Thailand national under-23 football team

The Thailand national under-23 football team (Thai: ฟุตบอลทีมชาติไทยรุ่นอายุไม่เกิน 23 ปี, RTGSfutbon thim chat thai run ayu mai koen yi-sip-sam pi), also known as the Thailand Olympic football team is the national team for the under-23 and 22 level, representing Thailand in international football competitions in the Olympic Games, Asian Games and Southeast Asian Games, as well as any other under-23 international football tournaments including the AFC U-23 Championship. It is controlled by the Football Association of Thailand.[1][2]

Thailand Under-23
Nickname(s)ช้างศึก
(War elephants)
AssociationFA Thailand
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationAFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coachWorrawoot Srimaka
CaptainThanawat Suengchitthawon
FIFA codeTHA
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
Biggest win
 Thailand 9–0 Malaysia 
(Bangkok, Thailand; November 1998)
 Thailand 9–0 Timor-Leste 
(Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; 8 November 2009)
Biggest defeat
 Thailand 0–6 Japan 
(Bangkok, Thailand; 13 November 1999)
AFC U-23 Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2016)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2020)
Asian Games
Appearances4 (first in 2002)
Best result4th place (2002, 2014)
Southeast Asian Games
Appearances10 (first in 2001)
Best resultGold medal icon (G initial).svg Gold Medal (7 titles)

The team won the Southeast Asian Games gold medal for a record 7th time, making it the most successful among ASEAN football teams.[3][4][5] Despite its major domination in Southeast Asia competition, the team never won any gold medal in Asian level.

HistoryEdit

2013–presentEdit

2014 Asian GamesEdit

The 2014 Asian Games was held in Incheon, South Korea. The Thailand U23 Team under coach Kiatisuk Senamuang built a young-blood team that would later become the main Thailand senior team with players such as Chanathip Songkrasin, Sarach Yooyen, Kawin Thamsatchanan, Charyl Chappuis, etc. In this competition the team made top performance by finishing in fourth place, the highest in the Asian Games after 1998.[6][7][8]

2016 AFC U-23 ChampionshipEdit

The 2016 AFC U-23 Championship final tournament was held in Qatar from 12–30 January 2016. Thailand qualified for the tournament by runner-up in the qualification stage in homeland in March 2015. The Young Elephants recorded comprehensive victories; 2–1 against Cambodia; 5–1 against Philippines and 0–0 against North Korea.[9][10][11]

The 2016 AFC U-23 Championship doubled as the qualifying tournament for the 2016 Summer Olympics Football tournament in Rio de Janeiro.[12] Thailand were eliminated from the championship in the group stage. A 1–1 draw to Saudi Arabia followed by a 0–4 loss to Japan meant that Thailand needed to defeat North Korea in the final group match. A nil-all draw resulted in the elimination for Thailand from the tournament and hence failure to qualify for the Olympics. Although eliminated, Thailand earned praise and reputation for its strong performance in the tournament.[13][14]

2018 AFC U-23 ChampioshipEdit

In the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, Thailand only finished second in their qualification, but with the team being undefeated, Thailand beat Malaysia 3–0 and was held draws by Mongolia and Indonesia, Thailand became the best runners-up to qualify. The Young Elephants prepared by hosting the friendly 2017 M-150 Cup, where they finished fourth but managed to beat Japan 2–1. This enthusiastic performance of Thailand put up great hope for the team, having earlier conquered the 2017 SEA Games.[15][16][17]

However, having entered the tournament, it would become Thailand's complete nightmare. They opened their game with a 0–1 loss to North Korea before got slapped with the same result to Japan, eventually eliminated the Young Elephants from the competition. The Thais bid goodbye from the competition in a humiliating fashion, with a devastating 1–5 loss to Palestine. To add the dismay, their defeated rivals Malaysia and Vietnam both moved on to progress from the group stage, with the latter managed to reach the final and ended in second place.[18]

2020 AFC U-23 ChampionshipEdit

Thailand was awarded as host of the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship, therefore they were automatically qualified. Thailand still participated in the qualification as an opportunity to train and improve the team. Thailand, once again, finished second, after beating Indonesia and Brunei, but lost to Vietnam. Before the tournament, Thailand was eliminated at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games after the group stage.[19][20][21][22][23][24][25]

