Chonburi F.C.

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Chonburi F.C.
ชลบุรี เอฟซี
Chonburi F.C. Logo.svg
Full name Chonburi Football Club
Nickname(s) The Sharks (team)
Blue Blood (supporters)
Founded 1997, as Chonburi-Sannibat-Samutprakan
Ground Chonburi Stadium, Chonburi, Thailand
Ground Capacity 8,500
Chairman Wittaya Khunpluem
Manager Masahiro Wada
League Thai Premier League
2013 TPL, 3rd
Website Club home page

Chonburi Football Club (Thai: สโมสรฟุตบอลชลบุรี) is a Thai professional football club based in city of Chonburi, Chonburi province and currently playing in the top division in Thai football, the Thai Premier League. The team lifted the league title in 2007 which became one of the most successful season in their history.[1]

Chonburi were founded in 1997 and their rivalries are Pattaya United and Sriracha which also based in Chonburi province.[2] The team is widely known by their nickname The Sharks which can be seen in the club logo.


First major successes[edit]

Chonburi crest: 2003–06

In 2005 they won the Provincial League title by beating Nakhon Ratchasima at the Central stadium, Nakhon Ratchasima, and moved to Thai League in the 2006 season with the Provincial League runners up, Suphanburi. The shark tribes finished 8th place in the Thai League 2006 season.[citation needed]

In 2006 they were invited to play in the Singapore Cup and reached the final, defeating local sides Home United, Albirex Niigata and Balestier Khalsa along the way. In the final they lost to Tampines Rovers 2–3 in the extra time after leading 2–0.[citation needed]

In 2007 they were again invited to participate in the Singapore Cup, but were defeated in the first round against Balestier Khalsa, in a replay of the previous season's semi-finals. Chonburi lost 3–2 in normal play. They have formed links with Manchester City.[citation needed]

In July 2008 they made another important big step into the future. In addition, the previous sponsor, Hemaraj Land and Development PLC signed a major sponsorship deal which comes into force from 2009. The contract will run for three years and will amount to the sum of 18 million baht (about 350,000 Euros). This may indeed be the largest completed sponsorship of a Thai football club which was ever completed.[3]

At the end of the 2008 season, there was only enough for runner-up. The main reason for this was certainly the profligacy. With two games left in the season you still on the first place in the table, but a 0-0 draw against Samut Songkhram F.C. made to naught in the penultimate round of the dream title defense. Jadet Meelarp was dismissed. His successor is officially announced in mid-December 2008. Kiatisuk Senamuang, known as Zico, was appointed coach of Chonburi.[citation needed]

As Vice Champion 2008 is qualified for the 2009 AFC Cup and was drawn in a group with ACB Ha Noi (Vietnam), Eastern AA (Hong Kong) and Kedah FA (Malaysia). Chonburi has to call to mind the Zeil set to be first in the group and win the AFC Cup in Thailand. The group stage was confident survived with only one defeat in six games. In the second round Chonburi PSMS Medan in Indonesia defeated 4-1 before retired in the quarterfinals against the Vietnam representative Becamex Binh Duong F.C. 2-4. The game against Medan was also the last game of Surat Sukha, who moved to Melbourne Victory.[citation needed]

In July 2009. End of the 2009 season the club was only the runner-up again. At the end of 2008 they had 2 points behind the champions, 2009, there were 3 points. Kiatisuk Senamuang changed at the end of the season to Hoàng Anh Gia Lai, the association in Vietnam where he was active as a player last. His successor in Chonburi was Jadet Meelarp, which had been released a year earlier. At his side, his former boss Witthaya Hloagune was provided as technical director of the club. Unlike other top clubs in the league but vorzuweisen Chonburi had hardly known commitments for the 2010 season. Only Therdsak Chaiman you can probably fit into this category. The 36-year-old was last in the Thailand national football team his comeback from Singapore and moved to Chonburi. Although the club was again runner-up, but this is not automatically eligible in the 2009 season to participate in the 2010 AFC Cup . Instead, the Cup Winners' Cup in Thailand directly qualified for the competition. Already in the second round of the Thai FA Cup retired from the Chonburi.[citation needed]

Asian competitions[edit]

Chonburi played in the first AFC Champions League in 2008 with the drawn against Japanese champions Gamba Osaka. On 20 March 2008 the club achieved its first victory in the AFC Champions League against the highly fancied Melbourne Victory.[4] The game was clouded by controversy when Melbourne Victory scored their only goal whilst a Chonburi FC player was down injured and his teammates were calling for the ball to be played off the park. It mattered little when Cameroonian striker Baga scored a goal from 35 yards out and then followed it up with a second goal in extra time to condemn the Melbourne Victory to their first loss in the competition 3–1.[5]


At the start of the 2008 season, Chonburi used the Chonburi Municipality Stadium plays in the 5,000-seater in Chonburi. Due to disagreements with the local authorities, the club wore its home games from 2008 of the Assumption School in Sri Racha Stadium. For the games of the 2008 AFC Champions League you had to dodge into the National Stadium (Thailand), which was also used for matches in the 2009 AFC Cup Bangkok. For the 2010 season, the club will return to Chonburi and will host its home games at the renovated Chonburi Sports College Stadium.[6]

In 2010 season they moved to IPE Chonburi Stadium.

