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Asian Cup 2019: Last Chance for Thailand?

Asian Cup 2019: Last Chance for Thailand?


In 2007, 19-year-old Thailand striker Teerasil
Dangda made his one and only appearance in the AFC Asian Cup when he came on as a late
substitute in the 1-1 with Iraq. Now 30 years old, he will be the sole surviving
player from that squad when the Thais kick off their 2019 Asian Cup campaign in the United
Arab Emirates (UAE) against India on January 6th. When Teerasil was starting out 12 years ago,
he played alongside some of the biggest names in Thailand’s first golden generation, with
legendary striker Kiatisuk Senamuang 34 years old and skipper Totchtawan Sripan two years
older. Their peak had come between 1996 and 2002
as they won three AFF Cup titles, came fourth in the 1998 Asian Games, reached the final
qualifying round of the World Cup for first time and hit 43 in the FIFA rankings. This generation was managed by former Aston
Villa striker Peter Withe for several years but other Englishmen would be less successful. Peter Reid and Bryan Robson had spells in
charge between 2008 and 2011 but neither could even win Southeast Asia’s biennial AFF Cup. Germany’s Winfried Schafer could not stop
the rot, losing in the 2012 AFF Cup final and departing during the 2015 Asian Cup qualification
campaign that saw the Thais suffer six defeats out of six. Kiatisuk was given the manager’s job in
2014, and he would soon turn things around and nurture a new generation of Thai talent. A fourth-place finish for the Under-23 side
at the 2014 Asian Games was a step in the right direction. Kiatisuk used many of these
players to form the backbone of his team as he sought to distance himself from past failures. Goalkeeper Kawin Thamsatchanan and playmaker
Chanathip Songkrasin were two of the standout players and they would be crucial members
of the squad that won the AFF Cup for the first time in 12 years in 2014, with Chanathip
the tournament MVP. The Thais played expansive, possession-based
football, with wing-backs darting forward from deep and attacking midfielders supporting
the lone striker. They even managed to win this competition
without two of the key components of the team. Teerasil missed the tournament as he was on
loan at UD Almeria in Spain but he would return to play a key role in Thailand’s 2018 World
Cup qualifying campaign. Left wing-back Theerathon Bunmathan would also return as skipper, goal
scorer and creator. For just the second time in their history,
Thailand made it to the final qualifying round. Kiatisuk remained committed to his attacking
principles but the wheels came off when they faced some continental heavyweights. The first
four games in the final round ended in defeat. The AFF Cup was retained in 2016 as Thailand
again proved the best in Southeast Asia, but back in World Cup qualifying, 3-0 and 4-0
defeats to Saudi Arabia and Japan proved too much and Kiatisuk resigned in March 2017 after
criticism from the president of the Football Association of Thailand. Former Ghana boss Milovan Rajevac came in
and promised to address Thailand’s defensive weaknesses, with success in the 2019 Asian
Cup very much his priority. Despite the failure to make an impression
in the World Cup qualifying group, several Thai players had caught the eye playing for
both club and country. Muang Thong United’s Teerasil, Chanathip,
Kawin and Theerathon were on the radar of overseas clubs and Chanathip moved to Japan’s
Consadole Sapporo on loan in the summer of 2017. Teerasil and Theerathon would follow Chanathip
to the J League on loan deals at the beginning of the following year, while Kawin joined
OH Leuven in Belgium. Without these four players, the Thais relinquished
their AFF Cup title in 2018 but they will be back for the Asian Cup and this could be
the last time they have the opportunity to achieve something significant together. But Thailand have been playing without the
attacking swagger that was characteristic of the Kiatisuk’s time in charge. Rajevac’s favoured 4-2-3-1 formation is
supposed to provide a strong shield for the defence and keep the full-backs focused on
their defensive duties. Under Kiatisuk, the sight of the two wing-backs
bombing up the flanks excited the fans but they have not been so thrilled by the pragmatic
approach adopted by Rajevac where the result is the only thing that matters. The minimum requirement in the UAE is to advance
to the last 16 from a group that features the hosts, Bahrain and emerging India. It would be a real shame if the talent in
this Thailand side was not rewarded with an eye-catching performance at the highest level
in Asia. By the time the next tournament comes around,
Teerasil will be 34, while Theerathon and Kawin will be 33. Chanathip – the youngest
of these four talents – will be pushing 30 and might not have the same influence in
the absence of some of his best supporting players. Thailand’s ‘golden generation’ has not
enjoyed the best of luck, with three of their most promising midfielders suffering serious
knee injuries that have hindered their development. Other players have found themselves out of
favour as Rajevac does not feel they fit into his system. Thailand have often considered themselves
as falling between two stools – too good for Southeast Asia, as their record five AFF
Cup titles suggests – but not good enough against the best that Asia has to offer. There might never be a better time to put
that right with four players on board who have gone beyond the confines of the Thai
League to play at a higher level. Chanathip was named Consadole’s Player of
the Year in 2018, while Theerathon has been playing alongside Andres Iniesta and Lukas
Podolski at Vissel Kobe. Teerasil was not always a starter at Sanfrecce Hiroshima but
he netted seven league goals as his club ended the season as runners-up. Kawin, meanwhile, has featured regularly under
Nigel Pearson at OH Leuven in Belgium’s second tier. Despite his unpopularity for his tactical
approach, in Rajevac, they have a manager who reached the quarter-final of the 2010
World Cup. Thailand have also been handed a draw that
sees progress very much within their grasp – an expanded Asian Cup format seeing 16
teams out of 24 moving out of the group stages. Thailand should really be aiming for the last
eight – an achievement that would provide a fitting measure of the progress made since
Kiatisuk put his faith in the young talent he had at his disposal. Chanathip is the poster boy for this team
and fans will hope that Rajevac adopts a system that makes the most of his creative talents. Thailand expects a return from its latest
golden generation and now is the time to make it happen.

