Army United F.C.

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Army United
อาร์มี่ ยูไนเต็ด
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Full name Army United Football Club
Nickname(s) Gentleman Ranger
(สุภาพบุรุษวงจักร)
Founded 24 February 1916; 101 years ago (24 February 1916)
Ground Thai Army Sports Stadium
Bangkok, Thailand
Ground Capacity 20,000
Chairman Gen. Chalermchai Sitthisart
Manager Col. Kittichet Mahothorn
Coach Rangsiwut Chaloempathum (interim)
League Thai League 2
2016 16th (Relegated)
Website Club home page
Current season

Army United Football Club (Thai: สโมสรฟุตบอลอาร์มี่ ยูไนเต็ด) is a Thai football club based in the Phayathai District of Bangkok. They play in the second division in Thai football, the Thai League 2. Their home stadium is known locally as the Thai Army Sports Stadium and more widely known around Asian circles as the Royal Thai Army Stadium of which has been host to numerous international youth matches due to its central Bangkok location. The club play in green shirts with white shorts and black socks.

The club was known as Royal Thai Army until November 2010. Despite finishing bottom of the Thai League 1 in 2010 they managed to regain their top-flight status after winning Group B of the Thai League Play-off in 2011.

History[edit]

Army United represent the Royal Thai Army and have traditionally been Thailand's yo-yo club along with the Navy and Police clubs. Up until 2010 and the name change from the Royal Thai Army to Army United, the club lacked support and had dwindling crowds, mainly supported by Army personnel shipped in for the games.

The Army team has always been a mid ranking Thai team with their biggest successes coming in the Thai Division 1 League with a championship in the 2004–05 season and 2nd place in 2009. Both of these successes have of course come after relegation from the PLT.

The club are based in the Din Daeng District of Central Bangkok, which is the area that bases the Royal Thai Army. Up until the 2011 season, the club operated a policy of only playing home grown talent, but ditched this as the game became more professional and foreign players were brought into the team. Previously the players would work for the Army during the week and play football on weekends, somewhat different from most clubs who operated on a full-time basis.

Recent History[edit]

In the 2010 season they were reprieved from relegation after an end of season relegation/playoff system was announced to expand the Thai Premier League. They came 16th in that season and in a normal season they would have been relegated.

The 2011 rebranded Army United signed five Brazilians and surprised all expectations as they topped the TPL in the early weeks of the season. Crowds rose from a few hundred hardy souls to a season average of 5,580. Leandro Dos Santos was hitting the back of the net regularly yet the early season form petered out and Army finished in 13th position.

In 2012, most of the Brazilians had moved on but were replaced with other highly rated foreign stars. Daniel Blanco was the most impressive performer as Army flirted with the Top 6 for long periods before eventually finishing in 10th position.

The 2012 season also coincided with Army reaching the 2012 Thai FA Cup final. On the way to the final, Army were given a reprieve after they'd lost a penalty shoot out to regional league side Trat. It turned out that Trat had fielded an unregistered player and were booted out of the cup with Army reinstated. Army United then took the scalp of runaway TPL leaders Muangthong United F.C. on the way to the final. The final itself was rather disappointing for the club with Army losing 2–1 to Buriram United F.C..

In the 2013 Season the club signed a strategic partnership deal with Thai-owned English club Leicester City F.C..[1]

Stadium[edit]

Thai Army Sports Stadium

Thai Army Sports Stadium (Thai: สนามกีฬากองทัพบก) is a multi-purpose stadium on Vibhavadi-Rangsit Road in the Din Daeng district of north Bangkok, Thailand. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Army United F.C.[2] The stadium holds 20,000 and has a single stand with covered seating on one side and terracing on three sides. An athletics track surrounds the pitch. It is often used by Thai club sides in international football competitions and was used by Bangkok University FC in the 2007 AFC Champions League and Osotsapa FC in the 2007 AFC Cup. Additionally, it has been used for matches involving national sides in international tournaments hosted by Thailand where the hosts are not involved.

Sponsors[edit]

The following are the sponsors of Army United F.C.

Period Sportswear Title Sponsor
2010–2011 Grand Sport Acer
2012–2015 Pan Chang
2016– Sakka Sport Chang

Stadium and locations by season records[edit]

Coordinates Location Stadium Capacity Year
13°46′58″N 100°33′22″E / 13.782661°N 100.556185°E / 13.782661; 100.556185 Bangkok Thai Army Sports Stadium 15,000 2007-2017

Season by Season Domestic Record[edit]