In the group stage, Thailand would face Iraq, Australia and maiden debutant Bahrain, and was tipped favorably to progress, mainly due to Australia's underperformance in the tournament and inexperienced Bahrain. Thailand prepared by playing against Saudi Arabia in the friendly encounter, but lost 0–1. In their first match against inexperienced Bahrain, the Thais proved to be too dominant for the visitor, as the Thais demolished Bahrain 5–0. This win allowed more Thai supporters coming to cheer for the Thai side in their second encounter against underperformed Australia, instead, Thailand suffered a heartbreaking 1–2 loss to Australia despite having taken the lead and putting Thailand's quest to the final stage in their final game against Iraq. In final matches in group state Thailand draw Iraq 1–1 earn a spot in the quarterfinals of the tournament for the first time in AFC U-23 Championship as the second-placed team in the group behind Australia.[26] In quarterfinals Thailand have to face with the winner of Group B, Saudi Arabia and lost with penalty 1-0 end the way to 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.[27][28][29][30][31]

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Lose

2021Edit

25 October 2021 (2021-10-25) 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Qualifiers Thailand   1–1   Mongolia Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
11:00 UTC+8
Report
Stadium: MFF Football Centre
Attendance: 312
Referee: Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan)
28 October 2021 (2021-10-28) 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Qualifiers Laos   0–3   Thailand Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
15:00 UTC+8 Report
Stadium: MFF Football Centre
Attendance: 128
Referee: Akhrol Riskullayev (Uzbekistan)
31 October 2021 (2021-10-31) 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Qualifiers Thailand   0–0   Malaysia Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
11:00 UTC+8 Report Stadium: MFF Football Centre
Attendance: 58
Referee: Sadullo Gulmurodi (Tajikistan)

2022Edit

June 2022 (2022-06) 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup Thailand   v TBD TBD, Uzbekistan
TBD Stadium: TBD
June 2022 (2022-06) 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup TBD v   Thailand TBD, Uzbekistan
TBD Stadium: TBD
June 2022 (2022-06) 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup TBD v   Thailand TBD, Uzbekistan
TBD Stadium: TBD

Coaching staffEdit

Current coaching staffEdit

As of 25 August 2021
Name Role
  Nualphan Lamsam Manager
  Worrawoot Srimaka Head Coach
  Choketawee Promrut Assistant Coach
  Naruphol Kaenson Assistant Coach
  Pipob On-Mo Assistant Coach
  Umarin Yaodam Goalkeeping coach

Manager historyEdit

Thailand national under-23 football team head coaches
Name Country Period Honours
Doldjs Otkar   Czech Republic 2001 2001 Southeast Asian Games  Gold medal
Peter Withe   England 2002 2002 Asian Games – 4th place
Carlos Roberto   Brazil 2003–2004 2003 Southeast Asian Games  Gold medal
Chatchai Paholpat   Thailand 2004
Sigfried Held   Germany 2004
Charnwit Polcheewin   Thailand 2005–2006 2005 Southeast Asian Games  Gold medal
2006 Asian Games – Quarter-finals
Prapol Pongpanich   Thailand 2007
Thongsuk Sampahungsith   Thailand 2007 2007 Southeast Asian Games  Gold medal
Steve Darby   England 2009 2009 Southeast Asian Games – Group stage
Bryan Robson   England 2010 2010 Asian Games – Quarter-finals
Charnwit Polcheewin   Thailand 2011
Prapol Pongpanich   Thailand 2011 2011 Southeast Asian Games – Group stage
Alexandré Pölking   Brazil 2012
Kiatisuk Senamuang   Thailand 2013–2015 2013 Southeast Asian Games  Gold medal
2014 Asian Games – 4th place
Choketawee Promrut   Thailand 2015 2015 Southeast Asian Games  Gold medal
Kiatisuk Senamuang   Thailand 2016 2016 AFC U-23 Championship – Group stage
Worrawoot Srimaka   Thailand 2016–2017 Dubai CupWinners
2017 Southeast Asian Games  Gold medal
Zoran Janković   Bulgaria 2017–2018 2018 AFC U-23 Championship – Group stage
Worrawoot Srimaka   Thailand 2018 2018 Asian Games – Group stage
Alexandre Gama   Brazil 2018–2019 2019 AFF U-22 Youth Championship – Runners-up
2019 Merlion Cup – Runners-up
Akira Nishino   Japan 2019–2021 2019 Southeast Asian Games – Group stage
2020 AFC U-23 Championship – Quarter-finals
Worrawoot Srimaka   Thailand 2021– 2022 AFF U-22 Youth Championship
2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 23 players were called up for 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualification.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
23 1GK Ronnachart Phuchum (2002-03-18) 18 March 2002 (age 19)   Buriram United
1 1GK Kiadtiphon Udom (2000-06-26) 26 June 2000 (age 21)   Rajpracha
20 1GK Kiadtisak Chaodon (1999-07-19) 19 July 1999 (age 22)   Udon Thani

