Clubwebsite believes that the Sharks stay at Chonburi Stadium will only be a temporary one. The long term plan is still a move to a purpose built 20,000 capacity new ground, a few miles away in the popular seaside resort of Bang Saen, sometime "in the next couple of years". The main reason for this season's residency appears to be that the revamped stadium meets the criteria to allow the club to play its home AFC Cup games there.
We also understand that the management is considering removing all the seats from the lower tier of the main stand, in order to increase the capacity from its current 6,025 to just over 8,000. There is also a possibility that the more high profile matches will be played at the Sports College Stadium - last seasons home ground - in order to accomodate the expected larger crowds,
A virtually unrecognisable Chonburi team - only four of the starting line up had any first team experience - were beaten 1-0 by Division One side Songkhla earlier today. The Sharks dominated the second half - with more first teamers on duty - but some wayward finishing and a couple of good saves, meant they kicked off their 2011 pre-season campaign with a defeat.
You can see a few photos from today's friendly match here http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=80096
Chonburi will play a friendly against Division One side Songkhla FC on Monday afternoon. The match is at the Chonburi Stadium and kick off is at 4:00pm. The Shark's line up is expected to include a couple of foreign trialists, one of whom is believed to have English football league experience.
Chonburi get two mentions in Football Siam's review of 2010. The local magazine picks out our FA Cup win as one of the year's highlights and Michael Byrne's 40 yard effort against BEC Tero in July is their "Goal of the Year".
You can see highlights from the FA Cup final here http://www.youtube.com/user/ChonburiFCTV#;p/u/2/qFqnWoXl1zI
And Michael's goal can be seen here http://www.youtube.com/user/ChonburiFCTV#;p/u/7/kWAYjv1Tcqs
Saturday 25th December, 2010
3:00pm - 6:00pm : Open top bus ride through the city - departing from IPE Stadium Central Plaza
6:00pm - 7:30pm : Concert featuring Jida
7:30pm - 9:15pm : Concert featuring Silo & The Chonburi FC Squad
9:15pm - 10:30pm : Concert featuring Greasy Cafe
10:30pm - 11:45pm : Concert featuring Joey Boy
Admission is B100 or FREE for anyone wearing a Chang sponsored Chonburi FC shirt.
Witthaya Laohkul has admitted that he would still like to see Theerathep Winothai join the Sharks. Speaking earlier today, the club's Technical Director said that he greatly admired the Thai international striker and wanted to see him in a Chonburi shirt.
The experienced coach added, "We tried to sign him during the course of last season but Muang Thong weren't keen to see him come to us, even though we offered Michael Byrne in part exchange. I know he has rejoined BEC Tero but one day I would love to see him play for our team."
The former Golden Boy of Thai football has had an unhappy time since returning to the kingdom following an unsuccessful spell in Belgium. He struggled to get into Muang Thong's first eleven at the start of the 2010 season before going out on loan to BEC Tero, the club where he made his name.He also seems to be out of favour with the national team's coaching staff and hardly featured in the recent AFF Suzuki Cup.
You can read more about "Leesaw" here http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/club_bespoke.pl?page_select=6171
Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the article "Golden Boy Leesaw Aiming High" from December, 2001.
Chonburi FC players, staff and a select group of fans will ride an open top bus through the streets of the city on Saturday afternoon, to celebrate the club's recent FA Cup victory. The parade will start at 2:00pm, when the bus is due to leave the IPE Sports College Stadium, and end a couple of hours later at Central Plaza in the south of the city. This procession will be followed by a party and music concert on the car park of the shopping mall.
Coaches from J-League clubs Verdy Kawasaki and Yokohama Marinos will spend a few days with the Chonburi squad this week. The training sessions have been organised by the Sharks Technical Director Witthaya Laohkul, who has many contacts within the Japanese game. It is hoped that their experience will benefit the players and the rest of the staff.
Kn Witthaya said, "They will bring fresh, modern ideas to our training sessions and I want our players to learn from this. They are very professional and we hope to take advantage of their experience." He went on to add that the management would be interested in bringing Japanese players to the club. "Hopefully, the coaches will return to Japan and advertise the quality of Thai football. And this will encourage Japanese players to come and play over here."
19/12/10 Technical Director Witthaya Laohkul has indicated that he will probably be staying at Chonburi next season. His former employers Gainare Tottori, from J-League Two in Japan, had approached him with an offer to return to the club he coached between 2007 and the end of last year. However, we understand that "Heng" is happy with his role at Chonburi and is especially enjoying being involved in developing youth football. Even so, the Japanese club are expected to send a delegation to Thailand later this week in order to try and persuade him to make the move.
Chonburi's three scheduled home fixtures in the 2011 AFC Cup will all be played at the newly refurbished Chonburi (OBD) Stadium. Each match will have a 7:00pm kick off.
16/3/11 v South China
26/4/11 v Persipura Jayapura
3/5/11 v Kingfisher East Bengal
Thursday 6th January, 2011
CHONBURI v Hoang Anh Gia Lai (Vietnam)
Sunday 30th January, 2011
Kor Royal Cup
CHONBURI v Muang Thong Utd
Supachalasai Stadium, Bangkok
Ticket prices for admission to the end of season party at Central Plaza on Saturday 25th December have been announced. The entrance fee for the event will be B100. However, anyone who turns up wearing a Chonburi shirt with the Chang logo on the front will be let in for FREE!!
In addition to a performance by Joey Boy, there will be a beer tent and over thirty food stalls. The entire Chonburi FC squad and management will be there and the fun starts at 6:00pm.
My good mate Antony over at www.jakartacasual.blogspot.com recently ran this story about one of Chonburi's forthcoming AFC Cup opponents. It looks like our trip to Indonesia on April 13th could be quite an interesting one.
PERSIPURA'S AFC CUP HOME
by Antony Sutton
It could be argued that Persipura missed out on last season's Indonesia Super League because their near impregnable home stadium of Mandala Stadium in Jayapura was undergoing renovations so that it would meet Asian Football Confederation criteria for hosting Asian club football. Their opening home games were played in Makassar, vital points were dropped and they missed out on a second consecutive title.
They played their AFC Champions League home games at the Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta and failed to make a credible impression on Asia's elite. When they could finally use their own stadium they rediscovered their form and went through the second half of the season unbeaten finishing second and that was good enough to see them enter the AFC Cup where they have been drawn with South China (Hong Kong), Chonburi (Thailand), and East Bengal from India.
If ever a group could be called the group of death it's this one. But while their rivals can rely on passionate home support, and apparently East Bengal crowds in Kolkota are on a par with Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund, Persipura look like they will have to play their home games in Jakarta again. At least that is what the AFC Cup 2011 schedule says. If that is the case then that will be a massive kick in the teeth for the Black Pearls after having put all that work in to upgrading their stadium.
I said at the time that it would be most odd if the AFC did allow Persipura to play in Jayapura, stadium or not. It takes about seven hours flying tome to reach the capital city of Papua from Jakarta. The nearest international airport would probably be Makassar in South Sulawesi which is still about four hours west. Whichever way you look at it it's a daunting journey for teams coming from outside Indonesia. God knows it's bad enough for those inside! But then East Bengal away won't be a picnic either.
With thanks to Antony.
I recently answered a Thai football website questionnaire about Chonburi's 2010 TPL season. You can read the results below.
1. Which TPL team do you support?
2. How did they do in 2010?
Finished third in the TPL, after being in contention for most of the season, and won the FA Cup. I'm happy with that.
3. What was the best match you attended?
The 5-1 win against TTM early in the season was quite enjoyable. And, of course, the FA Cup final.
4. What was the worst game?
The 0-0 draw with Osotspa and the 0-1 reverse against the Army were equally dire.
5. Who was your best player in 2010?
It is a toss up between Therdsak Chaiman and Ekkaphan Inthasen
6. Who is the TPL's best player?
Kawin Thamsatchanan, the goalkeeper at Muang Thong, and our own Therdsak Chaiman, who can still show the youngsters a trick or two.
7. Who was your team's unsung hero? We don't really have any unsung heroes. Most Chonburi fans appreciate every one of our players and the effort they put in each week.
8. Does your team have a star of the future?
Yes. Purithat Jarigarnon. He has the ability and drive to go a long way in the game.
9. Which other TPL team do you dislike the most?
Being a rather old fashioned Englishman, and someone who has witnessed first-hand the hard earned rise of my own club, I don't have much time, or respect, for those clubs who have either bought themselves a place in the TPL or move around from province to province at the drop of a hat (or is it a bulging suitcase?).
10. Which is your favourite TPL stadium?
Whichever one Chonburi are playing in.
11. Approx how many TPL games did you see this season?
I saw 28 Chonburi games in the TPL - I missed the away trips to Bangkok Glass and Thai Port towards the end of the season. I also went to all the FA Cup ties, the home League Cup matches and a fair few 1st division fixtures, other cup ties and saw the national team on numerous occasions.
12. How has the TPL improved this year? I don't think that it has. Things around the TPL have improved, such as communication, TV coverage, clubs marketing themselves well etc, but in a lot of respects, I think the TPL itself has gone backwards. This is mainly down to the inability of those who run it to be able to build on the remarkable rise in interest we saw in 2009.
13. Name 3 areas where the TPL still needs to improve.
There are a lot more than three!! However, I agree with most of what other posters have already said (more protection for referees from the FAT, feigning of injuries needs to be stamped out, last minute changes of schedules is irritating, lay out the rules and guidelines for the whole season and stick to them for all teams, ban walk-offs etc). And I'd like to see the "huddle" outlawed. It's become even more annoying than all that stretcher nonsense!!
14. What is your dream for 2011?
To be chasing trophies on four fronts: TPL, FA Cup, League Cup and AFC Cup. It's a tall order but I expect we'll have a lot of fun trying.
13/12/10 We understand that season tickets for Chonburi's 2011 TPL campaign, the first in our new home, will go on sale early next month. Tickets for the two tier main stand are expected to retail between B2,000 and B2,500 for 17 home games.
12/12/10 Chonburi FC officials have announced that the club will be holding an end of season party for the fans on Saturday 25th December. The event, to thank supporters and celebrate the FA Cup victory, will be staged at the city's Central Plaza between 6:00pm and midnight. A full range of events, including a performance by Thai rapper Joey Boy, are being planned and admission will be kept to an absolute minimum. The entire playing squad and coaching staff will be in attendance and the FA Cup trophy will be on display.
CHONBURI FC GOALSCORERS 2010 TPL
10 = Therdsak Chaiman
10 = Pipob On-Mo
7 = Ekhaphan Inthasen
6 = Ney Fabiano
4 = Arthit Sunthornphit
4 = Michael Byrne
3 = Jean Marc Benie
3 = Stephan Jules Baga
1 = Adul Lahso
1 = Purithat Jarigarnon
1 = Suree Sukha
1 = Nlome Ndebi Berlin
1 = Sukree Etae
1 = Panuwat Jintha
1 = Jetsadakorn Hemdaeng
1 = Dave Simpson
2 = Own Goals
2 = Supasek Gaigaew
1 = Ekhaphan Inthasen
1 = Keneung Buransuch
3 = Ekaphan Inthasen
3 = Rangsan Rupmoh
2 = Jean Marc Benie
1 = Therdsak Chaiman
5 = Pipob On-Mo
4 = Therdsak Chaiman
1 = Jetsadakorn Hemdaeng
1 = Suree Sukha
2 = Nlome Ndebi Berlin
1 = Adul Lahso
1 = Pipob On-Mo
1 = Therdsak Chaiman
1 = Ney Fabiano
1 = Sarawut Janthaphan
16 = Therdsak Chaiman
16 = Pipob On-Mo
11 = Ekhaphan Inthasen
7 = Ney Fabiano
5 = Jean Marc Benie
4 = Arthit Sunthornphit
4 = Michael Byrne
3 = Nlome Ndebi Berlin
3 = Stephan Jules Baga
3 = Rangsan Rupmoh
2 = Adul Lahso
2 = Suree Sukha
2 = Jetsadakorn Hemdaeng
2 = Supasek Gaigaew
1 = Purithat Jarigarnon
1 = Sukree Etae
1 = Panuwat Jintha
1 = Kenueng Buransuch
1 = Sarawut Janthaphan
1 = Dave Simpson
2 = Own Goals
CHONBURI FC MAN OF THE MATCH AWARDS 2010
Chonburi players were awarded the official "Man of the Match" award on twenty two occasions during the thirty game 2010 TPL season. Here are the men who received the accolade.
EKHAPHAN INTHASEN = 5
v Army (H) W3-0
v Bangkok Glass (H) W2-1
v Police Utd (A) W4-0
v BEC Tero (H) W2-0
v Navy Rayong (H) D1-1
THERDSAK CHAIMAN = 5
v Pattaya Utd (A) W2-1
v TTM (H) W5-0
v TOT (A) W2-0
v Navy Rayong (A) W4-0
v TTM (A) W2-0
PIPOB ON-MO = 4
v Sisaket (H) W3-1
v Thai Port (A) W2-1
v TOT (H) W2-0
v PEA (H) D2-2
JEAN MARC BENIE = 1
v Thai Port (H) W2-1
JETSADAKORN HEMDAENG = 1
v Bangkok Utd (H) W2-1
MICHAEL BYRNE = 1
v BEC Tero (A) W4-1
PURITHAT JARIGARNON = 1
v Muang Thong Utd (H) D1-1
CHONLATIT JANTAKAM = 1
v Sisaket (A) W1-0
NEY FABIANO = 1
v Samut Songkhram (A) W3-0
SUCHIN NAKNAYOM = 1
v Bangkok Glass (A) D0-0
ADUL LAHSO = 1
v Osotspa (A) D1-1
The winners in the other eight matches were :
Yaya Soumahoro v Muang Thong (A) L1-4
Anderson Dos Santos v PEA (A) L1-3
Ludovik Takarm v Pattaya Utd (H) D2-2
Siwamet Tanusorn v Osotspa (H) D0-0
Noguti Pinto v Samut Songkhram (H) D0-0
Chakrit Buatong v Police Utd (H) D3-3
Maxime Ongmakon v Bangkok Utd (A) L1-3
David Bayiha v Army Utd (A) L0-1
MUANG THONG UNITED v CHONBURI : THE MAIN ATTRACTION
According to official figures, Chonburi's visit to the Thunderdome on May 28th was the match that raised the highest gate receipts for the 2010 season. When the top two clashed on Wisakha Bucha Day - a Thai holiday - the home side collected over 1.5million baht in ticket sales.
