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Muangthong United
เมืองทอง ยูไนเต็ด
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Full nameMuangthong United Football Club
สโมสรฟุตบอล เมืองทอง ยูไนเต็ด
Nickname(s)The Kirins or The Twin Qilins
(กิเลนผยอง)
Short nameMTUTD
Founded1989; 30 years ago (1989), as Norgjorg Pittayanusorn Football Club
2006; 13 years ago (2006), as Muangthong United
GroundSCG Stadium
Pak Kret, Nonthaburi, Thailand
Capacity15,000
OwnerSiam Sport Syndicate
Siam Cement Group
ChairmanWilak Lohtong
Head CoachAlexandre Gama
LeagueThai League 1
2018Thai League 1, 4th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Muangthong United Football Club (Thai: สโมสรฟุตบอลเมืองทอง ยูไนเต็ด) is a Thai professional football club based in Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi Province.[1] The club plays in the Thai League 1. Muangthong United has participated in the Thai Premier League since 2009 after having won the Thai Division 1 League title in 2008.

Muangthong United is one of the richest football clubs in Thailand. The club is widely known as The Kirins[2] or The Twin Qilins.[3]

History[edit]

Formation and early years[edit]

The club was founded in 1989. The first name registered with Football Association of Thailand was "Norgjorg Pittayanusorn Football Club". The club was founded by Worawi Makudi, the club race from Ngor Royal Cup which is the smallest cup. Even in Thailand Football League Division 1 season 2002–2003, The club was renamed to "FC Norgjorg Black Pearl" by the former politician Veera Musikapong to make the team, but the team had just one season and was unsuccessful so he stopped by leaving the team and the club still remained in the League Division. The next season of the Thailand League Division 1 in 2003–2004 the team was renamed once again as a group that has been done the team as FC Globlex Norgjorg by Somsak Chenchaowanich who signed as the new team manager. That year, the team performed poorly. Finally, it must be relegated to play in Ngor Royal Cup in season 2004–2005 by returning to its original name but it was not as successful as it should. The Football Association wants to raise the level of league competition in Thailand so they established Thailand Division 2 League with a team led by Kho Royal Cup and Khor Royal Cup are mixed together to compete in the league this season which Norgjorg Pittayanusorn Football Club eligible entrants. In 2007 Siam Sport Syndicate by Rawi Lohtong the president of Siam Sport Syndicate bought the club and changed the name to Muangthong United F.C. and moved to a new ground at Muang Thong Thani called Thunderdome Stadium. The club's first success was winning the first place in the 2007 Season of the Thailand Division 2 League. From here, they were promoted to the Thai Division 1 League.[4] The team was then promoted to the Thai League 1 in the 2009 season so everyone praised Muangthong United in that season as "3 Years 3 Champs".

League era[edit]

2009 season[edit]

The club was promoted to play in the Thai Premier League in 2009, after it won the title for the Division one. In the 2009 season, the club had many new and notable players in the country. Despite a successful start to the season, they pledged in April 2009 with Attaphol Buspakom a new coach. For the summer break, the association is, as expected by all experts, among the top five of the table and plays for the championship.[5]

One factor contributing to the club's success is its close relationship with Belgian club Lierse, and the acquisition of Thai star player Teeratep Winothai and Ronnachai Rangsiyo, the striker from PEA FC. Together with Teerasil Dangda, the club now has some of the most talented strikers in the country in its ranks.[6][7]

2010 season[edit]

In 2010, Attaphol Buspakom was sacked following a string of unsuccessful results, and was replaced by Belgian René Desaeyere, who managed Muangthong for two seasons. Under his leadership, Muangthong qualified for the 2010 AFC Champions League. They beat SHB Đà Nẵng from Vietnam 0–3 but lost out to Singapore Armed Forces on penalties after the game ended in a 1–1 draw. They were eligible to play for the 2010 AFC Cup. They reached the semi-final round but lost to Al-Ittihad from Syria 2–1. In the 2010 Thai Premier League, they lost just three games out of 30, with seven draws, good enough to capture the league title for the second time. Dagno Siaka was the club's top scorer for in 2010 with 15 goals.[8]

2011 season[edit]

