Buriram United F.C.

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Buriram United
บุรีรัมย์ ยูไนเต็ด
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Full name Buriram United Football Club
สโมสรฟุตบอล บุรีรัมย์ ยูไนเต็ด
Nickname(s) The Thunder Castles
Short name BRUTD
Founded 1970; 48 years ago (1970), as Provincial Electricity Authority
2010; 8 years ago (2010), as Buriram PEA
2012; 6 years ago (2012), as Buriram United
Ground Chang Arena
Buriram, Thailand
Ground Capacity 32,600
Chairman Newin Chidchob
Head Coach Božidar Bandović
League Thai League 1
2017 Thai League 1, 1st
Website Club website
Current season

Buriram United Football Club (Thai: สโมสรฟุตบอลบุรีรัมย์ ยูไนเต็ด) is a professional football club based in Buriram, Thailand. The club has played at the top level of Thai football for the majority of their existence and is competing in the Thai League 1. The club was founded in 1970 as PEA FC (Provincial Electricity Authority Football Club) before reformed in to Buriram PEA then Buriram United in 2010 and 2012 respectively. Their home stadium is Chang Arena which has a capacity of 32,600.[1]

Buriram United won their first Thai League 1 title in 2008 and the Kor Royal Cup in 1998, as PEA FC. The club was previously based in Ayutthaya before moving east to Buriram for the 2010 season. In season 2011, Buriram PEA were the first team in Thai football history that win all domestic trophies in Thailand as the triple champions were (2011 Thai Premier League, 2011 Thai FA Cup, and 2011 Thai League Cup).[2]


Provincial Electricity Authority (1970-2009)[edit]

The club was founded in 1970. But their first big success came in 1998 by winning the third division of the Kor Royal Cup. The club was then promoted to the Thai Division 1 League. In 2002–03 the club finished third in the second division. In the Thai League 1 Relegation to be lost at the end of the Thailand Tobacco Monopoly FC after round match with 0–1. A year later, they succeeded at the end of season 2003–04 with promotion to the Thai Premier League.PEA surprised everyone by becoming the league runner-up at the end of their first Premier League season. Being the runner-up entitled the club to participate in the AFC Champions League. It was the first participation in an international competition for the club. However the club was excluded from the competition.[3] In the following two seasons, 2006 and 2007, the PEA took place only 10 and 8 at the end of the season.

In 2008 Provincial Electricity Authority relocated to Ayutthaya and played at Ayutthaya Province Stadium where they gained a bigger fan base. The club played under the nickname of Faifa Ayutthaya (Electric Ayutthaya) from media and its fans. Under the head coach Prapol Pongpanich, PEA eventually won their first championship in Thai League 1. The club was qualified for 2009 AFC Champions League preliminary round.

In 2009, PEA was eliminated from 2009 AFC Champions League after losing 1–4 to Singapore Armed Forces in the extra-time at Rajamangala Stadium. PEA ran their defending title campaign of Thai Premier League with the poor performance. Prapon Pongpanich was sacked in the middle of the season and replaced by former Thailand national team head coach Thongsuk Sampahungsith. The club finished in 9th place of out of sixteen in the final standings.

Newin era (2009–present)[edit]

Newin Chidchob chairman of club 2009-present.

In December 2009 it was announced that a politician based in Buriram, Newin Chidchob was to take over the club. He had already tried unsuccessfully to take over TOT SC and Royal Thai Army FC[4] Newin relocated the club to Buriram in Isan and rebranded it to Buriram PEA Football Club. The Buriram PEA inherited most of the players from the former PEA club included the stars like Rangsan Viwatchaichok, Apichet Puttan and Theerathon Bunmathan. Pongphan Wongsuwan who was a long-time head coach of TOT S.C. was instated as coach. Thailand national team member Suchao Nuchnum of TOT S.C. also followed his coach to the new team.

Buriram PEA finished their first season under the transition as the runner-up of 2010 Thai Premier League. The club reached the final of 2010 Thai League Cup but lost 0–1 to Thai Port at Supachalasai Stadium.

In 2011, Buriram PEA under the coaching of Attaphol Buspakom, completed their 2011 season with the domestic Treble by three Thai major trophies. Buriram won 2011 Thai Premier League with 85 points, highest record in the league history. They beat the archrival Muangthong United in the 2011 Thai FA Cup final and clinched their first Thai FA Cup title. Following the success in two other competitions, Buriram avenged their previous year League Cup final opponent, Thai Port and snatched the 2010 Thai League Cup to their name. Buriram PEA became the first Thai club to win a Treble in a season.