TPL 2010 GATE RECEIPTS - THE TOP FIVE
1. B1,567,000 - 28/5/10 Muang Thong Utd 4-1 CHONBURI
2. B1,460,000 - 8/8/10 Muang Thong Utd 1-0 Thai Port
3. B1,390,440 - 22/8/10 PEA 1-0 Muang Thong Utd
4. B1,130,680 - 24/10/10 PEA 4-2 Police Utd
5. B1,040,400 - 18/8/10 Muang Thong Utd 2-0 Bangkok Glass
Clubwebsite understands that Chonburi Technical Director Witthaya Laohkul is considering a move back to Japan. Coach "Heng" has strong links with J-League 2 club Gainare Tottori, where he was Head Coach between 2007 and his return to Thailand in late 2009, and a possible return to his former club is on the cards. He has promised to announce his decision later this month. Meanwhile, the Sharks are currently looking at players from various countries, including Japan and Ivory Coast, and seeking coaching advice from a former Japanese international. It is still unclear whether or not Jadet Meelarp will remain in charge of first team coaching duties next season. It was rumoured that he would be relieved of his position, and replaced by former Japanese Head Coach Takeshi Okada, if Chonburi didn't win the TPL, but this was before the FA Cup final victory.
Photo of Witthaya Laohkul at Gainare Tottori FC in 2007 http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=79425 Image 2
Former Manchester United and Newcastle United star Nicky Butt has signed a short term contract with Chonburi's AFC Cup group rivals South China FC. The midfielder will join his new club in January and stay until May.
Chonburi's two matches agianst the Hong Kong based club are scheduled for 16th March at home and 10th May away.
8/12/10 Chonburi have been drawn with South China (Hong Kong), Kingfisher East Bengal (India) and Persipura Jayapura (Indonesia) in Group H of next year's AFC Cup competition. The group stage will kick off on March 1st and is due to finish on May 11th. The top two from each group qualify for the second round, which will be played on May 24th and 25th. The two-legged quarter-finals take place on September 13th and September 27th. The semi-finals will be held on October 4th and 18th,followed by final on October 29th. Chonburi FC Team Manager Thanasak Suraprasert said: â€œWe are in a tough group but our target is to get better result than our last eight appearance in 2009. I hope we can reach the final this time.â€ He singled out South China as their biggest group rival saying, â€œSouth China are a very strong side and they will test our strength in the group phase. â€œI think reaching the Round of 16 should not be a big problem for us.â€ Fixtures 2/3/11 East Bengal v CHONBURI 16/3/11 CHONBURI v South China 13/4/11 Persipura Jayapura v CHONBURI 26/4/11 CHONBURI v Persipura Jayapura 3/5/11 CHONBURI v East Bengal 10/5/11 South China v CHONBURI
7/12/10 Thailand go into tonight's crucial AFF Suzuki Cup final group match against Indonesia (kick off 7:30pm TST) knowing that, realistically, they need to beat the hosts in front of 60,000 - 100,000 fanatical home supporters to have any chance of qualifying for the semi-finals. It's a tall order for a team that has struggled to find any sort of rhythm in its two previous games but at least the players will be going all out for victory. When the same two countries met in the 1998 version of the competition - then called the Tiger Cup - both teams were desperate to lose, in order to avoid favourites Vietnam in the semi-final. The match, which Thailand won 3-2, caused a huge uproar at the time and there were serious repercusions for those involved. Below are a couple of newspaper reports filed in the aftermath of the infamous match. ON FARCES AND THE NOBLE ART OF LOSING SOCCER GAMES by Prasert Srisueb 1/9/98 Did you witness the farcical soccer match between defending champions Thailand and Indonesia on Monday night? The match was the final Group A match of the ongoing Tiger Cup, the biennial Southeast Asian soccer tournament, which is being played inVietnam. The match was televised live throughout the region. During the game, both sides quickly made it clear that they didn't want to win -- because the winner of the match would also take the group, and that meant facing the host country's team in Wednesday's semifinal before a mad crowd on Vietnam's National Day. Of course, no one likes to play the host country at any time, particularly in the advanced stages of a tournament and even more specifially on a daywhen patriotism is at its zenith. Furthermore, Vietnamese soccer fans are considered some of the most rabid in the world. A number of Vietnamese league matches have had to cancelled because of fan violence. When Vietnam were beaten 4-0 by Thailand in the 1995 SEA Games soccer final angry fans in Vietnam took to the streets and rioted. So it makes sense that Indonesia and Thailand were none too eager to meet Vietnam. But that does not excuse what happened in Monday's match. The sight of two teams allowing each other to score and generally acting as if competing was the furthest thing from their minds should never happen again on the soccer pitch. As I watched the match on television and witnessed the sluggish first half, I started comparing the fans of soccer and Muay Thai boxing. I sympathise with soccer fans who pay for tickets hoping to see an entertaining game. Pity them for turning up to a match where neither side wanted to win! Fans understandably began to walk out of the stadium. Who is responsible when a match sinks to this level? Will the Asean Football Fedetation (AFF) take responsibility for the money spent by fans? Or should the world governing body of the sport, the International Football Federation ( Fifa) step in? In Muay Thai, if the boxers fix a bout or even are seen to be fighting without their utmost effort, the referee can cancel the bout and both boxers are banned. Boxing fans are thus guaranteed entertainment.Why should not soccer fans receive this guarantee? This is a very difficult problem for both the AFF and Fifa. It is not easy, but I think at least the governing bodies, and especially Fifa, should start thinking of ways to prevent a repetition of this sort of thing. I don't feel much shame about what the Thai and Indonesian players did. They did it because there was a loophole in the rules and regulations of the sport's governing body, so it is time for Fifa to think more about the rules. However, there was one thing that I was disappointed in: Thailand was beaten in cleverness by Indonesia. Thailand won the game 3-2, but in the battle of nerves and cleverness it was Indonesia that beat Thailand. They put the ball into their own goal at the last minute to force Thailand to face an uphill task against Vietnam in the semifinal. That meant they won the battle. Thailand could have done the same, but unfortunately our players were not clever enough, especially skipper Voravuth Srimaka, who booted the ball off the field in the last two minutes of the game, whereas he should have kept the ball under the control of the Thai team until time was called. When he booted the ball off the field, it meant that possession went to Indonesia, giving them the chance to score the own goal and give Thailand a 3-2 victory. I am not trying to support our players in this shameful thing, but the result of the match shows the poor state of our players' mentality. ENTIRE THAI SOCCER TEAM OFFERS TO QUIT by The Nation September 1998 As the Tiger Cup row continues to simmer, the entire Thai national team has offered to quit to 'pay the price'' for its farcical first-round match against Indonesia that rocked the international soccer apple-cart. In an unprecedented move, team captain Natee Thongsukkaew yesterday invited journalists to a attend a team meeting and to ''speak on behalf of the team'' in Ho Chi Minh City. Natee and other members of the national team that finished fourth in the Tiger Cup after losing to Indonesia in a penalty shoot-out in the third-place play-off yesterday said the players felt ''equally responsible'' for the team's failure at the tournament. Thailand entered the Tiger Cup as the hot favourite to defend the title they had captured in Singapore two years ago. ''We [the players] realise that we failed to deliver at the tournament and have let down the Thai football fans, especially in the match against Indonesia.'' The bizarre match in Ho Chi Minh City ended with Thailand winning 3-2 after Indonesia put the ball into their own net just before the final whistle. Neither side had wanted to travel to Hanoi to meet the Vietnamese hosts in the semifinals. Thailand suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat in the semifinals at the hands of Vietnam, a team which had not beaten the reigning SEA Games champions over several decades until Friday. Widespread condemnation at home and abroad forced team manager Thirachai Vuthitham, a Bangkok deputy governor, who did not accompany the team to the Tiger Cup, into offering his resignation. Natee said: ''The players have been extremely perturbed by the criticism from the Thai fans and media. ''The team manager has shown spirit to shoulder the responsibility for the team's performance and has offered to quit. Individuals should not be blamed: let everyone pay the price. ''We have heard that the team management faces the axe upon our return to Bangkok. In case the association decides to sack the team manager, coaches and others, I'll also quit the national team.'' As Natee finished speaking, other members of the squad present at the meeting raised their hands, signalling solidarity with their skipper and that they would follow suit. Thirachai, who arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday evening, spoke with the players yesterday. There were tears in his eyes as he apologised to them for not travelling with the team, citing indisposition as his reason for staying behind. ''I have decided to resign to relieve the team of pressure, and there are no political motives behind my decision,' said Thirachai. ''The players did what they were told by the team administration.'' Kasem Chanyawong, the deputy manager who looked after the team affairs in Thirachai's absence, said he was not too confident about his future association with the team. ''I would complete one year with the national team on Oct 28, but I am not sure if I will last that long,'' said Kasem. The latest twist has left the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) at a crossroads. The technical committee of the association has already recommended to the FAT board that entire panel of national team coaches be replaced. The FAT board meets on Tuesday to consider Thirachai's resignation and the technical committee's recommendation. With the Bangkok Asian Games exactly three months away, Thailand could be required to build up a brand new team if the technical committee's recommendation is upheld and the players stand firm to their words. Both Thailand and Indonesia were fined the maximum US$40,000 each on Friday by the Asean Football Federation (AFF) for failing to play to win the match. Worawi Makudee, secretary general of FAT, indicated that Thailand would seek to have the fines reduced by an appeals committee comprising Malaysia and two representatives each from Brunei and Cambodia, the two AFF members who did not compete at the Tiger Cup. Further sanctions could come when the Asian Football Confederation meets on Sept 11 in Kuala Lumpur. Both the Tiger Cup organising committee and the match commissioner will submit reports on the match. Meanwhile Indonesia has decided to pull its national soccer team out of the Bangkok Asian Games after it was disgraced for throwing the game, newspapers said yesterday. THAILAND v SOUTH KOREA - December 1998 On a much happier note, you can read the match report, and see some photos, from Thailand's remarkable victory against South Korea in the Asian Games a few weeks later, here http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=44873 Images 1-12
4/12/10 Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool, Natthapong Samana, Suree Sukha and Therdsak Chaiman - who came on as a late substitute - all featured in Thailand's second AFF Cup group match in Indonesia earlier today. The draw means that the Thais have two points from two games.
3/12/10 Saturday's scheduled friendly against Vietnamese side Dong Thap has been cancelled. The match was due to have been played at the newly refurbished OBD Stadium but, with six of the squad involved in the AFF Suzuki Cup and the remainder having a well earned rest, the management decided to cancel the fixture.
1/12/10 As part of their preparations for the FA Cup final, Chonburi sent a squad to Vietnam to compete in the annual BTV Cup. The Sharks were eliminated in the group stages and returned home in the middle of last week. Here is the complete set of results from the tournament. November 19th Vicem Hai Phong 1:1 CHONBURI Binh Duong 4:3 Express FC November 20th Khanh Hoa 2:1 Etoiles FC Dong Tam Long An 1:0 Matsubara November 21st CHONBURI 0:0 Express FC Binh Duong 1:1 Hai Phong November 22nd Dong Tam Long An 4:2 Khanh Hoa Matsubara 4:0 Etoiles FC November 23rd Hai Phong 1:0 Express FC Binh Duong 3:1 CHONBURI November 24th Dong Tam Long An 0:2 Etoiles FC Matsubara 0:0 Khanh Hoa November 26th Semi finals Binh Duong 0:0 Matsubara (3-4 on penalties) Dong Tam Long An 3:1 Hai Phong November 28th Third-placed play off Binh Duong 2:1 Hai Phong Final Dong Tam Long An 1:0 Matsubara (after extra-time) BTV Cup Photo Gallery http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=79050
1/12/10 THAILAND 2-2 LAOS Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool, Suttinun Phukhom, Chonlatit Jantakam, Suree Sukha and Therdsak Chaiman all featured in Thailand's 2-2 draw with Laos, in the opening game of this year's AFF Suzuki Cup. Therdsak was substituted with fifteen minutes to play, as the Thais twice came from behind to salvage a point.
28/11/10 A thoroughly deserved victory saw Chonburi lift the FA Cup earlier today. A Pipob On-Mo strike late in the second period of extra time secured a 2-1 win for the Sharks. Chonburi FC Honours http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/club_bespoke.pl?page_select=7106
Tampines Rovers 3 Chonburi 2 (aet) Singapore Cup Final 26th November, 2006 We were the first overseas club to reach the final of the Singapore Cup. And we twice came within a few seconds of being the first to win it. Goals on 74 minutes by Pipob On-Mo and 76 minutes by Arthit Sunthornphit had sent the 20 visiting fans, plus a few thousand ex-pat Thais amongst the 19,000 crowd into raptures. 2-0 up and looking comfortable. What could possibly go wrong? Whether it was inexperience, nerves or sheer exhaustion Chonburi seemed to stop playing in the last quarter of an hour and this allowed Tampines back into the game. A strike by Aliff Shfaein on 84 minutes was followed by a Santi Chaiyaphuak goal in the dying seconds and the game went into extra time. Reduced to nine men after the sendings off of Kafoumba and Adul Lahso, we hung on until deep into injury time only to concede a heart-breaking third goal when penalties seemed the likliest outcome. It was a bitter pill to swallow. But even this cruellest of defeats can't take away the fact that it had been a memorable weekend. I'll tell you all about Palmy's half time concert and the second half being delayed by 15 minutes due to goalkeeper, Badra Ali's, visit to the toilet another time! Match Details http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/match_report.pl?action=report&id=1885006 Photos & Match Reports http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=43748 Images 17-36 Video http://www.youtube.com/user/ChonburiFCTV#;;p/u/30/nQPMvr1F0Vw
21/11/10 Chonburi drew 0-0 with Express FC in today's second Group A match in the BTV Cup. In the other game, Binh Duong and Hai Phong fought out a 1-1 draw. Group A standings Binh Duong....P2...Pts4 Hai Phong......P2...Pts2 CHONBURI.....P2...Pts2 Express FC....P2...Pts1
21/11/10 On Wednesday 21st November, 2007, Chonburi made history by becoming the first provincial team to win the country's top domestic honour. The triumph also ushered in a brand new era for Thai football as clubs in towns and cities all over Thailand began to realise that, with good management, tapping into civic pride and the right marketing, they too could challenge the established order of company and forces run entities. "If Chonburi can do it so can we!" was the cry. There is absolutely no doubt that Chonburi's 2007 TPL championship win is responsible for all that has happened, good and bad, to Thai league football in the past three years. Here I pay tribute to the events of that never to be forgotten night that kick-started a Thai football revolution and changed the local game forever. Match report Chonburi 3 Krung Thai Bank 2 Thailand Premier League 21st November, 2007 This was to be a remarkable occasion and will live long in the memory of those lucky enough to have been there to witness it. ESPN/Star Sports along with all the Thai news and sports channels had despatched film crews to record the event for prosperity. They weren't to be disappointed. Over 10,000 people, double our regular attendance, had somehow squeezed into the Chonburi Municipal Stadium and the atmosphere was (oh, go on) electric. The match certainly lived up to its billing. In spite of missing an early penalty Chonburi had surged into a two goal lead by the break and were looking good to make history as the first provincial club to win Thai football's biggest domestic honour. Our chances were further increased when the visitors were reduced to ten men. It was within our grasp now. Of course, it wasn't to be that simple. Feeling that they had nothing to lose, KTB threw everybody forward in an effort to salvage something from the game and keep alive their own faint hopes of lifting the trophy. This new bold attacking policy paid off, and soon not only were they level but they were looking the likelier side to go on and win it. With my nerves, and those of 10,000 other Chonburians, in tatters the coolest man in the ground, Pipob On-Mo took it upon himself to put us all out of our misery by firing home a late winner. The crowd erupted and the celebrations began in earnest with firecrackers and flares being let off in every part of the ground. The final whistle prompted a good natured pitch invasion and we had done it. CHAMPIONS!!! A fitting end to what had been a wonderful season. Match details http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/match_report.pl?action=report&id=1894634 Match highlights http://www.youtube.com/user/ChonburiFCTV#;;p/u/25/7a5G1CbbNac Photos http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=44173 27-35 The Story of How We Won the League 2007 (and other articles) http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/history.pl
21/11/10 Chonburi have pencilled in a friendly against our old friends from Vietnam, Dong Thap. The match is tentatively scheduled for Saturday 4th December at the newly refurbished OBD Stadium. 8/12/09 Chonburi 2-2 Dong Thap Match report http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/match_report.pl?action=report&id=1906450 Photo http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=55923
15/11/10 A Chonburi FC squad will fly out to Vietnam early on Wednesday morning to compete in the BTV Cup. It is not yet clear exactly who will be travelling to play in the local pre-season invitational tournament, the final of which is due to be played on the same day as the FA Cup final, but the club will be represented. Team manager Annop Singtothong said, "Our priority is obviously the match against Muang Thong but we will honour our commitment to play in Vietnam." Chonburi's first group game is on Friday 19th against Vicem Hai Phong. I will be previewing the competition over the next couple of days.
