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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
Founded 1970; 47 years ago (1970), as Provincial Electricity Authority
2010; 7 years ago (2010), as Buriram PEA
2012; 5 years ago (2012), as Buriram United
Ground New I-Mobile Stadium
Buriram, Thailand
Ground Capacity 32,600
Chairman Newin Chidchob
Head Coach Božidar Bandović
League Thai League 1
2016 Thai League 1, 4th
Website Club home page
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 currently competing in the Thai League 1. The club was founded in 1970 and their current home stadium is New I-Mobile Stadium 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 (Provincial Electricity Authority Football Club). The club was previously based in Ayutthaya before moving east to Buriram for the 2010 season. In season 2011, Buriram PEA were the triple champions winning the (2011 Thai Premier League, 2011 Thai FA Cup, and 2011 Thai League Cup) in Thailand.[2]


Provincial Electricity Authority[edit]

The club was founded in 1970. But first successes came in 1998 with winning the third division of the Kor Royal Cup. The club was then in the Thai Division 1 League. 2002–03 the club finished third in the second division. In the Thai League T1 Relegation to be lost at the end of the Thailand Tobacco Monopoly FC after round match with 0–1. A year later, with space, then succeeded in the end of season 2003–04 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.

2008-2009 season[edit]

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 T1. 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 League T1 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 at 9th place of out of sixteen at the final standing.

2010 season - Buriram Era[edit]

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 Vivatchaichok, 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 lose 0–1 to Thai Port at Supachalasai Stadium.

2011 Treble season[edit]

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.

2012 season[edit]

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 Quadruple season[edit]

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.

2015 Quintuple season[edit]

In 2015, Brazilian coach Alexandre Gama guided Buriram United to create history by winning all five competitions: Kor Royal Cup, Thai League T1, Thai FA Cup, Thai League Cup and Mekong Club Championship. Buriram United became the first club in Asia to win the Quintuple.

Moreover, Buriram United was also arguably regarded as the strongest squad 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.


Buriram United has Muangthong United as their main rival. The two clubs are the powerhouses of Thai League T1 (TL). The rivalry between two clubs started as the competitive relationship since they are the only two clubs that shared Thai League T1 championships between them since 2009 season.

Buriram United and Muangthong United also represent the difference group of supporters among them. Buriram represents the rustic people in the countryside while Muangthong United symbolizes the urban people in the Bangkok Metropolitan Region. Their rivalry also represents the politic 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 opposite polar and frequently questioned the transparency of FAT.

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


Domestic competitions[edit]


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1st, gold medalist(s) Winners (5) : 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
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]


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I-Mobile Stadium is a 32,600 seat football stadium in Buriram, Thailand.[10] The stadium is the home of Thailand's 2011, 2013 and 2015 treble champions, Buriram United. The i-mobile Stadium 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 i-mobile Stadium 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.

Training Grounds[edit]

  • Chang Training Ground, Buriram
  • Buriram United Football Camp, Samut Prakan

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 Central 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

(I-Mobile Stadium)

14,000 2010-2011
14°57′57″N 103°05′40″E / 14.965952°N 103.094555°E / 14.965952; 103.094555 Buriram New I-Mobile Stadium 32,600 2011–present

Season by season record[edit]

Season League[11] FA Cup League Cup Toyota Premier Cup Queen's
Kor Royal
AFC Champions
Top scorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
2004–05 TPL 18 9 5 4 23 19 32 2nd  –  –  –  –  –  –  – GR  – 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  – Not Enter  –  –  –  –  – Suchao Nutnum 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 W RU GR  –  – Frank Acheampong 12
2013 TPL 32 23 9 0 73 23 78 1st W W RU W QF  – Carmelo González 23
2014 TPL 38 23 10 5 69 26 79 1st R4 RU W 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 W GR W Andrés Túñez 9
2017 T1  –  –  –  –  –  –
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 B[edit]

Season League FA Cup League Cup Top goalscorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
2017 T4 North-East Can't Enter Can't Enter


First-team squad[edit]

