Ratchaburi F.C.

Ratchaburi Football Club (Thai: สโมสรฟุตบอลจังหวัดราชบุรี ) is a Thai professional football club based in Ratchaburi province that currently plays in Thai League 1. Ratchaburi has the nickname The Dragons which can be seen in the club official crest.

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Full nameRatchaburi Football Club
Nickname(s)The Dragons
Short nameRBMFC
Founded2004; 18 years ago (2004)
GroundDragon Solar Park
Ratchaburi, Thailand
ChairmanBoonying Nitikarnchana
ManagerSpain Xavi Moro
LeagueThai League 1
2021–22Thai League 1, 12th
Current season


Establishment and early yearsEdit

Ratchaburi Football Club was founded in 2004 and then joined Thailand Division 2 League 2006. Ratchaburi able to win the Thailand Division 2 League title, get the right to compete in the 2007 Thailand League Division 1.

The League Division 1 season 2007 has a total of 24 teams participating in the competition, divided into 2 groups, 12 teams each and at the end of the competition, the top five of each group will be relegated to the competition. Thai League Division 2, the club did not perform very well, finished the season with the last place in the group A table.[1]

In 2008, Ratchaburi Football Club made the seventh place out of the 11 participating teams, causing the team to relegate, but due to the Football Association of Thailand reshaping the competition in the season 2009 makes Ratchaburi continue to compete in the Thai League Division 2

2009 Regional League Division 2 is the first season to compete in a 5-region zone system, Ratchaburi Football Club is organized in the Central and Eastern region. The club finished the season with 9th place out of 12 participating teams.[1]

Dragon's breathEdit

In 2010, the Nitikarnchana family decided to take over Ratchaburi Football Club, which was then in the Regional League Division 2. In 2011 they won the Central-East Division before earning promotion to Division 1 after winning Group A of the Division 2 playoffs.

Prior to the 2012 season, Ratchaburi Football Club was sponsored by the Mitr Phol Group and announced the change of the club's name to Ratchaburi Mitr Phol FC, with Sorraaut Klinprathum as the club's president, Boonying Nitikarnchana as the club's vice president and Thanawat Nitikarnchana is the team manager and Somchai Maiwilai is a head coach.[2]

2011 Division 2 (Tier 3)
2012 Division 1 (Tier 2)
2013 Thai Premier League (Tier 1)

Whilst in Division 1, Ratchaburi made it to the 2012 Thai League Cup final where they lost 4–1 to Buriram United. The final was most remembered for the farcical circumstances that Ratchaburi faced as they didn't have any substitutes on the bench due to having several ineligible loanees from opponents Buriram United. Ratchaburi never stood a chance as Buriram won the final at a canter.[3]

Promotion to the top flightEdit

In the following season, the Dragons flew through the first division winning the title on their way to the TPL.

In the first season of the Ratchaburi Mitr Phol in top-tier league is considered unsuccessful, ranked 15th out of the total of 18 teams, but due to the problem of scrambling for the rights of the team between Sisaket F.C. and Esan United escalate,[4] The Thai League company decided to increase the top 20 teams in TPL, resulting in the Thai Premier League competition in 2013 season, there was only one relegation team, Pattaya United (17th place).

In 2014 season, Ratchaburi Mitr Phol reacted by appointing former Girona manager Ricardo Rodríguez as their new manager for the new 2014 Thai Premier League season. The Dragons finished comfortably in 4th place.[5]

Move to Mitr Phol Stadium and recent yearsEdit

After participating in the top league for 3 years, Ratchaburi Mitr Phol has a project to build its own football stadium. The stadium started construction in 2015 and opened for the first time in mid-2016. In 2016 the club moved to new ground, Mitr Phol Stadium and the club appointed Robert Procureur as the club technical director.[6]

In 2016, Following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Football Association of Thailand cancelled the remaining league and cup season on 14 October 2016, with three rounds remaining. The Dragons finished in 6th place.

Philip Roller, captain of the team from 2019-2021.

In 2017 The Dragons continued to progress under Pacheta's stewardship, and with a team containing half blood players Philip Roller and Kevin Deeromram reached league finish as 6th place as well as reaching the semi-final of the League Cup losing 0–1 to Chiangrai United at Supachalasai Stadium.[7]

In 2018 Thai League, a dismal run of form saw the team slip to the bottom of the league table. The Dragons finished the season in 12th place with 43 points, they were one point adrift from safety.

