Thailand national football team
||It has been suggested that Thailand national football team results be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since July 2015.|
(The War Elephants)
|Association||Football Association of Thailand|
|Sub-confederation||AFF (South-East Asia)|
|Head coach||Kiatisuk Senamuang|
|Most caps||Kiatisuk Senamuang (131)|
|Top scorer||Kiatisuk Senamuang (70)|
|Home stadium||Rajamangala Stadium|
|FIFA ranking||137 2 (3 September 2015)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||43 (September 1998)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||165 (October 2014)|
|Highest Elo ranking||62 (January 2001)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||137 (April 1985)|
| South Vietnam 3–1 Thailand
(South Vietnam; 1956)
| Thailand 10–0 Brunei
(Bangkok, Thailand; 24 May 1971)
| United Kingdom 9–0 Thailand
(Melbourne, Australia; 30 November 1956)
|Appearances||6 (First in 1972)|
|Best result||Third Place; 1972|
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. The team has a history of most successful teams in Southeast Asian football, with four ASEAN Football Championship titles and nine senior-level Southeast Asian Games titles. Thailand also finished third in the 1972 Asian Cup and have competed twice in the Summer Olympics and fourth place two times in the Asian Games 1990 and 1998.
- 1 History
- 2 Team image
- 3 Coaching staff
- 4 Players
- 5 Results and fixtures
- 6 Coaches
- 7 Competitive record
- 8 Honours
- 9 Head-to-Head records against other countries
- 10 Sponsorship
- 11 Titles
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 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.
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.
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. Three-time champions Thailand will be going all out to reach the pinnacle of Southeast Asian, with three ASEAN Football Championship 1996, 2000 and 2002 titles and nine senior-level Southeast Asian Games titles. Thailand were favourites to regain the crown in 2007, 2008 and 2012 only to lose tight finals to Singapore and Vietnam respectively.
The Asian Football Confederation's 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
The regional 1998 ASEAN Football Championship tournament was perhaps 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.
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 hand ball 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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. The new home kit of Thailand is reverting to all-red and the away kit all-blue.
| FBT (2002–2007)
| Nike (2007–2012)
| Grand Sport (2012–2017)
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.
|Head Coach||Kiatisuk Senamuang|
|Team Manager||Surachet Chaiyawong|
|Assistant Coach||Choketawee Promrut|
|Assistant Coach||Klairung Treejaksung|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Pansa Meesatham|
|Team Secretary||Nathakorn Chimpalee|
|Team Doctor||Chanin Lamsam|
|Physical trainer||Vitoon Mingkwan|
The following 23 players were called up to the squad for the friendly match against Afghanistan and 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier match against Iraq on 3 and 8 September 2015.
Caps and goals correct as of: 3 September 2015, after match against Afghanistan.
The following players have also been called up to the Thailand squad within the last 12 months.
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
|26 March 2015 Friendly||Thailand||2 – 0||Singapore||Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand|
|19:00 UTC+7||Suttinan 87'
|Stadium: 80th Birthday Anniversary Stadium
Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (Sri Lanka)
|30 March 2015 Friendly||Thailand||2 – 3||Cameroon||Bangkok, Thailand|
|19:00 UTC+7||Prakit 15'
Chedjou 33' (o.g.)
N'Jie 77' (pen.)
