Thailand national football team

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Thailand
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) ช้างศึก
(The War Elephants)
Association Football Association of Thailand
Sub-confederation AFF (Southeast Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Vacant
Captain Teerasil Dangda
Most caps Kiatisuk Senamuang (131)
Top scorer Kiatisuk Senamuang (70)
Home stadium Rajamangala Stadium
FIFA code THA
FIFA ranking 158 Decrease 1 (18 September 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 43 (September 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 158 (September 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)
Biggest win
 Thailand 10–0 Brunei 
(Bangkok, Thailand; May 24, 1971)
Biggest defeat
United Kingdom Great Britain 9–0 Thailand Thailand
(Melbourne, Australia; November 26, 1956)[1]
Asian Cup
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).

History[edit]

1915–1995[edit]

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 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.

1996–2008[edit]

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 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[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.

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.[2] 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.

2009–2010[edit]

On 23 September 2009, Bryan Robson agreed to become coach of Thailand national team in his first foray into international football management.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

2011–present[edit]

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.[6] 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.

Team image[edit]

Colours[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 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.[7] 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 (2007–2011)
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–present)
2012–13 Home
2012–13 Away

Home stadium[edit]

Rajamangala National Stadium
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 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[edit]

Recent results[edit]

      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
25/05/2014 Rajamangala Stadium Thailand  1–1  Kuwait Friendly
10/10/2014 Wuhan Sports Center Stadium China PR   Thailand Friendly
12/11/2014 Rajamangala Stadium Thailand   Palestine 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

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Thailand Vacant
Assistant Coach Thailand Vacant
Assistant Coach Thailand Vacant
Goalkeeping Coach Thailand Vacant
Fitness Coach Germany Andy Schillinger

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

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.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kawin Thammasatchanan (1990-01-26) 26 January 1990 (age 24) 28 0 Thailand Muangthong United
25 1GK Chanin Sae-Eae (1992-07-05) 5 July 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Thailand Singhtarua
2 2DF Peerapat Notchaiya (1993-02-04) 4 February 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Thailand BEC Tero Sasana
3 2DF Todsapol Lated (1989-07-17) 17 July 1989 (age 25) 1 0 Thailand Muangthong United
4 2DF Adisorn Promrak (1993-10-21) 21 October 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Thailand BEC Tero Sasana
5 2DF Artit Daosawang (1992-11-11) 11 November 1992 (age 21) 2 0 Thailand Muangthong United
13 2DF Narubodin Weerawatnodom (1994-07-12) 12 July 1994 (age 20) 6 1 Thailand BEC Tero Sasana
15 2DF Sarawut Kanlayanabandit (1991-05-27) 27 May 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Thailand Air Force Central
21 2DF Suriya Singmui (1995-04-07) 7 April 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Thailand Muangthong United
6 3MF Tanaboon Kesarat (1993-09-21) 21 September 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Thailand BEC Tero Sasana
7 3MF Thitipan Puangchan (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 21) 6 2 Thailand Muangthong United
8 3MF Pokkhao Anan (1991-03-04) 4 March 1991 (age 23) 5 1 Thailand Police United
10 3MF Charyl Chappuis (1992-01-12) 12 January 1992 (age 22) 1 1 Thailand Suphanburi
14 3MF Pakorn Prempak (1993-02-02) 2 February 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Thailand Police United
17 3MF Kasidech Wettayawong (1994-01-21) 21 January 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Thailand Muangthong United
18 3MF Chanathip Songkrasin (1993-10-05) 5 October 1993 (age 20) 10 2 Thailand BEC Tero Sasana
20 3MF Sarach Yooyen (1992-05-30) 30 May 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Thailand Muangthong United
22 3MF Nurul Sriyankem (1992-02-08) 8 February 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Thailand Chonburi
23 3MF Pinyo Inpinit (1993-07-01) 1 July 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Thailand Police United
24 3MF Krirkrit Thaweekarn (1990-11-19) 19 November 1990 (age 23) 2 0 Thailand Chonburi
9 4FW Wanit Chaisan (1992-07-25) 25 July 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Thailand Bangkok
11 4FW Chayanan Pombuppha (1992-03-17) 17 March 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Thailand Osotspa Saraburi

