Thailand national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) ช้างศึก
(The War Elephants)
Association Football Association of Thailand
Sub-confederation AFF (South-East Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Kiatisuk Senamuang
Captain Theeraton Bunmathan
Most caps Kiatisuk Senamuang (131)
Top scorer Kiatisuk Senamuang (70)
Home stadium Rajamangala Stadium
FIFA ranking 142 Increase 1 (12 March 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 43[1] (September 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 165 (October 2014)
Elo ranking 135
Highest Elo ranking 62 (January 2001)
Lowest Elo ranking 137 (April 1985)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 South Vietnam 3–1 Thailand Thailand
(South Vietnam; 1956)[2]
Biggest win
 Thailand 10–0 Brunei 
(Bangkok, Thailand; 24 May 1971)
Biggest defeat
United Kingdom Great Britain 9–0 Thailand Thailand
(Melbourne, Australia; 26 November 1956)[3]
Asian Cup
Appearances 6 (First in 1972)
Best result Third Place; 1972

The Thailand national Football team (Thai: ฟุตบอลทีมชาติไทย; Futbon Team Chaat Thai) represents Thailand in international association football competition and is governed by the Football Association of Thailand. The team has a history of most successful teams in Southeast Asian football, with four ASEAN Football Championship titles and nine senior-level Southeast Asian Games titles. Thailand also finished third in the 1972 Asian Cup and have competed twice in the Summer Olympics and fourth place two times in the Asian Games 1990 and 1998.

In the FIFA World Rankings, Thailand highest standing was in the first release of the figures, in September 1998, at 43rd. The team is currently ranked 144th in the World, by FIFA (November 2014).



The team was founded in 1915 as the Siam national football team and played its first unofficial match (against a team of Europeans) at the Royal Bangkok Sport Club Stadium on 20 December of that year. On 25 April 1916, King Vajiravudh established the Football Association of Siam. The team played its first international match in 1930 against the Indochina national team, which included both South Vietnamese and French players. Both the Siam team and its governing association were renamed in 1949 when Siam became Thailand.

Thailand appeared in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, where they lost to Great Britain by a score of 0–9 (the largest defeat in team history) and failed to advance to the quarterfinals. In 1965, Thailand won the gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games nine times senior-level titles.

The team made another appearance at the Summer Olympics in 1968, losing to Bulgaria 0–7, Guatemala 1–4, and Czechoslovakia 0–8 en route to a first-round exit. This was the Thailand football team's last appearance in the Olympics.

Thailand hosted the 1972 AFC Asian Cup and went on to place third after defeating Cambodia 5–3 on penalties after a 2–2 draw in the third-place game. Thailand has qualified for the tournament a total of six times. The team won the first of its 13 King's Cup trophies in 1976, sharing the title with Malaysia after a 1–1 draw in the final match.

1992 featured one of Thailand's signature victories. Playing in Bangkok against South Korea, who had qualified for consecutive FIFA World Cups in 1986 and 1990, and being the strongest team in Asia at the time, the Thais upset the Koreans, beating them 2 to 1. Thailand would later defeat Bangladesh 1–0, winning the group and therefore qualifying for the 1992 AFC Asian Cup. The War Elephants would put on a strong performance at the tournament, drawing with eventual 3rd place China and Qatar before losing to eventual runners up Saudi Arabia 4 to nil.

In 1994, Dream team get originate go up by have Thawatchai Sartjakul team Thailand manager person play the very important person of the team Kiatisuk "Zico" Senamuang, Tawan Sripan, Dusit Chalermsan.[citation needed]


In 1996, Thailand defeated Malaysia 1–0 to win the ASEAN Football Championship (then called the Tiger Cup) for the first time. Three-time champions Thailand will be going all out to reach the pinnacle of Southeast Asian, with three ASEAN Football Championship 1996, 2000 and 2002 titles and nine senior-level Southeast Asian Games titles. Thailand were favourites to regain the crown in 2007, 2008 and 2012 only to lose tight finals to Singapore and Vietnam respectively.

Thailand football team has competed triple times in the Asian Games, making the semifinals in 1990, 1998, and 2002.

