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Park Ji-sung shows Vietnamese football the way to enter the strongest teams in Asia

Park Ji-sung shows Vietnamese football the way to enter the strongest teams in Asia

Former player Park Ji-sung said Vietnamese football needs to export more players abroad to be able to enter the strongest group in Asia.

Responding to the press on the afternoon of June 23 during a street football event in Ho Chi Minh City Viet Nam, the former South Korea star said: "After the 2002 World Cup success, South Korea football has invested very well. much on the training of young people. The government built many football academies and installed modern equipment ".

"South Korea also actively facilitates local players to play in Europe. As a result, South Korea football has grown steadily for more than a decade" Park Ji-sung continued. 

Recently, Vietnam football has made remarkable progress. All thanks to the skill of coach Park Hang Seo, fellow countryman of Park Ji-sung. However, the level and expertise between the Vietnam football and rivals such as South Korea and Japan is still very far away.

According to Park Ji-sung, Vietnam football may consider adopting the South Korea football formula that was once made. The former midfielder stressed: "Vietnam should support the players and encourage them to export more. So, Vietnam football has just entered the ranks of the strongest teams in Asia".

Park Ji-sung shows Vietnamese football the way to enter the strongest teams in Asia

Midfielder MU Rio Ferdinand became the most welcome face in a street football event at Ho Chi Minh City Viet Nam

On June 23, fans in Ho Chi Minh City witnessed legends such as Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos, Didier Drogba, and Rio Ferdinand. In addition, Vietnam number one goalkeeper Dang Van Lam also participated in the street football program in District 7.

The presence of these former players attracts a lot of fans. Former midfielder MU Rio Ferdinand became the most welcome face. Understandably, because "Red Devil" is always in the top club with the largest number of fans in Vietnam in particular and Southeast Asia in general.

Share with media, Rio Ferdinand, Roberto Carlos, Luis Figo and Didier Drogba have told memories of childhood kicking the street. Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba reveals that he and his friends used to use strawberries and candies and put them in water bottles as a reward for playing on the street.

Park Ji-sung shows Vietnamese football the way to enter the strongest teams in Asia

 Vietnam number one goalkeeper Dang Van Lam

Meanwhile, Luis Figo revealed that playing football on the street helped him learn how to handle the ball in a narrow range. Later, when becoming a professional player, the Portuguese legend realized that the experience gained from street football was very useful.

Former Barca midfielder and Real Madrid also send advice to young Vietnamese players: "Whether playing in street football-style cages or on real grass, the most important thing is to keep the passion fascinated with football. It is this factor that determines the success of the player".

Goalkeeper Dang Van Lam frankly wanted to stand alongside Rio Ferdinand if possible. He said: "Ferdinand was an excellent center-back in the world. With a goalkeeper like me, the center-back is the closest to the team. Therefore, I personally want to hear Ferdinand tell me my experience to have a strong defense".