Thailand national football team
(The War Elephants)
|Association||Football Association of Thailand|
|Sub-confederation||AFF (Southeast Asia)|
|Head coach||Milovan Rajevac|
|Most caps||Kiatisuk Senamuang (134)|
|Top scorer||Kiatisuk Senamuang (71)|
|Home stadium||Rajamangala Stadium|
|Current||138 1 (16 October 2017)|
|Highest||43 (September 1998)|
|Lowest||165 (October 2014)|
|Current||110 (7 May 2017)|
|Highest||62 (January 2001)|
|Lowest||137 (April 1985)|
| Thailand 1–6 China
(Bangkok, Thailand; 20 August 1948)
| Thailand 10–0 Brunei
(Bangkok, Thailand; 24 May 1971)
| United Kingdom 9–0 Thailand
(Melbourne, Australia; 30 November 1956)
|Appearances||7 (first in 1972)|
|Best result||Third Place, 1972|
The Thailand national football team (Thai: ฟุตบอลทีมชาติไทย, rtgs: futbon thim chat thai, pronounced [fút.bɔ̄n tʰīːm t͡ɕʰâːt tʰāj]) represents Thailand in international men's association football. Officially nicknamed the War Elephants, the team is controlled by the governing body for football in Thailand, Football Association of Thailand (FAT), which is currently a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the regional ASEAN Football Federation (AFF).
With five ASEAN Football Championship titles and nine senior-level Southeast Asian Games titles, the team has a history as the most successful team in Southeast Asia. Thailand also won third place in the 1972 Asian Cup, competed twice in the Summer Olympics and won fourth place twice in the 1990 and 1998 Asian Games.
- 1 History
- 2 Team image
- 3 Results and fixtures
- 4 Coaching staff
- 5 Players
- 6 Head coaches
- 7 Competitive record
- 8 Honours
- 9 Head to head records
- 10 Statistics
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
The team was founded in 1915 as the Siam national football team and played its first unofficial match (against a team of Europeans) at the Royal Bangkok Sport Club Stadium on 20 December of that year. On 25 April 1916, King Vajiravudh established the Football Association of Siam. The team played its first international match in 1930 against the Indochina national team, which included both South Vietnamese and French players. Both the Siam team and its governing association were renamed in 1949 when Siam became Thailand.
Thailand appeared in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, where they lost to Great Britain by a score of 0–9 (the largest defeat in team history) and failed to advance to the quarterfinals. In 1965, Thailand won the first place in the Southeast Asian Games for the first time.
The team made another appearance at the Summer Olympics in 1968, losing to Bulgaria 0–7, Guatemala 1–4, and Czechoslovakia 0–8 en route to a first-round exit. This was Thailand's latest appearance in the Olympics.
1992 featured one of Thailand's signature victories. Playing in Bangkok against South Korea, who had qualified for consecutive FIFA World Cups in 1986 and 1990, and being the strongest team in Asia at the time, the Thais upset the Koreans, beating them 2 to 1. Thailand would later defeat Bangladesh 1–0, winning the group and therefore qualifying for the 1992 AFC Asian Cup. The War Elephants would put on a strong performance at the tournament, drawing with eventual 3rd place China and Qatar before losing to eventual runners up Saudi Arabia 4 to nil.
In 1996, Thailand defeated Malaysia 1–0 to win the ASEAN Football Championship (then called the Tiger Cup) for the first time. Thailand were favourites to regain the crown in 2007, 2008 and 2012 only to lose tight finals to Singapore and Vietnam respectively.
The 1998 Tiger Cup controversy
The regional 1998 ASEAN Football Championship tournament was perhaps most infamous in respect to Thailand football history. In what was supposedly a sporting event, the group stage match between Thailand and Indonesia was marred with an unsportsmanlike attempt. At the time both teams had already qualified for semi-finals, but with knowledge that winners would have to face hosts Vietnam, while the losing team would play the supposedly weaker Singapore. There was also technical incentive that facing Vietnam would mean moving training bases from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi – which none of the teams wished to do.
The first half saw very little action as both teams barely making attempt to score. During the second half both teams managed to score, partly thanks to half-hearted defending, resulting in a 2–2 tie after 90 minutes. However the real infamy didn't take place until extra time, in which an Indonesian defender deliberately kicked the ball into his own goal with a Thai attacker running towards the ball. FIFA fined both teams $40,000 for "violating the spirit of the game".
