Suree Sukha (Thai: สุรีย์ สุขะ, born July 27, 1982) is a Thai retired[1][2] professional footballer who plays as a defender.

Suree Sukha
Suree Sukha after THA-OMA.jpg
Personal information
Full name Suree Sukha
Date of birth (1982-07-27) 27 July 1982 (age 40)
Place of birth Sakon Nakhon, Thailand
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Right-back / Centre-back
Youth career
1997–2000 Assumption College Sriracha
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001 Balestier Khalsa FC 8 (2)
2001–2007 Chonburi 96 (7)
2007–2008 Manchester City 0 (0)
2008Grasshopper (loan) 0 (0)
2008–2012 Chonburi 115 (10)
2013–2016 Buriram United 69 (0)
2017–2018 Ubon UMT United 40 (0)
2018–2019 Ratchaburi Mitr Phol 11 (0)
2020 Muangkan United 2 (0)
2020Kanchanaburi (loan) 9 (0)
Total 350 (19)
National team
1998–1999 Thailand U17 9 (0)
2000–2001 Thailand U19 12 (0)
2002–2005 Thailand U23 14 (1)
2006–2012 Thailand 68 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23:39, 11 July 2020 (UTC)

Personal lifeEdit

Suree's twin younger brother Surat is also a footballer and plays as a midfielder.[3]

Club careerEdit

 
Suree with Thailand national football team

Suree formerly played for Manchester City F.C. following a two-week trial with fellow Thai internationals Kiatprawut Saiwaeo and Teerasil Dangda,.[4] Sukha's contract was set to be signed by the English club, but his work permit application was denied by the British Home Office as players originating from countries outside of the FIFA-ranked top 70 do not qualify according to Home Office guidelines. He also failed to pass on a clause requiring players to have participated in 75% of their country's internationals in the two years previous to the submission of the permit application.[5]

After a long wait, Sukha finally signed for Manchester City along with fellow Thai internationals and City trialists Kiatprawut Saiwaeo and Teerasil Dangda on 16 November 2007, on the same day that his former club, Chonburi, announced a partnership agreement with his new club.[6]

On 9 May 2008, Sukha was quoted in the Bangkok Post, as stating his future would lie in either China or Australia after his loan spell at Grasshoppers Zurich.[7]

On 9 December Suree announced via Facebook on Tuesday evening by casting a long thank you to both the staff coach, teammates, and everyone who takes part in his football careers before the official retirement with 38-year-old.[8]

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. October 15, 2007 Estádio Campo Desportivo, Macau   Macau 2–0 7–1 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
2. December 7, 2010 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Indonesia   Indonesia 1–0 1–2 AFF Suzuki Cup

HonoursEdit

 
Suree with Ubon UMT United in 2018

ClubEdit

Buriram United

InternationalEdit

Thailand U-23

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ""เปรม" สุรีย์ สุขะ ประกาศแขวนสตั๊ดแล้วในวัย 38 ปี". 9 December 2020.
  2. ^ "สุรีย์ สุขะ อดีตแบ็กทีมชาติไทย แขวนสตั๊ดในวัย 38 ปี". 8 December 2020.
  3. ^ "จัดหนัก! อุบลเปิดตัว สุรีย์-สุรัตน์ แฝดบุรีรัมย์ร่วมทัพ" (in Thai). smmsport. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Man City take Thai trio on trial". BBC Sport. 2007-07-25. Retrieved 2007-07-25.
  5. ^ "Suree's Man City move in doubt". Reuters. 2007-09-01. Retrieved 2007-09-13.
  6. ^ "Three more clubs join global alliance". Manchester City F.C. Official Site. 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2007-11-16.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Suree wants a way out of Grasshopper Zurich". Bangkok Post website. 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  8. ^ "ปิดตำนานฉลามชล "สุรีย์ สุขะ" ประกาศแขวนสตั๊ดในวัย 38 ปี". 9 December 2020.

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