In 2012 season they move to Chonburi Municipality Stadium after update stadium for played in the AFC Cup, and Thai Premier League

For the future, a new stadium is designed with modern training facilities. The new stadium will have 15,000 spectators and meet modern demands.[7] It would be next to the new buildings in Pattaya and one of the most modern stadiums in Si Racha in Chonburi province. Arise should the stadium with club grounds near Bang Saen on a ten-rai area. This is about 1.5 hectares. The site was donated by the President of the Association Wittaya Khunpluem


First team squad[edit]

As of 3 March 2013[8] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Thailand GK Panupong Pichittham
3 Thailand DF Natthaphong Samana
4 Japan MF Yuki Bamba
5 Thailand DF Niweat Siriwong
6 Thailand DF Suttinun Phuk-hom
7 Thailand MF Chakrit Buathong
8 Thailand MF Therdsak Chaiman (vice-captain)
10 Thailand FW Pipob On-Mo (captain)
11 Thailand DF Korrakot Wiriyaudomsiri
14 Japan MF Kazuto Kushida
15 Ivory Coast DF Fodé Diakité
16 Thailand FW Worachit Kanitsribampen
18 Thailand GK Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool (2nd vice-captain)
19 Thailand MF Adul Lahso
No. Position Player
20 Brazil MF Juliano Mineiro
22 Thailand DF Sarawut Phayklang
24 Thailand MF Kroekrit Thaweekarn
25 Thailand DF Chonlatit Chantakam
26 Brazil DF Anderson Dos Santos
28 Thailand MF Bavorn Tapla
30 Brazil FW Andre Araujo
31 Thailand MF Nurul Sriyankem
33 Thailand GK Worawit Kaewwiharn
34 Thailand DF Noppanon Kachaplayuk
36 Thailand MF Surawich Lokawit
37 East Timor FW Thiago Cunha
38 Thailand DF Patiphan Unop

Note 1: The official club website lists the supporters as player 12th man.

Note 2: Players who are AFC Champions League quota foreign players are listed in bold.

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Thailand DF Rachanon Kanyatong (at Songkhla United)
Thailand MF Sarawut Janthapan (at Nakhon Ratchasima)
Thailand MF Pongsakorn Seerod (at Trat)
Thailand FW Wanit Chaisan (at Bangkok)
No. Position Player
Thailand FW Akarawin Sawasdee (at Nakhon Ratchasima)
Thailand FW Kraikitti In-utane (at Chainat Hornbill)
Thailand FW Sukree Etae (at Bangkok)

Former Players[edit]

For details on former players, see List of Chonburi F.C. players and Category:Chonburi F.C. players.

Reserves and Academy[edit]

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away
2008 AFC Champions League Group stage Japan Gamba Osaka 0-2 1-1
Group stage Australia Melbourne Victory 3-1 3-1
Group stage South Korea Chunnam Dragons 2-2 1-0
2009 AFC Cup Group stage Hong Kong Eastern 4-1 2-1
Group stage Malaysia Kedah FA 3-1 0-1
Group stage Vietnam Hanoi ACB 6-0 0-2
Round of 16 Indonesia PSMS Medan 4-0
Quarter-finals Vietnam Binh Duong 2-2 2-0
2011 AFC Cup Group stage India Kingfisher East Bengal 4-0 4-4
Group stage Hong Kong South China 3-0 0-3
Group stage Indonesia Persipura Jayapura 4-1 3-0
Round of 16 Indonesia Sriwijaya 3-0
Quarter-finals Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi 0-1 0-1 (4-3 pen)
2012 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off South Korea Pohang Steelers 2-0
2012 AFC Cup Group stage Burma Yangon United 1-0 1-1
Group stage Singapore Home United 1-0 1-2
Group stage Hong Kong Citizen 2-0 3-3
Round of 16 Iraq Al-Zawra'a SC 1-0
Quarter-finals Syria Al-Shorta 1-2 2-4 (aet)
Semi-finals Iraq Arbil 1-4 4-1
2014 AFC Champions League Round 2 Hong Kong South China AA 3–0
Round 3 China Beijing Guoan 4-0




Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

2008: Group stage
2012: Qualifying East – Final Round
2009: Quarter final
2011: Quarter final
2012: Semi final

Affiliated Clubs[edit]


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