Thai Football Teams
Thailand Premier League

The Thai Premier League was formed in 1996, replacing the Kor Royal Cup which had been the premier football competition in the country since 1916.

In its first 10 years, the Premier League contained 10 to 12 teams and was expanded in 2007 to include the Thailand Provincial League, taking the total number of teams to 16.

Teams face each other, home and away, playing 30 times a season, with three points for a win, one for a draw and none for a defeat.

Chonburi FC were crowned champions of the new league in 2007 and league newcomers Muang Thong United are the current champions, winning the league in their first season in the top flight.

BEC Tero Sasana, Krung Thai Bank and Royal Thai Air Force have won the Thai Premier League more than any other club, with two wins each.

The new league season kicks off in March, 2010. The top three teams in 2009 were as follows.


Muang Thong United

Muang Thong United completed a dream top flight debut season in 2009 when they pipped Chonburi to the title by just three points.

The Twin Qilins, who play their home matches at the Thunderdome Sport Complex in Nonthaburi were only promoted to the Premier League in 2008 after winning the first division title at the first attempt.

Formed in 1989, the club spent the first 18 years of its existence in one of the regional second divisions despite being one of the richest clubs in the Kingdom.

Promotion was finally achieved in 2007, marking the start of a period of unprecedented success for the club.

A second successive league title brought Premier League football to the Thunderdome in 2009 and the Twin Qilins maintained their remarkable run, losing just three games all season and winning 19.

Muang Thong takes to the field in red shirts and shorts with black lines, and black socks and has a good following among the expat residents of Thailand.

The club is affiliated with Raj Pracha-Nonthaburi FC in Thailand, Yadanabon FC of Burma, Hoang Anh Gia Lai of Vietnam, K. Lierse SK of Belgium and English Premier League side Arsenal.


Chonburi FC

Since the league expanded in 2007, Chonburi FC has been one of the most successful sides, winning the league in 2007 and finishing runner up in 2008 and 2009.

Known as The Sharks, the team was formed as recently as 2002 and play their home matches at the Princess Sirindhorn Stadium in Si Racha in Chonburi province.

The team was originally founded as Chonburi-Sannibat-Samutprakan, but broke away to form Chonburi FC when the club joined the Thailand Provincial League.

The team won the Provincial league in 2005 and moved to the Premier League in 2006, finishing in eighth place.

The season after winning the Premier League, Chonburi FC represented Thailand in the Asian Champions League in 2008 but failed to progress pass the group stage despite recording an impressive 3-1 victory over Australia’s Melbourne Victory.

The team sports a blue striped shirt with blue socks and shorts for home matches and a white and blue kit for away matches.

Despite only being in existence for a short period, the club has been very successful, winning two league titles and back to back Kor Royal Cups in 2008 and 2009, and has established a link with English Premier League side Manchester City, Gamba Osaka of Japan and Melbourne Victory of Australia.

Bangkok Glass

Bangkok Glass finished the 2009 Premier League season in third position after taking over Krung Thai Bank FC, a two-time Premier League winner, in the same year.

The club was formed in 2006 and competed in the Khor Royal Cup (not to be confused with the Kor Royal Kup), the fourth tier in the Thai football league system.

The club, which plays its home games at the Leo Stadium in Pathum Thani, took over Krung Thai Bank FC and finished its first season in the top flight in third, making the quarter finals of the FA Cup and finishing as runners up in the Singapore Cup.

Known as The Glass Rabbits, the team plays in a green and white-striped shirt, with white socks and shorts for home matches, and uses a red shirt with black socks and shorts as a second kit.

The club is affiliated with Okktha United FC of Burma, Phnom Penh Crown of Cambodia, Home United of Singapore and FC Kaiserslautern of the German Bundesliga.

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