Season League[3] FA Cup Queen's
Cup
League
Cup
Kor Royal
Cup
AFC
Champions
League
Top scorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
1996–97 TSL 34 14 12 8 60 50 54 8th N/A  –  –  –  – N/A N/A
1997 TSL 22 7 4 11 31 45 25 9th N/A  –  –  –  – N/A N/A
1998 TPL 22 7 5 10 35 42 26 7th N/A  –  –  –  – N/A N/A
1999 TPL 22 7 4 11 25 30 25 11th N/A  –  –  –  – N/A N/A
2000 DIV 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A  –  –  –  – N/A N/A
2001–02 DIV 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A  –  –  –  – N/A N/A
2002–03 DIV 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A  –  –  –  –  – N/A N/A
2003–04 DIV 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A  –  –  –  –  – N/A N/A
2004–05 DIV 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 1st  –  –  –  –  – N/A N/A
2006 TPL 22 7 9 6 31 38 30 6th  – GR  –  –  – N/A N/A
2007 TPL 30 13 8 9 40 33 47 5th  –  –  –  –  – Jakkraphong Somboon 9
2008 TPL 30 6 7 17 21 44 25 15th  –  –  –  –  – Jakkraphong Somboon 4
2009 DIV 1 30 18 4 4 55 18 62 2nd R2 GR R2  –  – Tatree Sing-Ha 17
2010 TPL 30 5 7 18 27 54 22 16th SF QF R2  –  – Tatree Sing-Ha 8
2011 TPL 30 10 9 15 39 40 39 13th SF  – R1  –  – Leandro dos Santos 18
2012 TPL 34 10 13 11 34 38 43 10th RU  – R1  –  – Björn Lindemann 6
2013 TPL 32 13 9 10 48 40 48 6th R4  – QF  –  – Aron da Silva 11
2014 TPL 38 14 11 13 52 55 53 9th R3  – R1  –  – Raphael Botti
Tanakorn Dangthong
9
2015 TPL 34 11 8 15 43 47 41 10th SF  – SF  –  – Mongkol Tossakrai 7
2016 TL 31 8 6 17 34 46 30 16th R3  – R1  –  – Josimar 16
2017 T2
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 Thailand GK Tamphan Pojchamarnsirikul
2 Thailand DF Chatchai Mokkasem
3 Thailand DF Dawuth Dinkhet (Captain)
4 Thailand MF Wannaphon Buspakom
5 Brazil DF Frauches
6 Slovakia DF Zdenko Kaprálik
7 Thailand FW Attapon Kannoo
8 Thailand MF Nipol Kamthong
9 Thailand FW Tanakorn Dangthong
10 Netherlands FW Melvin de Leeuw
11 Thailand DF Apichet Puttan
12 Thailand GK Apirak Woravong (on loan from Chiangrai United)
14 Thailand MF Pongsuriyan Aebfang
15 Thailand GK Supachat Apichatayanon
No. Position Player
16 Thailand FW Thammachart Nakaphan
17 Thailand MF Eaksatha Thanyakam
18 Thailand MF Ongart Pamonprasert
19 Thailand MF Watcharaphol Photanorm
20 Thailand DF Kritnaphop Mekpatcharakul
21 Thailand DF Kanok Kohyangpueak
22 Thailand DF Siwamet Thanusorn
23 Thailand MF Attapong Nooprom
24 Thailand DF Rungsak Kothcharak
25 Thailand MF Nattapol Piemplai
26 Thailand MF Morrakot Maikaew
28 Brazil FW Marcos Vinícius
33 Brazil FW Diego

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 MF Mongkol Tossakrai (to Muangthong United)
Thailand MF Thossawat Limwannasathian (to Muangthong United)

Former players[edit]

For details on former players, see Category:Army United F.C. players.

Coaches[edit]

Coaches by Years (1996–present)

Name Nat Period Honours
Amnart Chalermchaowarit Thailand 1996–97, 2007 Thai Division 1 League:Winner 2004–05
Watcharakorn Antakhamphu Thailand 2008
Thanadech Phooprasert Thailand 2009–10 Thai Division 1 League:Runners-up 2009
Pongphan Wongsuwan Thailand 2011
Adul Rungrueng Thailand 2011
Amnart Chalermchaowarit Thailand 2012
Paniphon Kerdyam Thailand Sept 2012 – Nov 2012 2012 Thai FA Cup Runner-up
Alexandré Pölking Brazil Oct 31, 2012 – Nov 2013
Matt Elliott Scotland Jan 2014 – Jun 2014
Gary Stevens England Aug 2014 – May 2015
Issara Sritaro Thailand May 2015 – October 2015
Watcharakorn Antakhamphu Thailand October 2015 – November 2016
Thanis Areesngarkul Thailand November 2016 – March 2017
Rangsiwut Chaloempathum (interim) Thailand March 2017 –

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""อาร์มี่-เลสเตอร์" จับมือพันธมิตร ยกระดับทีมสู้ศึกไทยพรีเมียร์ลีก". 
  2. ^ Army United Clubinfo on thai-fussball.com
  3. ^ King, Ian; Schöggl, Hans & Stokkermans, Karel (20 March 2014). "Thailand – List of Champions". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 16 July 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.  Select link to season required from chronological list.

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