Thailand national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) ช้างศึก
(The War Elephants)
Association Football Association of Thailand
Sub-confederation AFF (South-East Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Kiatisuk Senamuang
Captain Theeraton Bunmathan
Most caps Kiatisuk Senamuang (134)[1]
Top scorer Kiatisuk Senamuang (71)[1]
Home stadium Rajamangala Stadium
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 120 Increase 1 (4 February 2016)
Highest 43 (September 1998)
Lowest 165 (October 2014)
First international
 South Vietnam 3–1 Thailand Thailand
(South Vietnam; 1956)[2]
Asian Cup
Appearances 6 (First in 1972)
Best result Third Place; 1972
Appearances 10 (First in 1996)
Best result Champions; 1996, 2000, 2002, 2014

The Thailand national Football team (Thai: ฟุตบอลทีมชาติไทย; Futbon Teem Chaat Tai) represents Thailand in international association football competition and is governed by the Football Association of Thailand. With four 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.

In the FIFA World Rankings, Thailand's highest standing was in the first release of the figures, in September 1998, at 43rd. The team is currently ranked 121st in the World, by FIFA (January 2016).



Early Siamese football team.

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.

Thai team at the 1956 Olympics, Melbourne before its biggest defeat by the United Kingdom.

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.

Thailand hosted the 1972 AFC Asian Cup and went on to third place after defeating Cambodia 5–3 on penalties after a 2–2 draw in the third-place game. Thailand has qualified for the tournament a total of six times.

The team won the first of its 13 King's Cup trophies in 1976, sharing the title with Malaysia after a 1–1 draw in the final match.

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 1994, team manager Thawatchai Sartjakul assembled a team that has been renounced as Dream team with key players Kiatisuk "Zico" Senamuang, Tawan Sripan and Dusit Chalermsan.[3]


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.

Thailand football team has competed three times in the Asian Games, making the semifinals in 1990, 1998 and 2002.

The 2007 AFC Asian Cup finals were held from 7 to 29 July 2007. For the first time in its history, the competition was co-hosted by four nations: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

The 1998 Tiger Cup controversy[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]


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.[8] 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 Asian Games[edit]

With coach Kiatisuk Senamuang officially appointed as head coach for the 2014 Asian Games, Thailand scored full point in group stage without losing any goals and went on to defeat China and Jordan both by 2-0, qualifying them for the semi-final match against South Korea. South Korea eventually won by 2-0 with a controversial penalty call from the referee from a push by Narubadin on Lee Jae-sung and an evident handball by the Korean defender Rim Chang-woo in the penalty box as he tried to shield off the ball from Thai players by his body after falling down, but was overlooked by the by-standing referee.[9] After losing 0-1 to Iraq, Thailand won fourth place at the Asian Games for the second time in their history. The team brought back faith from Thai fans by their convincing performance.

2014 AFF Championship[edit]

The Thai team celebrating after winning the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup at Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Malaysia.

Thailand regained the title King 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.[10] 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.

28th SEA Games[edit]

For the 2015 Southeast Asian Games at Singapore, Kiatisuk entrusted Choketawee Promrut, the team's assistant coach and Kiatisuk's right-hand man, to coach the U-23 team for the upcoing SEA Games tournament which overlapped Thailand's scheduled FIFA qualifiers against Chinese Taipei.[11] The Thai U-23 team entered the tournament as favourites, having won the tournament 14 out of 27 times prior. The Thais outclassed much of the teams in group stage and were faced with Indonesia at the semi-final. The Thai team won a clean decisive victory of 5-0 over Indonesia which yet again featured a 22 tiki-taka styled passes before the ball was put lying at the back of the net by Chanathip Songkrasin as the match's finishing goal. The team advanced to the finals to take on Myanmar, which have had five consecutive first-place titles from 1965 to 1973. Although the first half of the match saw no goals, but in the 54th minute, Tanaboon Kesarat converted a free-kick from Nurul Sriyankem into the first goal followed by subsequent goals from Chananan Pombupha, also making him one of the top goalscorers of the tournament, and Pinyo Inpinit. The match drew to a close with coach Choketawee in tears, overwhelmed by joy and relief. Thailand subsequently won their 15th title as gold medalists for football at the SEA Games.