The Asian Football Confederation's 2007 AFC Asian Cup finals were held from 7 to 29 July 2007. For the first time in its history, the competition was co-hosted by four nations: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

The 1998 Tiger Cup controversy[edit]

The regional 1998 ASEAN Football Championship tournament was perhaps infamous in respect to Thailand football history. In what was supposedly a sporting event, the group stage match between Thailand and Indonesia was marred with an unsportsmanlike attempt. At the time both teams had already qualified for semi-finals, but with knowledge that winners would have to face hosts Vietnam, while the losing team would play the supposedly weaker Singapore. There was also technical incentive that facing Vietnam would mean moving training bases from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi – which none of the teams would wish to do.[citation needed]

The first half saw very little action as both teams barely making attempt to score. During the second half both teams managed to score, partly thanks to half-hearted defending, resulting in a 2–2 tie after 90 minutes. However the real infamy didn't take place until extra time, in which an Indonesian defender deliberately kicked the ball into his own goal with a Thai attacker running towards the ball.[4] FIFA fined both teams $40,000 for "violating the spirit of the game".

Ironically in the semi-finals, Thailand lost to Vietnam, and Indonesia also lost to Singapore, pitting the teams together once again for the third-place playoff. Indonesia eventually won by penalty shootout, as in the final, unfancied Singapore made one of the competition's biggest shocks by defeating Vietnam.


On 23 September 2009, Bryan Robson agreed to become coach of Thailand national team in his first foray into international football management.[5] He was contracted to manage the team through to the 2014 World Cup. On 14 November 2009, Robson celebrated his first competitive match in charge of the team with a 3–1 away victory against Singapore in a 2011 Asian Cup qualifying group match.[6] On 18 November 2009, Robson then suffered his first loss – a 1–0 defeat against Singapore on home soil. In January 2010, this was followed by two goalless draws with Jordan and Iran during 2011 Asian Cup qualifying. On 3 March 2010, Robson's Thailand suffered a 1–0 defeat by the hands of Iran in Tehran in their final Group E game, effectively ending their hopes of qualifying for 2011 Asian Cup. On 11 August 2010, Robson led Thailand to another victory against Singapore with a score of 1–0 on home soil. In September 2010, Robson overcame Bob Houghton's India in a friendly with a score of 2–1 away from home. In December 2010, Robson failed to bring Thailand past the Group A of the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup after managing only 2 draws against Laos and Malaysia and losing to Indonesia. He resigned as manager on 8 June 2011.[7]


Rumours had been rife that the 61 years old Winfried Schäfer was favourite to succeed Bryan Robson, who ended his ill-fated two-year tenure earlier this month, citing health problems as the reason for his resignation.

During the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers, War Elephants played well and built a lot of faith up in the fans. The attendance was nearly full house, War Elephants almost beat Australia at their home and even defeated Oman 3–0. This was in addition to the draw against Saudi Arabia, when I called up many young starlets to the team, which reflects on the fact that we have plenty of good players. In the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup, Thailand reached the final after topping their group and knocking out Malaysia 3–1 on aggregate.[8] In the final Thailand lost the first leg 3–1 to Singapore and won the second leg 1–0, but lost on aggregate 3–2.

In the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification Thailand suffered a massive setback, with their defensive frailities fully exposed by their Middle East rivals. Thailand lost all 6 games in the qualifiers, conceding 21 goals in the process. In June 2013, Schäfer cancelled his contract. The FA of Thailand appointed Kiatisuk Senamuang as the new caretaker coach for national team. His first task was friendly match against China PR on 15 June, which Thailand won 5–1.

2014 AFF Championship[edit]

Thailand regained the title King of Asean football upon their fourth AFF championship. The team did not lose at any match up until the second leg of the finals and also featured a tiki-taka style 27 consecutive passes during the first leg of the finals against Malaysia. Thailand ended their 12-year drought in the AFF Suzuki Cup from the late goals by Charyl Chappuis(82') and Chanathip Songkrasin which gave them a dramatic 4-3 aggregate victory over Malaysia in the second leg of the final at Bukit Jalil National Stadium. Kiatisuk Senamuang consequently became the first person as both a player and a head coach to win the ASEAN Football Championship.

