- Nguyen is the most capped Vietnamese international in activity
- He largely contributed to his team’s good run in qualifying for Qatar 2022
- He hopes to lead Vietnam to the third round
Vietnamese midfielder Nguyen Trong Hoang enters the penultimate match of the second round of the Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 ™ with one specific goal in mind: against Malaysia, his country could enter the match. the story.
Winners (4-0) of Indonesia on June 7, the Gold Star Warriors de Park Hangseo now have a total of four wins and two draws in Group G. Seated in the leader’s chair, they are two steps ahead of their UAE hosts and five units more than teams like Thailand and Malaysia. A victory against Tigers Malaysia brought them closer to the third round, allowing them to negotiate their last game against the United Arab Emirates, four days later, under much better conditions.
“Vietnam have yet to reach the final round of qualifying for the World Cup,” said the 32-year-old winger suspended against Indonesia. “Today we have the opportunity to enter this stage of the competition, for the first time in our history. All Vietnamese dream of seeing their team in the World Cup. It is now up to us to make that dream come true. Before arriving in the UAE, the manager set us on a mission to win at least six points in the last three matches. It is a goal that seems realistic to me! “
A man of experience
All those who had the opportunity to see this Vietnam team in action could appreciate the essential role played by Nguyen. In a group rejuvenated by Park (nearly half of its players are under 23), he is a taulier, being the most capped international in activity, with 70 selections to his credit.
A veteran of two globalist qualification campaigns, he can also boast a solid experience at this level. He notably participated in the victory (2-1) against Qatar, on the road to Brazil 2014. Closer to us, Nguyen was established in the first five matches of the second round of the Asian preliminaries of Qatar 2022. Under his leadership , Vietnam took control of the group, offering themselves a prestigious victory over the UAE (1-0).
“It’s true, I’ve been here for a few years. But in this team, everyone has an important role to play,” said the winger. “We are the cogs of a great machine. In order for the team to develop at its best, we have to work together. Personally, I do my best and I try to give the young people the benefit of my experience.”
Since Park’s appointment in 2017, Vietnam has been on an upward trajectory. Under the leadership of the South Korean technician, the country reached the semi-finals of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup before losing on the smallest of margins against Japan, future finalist of the event. Optimism is in order among the supporters, especially as the team is now giving pride of place to promising young footballers.
“I often hear it said that we have made enormous progress on the tactical level,” Nguyen continues. “It is true, but we are also more physically sharp. We pay more attention to details: our controls, our passes and even our throw-ins. Finally, there is a very good atmosphere within the group.”
Nguyen Tien Linh and Nguyen Van Toan are often cited among the country’s great hopes. Both participated in the victory over Indonesia, the former even affording the luxury of opening the scoring. “They have a lot of talent. Their technique is flawless, but they also have a good vision of the game and they are strong physically. They embody the future of our selection.”
* In full success *
Judging by his performances in V.League 1 under the colors of Viettel, Nguyen has not finished talking about him. In 2020, he offered his club the national title.
“I was four times champion of Vietnam, with three different teams. But this coronation with Viettel is not like the others because the club entered its second season among the elite. The motto of Viettel is: ‘To shine the time moment ‘. It’s a slogan that suits me well. Now, I really want to project myself into the future and reach new heights with the selection, “he concludes