Thailand national football team
(The War Elephants)
|Association||Football Association of Thailand|
|Sub-confederation||AFF (Southeast Asia)|
|Most caps||Kiatisuk Senamuang (131)|
|Top scorer||Kiatisuk Senamuang (70)|
|Home stadium||Rajamangala Stadium|
|FIFA ranking||158 1 (18 September 2014)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||43 (September 1998)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||158 (September 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; May 24, 1971)
| Great Britain 9–0 Thailand
(Melbourne, Australia; November 26, 1956)
|Appearances||6 (First in 1972)|
|Best result||Third Place; 1972|
The Thailand national soccer team (Thai: ฟุตบอลทีมชาติไทย) represents Thailand in international soccer competition and is governed by the Football Association of Thailand. The team has a history of most successful teams in Southeast Asian football, with three 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 four times in the Asian Games.
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 137th in the World, 20th in Asia and 1st in South East Asia by FIFA (August 2013).
- 1 History
- 2 Team image
- 3 Results and fixtures
- 4 Coaching staff
- 5 Players
- 6 Coaches
- 7 Competitive record
- 8 Honours
- 9 Sponsorship
- 10 Titles
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 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 December 20 of that year. On April 25, 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 as of 2010.
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 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 July 7 to July 29, 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 canceled his contract. The FA of Thailand appointed Kiatisak Senamuang as the new caretaker coach for national team. His first task was friendly match against China PR on June 15, which Thailand won 5–1.
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 October 20, 2012, Thailand national team sign a three years contract with Grand Sport which become their kit supplier and sponsor. 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. The new kit of Thailand home is going back to All Red and the away kit is All Blue.
| FBT (2002–2007)
| Nike (2007–2011)
| Grand Sport (2012–present)
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 65,000(non-seated) or 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.
Results and fixtures
Win Draw Lose
|Date||Venue||Home team||Result||Away team||Competition|
|05/03/2014||Rajamangala Stadium||Thailand||2–5||Lebanon||2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|10/10/2014||Wuhan Sports Center Stadium||China PR||–||Thailand||Friendly|
|18/11/2014||Rajamangala Stadium||Thailand||–||New Zealand||Friendly|
|23/11/2014||Singapore Sports Hub||Singapore||–||Thailand||2014 AFF Suzuki Cup|
|26/11/2014||Singapore Sports Hub||Malaysia||–||Thailand||2014 AFF Suzuki Cup|
|29/11/2014||Jalan Besar Stadium||Thailand||–||Qualification winner||2014 AFF Suzuki Cup|
- 1 Non FIFA 'A' international match
|Fitness Coach||Andy Schillinger|
The following players were called up to the squad for the friendly match against Kuwait on 25 May 2014.
Caps and goals correct as of: 25 May 2014, after match against Kuwait.
The following players have also been called up to the Thailand squad within the last 12 months. Players that have retired from the national team and are not available for selection anymore are not displayed.
- INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
- WD Player withdrew from the squad due to personal reason.
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 Tiger Cup – Winners|
|1996||Arjhan Srong-ngamsub||1996 AFC Asian Cup – Group Stage|
|1997–1998||Withaya Laohakul||1997 SEA Games – Gold medal
1998 Tiger Cup – Group Stage
|1998–2002||Peter Withe||1998 Asian Games – 4th place
1999 SEA Games – Gold medal
2000 AFC Asian Cup – Group Stage
2000 Tiger Cup – Winners
2000 King's Cup – Winners
2002 Tiger Cup – 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|
FIFA World Cup
(Under-23 Team Since 1992)
AFC Asian Cup
(Under-23 Team Since 2002)