Team image[edit]


Thailand's original home colours

The team's traditional home kit consists of a red jersey, red shorts, and red socks. Since October 2007, Thailand have used an all-yellow home kit in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 80th birthday. The away kit consists of a blue jersey, blue shorts, and blue socks. On 20 October 2012, Thailand national team sign a three years contract with Grand Sport which become their kit supplier and sponsor until the end of 31 December 2014. In addition, the offer is about THB 96 million (USD 3.1 million) to the FA of Thailand (FAT) over the three years and it is too good to pass up.[9] The new kit of Thailand home is going back to All Red and the away kit is All Blue.

Thailand FBT (2002–2007)
2002 Home
2002 Away
2003–04 Home
2003–04 Away
2005 Home
2005 Away
2006–07 Home
2006–07 Away
United States Nike (2007–2012)
2007 Asian Cup Home
2007 Asian Cup Away
2007 Yellow shirt
2008–09 Home
2008–09 Away
2010–11 Home
2010–11 Away
Thailand Grand Sport (2012–2017)
2012–14 Home
2012–14 Away
2014–16 Home
2014–16 Away

Home stadium[edit]

Main article: Rajamangala Stadium

The Thai national team plays most of its home matches in Rajamangala National Stadium in the Bang Kapi district of Bangkok. Built for the 1998 Asian Games, the stadium is the largest sporting facility in Thailand with a capacity of 49,722 (seated). Matches are also occasionally played at Suphachalasai Stadium, 700th Anniversary Stadium, 5th December Stadium, Surakul Stadium, Yamaha Stadium, and Thunder Castle Stadium.

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Thailand Kiatisuk Senamuang
Team Manager Thailand Surachet Chaiyawong
Assistant Coach Thailand Choketawee Promrut
Assistant Coach Thailand Klairung Treejaksung
Goalkeeping Coach Thailand Kittisak Rawangpa
Team Secretary Thailand Nathakorn Chimpalee
Team Doctor Thailand Chanin Lamsam
Physiotherapist Germany Andy Schillinger
Physical trainer Thailand Vitoon Mingkwan
Masseur Thailand Chatree Sangsawang


Current squad[edit]

The following 22 players were called up to the squad for the friendly match against Singapore and Cameroon on 26–30 March 2015.
Caps and goals correct as of: 26 March 2015, after match against Singapore.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kawin Thamsatchanan (1990-01-26) 26 January 1990 (age 25) 36 0 Thailand Muangthong United
20 1GK Chanin Sae-Eae (1992-07-05) 5 July 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Thailand Chainat Hornbill
5 2DF Suttinan Phuk-hom(Vice-captain) (1987-11-29) 29 November 1987 (age 27) 24 3 Thailand Chonburi
4 2DF Theeraton Bunmathan(Captain) (1990-02-06) 6 February 1990 (age 25) 17 2 Thailand Buriram United
8 2DF Artit Daosawang (1992-11-11) 11 November 1992 (age 22) 6 0 Thailand Muangthong United
15 2DF Pravinwat Boonyong (1990-02-13) 13 February 1990 (age 25) 4 0 Thailand Bangkok Glass
3 2DF Pratum Chuthong (1983-10-26) 26 October 1983 (age 31) 5 0 Thailand Suphanburi
23 2DF Putthinan Wannasri (1992-09-05) 5 September 1992 (age 22) 3 0 Thailand Bangkok United
2 2DF Koravit Namwiset (1986-08-02) 2 August 1986 (age 28) 0 0 Thailand Buriram United
16 3MF Jakkraphan Pornsai (1987-03-28) 28 March 1987 (age 28) 15 2 Thailand Suphanburi
24 3MF Kroekrit Thaweekarn (1990-11-19) 19 November 1990 (age 24) 12 4 Thailand Chonburi
6 3MF Sarach Yooyen (1992-05-30) 30 May 1992 (age 22) 12 0 Thailand Muangthong United
11 3MF Mongkol Tossakrai (1987-09-05) 5 September 1987 (age 27) 10 3 Thailand Army United
12 3MF Prakit Deeporm (1988-01-07) 7 January 1988 (age 27) 10 2 Thailand Buriram United
14 3MF Pokkhao Anan (1991-03-04) 4 March 1991 (age 24) 6 2 Thailand Police United
13 3MF Nurul Sriyankem (1992-02-08) 8 February 1992 (age 23) 2 0 Thailand Chonburi
7 3MF Wittaya Madlam (1985-10-06) 6 October 1985 (age 29) 1 0 Thailand Bangkok United
25 3MF Ekkachai Sumrei (1988-11-28) 28 November 1988 (age 26) 1 0 Thailand Bangkok United
19 3MF Anuwat Noicheunphan (1988-09-21) 21 September 1988 (age 26) 1 0 Thailand Army United
18 3MF Rungrath Poomchantuek (1992-05-17) 17 May 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Thailand Chiangrai United
10 4FW Teerasil Dangda (1988-06-06) 6 June 1988 (age 26) 61 29 Thailand Muangthong United
9 4FW Adisak Kraisorn (1991-02-01) 1 February 1991 (age 24) 9 6 Thailand BEC Tero Sasana