14/11/10 Thousands of Chonburi fans descended on the city's Central Plaza shopping centre earlier today to buy their tickets for this month's FA Cup final. Large queues snaked around the first floor, as tickets went on open sale to the general public. The bulk of the initial allocation of 7,000 was snapped up in a matter of hours. However, some tickets do remain. They can be bought from the Sports College Stadium, Chonburi School and the club shop. You can see some photographs of the queues here http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=52955 Images 14-18
14/11/10 Just a reminder that 7,000 tickets for this season's FA Cup final will go on sale to the general public today. The tickets, priced B100 and limited to four per person, can be purchased from the club stall on the first floor of Central Plaza, Chonburi from 2:00pm onwards.
12/11/10 7,000 B100 tickets for the FA Cup final will go on sale to the general public this Sunday (14th). The tickets can be bought from 2:00pm onwards at the club's stand on the 1st floor of Central Plaza, Chonburi and purchases are limited to a maximum of four per person. An extra 1,000 tickets will be available at Supachalasai Stadium on the morning on the final. For those people who are unable to get tickets for the big match, the club will show the whole game live on a giant screen outside Central Plaza.
10/11/10 According to various sources, this season's FA Cup final, on Sunday 28th November, will kick off at 4:00pm. The match, plus build up, is also scheduled to be broadcast live on Thai Channel 7. More details to follow.
8/11/10 During the coming week I will be updating and tidying up the site. I have a lot of new things to add, including photos, videos and items of historical interest. So you may find that a couple of old links may not be working for a while. However, everything will be back to normal within a few days. I shall also be keeping you informed of any breaking news and, from next weekend, I will be counting down to the BTV Cup and the Thai FA Cup final. I have already lined up a number of exclusive interviews and features which I will post as the build up begins. Thank you for your continued support.
7/11/10 Chonburi stars Suttinun Phukhom and Puritat Jarigarnon both featured in Thailand's opening Asian Games match against Pakistan in China earlier today. Suttinun lasted the full ninety minutes but Puritat was replaced just after the hour mark, as the Thais cruised to a 6-0 win. The next game is against Oman on Tuesday 9th November.
4/11/10 Chonburi, and opponents Muang Thong United, have been allocated just 7,000 tickets each for the FA Cup final. The tickets are priced at B100 and B200 and will be sold directly by the club. Chonburi fans will be located in the South Stand (Zone S) and Zone E. 3,000 "neutral" tickets will also be made available for the West Stand. It has also been decided that in the event of a Muang Thong victory on November 28th, the TPL runners-up PEA will gain entry to the 2011 AFC Cup. A decision that has angered club officials, players and supporters.
4/11/10 BTV NUMBER ONE CUP 2010 Venue: Binh Duong Stadium, Binh Duong, Vietnam Group Stage 19/11/10 Vicem Hai Phong vs CHONBURI : 15.30 hrs Becamex Binh Duong vs Express FC (Uganda) : 18.00 hrs 20/11/10 Khatoco Khanh Hoa vs Etoile (Singapore) : 16.00 hrs Dong Tam Long An vs Matsubara (Brazil) : 18.00 hrs 21/11/10 CHONBURI vs Express F.C : 16.00 hrs Becamex Binh Duong vs Vicem Hai Phong : 18.00 hrs 22/11/10 Dong Tam Long An vs Khatoco Khanh Hoa : 16.00 hrs Matsubara vs Etoile : 18.00 hrs 23/11/10 Express F.C vs Vicem Hai Phong : 16.00 hrs CHONBURI vs Becamex Binh Duong : 18.00 hrs 24/11/10 Etoile vs Dong Tam Long An : 16.00 hrs Matsubara vs Khatoco Khanh Hoa : 18.00 hrs Final Stage 26/11/10 Semi Final 1: Winner A vs Runner up B : 16.00 hrs Semi Final 2: Winner B vs Runner up A : 18.00 hrs 28/11/10 3rd place: Loser Semi Final 1 vs Loser Semi Final 2 : 15.30 hrs Final : Winner Semi Final 1 vs Winner Semi Final 2 : 18.00 hrs With thanks to Erick Webmasters note : As the semi finals are due to be played on the 26th November and the final on the 28th - the same day as the Thai FA Cup final - I wonder what will happen if Chonburi qualify?
3/11/10 Chonburi are looking to sign at least four quality players for the 2011 TPL campaign. Funds, believed to be B60million, will be made available to the coaching staff, as the club tries to keep pace with the league's big spenders. There is no official word yet as to whether or not the management has identified their targets or if they will be homegrown or overseas players.
2/11/10 Chonburi's schedule for the BTV Cup competition in Vietnam has been announced. The tournament, which is a warm up for the V-League season, will be held later this month and is now part of The Sharks' preparation for the FA Cup final against Muang Thong on November 28th. BTV Cup Schedule 19/11/10 CHONBURI v Hai Phong FC (Vietnam) 21/11/10 CHONBURI v Express FC (Uganda) 23/11/10 CHONBURI v Binh Duong FC (Vietnam)
1/11/10 Chonburi's berth in next season's AFC Cup has been confirmed by Thai football officials. There was some confusion as to whether or not the place would go to to the TPL runners-up, PEA, should Muang Thong do the league and cup double. However, even if the Sharks lose in the FA Cup final later this month, they are guaranteed to join their opponents as Thailand's representatives in 2011 AFC competition.
30/10/10 The final of this season's FA Cup will be played at Supachalasai National Stadium in Bangkok on Sunday 28th November. Kick off time to be confirmed.
27/10/10 Muang Thong United beat Rajpracha 4-0 last night to book their place in the last four of this season's FA Cup. The semi final line up is : Army v CHONBURI FC Royal Thai Army Stadium
25/10/10 Chonburi FC have given all the fans a free poster of the 2010 squad as a "Thank you" for their support throughout the campaign. The poster (pictured above) was handed out at the two recent home games against PEA and Bangkok Glass.
25/10/10 TPL 2010 Home - Overall league placings in brackets Muang Thong Utd(1)..........P15_W12_D3_L0_F41_A8_Pts39 PEA(2)...............................P15_W11_D4_L0_F30_A10_Pts37 CHONBURI FC(3)...............P15_W8_D7_L0_F29_A13_Pts31 Thai Port(4)........................P15_W9_D4_L2_F27_A14_Pts31 Bangkok Glass(5)..............P15_W8_D6_L1_F28_A12_Pts30 Pattaya Utd(6)....................P15_W8_D4_L3_F26_A15_Pts28 Samut Songkhram(8)..........P15_W8_D4_L3_F14_A9_Pts28 BEC Tero(9).......................P15_W7_D2_L6_F25_A23_Pts23 Osotspa(7)........................P15_W5_D6_L4_F18_A15_Pts21 Navy Rayong(10)..............P15_W5_D5_L5_F23_A26_Pts20 TOT(12).............................P15_W6_D2_7_F14_A23__Pts20 TTM(13).............................P15_W4_D5_L6_F11_A14_Pts17 Police Utd(11)....................P15_W4_D4_L7_F18_A22_Pts16 Sisaket(14)........................P15_W3_D6_L6_F18_A19_Pts15 Army(16)...........................P15_W2_D4_L9_F14_A25_Pts10 Bangkok Utd(15)................P15_W2_D4_L9_F10_A26_Pts10 TPL 2010 Away - Overall league placings in brackets CHONBURI FC(3)...............P15_W9_D2_L4_F28_A15_Pts29 Muang Thong Utd(1)..........P15_W8_D4_L3_F23_A11_Pts28 PEA(2)...............................P15_W6_D8_L1_F21_A9__Pts26 Osotspa(7)........................P15_W5_D6_L4_F14_A15_Pts21 Police Utd(11)....................P15_W5_D2_L8_F22_A23_Pts17 Thai Port(4)........................P15_W4_D5_L6_F14_A15_Pts17 Pattaya Utd(6)....................P15_W4_D5_L6_F17_A23_Pts17 Bangkok Glass(5)..............P15_W4_D3_L8_F20_A26_Pts15 TTM(13).............................P15_W3_D6_L6_F21_A32_Pts15 Samut Songkhram(8).........P15_W3_D5_L7_F13_A23_Pts14 Bangkok Utd(15)................P15_W3_D5_L7_F15_A26_Pts14 TOT(12).............................P15_W3_D4_L8_F9_A19__Pts13 Navy Rayong(10)..............P15_W3_D4_L8_F12_A26_Pts13 BEC Tero(9).......................P15_W2_D6_L7_F14_A19_Pts12 Army(16)...........................P15_W3_D3_L9_F13_A29_Pts12 Sisaket(14)........................P15_W3_D2_L10_F18_A35_Pts11
25/10/10 Chonburi's 1-1 draw with Osotspa, coupled with PEA's 4-2 home win against the Police, means that the Sharks finish our fifth season in the top flight in third place.
23/10/10 Chonburi fans, travelling to tomorrow's final TPL match against Osotspa, will be making a donation to help those people in the Saraburi area who have been affected by the recent floods. Thirteen districts in the province, which is just over 100kms north of Bangkok, have been severely hit by Thailand's worst flooding for fifty years.