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (AFC)[edit]

The Thai team has clearly overclassed 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.[12][13] 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.[14]

Team image[edit]


Thailand's original home colours
Vintage Thai team 1968 Summer Olympics shirt.

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. 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 2014. In addition, the offer was approximately THB 96 million (USD 3.1 million) to the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) for over three years.[15] The new home kit of Thailand is reverting to all-red and the away kit all-blue.

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Thailand FBT (2002–2007)
2002 Home
2002 Away
2003–04 Home
2003–04 Away
2005 Home
2005 Away
2006–07 Home
2006–07 Away
United States Nike (2007–2012)
2007 Asian Cup Home
2007 Asian Cup Away
2007 Yellow shirt
2008–09 Home
2008–09 Away
2010–11 Home
2010–11 Away
Thailand Grand Sport (2012–2017)
2012–14 Home
2012–14 Away
2014–16 Home
2014–16 Away

Home stadium[edit]

Main article: Rajamangala Stadium

The Thai national team plays most of its home matches in Rajamangala National Stadium in the Bang Kapi district of Bangkok. Built for the 1998 Asian Games, the stadium is the largest sporting facility in Thailand with a capacity of 49,722 (seated). Matches are also occasionally played at Suphachalasai Stadium, 700th Anniversary Stadium, 5th December Stadium, Surakul Stadium, Yamaha Stadium, and Thunder Castle Stadium.

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Thailand Kiatisuk Senamuang
Assistant Coach Thailand Klairung Treejaksung
Assistant Coach Thailand Apisit Kaikaew
Goalkeeping Coach Thailand Pansa Meesatham
Team Secretary Thailand Nathakorn Chimpalee
Team Doctor Thailand Disaya Rattanakorn
Physiotherapist Germany Andy Schillinger
Physical trainer Thailand Vitoon Mingkwan
Masseur Thailand Chatree Sangsawang


Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were called up to the squad for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier match against Chinese Taipei on 12 Novemper 2015.
Caps and goals correct as of: 12 November 2015, after match against Chinese Taipei.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kawin Thamsatchanan (1990-01-26) 26 January 1990 (age 26) 41 0 Thailand Muangthong United
20 1GK Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool (1982-03-23) 23 March 1982 (age 33) 81 0 Thailand Suphanburi
23 1GK Chatchai Budprom (1987-02-04) 4 February 1987 (age 29) 3 0 Thailand Osotspa Samut Prakan
2 2DF Peerapat Notchaiya (1993-02-04) 4 February 1993 (age 23) 12 0 Thailand Muangthong United
3 2DF Theerathon Bunmathan (Captain) (1990-02-06) 6 February 1990 (age 26) 27 5 Thailand Buriram United
5 2DF Suttinan Phuk-hom (Vice-captain) (1987-11-29) 29 November 1987 (age 28) 30 3 Thailand Chonburi
13 2DF Narubadin Weerawatnodom (1994-07-12) 12 July 1994 (age 21) 17 1 Thailand Buriram United
15 2DF Mika Chunuonsee (1989-03-26) 26 March 1989 (age 26) 0 0 Thailand Bangkok United
16 2DF Pratum Chuthong (1983-10-26) 26 October 1983 (age 32) 10 0 Thailand Suphanburi
17 2DF Tanaboon Kesarat (1993-09-21) 21 September 1993 (age 22) 13 1 Thailand Muangthong United
19 2DF Tristan Do (1993-01-31) 31 January 1993 (age 23) 5 0 Thailand BEC Tero Sasana
4 3MF Kroekrit Thaweekarn (1990-11-19) 19 November 1990 (age 25) 22 5 Thailand Chonburi
6 3MF Sarach Yooyen (1992-05-30) 30 May 1992 (age 23) 20 0 Thailand Muangthong United
7 3MF Thitipan Puangchan (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 22) 7 2 Thailand Muangthong United
8 3MF Sanrawat Dechmitr (1989-08-03) 3 August 1989 (age 26) 12 0 Thailand Bangkok United
11 3MF Mongkol Tossakrai (1987-05-09) 9 May 1987 (age 28) 19 5 Thailand Army United
12 3MF Prakit Deeporm (1988-01-07) 7 January 1988 (age 28) 13 3 Thailand Chonburi
14 3MF Sarawut Masuk (1990-06-03) 3 June 1990 (age 25) 15 1 Thailand Bangkok Glass
18 3MF Chanathip Songkrasin (1993-10-05) 5 October 1993 (age 22) 22 4 Thailand Muangthong United
21 3MF Pokklaw Anan (1991-03-04) 4 March 1991 (age 24) 15 4 Thailand Chonburi
9 4FW Adisak Kraisorn (1991-02-01) 1 February 1991 (age 25) 16 7 Thailand BEC Tero Sasana
10 4FW Teerasil Dangda (1988-06-06) 6 June 1988 (age 27) 70 33 Thailand Muangthong United
22 4FW Tana Chanabut (1984-06-06) 6 June 1984 (age 31) 16 2 Thailand Port

