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Thursday, October 25, 2018
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Kuala Lumpur: After a month of voting,'s series of articles to determine your all-time best AFC Asian Cup side comes to an end.

Now that voting for the best ever AFC Asian Cup XI is complete, you chose your favourite forwards, midfielders, defenders and goalkeeper, it's time to choose one iconic coach to lead the team.

So, here are six AFC Asian Cup-winning candidates for a place on the dugout. Review the nominees and then choose your favourite coach for this all-star XI in the poll below.

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Khalil Al Zayani – Saudi Arabia

Winner – 1984 AFC Asian Cup

The first ever Saudi manager to take charge of Saudi Arabia, Al Zayani led the Green Falcons to continental glory on their AFC Asian Cup debut in 1984.

His two-year spell in charge of Saudi Arabia saw him lead the team to the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

At club level, Al Zayani led his hometown club, Ettifaq, to the Saudi League title twice, the only titles in the club's history, including an unbeaten season in 1987. He also took them to the semi-finals of the 1989 Asian Club Championship.

Philippe Troussier – Japan

Winner -2000 AFC Asian Cup

Troussier took over Japan following the 1998 FIFA World Cup and went on to lead them to the quarter-finals of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, just a month before they participated in the AFC Asian Cup.

In Lebanon, Troussier led a Samurai Blues side built around the same Olympic squad to lift the Continental trophy for the second time in their history, defeating Saudi Arabia in the final.

The Frenchman also led Japan to the Round of 16 in the 2002 FIFA World Cup on home soil, for the first time in their history. Troussier was also manager of Qatar in the 2004 AFC Asian Cup.

Carlos Alberto Parreira – Kuwait/Saudi Arabia

Winner – 1980 and 1988 AFC Asian Cup

The only manager in history to win the AFC Asian Cup twice, the iconic Brazilian manager led Kuwait to their only continental title on home soil in 1980 on his first appearance in the tournament.

Eight years later, he took charge of Saudi Arabia and repeated the success, leading the Green Falcons to their second successive title in Qatar 1988.

Parreira holds the record for most FIFA World Cup appearances as a manager, coaching in the tournament six times, three of which were with Asian teams; Kuwait 1982, UAE 1990 and Saudi Arabia 1998.

Heshmat Mohajerani – IR Iran

Winner – 1976 AFC Asian Cup

Taking charge of Team Melli just a few months before Iran was to host the 1976 AFC Asian Cup, Mohajerni had an instant impact, leading the team to the title for the third time, and to date, last time in their history.

The same year, he helped the team qualify to the Olympic Games for the first time in their history, taking them past the group stage into the quarter-finals, which remains their best-ever Olympic performance.

Mohajerani crowned his successes with Team Melli by taking them to the 1978 FIFA World Cup, the first time in their history. In 1980, he led the UAE for their maiden AFC Asian Cup appearance.

Ange Postecoglou – Australia

Winner – 2015 AFC Asian Cup

The current manager of Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan, Postecoglou’s four-year reign as Australia boss brought the nation its greatest football success in history.

In 2015 at home soil, Postecoglou’s Socceroos defeated Korea Republic 2-1 in the final to win their first AFC Asian Cup title.

The Greece-born coach helped Australia qualify to the 2018 FIFA World Cup before resigning at the end of the qualifying campaign.

Jorvan Vieira – Iraq

Winner – 2007 AFC Asian Cup

The mastermind behind Iraq’s historic AFC Asian Cup triumph in 2007, Vieira’s association with Asian football began in the 1980s, as he took charge of the youth sides of Oman, Kuwait and Malaysia over a 20-year period.

After taking charge of the Lions of Mesopotamia just two months before the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, Vieira defied all odds to lead an unfancied Iraq side to the title.

On their way to the title, Iraq defeated continental giants Korea Republic and Saudi Arabia as well as Australia. Vieira had a brief spell in charge of Kuwait in 2013.

Who is your favourite coach?
Khalil Al Zayani
Philippe Troussier
Carlos Alberto Parreira
Heshmat Mohajerani
Ange Postecoglou
Jorvan Vieira
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