22/10/10 With just one more fixture left of the 2010 TPL campaign, I take a look back over the past six years closing day results. Chonburi have had mixed fortunes on the last day of the league season since 2004. They have won four and lost two of the six games played in the final round of matches. Here are the results 2004 Pro League - 18/5/04 CHONBURI 5-1 Udon Thani 2005 Pro League - 26/6/05 Korat Stingray 1-3 CHONBURI 2006 TPL - 2/7/06 Bangkok Bank 3-2 CHONBURI 2007 TPL - 27/11/07 CHONBURI 1-2 Tobacco Monopoly 2008 TPL - 11/10/08 Bangkok Bank 1-2 CHONBURI 2009 TPL - 18/10/09 CHONBURI 2-1 Thai Port Final day record 2004-2009 P6 W4 D0 L2 F15 A9 Pts12 Final day photos 2004 Season http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=44184 Image 2 2005 Season http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=44176 Images 6-10 2006 Season http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=43992 Images 37-38 2007 Season http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=44173 Image 36 http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=53419 Image 24 http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=48829 Image 26 2008 Season http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=53418 Image 25 2009 Season http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=53420 Image 37 http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=51745 Images 1-14
19/10/10 21/3/10 v Army Gate receipts = B555,910 Merchandise = B155,000
10/4/10 v TTM Gate receipts = B333,250 Merchandise = B330,000
18/4/10 v Sisaket Gate receipts = B675,840 Merchandise = B307,000
2/5/10 v Samut Songkhram Gate receipts = B709,300 Merchandise = B560,000
23/5/10 v Bangkok Glass Gate receipts = B812,300 Merchandise = B377,580
13/6/10 v Thai Port Gate receipts = B716,370 Merchandise = B350,000
4/7/10 v Osotspa Gate receipts = B525,327 Merchandise = B365,000
10/7/10 v Bangkok United Gate receipts = B338,710 Merchandise = B151,300
25/7/10 v Muang Thong United Gate receipts = B886,000 Merchandise = B534,500
28/7/10 v Pattaya United Gate receipts = B329,900 Merchandise = B103,000
18/8/10 v BEC Tero Gate receipts = B289,990 Merchandise = B185,000
25/9/10 v Navy Rayong Gate receipts = B322,180 Merchandise = B180,000
3/10/10 v Police United Gate receipts = B247,630 Merchandise = B135,500
13/10/10 v TOT Gate receipts = B185,510 Merchandise = B68,250
17/10/10 v PEA Gate receipts = B878,000 Merchandise = B405,000
Gate Receipts = B7,806,217
Merchandise = B4,207,130
Total Matchday Income = B12,013,347
Gate Receipts = B520,414
Merchandise = B280,475
Average Matchday Income = B800,889
18/10/10 Following an incident involving a couple of fans and a Siam Sport journalist on the car park after the home match against Chula United, Chonburi were ordered to play their final game of the 2009 season at the Supachalasai Stadium in Bangkok. Many stayed away altogether in protest but a small group of us held a good natured demonstration outside the ground during the match against Thai Port. You can read my account of the day here http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/match_report.pl?action=report&id=1864132 And see some photos here http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=51745
18/10/10 Last night's crowd of 12,000 has pushed Chonburi's overall total attendance figures for TPL matches for the 2010 season past 100,000. It has also helped to raise the average home league attendance to just over 7,200. 2010 Season Home Attendance Statistics (updated 18/10/10) TPL Highest : 12,180 v Muang Thong Utd 25/7/10 Lowest : 2,582 v TOT 13/10/10 Total (15 matches) : 109,258 Average : 7,284 FA Cup Highest : 2,661 v Samut Songkhram 25/8/10 Lowest : 1,703 v Samut Sakorn 7/7/10 Total (2 matches) : 4,364 Average : 2,182 League Cup Highest : 1,714 v Phitsanulok 2/9/10 Lowest : 1,714 v Phitsanulok 2/9/10 Total (1 match) : 1,714 Average : 1,714 Overall Highest : 12,180 v Muang Thong Utd 25/7/10 (TPL) Lowest : 1,703 v Samut Sakorn 7/7/10 (FA Cup) Total (18 matches) : 115,336 Average : 6,407
14/10/10 As expected, last night's match against TOT drew the lowest league attendance of the season to the Sports College Stadium. A crowd of just 2,582 (including 30 away fans) saw Chonburi run out 2-0 winners. The previous low was 3,266 for the last home game against Police United. 2010 Season Home Attendance Statistics (updated 14/10/10) TPL Highest : 12,180 v Muang Thong Utd 25/7/10 Lowest : 2,582 v TOT 13/10/10 Total (14 matches) : 97,258 Average : 6,947 FA Cup Highest : 2,661 v Samut Songkhram 25/8/10 Lowest : 1,703 v Samut Sakorn 7/7/10 Total (2 matches) : 4,364 Average : 2,182 League Cup Highest : 1,714 v Phitsanulok 2/9/10 Lowest : 1,714 v Phitsanulok 2/9/10 Total (1 match) : 1,714 Average : 1,714 Overall Highest : 12,180 v Muang Thong Utd 25/7/10 (TPL) Lowest : 1,703 v Samut Sakorn 7/7/10 (FA Cup) Total (17 matches) : 103,336 Average : 6,078
3/10/10 Today's TPL match against Police United saw Chonburi draw our lowest league attendance of the season. The crowd of 3,266 was 796 down on the previous low of 4,062, for the visit of Pattaya United on Wednesday 28th July. 2010 Season Home Attendance Statistics TPL Highest : 12,180 v Muang Thong Utd 25/7/10 Lowest : 3,266 v Police Utd 3/10/10 Total (13 matches) : 94,676 Average : 7,282 FA Cup Highest : 2,661 v Samut Songkhram 25/8/10 Lowest : 1,703 v Samut Sakorn 7/7/10 Total (2 matches) : 4,364 Average : 2,182 League Cup Highest : 1,714 v Phitsanulok 2/9/10 Lowest : 1,714 v Phitsanulok 2/9/10 Total (1 match) : 1,714 Average : 1,714 Overall Highest : 12,180 v Muang Thong Utd 25/7/10 (TPL) Lowest : 1,703 v Samut Sakorn 7/7/10 (FA Cup) Total (16 matches) : 100,754 Average : 6,297
8/10/10 Chonburi FC have been talking with former Japanese national team coach Takeshi Okada, with a view to the 54 year old taking over the reins of the club's first eleven next season. It is believed that technical director Wittaya Laokul is heavily involved in the negotations to bring the ex international defender to Thailand. However, PR director Jeerasak Chomthong has stated that current head coach Jadet Meelarp is still in charge of the team and whatever happens, he will still be involved in some capacity next year. To further complicate matters, there are also stories doing the rounds that Wittaya Laokul himself may also be in the frame for the 2011 hot seat.
8/10/10 Chonburi FC has received a positive report from visiting AFC officials. The party from Asian football's governing body is currently in Thailand to assess the Premier League's facilities. Today they visited the OBD Stadium and were impressed with what they saw. They also praised the club and the local football association for all the work they've done to establish the Chonburi League, which is due to kick off in a couple of weeks.
8/10/10 Here are some more features relating to the OBD Stadium, which is likely to be Chonburi's home from the start of next season. Video - January 2010 http://www.youtube.com/user/ChonburiFCTV#;;;p/u/10/p9MWe8exMVM Photos - January 2010 http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=54350 Images 31-42 General Information & Memorable Matches http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/club_bespoke.pl?page_select=7237 Item 5
8/10/10 It now looks as if Chonburi's on/off move to the OBD Stadium is back on again. Team manager Annop Singthotorn has told reporters that the club plans to use the newly refurbished ground from the start of next season. Only a few weeks ago club officials announced that the Sharks would more than likely stay at the Sports College Stadium for the foreseeable future. However, it now appears that they've had yet another change of heart. It is believed that the incidents at the end of last Sunday's match against Police United have played a part in the decision, as segregation of rival fans will be easier at the OBD. With a capacity of 8,000 the OBD Stadium is only two thirds the size of the current ground but there is room for expansion, should it be required. The floodlights meet the AFC standards and a party from the TPL/FAT/AFC will be visiting soon to check its suitability for staging Thai league and AFC games.
7/10/10 My good friend Antony over on Jakarta Casual has posted a response to the report about Chonburi's drop in attendances over the past few weeks. WHERE HAVE ALL THE FANS GONE? by Antony Sutton - 4/10/10 With one win in their last five games Chonburi's TPL title challenge seems to have hit a brick wall. They sit just three points behind leaders and champions Muang Thong United but have played two games more and games are running out fast. A disappointing 3-3 home draw against Police United, themselves undergoing a mini revival, was most definitely not what the doctor ordered. It seems the fans are unimpressed. The last two home games have produced the lowest attendances of the season as the Sharks title dreams have gone south. Chonburi are one of the biggest names in Thailand but with new boys like Muang Thing United and Buriram PEA splashing the cash of their deep pocketed owners, Chonburi have decided that is a game they don't want to play and have decided to adopt the Arsenal approach of developing young players. Noble indeed but fans do like to see their team lift a bit of silverware once in a while. In many ways Chonburi pioneered the new wave of clubs in Thailand representing a region rather than a corporate entity so it would be nice to see their fans stick by them. Home games against TOT and Buriram PEA should see if the fans are keen to see their heroes play second fiddle. You can read many more articles about Asian football, and related matters, over on Antony's excellent site www.jakartacasual.blogspot.com
7/10/10 If Chonburi manage to overturn the 1-0 deficit against Bangkok Glass, we will face Nong Kai in the last sixteen of the Toyota League Cup. The first leg, in Nong Kai, is pencilled in for Wednesday 27th October. The second leg of the Bangkok Glass tie will be played on Wednesday 20th October at the Sports College Stadium.
6/10/10 Following the incidents after the final whistle at Sunday's match against Police United, the club have decided to move the home fans from the area next to the enclosure where the away fans are usually housed. From next Wednesday, there will be a new segregation system in place, which I understand involves reserving the North Stand for visiting supporters only and moving the Chonburi supporters, who usually stand in that section, to the South Stand. Club manager Annop Singthotong said, "I was disappointed with what happened on Sunday but we have taken steps to avoid similar problems in the future. I am confident that it won't happen again."
5/10/10 Six Chonburi players have been named in Bryan Robson's 22 man squad for the Thailand national team's match against Leicester City at Supachalasai on Saturday 9th October. They are Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool, Chonlatit Jantakarm, Suree Sukha, Suttinun Phukhom, Natthapong Samana and Purithat Jarigarnon.
5/10/10 Chonburi have been fined B15,000, and ordered to pay hospital costs for an injured fan, following a couple of incidents after Sunday's match against the Police. a) Fans throwing water bottles at the officials as they left the pitch at the final whistle = B5,000 b) Fans verbally abusing the officials throughout the match = B10,000 c) The club to pay all medical expenses to the injured Police United fan.
4/10/10 Chonburi's Toyota League Cup second round, second leg match against Bangkok Glass, at the Sports College Stadium, will be played on Wednesday 20th October. Kick off is at 7:00pm. Chonburi trail 1-0 from the first game.
4/10/10 Chang look all set to be Chonburi's main sponsors again next season. The club only has a year to year contract with the company but Kn Manthana Prapaipetch from Thai Beverage PLC is keen for the relationship to continue. He told reporters, "We have a long standing commitment to Chonburi FC and I see that continuing for the forseeable future. We do sponsor other clubs but we are particularly proud of our connections to Chonburi."
4/10/10 Chonburi have been invited to participate in the 2010 BTV Cup in Vietnam. The annual eight team pre season tournament is usually held at the Go Dau Stadium, home of Binh Duong FC. This year's event will take place between the 12th and 21st of November. Chonburi last featured in the competition in 2007.
2/10/10 The kick off time for Chonburi's FA Cup semi final tie against the Army has been announced. The match, which is due to be played at the Royal Thai Army Stadium on Saturday 30th October, will start at 5:00pm. As yet, there are no plans to show the game live on TV.
1/10/10 The club and major sponsors Chang have launched a special Chonburi FC beer. The brew was given its public debut during Wednesday night's festivities outside the city's Central Plaza, where a large crowd had gathered to watch the match against Thai Port and listen to live music. Photo by R-Nutt www.chonburifc.net
28/9/10 Chonburi have been drawn against the Army in the semi finals of this season's FA Cup. The match will take place on Saturday 30th October at the Army Stadium in Bangkok. Kick off time to be confirmed. The other semi final sees Navy Rayong hosting the winner of the outstanding quarter final tie between Muang Thong United and Rajpracha Nonthaburi.
28/9/10 Back in March of this year I asked various webmasters and Thai football fans for their thoughts on the upcoming season. Below you can see their predictions for the TPL top and bottom 4, the FA Cup winners and the league's leading scorer. At the foot of the page I've added an overall prediction table based on the votes cast. The points were awarded as follows : Top 4 1st place = 4pts 2nd place = 3pts 3rd place = 2pts 4th place = 1pt Bottom 4 13th place = 1pt 14th place = 2pts 15th place = 3pts 16th place = 4pts With just five rounds of matches left to be played, I thought it would be interesting to see how everyone has fared so far. The clubs current league positions are in brackets. PREDICTIONS TPL 2010 Top 4 1. Bangkok Glass (5th) 2. Muangthong Utd (1st) 3. Chonburi (2nd) 4. Thai Port (4th) TPL 2010 Bottom 4 13. Pattaya Utd (6th) 14. Navy Rayong (13th) 15. Sisaket (15th) 16. Army (14th) FA Cup Winners Chonburi (Semi finalists) TPL Leading Scorer Nantawat Tansopa - Police United (7 goals - leader 13) by Druryfire www.thaifootball.com TPL 2010 Top 4 1. Bangkok Glass (5th) 2. Muangthong Utd (1st) 3. Chonburi (2nd) 4. PEA Buriram (3rd) TPL 2010 Bottom 4 13. TOT (12th) 14. Sisaket (15th) 15. TTM Pichit (11th) 16. Army FC (14th) FA Cup Winners Thai Port (3rd Rd) TPL Leading Scorer Berkant Gotken - Muangthong Utd (0 goals - leader 13) by Greg www.muangthongunitedfc.blogspot.com TPL 2010 Top 4 1. Muangthong Utd (1st) 2. Bangkok Glass (5th) 3. PEA Buriram (3rd) 4. Chonburi (2nd) TPL 2010 Bottom 4 13. Army (14th) 14. Samut Songkhram (8th) 15. TOT (12th) 16. TTM (11th) FA Cup Winners Bangkok Glass (3rd Rd) TPL Leading Scorer Berkant Goktan - Muangthong Utd (0 goals - leader 13) by Sven â€“ www.thai-fussball.de TPL 2010 Top 4 1. Bangkok Glass (5th) 2. Muangthong United (1st) 3. Chonburi (2nd) 4. BEC Tero (10th) TPL 2010 Bottom 4 13. Sisaket (15th) 14. Samut Songkhram (8th) 15. Army (14th) 16. TTM (11th) FA Cup Winners BEC Tero (4th Rd) TPL Leading Scorer Sarayoot Chaikamdee - Thai Port (10 goals â€“ leader 13) by Marco â€“ www.thaiportfc.blogspot.com TPL 2010 Top 4 1. Bangkok Glass (5th) 2. Muangthong United (1st) 3. Police United (9th) 4. Chonburi (2nd) TPL 2010 Bottom 4 13. Sisaket (15th) 14. TOT (12th) 15. TTM (11th) 16. Army (14th) FA Cup Winners Bangkok Glass (3rd Rd) TPL Leading Scorer Leesaw - Muangthong Utd/BEC Tero (less than 5 goals â€“ leader 13) by NigB â€“ www.thaileaguefootball.com TPL 2010 Top 4 1. Muangthong United (1st) 2. Bangkok Glass (5th) 3. Chonburi (2nd) 4. BEC Tero (10th) TPL 2010 Bottom 4 13. Police Utd (9th) 14. TOT (12th) 15. Army (14th) 16. TTM (11th) FA Cup Winners Chonburi (Semi finalists) TPL Leading Scorer Teerasil Dangda - Muangthong Utd (7 goals â€“ leader 13) by Vinnie â€“ www.clubwebsite.co.uk/koratfc TPL 2010 Top 4 1. Muangthong Utd (1st) 2. Bangkok Glass (5th) 3. Chonburi (2nd) 4. Police Utd (9th) TPL 2010 Bottom 4 13. Samut Songkhram (8th) 14. TTM (11th) 15. Sisaket (15th) 16. Pattaya Utd (6th) FA Cup Winners No answer (n/a) TPL Leading Scorer Leesaw - Muangthong Utd/BEC Tero (less than 5 goals â€“ leader 13) by Lulu - Chonburi fan TPL 2010 Top 4 1. Muangthong Utd (1st) 2. Bangkok Glass (5th) 3. BEC Tero (10th) 4. Chonburi (2nd) TPL 2010 Bottom 4 13. Osotspa (7th) 14. TTM (11th) 15. Army (14th) 16. TOT CAT (12th) FA Cup Winners Chonburi (Semi finalists) TPL Leading Scorer Anon Sangsanoi - BEC Tero (10 goals â€“ leader 13) by Andy Potten : www.bangkokglassfc.webs.com TPL 2010 Top 4 1. Bangkok Glass (5th) 2. Muangthong Utd (1st) 3. BEC Tero (10th) 4. Chonburi (2nd) TPL 2010 Bottom 4 13. Sisaket (15th) 14. Army (14th) 15. Police (9th) 16. Samut Songkhram (8th) FA Cup Winners BEC Tero (4th Rd) TPL Leading Scorer Ney Fabiano - Bangkok Glass/Chonburi (7 goals â€“ leader 13) by Me - www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc OVERALL RESULTS TOP 4 1. Bangkok Glass 32pts (5th) 2. Muangthong United 31pts (1st) 3. Chonburi 14pts (2nd) 4. BEC Tero 6pts (10th) BOTTOM 4 13. Sisaket 11pts (15th) 14. TOT 12pts (12th) 15. TTM 22pts (11th) 16. Army 24pts (14th) FA Cup Winners Chonburi 3 votes (Semi finalists)
27/9/10 With Chonburi's title hopes dead and buried, the attention now switches to whether or not we can hang on to second place. There is currently only one point separating the Sharks from third placed PEA. And the team currently based in Buriram have still to visit the Sports College Stadium, for what promises to be a tremendous end to our home campaign. Below are the two club's remaining fixtures, plus a record of their current form. CHONBURI - Remaining Fixtures 29/9/10 Thai Port (A) 3/10/10 Police United (H) 13/10/10 TOT (H) 17/10/10 PEA (H) 24/10/10 Osotspa (A) PEA - Remaining fixtures 3/10/10 TTM (H) 13/10/10 Army (A) 17/10/10 CHONBURI (A) 20/10/10 Sisaket (A) 24/10/10 Police United (H) Current Form - Last Five Matches CHONBURI - WWLdD P5 W2 D2 L1 F7 A4 Pts8 PEA - WWdWW P5 W4 D1 L0 F10 A3 Pts13 Key W=Won D=Score draw d=No score draw L=Lost Current league placings 2nd CHONBURI.P25 W15 D6 L4 F47 A21 Pts51 3rd PEA............P25 W13 D11 L1 F38 A15 Pts50
26/9/10 Jadet Meelarp has admitted that it is now highly unlikely that Chonburi can still win the TPL title. Speaking after yesterday's disappointing, and frustrating, draw against Navy Rayong the coach all but conceded the championship to Muang Thong. "It will be very difficult for us to win the league now. Muang Thong have to lose at least two more matches for us to have any chance and that is more or less impossible. They are a good side, with some great players and good management." Jadet went on to say that he thought Chonburi needed to make a few changes at the end of the season. The quality of overseas signings being one of the priorities. However, he did promise the fans that we would now be concentrating on winning the FA cup and the League Cup. "We are still in two cup competitions so we will be going all out to win them. We want to win trophies."