Comments (100)

  1. Goalkeeper Kawin Thamsatchanan has been ruled out of the tournament due to injury since the making of this video.

  2. India will thrash thai chicks

  3. Wow! Didn't expect this at all. Are you Thai or something? BTW, Thank you.

  4. That No. 9 in the picture, u kept putting in is not a Thai player though.

  5. Do a video of why Malaysia has underperformed..

  6. Any chances of a Venezuelan national team video? Surely worth it. One of the South American teams with the most potential even though has never played a World Cup. Currently 31st in the FIFA Ranking, one of their best positions ever.

  7. This is good work. Would love to see what you have to say about "emerging India" as you put it in one instance in this video. Insights, prospects, form, expectations, etc. are few things that would be nice to be covered. Thanks and PS-You're guaranteed to have a lot of views on that video if it means anything 🙂

  8. I won't comment anything before Thailand vs India match. Pls wait. 555

  9. How about one of the biggest underdogs in the Asian Cup? like the Philippines, I’m really proud of my country even tho most of us filipinos are not into the game of football, as a football fan it would really shock me if they upset teams like South Korea or Japan.

  10. I still can’t find Kraison’s ball…

  11. I might just follow the Asia cup now

  12. STFU ABT PHILLPINES NOBODY CARES! The thai team is what matters in their region

  13. Im from S.Korea and gonna tell u guys the path thaild must undergo to reach last 8. I think in groupA thaild must beat barain to achieve 2nd in the group and i think it has great possibility to reach that. But the real agony that thaild must experience to qualify for last 8 is the first round of tournament. In my objective personal view of a 3rd country citizen, if thaild doesnt face asia`s heavyweights in the first tournament stage, and if they acheive their life-best performance against their opponent, and i think its not dream to qualify for last 8

  14. Blue tigers……the hope of nation

  15. Throw an eye on Atalana plsssss. That team has something special. They can finish even in top 4 and get a CL place with some luck

  16. Spot on remark about Thailand being the team falling between two stools.

  17. Hope our country Beat Thailand in first match…💙Indian football

  18. ไทยแลนด์ปู้นๆ Thailand

  19. Can you please do a group discuss video of every team in Asian cup like you did for World Cup?

  20. Wow your video made me surprised. It’s really hit the facts.

  21. 2:00 – mat yo tak salah

  22. gUys inDoNesiA wIlL plaYeD iN thE 2045 woRlD cUp

  23. Any videos for Malaysia's golden generation-1970s?
    Its one of the earlier asian giants in football:) but now.. a final in the aff cup… still vietnam takes the cup:(

  24. This year shoul be our chance for our golden generation too,but stupid federation,worst league and etc make our nation become the old sick man from south east asia

  25. Thanks. Like it. The Thai badge has been changed for a year by the way.

  26. good luck to all the teams who are in the Asian cup which will start today!

  27. Golden Star will win =))

  28. where are my Indian tigers?? hit like and cheer for INDIA

  29. Very insightful and delicate video, Great job TIFO

  30. Vietnam, Thailand and The Philippines. Let's rise together

  31. I'm sorry… The blue jersey with white collar and red sleeves looks like Malaysia away jersey 2014-16

  32. I was living in Thailand in 2014 and loved the atmosphere of that AFF cup run! The 2-legged final vs Malaysia was epic!!

    Also, Chiang Mai susu!

