Buriram United F.C.

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Buriram United
บุรีรัมย์ ยูไนเต็ด
Buriram United F.C. Logo.svg
Full name Buriram United Football Club
Nickname(s) The Thunder Castles
(ปราสาทสายฟ้า)
Founded 1970
(as Provincial Electricity Authority)
2010
(as Buriram PEA)
Ground New I-Mobile Stadium
Buriram, Thailand
Ground Capacity 32,600
Chairman Newin Chidchob
Head Coach Alexandre Gama
League Thai Premier League
2013 TPL,1st
Website Club home page
Current season

Buriram United (Thai: สโมสรฟุตบอลบุรีรัมย์ ยูไนเต็ด), formerly PEA Football Club, is a professional Thai football club based in Buriram province. The club has played at the top level of Thai football for the majority of their existence and is currently competing in the Thai Premier League. The club was founded in 1970 and their current home stadium is New i-mobile Stadium which has a capacity of 32,600.[citation needed]

Buriram United won their first Thai Premier League title in 2008 and the Kor Royal Cup in 1998, as PEA FC (Provincial Electricity Authority Football Club). The club was previously based in Ayutthaya before moving east to Buriram for the 2010 season. In season 2011, Buriram PEA were the triple champions winning the (2011 Thai Premier League, 2011 Thai FA Cup, and 2011 Thai League Cup) in Thailand.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Early Years[edit]

The club was founded in 1970. But first successes came in 1998 with winning the third division of the Kor Royal Cup. The club was then the Thai Division 1 League. 2002/03 the club finished third in the second division. In the Thai Premier League Relegation to be lost at the end of the Thailand Tobacco Monopoly FC after round match with 0-1. A year later, with space, then succeeded in the end of season 2003/04 promotion to the Thai Premier League. As a climber you could surprise win the runner-up at the end of his first Premier League season. The reach of the runner-up entitled the club to participate in the AFC Champions League. It was the first participation in an international competition for the club. However,.[1] the club was excluded from the competition. In the following two seasons, 2006 and 2007, the PEA took place only 10 and 8 at the end of the season.

The club had in the past no fixed home stadium and due to the changing locations also not a big fan base. However, this could be built with moving to Ayutthaya gradually. The inhabitants of the city took the club more and more as their own was. This was especially clear to remember the 2008 season when the audience rose. One reason may lay in the fact that the club played a more than good season, at the end of the championship was surprising. At the end of the season they faced the defending champions Chonburi F.C..[citation needed]

First major successes[edit]

Buriram and Newin Chidchob[edit]

2010-2011 Season[edit]

In December 2009 it was announced that a politician based in Buriram, Newin Chidchob was to take over the club. He had already tried unsuccessfully to take over TOT S.C. and Royal Thai Army F.C.. Newin moved the club to Buriram and gave it the name Buriram PEA Football Club. Pongphan Wongsuwan was instated as coach. Since 1998 he had been the coach of FC TOT.[2] as a new star of the team was a short time later Suchao Nuchnum be required. Suchao previously played for five years under Pongphan at TOT S.C..

In 2010 Buriram signed Attaphol Buspakom, former Muangthong United coach. After three years he led Buriram to second-place in the 2010 Thai Premier League.

At the start of the 2011 season Africans including Frank Ohandza, Frank Acheampong, Ekwalla Herman, Clarence Bitang, and Florent Obama entered the club. Ekwalla Herman and Florent Obama formed Buriram's rock solid defense, while Frank Ohandza and Frank Acheampong became part of Buriram's attacking force. The African players combined with the Thai players like Suchao Nuchnum, Rangsan Viwatchaichok, Jakkraphan Kaewprom, Theeraton Bunmathan, Sivaruck Tedsungnoen made Buriram an unstoppable team. With only one defeat, they were crowned champions before the end of the season. The 2011 season Buriram was completed with a treble; the Thai Premier League, Thai League Cup, and Thai FA Cup. Frank Ohandza was the league's top scorer scoring 19 goals with two hatricks. By winning the league Buriram gained entry to the 2012 AFC Champions League group stage.[citation needed]

2012 Season[edit]

After winning the 2011 Thai League Cup they competed against Vegalta Sendai for the 2012 Toyota Premier Cup at Supachalasai Stadium during their pre-season. Buriram went on to win the penalty shootout 5-3, after they tied with Vegalta Sendai 1-1. Therefore winning the 2012 Toyota Premier Cup.[citation needed]

At the start of the 2012 season, the club was renamed Buriram United Football Club. In the first match of the group stages of the 2012 AFC Champions League, Buriram beat the 2011 J-league champion, Kashiwa Reysol, 3-2 and became "the first Thai and South East Asian club" which gained the victory against a J-league club in ACL since starting the Champions League system in 2003. On the second match, Buriram was the visiting team against the 2011 CSL Champion, Guangzhou Evergrande F.C.. Buriram also became "the first Thai and South East Asian club" which gain a victory against a Chinese club "in China" after beating Guangzhou 1-2 in Tianhe Stadium from Suchao Nuchnum and Frank Acheampong's goals. That match was the end of a 2 year unbeaten home record for Guangzhou .[3] However, Buriram received 4 straight losses in matches against the 2011 K-league Champion, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors both home and away, Kashiwa Reysol and Guangzhou Evergrande F.C. in two next matches, and were eliminated.[citation needed]

During the half season, Buriram signed contracts with Anthony Ampaipitakwong Thai-American player from San Jose Earthquakes, Goran Jerković, French Player from Esteghlal F.C., Osmar Barba Spanish player from Racing de Santander to help the team to win the two remaining trophies,Thai FA Cup and Thai League Cup. They eventually won Thai FA Cup and qualified to the 2013 ACL play-off round. At the end of the season, Buriram also retained the Thai League Cup. The 2012 season ended with the club finishing fourth.[citation needed]

Stadium[edit]

New i-mobile Stadium
Main article: New I-Mobile Stadium

Retired number(s)[edit]

12Supporters (the 12th Man)

Former Players[edit]

For details on former players, see List of Buriram United F.C. players

Reserves and Academy[edit]

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

  • Participated as "PEA FC" in season 2009
  • Has participated as "Buriram United" since season 2012
Season Competition Round Club Home Away
2009 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off Singapore Singapore Armed Force 1-4 (aet)
2009 AFC Cup Group stage Maldives Club Valencia 4-1 1-3
Group stage Singapore Home United 2-1 3-1
Group stage Vietnam Binh Duong 1-3 1-1
2012 AFC Champions League Group stage Japan Kashiwa Reysol 3-2 1-0
Group stage China Guangzhou Evergrande 1-2 1-2
Group stage South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0-2 3-2
2013 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off Australia Brisbane Roar FC 0-0 (pen)3-0
Group stage Japan Vegalta Sendai 1-1 1-1
Group stage South Korea FC Seoul 0-0 2-2
Group stage China Jiangsu Sainty 2-0 2-0
Round of 16 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 2-1 0-0
Quarter Final Iran Esteghlal 1-2 1-0
2014 AFC Champions League Group stage China Shandong Luneng 1-0 1-1
Group stage South Korea Pohang Steelers 1-2 0-0
Group stage Japan Cerezo Osaka 2-2 4-0

Affiliated Clubs[edit]

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

International competitions[edit]

Double[edit]

Treble / Quadruple[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]