Coach Kim Sang Sik visits VFF headquarters, ready to lead the Vietnam national team

Coach Kim Sang-sik arrived in Hanoi this afternoon, initiating his tenure as the head coach of the Vietnam National Team. Touching down from Busan, South Korea, on flight VN417 at 1:27 PM, Kim’s arrival marks a significant moment for Vietnamese football.

Greeted warmly by media and fans alike at Noi Bai International Airport, Kim’s first steps on Vietnamese soil were met with anticipation and excitement. Dương Nghiệp Khôi, the General Secretary of the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF), alongside representatives from various departments of the VFF, were present to welcome him.

Speaking to the press at 2:00 PM, Kim Sang-sik expressed his enthusiasm and readiness to embrace the challenges ahead. His appointment has generated considerable interest among the football community, evident from the large turnout of reporters and fans eager to catch a glimpse of the new coach.

After the airport reception, Coach Kim wasted no time getting acquainted with his new surroundings. He visited the VFF headquarters and toured the training facilities at the Vietnam Youth Football Training Center in My Dinh, where he will likely spend much time developing strategies and nurturing talent.

In an immediate immersion into Vietnamese football, Coach Kim is scheduled to attend the V-League 2023/2024 match between The Cong Viettel and HAGL, which kicks off at 7:15 PM tonight. This will provide him an opportunity to observe potential players for the national and U23 teams and assess the current tactics and dynamics of Vietnamese club football.

Tomorrow, a more formal introduction awaits as Kim Sang-sik will officially sign his contract and be presented to the media as the head coach during a special ceremony organized by the VFF. This event will further outline his goals and the federation’s expectations for his role leading up to major competitions, including the 2024 AFF Cup and the 2027 Asian Cup qualifiers.

With a background of notable success in the K-League with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and an approach that blends discipline with innovation, Kim Sang-sik is set to bring a fresh perspective to the Vietnamese national teams. His previous experiences and achievements have left fans hopeful for a new era of Vietnamese football under his guidance.

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