Austrian Alfred Riedl, who served as the head coach of the Vietnamese national men’s football team in three non-consecutive terms between 1998 and 2007, passed away in his hometown in Vienna at the age of 70, international sports media reported on Tuesday. The news was confirmed by Wolfgang Pikal, Riedl’s assistant during his time at the helm of the Indonesian national football team, according to CNN Indonesia. IndoSport, Bola, and other Indonesian news sources also published the information. According to Pikal, the cause of Riedl’s death was unknown. However, the Austrian football federation said on Tuesday that Riedl died after a long battle with an unnamed illness. The senior coach had been at the helm of three Southeast Asian teams, including Vietnam, Laos, and Indonesia, alongside stints with several other international teams including Austria. His passing is a heavy blow to Vietnamese football supporters who thank his contributions to the country’s national football during his time as the head coach in three different periods — 1998-2000, 2003-2004, and 2005-2007. During his reign, the highly respected coach led the team to many achievements, including runners-up at the 1998 Tiger Cup — the former name of the AFF Suzuki Cup — the bronze medal… Read full this story
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