Datsakorn Thonglao

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Datsakorn Thonglao
Datsakorn Thonglao after THA-OMA.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1983-12-30) December 30, 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Nong Bua Lamphu, Thailand
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Muangthong United
Number 7
Youth career
1998–1999 Raj Pracha
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999 Raj Pracha 23 (8)
2000–2006 BEC Tero Sasana 77 (18)
2001–2002 1. FC Kaiserslautern II (loan) 7 (0)
2007–2009 Hoàng Anh Gia Lai 28 (12)
2010- Muangthong United 112 (30)
National team
2001 Thailand U19 5 (0)
2001 Thailand U23 15 (0)
2001- Thailand 98 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 01, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of May 01, 2014

Datsakorn Thonglao (Thai: ดัสกร ทองเหลา, born December 30, 1983) is a Thai footballer playing as an attacking midfielder for Thai Premier League club Muangthong United and is a regular member of Thailand national football team. He was known for his deadly free kicks and setpieces.

Club career[edit]

Datsakorn spent his youth career with Raj Pracha between 1998–1999 and made his first senior appearance during 1999-2000 season with the club.

BEC Tero Sasana[edit]

The young midfielder joined a Thai Premier League club, BEC Tero Sasana in 2001-2002 season and eventually won the league title with the club at the end of the season. It was his first senior silverware.

After a successful season with BEC Tero Sasana, Datsakorn was given a chane to play for a Bundesliga club, Kaiserslautern on a season loan deal. On 2002, May 2 Kaiserslautern expressed their interest in permanently signing Datsakorn, which also was the skipper of Thailand U-20 at the moment.[1] However, it was reported that Datsakorn refused to extend his contract with the German side as he was homesick.

Datsakorn returned to BEC Tero Sasana in the next season 2002-2003 and led the team to AFC Champions League final but lost to UAE's Al Ain 1-2 on aggregate. The same season he also awarded only runners-up in another 3 compettitions ASEAN Club Championship, Kor Royal Cup and Thai Premier League.

Hoàng Anh Gia Lai[edit]

In 2007, the Thai playmaker joined a Vietnamese club, Hoàng Anh Gia Lai. He later became one of the Vietnamese supporters' favorites after two years with Hoàng Anh Gia Lai, although he could not help the club win any silverwear.

Muangthong United[edit]

In 2009, a newly Thai Premier League promoted club, Muangthong United signed Datsakorn back to Thailand for a reported fee of $200,000 (6.6 millions baht as of 2009 exchange rate). It was speculated that, due to the deal, he became the Thailand's highest paid footballer at the moment. He settled into the former division 1 champions quickly and became a key member of the team. Datsakorn was also appointed as captain later. He helped the team secured Thai Premier League title twice in 2009 and 2010.

International career[edit]

Datsakorn made his debut in Thailand national team in 2001 while he was spending his loan spell at Kaiserslautern. He was first called up for U-19 and U-23 squad for a short period but became a regular member of senior squad soon afterward. Datsakorn has been featuring in Thailand national team from 2001 to present, made a total appearances of 84 and scored 11 goals.

He was criticized in his early years with the national team for his violent behavior, which led him to several sending-offs.

In 2007, Thonglao played again in FIFA World Cup qualification. He goals for Thailand 2 goal in match again Macau national football team in qualification first round and goal 1 in match again Bahrain national football team 1-1 in qualification third round.

Thonglao was also a member of the victorious T&T Cup 2008 winning squad.

In 2011, Thonglao played in FIFA World Cup qualification. He goals for Thailand 2 goals in second-round match again Palestine national football team 2-2.

Datsakorn taking a corner kick against Oman in 2011

In 2012 he was called to almost every tournament in the national team. He was a key player in the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup he suffered a groin injury, but had managed play until the end of the tournament.



Thailand U 23



BEC Tero Sasana

Muangthong United

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. November 10, 2003 Tashkent, Uzbekistan  Hong Kong 1-2 Lost 2004 Asian Cup Qualification
2. November 17, 2003 Bangkok, Thailand  Hong Kong 4-0 Won 2004 Asian Cup Qualification
3. February 16, 2003 Bangkok, Thailand  North Korea 2-2 Draw King's Cup 2003
4. December 24, 2006 Bangkok, Thailand  Vietnam 2-1 Won King's Cup 2006
5. January 24, 2007 Hanoi, Vietnam  Vietnam 2-0 Won 2007 ASEAN Football Championship
6. October 8, 2007 Bangkok, Thailand  Macau 6-1 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
7. October 15, 2007 Macau, Macau  Macau 7-1 Won 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
8. June 7, 2008 Riffa, Bahrain  Bahrain 1-1 Draw 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
9. July 28, 2011 West Bank, Palestine  Palestine 1-1 Draw 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification
10. July 28, 2011 West Bank, Palestine  Palestine 2-2 Draw 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification
11. February 24, 2012 Chiangmai, Thailand  Maldives 3-0 Won Friendly
12. January 26, 2013 Chiangmai, Thailand  North Korea 2-2 Draw 2013 King's Cup


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Totchtawan Sripan
Thailand national football team captain
Succeeded by
Nattaporn Phanrit