Recent call-ups[edit]

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.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool (1982-03-23) 23 March 1982 (age 32) 75 0 Thailand Chonburi v.  Lebanon, 5 March 2014
GK Sivaruck Tedsungnoen (1984-04-20) 20 April 1984 (age 30) 10 0 Thailand Buriram United v.  Lebanon, 5 March 2014
GK Witsanusak Kaewruang (1986-03-16) 16 March 1986 (age 28) 0 0 Thailand Muangthong United v.  Lebanon, 5 March 2014
GK Chatchai Budprom (1987-02-04) 4 February 1987 (age 27) 2 0 Thailand Osotspa Saraburi v.  Kuwait, 19 November 2013
GK Kritsakorn Kerdpol (1985-01-21) 21 January 1985 (age 29) 0 0 Thailand Chainat Hornbill v.  Kuwait, 19 November 2013
GK Narit Taweekul (1983-10-30) 30 October 1983 (age 30) 3 0 Thailand Bangkok Glass v.  Iran, 15 October 2013
DF Wasan Homsan (1991-08-02) 2 August 1991 (age 23) 4 0 Thailand Bangkok Glass v.  Kuwait, 25 May 2014 INJ
DF Cholratit Jantakam (1985-06-02) 2 June 1985 (age 29) 45 0 Thailand Chonburi v.  Lebanon, 5 March 2014
DF Piyaphon Phanichakul (1987-11-08) 8 November 1987 (age 26) 15 0 Thailand Muangthong United v.  Lebanon, 5 March 2014
DF Korrakot Wiriyaudomsiri (1988-03-19) 19 March 1988 (age 26) 3 0 Thailand Chonburi v.  Lebanon, 5 March 2014
DF Pairote Sokam (1987-08-24) 24 August 1987 (age 27) 2 0 Thailand Police United v.  Lebanon, 5 March 2014
DF Tanasak Srisai (1989-09-25) 25 September 1989 (age 25) 1 0 Thailand Buriram United v.  Lebanon, 5 March 2014
DF Suree Sukha (1982-07-27) 27 July 1982 (age 32) 68 3 Thailand Buriram United v.  Lebanon, 5 March 2014 INJ
DF Theeraton Bunmathan (1990-02-06) 6 February 1990 (age 24) 16 2 Thailand Buriram United v.  Lebanon, 5 March 2014 INJ
DF Pratum Chuthong (1983-10-26) 26 October 1983 (age 30) 4 0 Thailand Buriram United v.  Lebanon, 5 March 2014 INJ
DF Suttinan Phuk-hom (1987-11-29) 29 November 1987 (age 26) 16 2 Thailand Chonburi v.  Kuwait, 19 November 2013
DF Nophon Pitafai (1985-02-01) 1 February 1985 (age 29) 5 0 Thailand Bangkok United v.  Kuwait, 19 November 2013
DF Panuwat Failai (1986-03-15) 15 March 1986 (age 28) 2 0 Thailand Chainat Hornbill v.  Kuwait, 19 November 2013
MF Datsakorn Thonglao (1983-12-30) 30 December 1983 (age 30) 98 12 Thailand Muangthong United v.  Lebanon, 5 March 2014
MF Adul Lahso (1986-09-19) 19 September 1986 (age 28) 24 1 Thailand Chonburi v.  Lebanon, 5 March 2014
MF Jakkraphan Kaewprom (1988-05-24) 24 May 1988 (age 26) 16 1 Thailand Buriram United v.  Lebanon, 5 March 2014
MF Anawin Jujeen (1987-03-13) 13 March 1987 (age 27) 1 0 Thailand Buriram United v.  Lebanon, 5 March 2014
MF Natthaphong Samana (1984-06-29) 29 June 1984 (age 30) 38 1 Thailand Chonburi v.  Lebanon, 5 March 2014 INJ
MF Apipoo Suntornpanavej (1986-07-18) 18 July 1986 (age 28) 14 4 Thailand Osotspa Saraburi v.  Kuwait, 19 November 2013