Ironically in the semi-finals, Thailand lost to Vietnam, and Indonesia also lost to Singapore, pitting the teams together once again for the third-place playoff. Indonesia eventually won by penalty shootout. As for the final, the unfancied Singapore team made one of the competition's biggest shocks by defeating Vietnam.
On 23 September 2009, Bryan Robson agreed to become coach of Thailand national team in his first foray into international football management. He was contracted to manage the team through to the 2014 World Cup. On 14 November 2009, Robson celebrated his first competitive match in charge of the team with a 3–1 away victory against Singapore in a 2011 Asian Cup qualifying group match. On 18 November 2009, Robson then suffered his first loss – a 1–0 defeat against Singapore on home soil. In January 2010, this was followed by two goalless draws with Jordan and Iran during 2011 Asian Cup qualifying. On 3 March 2010, Robson's Thailand suffered a 1–0 defeat by the hands of Iran in Tehran in their final Group E game, effectively ending their hopes of qualifying for 2011 Asian Cup. On 11 August 2010, Robson led Thailand to another victory against Singapore with a score of 1–0 on home soil. In September 2010, Robson overcame Bob Houghton's India in a friendly with a score of 2–1 away from home. In December 2010, Robson failed to bring Thailand past the Group A of the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup after managing only draws against Laos and Malaysia and losing to Indonesia. He resigned as manager on 8 June 2011.
Rumours had been rife that the 61 years old Winfried Schäfer was favourite to succeed Bryan Robson, who ended his ill-fated two-year tenure earlier, citing health problems as the reason for his resignation.
During the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers, the War Elephants played well and built a lot of faith up in the fans. The attendance was nearly full house, War Elephants almost beat Australia at their home and even defeated Oman 3–0. This was in addition to the draw against Saudi Arabia, when the coach called up many young starlets to the team, which reflects on the fact that the squad have plenty of good players. In the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup, Thailand reached the final after topping their group and knocking out Malaysia 3–1 on aggregate. In the final Thailand lost the first leg 3–1 to Singapore and won the second leg 1–0, but lost on aggregate by 3–2.
In the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification Thailand suffered a massive setback, with their defensive frailities fully exposed by their Middle Eastern rivals. Thailand lost all 6 games in the qualifiers, conceding 21 goals in the process. In June 2013, Schäfer cancelled his contract. The FA of Thailand appointed Kiatisuk Senamuang as the new caretaker coach for national team. His first task was friendly match against China PR on 15 June, which Thailand decisively won 5–1.
2014 AFF Championship
Thailand regained the title the champion of ASEAN football upon their fourth AFF Championship. The team did not lose at any match up until the second leg of the finals and also featured a spectacular tiki-taka style 27 consecutive passes during the first leg of the finals against Malaysia. Thailand ended their 12-year drought in the AFF Suzuki Cup from the late goals by Charyl Chappuis(82') and Chanathip Songkrasin which gave them a dramatic 4–3 aggregate victory over Malaysia in the second leg of the final at Bukit Jalil National Stadium. Kiatisuk Senamuang consequently became the first person to win the ASEAN Football Championship as both a player and a coach. Kiatisuk gained much praise and credit for the team's recent achievements.
2016 AFF Championship
On the first leg of the finals that was held in Bogor, Thailand lost 2–1 to Indonesia. On the secound leg of the finals, Thailand won Indonesia 2–0 at home. Thailand scored twice through Siroch Chatthong on a night when Rajamangala Stadium was filled over capacity, the final aggregate was 3–2 to Thailand.
