AFF Suzuki Cup final: The coaches

Ahead of the final, FOX Sports Asia takes a look at the two men who have taken their respective teams to the last two – the coaches.

Kiatisuk Senamuang (Thailand)

The Thai coach is a legend in his home country. A prolific goalscorer during his playing days, he averaged nearly a goal a game throughout a 15-year playing career spent mainly in Thailand. In 1999 Steve Bruce signed him for Huddersfield Town, although he didn’t feature during his one season in England and returned to Thailand before going on to enjoy successful spells in Singapore and Vietnam.

Nicknamed “Zico”, he is the Thai national team’s second-highest goalscorer with an impressive 71 goals in 134 appearances.

Upon retiring in 2006 Senamuang went into coaching and had spells in Vietnam and his homeland before becoming Thai U-23 coach in 2013, leading them to the SEA Games title in December.

He took over responsibility for the full national squad in June of the same year and used many members of the U-23 squad as Thailand romped to victory in the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup to claim their first title in 12 years.

Kiatisuk has also taken the Thais to the final stage of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, which is an outstanding achievement, even though results so far haven’t been as he would have wanted.

Alfred Reidl (Indonesia)

In his playing days Reidl was a prolific striker who spent his career in his native Austria, Belgium and France. He hit 210 goals in 427 games for a number of clubs including Antwerp, Standard Liege and FC Metz, twice topping the Belgian league scoring charts while also making four appearances for the Austrian national squad.

As a coach, Reidl started out working in Austria, before heading to Asia via Africa.

In a career spanning more than 25 years he has been at the helm of several national teams including Vietnam (3 times), Laos, Palestine, Liechtenstein, and Indonesia.

Reidl is currently in his third spell in charge of the Red and White, having lead them to the final of the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup where they lost to Malaysia.

The wily Austrian has once again weaved his magic to take the Garudas to the final. With a strong team spirit and incredible work rate at the heart of their success, Riedl will be hoping he can go one better than last time and deliver Indonesia their first ever AFF championship.

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