At the start of the season Muangthong United signed former Liverpool player Robbie Fowler[9][10] to a one-year contract. Muangthong United participated in the 2011 AFC Champions League play off rounds. They played Sriwijaya but lost on penalties after the game ended in a 2–2 draw. They were also eligible to play for the 2011 AFC Cup, coming first in the group stage of the tournament. In their first match of the round of 16 they beat Al Ahed from Lebanon 4–0 but went on to lose to Kuwait SC in the quarter-finals round 1–0. After their tournament exit Henrique Calisto, the club's manager, was sacked and Fowler took over as player/coach of Muangthong United.[11][12][13] In 2011 Thai Premier League Muangthong United finished the season in third place in Thai league. For the 2010–11 season and Teerasil Dangda is top score for club in 2011 season by 13 goals.[14]

2012 season[edit]

After Fowler's contract expired, Muangthong United signed a contract with Serbia coach Slaviša Jokanović. During the pre-season, Muangthong United signed on many famous players such as Mario Gjurovski, Ri Kwang-Chon, Adnan Barakat, Mongkol Namnuad, and the young player that crowned as best younger of Thailand etc.[15]

In 2012, Slaviša Jokanović became the first manager in the history of the Thai League to win a league with unbeatable in the 34-game format

In this season, the club did not play in the AFC Champions League or AFC Cup. Therefore, it tried to do the best in 2012 Thai League Cup, but they lost to TOT 3–4 and 2012 Thai FA Cup they lost to Army United 3–2, but they can win the 2012 Thai Premier League is a third of the club and Muangthong United became the first team in Thai Premier League to go the season unbeaten in the current 34-game format. In 2012, thumb Muangthong engaged an unbeaten run which lasted the whole season, and Teerasil also scored four goals in a single match, an 8–1 routing over BBCU on 18 October. Ten days later he scored in a 2–2 draw against BEC Tero, a goal which granted the title, took his tally to 24 goals and broke the previous record of Ronnachai Sayomchai in 1998 (23 goals).

After his impressive goal tally in the season, Teerasil was invited by La Liga sides Atlético Madrid and Getafe for a trial, but as the former was a Muangthong partner, he headed to Atlético Madrid in January 2013; he also attracted interest of Trabzonspor in June.[16]

2016 season[edit]

Not having won any trophies for three seasons in a row, the club started a campaign called "The Dream Team" and signed many famous national team players such as Peerapat Notchaiya, Theerathon Bunmathan, Adisak Kraisorn, Tanaboon Kesarat, Chanathip Songkrasin, Tristan Do, Adison Promrak, and international players such as Xisco. They also brought in Totchtawan Sripan, ones of Thai football legends, as the new head coach. All this resulted in Muangthong United winning the double, as they became champions of the Thai League 1 and League Cup.[18]

Supporters[edit]

Ultra Muangthong, the fan of Muangthong United in 2013

Muangthong United play their home games in the SCG Stadium, originally designed for about 5,000 spectators. The stadium, unlike most stadiums in Thailand, has no running track. Due to the success of the club and the increasing number of spectators, the stadium was built with steel tube stands with 15,000 seats during the 2008 season. After the end of the 2009 season a plan to expand the stadium was conceived. As the stadium was only originally designed for a capacity of approximately 15,000 spectators, the expansion increased the capacity to 25,000. It is also one of the few stadiums in Thailand to have VIP areas.[19][20]

The club managed to develop a very large fan base in a short time. At away games, the fans are represented very numerous mot. Games against Chonburi and Bangkok Glass are among the highlights of the season. This 2009 new attendance records for the league could be set up in the season. For the games against Chonburi and Bangkok Glass, there was even a first time ticket sales. This should slow down the expected rush for tickets. For football in Thailand, this was a novelty. The core of fans of Muangthong consists of the Ultra Muangthong. They were also the first who brought the Ultra movement in Thailand's stages. Large banners, flags and double holder characterize the Fans, as well as a "pre-Inger" with megaphones. [21]

The environment of the organization is considered to be extremely professional. The newcomer to the Thai Premier League is the previous top Chonburi in terms of marketing and merchandise while in nothing and is even there to overtake him. The owner of the club, the Siam Sports Syndicate, this is one of the largest media companies in the sport of Thailand. Thus, the company was the sponsor of the Thai FA Cup in 2009 and also has the rights to the live broadcasts of the Thai Premier League.

