Thai Talk

Thai Talk

By Matt Riley (follow Matt on twitter at @mattRiley16)

It might be Christmas, but the football news doesn’t stop and Matt Riley brings us the latest news from Thailand after their AFF Suzuki Cup final defeat.

Winnie Schaefer’s Christmas Message to Thai Fans

Winfried Schaefer speaks to the press after the AFF Suzuki Cup draw

Winfried Schaefer speaks to the press after the AFF Suzuki Cup draw

“We have a real good team now, with all the potential needed to achieve high goals. So I’m still confident and I’m sure we did a great and important step in the right direction and on February 6 against Kuwait (in AFC Asian Cup 2015 qualifying) we will make the next

Another thing that gives me a lot of confidence is that I experienced Saturday night and in the following days something completely new. After 40 years experience in football I really thought it would be impossible to surprise me, but you did…Thailand did.

All of you were close at hand at the moment we lost the gold. And you celebrated, you cheered, you comforted us. Never before (have) I experienced such a positive atmosphere in such a hurtful moment. I thank you for that, you really touched me and it felt like being home.

With you on our side we will start 2013 with a big success.”


A New Dawn For Thai Football

Pinit Ngarmpring, the chairman of Cheerthai, put his hat in the ring to take on Worawi Makudi as President of the Football Association of Thailand.

A well liked and passionate supporter of the beautiful game, Pinit’s key manifesto points are to drive Thai football development at home and abroad, initiating a ten year football development plan focussing on management transparency, improving the quality of Thai football and introducing a strong marketing strategy.

There is much in Pinit’s manifesto to chew over in the next few weeks, but highlighting Thai football as a key export is a fine piece of policy from a man recognising that an ASEAN wide profile for Thai football is there for the taking.


Thailand win the battle, but lose the war

Thailand’s heartbreak at winning the game lat night, but losing out on aggregate can be tempered by their far more convincing display in the second leg. They can also point to the fact that, if the Thai FA do not revert to type by sacking coach Winnie Schaefer, there are plenty of reasons to be cheerful.

BEC Tero’s Chanathip Songkrasin has not played a league game for his club this season, but showed enormous promise when coming on in the second half, goalkeeper Kawin is only twenty two and tournament top scorer Teerasil only 24.

Thailand jumped up the FIFA World Ranking after their performances in the region’s leading tournament. Thailand improved 16 places to 136th spot. They received 233 points for their AFF Suzuki Cup build up victories over Malaysia, Bhutan and Bangladesh, their Group A wins over the Philippines, Myanmar and Vietnam and the 1-1 semi-final draw and 2-0 win over defending champions Malaysia.

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