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Following Park Hang Seo’s success, ASEAN now the new land for East Asia strategists

Following Park Hang Seo’s success, ASEAN now the new land for East Asia strategists

With uprising reputation in the football field, ASEAN region has now attracted many famous managers from East Asia like Shin Tae Yong, Akira Nishino.

Park Hang Seo – Vietnam

Following Park Hang Seo’s success, ASEAN now the new land for East Asia strategists

When Park Hang Seo first came to Vietnam, the media has casted many doubts about his records and his style of play. But as time goes by, he has proven them wrong with great results and made a name for himself in the international field. Now he is not only a hero at the Vietnamese people’s heart, but his name is also famous in all over South Korea – his home country. With the aim of a slot at the World Cup 2022, the 60-year-old manager will make sure he and his team will deliver.

As the runner-up of the last AFC U23 Championship, the South Korean manager doesn’t put up too much pressure on his players, as the aim is only for the quarter-final stage. Facing potentially either Uzbekistan or South Korea at the Round of 16, the task is daunting, but the Golden Stars hopes to prove the media wrong again.

Achievements: AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 winner, SEA Games 2019 gold medal, AFC U23 Championship 2018 runner-up, ASIAD 2018 fourth place, ASIAN Cup quarter-finalist

Keisuke Honda – Cambodia

Following Park Hang Seo’s success, ASEAN now the new land for East Asia strategists

As a journeyman who has made a name for himself in CSKA Moscow, Melbourne Victory or AC Milan, Keisuke Honda chose the country of Cambodia as his first step for his managerial career. Although he is rarely present on the touchline as his assistant Felix Dalmas often leads the team, Honda has certainly brought a fresh face in the spirit of the team with his short-passing style of play. The results may be challenging at first, but the side has shown many potential and improvement under the hands of Honda.

Under the reign of Honda, Cambodia hasn’t been much as the winning side. With only 4 victories out of 16 competitive matches, the Japanese manager will have a lot of work to do in the future.

Statistics: 4 wins, 2 draws, 10 losses, 25% win ratio

Tatsuma Yoshida – Singapore

Following Park Hang Seo’s success, ASEAN now the new land for East Asia strategists

The Japanese manager stepped in for Fandi Ahmad at a 2 years contract – with an option for another 2 years extension. With years of managerial experience at J-League, he will hope to deliver a hard task of bringing Singapore - once an Asian force - back into its prime, with the first goal to advance at the AFF Suzuki Cup.

The future looks bright, as Singapore had great results against some East Asia sides like Yemen or Palestine at the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification.

Statistics: 3 wins, 2 draws, 4 losses, 33% win ratio

Akira Nishino – Thailand

Following Park Hang Seo’s success, ASEAN now the new land for East Asia strategists

The fans certainly won’t forget the performance of the Samurai Blue at the last World Cup. Led by Akira Nishino, Japan qualified for the knock-out stage, before nearly caused an upset to mighty Belgium, only to be fallen at the last minute.

Now with the new task in hand as the manager of Thailand, the Japanese manager will bring the possession style of play to the skillful and disciplined players. At the AFC U23 Championship, the host Nishino and his players have eyes locked for a spot at the Olympics.

Consistency is now what it takes to bring Thailand to their success. At the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification, they achieved great results with a win against UAE but surprisingly lost to Malaysia. With three important matches left to play, Nishino will have to toughen up their players in order to advance to the next stage.

Statistics: 5 wins, 4 draws, 2 losses, 45% win ratio

Shin Tae Yong – Indonesia

Following Park Hang Seo’s success, ASEAN now the new land for East Asia strategists

Although South Korea didn’t pass the group stage at the last World Cup, Son Heung-min and his team-mates, led by Shin Tae-yong, definitely left a mark by surpassing the back-then reigning champion Germany.

With a new challenge of reviving once a dark horse in South East Asia, the South Korea manager replaced Simon McMenemy as the head coach of Indonesia. With a certain reputation, Shin Tae-yong will hope to satisfy a much-loved football nation and bring them back to their glory days.