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Team Profile: Thailand

Team Profile: Thailand

Team Profile: Thailand

By Thana Wongmanee

Thailand

Thailand


JERSEY



SQUAD

In this tournament, Thailand will field a 4-5-1 formation. Teerasil Danda will be the lone striker and the main threat. Five midfielders will try to gain control and supply the ball to the lone front. Wing backs will launch many overlaps as well, but because Thai wingers are still not perfectly integrated with Schafer's style so this could pose problems.

POSITION JERSEY NO. NAME AGE
GK 18 Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool 30
GK 1 Kawin Thammasatchanan 22
DF  2 Panupong Wongsa 25
DF  3 Theeraton Bunmathan 22
DF  4 Cholratit Jantakam 27
DF  5 Niweat Siriwong 35
DF  6 Nataporn Phanrit 30
DF  11 Anucha Kitpongsri 29
DF  13 Prayad Boonya 33
DF  21 Piyapol Bantao 25
DF  7 Datsakorn Thonglao 28
DF  8 Sumanya Purisai 25
DF  12 Adul Lahso 26
MF  14 Sompong Soleb 26
MF  15 Arthit Sunthornpit 26
MF  16 Jakkraphan Pornsai 25
MF  17 Apipoo Suntornpanavej 26
MF  19 Pichitphong Choeichiu 30
MF  22 Chanathip Songkrasin 19
FW  9 Kirati Keawsombut 25
FW  10 Teerasil Dangda 24
FW  20 Pipob On-Mo 33
COACH    Winfried Schäfer 62


KEY PLAYERS
Teerasil Dangda Sintaweechai Hathairattanakul Arthit Suntornpit
The best marksman in the country. Can deploy as the lone target man or Trequarista. Arguably a European-class player and this tournament will let him prove it. Gifted with superb reflexes. At the age of 30, his game reading and commanding are very much improved, and he's beaten out rival keeper out Kawin Thammasatchanan with his experience. Winfried Schafer describes Arthit as 'pure genius'. Arguably the number-one set-piece taker of Thailand. His long shooting range is his squad's secret weapon.


COACH
Winfried Schafer
A coach of the true German style, he believes that players must know their role, their responsibility, andtheir area. They also have to move dynamically all the time. This style of play demands more stamina and strength,a problem for Thai players who have traditionally lacked fitness. Thailand's big question heading into the Suzuki Cup is whether they can overcome this.


PAST AFF CUP RESULTS
YEAR GROUP RANK TOURNAMENT RANK
1996 1 Winner
1998 1  4th
2000 1 Winner
2002 2 Winner
2004 3 Group Stage
2007 1 Runner-Up
2008 1 Runner-Up
2010 3 Group Stage


LAST TEN MATCHES
Date Venue Match Event Score
17/11/2012 Bangkok vs Bangladesh Friendly W 5-0
14/11/2012 Bangkok vs Bhutan Friendly W 5-0
07/11/2012 Bangkok vs Malaysia Friendly W 2-0
29/02/2012 Muscat vs Oman WCQ L 0-2
24/02/2012 Chiang Mai vs Maldives Friendly W 3-0
18/01/2012 Bangkok vs Norway Friendly L 0-1
15/11/2011 Bangkok vs Australia WCQ L 0-1
11/11/2011 Doha vs Saudi Arabia WCQ L 0-3
11/10/2011 Bangkok vs Saudi Arabia WCQ D 0-0
06/10/2011 Bangkok vs Jordan WCQ D 0-0

 

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