23/9/10 Singapore Cup Semi Final - 2nd Leg Balestier Khalsa 1-0 Chonburi (agg 2-2) (Chonburi won 5-4 on penalties) Tao Payoh Stadium, Singapore Chonburi FC 1. Sangare Badra Ali GK 2. Suree Sukha 3. Arthit Sunthornphit 4. Pradit Taweechai 5. Kone Hamed 6. Coulibaly Kafoumba 7. Adul Lahso 8. Watchara Mahawong 9. Pipob On-Mo 10. Diakite Fode Bangaly 11. Phaisan Phona Subs 12. Nantapol Supathai GK 13. Kiatprawut Saiwaew 14. Kriangkrai Pimrat 15. Panuwat Jinta 16. Surat Sukha 17. Jetsadakorn Hemdaeng In spite of losing 1-0 in regulation time, Chonburi still made history by becoming the first overseas team to reach the Singapore Cup Final. Their 2-1 victory three days earlier meant that the scores were level on aggregate so the result had to be decided on penalties. The Sharks kept their nerve and eventually triumphed 5-4, to set up a date with Tampines Rovers (8-2 aggregate winners over Woodlands Wellington in the other semi final) in November's final. Prior to the match, the twenty or so travelling fans were interviewed by a film crew from ESPN/Star Sports. The footage was shown the following week on the station's popular Football Crazy show. You can see photos from the team hotel, the ESPN/Star Sports interviews and the match itself here http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=43748 Images 1-16
21/9/10 Tomorrow night's Toyota League Cup second round first leg match between Bangkok Glass and Chonburi at the Leo Stadium, will be shown live on the T-Sport TV channel. The kick off has been put back one hour to 7:00pm.
20/9/10 Singapore Cup - Semi Final 1st Leg Balestier Khalsa 1-2 CHONBURI Jala Besar Stadium, Singapore Chonburi took a small step towards becoming the first foreign side to reach the Singapore Cup final when they beat Balestier Khalsa at the Jala Besar Stadium on Wednesday 20th September, 2006. As the Thai league had finished on the 2nd of July, the Sharks had been keeping in shape with a series of friendlies (including one against the Thai national team in Bang Phra) and a quarter final victory against Albirex Niigata over two legs in the middle of July. However, this lack of genuine competitive action didn't hamper the visitors as they held on for a memorable 2-1 victory against a side who were still in the middle of their domestic season. Goals from Pipob On-Mo and Kone Hamed were enough to give us a slender advantage going into the second leg, which was due to be played at Toa Payoh Stadium, also in Singapore, three days later. Eight of the squad who were on duty that night are still at the club.* CHONBURI FC v Balestier Khalsa 20/9/06 1. Sangare Badra Ali 2. Suree Sukha* 3. Sarawut Janthapan 4. Kone Hamed 5. Coulibaly Kafoumba 6. Phaisan Phona* 7. Diakite Fode Bangaly 8. Adul Lahso* 9. Watchara Mahawong 10. Jetsadakorn Hendaeng* 11. Pipob On-Mo* Subs 12. Kiatprawut Saiweaw* 13. Kriangkrai Pimrat* 14. Pradit Taweechai 15. Arthit Sunthornphit* 16. Chainarong Tatong 17. Nanthapol Supathai GK 18. Surat Sukha
17/9/10 Chonburi's scheduled TPL home fixture against TOT has been moved from Saturday 9th October to Wednesday 13th October. The kick off will be at 7:00pm. This means that the Toyota League Cup second round, second leg tie against Bangkok Glass will now be moved to the following week. All this disruption is caused by the visit of Leicester City to play against a TPL All Star team in a meaningless friendly.
17/9/10 Chonburi's PR director Jeerasak Chomthong has stated that winning the TPL title is still the club's main priority. Talking to the official website, he said, "We are ready for the match against Bangkok Glass on Sunday. It is a big game for us and one we want to win. The league is still the major prize as far as we are concerned." Meanwhile Bangkok Glass coach Carlos Roberto Carvalho thinks that the Leo Stadium's playing surface will be a factor. "It will be a competitive game but we have prepared well. I believe that our artificial pitch is our secret weapon. It will certainly give us an advantage." And former Chonburi star Michael Byrne is itching to play against his old club. "I have happy memories of my time at the club but I'm a Bangkok Glass player now and I'll be trying my best to help them win." Chonburi have a few injury worries ahead of the clash, with Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool, Adul Lahso and Sukree Etae all struggling to be fit in time.
16/9/10 The second leg of Chonburi's Toyota League Cup tie against Bangkok Glass will now take place on Wednesday 13th October at the Chonburi Sports College Stadium. Kick off is at 7:00pm.
15/9/10 Chonburi FC have joined forces with the city's Central Plaza and main sponsor Chang to stage a series of events at the popular shopping mall. Three away games will be broadcast on a giant outdoor screen and a range of free entertainment and activities, including live bands, will also be laid on for the fans. Details below. Sunday 19th September - Bangkok Glass (A) 6:00pm Concert : Noveau and Lemon Soup Wednesday 29th September - Thai Port (A) 5:00pm Concert : Joey Boy and Ready Ska Sunday 24th October - Osotspa (A) 4:30pm Concert : Som Amara and Rich Man's Toy
14/9/10 Ahead of tomorrow night's FA Cup quarter final tie, I thought I'd look back at Chonburi's record in all cup competitions since 2006. I have only included those games which were played in the knockout stages of the tournaments. 2006 SINGAPORE CUP 1st Round 20/5/06 Home United 0-4 CHONBURI 2nd Round - 1st leg 12/7/06 Albirex Niigata 2-2 CHONBURI 2nd Round - 2nd leg 15/7/06 Albirex Niigata 1-2 CHONBURI (agg 3-4) Semi Final - 1st leg 20/9/06 Balestier Khalsa 1-2 CHONBURI Semi Final - 2nd leg 23/9/06 Balestier Khalsa 1-0 CHONBURI (agg 2-2) (Chonburi won 5-4 on penalties) Final 26/11/06 Tampines Rovers 3-2 CHONBURI 2007 SINGAPORE CUP 1st Round Balestier Khalsa 3-2 CHONBURI 2009 QUEEN'S CUP Semi Final 20/2/09 CHONBURI 1-1 Hallelujah (Hallelujah won 5-4 on penalties) AFC CUP 1st Round 23/6/09 CHONBURI 4-0 PSMS Medan 2nd Round - 1st leg 15/9/09 CHONBURI 2-2 Binh Duong 2nd Round - 2nd leg 30/9/09 Binh Duong 2-0 CHONBURI (agg 4-2) FA CUP 3rd Round 26/8/09 Magna Pattaya 1-4 CHONBURI 4th Round 23/9/09 Osotspa 2-1 CHONBURI 2010 QUEEN'S CUP Quarter Final 14/2/10 CHONBURI 2-0 Samut Songkhram Semi Final 16/2/10 CHONBURI 0-1 Police United FA CUP 3rd Round 7/7/10 CHONBURI 1-0 Samut Sakorn 4th Round 25/8/10 CHONBURI 4-1 Samut Songkhram LEAGUE CUP 1st Round - 1st leg 29/8/10 Phitsanulok 0-2 CHONBURI 1st Round - 2nd leg 2/9/10 CHONBURI 3-1 Phitsanulok (agg 5-1) OVERALL RECORD P19 W10 D3 L6 F38 A22
14/9/10 Coach Jadet has refused to concede the TPL title to Muang Thong United but has admitted it will now be very difficult for Chonburi to win the league. Speaking after Sunday's defeat Jadet said, "We are not giving up the race. There are still enough matches left and anything can happen." When asked about the shock 3-1 reverse he added, "Bangkok United played very well, especially in the first half. They hit us on the break and put away their chances. The wet conditions made it difficult for us to play our usual passing game but I thought the team played well. However, we just couldn't score. We will continue to try and play entertaining football. Our fans expect and deserve that." Veteran midfielder Therdsak Chaiman also praised the victors. "We have to accept defeat in this game. It's never easy playing teams who are fighting relegation and Bangkok United played well."
9/9/10 The draw for the semi finals of this season's FA Cup will take place on Friday 24th September. The games themselves will be held on Wednesday 6th October, with the final being played on Saturday 30th October at Supachalasai Stadium in Bangkok.
9/9/10 Wednesday 15th September FA Cup - Quarter Finals Pattaya United v CHONBURI K.O. 7:00pm Wednesday 22nd September Toyota League Cup - 2nd Round 1st leg Bangkok Glass v CHONBURI K.O. 7:00pm Thursday 21st October Toyota League Cup - 2nd Round 2nd leg CHONBURI v Bangkok Glass K.O. 7:00pm
9/9/10 The FA Cup quarter final match between Pattaya United and Chonburi will be played on Wednesday 15th September. The kick off is at 7:00pm.
9/9/10 Chonburi have been drawn away against Pattaya United in the quarter finals of the FA Cup.
7/9/10 After a short break for cup ties and internationals, the TPL is back this coming weekend. With just eight rounds left there are realistically only three clubs who can still win the title. Here are the remaining fixtures for Muang Thong United, CHONBURI and PEA. Muang Thong United Police Utd (H) Pattaya Utd (A) Osotspa (H) Army (H) TTM (H) BEC Tero (A) Samut Songkhram (A) TOT (A) CHONBURI Bangkok Utd (A) Bangkok Glass (A) Navy Rayong (H) Thai Port (H) Police Utd (H) TOT (H) PEA (H) Osotspa (A) PEA Thai Port (A) Navy Rayong (H) Bangkok Glass (A) TTM (H) Army (A) CHONBURI (A) Sisaket (A) Police (H) Current Top Three Muang Thong United...P22 W16 D3 L3 F49 A10 Pts51 CHONBURI.................. P22 W15 D4 L3 F45 A17 Pts49 PEA.............................P22 W11 D10 L1 F31 A13 Pts43
5/9/10 Chonburi players Natthapong Samana, Suttinun Phukhom and Puritat Jarigarnon are all included in the Thai squad for the national team's trip to face India in Dehli on Wednesday 8th September.
4/9/10 1st Leg - Wednesday 15th September CHONBURI v Bangkok Glass 2nd Leg - Wednesday 22nd September Bangkok Glass v CHONBURI
3/9/10 Chonburi have been draw to play against Bangkok Glass in the next round of the Toyota League Cup. The first leg match is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 8th September at the Leo Stadium.
3/9/10 It appears that Chonburi FC will be staying at their current home, the Chonburi Sports College Stadium, for the forseeable future. The club had been planning to move across town to the refurbished OBD Stadium for the start of next season. There has also been talk of another ground being built on land near to the seaside resort of Bang Saen. However, club officials are believed to feel that a move is no longer necessary as things are running smoothly enough where we are now. All the security is in place and, with a 12,000 capacity, the arena is big enough to accomodate our crowds comfortably.
1/9/10 A Chonburi Xl will play Total Stars Rayong in a friendly match on Sunday 5th September. The game will be staged at the Pluakdaeng Sports Stadium in Rayong and kick off is at 4:00pm.
30/8/10 Chonburi head coach Jadet Meelarp is approaching two managerial landmarks at the club. His next victory in the league will be his 50th TPL win and the fixture after Thursday's Toyota League Cup tie against Phitsanulok will be his 100th competitive match in charge. Now in his second spell as boss, it is possible that Jadet will reach both milestones in the game at Bangkok United on Sunday 12th September. OVERALL RECORD - up to Monday 30th August,2010 TPL P82 W49 D24 L9 F129 A56 Pts171 Other P16 W8 D2 L6 F26 A23 All Competitions P98 W57 D26 L15 F155 A79 For a full breakdown of Jadet's two spells as Chonburi manager, please click on the link below. http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/player_profile.pl?player=Manager
31/8/10 It looks like Chonburi may be allocated fewer tickets than we were expecting for the match at the Leo Stadium on Sunday September 19th. Following a recent incident at the ground, involving Pattaya United fans, the Thai football authorities have ordered Bangkok Glass to segregate home and away supporters for all future fixtures. This means that visitors will now be housed in the North Stand, which only holds 800. Before the ruling, we would probably have been given 1200 tickets - 400 at the side and 800 behind the goal. I'll add more details when I get them.
31/8/10 This website will be getting a brand new look in the very near future. The people at www.clubwebsite.co.uk have been in touch to tell me that they will be changing the layout and adding a host of new features to compliment the existing ones. I'll pass on more information as and when I receive it. In the meantime, thank you for your continued support.
