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Alfred Riedl : biography

2 November 1949 -

Alfred Riedl (born 2 November 1949 in Vienna) is an Austrian football manager and a former striker. He is the former manager of Laos national football team.

Honours (as a player)

Club honours

  • Austrian Football Bundesliga (2):
    • 1969, 1970
  • Austrian Cup (2):
    • 1971, 1981

Individual honours

  • Austrian Bundesliga Top Goalscorer (1):
    • 1972
  • Belgian First Division top scorer (2):
    • 1973, 1975

Honours (as a manager)

Vietnam

  • ASEAN Football Championship
  • Runners-up (1): 1998
  • Southeast Asian Games
  • Runners-up (1): 1999

Vietnam U23

  • Southeast Asian Games
  • Runners-up (2): 2003, 2005

Indonesia

  • ASEAN Football Championship
  • Runners-up (1): 2010

Coaching career

As a manager, Riedl has coached Olympique Khouribga (Morocco, 1993–94), Al-Zamalek (Egypt, 1994–95), Al Salmiya (Kuwait, 2001–03), and many national teams, including Austria (1990–92), Liechtenstein (1997–98), Palestine (2004–05), Vietnam (1998–2001, 2003–04, 2005–2007), and Laos (2009–). In the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, he has coached Vietnam to a 2–0 victory over UAE and help the team to get to the Quarterfinal for the first time in history. Unfortunately, in late 2007, after the team's disappointing performance in the SEA Games 2007 competition, he was fired and replaced by the Portuguese coach Henrique Calisto. On the October 2008, he returned to Vietnam to coach the Xi Măng Hải Phòng FC soccer club. However after only three matches with poor performance, he was dismissed. On 9 July 2009, he signed a contract as head coach of Laos, the contract runs two years.

Indonesia

On 4 May 2010, the well-travelled Alfred Riedl has been named the new coach of Indonesia's national and under-23 sides. The former Austria, Vietnam and Palestine coach will begin his new job later on the week, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Tuesday on their website. He led the Indonesian national team to the 2010 AFF Suzuki Final but lost to Malaysia on 2–4 aggregate score. Then suddenly, on 13 July 2011, he lost his job because of a so-called "contract-dispute", after a highly-publicized political power struggle within the Football Association of Indonesia, and was replaced by Wim Rijsbergen.

Playing career

Club career

He used to play for FK Austria Wien when he left Austria for the Belgian club Sint-Truiden at the age of 22. After he played eight seasons in Belgian First Division (two with Sint-Truiden, two with Royal Antwerp and four with Standard Liège), Riedl enjoyed a brief spell at FC Metz in France. He came back to Austria after a single season, to play for Grazer AK, and then at Wiener Sportclub and VfB Admira Wacker Mödling. He finished twice as top scorer of the Belgian First Division.

International career

Riedl has been capped four times for the Austria national football team, making his debut in April 1975 against Hungary.

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