In 2012, At the start of the 2012 season, the club was renamed Buriram United Football Club. In the first match of the group stages of the 2012 AFC Champions League, Buriram beat the 2011 J-League champion, Kashiwa Reysol, 3–2 and became "the first Thai and South East Asian club" to earn a victory against a J-League club in ACL since starting the Champions League system in 2003.[5] On the second match, Buriram was the visiting team against the 2011 CSL Champion, Guangzhou Evergrande. Buriram also became "the first Thai and South East Asian club" to earn a victory against a Chinese club "in China" after beating Guangzhou Evergrande 1–2 in Tianhe Stadium from Suchao Nuchnum and Frank Acheampong's goals.[6] That match was the end of a two-year unbeaten home record for Guangzhou.[7]

2013 & 2015 Quadruple season[edit]

In 2013, Under Spanish head coach Alejandro Menéndez, Buriram United became the first Thai club to achieve the Quadruple by winning 4 trophies in the 2014 calendar year. The campaign included the titles of Kor Royal Cup, Thai League T1, Thai FA Cup and Thai League Cup. The league season was also finished with the first Invincible title for the club, the second Thai team after Muangthong United F.C. in 2012.

In 2015, Brazilian coach Alexandre Gama guided Buriram United to create history by winning all four competitions in the 2016 calendar year : Kor Royal Cup, Thai League T1, Thai FA Cup and Thai League Cup.

Moreover, the 2015 Buriram United team is arguably regarded as the strongest in Thai League history after winning the 2015 Thai Premier League with an unbeaten record. The Brazilian forward Diogo Luis Santo broke the top scoring record with 33 goals from 32 games and received Thai League T1 Top Scorer and Player of the Year Awards at the end of the year and Theerathon Bunmathan got top assists with 19 assists from 32 games in left back position.


The ancient stone castle from Phanom Rung Historical Park serves as a symbol for the team

The club logo incorporates elements from the historical ancient stone castle, Phanom Rung.[9]


Buriram United vs. Muangthong United in Thai League

Overall Home Away
16 5 9 2 16 14  +2 24 3 4 1 8 7  +1 2 5 1 8 7  +1

Buriram United has Muangthong United as their main rival. The two clubs are the powerhouses of Thai League 1 (T1). The rivalry between two clubs became a highly competitive relationship since they are the only two clubs that have won the Thai League 1 championships between them since the 2009 season.

Buriram United and Muangthong United also represent widely different groups of supporters. Buriram represents the mostly rural people of the Thai countryside, while Muangthong United symbolizes the urban people in the Bangkok Metropolitan Region. Their rivalry also reflects political differences in Football Association of Thailand (FAT) since Muangthong United has the close relationship with FAT under the management of Worawi Makudi, while former politician Newin Chidchob became the polar opposite and frequently questions the transparency of FAT.

The games between the two teams are regarded as the finest match-up in Thai football. Buriram has dominated the rivalry head-to-head and maintained an unbeaten record against Muangthong for a long time after the club relocated to Buriram. It became their famous rivalry quote of "Rather lose to anyone but Muangthong." (Thai lit. แพ้ใครก็ได้ แต่ไม่แพ้เมืองทอง). Their unbeaten record against Muangthong was broken in 2016 Thai League when they lost 0 - 3 to their rival on their home ground.


Year Slogan
2014 Road To Asia's Top 5 – การเดินทางสู่ท็อป 5 ของเอเชีย – [10]
2015 Road To Asia's Top 5
2016 Road To Asia's Top 5
2017 Strike Back – การทวงคืน – [11]

Continental record[edit]


Domestic competitions[edit]


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1st, gold medalist(s) Winners (6) : 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
2nd, silver medalist(s) Runners-up (2): 2004–05, 2010


1 Winners (4) : 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
1 Runners-up (1): 2012
1 Winners (4) : 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
1 Winners (5) : 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
1 Runners-up (1): 2014

International competitions[edit]



1 Winners (2) : 2015, 2016


Treble / Quadruple[edit]


Chang Arena

Chang Arena is a 32,600 seat football stadium in Mueang Buriram District, Buriram Province, Thailand.[13] The stadium is the home of Thailand's 2011, 2013 and 2015 treble champions, Buriram United. The Chang Arena is the second largest football stadium in Thailand. Its nickname is "Thunder Castle", the fifth castle of Buriram Province. Buriram United has led the 18-team Thai League (TL) in attendance since the move to the new stadium.