26/8/10 On Saturday 26th August, 2006 the fans of all the Pro League clubs, and Chonburi who had been promoted at the end of the 2005 season, staged the first ever national Fan Club Meeting at the small ground next to the Rajamangala stadium in Bangkok. There was food, music, drinks and a couple of lively mcs who got people to join in with various games. There was also a market where you could buy merchandise including replica team shirts and scarves. In the afternoon two football matches were played. The first involved supporters of all the clubs represented and the second was a challenge match between The Sports Authority of Thailand team and Chonburi Fan Club FC, which ended in a 2-2 draw. After the festivities, a meeting was held in the SAT offices, during which the management outlined their plans and ideas and supporters were able to make their own views known. All in all it was an extremely enjoyable day which drew about 250 fans from all over the country. The clubs represented were: CHONBURI FC Bangkok Bravo FC Chachangsao Fighting Fish FC Chantaburi FC Chiang Mai FC Exorcist Satun FC Khon Kaen FC Korat Stingray FC Nakhon Pathom Hunter FC Nakhon Sawan Lion FC Naratiwat FC PAT FC Pitsanulok FC Sakol Singhapuphan FC Sisaket Steel Rock FC Surat Rooster FC TOT FC Photos http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=43750 Images 1&2 http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=43749 Images 30,35&36
23/8/10 Ney Fabiano's treble yesterday is only the third hat-trick scored by a Chonburi player in the TPL since we joined the league in 2006. The Brazillian joins Coulibaly Cheick Ismael and Michael Byrne on a short, but distinguished, list.
CHONBURI TPL HAT-TRICKS
25th February 2006 - COULIBALY CHEICK ISMAEL v Bangkok Bank (H) W3-0 http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/match_report.pl?action=report&id=1884987
Images 8 & 9 (Coulibaly second from the left)
14th July 2010 - MICHAEL BYRNE v BEC Tero (A) W4-1 http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/match_report.pl?action=report&id=1906423
Images 64,65 & 66
22nd August 2010 - NEY FABIANO v Samut Songkhram (A) W3-0
20/8/10 Wednesday 25th August FA CUP CHONBURI v Samut Songkhram 7:00pm Sunday 29th August TOYOTA LEAGUE CUP Phitsanulok v CHONBURI 6:00pm
19/8/10 Pitsanalok v CHONBURI First leg to be played on Sunday 29th August. The second leg on Thursday 2nd September.
13/8/10 Between 2006 and 2008 I used to supply video footage, information and the occasional interview about, Thai football to the good people over at ESPN/Star Sports. The highlights were mainly featured on two shows : Football Crazy and The Top Corner. The latter was the brainchild of one Dez Corkhill, a British journalist who was responsible for most of the Asian football output on the network. A champion of the local game, Dez has recently moved to a new job in Malaysia but I caught up with him the other day and he was good enough to answer a few questions for this site. You can read the interview here http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/club_bespoke.pl?page_select=5393
11/8/10 We are one year old today!! Twelve months ago to the day, I took my first tentative steps into the blogosphere (I didn't even know what that meant back then!) and started this website. And, I can honestly say, I've enjoyed every minute of it, although my typing skills haven't really improved! I'd like to take this opportunity to say a few thank yous so, here goes............ THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed anything to the site - interviews, articles, photos, opinions etc. I'd especially like to thank Steve Darby and Michael Byrne, both of whom have always been happy to oblige me with a quote or a lengthier piece whenever I've asked. And they're such nice blokes!! THANK YOU to everyone who has contacted me with, or asked for, information. It's always great to hear from you. And thank you for being patient with me. THANK YOU to all the other webmasters out there who post about Thai, and Asian, football in English (and German!), I really enjoy the special relationship we have with each other and how everyone is always so supportive of everyone else. It's been a pleasure getting to know you all. THANK YOU to everyone who visits the site. You are the reason I do what I do. I reached a quarter of a million hits today. Unbelievable!! THANK YOU to everyone connected with Thai football. We wouldn't be here without you. THANK YOU to CHONBURI FC - management, staff, players (past & present) and fans. We really are the greatest club in the land. A lot of what is happening right now in Thai domestic football wouldn't be happening without the pioneering spirit shown by our club over the past ten years. The original and STILL the best. And last, but not least, THANK YOU to my other half for the (more than) occasional translation and for your continued support. I couldn't do it without you. Here's to the next twelve months. The Changs are on me!!!!!!
9/8/10 Chonburi coach Jadet Meelarp has criticised the TPL for sheduling two of the club's longest away trips on successive Saturdays. The 850km round trip to Phichit at the weekend is followed by a near 1,200km round trip to Sisaket in four days time. The boss thinks that fatigue could be a problem for the players, especially those who are involved in the Thailand national team's friendly against Singapore on Wednesday. Jadet told reporters after the 2-0 win against TTM, "It's not an ideal situation, and I'd rather we didn't have two such long journies so close together, but we have to be professional and accept it."
6/8/10 Coach Jadet is still confident that Chonburi can close the five point gap at the top of the table. "We have all been working hard and I still believe we can be champions," he told the official website. "All our players are back from injury and suspension and we have signed some exciting new strikers. It won't be easy against TTM but I think we can win." The Sharks have failed to win any of their last three league games. Since beating BEC Tero on July 14th, Chonburi have lost away against the Army and drawn consecutive home matches with Muang Thong United and Pattaya United.
5/8/10 Five Chonburi players have been called up to the Thai national squad for the match against Singapore on Wednesday 11th August. They are Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool, Suree Sukha, Nattapong Samana, Suttinun Phukhom and Puritat Jarigarnon.
5/8/10 On Saturday I will get to visit another new ground. Below is a list of all the stadiums used by the current TPL clubs since Chonburi were promoted in 2005. There have been instances during this period when teams have played home matches at other venues - ie Chonburi played one home game at Supachalasai Stadium and another at the Nong Prue Stadium in 2009 and Thai Port also used Supachalasai, when they were banned from using the PAT Stadium, at the start of this season - but these are the main bases for all the TPL clubs during the period 2006-2010. MUANG THONG UNITED 2009 The Thunderdome (Yamaha Stadium) 2010 The Thunderdome (Yamaha Stadium) CHONBURI 2006 Chonburi Municipal Stadium 2007 Chonburi Municipal Stadium 2008 Chonburi Municipal Stadium & Princess Srindhorn Stadium, SriRacha(pictured) 2009 Princess Srirndhorn Stadium, SriRacha 2010 Chonburi Sports College Stadium PEA 2006 Ayutthya Central Stadium 2007 Chonburi Sports College Stadium 2008 Ayutthya Central Stadium 2009 Ayutthya Central Stadium 2010 i-Mobile Stadium, Buriram PORT AUTHORITY/THAI PORT 2006 Chonburi Sports College Stadium 2007 Thupadamee Stadium 2008 Thai-Japanese Stadium 2009 PAT Stadium, Klong Toey 2010 PAT Stadium, Klong Toey PATTAYA UNITED 2009 Nong Prue Stadium 2010 Nong Prue Stadium BANGKOK GLASS 2009 Leo Stadium 2010 New Leo Stadium, Pathum Thani OSOTSPA 2006 Rattana Bundit University Stadium 2007 Klongjan Sports Stadium 2008 Klongjan Sports Stadium 2009 Thannarom Stadium, Lamluka & M150 Saraburi Stadium 2010 M150 Saraburi Stadium TOT 2007 Narmgairjon Stadium, Chaeng Wattana 2008 Narmgairjon Stadium, Chaeng Wattana 2009 Kleab Bua Stadium, Kanchanaburi & The Thunderdome (Yamaha Stadium) 2010 The Thunderdome (Yamaha Stadium) THAILAND TOBACCO MONOPOLY 2006 Royal Thai Army Stadium 2007 Royal Thai Army Stadium 2008 72 Years Anniversary Stadium, Minburi 2009 Samut Sakhon Stadium 2010 Phichit Stadium SAMUT SONGKHRAM 2008 Samut Songkhram Central Sports Stadium 2009 Samut Songkhram Central Sports Stadium 2010 Samut Songkhram Central Sports Stadium POLICE/POLICE UNITED 2007 Rachaburi Central Sports Stadium 2010 Thammasat Rangsit Stadium BEC TERO 2006 Nong Jork Stadium 2007 Nong Jork Stadium 2008 Nong Jork Stadium 2009 Nong Jork Stadium 2010 Thephasadin Stadium, Bangkok NAVY/NAVY RAYONG 2007 Royal Thai Navy Stadium, Sattahip 2009 Rayong Stadium 2010 Rayong Stadium ARMY 2006 Royal Thai Army Stadium 2007 Royal Thai Army Stadium 2008 Royal Thai Army Stadium 2010 Royal Thai Army Stadium SISAKET 2010 Sri Nakhon Lamduan Stadium, Sisaket BANGKOK UNIVERSITY/UNITED 2006 Bangkok University Stadium, Rangsit 2007 Bangkok University Stadium, Rangsit 2008 Bangkok University Stadium, Rangsit 2009 Thai-Japanese Stadium 2010 Thai-Japanese Stadium
4/8/10 On the 4th August, 2006 Chonburi played against the Thailand national team, at the Coke Stadium in Bang Phra. The domestic season - our first in the top flight - had ended a few weeks earlier but we were still competing in the Singapore Cup. Therefore we were playing weekly friendly games in preparation for the semi-finals, which were due to be held in late September. The match itself was taken very seriously by both teams and a crowd of about two hundred turned up. Not bad for a weekday afternoon. The Thai team won 2-0, thanks mainly to an outstanding performance by Teerathep Winothai. The headline in the following day's Siam Sport newspaper read, "(The) Leesaw Show". (see above) You can see photos from the game here http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=43992 Images 19-25
2/8/10 According to some press reports, it appears that Teerathep Winothai is keen on a move to Chonburi. The popular striker, who has hardly featured for Muang Thong this season, has been quoted as saying that he would like to join the Sharks, mainly because he wants regular first team football. Even though Leesaw is out of favour with the Muang Thong coach, he is still a vital part of the merchandising machine at the Yamaha Stadium, and this is understood to be one of the reasons why the top management are reluctant to let him leave. The Thai transfer window closes on the 9th of August so, one way or another, a decision will be made in the next seven days.
2/8/10 By a strange twist of fate, our recent fixture against PEA in Buriram fell on the fifth anniversary of our last competitive match in the north-east of Thailand. On that occasion we visited Korat, needing a win to seal the Thailand Provincial League title and promotion to the new look Premier League. The players duly obliged and we collected our first major honour and a place in the top flight. On Sunday 27th June this year, I paid an emotional return visit to the scene of our triumph. Five years and one day after the event. You can see some photos of my trip here http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=44176 Images 13-17 Thailand Provincial League 26th June, 2005 Korat Stingray 1-3 Chonburi http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/match_report.pl?action=report&id=1906120
1/8/10 The TPL All Stars were completely outclassed by a well organised Atletico side. The match wasn't anything to get excited about but it was an enjoyable occasion and the chance to catch up with some old friends, and make some new ones.
1/8/10 "The Football" is a photographer who has been documenting Thai football for a number of years. Here are a few photos which may be of interest to Chonburi fans. The first set are from the Chonburi Sports College Stadium in September 2007, when it was being used as PEA's home ground. The second link will take you to photographs from the same month, when Chonburi beat Nakhon Pathom at the Chonburi Municipal Stadium. And the final link is to photos from the memorable night in November 2007, when we made history by becoming the first provincial club to win Thailand's top domestic honour. The Football Siam Photo Gallery also has many other photographs from around the leagues and is well worth an hour or so of your time. 26/9/07 PEA 3-1 Thai Honda - Chonburi Sports College Stadium http://footballsiam.212cafe.com/gallery/archive.php?category=1943 26/9/07 Chonburi 3-1 Nakhon Pathom http://footballsiam.212cafe.com/gallery/archive.php?category=1976 21/11/07 Chonburi 3-2 Krung Thai Bank http://footballsiam.212cafe.com/gallery/archive.php?category=2332
30/7/10 With the TPL taking a week off, I'd thought I'd look back at the last three seasons* for a comparison to the current state of the league table. Final points tally and league placing in brackets. *The league was increased to 16 teams in 2007. 2007 BEC Tero...............P18 W10 D5 L3 F33 A14 Pts35 (P30 Pts51 - 3rd) Krung Thai Bank....P18 W9 D7 L2 F20 A11 Pts34 (P30 Pts54 - 2nd) Chonburi................P18 W9 D5 L4 F23 A15 Pts32 (P30 Pts63 - 1st) Bangkok Bank........P18 W8 D7 L3 F18 A11 Pts31 (P30 Pts44 - 7th) 2008 BEC Tero.....P18 W11 D3 L4 F36 A18 Pts36 (P30 Pts55 - 3rd) PEA.............P18 W11 D3 L4 F18 A10 Pts36 (P30 Pts61 - 1st) Chonburi......P18 W9 D8 L1 F22 A9 Pts35 (P30 Pts59 - 2nd) TOT.............P18 W9 D6 L3 F23 A14 Pts33 (P30 Pts50 - 5th) 2009 Chonburi...........P18 W12 D3 L3 F31 A19 Pts39 (P30 Pts62 - 2nd) Muang Thong....P18 W10 D5 L3 F27 A12 Pts35 (P30 Pts65 - 1st) BKK Glass.........P18 W9 D6 L3 F24 A17 Pts33 (P30 Pts 56 - 3rd) Osotspa............P18 W9 D5 L4 F24 A17 Pts32 (P30 Pts47 - 5th) 2010 Muang Thong....P18 W13 D3 L2 F43 A9 Pts42 Chonburi............P18 W11 D4 L3 F37 A17 Pts37 PEA...................P18 W8 D10 L0 F25 A10 Pts34 Thai Port............P18 W10 D3 L5 F24 A16 Pts33 So, if we are to win the title, we will have to create history and overhaul a 5 point deficit.
30/7/10 Chonburi defenders, Suree Sukha and Nattapong Samana, have both pulled out of the TPL All Stars squad for Sunday's friendly against Atletico Madrid. The duo picked up knocks in Wednesday night's 2-2 draw. With Michael Byrne having joined Bangkok Glass, this means that the Sharks will be represented by four players at the weekend. They are Therdsak, Chaiman, Sinthaweechai Hathairattankool, Puritat Jarigarnon and Suttinun Phukhom. The match will played at Rajamangala and kick off is at 6:00pm.
29/7/10 Chonburi FC are still keen on signing Muang Thong United striker, Teerathep Winothai. The story first surfaced last week when the league champions announced their interest in taking Michael Byrne to the Thunderdome. However, with the popular British midfielder agreeing terms with Bangkok Glass yesterday, a swap is now out of the question. But team manager, Annop Singtotong, hasn't ruled out the possibility of Leesaw joining the Sharks. Such a move would be welcomed by the fans and help to ease some of the frustration following Byrne's departure.
