Camp 1 in Hanoi.

“Love changed my life. I fell in love and it has been a milestone,” Viet Hoang explained.

He moved to Binh Dinh on a one-year loan contract and improved his form to help the central-based team cruise to the National Cup final in 2006 and finish fifth in the V-League the same year.

Soon after he listened to a friend’s advice and returned to Hanoi.

“It’s time I go home. I wanted to live in Hanoi to care for my family, which is everything to me,” he added.

In 2007, Viet Hoang left The Cong to settle down with Hanoi T&T where he has been the coach for the U-19 squad for the past two years.

“I am trying to attend more coaches training course where I hope that will get the chance to face my old team mates as a coach of a senior team in the future,” Viet Hoang said.