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Thailand squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool (1982-03-23) 23 March 1982 (age 33) 76 0 Thailand Chonburi v.  Singapore, 26 March 2015 INJ
DF Peerapat Notchaiya (1993-02-04) 4 February 1993 (age 22) 9 0 Thailand BEC Tero Sasana 2015 King's Cup
DF Mika Chunuonsee (1989-03-26) 26 March 1989 (age 26) 0 0 Thailand Bangkok United 2015 King's Cup
DF Narubadin Weerawatnodom (1994-07-12) 12 July 1994 (age 20) 13 1 Thailand Buriram United 2015 King's Cup
DF Tanaboon Kesarat (1993-09-21) 21 September 1993 (age 21) 10 1 Thailand BEC Tero Sasana 2015 King's Cup
DF Adisorn Promrak (1993-10-21) 21 October 1993 (age 21) 5 0 Thailand BEC Tero Sasana 2015 King's Cup INJ
DF Chayaphat Kitpongsrithada (1983-05-23) 23 May 1983 (age 31) 25 1 Thailand BEC Tero Sasana v.  Malaysia, 20 December 2014
DF Wasan Homsan (1991-08-02) 2 August 1991 (age 23) 5 0 Thailand Bangkok Glass v.  China PR, 10 October 2014
DF Suriya Singmui (1995-04-07) 7 April 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Thailand Muangthong United v.  China PR, 10 October 2014
DF Sarawut Kanlayanabandit (1991-05-27) 27 May 1991 (age 23) 2 0 Thailand Muangthong United v.  China PR, 10 October 2014
DF Todsapol Lated (1989-07-17) 17 July 1989 (age 25) 1 0 Thailand Muangthong United v.  Kuwait, 25 May 2014
MF Adul Lahso (1986-09-19) 19 September 1986 (age 28) 29 1 Thailand Chonburi v.  Singapore, 26 March 2015 INJ
MF Thitipan Puangchan (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 21) 6 2 Thailand Muangthong United 2015 King's Cup
MF Kasidech Wettayawong (1994-01-21) 21 January 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Thailand Muangthong United 2015 King's Cup
MF Chanathip Songkrasin (1993-10-05) 5 October 1993 (age 21) 17 4 Thailand BEC Tero Sasana 2015 King's Cup
MF Sarawut Masuk (1990-06-03) 3 June 1990 (age 24) 10 1 Thailand Nakhon Ratchasima 2015 King's Cup INJ
MF Charyl Chappuis (1992-01-12) 12 January 1992 (age 23) 7 5 Thailand Suphanburi 2015 King's Cup INJ
MF Suppasek Kaikaew (1986-12-12) 12 December 1986 (age 28) 1 0 Thailand Bangkok Glass v.  China PR, 10 October 2014
MF Pakorn Prempak (1993-02-02) 2 February 1993 (age 22) 2 0 Thailand Police United v.  Kuwait, 25 May 2014
FW Pinyo Inpinit (1993-07-01) 1 July 1993 (age 21) 4 0 Thailand Police United 2015 King's Cup
FW Kirati Keawsombat (1987-01-12) 12 January 1987 (age 28) 27 6 Thailand Chonburi v.  Malaysia, 20 December 2014
FW Chainarong Tathong (1987-01-31) 31 January 1987 (age 28) 3 0 Thailand Osotspa v.  Malaysia, 20 December 2014
FW Sompong Soleb (1986-07-30) 30 July 1986 (age 28) 19 1 Thailand Bangkok United v.  Malaysia, 20 December 2014
FW Wanit Chaisan (1992-07-25) 25 July 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Thailand Bangkok v.  Kuwait, 25 May 2014
FW Chananan Pombuppha (1992-03-17) 17 March 1992 (age 23) 2 0 Thailand Muangthong United v.  Kuwait, 25 May 2014
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • WD Player withdrew from the squad for non-injury related reasons