2 2DF Nakin Wisetchat (1999-07-09) 9 July 1999 (age 22)   Bangkok United
16 2DF Anthonio Sanjairag (2002-04-16) 16 April 2002 (age 19)   Chonburi
14 2DF Sampan Kesi (1999-07-03) 3 July 1999 (age 22)   Chonburi
17 2DF Jonathan Khemdee (2002-05-09) 9 May 2002 (age 19)   OB
15 2DF Jaturapat Sattham (1999-06-15) 15 June 1999 (age 22)   Port
4 2DF Chonnapat Buaphan (2004-01-22) 22 January 2004 (age 17)   Rajpracha
19 2DF Owen Charlie Reinat (2003-04-16) 16 April 2003 (age 18)   Thes Sport
5 2DF Anusak Jaiphet (1999-06-23) 23 June 1999 (age 22)   Sukhothai
3 2DF Wanchat Choosong (2000-02-01) 1 February 2000 (age 21)   Uthai Thani

21 3MF Sittha Boonlha (2004-09-02) 2 September 2004 (age 17)   Assumption United
13 3MF Chayathorn Tapsuvanavon (2000-03-12) 12 March 2000 (age 21)   Bangkok United
6 3MF Airfan Doloh (2001-01-26) 26 January 2001 (age 20)   Buriram United
12 3MF Pongrawit Jantawong (2000-10-07) 7 October 2000 (age 21)   Chiangmai
9 3MF Sakunchai Saengthopho (1999-06-07) 7 June 1999 (age 22)   Kasetsart
10 3MF Thanawat Suengchitthawon (captain) (2000-01-08) 8 January 2000 (age 21)   Leicester City
22 3MF Ben Davis (2000-11-24) 24 November 2000 (age 21)   Oxford United

11 4FW Tawan Khotrsupho (2000-01-23) 23 January 2000 (age 21)   Chiangmai
7 4FW Jakkit Palapon (1999-07-01) 1 July 1999 (age 22)   Khon Kaen United
8 4FW Korawich Tasa (2000-04-07) 7 April 2000 (age 21)   Muangthong United
18 4FW Teerasak Poeiphimai (2002-09-21) 21 September 2002 (age 19)   Prime Bangkok

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Theerapat Laohabut (1999-02-23) 23 February 1999 (age 22)   Ayutthaya United 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualificationPRE
DF Kritsanapol Booncharee (2001-03-26) 26 March 2001 (age 20)   Bangkok United 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualificationPRE
DF Thawatchai Inprakhon   Buriram United 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualificationPRE

FW Guntapon Keereeleang (2001-01-22) 22 January 2001 (age 20)   Bangkok United 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualificationPRE

Notes:

  • INJ Withdrew from squad due to injury
  • PRE Preliminary squad
  • SUS Suspended
  • WD Player withdrew from the squad for non-injury related reasons

Previous squadsEdit

Competitive recordEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Olympic Games finals Qualifications
Year Host country Result Position GP W D* L GS GA GP W D L GS GA
1992   Spain Preliminary round qualification 8 5 0 3 25 9
1996   United States Preliminary round qualification 4 2 0 2 12 6
2000   Australia Second round qualification 6 1 2 3 4 13
2004   Greece Second preliminary round qualification 2 0 1 1 2 5
2008   China Second round qualification 8 3 2 3 9 7
2012   Great Britain First preliminary round qualification 2 0 0 2 0 4
2016   Brazil Did not qualify 2016 AFC U-23 Championship
2020   Japan Did not qualify 2020 AFC U-23 Championship
2024   France To be determined To be determined
2028   United States To be determined To be determined
Total 0/7 - - - - - - 30 11 5 14 52 44
Note

*:Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

AFC U-23 Asian CupEdit

AFC U-23 Asian Cup finals Qualifications
Year Host country Result Position GP W D* L GS GA GP W D L GS GA
20131   Oman Did not qualify 5 2 1 2 11 6
2016   Qatar Group stage 13th 3 0 2 1 3 7 3 2 1 0 7 2
2018   China Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 1 7 3 1 2 0 4 1
2020   Thailand Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 1 2 7 4 3 2 0 1 12 4
2022   Uzbekistan Qualified 3 1 2 0 4 1
Total 4/4 Best: 6th 10 1 3 6 11 18 17 8 6 3 38 14
Note

