Kuala Lumpur: After just under five and a half years in charge, Park Hang-seo has stepped down from his role as Vietnam head coach following a period of unprecedented success for the Golden Star Warriors, both at senior and U-23 levels.
The Korean tactician has gained legendary status in the Southeast Asian country after bringing through a 'Golden Generation' of talent that excelled both at the regional and continental levels and took Vietnam to new heights in the football world.
While last week's 1-0 defeat to Thailand in the second leg of the 2022 AFF Cup final ultimately meant Park could not go out on a high following a 3-2 aggregate loss, he departs with his head held high after a remarkable spell of a side he took charge of in September 2017.
Pattaya: The AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup™ returns with Thailand hosting the 2023 edition which will see 16 teams vying for continental glory.
Five previous champions are in the mix with Japan aiming to defend the 2019 title won on the beaches of Phuket.
An added incentive for the teams is that the top three sides will join hosts United Arab Emirates at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2023 so join the-AFC.com as we take a sneak peek at what lies ahead in the March 16-26 tournament in Pattaya for Groups A and B.
ASEAN & East Asia Wrap: Winning return for Buriram; Kitchee lift Senior Shield
Hong Kong: League action returned to Thailand this week for the first time since November and it was a familiar storyline that emerged as leaders Buriram United overcame Sukhothai 3-0 to continue their unbeaten campaign.
Kitchee SC prevailed on penalties to win their eighth Hong Kong Senior Shield title at the expense of defending champions Eastern Long Lions, while Persib Bandung edged title rivals Madura United in Indonesia to close the gap on leaders PSM Makassar.
And A-League pacesetters Melbourne City dropped points again in Australia, so join the-AFC.com as we review the week’s action from across ASEAN and East Asia.