Rivalries[edit]

Muangthong United has rivalries with Buriram United, Port, Chonburi, against whom they contest the Thailand Clasico, and TOT SC, against whom they contest the Chaeng Watthana derby.

The rivalry with Port is rooted in Kor Royal Cup stampede when Port was forfeited due to crowd riots in 2009. In 2014 Muangthong United fans and Port fans were riot with armed rebellion at Udon Ratthaya Expressway in Pak Kret Expressway area so that police and military were come out to fix the problem . In 2016 the fans of these 2 team were making riot it again in the same area this event makes Football Association of Thailand must introduce measures for something to solve this problem.

The rivalry with Buriram United arises from the numerous times the two teams, as well as Buriram United is represent as rustic people and Muangthong United is represent as urban people, In the samesides these two team was represent two different politics party sides in Thailand that sent their member to elect for presidents of Football Association of Thailand, have battled for the Thai League 1 title this fixture has become known as one of the finest Thai League match-ups in history.

Stadium[edit]

SCG Stadium

SCG Stadium is a football stadium located in Nonthaburi, Thailand, and is the home of Thai League 1's side, Muangthong United. SCG Stadium was the first operate football stadium in Thailand, while PAT Stadium and TOT Stadium Chaeng Watthana constructed without operate including there are others older stadiums, they're all considered as multi-purpose stadiums.[22] The stadium used to be able to hold as much as 20,000 spectators but the number reduced after renovation by filling in chairs to make the stadium all seated with a capacity of 15,000 people.[23]

Stadium and locations[edit]

Coordinates Location Stadium Capacity Year
13°55′05″N 100°32′51″E / 13.917989°N 100.547411°E / 13.917989; 100.547411 Nonthaburi SCG Stadium 15,000 2007–Present

Season by season record[edit]

Season League[24] FA
Cup
League
Cup
Kor Royal /
Champions
Cup
AFC
Champions
League
AFC
Cup
Mekong
Club
Top scorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
2007 DIV 2 22 15 5 2 39 19 50 1st  –  –  – N/A N/A
2008 DIV 1 30 19 8 3 58 17 65 1st  –  –  – Yaya Soumahoro 12
2009 TPL 30 19 8 3 48 20 65 1st R3  –  –  – Dagno Siaka 10
2010 TPL 30 20 7 3 64 19 67 1st RU R3 W Play-off SF Dagno Siaka 15
2011 TPL 34 17 9 8 54 32 60 3rd RU QF RU Play-off QF Teerasil Dangda 13
2012 TPL 34 25 9 0 78 31 84 1st QF QF  –  –  – Teerasil Dangda 24
2013 TPL 32 21 8 3 61 33 71 2nd SF R3 RU GS  – Teerasil Dangda 15
2014 TPL 38 20 11 7 66 36 62 5th QF QF RU Play-off 3  –  – Mario Gjurovski 13
2015 TPL 34 21 8 5 81 35 71 2nd RU R2  –  –  –  – Cleiton Silva 25
2016 TL 31 26 2 3 73 24 80 1st QF W RU Play-off  –  – Cleiton Silva 27
2017 T1 34 22 6 6 79 29 72 2nd SF W W R16  – W Teerasil Dangda 14
2018 T1 34 16 11 7 65 53 59 4th R3 R2  – Play-off  –  – Heberty 26
2019 T1 R3 R1  –  –  –  –
Champions Runners-up Third Place Promoted Relegated

