Aung Thu (footballer)

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Aung Thu
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Personal information
Full name Aung Thu
Date of birth (1996-05-22) 22 May 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth Pyinmana, Myanmar
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Forward / Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Police Tero
(on loan from Yadanarbon)
Youth career
2011–2013 Mandalay Football Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– Yadanarbon 58 (24)
2018Police Tero (loan) 31 (11)
2019Muangthong United (loan) 13 (3)
2020–Police Tero (loan) 0 (0)
Total 99 (38)
National team
2011 Myanmar U-16 4 (4)
2013– Myanmar U-20 19 (12)
2017–2018 Myanmar U-23 16 (5)
2015– Myanmar 41 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 March 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2019

Aung Thu (Burmese: အောင်သူ; born 22 May 1996) is a Burmese professional footballer who plays as forward for Thai League 1 club Police Tero and the Myanmar national team. He has represented Myanmar at Under-17, Under-20, Under-23, and full international level. Representing Myanmar at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2015, his debut goal scored against New Zealand.[1]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 2009, at the age of 13, Aung Thu represented Pyinmana in U-19 Division Tournament with 3 goals. He would attend the Myanmar Football Academy (Mandalay).

Yadanarbon[edit]

Yadanarbon signed Aung Thu from Myanmar Football Academy (Mandalay). He showed an impressive talent in Yadanarbon FC that increased his value to the whole team by achieving a less than anticipated goal count by assisting other teammates in making goals.[citation needed]

At the 2016 and 2017 MNL Awards Night, he was recognized as the MNL Best Player of the Year.[citation needed]

Police Tero (loan)[edit]

In November 2017, Aung Thu signed on as a loan for Thailand club Police Tero formally known as BEC Tero Sasana for the 2018 season. He scored goals and assisted others in theirs; he was recognized as the league player of the month.[2] His goal during the Thai League Week 11 against Sukhothai FC is considered one of the top 5 goals of the round.[3]

Muangthong United (loan)[edit]

Aung Thu joined Muangthong United on loan for the 2019 season with options.[4]

International career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Aung Thu debuted in national U-16 team that took part in 2011 AFF U-16 Youth Championship.

In 2014, his crucial goal against U-19 Vietnam at the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy tournament in Brunei and Myanmar would led to his debut crowned champion. He immediately became a Myanmar Fans' favourite striker. His performance led to the international participation of Myanmar and the U-19 Myanmar National team participation to the FIFA U-20 World Cup, international participation last experienced in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany.[1] He was noted for his powerful shots and intelligent runs in FIFA technical study book of 2015 U-20 World Cup.[5]

Senior[edit]

He made his international debut on 28 August 2015 against United Arab Emirates in a friendly. His debut goal was scored against Laos, 3–1 in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.

International[edit]

As of match played 6 June 2019
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Myanmar 2015 6 1
2016 12 3
2017 7 3
2018 6 1
2019 9 1
Total 40 9

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Myanmar's goal tally first.[6]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 October 2015 Supachalasai Stadium, Bangkok  Laos 3–1 3–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 29 March 2016 Saida International Stadium, Sidon  Lebanon 1–0 1–1
3. 20 November 2016 Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon  Vietnam 1–1 1–2 2016 AFF Championship
4. 23 November 2016  Cambodia 3–1 3–1
5. 5 October 2017 Mandalarthiri Stadium, Mandalay  Thailand 1–2 1–3 Friendly
6. 10 October 2017 Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon  Kyrgyzstan 1–2 2–2 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
7. 9 November 2017 Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh  Cambodia 2–1 2–1 Friendly
8. 16 November 2018 New Laos National Stadium, Vientiane  Laos 1–1 3–1 2018 AFF Championship
9. 14 November 2019 Mandalarthiri Stadium, Mandalay  Tajikistan 3–1 4–3 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Yadanarbon

Individual[edit]

  • AFF Youth Player of the Year (1): 2015
  • Myanmar player of the year (4): 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Myanmar national league player of the year (3): 2015, 2016, 2017

International[edit]

Myanmar U20

Personal life[edit]

Aung Thu is married to Poe Ei Ei Khant, an actress, on 31 May 2018[7] and the wedding ceremony held on 26 March 2019 at the Western Park.[8] They gave birth to their first son Thwin Oo Han on 19 July 2019.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Myanmar v. New Zealand - Match Highlights FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015". 5 June 2015.
  2. ^ Murphy, Paul (23 November 2017). "Myanmar striker Aung Thu signs with Police Tero in Thailand". ESPN FC. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Thai League Week 11: Top 5 goals of the week – Agree or disagree?". FOX Sports Asia. 23 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Super Big Deal - SCG Muangthong United are proud to introduce Aung Thu".
  5. ^ "AFC U-19 Championship results". AFC. 11 October 2014. Archived from the original on 11 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Thu, Aung". National Football Teams. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  7. ^ "အောင်သူနဲ့ လက်ထပ်ထားတာ(၉)လကျော်သွားပြီဆိုတဲ့ ပိုးအိအိခန့်" (in Burmese). Duwun. 6 March 2019.
  8. ^ "အောင်သူနဲ့ Game ကစားရင်း ဖူးစာဆုံခဲ့တာပါ ဆိုတဲ့ ပိုးအိအိခန့်". Duwun (in Burmese). 26 March 2019.
  9. ^ "ပထမဆုံး ရင်သွေး သားဦးလေး ပိုင်ဆိုင်ခဲ့ပြီဖြစ်တဲ့ အောင်သူနဲ့ ပိုးအိအိခန့်". Yangon News (in Burmese). 20 July 2019.

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