Police United coach Attaphol Buspakom has died at the age of 52 after losing his battle with septicemia, the club announced on Thursday.
After a Thai Division 1match against Songkhla United in April, the former Buriram United tactician was admitted to the hospital following a downturn in his health.
Attaphol played for Thai Port FC before moving to Malaysia, where he spent two successful stints at Pahang FA in 1989-91 and 1994-96. During his playing career he also recorded 85 caps for his country’s national team.
Following retirement, he began to forge his reputation as a coach with BEC Tero Sasana, became the second coach after Charnwit Polcheewin to lead a Thai club into the AFC Champions League final in 2002-03.
After four years with BEC, the Sattahip-born coach moved to Singapore with Geylang United before returning to enjoy spells with Krung Thai Bank, TTM Samut Sakhon and Muangthong United.
In 2011, Attaphol captured the treble with Buriram United after winning the Thai Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup. In the following season, he guided the club into the first Asian Champions league group stage.
Amongst the various honors collected throughout his career were three Thai Premier League Coach of the Year awards in 2001-02, 2009, and 2013.