The Chang Arena is in the Mueang Buriram District, located about 4 kilometers southwest of central Buriram along highway 219. The 150-acre site has a capacity of 32,600 people with parking for 800 cars and buses, plus 3,000 motorcycles. The pitch is floodlit; allowing for night matches. The stadium houses locker rooms for home and visiting teams, provides modern medical facilities and live television and radio broadcasting infrastructure.

Stadium and locations[edit]

Coordinates Location Stadium Capacity Year
13°24′41″N 100°59′37″E / 13.411302°N 100.993618°E / 13.411302; 100.993618 Chonburi IPE Chonburi Stadium 12,000 2007
14°21′00″N 100°35′50″E / 14.349943°N 100.597258°E / 14.349943; 100.597258 Ayutthaya Ayutthaya Province Stadium 6,000 2008–2009
14°56′45″N 103°06′13″E / 14.945915°N 103.103482°E / 14.945915; 103.103482 Buriram Khao Kradong Stadium 14,000 2010–2011
14°57′57″N 103°05′40″E / 14.965952°N 103.094555°E / 14.965952; 103.094555 Buriram Chang Arena 32,600 2011–present

Season by season record[edit]

Season League[14] FA Cup League Cup Thailand
Champions Cup
Kor Royal
AFC Champions
AFC Cup Mekong
Top scorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
2004–05 TPL 18 9 5 4 23 19 32 2nd  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – Supakit Jinajai 10
2006 TPL 22 6 4 12 23 32 22 10th  –  –  –  –  – DQ  –  – Supakit Jinajai 7
2007 TPL 30 13 3 14 35 40 42 8th  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – Tana Chanabut 7
2008 TPL 30 18 7 5 38 15 61 1st  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – Ronnachai Rangsiyo 16
2009 TPL 30 9 9 12 37 41 36 9th R4  –  – Knockout Round RU QR1 GR  – Suriya Domtaisong 9
2010 TPL 30 17 12 1 51 19 63 2nd R4 RU  –  –  –  –  –  – Suchao Nuchnum 11
2011 TPL 34 26 7 1 64 15 85 1st W W  –  –  –  –  –  – Frank Ohandza 19
2012 TPL 34 14 12 8 60 40 54 4th W W  –  – RU GR  –  – Frank Acheampong 12
2013 TPL 32 23 9 0 73 23 78 1st W W  –  – W QF  –  – Carmelo González 23
2014 TPL 38 23 10 5 69 26 79 1st R4 RU  –  – W GR  –  – Javier Patiño 21
2015 TPL 34 25 9 0 98 24 84 1st W W  –  – W GR  – W Diogo 33
2016 TL 30 15 10 5 55 38 55 4th R3 W  –  – W GR  – W Andrés Túñez 9
2017 T1 34 27 5 2 85 22 86 1st QF QF  –  –  –  –  – Jajá Coelho 34
2018 T1 19 14 2 3 40 16
44 2nd RU  – R16  –
Champions Runners-up Third Place Promoted Relegated In Progress

Stadium and locations for team B[edit]

Coordinates Location Stadium Capacity Year
14°56′45″N 103°06′13″E / 14.945915°N 103.103482°E / 14.945915; 103.103482 Buriram Khao Kradong Stadium 14,000 2017

Season by season record for team U-23[edit]

Season League Top goalscorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
2017 T4 North-East 33 14 7 12 55 39 46 6th Woraphot Somsang 8
2018 T4 North-East


As of 26 January 2018[15]

First-team squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Thailand GK Siwarak Tedsungnoen
3 Thailand DF Pansa Hemviboon
5 Venezuela DF Andrés Túñez
6 Thailand MF Sasalak Haiprakhon
8 Thailand MF Suchao Nuchnum (Captain)
9 Thailand FW Supachai Chaided
10 Thailand MF Jakkaphan Kaewprom (Vice-captain)
11 Thailand DF Korrakot Wiriyaudomsiri
13 Thailand DF Narubadin Weerawatnodom
14 Thailand DF Chitipat Tanklang
16 South Korea MF Yoo Jun-soo
17 Brazil FW Osvaldo
No. Position Player
18 Thailand DF Apiwat Ngaolamhin
19 Thailand MF Supachok Sarachat
20 Philippines FW Javier Patiño
23 Australia MF Chris Herd
26 Thailand MF Ratthanakorn Maikami
27 Thailand MF Siwarut Pholhirun (on loan from Ratchaburi Mitr Phol)
29 Thailand GK Yotsapon Teangdar
31 Thailand MF Anuwat Noicheunphan
40 Brazil FW Diogo (3rd-captain)
50 Thailand DF Kritsana Daokrajai
54 Thailand FW Suphanat Mueanta
99 Thailand GK Kevin Sangsamanan

Note 1: Players who are AFC Champions League quota foreign players are listed in bold.