Below is a list of players playing for Buriram United as the official website confirms.[12] 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
2 Thailand DF Delvin Pinheiro
3 Thailand DF Pansa Hemviboon
4 Thailand MF Naruphon Putsorn
5 Venezuela DF Andrés Túñez
6 Thailand MF Sasalak Haiprakhon (on loan from Bangkok United)
7 South Korea MF Go Seul-ki
8 Thailand MF Suchao Nuchnum (captain)
10 Thailand MF Jakkaphan Kaewprom (Vice-captain)
11 Thailand DF Korrakot Wiriyaudomsiri
13 Thailand DF Narubadin Weerawatnodom
14 Thailand DF Chitipat Tanklang
15 Thailand MF Bodin Phala
No. Position Player
16 Thailand DF Koravit Namwiset
19 Thailand MF Supachok Sarachat
22 Thailand FW Supachai Jaided
26 Thailand DF Ratthanakorn Maikami
27 Thailand MF Wutthikai Pathan
28 Thailand MF Phanuphong Phonsa (on loan from Chonburi)
29 Thailand GK Yodsapon Tiangda
31 Thailand DF Abdulhafiz Bueraheng
32 Thailand FW Arthit Butjinda
34 Thailand MF Anon Amornlerdsak
40 Brazil FW Diogo (3rd-captain)
50 Brazil FW Jajá Coelho
60 Brazil MF Rafael Bastos

Note 1: The club lists the supporters as the 12th man.
Note 2: 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 DF Nattapon Malapun (at Thailand Chonburi)
Thailand FW Sittichok Kannoo (at Thailand Thai Honda Ladkrabang)
Thailand DF Adisak Sensom-Eiad (at Thailand Nongbua Pitchaya)
No. Position Player
Thailand MF Chitpanya Tisud (at Thailand Bangkok Glass)
Thailand MF Baramee Limwattana (at Thailand Thai Honda Ladkrabang)

Team B[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
42 Thailand DF Jakkapong Suabsamut
44 Thailand DF Amaret Amornlerdsak
45 Thailand DF Peerawat Akkatam
46 Thailand DF Kongphop Luadsong
51 Thailand MF Panyawat Nisangram
52 Thailand MF Yutpichai Lertlum
53 Thailand DF Sarawut Munjit
54 Thailand FW Supanut Meuantra
55 Thailand FW Pongchana Krongkirit
No. Position Player
56 Thailand MF Peerapat Kaminthong
57 Thailand DF Potsawee Mueanmad
58 Thailand DF Yingyong Bud-ngam
59 Thailand FW Pattara Soymarai
61 Thailand FW Worapong Somsrang
62 Thailand DF Panawet Kradrakorn
63 Thailand MF Irfan Dolah
64 Thailand GK Jetsada Bunrueang
65 Thailand MF Nitikorn Sirichu
66 Thailand MF Theerathon Pueangna


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 (interim) Serbia 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 Serbia 14 June 2017 –

Captain history[edit]

Captain by Years (2010–present)

Years Captain Nationality Vice-Captain Nationality
2010 Apichet Puttan Thailand Thailand Rangsan Viwatchaichok Thailand Thailand
2011 Apichet Puttan Thailand Thailand Rangsan Viwatchaichok Thailand Thailand
2012 Apichet Puttan Thailand Thailand Suchao Nuchnum Thailand Thailand
2013 Suchao Nuchnum Thailand Thailand Osmar Barba Spain Spain
2014 Suchao Nuchnum Thailand Thailand Theeraton Bunmathan Thailand Thailand
2015 Suchao Nuchnum Thailand Thailand Andrés Túñez Venezuela Venezuela
2016 Suchao Nuchnum Thailand Thailand Andrés Túñez Venezuela Venezuela
2017 Suchao Nuchnum Thailand

Management team[edit]

Position Staff
Head Coach Serbia Božidar Bandović
Assistant Coach Serbia Vladica Grujic
Interpreter Thailand Boripat Soonrod
Technical Director
Goalkeeper Coach Serbia Zoran Mijanović
Medical Director Thailand Dr.Pravee Sirithientat
Head of Youth Development Brazil Jose Alves Borges
B Team Head Coach Thailand Issara Sritaro

Asian clubs ranking[edit]

As of 26 November 2015. are calculated by the AFC.[13]
Current Rank Country Team
17 Thailand Buriram United
18 Iran Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan
19 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers
20 Kuwait Kuwait SC
21 Kuwait Qadsia SC


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

Title Sponsor

Official Sponsors


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