FOX Sports Asia takes a look at the men who will try to lead their respective teams to glory in the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup – the coaches.
Tom Dooley (Philippines)
Former United States international Thomas Dooley has been in charge of the Philippines since January 2014, leading them to the semifinals of the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup, where they lost to eventual champions Thailand.
Dooley, 54, was born in Germany to an American father and played most of his career there with FC Homburg and Kaiserslautern. He had spells with Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke, with who he won the 1996/7 UEFA Cup.
After leaving Germany Dooley played with Columbus Crew and Metrostars in the MLS where he was named in the league’s Best XI in 1997 and 1998.
He made 81 appearances for the US national team between 1992-1999, playing in two World Cups in 1994, and 1998 when he was team captain.
As a coach he worked at lower league club FC Saarbrucken in Germany in 2002-2003. Jurgen Klinsmann then took him on as an assistant coach for the US national team in 2011.
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 his career in Austria, before heading to Asia via Africa. In a coaching 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 previously lead them to the final of the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup where they lost to Malaysia.
V. Sundramoorthy (Singapore)
A former midfielder/striker who played for the national team during the 80s and 90s, Sundram, or ‘The Dazzler’ as he was known, is remembered as one of the most talented players in Singapore’s history.
Sundram started his career in Singapore before moving to Switzerland for a short spell with FC Basel, where he scored three goals in five games. He returned to Asia to play in Malaysia and Singapore before going into coaching with local side Jurong in 1999.
He coached in various youth-level positions before being appointed manager of Singapore’s Lions XII in the Malaysian Super League in 2012, but moved to coach Malaysian side Negeri Sembilan despite leading the Lions to the MSL title in 2013.
After a disappointing year in charge at Negeri, he became head coach of S-League club Tampines Rovers until May this year when he was appointed Singapore coach.
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 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 successful further 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, which included a stunning winning goal as the War Elephants claimed the first AFF Championship title in 1996, celebrating with his trademark flik-flak.
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 successful U-23 squad as Thailand romped to victory in the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup to claim their first title in 12 years.
Ong Kim Swee (Malaysia)
Ong, 45, is a former Malaysian professional footballer who played for Malacca, Sarawak and Sabah during a near 10-year career. He represented the Malaysian Olympic team as well as the national team before injuries ended his career in his late 20s.
Ong went into coaching, managing Malacca before taking up positions with Malaysian youth squads.
A respected youth coach, Ong was handed the top job in 2015 following the resignation of previous coach Dollah Salleh.
Gerd Zeise (Myanmar)
German national Zeise is a former teacher, who also worked as a scout with Hertha Berlin and Energie Cottbus before going into coaching. He worked in Belgium, Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Maldives before ending up in Myanmar in 2010.
He worked for the national youth set up and the various teams have enjoyed great success during that period, the U-19s reaching the semifinals of the AFC Championship in 2014, qualifying for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, while the U-23 squad took silver at the SEA Games.
Zeise is now hoping to reap the benefits of his work by bringing the players from the youth set up through to the national team, and with recent results the signs look promising.
Nguyen Huu Thang (Vietnam)
Nguyen is a former professional who spent his playing days in his home nation.
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He played his entire career for Song Lam Nghe An, making more the 250 appearances for them, while also donning the national colours more than 50 times before retiring in 2005.
He took over the reins of the national squad from Japan’s Toshiya Miura in March 2016.
Lee Tae-hoon (Cambodia)
South Korean coach Lee is currently in his second stint in charge of Cambodia, reappointed in 2013 after a relatively unsuccessful first spell between August 2010 and May 2012 that saw him win just three out of 10 fixtures.
A former assistant coach with the Korean national team, Lee’s latest spell at the helm has been an improvement with much progress made on the team’s fitness and conditioning, work that finally looks to be paying dividends.