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Thailand squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ukrit Wongmeema (1991-07-09) 9 July 1991 (age 24) 0 0 Thailand Ratchaburi v.  Chinese Taipei, 16 June 2015
GK Chanin Sae-ear (1992-07-05) 5 July 1992 (age 23) 2 0 Thailand Chonburi v.  Vietnam, 24 May 2015
DF Koravit Namwiset (1986-08-02) 2 August 1986 (age 29) 8 0 Thailand Buriram United v.  Vietnam, 13 October 2015
DF Pravinwat Boonyong (1990-02-13) 13 February 1990 (age 25) 6 0 Thailand Bangkok Glass v.  Iraq, 8 September 2015
DF Suriya Singmui (1995-07-04) 4 July 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Thailand Muangthong United v.  Iraq, 8 September 2015
DF Putthinan Wannasri (1992-09-05) 5 September 1992 (age 23) 4 0 Thailand Bangkok United v.  Chinese Taipei, 16 June 2015
DF Sila Srikampang (1989-04-18) 18 April 1989 (age 26) 1 0 Thailand Ratchaburi v.  Chinese Taipei, 16 June 2015
DF Atit Daosawang (1992-11-11) 11 November 1992 (age 23) 7 0 Thailand Muangthong United v.  Cameroon, 30 March 2015
MF Adul Lahsoh (1986-09-19) 19 September 1986 (age 29) 33 1 Thailand Buriram United v.  Hong Kong, 9 October 2015 INJ
MF Jakkapan Pornsai (1987-03-28) 28 March 1987 (age 28) 18 3 Thailand Suphanburi v.  Chinese Taipei, 16 June 2015
MF Yuttajak Kornchan (1982-05-31) 31 May 1982 (age 33) 5 1 Thailand Chiangrai United v.  Chinese Taipei, 16 June 2015
MF Ekkachai Sumrei (1988-11-28) 28 November 1988 (age 27) 5 0 Thailand Bangkok United v.  Chinese Taipei, 16 June 2015
MF Anuwat Noicheunphan (1988-09-21) 21 September 1988 (age 27) 4 0 Thailand Army United v.  Chinese Taipei, 16 June 2015
MF Thossawat Limwannasathian (1993-05-17) 17 May 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Thailand Army United v.  Chinese Taipei, 16 June 2015
MF Wittaya Madlam (1985-10-06) 6 October 1985 (age 30) 2 0 Thailand Bangkok United v.  Cameroon, 30 March 2015
MF Rungrath Poomchantuek (1992-05-17) 17 May 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Thailand Chiangrai United v.  Cameroon, 30 March 2015
FW Nurul Sriyankem (1992-02-08) 8 February 1992 (age 23) 2 0 Thailand Chonburi v.  North Korea, 20 May 2015
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.

