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|Full name||Big Bang Chula United Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||The Pink Panthers, The Big Bang|
1976, as "Bangtoey Football Team"Nonthaburi Municipality Stadium
|Head Coach||Worachai Surinsirirat|
|League||Thai Division 1 League|
|Website||Club home page|
BBCU Football Club or “Big Bang Chula United Football Club” (Thai: สโมสรฟุตบอลบิ๊กแบง จุฬาฯ ยูไนเต็ด) is a Thai professional football club based in Bangkok, Thailand, owned by Montri Suwannoi. Founded as "Bangtoey Football Team" in 1976, the club changed its name many times, until finally, it became "BBCU" in 2011.
BBCU was one of the most successful Thai football clubs of the late 1990s (under the name of “Sinthana Football Club”). The club has won a Thai Premier League title, 2 Kor Royal Cups and 1 FA Cup. Moreover, during the years in lower divisions, the club has also won a Division 2 title.
- 1 History
- 2 Previous names and logos
- 3 Stadia
- 4 Season by season record
- 5 Honours
- 6 Coaches
- 7 Players
- 8 Performance in AFC competitions
- 9 External links
- 10 References
In 2004, Chulalongkorn University FC was combined with Sinthana FC (Chula-Sinthana FC) and played in Division 2 in 2005 until Chula-Sinthana FC was promoted from Division 1 to Thai Premier League in 2008.
Chula's return to the top flight, 2008 Thailand Premier League, ended with them finishing in a creditable 8th position. However they could not build on their first season and were relegated from the 2009 Thai Premier League.
Despite having two of the three top goalscorers in the 2010 Thai Division 1 League, Chula could not bounce back at the first attempt and slumped to a disappointing 10th placed finish. Chula's striker Chainarong Tathong topped the 2010 Thai Division 1 League goalscoring chart with an impressive 19 goals. Fellow front man Aron da Silva netted 15 times to be the 3rd top scorer in the league.
In January 2011, the club changed their name to Big Bang Chulalongkorn University FC and relocated to play their home games at the Thai Army Sports Stadium on VipavadeeRangsit Road. The club got off to a flying start and won promotion even though they stuttered in the latter weeks of the season.
The club's venture in the 2012 Thai Premier League ended with them being relegated after only one season. Home games were played at the sparsely filled 65,000 Rajamangala Stadium with an average home attendance of only 939.
Previous names and logos
- The old Sinthana Football Club's logo is written 1987 as its year of foundation. However, after doing the new research, we found that the club's activities have been started 11 years before that, in 1976. In fact, the year 1987 is only the year that the club was preparing the team for competing its first Ngor Royal Cup season.
- The club changed its name from Chula-Sinthana to Chula United during the 2008 Thai Premier League competition. But only the name was changed. The club had still used the old "Phra Kiao" logo until the end of that season.
BBCU have used various stadiums throughout their history:
- 2012 - Rajamangla Stadium
- 2013 - Thai Army Stadium
- 2014 - King-Rama-9-Sports-Stadium, Nonthaburi
Season by season record
Amateur years (1976–1987)
Since Bangtoey Football team was founded in 1976 to compete in Bangkapi Cup tournament, the club had played 11 more years in amateur level before joining the first Thai Football Association’s competitions season in Ngor Royal Cup 1998.
Royal Cups’ years (1988–1995)
|1988||Ngor Royal Cup||4||Runner-up||- Promoted to Khor Royal Cup 1989|
|1989||Khor Royal Cup||3||Quarter-final||- Promoted to Khǒr Royal Cup 1990|
|1990||Khǒr Royal Cup||2|
|1992||- Promoted to Kor Royal Cup 1993|
|1993||Kor Royal Cup||1||1st Round|
|1995||3rd||- the last season that Kor Royal Cup was competed as the top level of Thai football.|
Football League years (1996–2010)
Thailand Soccer League
|1||6th||- Football league was pronounced for the first time in Thailand
- The club won Queen's Cup runner-up.
|1997||Runner-up||- Champion Kor Royal Cup
- Champion FA Cup (qualified for Asian Cup Winners' Cup 1998/99)
|Champion||- Qualified for Asian Club Championship 1999/2000) [as Thai League Champion]
- Champion Kor Royal Cup
|2000||11th||- Played promotion-relegation play-off with Bangkok Christian College (won 3–2 on aggregate)
- Runner-up Queen's Cup
|2002/03||7th||- Runner-up Queen's Cup|
|2003/04||Thailand Premier League||10th||- Relegated to Thailand Division 1 League 2004/05|
|2004/05||Thailand Division 1 League||2||- Relegated to Thailand Division 2 League 2006|
|2006||Thailand Division 2 League||3||Champion||- Promoted to Thailand Division 1 League ฤดูกาล 2007|
|2007||Thailand Division 1 League||2||Runner-up||- Promoted to Thailand Premier League 2008|
|2008||Thailand Premier League||1||8th|
|2009||Thailand Premier League||15th||- Relegated to Thai Division 1 League 2010|
|2010||Thai Division 1 League||2||10th|
Season By Season Domestic Record (2011-Present)
|Asia||Top goalscorer league|
|2011||DIV 1||34||18||9||7||39||25||63||3rd||Chainarong Tathong||12|
|2012||TPL||34||4||13||17||32||63||25||17th||Junior Aparecido Guimaro||9|
|2013||DIV 1||34||9||13||12||33||45||40||11th||R3||R2||Bouba Abbo||9|
|2014||DIV 1||34||13||9||12||49||48||48||9th||R2||R3||Julius Obioh||17|
- The list below shows the different names used to represent the same level of competition.
- Premier League
- Champion : 1998
- Runner-up : 1997
- Division 1
- Runner-up : 2007
- 3rd Place : 2011
- Division 2
- Champion : 2006
- Kor Royal Cup
- Champion : 1997, 1998
- Kor Royal Cup (as the top level of Thai football competitions)
- 3rd Place : 1995
- FA Cup
- Champion : 1997
- Queen's Cup
- Runner-up : 1999, 2000, 2002
Performance in Asian Competitions
- Asian Club Championship
- quarter-final : 1999
Coaches by years (2006–)
|Karoon Narksawad + Dr. Jutha Tingsapat||2006–08||Winner Thailand Division 2 League 2006
Runner-up Thailand Division 1 League 2007
|Kiatisuk Senamuang||2008–09||8th Thai Premier League 2008|
|Carlos Ferreira||Jan 2009 – Aug 9|
|Pichai Pituwong||Aug 2009 – Oct 9|
|Chana Yodprang||Jan 2010 – Apr 10|
|Thongchai Sukkokee||May 2010 – December 2010|
|Kiatisuk Senamuang||December 2010 – May 2012|
As of May 2009:
|Montree Kruewan||Assistant Manager|
|Worachai Surinsirirat||First Team Head Coach|
|First Team Assistant Head Coach|
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Performance in AFC competitions
|1999-2000||Asian Club Championship||First Round||GD Lam Pak||0-2||7-1|
|Second Round||Singapore Armed Force||1-1||2-1|
|Suwon Samsung Bluewings||4-0|