In 2019, after beating Buriram United in the semi-final, The Dragons reached the FA Cup Final for the first time in their history. In the final, played at Leo Stadium, Ratchaburi Mitr Phol lost to Port 0–1, with a goal by Sergio Suárez scored in second half. Ratchaburi made it becoming the runner-up of the competition.[8][9] In 2020, Ratchaburi qualified to AFC Champions League for the first time in club history after get the position of top four in the table.[10][11]


Ratchaburi Mitr Phol opened its first youth academies in 2016 under the name The Dragons Academy.[12] In 2017, Ratchaburi Mitr Phol have appointed Douglas Cardozo as Head of Youth Development.[13]


From 2007 to 2016 the club was used Ratchaburi Provincial Stadium that own by the city council as their home ground that causes problems with difficult and incomplete applications. So that, In June 2016 the club was built Mitr Phol Stadium that located in the town of Huai Phai, Ratchaburi Province to be new home ground and it directly own by the club and the stadium held 10,000 seats.[14]

Stadium and locationsEdit

Coordinates Location Stadium Year
13°31′55″N 99°48′50″E / 13.531817°N 99.813832°E / 13.531817; 99.813832 Ratchaburi Ratchaburi Provincial Stadium 2007–2016
13°31′18″N 99°46′11″E / 13.521677°N 99.769588°E / 13.521677; 99.769588 Ratchaburi Dragon Solar Park 2016–present

Season-by-season recordEdit

Season League[15] FA Cup League Cup Kor Royal
AFC Champions
Top scorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
2007 DIV 1 22 5 4 13 31 40 19 12th  –  –
2008 DIV 2 20 7 9 4 32 26 30 7th  –  –
2009 DIV 2 Central-East 22 4 9 9 31 33 21 9th  –  –
2010 DIV 2 Central-East 30 12 9 9 45 39 45 9th  –  –
2011 DIV 2 Central-East 30 20 8 2 67 19 68 1st R2 R1  –  – Pornchai Ardjinda 18+(5)
2012 DIV 1 34 24 6 4 85 31 78 1st R4 RU  –  – Douglas 19
2013 TPL 32 6 12 14 31 39 30 15th R3 RU  –  – Douglas 10
2014 TPL 38 17 14 7 62 42 65 4th R4 SF  –  – Heberty 26
2015 TPL 34 17 4 13 48 50 55 7th QF R3  –  – Heberty 19
2016 T1 30 14 7 9 52 35 49 6th W R1  –  – Heberty 20
2017 T1 34 16 7 11 63 49 55 6th R1 SF  –  – Marcel Essombé 20
2018 T1 34 12 7 15 50 53 43 12th SF R1  –  – Kang Soo-il 13
2019 T1 30 10 8 12 48 48 38 8th RU R1  –  – Yannick Boli 14
2020–21 T1 30 13 7 10 48 41 46 8th QF  –  –  – Philip Roller 14
2021-22 T1 30 9 9 12 32 36 36 12th R2 R3  – GR Derley 13
Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated In Progress

Continental recordEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2021 AFC Champions League Group G   Pohang Steelers 0–0 0–2 4th
  Johor Darul Ta'zim 0–1 0–0
  Nagoya Grampus 0–4 0–3


First-team squadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   MYA Myo Min Latt
3 DF   BRA Rafael Jansen
5 DF   KOR Park Jun-heong
6 DF   PHI Adam Reed
7 MF   THA Kasidech Wettayawong
9 FW   THA Sittichok Kannoo
10 MF   THA Jakkaphan Kaewprom (Captain)
11 MF   CPV Alvin Fortes
14 FW   GNB Romário Baldé
17 DF   MYA Hein Phyo Win
21 DF   THA Jirawat Thongsaengphrao
27 GK   THA Ukrit Wongmeema
No. Pos. Nation Player
29 DF   THA Kiatisak Jiamudom
31 MF   THA Pathomchai Sueasakul
33 FW   BRA Derley (Vice-captain)
36 DF   THA Thanaset Sujarit
37 MF   THA Kritsananon Srisuwan
39 DF   THA Pawee Tanthatemee (Vice-Captain)
40 FW   BRA Douglas
54 FW   THA Thanaphat Kamjhonkiadtikun
77 MF   THA Thanatorn Chanphet
88 MF   THA Anfield Sawek
94 MF   THA Teeraphat Yooyen
96 DF   THA Supravee Miprathang
99 GK   THA Kampol Pathomakkakul (Vice-captain)

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   THA Panthakit Boonyachot (at Ayutthaya United)
MF   THA Montree Promsawat (at Chiangrai United)
DF   THA Kongphop Luadsong (at MH Khon Surat City)
MF   THA Narakorn Noomchansakul (at Uthai Thani)

Club officialsEdit

Currently Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Director Of Football   Robert Procureur
Manager   Xavi Moro
Assistant Manager   Somchai Maiwilai
Forward Coach   Sébastien Roques
Team Manager   Tanawat Nitikarnchana

Manager HistoryEdit





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