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Most successful coaches in AFF Suzuki Cup history

The AFF Suzuki Cup is now in its 12th edition and since its inception in 1996, there have been four countries crowned as champions.

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Among those four, Thailand have the most with five, while Singapore is only one behind with four. Malaysia and Vietnam round out the champions list so far in the competition.

Among the 11 champions in so far, there have been seven coaches to help lift the Asian nations to triumph and here are three of the most successful coaches in the AFF Suzuki Cup’s history.

RADOJKO AVRAMOVIĆ (Singapore) – THREE TIMES (2004/05, 2006/07, 2012)

 

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Radojko Avramović, known also as Raddy, is now a 68-year-old coach who was born in Sjenica, FPR Yugoslavia and played as a professional goalkeeper during his younger days.

He managed a number of international teams from Oman to Kuwait before landing the Singapore job in 2003. He stayed with the team until 2012 and won three AFF Suzuki Cup titles with the squad.

In the 2004/05 season, he helped the team finish second in their group before beating Myanmar in the semis and thrashing Indonesia over two legs in the final. It was Singapore’s second AFF Suzuki Cup triumph at the time.

He successfully led The Lions in the next tournament as they defended the crown. Despite a slow start in the group stages, winning only one of three games, Avramović managed to help his team keep their nerve as they, eliminated Malaysia in the semis before overcoming heavyweights Thailand in the final.

After disappointing campaigns in 2008 and 2010, Avramović won his last AFF Suzuki Cup title in 2012 by reaching the knockout stages and eliminating the Philippines in the semis before, again, trouncing on Thailand in the finale to win 3-2 on aggregate.

To date, he’s the only three-time winner of the competition.