  33. Can you do Viet Nam plz

  34. Keep going on Thailand from Vietnam fan!

  35. Go ASEAN!!!!
    Thailand, Viet Nam and the Philippines.

  36. do one on vietnam’s U23 & NT please!! they’ve been progressing and have achieved so much this year under park jisung’s coaching

  37. รู้เยอะไปแล้วน่ะ🤔

  38. We already changed logo this old version is a shame

  39. Amazing content for an Asian nation

  40. Good to see this tifo.

  41. I think not,because thailand have a good regeneration on their team,in AFF Cup 2018 thailand only use "second team" in this tournament but they can reached semifinal

  42. India tore apart Thailand

  43. Thailand 1-4 India =))
    I never thought Thailand played this bad even though they have their strongest player =))

  44. Just in India beat Thailand 4 goals to 1. Remarkable for Indian football. We won a game in afc Asian Cup after 55 years.👏👏

  45. India beat Thailand 4-1 🌚

  46. They lost 1-4 against India today.

  47. 4-1 come onn🔥🔥🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳

  48. Well, now this is Awkward 😂

  49. Damn so India played against Thailand golden generation. Feeling bad for Thailand fans that there golden generation got reckted by India by 4-1

  50. Now I feel bad that India won 4-1 ummmmmm actually I don’t go blues ……go India 🇮🇳

  51. Results are out for first match.
    I am from India
    much respect to Thailand team .
    Hope them best for AFC Cup.
    I got my interest In Thailand team
    By that match against Australia.

  52. OHO~ DESTROYED………..

  53. Rajevac is freaking stupid. Everything Zico did went to the toilet with Rajevac's mediocrity.

  54. do about malaysia plz

  55. No chance. If u watched the match last night

  56. What happen tifo? Your favourite team have been destroyed by our blue tigers last night😂😂😂

  57. I want to say a simple word "rajavac get out"

  58. 5 days later.. Thailand 1-4 India

  59. They lost 1-4 to India. Last chance lost?

  60. Thailand lost 4-1 to India yesterday. Milovan Rajevac got sacked right after the match.

  61. Lmao they got trashed

  62. Well the new coach just resigned today 4:00 am. In the middle of Asian Cup….

  63. How the hell India win Thailand 4-1.

  64. King of Asean…. their banner on the stand =")))

  65. 1-4 😂😂😂😂

  66. Vietnam has been a great run that hasn't been seen for decades.
    And the nation has been Thailand's biggest rival in SE Asia for the same significant amount of time.
    Could Tifo Football do a video about them?

  67. Well they lost to India 1-4 now do a video on Sunil Chhetri

  68. Then, on the first game, they lost 1-4 to India and their manager got sacked.

  69. India 4-1thailand

  70. Keep fighting Thailand.

  71. the coach got sacked….

  72. Well, thailand is critically overrated. sure their previous success is undeniable but it's mostly in south east asia level. in the past 2-3 years they've been bang average. in the recent AFF, they got outplayed entirely by Malaysia. they rejected a friendly against India cause they don't think it's competitive enough. now India exposed them in front of the whole continent. they're not as good as they thought they were. even South Korea have smaller ego. so the lesson is, be HUMBLE.

  73. U should also make one video on indian football . I am eagerly waiting for it.

  74. Iran is king of asia 💪🏻💪🏻🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷

  75. Golden generation Indonesia 2020

  76. And now the manager is sacked

  77. When are u doing a video on India's first win at Asia Cup in amost 56 years

  78. VIETNAM is the new KING!

  79. Thailand just go home already they cant even win the afc cup lol

  80. Watched a game of them today.. fucking dreadful football. Looong way to go, Asia

  81. I dont think the British coaches were in Thailand for football, nah, …….sweet sweet ladyboys, ey.

  82. i did not know anybody from this video,until i heard the name Kawin Thamsatchanan(because i am Belgian)

  83. Thailand won their second game

  84. Chanatip and Tristan Do are Surely European Standard. Cant wait to see the future with these 2 in ckub and national together.

  85. Can u do a video for China. This AFC Asian cup also last tournament for China "silver generation" , I can't said gold because they simply not good enough

  86. It's sad because in ASEAN we have one of the most toxic country in the world which is Indonesia (or usually called Cancer of ASEAN). This cancerous community has been quite a bad reputation for ASEAN football. They're famous for their cheating and uncivilized fans. Of course they won't admit it and their football federation (PSSI) is as toxic as them.

  87. After we lose 1-4 to india now we won to Bahrain by 1-0 and Share points with UAE by 1-1. Make thailand to the next round of this tournament. and then india go home TT

  88. India Destroyed Them…

  89. Well, they blew it. Knocked out by China 2-1.

  90. Do a video about vietnam pls

  91. thailand no chamce anymore muhahahaha

  92. Wowwww , I just noticed Tito had a clip about Thailand.

  93. Catchy music, custom made for this video, or possible to find elsewhere?

  94. Do one on Vietnam!

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