27/7/10 Seven Chonburi players have been selected in the TPL All Star squad to face Spanish league club, Atletico Madrid on Sunday August 1st. They are Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool, Suree Sukha, Suttinun Phukhom, Nattapong Samana, Therdsak Chaiman, Puritat Jarigarnon and Michael Byrne. The match will be played at the Rajamangala Stadium and tickets, priced between B100 and B2,000, are on sale now. Kick off is at 5:00pm.
23/7/10 The Sharks are reportedly interested in signing Thai football's golden boy, Teerathep Winothai, from Muang Thong. Team manager, Annop Singtothong, is believed to be keen to bring "Leesaw", who has hardly featured for the first team at the Yamaha Stadium this season, to Chonburi. The same report suggests that Michael Byrne could go the other way as part of the deal.
21/7/10 With Sunday's match expected to attract the biggest crowd of the season to the Sports College Stadium, here are a few statistics from our TPL home attendances so far this year. Highest attendance : 10,978 v Bangkok Glass 23/5/10 Lowest attendance : 4,577 v Bangkok United 10/7/10 Total attendance : 65,234 (8 matches) Average attendance : 8,165 TPL 2009 Highest attendance : 6,101 v PEA 29/8/09 Lowest attendance : 1,910 v Thai Port 18/10/09 (played at Supachalasai Stadium, Bangkok) Total attendance : 50,834 Average attendance : 4,236 nb These figures are based on all available information and cover 12 out of 15 home games played last season.
23/7/10 Japanese striker, Naohiro Takahara, has joined K-League outfit Suwon Blue Wings. The 31 year old from Urawa Reds, who also had spells in Argentina and Germany, had been discussing a possible move to join the Sharks but has opted for Korea and AFC Champions League football instead.
22/7/10 Chonburi Technical Director, Wiitaya Laohkul, is believed to be in negotiations to bring former Japanese international, Naohiro Takahara, to the club. The six foot striker is currently with J-League outfit Urawa Reds but has had spells in Argentina and Germany. He played 57 times for Japan between 2000 and 2008, scoring 23 goals in the process.
22/7/10 The Ian Walker saga took another twist today, when the ex-England keeper is believed to have asked Chonburi to pay for flights to Thailand for his partner and child. Club officials in the USA had agreed to pay for Walker's air fare but feel the latest request will take them beyond what they want to shell out to bring the goalie over for a trial. The former Tottenham man was expected to be in attendance when Chonburi host Muang Thong in the top of the table clash on Sunday. However, it remains to be seen whether he will be coming after all.
19/7/10 Ian Walker's proposed move to Chonburi took a step forward at the weekend. The former England keeper met with club officials in the USA, where he is currently coaching school children, and underlined his interest in coming to play in the TPL. An official statement from Chonburi FC said that having someone of Walker's pedigree at the club would help to raise our profile around the world and be a benefit to the league as a whole. It went on to say that the ex-Tottenham stopper would hopefully be involved in a coaching capacity, not only with the Sharks but also in the local community. Money is still believed to be an issue but Walker intends to fly out to Thailand later this week for further discussions and will be the guest of honour at next Sunday's top of the table clash with Muang Thong.
15/7/10 As we have reached the halfway mark in the 2010 TPL season, I have updated Chonburi's complete record in this division. Up to, and including, yesterday's victory at BEC Tero our statistics read : TPL RECORD 2006 - 14th July 2010 Home P64 W31 D22 L11 F96 A60 Pts115 Away P63 W37 D20 L6 F102 A51 Pts131 Overall P127 W68 D42 L17 F198 A111 Pts246 Chonburi FC Complete Head to Head Record 2006 - 14th July, 2010 http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/club_bespoke.pl?page_select=7649
12/7/10 Former Tottenham and England keeper, Ian Walker, has expressed an interest in playing for Chonburi in the TPL. The 38 year old is currently coaching youngsters in the USA but would jump at the chance of first team football again. It is believed that club officials will meet with Walker when the Chonburi Academy team visit Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and son, next week. According to the official website, the Watford born stopper, would consider a wage cut in order to play for the Sharks.
9/7/10 Chonburi coach, Jadet Meelarp, has promised to get the club's title challenge back on track this weekend. Speaking to the official site he said, "I know we haven't played well in our last two league games. However, we had a good long chat in the dressing room after the Osotspa match and that has helped to focus everyone and work on putting things right. I'm confident that we will get a result against Bangkok United." Therdsak Chaiman, who missed the meeting with Osotspa through injury is likely to return on Saturday but Suree Sukha is out suspended. Jetsadakorn Hemdaeng is favourite to deputise in the right back slot.
7/7/10 Chonburi's new signing, Canadian Dave Simpson (right),with Michael Byrne (left) at tonight's FA Cup 3rd round match v Samut Sakorn. Photo courtesy of www.chonburifc.net
9/7/10 Below is a list of Chonburi's 2nd leg TPL fixtures and details of the tv channels on which you can watch the matches. As always, timings, dates and broadcasters are subject to change. July Sun 18th - Army (A) 6:00pm - NBT Ch11 Sun 25th - Muang Thong Utd (H) 6:00pm - NBT Ch11 Wed 28th - Pattaya Utd (H) 5:00pm - SSTV August Fri 6th - TTM (A) 4:30pm - True Sport Sat 14th - Sisaket (A) 4:00pm - FBS TV Wed 18th - BEC Tero (H) 6:00pm - NBT Ch11 Sun 22nd - Samut Songkhram (A) 4:30pm - SSTV Sat 28th - TOT(H) September Sun12th - BKK Utd (A) 6:00pm - NBT Ch11 Sun19th - BKK Glass (A) 6:00pm - NBT Ch11 Sun 26th - Navy Rayong (H) 6:00pm - NBT Ch11 Wed 29th - Thai Port (A) 4:30pm - True Sport October Sun 3rd - Police Utd (H) 6:00pm - FBS TV Sat 16th - PEA (H) 6:00pm - NBT Ch11 Sun 24th - Osotspa (A) 4:30pm - True Sport
6/7/10 Chonburi FC are expecting to complete the signing of a new striker this week. Apparently, the mystery man has passed a medical and an official announcement is due in the next few days.
6/7/10 Sunday's 0-0 draw was our eighteenth no score draw in the TPL - twelve of them have come at home. Just for fun, here is the full list. 2006 11th Feb Chonburi 0-0 BEC Tero 3rd June Thai Port 0-0 Chonburi 2007 21st April Chonburi 0-0 Police 19th May Chonburi 0-0 BKK Bank 22nd Sept Chonburi 0-0 TOT 2008 17th Feb Chonburi 0-0 BKK Bank 2nd April TTM 0-0 Chonburi 26th April Chonburi 0-0 Bang Phra 2nd July Army 0-0 Chonburi 26th July Chula 0-0 Chonburi 9th Aug Chonburi 0-0 Nakhon Pathom 30th Aug PEA 0-0 Chonburi 27th Sept Chonburi 0-0 Thai Port 4th Oct Chonburi 0-0 Samut Songkhram 2009 22nd March Pattaya Utd 0-0 Chonburi 15th Aug TOT 0-0 Chonburi 2010 2nd May Chonburi 0-0 Samut Songkhram 4th July Chonburi 0-0 Osotspa We have also failed to score on six other occasions. 2006 1st April Chonburi 0-1 Suphanburi 22nd April BKK Uni 2-0 Chonburi 2007 30th May Chonburi 0-1 PEA 15th Sept Chonburi 0-1 BKK Uni 2008 3rd May Chonburi 0-1 BEC Tero 2009 12th Aug BKK Glass 1-0 Chonburi Our overall TPL record, up to and including Sunday 4th July, 2010. P125 W66 SD24 NSD18 L17 F192 A109 Pts240
5/7/10 The letter above was printed in yesterday's programme. It praises the work of the Chonburi FA and promises funding of USD35,000 to further the development of the Chonburi Provincial League, under the umbrella of the AFC's Vision Thailand Project. Click on the image to enlarge. You can read more about the history of Vision Thailand, and Chonburi's involvement, here http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/club_bespoke.pl?page_select=6172
3/7/10 These are Chonburi's fixtures for the second half of the season. July Sun 18th - Army (A) Sun 25th - Muang Thong Utd (H) Wed 28th - Pattaya Utd (H) August Sat 7th - TTM (A) Sat 14th - Sisaket (A) Wed 18th - BEC Tero (H) Sun 22nd - Samut Songkhram (A) Sat 28th - TOT(H) September Sun12th - BKK Utd (A) Sun19th - BKK Glass (A) Sun 26th - Navy Rayong (H) Wed 29th - Thai Port (A) October Sun 3rd - Police Utd (H) Sat 16th - PEA (H) Sun 24th - Osotspa (A) As always, fixtures are subject to change.
2/7/10 A recent conversation got me thinking about some of the strange experiences I've had following Chonburi over the past eight and a half seasons. So, after a bit of thought, I've managed to come up with my top ten. Here are numbers 10 to 6. 10 - Hearing the "Summer Holiday" soundtrack by Cliff and the Shadows played in its entirety on the pa system prior to a match at BEC Tero in 2008. Summer Holiday http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057541/ BEC Tero 0-1 Chonburi - 6th August 2008 http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/match_report.pl?action=report&id=1904422 9 - Turning up for a home game, with our stock of beer, at the usual time one Sunday afternoon in 2005 to find the Princess Srindhorn Stadium even quieter than usual. "They played yesterday," a passer by informed us. This is still the only home match I've missed since the start of the 2004 season. At least we still had our refreshments. 8 - The coach driver getting lost on the way to an away match in 2006. After what seemed like an eternity of exploring the backstreets and side roads of greater Bangkok some bright spark hit on the idea of paying a motorbike taxi driver to lead the way. We duly found one and he got us to the ground twenty minutes after the kick off. 7 - Wandering into a sports shop opposite Supachalasai Stadium to find three of our players, in full kit, trying on new boots an hour before they were due to kick off against Melbourne Victory in the AFC Champions League. Chonburi 3-1 Melbourne Victory http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/match_report.pl?action=report&id=1904450 6 - All the away fans sheltering in the dressing room with the players after we'd beaten Nakhon Pathom in an absolute downpour. The water was knee deep in some parts of the pitch but the referee resolutely refused to abandon the match, even though the rain was incessant. We eventually got away about an hour and a half after the final whistle to find the town underwater. Nakhon Pathom 0-1 Chonburi - 9th May 2007 http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/match_report.pl?action=report&id=1894637 Check back for numbers 5 to 1.
2/7/10 Team manager, Arnop Singhtothong, has said that the club are still on the lookout for new strikers. "The Saint" claims that losing Pipob On-Mo long term has been a major blow for the team and he is keen to bring in fresh blood. Speaking to the official site Arnop went on to say, "Ideally we'd like to bring in a Brazilian attacker, as that would suit our style of play. We signed Sukree Etae from Narratiwat for the long term but we may have to promote him to the first eleven starting line up sooner than expected. However, in the meantime, we''ll keep looking."
2/7/10 Bangkok Bank 3-2 Chonburi Ladkrabang Technical College Stadium This was the last match of Chonburi's debut season in the TPL. With nothing more than pride at stake, a sparse crowd, including about 25 visiting fans, attended the game at the Ladkrabang Technical College Stadium.However, those of us who did bother to turn up were rewarded with a fine afternoon's entertainment for our B50 admission fee. The Chonburi squad that day included Arthit Sunthornphit, Suree Suka, Adul Lahso, Paisan Pona, Pipob On-Mo, Chonlatit Jantakam and Jetsadakorn Hemdaeng, all of whom are still at the club. The defeat was Chonburi's only away loss during the entire campaign. Our record on the road in 2006 was P11 W3 D7 L1 F16 A13 Pts16 and we finished the season in 8th place of a 12 team league. Sadly Bangkok Bank folded after being relegated at the end of the 2008 season. Their last ever game was a 2-1 home defeat by Chonburi on Saturday 8th October.
30/6/10 I have added a new section to the site where you can read all the archived news features. I will be archiving everything here after it has been up on the site for one week. NEWS ARCHIVE http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/club_bespoke.pl?page_select=8656 All archived stories and reports relating to Chonburi matches, both pre and post match, can be found in the Fixtures & Results section, alongside the relevant game. Please see here for an example. http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/match_report.pl?action=report&id=1906437 Archived news stories regarding individual players can be found in the Player Profiles section. Please click on the link below for an example. http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/player_profile.pl?player=1263300 I hope that this will make things easier for you when you are looking for information. Thank you.
29/6/10 These are believed to be Chonburi's fixtures for the second half of the season. However, there is still no confirmation from any official source. July Sun 18th - Army (A) Sun 25th - Muang Thong Utd (H) Wed 28th - Pattaya Utd (H) August Sat 7th - TTM (A) Sat 14th - Sisaket (A) Wed 18th - BEC Tero (H) Sun 22nd - Samut Songkhram (A) Sat 28th - TOT(H) September Sun12th - BKK Utd (A) Sun19th - BKK Glass (A) Sat 25th - Navy Rayong (H) Wed 29th - Thai Port (A) October Sun 3rd - Police Utd (H) Sat 16th - PEA (H) Sun 24th - Osotspa (A)
27/6/10 Apologies for the lack of updates over the past couple of days but I've been taking a short break in the north east of Thailand. TPL Results Saturday 26th June Muang Thong United 5-0 Samut Songkhra Bangkok Glass 5-0 Navy Rayong PEA 3-1 CHONBURI League table http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/league_table.pl I'll be posting a full report about our trip to the i-mobile Stadium in a day or so. There will also be an interview with PEA fan, Roger Smith, which I conducted prior to the match but was unfortunately unable to post. Sorry Roger. Plus a lot more features and photos.
23/6/10 Chonburi chairman Kn Witthaya Kunpluem has announced plans to build a new 22,000 seater stadium for the club. The ground will be near to Bang Saen, just south of Chonburi, and will meet all the criteria for staging AFC Champions League and Cup games. It is hoped that the stadium will be ready in the next three years.
18/6/10 Chonburi coach Jadet Meelarp is currently looking at ways to bolster the team's attack. With injuries to Pipob On-Mo, Rangsan Rupmoh and Michael Byrne cutting down our striker options, the boss is considering bringng in fresh blood. The overseas scouting network has identified five players from Brazil and Ivory Coast (presumably not players at the World Cup) for trials but a solution may be found closer to home, with Chonburi Reserves striker Wanich Jaisaen a front runner. The youngster has impressed in the Reserve's opening two games of the season and may well be given the chance to step up into the first team squad in the not too distant future.
