Thailand national football team
(The War Elephants)
|Association||Football Association of Thailand|
|Sub-confederation||AFF (South-East Asia)|
|Head coach||Kiatisuk Senamuang|
|Most caps||Kiatisuk Senamuang (131)|
|Top scorer||Kiatisuk Senamuang (70)|
|Home stadium||Rajamangala Stadium|
|FIFA ranking||142 (7 May 2015)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||43 (September 1998)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||165 (October 2014)|
|Highest Elo ranking||62 (January 2001)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||137 (April 1985)|
| South Vietnam 3–1 Thailand
(South Vietnam; 1956)
| Thailand 10–0 Brunei
(Bangkok, Thailand; 24 May 1971)
| United Kingdom 9–0 Thailand
(Melbourne, Australia; 30 November 1956)
|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.
- 1 History
- 2 Team image
- 3 Coaching staff
- 4 Players
- 5 Results and fixtures
- 6 Coaches
- 7 Competitive record
- 8 Honours
- 9 Head-to-Head records against other countries
- 10 Sponsorship
- 11 Titles
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
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.
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.
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
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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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
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 spectacular 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.
The team's traditional home kit consists of a red jersey, red shorts and red socks. Since October 2007, the Thai team has 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, Thai national team signed a three year contract with Grand Sport which became their kit supplier and sponsor until the end of 31 December 2014. In addition, the offer was approximately THB 96 million (USD 3.1 million) to the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) for over three years. The new home kit of Thailand is reverting back to all-red and the away kit all-blue.
| FBT (2002–2007)
| Nike (2007–2012)
| Grand Sport (2012–2017)
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.
|Head Coach||Kiatisuk Senamuang|
|Team Manager||Surachet Chaiyawong|
|Assistant Coach||Choketawee Promrut|
|Assistant Coach||Klairung Treejaksung|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Pansa Meesatham|
|Team Secretary||Nathakorn Chimpalee|
|Team Doctor||Chanin Lamsam|
|Physical trainer||Vitoon Mingkwan|
The following 23 players were called up to the squad for the friendly match against Bahrain and 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier match against Chinese Taipei on 5 and 16 June 2015.
Caps and goals correct as of: 24 May 2015, after match against Vietnam.
The following players have also been called up to the Thailand squad within the last 12 months.
- INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
- WD Player withdrew from the squad for non-injury related reasons
Results and fixtures
- Only record the result that affect the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. See FIFA 'A' matches criteria.
Win Draw Loss
|Friendly 26 March 2015||Thailand||2 – 0||Singapore||Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand|
|19:00 UTC+7||Suttinan 87'
|Stadium: 80th Birthday Anniversary Stadium
Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (Sri Lanka)
|Friendly 30 March 2015||Thailand||2 – 3||Cameroon||Bangkok, Thailand|
|19:00 UTC+7||Deeporm 15'
Chedjou 33' (o.g.)
N'Jie 77' (pen.)
|Stadium: Rajamangala Stadium
Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (Sri Lanka)
|Friendly 20 May 2015||Thailand||0 – 1||North Korea||Bangkok, Thailand|
|19:00 UTC+7||Ri Hyok-chol 20'||Stadium: Rajamangala Stadium
Referee: Teetichai Nuanjan (Thailand)
|World Cup & Asian Cup Qual. 24 May 2015||Thailand||1 - 0||Vietnam||Bangkok, Thailand|
|19:00 UTC+7||Pokkhao 81'||Stadium: Rajamangala Stadium
Referee: Ben Williams (Australia)
|World Cup & Asian Cup Qual. 16 June 2015||Chinese Taipei||v||Thailand||Taipei, Taiwan|
|World Cup & Asian Cup Qual. 8 October 2015||Indonesia||v||Thailand||Jakarta, Indonesia|
|World Cup & Asian Cup Qual. 12 November 2015||Thailand||v||Chinese Taipei||Bangkok, Thailand|
|World Cup & Asian Cup Qual. 29 March 2016||Thailand||v||Indonesia||Bangkok, Thailand|
Coaches by years since 1965–Present
|1968–??||Günther Glomb||1968 Summer Olympics – Group Stage|
|1975||Saner Chaiyong||1975 SEA Peninsular Games – Gold medal|
|1976–1978||Peter Schnittger||1977 SEA Games – Silver medal|
|1979||Werner Bickelhaupt||1979 SEA Games – Bronze medal|
|1981–??||Prawit Chaisam||1981 SEA Games – Gold medal|
|1983–??||Yanyong Na Nongkhai||1983 SEA Games – Gold medal|
|1985–1986||Burkhard Ziese||1985 SEA Games – Gold medal|
|1989–1991||Carlos Roberto||1989 King's Cup – Winners
1990 Asian Games – 4th place
1991 SEA Games – Silver medal
|1992–1994||Peter Stubbe||1992 AFC Asian Cup – Group Stage
1993 SEA Games – Gold medal
|1994–1995||Chatchai Paholpat||1994 Asian Games – Group Stage
1995 SEA Games – Gold medal
|1996||Thawatchai Sartjakul||1996 ASEAN Football Championship – Winners|
|1996||Arjhan Srong-ngamsub||1996 AFC Asian Cup – Group Stage|
|1997–1998||Withaya Laohakul||1997 SEA Games – Gold medal
1998 ASEAN Football Championship – 4th place
|1998–2002||Peter Withe||1998 Asian Games – 4th place
1999 SEA Games – Gold medal
2000 AFC Asian Cup – Group Stage
2000 ASEAN Football Championship – Winners
2000 King's Cup – Winners
2002 ASEAN Football Championship – Winners
2002 Asian Games – 4th place
|2004||Chatchai Paholpat||2004 AFC Asian Cup – Group Stage|
|2004||Siegfried Held||2004 ASEAN Football Championship – Group Stage|
|2005–2008||Charnwit Polcheewin||2006 King's Cup – Winners
2006 T&T Cup – Winners
2007 King's Cup – Winners
2007 AFC Asian Cup – Group Stage
2007 ASEAN Football Championship – Runner-up
|2008–2009||Peter Reid||2008 T&T Cup – Winners
2008 ASEAN Football Championship – Runner-up
|2009–2011||Bryan Robson||2009 Phuket Kata Group – Winners
2010 ASEAN Football Championship – Group Stage
|2011–2013||Winfried Schäfer||2012 ASEAN Football Championship – Runner-up|
|2014–present||Kiatisuk Senamuang||2014 Asian Games – 4th place
2014 ASEAN Football Championship – Winners
FIFA World Cup
AFC Asian Cup
(Under-23 Team Since 2002)