MF Sumanya Purisai (1986-12-05) 5 December 1986 (age 27) 13 1 Thailand Chainat Hornbill v.  Kuwait, 19 November 2013
MF Pichit Jaibun (1986-07-11) 11 July 1986 (age 28) 4 0 Thailand Chainat Hornbill v.  Kuwait, 19 November 2013
MF Narong Jansawek (1986-08-10) 10 August 1986 (age 28) 4 0 Thailand Osotspa Saraburi v.  Kuwait, 19 November 2013
MF Mongkol Tossakrai (1987-09-05) 5 September 1987 (age 27) 3 1 Thailand Army United v.  Kuwait, 19 November 2013
MF Suchao Nuchnum (1983-05-14) 14 May 1983 (age 31) 58 6 Thailand Buriram United v.  Iran, 15 November 2013
MF Ratchapol Nawanno (1986-04-28) 28 April 1986 (age 28) 2 0 Thailand Chainat Hornbill v.  Iran, 15 November 2013 INJ
MF Paitoon Nontadee (1987-08-11) 11 August 1987 (age 27) 1 0 Thailand Bangkok United v.  Iran, 15 November 2013 INJ
MF Surachet Ngamtip (1991-02-01) 1 February 1991 (age 23) 4 0 Thailand Chainat Hornbill v.  Iran, 15 October 2013
FW Teerasil Dangda (1988-06-06) 6 June 1988 (age 26) 61 29 Spain Almería v.  Lebanon, 5 March 2014
FW Teeratep Winothai (1985-02-16) 16 February 1985 (age 29) 52 18 Thailand Police United v.  Lebanon, 5 March 2014
FW Sarawut Masuk (1990-06-03) 3 June 1990 (age 24) 3 1 Thailand Muangthong United v.  Lebanon, 5 March 2014
FW Adisak Kraisorn (1991-02-01) 1 February 1991 (age 23) 2 3 Thailand Buriram United v.  Lebanon, 5 March 2014
FW Wuttichai Tathong (1985-04-11) 11 April 1985 (age 29) 0 0 Thailand Muangthong United v.  Lebanon, 5 March 2014 INJ
FW Chatree Chimtalay (1983-12-14) 14 December 1983 (age 30) 14 2 Thailand Bangkok Glass v.  Kuwait, 19 November 2013
FW Napat Thamrongsupakorn (1987-11-16) 16 November 1987 (age 26) 3 2 Thailand Suphanburi v.  Kuwait, 19 November 2013
FW Chainarong Tathong (1987-01-31) 31 January 1987 (age 27) 0 0 Thailand Army United v.  Kuwait, 19 November 2013
FW Phuwadol Suwannachart (1982-06-20) 20 June 1982 (age 32) 1 0 Thailand Ratchaburi Mitr Phol v.  Iran, 15 November 2013
Notes
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • WD Player withdrew from the squad due to personal reason.

Previous squads[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Bryan Robson, former head coach of Thailand (2009–2011).
Winfried Schäfer, former head coach of Thailand (2011–2013).
Kiatisuk Senamuang, current head coach of Thailand (2014).

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 Tiger CupASEAN 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 Tiger Cup – Group Stage
1998–2002 England Peter Withe 1998 Asian Games4th place
1999 SEA GamesMed 1.png Gold medal
2000 AFC Asian Cup – Group Stage
2000 Tiger CupASEAN Football Championship Cup.svg Winners
2000 King's CupSimple cup icon.svg Winners
2002 Tiger CupASEAN 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 Thailand Kiatisak Senamuang

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]