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Thailand GK Kwanchai Suklom (at Thailand Prachuap)
Thailand DF Abdulhafiz Bueraheng (at Thailand PTT Rayong)
Thailand DF Nattapon Malapun (at Thailand Chonburi)
Thailand DF Peerawat Akkatam (at Thailand Prachuap)
33 Thailand DF Sarayut Sompim (at Thailand Air Force Central)
42 Thailand DF Jakkapong Suabsamut (at Thailand Krabi)
44 Thailand DF Amaret Amornlerdsak (at Thailand Krabi)
No. Position Player
South Korea MF Go Seul-ki (at South Korea Incheon United)
Thailand MF Apichart Denman (at Thailand Prachuap)
7 Thailand MF Anon Amornlerdsak (at Thailand Bangkok Glass)
77 Thailand MF Matee Sarakhum (at Thailand Krabi)
Thailand MF Baramee Limwattana (at Thailand Chainat Hornbill)
Thailand MF Chitpanya Tisud (at Thailand Prachuap)

Team U-23[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
36 Thailand GK Nopphon Lakhonphon
46 Thailand DF Kongphop Luadsong
50 Thailand DF Kritsana Daokrajai
51 Thailand MF Panyawat Nisang-ram
52 Thailand MF Yuthapichai Lertlam
53 Thailand DF Sarawut Munjit
54 Thailand FW Suphanat Mueanta
55 Thailand FW Phongchana Kongkirit
No. Position Player
56 Thailand DF Possawee Muanmart
58 Thailand FW Pattara Soimalai
61 Thailand DF Khiron Oonchaiyaphum
62 Thailand DF Panawet Kradrakorn
63 Thailand MF Irfan Dolah
64 Thailand GK Jetsada Bunrueang
65 Thailand MF Naratorn Pornjitkittichai
66 Thailand MF Peerapat Kaminthong
67 Thailand MF Thanadol Kaosa-art


Coaches by years (2001–present)

Name Nat Period Honours
Prapol Pongpanich Thailand 2001 – May 2009 2008 Thailand Premier League
Thongsuk Sampahungsith Thailand May 2009 – Oct 2009
Thanadech Fuprasert Thailand Nov 2009 – May 2010
Attaphol Buspakom Thailand 20 Jan 2010 – 2 May 2013 2011 Thai Premier League
2011 Thai FA Cup
2011 Thai League Cup
2012 Toyota Premier Cup
2012 Thai FA Cup
2012 Thai League Cup
2013 Kor Royal Cup
Scott Cooper England May 2013 – Sept 2013
Alejandro Menéndez Spain Sept 2013–11 April 2014 2013 Thai Premier League
2013 Thai FA Cup
2013 Thai League Cup
2014 Toyota Premier Cup
2014 Kor Royal Cup
Božidar Bandović Montenegro 11 April 2014 – 7 June 2014
Alexandre Gama Brazil 8 June 2014– 22 May 2016 2014 Thai Premier League
2015 Kor Royal Cup
2015 Thai Premier League
2015 Thai FA Cup
2015 Thai League Cup
2015 Mekong Club Championship
2016 Toyota Premier Cup
2016 Kor Royal Cup
Afshin Ghotbi Iran 24 May 2016 – 20 Aug 2016
Ranko Popović Serbia 25 August 2016 – 13 June 2017 2016 Thai League Cup
2016 Mekong Club Championship
Božidar Bandović Montenegro 14 June 2017 – 2017 Thai League T1

Asian clubs ranking[edit]

As of 02 July 2017.[16]
Current Rank Country Team
48 Thailand Buriram United F.C.
49 Australia Brisbane Roar FC
50 Uzbekistan FC Pakhtakor Tashkent
51 Jordan Al-Wehdat
52 Iran Sepahan Isfahan FC


The following are the sponsors of BRUTD (named "BRUTD Partners"):

Title Sponsor

Official Sponsors


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