Riedl’s important contribution is undeniable though he does not have much to show in the trophy cabinet. He coached Vietnam’s national team for 61 games in three different periods over five years, more than any other manager to date. While he is remembered for taking the team to the finals but failing to cross the final hurdle, his work with the team woke the nation up to its potential and brought it into serious regional reckoning.During his spells with the Golden Dragons, from 1998-2000, 2003-2004 and 2005-2007, Vietnam won 27, drew 14 and lost 20 matches. His win rate is higher than that of the other famous foreign coach Vietnam had, Portuguese Henrique Calisto, who managed 16 wins in 52 matches.Reidl’s most successful period with Vietnam was 2005-2007. In 2007, Vietnam got into the top eight of the Asian Cup for the first time in history. The U23 team coached by Reidl the same year also made it to the last qualification round of Olympics 2008.Some called him “the greatest runner up of Vietnamese football,” because despite taking the national teams to finals at several different tournaments like Tiger Cup (now AFF Cup) 1998 and the 20th, 22nd and 23rd… Read full this story
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