named to coaching short-list
HA NOI — The Viet Nam
National Football Coaching Council has named a short list of five candidates for
the job of national team coach, which was vacated when Austrian Alfred Riedl
resigned after Viet Nam failed reach the Southeast Asian Games finals in
Thailand last December.
On Tuesday, the Council,
which comes under the Viet Nam Football Federation (VFF), selected five names
from a list of 22 who had put their names forward for consideration last month.
The final five are: Francisco Maturana Garcia from Colombia, Branko Ivankovic
and Zoran Vulic from Croatia, Hans Juergen Gede from Germany and Dragoslav
Stepanovic from Serbia.
The reported front-runner
is former Dynamo Zagreb coach Ivankovic, who previously coached Iran and was
assistant Croatia coach to Blazevic during the 1998 World Cup in France. The
monthly salary for the job is expected to be between US$10,000 and $20,000.
"The coach of the
Viet Nam team should know how to build a Vietnamese footballing style that is
compatible with Vietnamese players’ fitness [and physique], which has been the
Achilles’ heel of Viet Nam football," said chairman of National Coaching
Council Nguyen Sy Hien.
Hien added that all five
candidates for the job would be rigorously tested before a final choice is
submitted to the VFF for approval. The VFF said it expected to name the new
coach next month in preparation for ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Cup at the
end of the year.
Riedl – who led the
national squad to an unprecedented four silver medals in the 1998 Tiger Cup and
the SEA Games in 2005, 2003 and 1999 – had been in the top job since his
return in 2004.
He was selected ahead of
Henrique Calisto of Portugal, who is the current technical director of
Vietnamese League (V-League) team Dong Tam-Long An. Calisto also coached the
national team for the Southeast Asian Football Championship (formally the Tiger
Cup) in 2002.
Since 1996, Viet Nam has
parted company with seven foreign coaches – Brazilian Edson Araujo Tavares,
Briton Colin Murphy, German Karl Heinz Weigang, Brazilian-born Dutchman Edson
Silva Dido, Portuguese Henrique Calisto, Frenchman Christian Letard and Riedl.
Viet Nam has yet to win a
SEA Games or an AFF Cup title.
The national team’s best
result was a quarter-finals’ place in the Asian Cup co-hosted by Viet Nam,
Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia last year. — VNS