2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (AFC)
The Thai team has clearly outclassed and now dominate their regional neighbors, having won the AFF Suzuki Cup and later securing first place in all regional championships: 2015 AFF U-16 Youth Championship by the U-16 team, 2015 AFF U-19 Youth Championship by the U-19 team and football at the 2015 SEA Games by the U-23 team. Elasion fueled hope for both the players and Thai fans of finally reaching the World Cup tournament. Although chances are slim, tension is mounting as the national team commence AFC's second round for World Cup qualification. Thailand was seeded in Pot 3 (out of 5) and was drawn to be in Group F along with Iraq, Vietnam, Indonesia and Chinese Taipei (Indonesia was later excluded due to FIFA suspension). Thailand played home against visiting Vietnam on 24 May 2015 as their first World Cup Qualifiers match. Teerasil Dangda, Thailand's renowned striker, once again joined the rank of the national team after his loan with UD Almería ended earlier that year. Thai players dominated the match but were unable to score any goal. Thai defenders were caught off guard twice but were luckily saved by goalkeeper Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool's sliding tackle both time, well outside of the penalty box. The Vietnamese "stubborn, overly aggressive" performance was rewarded by a red card to Minh Chau Nguyen when he pulled Sarach Yooyen down. Not much later, Pokklaw Anan struck from 20 yards away to give Thailand the victory goal. In a match against Chinese Taipei, Teerasil scored 2 goals in the first half giving Thailand a 2–0 win. On 9 September, Thailand played against Iraq and scored 2 late goals even the Iraqis have a 2–0 lead making the score 2–2.A month later Thailand won against Vietnam 3–0 at Hanoi making them have 10 points, the Thais then beat Chinese Taipei 4–2 at Bangkok.On 24 March 2016, Thailand drew with Iraq 2–2 at Tehran allowing them to qualify for the next round as group F winners. In the last round, Kiatisuk's men will face many hard opponents, when they shared same group with Australia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and their previous opponent, Iraq. Once again, Thailand was eliminated without winning a match in the last round, when they just recorded only two points out of ten matches.
The team's traditional home kit consists of a red jersey, red shorts and red socks. Since October 2007, the Thai team has used an all-yellow home kit in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 80th birthday, having used two other designs of yellow kit in friendlies against China on 16 May 2007 and Qatar on 2 July 2007. The away kit consists of a blue jersey, blue shorts and blue socks. On 20 October 2012, Thai national team signed a three-year contract with Grand Sport which became their kit supplier and sponsor until the end of 31 December 2016. The brand replaced Nike, which had been the team's supplier since 1 July 2007. In addition, the offer was approximately THB 96 million (USD 3.1 million) to the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) for over three years. The new home kit of Thailand is reverting to all-red and the away kit all-blue. However, the order was reversed since 2014 AFF Championship.
Before Nike, Thai senior national team played with local-made apparel jersey produced by FBT. The contract lasted until 30 June 2007. However, they still sponsored the U-23 team until taken over by Grand Sport in 2012.
On 9 September 2016, Thai national team signed a four-year contract with Warrix Sport to be their new kit supplier and sponsor from 2017 until 2020.
|Thailand national football team kits|
2007 Asian Cup
2010 (vs Malaysia)
2007 Asian Cup
2010 (vs Indonesia)
2016 King's Cup
The Thailand national football team play most of their home matches in Rajamangala Stadium in Bang Kapi District of Bangkok. Built for the 1998 Asian Games, the stadium is the largest sporting facility in Thailand with a capacity of 49,749, all seated. International matches are also occasionally played at National Stadium, 700th Anniversary Stadium, 80th Birthday Stadium, New I-Mobile Stadium, and SCG Stadium, etc.
|Thailand national football team home stadiums|
|Rajamangala National Stadium||49,722||Bang Kapi, Bangkok||v Iraq
(31 August 2017; 2018 World Cup Qualifiers)
|National Stadium||19,793||Pathum Wan, Bangkok||v South Korea
(27 March 2016; Friendly match)
|700th Anniversary Stadium||25,000||Mueang, Chiang Mai||v Maldives
(24 February 2012; Friendly match)
|80th Birthday Stadium||20,141||Mueang, Nakhon Ratchasima||v Singapore
(26 March 2015; Friendly match)
|New I-Mobile Stadium||32,600||Mueang, Buriram||v Palestine
(23 July 2011; 2014 World Cup Qualifiers)
|SCG Stadium||15,000||Pak Kret, Nonthaburi||v Kenya
(8 October 2017; Friendly match)
|Tinsulanon Stadium||45,000||Songkhla, Songkhla||v China PR
(19 December 1998; 1998 Asian Games)
|Surakul Stadium||15,000||Mueang, Phuket||v Malaysia
(10 December 2008; AFF Suzuki Cup 2008)
Results and fixtures
All time results
- Only record the results that affect the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. See FIFA 'A' matches criteria.
