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OFF THE POST: Now that's fan support!
by Mike Woitalla, May 31st, 2007 7AM

TAGS:  international


When word got out earlier this year that Vietnam's head coach Alfred Riedl, 57, needed a kidney transplant, 80 Vietnamese soccer fans offered to donate one of theirs. A compatible donor was found, and the popular Austrian is recovering well. "I was really touched when I saw that so many people wanted to help me," Riedl told "Vietnam now is even more a part of me."

Riedl's third stint as Vietnam coach started in 2005 and he has guided it to its greatest success, including a 2003 win over South Korea and four runner-up finishes in regional tournaments. Vietnam co-hosts the Asian Cup this summer.

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