Current 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 Vietnam GK Đặng Văn Lâm
2 Thailand DF Suphanan Bureerat (on loan from Samut Prakan City)
4 South Korea DF Oh Ban-suk (on loan from Al-Wasl)
5 Thailand DF Adisorn Promrak
6 Thailand MF Sarach Yooyen (vice-captain)
7 Brazil FW Heberty (3rd captain)
8 Thailand FW Korrawit Tasa
9 Myanmar FW Aung Thu (on loan from Yadanarbon)
10 Thailand FW Teerasil Dangda (captain)
11 Thailand FW Adisak Kraisorn
13 Thailand MF Sundy Wongderree
14 Thailand MF Rittiporn Wanchuen
16 Thailand MF Sanukran Thinjom
18 Thailand MF Weerathep Pomphan
19 Thailand FW Poramet Arjvirai
22 Philippines DF Daisuke Sato
23 Thailand MF Charyl Chappuis
No. Position Player
24 Thailand DF Patcharapol Intanee
25 Thailand MF Hassawat Nopnate
26 Thailand MF Peerapong Panyanumaporn
29 Thailand GK Somporn Yos
30 Thailand DF Wattanakorn Sawatlakhorn
31 Thailand DF Chatchai Saengdao
32 Thailand DF Saringkan Promsupa
33 Thailand DF Chayapol Supma
34 Thailand MF Wattana Playnum
36 Thailand DF Ernesto
37 Thailand DF Suporn Peenagatapho
38 Thailand DF Phetcharat Chotipala
39 Thailand MF Reungyos Janchaichit
46 Thailand DF Marco Ballini
87 Brazil FW Derley
88 Brazil MF Bruno Gallo

Note 1: The official club website lists the supporters as player 12th man.

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 DF Theerathon Bunmathan (at Japan to Yokohama F. Marinos)
Thailand MF Suksan Mungpao (at Thailand to Ayutthaya United)
Thailand MF Wongsakorn Chaikultewin (at Thailand to Trat)
Thailand MF Phituckchai Limraksa (at Thailand to Trat)
Thailand GK Kampol Pathom-attakul (at Thailand to Samut Prakan City)
No. Position Player
Thailand DF Weerawut Kayem (at Thailand to PT Prachuap)
Thailand MF Sakunchai Saengthopho (at Thailand to PT Prachuap)
Thailand GK Kittipun Saensuk (at Thailand to Chainat Hornbill)
Thailand GK Prasit Padungchok (at Thailand to Police Tero)
Thailand MF Sorawit Panthong (at Thailand to Police Tero)

Reserves and academy[edit]

Club officials[edit]

Managerial history[edit]

Head coaches by years (2007–present)

Years Name Nationality
2007 Nopporn Eksrattra  Thailand
2008 Surasak Tungsurat  Thailand
2009 Attaphol Buspakom  Thailand
Jan 11, 2010 – Jan 7, 2011 René Desaeyere  Belgium
Dec 31, 2010 – Feb 28, 2011 Carlos Roberto  Brazil
Mar 6, 2011 – Sep 29, 2011 Henrique Calisto  Portugal
Oct 1, 2011 – Jan 31, 2012 Robbie Fowler  England
Feb 27, 2012 – Jun 4, 2013 Slaviša Jokanović  Serbia
Jun 5, 2013 – Jul 16, 2013 Winfried Schäfer (interim)  Germany
Jul 19, 2013 – Dec 31, 2013 René Desaeyere  Belgium
Jan 2, 2014 – Mar 30, 2014 Scott Cooper  England
Jul 2, 2014 – Jan 19, 2016 Dragan Talajić  Croatia
Jan 21, 2016 – Mar 12, 2018 Totchtawan Sripan  Thailand
Apr 30, 2018 – Oct 5, 2018 Radovan Ćurčić  Serbia
Nov 22, 2018 – Apr 1, 2019 Pairoj Borwonwatanadilok  Thailand
Apr 9, 2019 – Jun 12, 2019 Yoon Jong-hwan  South Korea
Jun 13, 2019 – Alexandre Gama  Brazil

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

League[edit]

1st, gold medalist(s) Winners (4): 2009, 2010, 2012, 2016
2nd, silver medalist(s) Runners-up (3): 2013, 2015, 2017
1st, gold medalist(s) Winners (1): 2008
1st, gold medalist(s) Champions (1): 2007

Cups[edit]

1 Champions (1): 2010
1 Runners-up (4): 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016
1 Runners-up (3): 2010, 2011, 2015
1 Champions (2): 2016, 2017
1 Champions (1): 2017

International competitions[edit]

Asean[edit]

1 Champions (1): 2017

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

Sponsors[edit]

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

Title Sponsor

Shirt Sponsor

Official Sponsors

Kits[edit]

Period Sportswear Sponsor
2008 Thailand Grand Sport Yamaha
2009–2010 Germany Adidas Yamaha
2011 Thailand Grand Sport Yamaha
2012–2021 Thailand Grand Sport SCG

See also[edit]

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