Win Draw Loss
|23 March 2017 World Cup Q||Thailand||0–3||Saudi Arabia||Bangkok, Thailand|
Tanaboon 84' (o.g.)
|Stadium: Rajamangala Stadium
Referee: Ali Abdulnabi (Bahrain)
|28 March 2017 World Cup Q||Japan||4–0||Thailand||Saitama, Japan|
|19:35 UTC+09:00||Kagawa 8'
|Stadium: Saitama Stadium 2002
Referee: Kim Dong-jin (South Korea)
|6 June 2017 Friendly||Uzbekistan||2–0||Thailand||Tashkent, Uzbekistan|
|20:00 UTC+05:00||Abdukholiqov 67'
|Report||Stadium: Bunyodkor Stadium
Referee: Sherzod Kasimov (Uzbekistan)
|13 June 2017 World Cup Q||Thailand||1–1||United Arab Emirates||Bangkok, Thailand|
|19:00 UTC+07:00||Mongkol 69'||Report (FIFA)
|Mabkhout 90+3'||Stadium: Rajamangala Stadium
Referee: Muhammad Taqi Aljaafari (Singapore)
|14 July 2017 2017 King's Cup||Thailand||3–0||North Korea||Bangkok, Thailand|
|19:30 UTC+07:00||Mongkol 41'
Teeratep 90+1' (pen.)
|Report||Stadium: Rajamangala Stadium
Referee: Yusuke Araki (Japan)
|16 July 2017 2017 King's Cup||Belarus||0–0
|19:30 UTC+07:00||Report||Stadium: Rajamangala Stadium
Referee: Yusuke Araki (Japan)
|31 August 2017 World Cup Q||Thailand||1–2||Iraq||Bangkok, Thailand|
|19:00 UTC+07:00||Ibrahim 63' (o.g.)||Report (FIFA)
Abdul-Amir 85' (pen.)
|Stadium: Rajamangala Stadium
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
|5 September 2017 World Cup Q||Australia||2–1||Thailand||Melbourne, Australia|
|20:00 UTC+10||Juric 69'
|Pokklaw 82'||Stadium: Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
Referee: Liu Kwok Man (Hong Kong)
|5 October 2017 Friendly||Myanmar||1–3||Thailand||Mandalay, Myanmar|
|18:30 UTC+06:30||Aung Thu 50'||Report||Mongkol 12'
Thitipan 79' (pen.)
|Stadium: Mandalarthiri Stadium
Referee: Lim Bunthoeun (Cambodia)
|8 October 2017 Friendly||Thailand||1–0||Kenya||Nonthaburi, Thailand|
|19:30 UTC+07:00||Teerasil 62'||Report||Stadium: SCG Stadium
Referee: Win Htut (Myanmar)
|Head Coach||Milovan Rajevac|
|Assistant Coach||Milovan Ćirković|
|Assistant Coach||Zoran Janković|
|Assistant Coach||Sirisak Yodyardthai|
|Assistant Coach||Worrawoot Srimaka|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Saša Todić|
|Physical Trainer||Nebojša Stamenković|
The following players have also been called up to the Thailand squad within the last 12 months.
- INJ Withdrew from squad due to injury
- PRE Preliminary squad
- SUS Suspended
- RET Retired from the national team
- WD Player withdrew from the squad for non-injury related reasons
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup finals record||Qualifications record|
|1930||Uruguay||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1974||West Germany||Did not qualify||4||0||0||4||0||13|
|1978||Argentina||First round qualification||4||1||0||3||8||12|
|1982||Spain||First round qualification||3||0||1||2||3||13|
|1986||Mexico||First round qualification||6||1||2||3||4||4|
|1990||Italy||First round qualification||6||1||0||5||2||14|
|1994||United States||First round qualification||8||4||0||4||13||7|
|1998||France||First round qualification||4||1||1||2||5||6|
|2002|| South Korea
|Second round qualification||14||5||5||4||25||20|
|2006||Germany||Second round qualification||6||2||1||3||9||10|
|2010||South Africa||Third round qualification||10||3||2||5||20||17|
|2014||Brazil||Third round qualification||8||2||2||4||7||10|
|2018||Russia||Third round qualification||16||4||4||8||20||30|
|2022||Qatar||To be determined|
- * : Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
|Olympic Games finals record||Qualifications record|
|1900||France||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1960||Italy||First round qualification||2||0||0||2||2||6|
|1964||Japan||Second round qualification||4||2||0||2||4||10|
|1972||West Germany||Final round qualification||6||1||2||3||5||12|
|1976||Canada||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1984||United States||Second round qualification||10||5||2||3||13||8|
|1988||South Korea||Second round qualification||8||3||2||3||8||7|
|1992 to present1||See Thailand national under-23 team||See Thailand national under-23 team|
- 1 : The under 23 national team played at the 1992 to present.
- * : Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
|Olympic Games history|
|1956||Round 1||26 November||Great Britain||L 0–9||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne|
|1968||Round 1||14 October||Bulgaria||L 0–7||Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara|
|16 October||Guatemala||L 1–4||Estadio Nou Camp, León|
|18 October||Czechoslovakia||L 0–8||Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara|
AFC Asian Cup
|AFC Asian Cup finals record||Qualifications record|
|1964||Israel||Did not qualify||4||2||0||2||5||4|
|1968||Iran||Did not qualify||4||2||0||2||5||4|
|1976||Iran||Withdrew after qualified||4||3||0||1||8||2|
|1980||Kuwait||Did not qualify||5||3||0||2||11||3|
|1984||Singapore||Did not qualify||5||3||0||2||9||10|
|1988||Qatar||Did not qualify||5||1||2||2||5||12|
|1996||United Arab Emirates||First round||12th||3||0||0||3||2||13||6||4||2||0||31||5|
|First round||10th||3||1||1||1||3||5||Qualified as co-host|
|2011||Qatar||Did not qualify||6||1||3||2||3||3|
|2015||Australia||Did not qualify||6||0||0||6||7||21|
|2019||United Arab Emirates||Qualified||To be determined||6||4||2||0||14||6|
- * : Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
|AFC Asian Cup history|
|Group allocation||8 May||Kuwait||L 0–2||National Stadium, Bangkok|
|Group stage||11 May||Iraq||D 1–1|
|13 May||Iran||L 0–3|
|Semi-finals||17 May||South Korea||D 1(1) – 1(2)|
|Third place match||19 May||Khmer Republic||D 2(5) – 2(3)|
|First round||29 October||Qatar||D 1–1||Hiroshima Big Arch, Hiroshima|
|31 October||China PR||D 0–0||Hiroshima Stadium, Hiroshima|
|2 November||Saudi Arabia||L 0–4||Bingo Sports Park, Onomichi|
|First round||5 December||Saudi Arabia||L 0–6||Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai|
|8 December||Iran||L 1–3|
|11 December||Iraq||L 1–4|
|First round||12 October||Iraq||L 0–2||Saida International Stadium, Sidon|
|15 October||Iran||D 1–1||Sports City Stadium, Beirut|
|18 October||Lebanon||D 1–1||Saida International Stadium, Sidon|
|First round||20 July||Iran||L 0–3||Olympic Sports Center, Chongqing|
|24 July||Japan||L 1–4|
|28 July||Oman||L 0–2||Sichuan Longquanyi Stadium, Chengdu|
|First round||7 July||Iraq||D 1–1||Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok|
|12 July||Oman||W 2–0|
|16 July||Australia||L 0–4|
Southeast Asian Games
This is a list of honours for the senior Thailand national football team.
- Third place (1): 1972
- Winners (1): 1994
- Winners (2): 2006, 2008
- 3 Nations in Taiwan
- Winners (1): 1971
- 4 Nations in Indochina
- Winners (1): 1989
- Brunei Games
- Winners (1): 1990
- *trophy shared
Head to head records
|Thailand national football team head to head records|
|Papua New Guinea||1984||1984||1||0||0||1||1||4||−3||OFC|
|Trinidad and Tobago||2003||2003||1||1||0||0||3||2||+1||CONCACAF|
|United Arab Emirates||1986||2017||9||1||2||6||8||14||−6||AFC|
|Last match updated was against Kenya on 8 October 2017.|
Most capped players
FIFA world rankings
|Thailand's FIFA world rankings|
- Thailand women's national football team
- Thailand national futsal team
- Thailand national under-23 football team
- Thailand national under-21 football team
- Thailand national under-20 football team
- Thailand national under-17 football team
- King's Cup
- Football in Thailand
- Sport in Thailand
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