Previous squads[edit]

Results and fixtures[edit]

All time results[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss



Coaches by years since 1965–Present

Period Coach Honours
1956–1964 Thailand Bunchoo Samutkojon 1956 Summer Olympics – Round 1
1959 SEA Peninsular GamesMed 2.png Silver medal
1961 SEA Peninsular GamesMed 3.png Bronze medal
1965–?? Thailand Pratiab Thesvisarn 1965 SEA Peninsular GamesMed 1.png Gold medal
1967 SEA Peninsular GamesMed 3.png Bronze medal
1968–?? Germany Günther Glomb 1968 Summer Olympics – Group Stage
1969 SEA Peninsular GamesMed 2.png Silver medal
1971 SEA Peninsular GamesMed 3.png Bronze medal
1972 ?? 1972 AFC Asian Cup3rd place
1975 Thailand Saner Chaiyong 1975 SEA Peninsular GamesMed 1.png Gold medal
1976–1978 Germany Peter Schnittger 1976 King's CupSimple cup icon.svg Winners
1977 SEA GamesMed 2.png Silver medal
1979 Germany Werner Bickelhaupt 1979 King's CupSimple cup icon.svg Winners
1979 SEA GamesMed 3.png Bronze medal
1980 ?? 1980 King's CupSimple cup icon.svg Winners
1981–?? Thailand Prawit Chaisam 1981 King's CupSimple cup icon.svg Winners
1981 SEA GamesMed 1.png Gold medal
1982 King's CupSimple cup icon.svg Winners
1983–?? Thailand Yanyong Na Nongkhai 1983 SEA GamesMed 1.png Gold medal
1984 King's CupSimple cup icon.svg Winners
1985–1986 Germany Burkhard Ziese 1985 SEA GamesMed 1.png Gold medal
1987 ?? 1987 SEA GamesMed 3.png Bronze medal
1989–1991 Brazil Carlos Roberto 1989 King's CupSimple cup icon.svg Winners
1990 King's CupSimple cup icon.svg Winners
1990 Asian Games4th place
1991 SEA GamesMed 2.png Silver medal
1992–1994 Germany Peter Stubbe 1992 King's CupSimple cup icon.svg Winners
1992 AFC Asian Cup – Group Stage
1993 SEA GamesMed 1.png Gold medal
1994 Thailand Worawit Sumpachanyasathit 1994 King's CupSimple cup icon.svg Winners
1994–1995 Thailand Chatchai Paholpat 1995 SEA GamesMed 1.png Gold medal
1996 Thailand Thawatchai Sartjakul 1996 ASEAN Football ChampionshipASEAN Football Championship Cup.svg Winners
1996 Thailand Arjhan Srong-ngamsub 1996 AFC Asian Cup – Group Stage
1997 Germany Dettmar Cramer
1997–1998 Thailand Withaya Laohakul 1997 SEA GamesMed 1.png Gold medal
1998 ASEAN Football Championship4th place
1998–2002 England Peter Withe 1998 Asian Games4th place
1999 SEA GamesMed 1.png Gold medal
2000 King's CupSimple cup icon.svg Winners
2000 AFC Asian Cup – Group Stage
2000 ASEAN Football ChampionshipASEAN Football Championship Cup.svg Winners
2002 ASEAN Football ChampionshipASEAN Football Championship Cup.svg Winners
2003–2004 Brazil Carlos Roberto
2004 Thailand Chatchai Paholpat 2004 AFC Asian Cup – Group Stage
2004 Germany Siegfried Held 2004 ASEAN Football Championship – Group Stage
2005–2008 Thailand Charnwit Polcheewin 2006 King's CupSimple cup icon.svg Winners
2006 T&T CupSimple cup icon.svg Winners
2007 King's CupSimple cup icon.svg Winners
2007 AFC Asian Cup – Group Stage
2007 ASEAN Football ChampionshipRunner-up
2008–2009 England Peter Reid 2008 T&T CupSimple cup icon.svg Winners
2008 ASEAN Football ChampionshipRunner-up
2009–2011 England Bryan Robson 2009 Phuket Kata Group – Simple cup icon.svg Winners
2010 ASEAN Football Championship – Group Stage
2011–2013 Germany Winfried Schäfer 2012 ASEAN Football ChampionshipRunner-up
2013 Thailand Surachai Jaturapattarapong
2014–present Thailand Kiatisuk Senamuang

2014 ASEAN Football ChampionshipASEAN Football Championship Cup.svg Winners

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]