Previous squads[edit]

Results and fixtures[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss



Coaches by years since 1965–Present

Period Coach Achievements
1965–?? Thailand Pratiab Thesvisarn
1968–?? Germany Günther Glomb 1968 Summer Olympics – Group Stage
1975 Thailand Saner Chaiyong 1975 SEA Peninsular GamesMed 1.png Gold medal
1976–1978 Germany Peter Schnittger 1977 SEA GamesMed 2.png Silver medal
1979 Germany Werner Bickelhaupt 1979 SEA GamesMed 3.png Bronze medal
1981–?? Thailand Prawit Chaisam 1981 SEA GamesMed 1.png Gold medal
1983–?? Thailand Yanyong Na Nongkhai 1983 SEA GamesMed 1.png Gold medal
1985–1986 Germany Burkhard Ziese 1985 SEA GamesMed 1.png Gold medal
1989–1991 Brazil Carlos Roberto 1989 King's CupSimple cup icon.svg Winners
1990 Asian Games4th place
1991 SEA GamesMed 2.png Silver medal
1992–1994 Germany Peter Stubbe 1992 AFC Asian Cup – Group Stage
1993 SEA GamesMed 1.png Gold medal
1994 Thailand Worawit Sumpachanyasathit
1994–1995 Thailand Chatchai Paholpat 1994 Asian Games – Group Stage
1995 SEA GamesMed 1.png Gold medal
1996 Thailand Thawatchai Sartjakul 1996 ASEAN Football ChampionshipASEAN Football Championship Cup.svg Winners
1996 Thailand Arjhan Srong-ngamsub 1996 AFC Asian Cup – Group Stage
1997 Germany Dettmar Cramer
1997–1998 Thailand Withaya Laohakul 1997 SEA GamesMed 1.png Gold medal
1998 ASEAN Football Championship4th place
1998–2002 England Peter Withe 1998 Asian Games4th place
1999 SEA GamesMed 1.png Gold medal
2000 AFC Asian Cup – Group Stage
2000 ASEAN Football ChampionshipASEAN Football Championship Cup.svg Winners
2000 King's CupSimple cup icon.svg Winners
2002 ASEAN Football ChampionshipASEAN Football Championship Cup.svg Winners
2002 Asian Games4th place
2003–2004 Brazil Carlos Roberto
2004 Thailand Chatchai Paholpat 2004 AFC Asian Cup – Group Stage
2004 Germany Siegfried Held 2004 ASEAN Football Championship – Group Stage
2005–2008 Thailand Charnwit Polcheewin 2006 King's CupSimple cup icon.svg Winners
2006 T&T CupSimple cup icon.svg Winners
2007 King's CupSimple cup icon.svg Winners
2007 AFC Asian Cup – Group Stage
2007 ASEAN Football ChampionshipRunner-up
2008–2009 England Peter Reid 2008 T&T CupSimple cup icon.svg Winners
2008 ASEAN Football ChampionshipRunner-up
2009–2011 England Bryan Robson 2009 Phuket Kata Group – Simple cup icon.svg Winners
2010 ASEAN Football Championship – Group Stage
2011–2013 Germany Winfried Schäfer 2012 ASEAN Football ChampionshipRunner-up
2013 Thailand Surachai Jaturapattarapong
2014–present Thailand Kiatisuk Senamuang 2014 ASEAN Football ChampionshipASEAN Football Championship Cup.svg Winners

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]