Former Indonesia, Vietnam coach Alfred Riedl dies at 70

Alfred Riedl spent years coaching the national teams in Vietnam and Indonesia. Liu Jin/AFP via Getty Images

Austrian coach Alfred Riedl, best remembered in Southeast Asian football for his tenure coaching Indonesia and Vietnam, died on Tuesday at the age of 70.

Riedl was said to have died after battling a long illness.

As a player, the Vienna native was a prolific striker who won two consecutive Austrian league titles with boyhood club Austria Vienna between 1968 and 1970.

He then earned a move to Belgium and represented Sint-Truiden, Antwerp and Standard Liege, finishing as the top scorer in the domestic league on two occasions, before also spending time in France with Metz. He also won four caps for Austria in the 1970s.

Riedl was most familiar to Asian football fans for his achievements as a coach, having first arrived in the continent in 1998 when he took charge of Vietnam -- his first spells with the Southeast Asian nation.

Riedl will also be fondly remembered in Indonesia, where he also had three stints at the helm of Garuda and led them to two runner-up finishes at the AFF Suzuki Cup in 2010 and 2016. More recently, Riedl moved into punditry and was one of FOX Sports Asia's analysts for last year's AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.