1: The under-22 team played at the 2013 edition. *: Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

AFC U-23 Asian Cup history
Year Round Date Opponent Result Stadium
  2016 Group stage 13 January   Saudi Arabia D 1–1 Grand Hamad Stadium, Doha
16 January   Japan L 0–4
19 January   North Korea D 2–2
  2018 Group stage 10 January   North Korea L 0–1 Jiangyin Stadium, Jiangyin
13 January   Japan L 0–1
16 January   Palestine L 1–5 Changzhou Olympic Sports Centre, Changzhou
  2020 Group stage 8 January   Bahrain W 5–0 Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok
11 January   Australia L 1–2
14 January   Iraq D 1–1
Quarter-Final 18 January   Saudi Arabia L 0–1 Thammasat Stadium, Khlong Luang

Asian GamesEdit

Southeast Asian GamesEdit

AFF U-22 Youth ChampionshipEdit

AFF U-22 Youth Championship record
Year Host country Result Position GP W D* L GS GA
2005   Thailand Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 25 2
2019   Cambodia Runners-up 2nd 5 2 2 1 5 2
Total 2/3 Best: 1st 10 7 2 1 30 4
Note

*: Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks. *: The under-22 national team played at the 2019 edition onwards.

Summer UniversiadeEdit

Summer Universiade record
Year Host country Result Position GP W D* L GS GA
2007   Thailand Bronze medal 3rd 6 3 1 2 11 6
Total 1/1 Best: 3rd 6 3 1 2 11 6
Note

*: Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Head-to-head recordEdit

An all-time record table of Thailand national under-23 football team in major competitions only including; Summer Olympics, AFC U-23 Championship, M-150 Cup, Asian Games and Southeast Asian Games.

Thailand national under-23 football team all-time record
Opponent Pld W D L GF GA GD Win %
  Australia 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 00.00%
  Bahrain 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 100.00%
  Bangladesh 3 2 1 0 8 3 +5 66.67%
  Brunei 3 3 0 0 20 0 +20 100.00%
  Cambodia 9 8 1 0 33 1 +32 88.89%
  China 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 33.33%
  Chinese Taipei 2 2 0 0 12 0 +12 100.00%
  East Timor 5 5 0 0 17 1 +16 100.00%
  Hong Kong 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 100.00%
  India 4 2 1 1 4 1 +3 50.00%
  Indonesia 13 9 2 2 35 10 +25 69.23%
  Iraq 4 0 2 2 2 4 −2 00.00%
  Japan 8 0 0 8 1 24 −23 00.00%
  Jordan 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100.00%
  Kazakhstan 2 0 1 1 1 4 −3 00.00%
  Kuwait 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00%
  Kyrgyzstan 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100.00%
  Laos 6 5 0 1 18 1 +17 80.00%
  Malaysia 10 6 1 3 14 7 +7 66.67%
  Maldives 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 50.00%
  Mongolia 2 0 2 0 2 2 +0 00.00%
  Myanmar 7 6 1 0 15 4 +11 85.71%
  North Korea 7 1 3 3 5 8 −3 14.28%
  Oman 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 00.00%
  Pakistan 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 100.00%
  Palestine 4 1 0 3 2 9 −7 25.00%
  Philippines 5 5 0 0 21 2 +19 100.00%
  Qatar 2 0 1 1 1 4 −3 00.00%
  South Korea 4 0 0 4 1 9 −8 00.00%
  Saudi Arabia 3 0 1 2 1 3 −1 00.00%
  Singapore 5 4 0 1 8 2 +6 80.00%
  Turkmenistan 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 100.00%
  United Arab Emirates 3 1 0 2 5 6 −1 33.33%
  Uzbekistan 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 00.00%
  Vietnam 10 5 3 2 19 12 +7 50.00%
  Yemen 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 100.00%
Total 138 77 23 38 282 131 +151 56.29%
Last match updated was against    Malaysia under-23 on 31 October 2021

HonoursEdit

This is a list of honours for the Thailand national under-23 football team.

International titlesEdit

  • Bronze medal (1): 2007

Regional titlesEdit

Minor titlesEdit

  • Winners (1): 2017
  • BIDC Cup (Cambodia)
  • Winners (1): 2013

See alsoEdit

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