Park Hang-seo

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Park Hang-seo
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Personal information
Full name Park Hang-seo
Date of birth (1959-01-04) 4 January 1959 (age 60)
Place of birth Sancheong County, South Korea
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Vietnam (manager)
Youth career
1977–1980 Hanyang University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981 Korea First Bank FC
1981–1983 Army FC (army)
1984–1988 Lucky-Goldstar FC 99 (15)
National team
1977–1978 South Korea U20
1979–1980 South Korea B
1981 South Korea 1 (0)
Teams managed
2002 South Korea U23
2005–2007 Gyeongnam FC
2008–2010 Chunnam Dragons
2012–2015 Sangju Sangmu
2017 Changwon City
2017– Vietnam
2017– Vietnam U23
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Park Hang-seo
Revised Romanization Bak Hang-seo
McCune–Reischauer Pak Hang-sŏ

Park Hang-seo (born 4 January 1959) is a South Korean football manager and former player who is the head coach of the Vietnam national football team.

Club career

In 1981, Park performed his mandatory military service in Army FC after he joined the semi-professional team Korea First Bank FC.

From 1984 to 1988, Park played for Lucky-Goldstar, and contributed to the 1985 K League title. He received the K League Best XI award in that season.[1]

International career

Park was captain of the South Korea under-20 squad which won the 1978 AFC Youth Championship in Bangladesh.[2][3]

On 8 March 1981, Park made his senior international debut against Japan, which ended in a 1–0 victory.[4][5]

Managerial career

South Korea U23

In August 2002, Park was appointed as head coach of the South Korean under-23 side for the 2002 Asian Games by performing successfully as the senior team assistant.[6] However, Korea Football Association (KFA) had not done any preparation for the 2002 Asian Games since there was no manager or coaching staff for two years. KFA had focused on the 2002 FIFA World Cup, which was co-hosted in South Korea, so Park had to prepare for the tournament in two months. In addition, KFA was criticized that Park worked without getting paid because they formally didn't sign with him.[7] South Korea lost to Iran after penalty shoot-out in the semi-finals, and later won a bronze medal. Park was sacked after the tournament.[8]

K League

In August 2005, Park became the inaugural manager of Gyeongnam FC, which was newly founded in K League.[9] Gyeongnam finished a surprising fourth in 2007 K League but Park left the team due to internal conflict.[10]

In December 2007, he succeeded Huh Jung-Moo as coach of the Jeonnam Dragons.[11] Jeonnam finished as runner-up in 2008 League Cup and sixth in 2009 K League. He later resigned due to poor performance in 2010 season.[12]

From 2011-15, Park coached the military team Sangju Sangmu FC in Korea. Under his guidance, his squad won the country's second-division league, K League Challenge, in 2013 and 2015. He left the team after his contract expired after the 2015 season.[13]

Changwon City

In 2017, Park was appointed manager of Changwon City, which was the third division team. Changwon won the 2017 National League Championship, and he was selected as the best manager of the tournament.[14]


On 29 September 2017, Park was appointed as head coach of the Vietnam national football team.[15] Also in charge of the under-23 side, the team reached the finals of the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship for the first time in history.[16][17] At the 2018 Asian Games, the U-23 side also managed to make it to the semi-finals and finished fourth for the first time in 56 years with Park being widely praised for his management.[18][19] On 15 December 2018, Vietnam senior team under Park's guidance won the AFF Championship after defeating Malaysia by 3–2 on aggregate at the second-leg finals in Mỹ Đình National Stadium of Hanoi. This was Vietnam's first regional championship in ten years.[20][21]



Lucky-Goldstar Hwangso

South Korea U20



Sangju Sangmu

Changwon City



Personal life

Park Hang-seo is a deacon of Kwanglim Methodist Church.[26] He attends Grace River Church at Mỹ Đình when in Hanoi.[27]


  1. ^ a b "슈퍼리그 작년꼴찌 럭키금성 覇權" (in Korean). Kyunghyang. 23 September 1985.
  2. ^ a b "아시아청소년축구 한국·이라크 공동우승" (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 30 October 1978.
  3. ^ "지아울 라만 방글라데시 대통령 박항서선수에 우승컵 수여" (in Korean). Kyunghyang. 30 October 1978.
  4. ^ "9회 韓·日축구定期戰 韓國,覇氣의 日本 격파" (in Korean). Kyunghyang. 9 March 1981.
  5. ^ "박항서 PARK Hang-Seo FP" (in Korean). KFA. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  6. ^ "아시안게임.올림픽 축구감독에 박항서 선임(종합)" (in Korean). Yonhap. 6 August 2002.
  7. ^ "[축구]박항서감독은 무보수 임시직?" (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 9 September 2002.
  8. ^ "[축구] 박항서 감독 전격경질…10일 이내 후임자 선임논의" (in Korean). Kukmin Ilbo. 18 October 2002.
  9. ^ "경남 박항서 감독, "경남 도민들이 즐길 수 있는 축구 하겠다"" (in Korean). Sportalkorea. 13 December 2005.
  10. ^ "경남FC, '박항서 시대' 마감… 계약 조기 종료" (in Korean). Sportalkorea. 16 November 2007.
  11. ^ "전남 박항서 감독 선임 공식 발표, 계약 기간 2년" (in Korean). Sportalkorea. 27 December 2007.
  12. ^ "전남 박항서 감독, 성적부진으로 자진사퇴..."후임 미정"" (in Korean). Sportalkorea. 5 November 2010.
  13. ^ Chi, Huu (26 January 2018). "Vì sao 'ma thuật' của HLV Park Hang Seo không được phát huy ở Hàn Quốc?". (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  14. ^ a b c "창원시청, 2017 내셔널축구선수권대회 우승(종합)" (in Korean). Yonhap. 16 June 2017.
  15. ^ Murphy, Paul (29 September 2017). "Vietnam make former Guus Hiddink assistant Park Hang-Seo new coach". Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  16. ^ Murphy, Paul (27 January 2018). "Vietnam suffer extra-time defeat to Uzbekistan in AFC U23 final". Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Vietnam Under 23". 2 December 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  18. ^ Tan, Gabriel (27 August 2018). "Asian Games 2018: Vietnam run continues with South Korea awaiting". Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Vietnam U23 vs. UAE U23 1 – 1". 1 September 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  20. ^ John Duerden (16 December 2018). "Park leads Vietnam to more success". The Korea Times. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  21. ^ "Vietnam crowned at AFF Championship after 10 years of waiting". Xinhua News Agency. 16 December 2018. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  22. ^ "South Korea 1985". 8 March 2005. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  23. ^ "Park Hang-Seo". 2 December 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  24. ^ "Vietnam vs. Malaysia 1 – 0". 15 December 2018. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  25. ^ "'승격 성공' 상주, K-리그 챌린지 최초 기록도 독식" (in Korean). Sports Chosun. 7 December 2013.
  26. ^ Nguyễn Trọng Bình. "Chấp sự Park Hang Seo đang dạy các Cơ Đốc nhân ở Việt Nam bài học về sự Cầu Nguyện". Hanoi Evangelical Church.
  27. ^ Ban biên tập HTC (25 January 2018). "Cầu Nguyện Và Yêu Thương Làm Nên Lịch Sử". Vietnamese Global Christian Network.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kim Kwang-Hoon
Lucky-Goldstar Hwangso captain
Succeeded by
Jung Hae-Seong
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