18/6/10 There have been numerous articles and features about Chonburi FC posted on various websites over the past week. Here is a round up of some of the best ones. It's all a far cry from when I had to phone one of the players just to find out when and where the matches were being played. Chonburi v Thai Port by Antony Sutton Decisions decisions. As the game kicked off I sat there wondering whether to use my camera or handycam. As I pondered this decision of great import Thai Port took the lead. As they were attacking my end this was not good news because after the goal they sat back, relying on the odd long ball over for the top for their strikers to chase. So whatâ€™m saying is not much work for me. Plus the pitch was miles away from the fans. The local heroes, top of the table before kick off, equalized just before half time then laid siege to the Thai FA Cup Winners 2009 goal in the second half but it wasnâ€™t till the death that their perseverance paid off with a winner. Therdsak Chaiman grew increasingly influential during the second half but it seemed that for all their possession Chonburi would be dropping points in this game. Like Bangkok Glass they lacked a striker who could make something out of nothing. Still, they got the three points and the home fans went home happy. Taken from www.jakartacasual.blogspot.com The TPL's Singapore Influence by Antony Sutton Therdsak Chaiman has come in to a Chonburi side and top scored. Against Thai Port yesterday it was noticeable that his influence increased as the game progress and you always felt the Sharks had a second goal in them thanks to his prompting and probing. He may be 37 years old but his attitude and professionalism have impressed everyone at the club. Meanwhile the team he left behind, SAFFC, have struggled to find any consistency. You can read the full article here www.jakartacasual.blogspot.com Chonburi v Thai Port Photos http://asianfootballpix.blogspot.com/2010/06/chonburi-v-thai-port.html Chonburi v Thai Port Video http://jakartacasualtv.blogspot.com/2010/06/chonburi-v-thai-port.html Interview with the Webmaster http://jakartacasualtv.blogspot.com/2010/06/dale-farrington-chonburi-fan-blogger.html TPL Plus Crossbar Challenge - Chonburi FC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiBMIRAsGlc&feature=related TPL Plus Michael Byrne Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtOcd8VIPAg Navy Rayong 0-4 Chonburi Photos http://thai-fussball.de/Galerie/Rajnavy_Rayong_2010/
12/5/10 The club has made an official announcement on its decision to let seven members of the first team travel to South Africa, to represent their country in a hastily arranged friendly. Part of the statement reads, "We are pleased to let the players go. The country must come first. It wouldn't be good for Thailand to send a weakened team to South Africa.We also believe that it will be a good experience for our players and hopefully they will be able to use this experience to help Chonburi FC regain the TPL title this season." Even though Suree Sukha and Nattapong Samana are carrying injuries, the Chonburi management insisted that they went on the trip. Many other clubs, most notably PEA FC, have refused to let their players join the party. There have also been a few late withdrawals. In an already severely disrupted season, the timing isn't great, and I'm miffed at having no game to go to again this weekend, but the club have done the right thing. And I'm sure the national team staff are grateful for the support. Credit must also be given to Muang Thong United who, in spite of a busy schedule in the league and AFC Cup, have released eight of their squad.
6/5/10 Chonburi have taken Mohamed Lamine Camara on trial. The African striker has experience in the second tier of French football.
3/4/10 Liberian player, Boima "Jerry" Karpeh, has arrived from Australia for trials at Chonburi FC . The 25 year old striker has been playing for Oakleigh Canons in the Victorian Premier League, where he scored seven goals in sixteen appearances. He has also played for Whittlesea Zebras (25 app 9 gls) and had a brief spell at Perth Glory (7apps 0 gls) in 2007-2008.
11/3/10 Four Thai TV stations will share the live broadcasts of all 240 TPL matches during the 2010 season. The stations are NBT 11 (60 matches), TrueVisions 102 (30 matches), T-Sport (30 matches) and Siam Sport TV (120 matches). Each team will receive 1.5 million baht from the broadcasters. Chonburi's televised games for the first three weeks will be : Sunday 21st March v Army (H) Siam Sport TV Sunday 28th March v Muang Thong Utd (A) Siam Sport TV Sunday 4th April v Pattaya Utd (A) NBT 11
10/3/10 Uncomfirmed reports suggest that ALL Saturday and Sunday games will be called off due to the political situation here in Thailand. Initially it looked like only a handful of matches in the greater Bangkok area would be be affected but it now seems that the whole Thai League will shut down for the weekend. Chonburi FC are already trying to organise a friendly for Saturday. More updates to follow.
9/3/10 Today's proposed friendly between Chonburi and Chanthaburi has been called off.
7/3/10 Chonburi are believed to be on the verge of signing a couple of Brazilian players. The as yet un-named duo, one a strker and one a defender, were at the two club sponsored events yesterday. They are both expected to make an appearance in Tuesday's friendly against Chanthaburi.
6/3/10 Chonburi will host Chanthaburi FC at the Chonburi Sports College (IPE) Stadium on Tuesday 9th March. The game kicks off at 4:00pm and admission is free.
27/2/10 Sharkmeichel has posted more images of the new home shirt on the official site. I haven't seen the actual kits yet but they get the thumbs up from someone who has. If the picture above is anything to go by, they should look quite smart. Photo courtesy of Sharkmeichel See more Chonburi FC shirts (including the new 2nd and 3rd shirts) here : http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=43749
21/2/10 The three designs above have been confirmed as the new kits for the 2010 season. A group of first team players, including Pipob On-Mo, Therdsak Chaiman, Arthit Sunthornphit and Michael Byrne, attended a photo session yesterday morning to model the strips. The official launch is expected to take place sometime in the next ten days. You can view a variety of previous season's Chonburi shirts here : http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=43749 Photo by Sharkmeichel
18/2/10 It is always customary at this time of year for speculation to be rife about what the new kit may look like. These images have been posted over on the official site messageboard by someone named Sharkmeichel. The three designs seem believeable enough and I think they look quite smart. However, I'll reserve judgement until I see the real thing.
17/1/10 Chonburi FC have lined up a possible friendly match against Korean side, Ulsan Hyundai Mipo. The game is pencilled in for Tuesday 19th January at the Chonburi Sports College Stadium. Kick off will be at 4:00pm. The visitors were beaten 4-1 by Muang Thong United yesterday and lost 2-1 to a Thailand Select Xl last week. It is also understood that the club are planning to go to Korat for a few days at the end of the month for an intensive training programme. All sessions will be taking place at the well equipped, and beautifully designed, SEA Games Stadium complex. This trip replaces the original planned excursion to Chiang Mai.
4/1/10 The Chonburi players, minus those on international duty, will report back to training today after a short break for the New Year. The club is also believed to be planning a trip to a specialist sports camp in Chiang Mai. This trip will be in preparation for the Queen's Cup tournament, which is due to start at the end of the month.
2/1/10 30 - Supasek Kaikeaw Position - Striker Age - 23 Previous Club - Bangkok United Pre Season Stats - Matches Played 2 Goals Scored 2 34 - Noppanon Kachpalayuk Position - Midfield Age - 18 Previous Club - Thai Airways Ban Beung Pre Season Stats - Matches Played 2 Goals Scored 0 13 - Therdsak Chaiman Position - Midfield Age - 36 Previous Club - Singapore Armed Forces Pre Season Stats - Matches Played 0 Goals Scored 0 26 - Atthapong Nuprom Position - Midfield Age - 19 Previous Club - SriRacha Pre Season Stats - Matches Played 2 Goals Scored 0 15 - Purithat Jarigarnon Position - Forward Age - 20 Previous Club - Thai Airways Ban Beung Pre Season Stats - Matches Played 2 Goals Scored 0 More Player Profiles can be found here : http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/the_squad.pl
31/12/09 A Happy New Year to everyone who has visited this site over the past few months. I really appreciate your support and I always enjoy reading your comments and receiving your mail. Wherever you are, I'd like to wish you all a happy, healthy, prosperous and safe New Year. Here's to a fantastic 2010! Thank you.
31/10/09 FAT have released the calendar for the 2010 season. Chonburi will kick off their campaign away against PEA. March 7th TPL Rd 1 - PEA v Chonburi 14th TPL Rd 2 - Chonburi v Osotspa 21st TPL Rd 3 - Army v Chonburi 28th TPL Rd 4 - Chonburi v BKK Glass April 4th TPL Rd 5 - Pattaya Utd v Chonburi 9th TPL Rd 6 (Wednesday) - Chonburi v TOT 17th TPL Rd 7 - BKK Utd v Chonburi 24th TPL Rd 8 - Chonburi v Muang Thong May 1st TPL Rd 9 - Chonburi v Sisaket 5th TPL Rd 10 (Wednesday) - Samut Songkhram v Chonburi 9th TPL Rd 11 - Chonburi v BEC Tero 15thTPL Rd 12 - Navy Rayong v Chonburi 19th TPL Rd 13 (Wednesday) - Chonburi v TTM 22nd TPL Rd 14 - Chonburi v Police Utd June 6th TPL Rd 15 - Thai Port v Chonburi 12th & 13th FA Cup 3rd Round 19th & 20th TPL Rd 16 26th & 27th TPL Rd 17 July 3rd & 4th TPL Rd 18 10th & 11th FA Cup 3rd Round 17th & 18th FA Cup 4th Round 24th & 25th TPL Rd 19 28th TPL Rd 20 (Wednesday) 31st TPL Rd 21 August 1st TPL Rd 21 7th & 8th TPL Rd 22 14th & 15th TPL Rd 23 18th TPL Rd 24 (Wednesday) 21st & 22nd TPL Rd 25 25th FA Cup Quarter Finals (Wednesday) 28th & 29th TPL Rd 26 September 1st TPL Rd 27 (Wednesday) 4th FA Cup Semi Finals 11th & 12th TPL Rd 28 18th & 19th TPL Rd 29 25th & 26th TPL Rd 30 October 2nd FA Cup Final
28/10/09 An uncomfirmed report suggests that Chonburi will be invited to enter the 2010 Singapore Cup. With no AFC competition on the cards next season it would be a good opportunity for the Sharks to play against foreign opposition and win some silverware. Chonburi made history in 2006 when they became the first overseas club to reach the final. In fact it could have been so much better, as Tampines Rovers equalised deep into injury time before going on to win in the last minute of extra time. Keep checking back for any further developments and updates on this story. Photos from 2006 : http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/photo_gallery.pl?album=43748
18/10/09 A full report of the protest will be posted tomorrow. It was an amazing emotional occasion and a day I'll never forget. Respect is due to the fifty or so Chonburi fans who spent the first 70 minutes of the match drinking, eating and watching TV (oh yes!!) on the car park before marching into the stadium to be greeted by loud applause. Credit too to the Thai Port fans who came over to offer their support and encouragement. Especially the three lads who stayed with us throughout our boycott. Protest Report http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/match_report.pl?action=report&id=1864132
11/10/09 A great performance by the team and a defiant display of loyalty by the large away following wasn't quite enough to overtake Muang Thong at the top of the league. Congratulations to MTUFC, worthy champions. A full report to follow. Match Report http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/match_report.pl?action=report&id=1864121
10/10/09 News has just reached me that Chonburi have made an eleventh hour signing and are now 100% confident that we can snatch the TPL title away from under the noses of current press darlings, Muang Thong United. 'Ave it!!!
9/10/09 Read the full story here : http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/sports/25295/chonburi-fc-punished A case of double standards by FAT? It certainly looks like it on first viewing. More comment and reaction to follow.
9/10/09 The disallowed third "goal" that would have won us all three points and kept us in the title race comes around the 1:50 mark. Offside or onside? Judge for yourselves. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJZMVPfC6kw
8/10/09 Morrissey's words were actually about a failed love affair but they seem to fit perfectly here. Chonburi 2 Chula Utd 2 Full match report - including a disallowed goal and Chula being allowed to play with a man extra - to follow. Match Report http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/match_report.pl?action=report&id=1864114
23/9/09 Osotspa 2 Chonburi 1 A full report, plus the phone number of a decent electrician, to follow. Match Report http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/match_report.pl?action=report&id=1864149
20/9/09 A dramatic finale saw Chonburi drop two home points and blow the chance of taking over at the top of the TPL. Match Report http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/match_report.pl?action=report&id=1864136
19/9/09 Chula Utd 1 Muang Thong Utd 1 A goal nine minutes from time earned Chula a well deserved point against the league leaders. This result means that Muang Thong have 52 points from 25 games and Chonburi have 50 from 24. A win tomorrow, against TTM Samut Sakorn, will take us back to the top.
13/9/09 Chonburi have closed the gap at the top of the table thanks to yesterday's 2-0 win against Samut Songkhram and a linesman's flag. The league leaders were held to a 1-1 draw against Pattaya Utd (a team recently humbled by Division 2 NE side, Korat) in this evening's televised fixture. However, a controversially disallowed goal by Leesaw midway through the second half cost them all three points. The former BEC Tero striker was clearly onside when he ran on to a long ball and coolly slotted home. It was a poor decision by the official, as there were at least three defenders, and the goalkeeper, between the Thai international forward and the goal when the pass was made.
28/9/09 Osotspa v Chonburi A terrible draw. Not because of the opponents but there's no way that I'll be able to get to Saraburi for an afternoon kick off on a Wednesday in September.
26/8/09 Don't be fooled by the scoreline, this was a close run thing. I'll post a full report tomorrow but you can be sure that Magna Pattaya (#;;8 School) will get a lot of credit for their performance. Match Report http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/match_report.pl?action=report&id=1864138
23/8/09 Chonburi FC and Chonburi FC Fan Club will be featured on a series of TV shows this week. A film crew were interviewing players, management and fans (including me) at last weekends game against TOT. The results are due to be broadcast at the following times : Monday 24th August - Channel 9 @ 6:00am Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th & Friday 27th August - The Nation Channel @ 7:00pm
20/8/09 A big, big thank you to everyone who has sent in messages and e mails. It would be very tempting to make some up but these all come from genuine sources. "Great site, congrats! This is bad for my Thai knowledge but light years better for following the Sharks! Hope U can keep up the good work." CW "Thanks! Such a great website!!!" TS "Nice one! And good luck to the Sharks!" CR "Thanks for this. I have added your site to my Favourites to keep up to date with Chonburi's progress." AP "This is pretty impressive stuff. I'm impatient for the on-line TV channel now." AT "Nice work with the site." AS "Really nice idea with the website, It's already bookmarked!" TM "Great to see the Chonburi site in English. It will get hits in the UK and Australia....much needed." SD I'd also like to thank everyone who has visited so far - over 2,600 hits already. It makes it all worthwhile. Remember, if you want to contact us, you can do so by clicking on this link : http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/chonburifc/club_bespoke.pl?page_select=5103 Keep checking back for more new features and news items.
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