Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Three bids to host AFC U-19 Championship 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: China, Thailand and Indonesia have offered to host the AFC U-19 Championship 2010 Finals (1-16 November).

According to the AFC Statutes (Article 10.1) the tournament is to be hosted in the East.

The deadline for AFC’s Member Associations to signal their intention to host was June 11, 2009.

The next step will involve inspections of the venues between September-October 2009 before the final decision is taken by the AFC Competitions Committee at its meeting in November 2009.

The qualifiers for the AFC U-19 Championship run from November 1-15 this year.

Comment - I think the qualifiers actually run from end of October through to December

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Thailand Team

PROBABLE THAILAND TEAM (according to the BKK Post)

Goalkeeper: Kosin Hathairattanakool

Defenders: Natthaphong Samana, Nataporn Phanrit, Kiatprawut Saiwaew, Peter Lang

Midfielders: Surat Sukha, Narongchai Vachiraban, Datsakorn Thonglao, Rangsan Vivatchaichoke

Strikers: Teerasil Dangda, Teerathep Winothai

Monday, 20 July 2009

Anon Sangsanoi

Anon Sangsanoi, Thai Premier League hit man.

He got 20 goals last year and is joint 2nd in the charts this year with 7.

Probably one of the more prolific strikers in the TPL - so why doesn't he get a decent chance with the national team??

When coach Reid first arrived, he picked a team for the T&T Cup in Vietnam - he left out the TPL leading goalscorer, with lower division strike men getting the node, but with injuries to the squad, he was forced to add him to the team. He then went straight to the Bangkok Post and told them he was lazy.

He dropped him and left him out again for a while. Come the AFF Suzuki Cup, he re-instated the hitman - bemusingly dropping players who had done him well in recent games in the T&T Cup for example.

Again, he was a kind of stanby player, playing one one game, yet scoring two.

Come decisive matches when the nation needed a goalscorer, he was declined and kept on the bench.

The guy knows where the net is, yet fails to get a chance. Only coach Reid could tell us why, but boy, why not? He's 25, knows where the net is and is injury free. He has years ahead of him to fit into the Asian Cup 2011 plan.

Thailand V Liverpool (22nd July)

Ok, another friendly against one of Europes finest.

Will Liverpool take it seriously, probably not, who cares? I don't, so lets take a look at the potential Thailand setup.


Kosin Hathairattanakool - 50 caps

Steady keeper, seems to get the nod in the big games, had a somewhat bad year last year but has come his steady self again. Should get the nod over Kittisak Rawangpa


Rangsan Viwatchaichok - 14 caps, 1 goal
Kiatprawut Saiwaeo- 17 Caps
Natthaphong Samana - 30 caps, 1 goal
Suree Sukha - 47 caps, 1 goal
Nattaporn Phanrit - 48 caps, 2 goals

A couple of old Man City boys, Sukha and Saiwaeo. Saiwaeo has been injury prone and Sukha has a decent reputation in Asia, but for me he struggled in the ASEAN Cup at the back end of 2008. Gets forward, but in defence fouls far to often.

I've always liked Phanrit, seems solid and dependable. Samana seems a bit out of depth for me and could be the weak link.


Datsakorn Thonglao - 61, 8
Sutee Suksomkit - 59, 14
Pichitphong Choeichiu - 42, 2
Suchao Nuchnum - 41, 6
Surat Sukha - 14, 0
Arthit Sunthornpit - 8, 2

Thonglao is the playmaker, when he's on song, Thailand are on song, when he's not, then it all goes horribly wrong. Suksomkit closely followers, but i can't help but think his best is now behind him.

Surat Sukha is the destroyer, and shouldn't be overawed, but likes to pick up cards, and probably will do on this occasion aswell.

Nuchnum and Choeichiu are two experienced players who will fight all day. Choeichiu has a bit more class and has played in the Asian Champions League, but Nuchnum seems to get the nod over him in team selection.


Teeratep Winothai - 33, 13
Pipat Thonkanya - 28, 14
Teerasil Dangda - 28, 16
Ronnachai Rangsiyo - 13, 4

Winothai is the Thai idol and runs himself ragged, but personally, i think Dangda leads well from the front. Winothai seems to have the whole country on his shoulders, and i feel this gets to him now. Dangda is good in the air and would be a threat against much lower opposition than Liberpool. His biggest flaw is that he doesn't seem mobile enough.

Rangsiyo is a kind of super sub for the national team, but lacks international class and has had a rather bad start to the domestic season.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Thailand 4 - 0 Pakistan

7' [1 - 0] T. Dangda

9' [2 - 0] R. Vivatchaichok (pen.)

16' [3 - 0] T. Dangda

46' [4 - 0] T. Winothai

Dangda has now notched his 15th and 16th international goals.

Leesaw has now scored his 13th international goal

Vitatchiachok scored his first international goal, well done albeit from the spot kick.

Peter Reid's Matchday Record:

Played: 16
Won: 9
Drawn: 4
Lost: 3
Scored: 26
Conceded: 10

Saturday, 11 July 2009

We're going to India - Nehru Cup time!

The AIFF today announced the names of the six participating national teams in this years "ONGC" Nehru Cup.

The participating sides will be all Asian - Syria, Lebanon, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka and besides hosts India.The 14th edition of the "ONGC" Nehru Cup will be played from August 18 to 30 at the Dr. Ambedkar Stadium in Delhi.The six teams will be divided in two groups of three teams each. The winners and runners-up from each group will qualify for the semifinals.India are the defending champions having defeated Syria 1-0 in the finals on August 29, 2007 in Delhi. But this years tournament will be tougher for the hosts and a good test for Bob Houghton to judge the progress of his team.

I fully expect that this will be an Under 23 Thai side preparing for the SEA Games

Friday, 10 July 2009

Thailand v Pakistan 18th July

Thailand V Pakistan

18th July
Thunder Dome Stadium, Muang Thong Thani, Bangkok
Previous Meetings
05/08/1960 Thailand 0:7 Pakistan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friendly
11/11/1981 Thailand 1:0 Pakistan, Bangkok, Friendly
29/09/1986 Pakistan 0:6 (0:1) Thailand, Daegu, South Korea, Friendly
15/05/2001 Thailand 3:0 (1:0) Pakistan, Beirut, Lebanon, FIFA World Cup™ Qualifier
28/05/2001 Pakistan 0:6 (0:1) Thailand, Bangkok, FIFA World Cup™ Qualifier



PETALING JAYA (9 July 2009) – The Asean Football Federation (AFF) Under-16 Championship which was supposed to be held in Bangkok next month has been postponed.
The championship, which was designed to serve as a tune-up for the AFC Championship qualifiers later in the year, was scheduled to take place at the Rajamangala Stadium on 6-19 August 2009.

According to an official letter to the AFF from the FA of Thailand (FAT) which was signed by Ong-Arj Kosinkar, the general secretary, the reason for the postponement was due to the growing concern over the A(H1N1) flu in the country.

“As you are well aware of the wide spread of the A(H1N1) flu in Thailand and our authorities concerned have been fighting very hard to suppress this 2009 influenza. Due to this current fact and all various concerned which have been raised by our authorities, we would like to postpone the above-mentioned tournament to the future possible dates

“We thank you sincerely for your kind understanding in this matter and kindly inform our Member Associations concerned regarding this postponement.”
In the meantime, the AFF Under-19 Championship scheduled for 4-16 August 2009 in Vietnam will still be held as planned since there has been no request from the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) for a change.