Group A of the 2018 AFF Championship includes one-time champions Vietnam, who this time are represented by a young side that have achieved remarkable success at the Asian level this year.
Vietnam go into this tournament as strong favorites for the titlte after achieving success at the AFC U-23 Championship and Asian Games this year. The fans are hoping that Park Hang-seo's charges will continue to bring the glory to the country, on the back of a youthful squad plus some experienced players.
Vietnam U-23. Photo from AFC
Goalkeepers: Bui Tien Dung (FLC Thanh Hoa) Dang Van Lam (Hai Phong) Tuan Manh (Sanna Khanh Hoa BVN)
Defenders: Do Duy Manh (Ha Noi) Tran Dinh Trong (Ha Noi) Doan Van Hau (Ha Noi) Nguyen Phong Hong Duy (HAGL) Luc Xuan Hung (FLC Thanh Hoa) Que Ngoc Hai (SLNA) Bui Tien Dung (Viettel)
Midfielders: Pham Duc Huy (Ha Noi) Nguyen Quang Hai (Ha Noi) Do Hung Dung (Ha Noi) Luong Xuan Truong (HAGL) Nguyen Trong Hoang (FLC Thanh Hoa) Nguyen Huy Hung (Quang Nam)
Forwards: Nguyen Van Quyet (Ha Noi) Nguyen Cong Phuong (HAGL) Nguyen Van Toan (HAGL) Phan Van Duc (SLNA) Ha Duc Chinh (SHB Da Nang) Nguyen Anh Duc (Becamex Binh Duong) Nguyen Tien Linh (Becamex Binh Duong)
HEAD COACH PROFILE
Before he was hired by Vietnam in October 2010, Park was best known for assisting Guus Hiddink in South Korea's storied 2002 World Cup campaign. He also guided the South Korea U-23 team to the semi-final stage of the 2002 Asian Games. In Vietnam, he has guided Vietnam U-23 to a runners-up finish in the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, and the 2018 Asian Games semi-finals.
Park Hang-seo. Photo from Hải Đăng
Park prefers to use three centre backs, and his team had success utilising it in the Asian Games and the AFC U-23 Championship, in which they faced more-formidable sides. Under the guidance of the Korean tactician, Vietnam focus more on building a solid defence and organising speedy counter attacks. This tactic requires a lot of energy, so the squad are composed of physically-fit players who can run throughout the 90 minutes, and then some.
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