|Stadium: Rajamangala Stadium
Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (Sri Lanka)
|20 May 2015 Friendly||Thailand||0 – 1||North Korea||Bangkok, Thailand|
|19:00 UTC+7||Ri Hyok-chol 20'||Stadium: Rajamangala Stadium
Referee: Teetichai Nuanjan (Thailand)
|24 May 2015 World Cup & Asian Cup Qual.||Thailand||1 – 0||Vietnam||Bangkok, Thailand|
|19:00 UTC+7||Pokklaw 81'||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Rajamangala Stadium
Referee: Ben Williams (Australia)
|5 June 2015 Friendly||Thailand||1 – 1||Bahrain||Bangkok, Thailand|
|19:00 UTC+7||Jakkraphan 52'||Sayed Ali Eissa 81'||Stadium: Rajamangala Stadium
Referee: Phung Dinh Dung (Vietnam)
|16 June 2015 World Cup & Asian Cup Qual.||Chinese Taipei||0 – 2||Thailand||Taipei, Taiwan|
|19:30 UTC+8||Report (FIFA)
|Teerasil 21', 39'||Stadium: Taipei Municipal Stadium, Taipei
Referee: Ali Shaban (Kuwait)
|3 September 2015 Friendly||Thailand||2 - 0||Afghanistan||Bangkok, Thailand|
|19:30 UTC+7||Mongkol 28'
|Stadium: Rajamangala Stadium
Referee: Phung Dinh Dung (Vietnam)
|8 September 2015 World Cup & Asian Cup Qual.||Thailand||v||Iraq||Bangkok, Thailand|
|19:00 UTC+7||Stadium: Rajamangala Stadium
|8 October 2015 Friendly||Thailand||v||Hong Kong||Bangkok, Thailand|
|Stadium: Rajamangala Stadium
|12 November 2015 World Cup & Asian Cup Qual.||Thailand||v||Chinese Taipei||Bangkok, Thailand|
Coaches by years since 1965–Present
|1956–1964||Bunchoo Samutkojon||1956 Summer Olympics – Round 1
1959 SEA Peninsular Games – Silver medal
1961 SEA Peninsular Games – Bronze medal
|1965–??||Pratiab Thesvisarn||1965 SEA Peninsular Games – Gold medal
1967 SEA Peninsular Games – Bronze medal
|1968–??||Günther Glomb||1968 Summer Olympics – Group Stage
1969 SEA Peninsular Games – Silver medal
1971 SEA Peninsular Games – Bronze medal
|1972||??||1972 AFC Asian Cup – 3rd place|
|1975||Saner Chaiyong||1975 SEA Peninsular Games – Gold medal|
|1976–1978||Peter Schnittger||1976 King's Cup – Winners
1977 SEA Games – Silver medal
|1979||Werner Bickelhaupt||1979 King's Cup – Winners
1979 SEA Games – Bronze medal
|1980||??||1980 King's Cup – Winners|
|1981–??||Prawit Chaisam||1981 King's Cup – Winners
1981 SEA Games – Gold medal
1982 King's Cup – Winners
|1983–??||Yanyong Na Nongkhai||1983 SEA Games – Gold medal
1984 King's Cup – Winners
|1985–1986||Burkhard Ziese||1985 SEA Games – Gold medal|
|1987||??||1987 SEA Games – Bronze medal|
|1989–1991||Carlos Roberto||1989 King's Cup – Winners
1990 King's Cup – Winners
1990 Asian Games – 4th place
1991 SEA Games – Silver medal
|1992–1994||Peter Stubbe||1992 King's Cup – Winners
1992 AFC Asian Cup – Group Stage
1993 SEA Games – Gold medal
|1994||Worawit Sumpachanyasathit||1994 King's Cup – Winners|
|1994–1995||Chatchai Paholpat||1995 SEA Games – Gold medal|
|1996||Thawatchai Sartjakul||1996 ASEAN Football Championship – Winners|
|1996||Arjhan Srong-ngamsub||1996 AFC Asian Cup – Group Stage|
|1997–1998||Withaya Laohakul||1997 SEA Games – Gold medal
1998 ASEAN Football Championship – 4th place
|1998–2002||Peter Withe||1998 Asian Games – 4th place
1999 SEA Games – Gold medal
2000 King's Cup – Winners
2000 AFC Asian Cup – Group Stage
2000 ASEAN Football Championship – Winners
2002 ASEAN Football Championship – Winners
|2004||Chatchai Paholpat||2004 AFC Asian Cup – Group Stage|
|2004||Siegfried Held||2004 ASEAN Football Championship – Group Stage|
|2005–2008||Charnwit Polcheewin||2006 King's Cup – Winners
2006 T&T Cup – Winners
2007 King's Cup – Winners
2007 AFC Asian Cup – Group Stage
2007 ASEAN Football Championship – Runner-up
|2008–2009||Peter Reid||2008 T&T Cup – Winners
2008 ASEAN Football Championship – Runner-up
|2009–2011||Bryan Robson||2009 Phuket Kata Group – Winners
2010 ASEAN Football Championship – Group Stage
|2011–2013||Winfried Schäfer||2012 ASEAN Football Championship – Runner-up|
|2014–present||Kiatisuk Senamuang||2014 ASEAN Football Championship – Winners|
FIFA World Cup
Under-23 Team since 1992
AFC Asian Cup
(Under-23 Team since 2002)