Army United F.C.

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Army United F.C.
อาร์มี่ ยูไนเต็ด
Army utd.png
Full nameArmy United Football Club
Nickname(s)Gentleman Ranger
(สุภาพบุรุษวงจักร)
Founded1916
GroundRoyal Thai Army Stadium
Bangkok, Thailand
Ground Capacity20,000
ChairmanGen. Udomdej Sitabutr
Head CoachEngland Gary Stevens
LeagueThai Premier League
20149th
WebsiteClub home page
 
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Army United F.C.
อาร์มี่ ยูไนเต็ด
Army utd.png
Full nameArmy United Football Club
Nickname(s)Gentleman Ranger
(สุภาพบุรุษวงจักร)
Founded1916
GroundRoyal Thai Army Stadium
Bangkok, Thailand
Ground Capacity20,000
ChairmanGen. Udomdej Sitabutr
Head CoachEngland Gary Stevens
LeagueThai Premier League
20149th
WebsiteClub home page

Army United Football Club (Thai: สโมสรฟุตบอลอาร์มี่ ยูไนเต็ด) is a Thai football club based in the Phayathai District of Bangkok. They play in the top division in Thai football, the Thai Premier League. Their home stadium is known locally as the Thai Army Sports Stadium and more widely known around Asian circles as the Royal Thai Army Stadium of which has been host to numerous international youth matches due to its central Bangkok location. The club played in green shirt with white shorts and black socks.

The club was known as Royal Thai Army until November 2010. Despite finishing bottom of the Thai Premier League in 2010 they managed to regain their top-flight status after winning Group B of the TPL Play-off 2011.

History[edit]

Army United represent the Royal Thai Army and have traditionally been Thailand's yo-yo club along with the Navy and Police clubs. Up until 2010 and the name change from the Royal Thai Army to Army United, the club lacked support and had dwindling crowds, mainly supported by Army personnel shipped in for the games.

The Army team has always been a mid ranking Thai team with their biggest successes coming in the Thai Division 1 League with a championship in the 2004–05 season and 2nd place in 2009. Both of these successes have of course come after relegation from the TPL.

The club are based in the Din Daeng District of Central Bangkok, which is the area that bases the Royal Thai Army. Up until the 2011 season, the club operated a policy of only playing home grown talent, but ditched this as the game became more professional and foreign players were brought into the team. Previously the players would work for the Army during the week and play football on weekends, somewhat different from most clubs who operated on a full-time basis.

Recent History[edit]

In the 2010 season they were reprieved from relegation after an end of season relegation/playoff system was announced to expand the Thai Premier League. They came 16th in that season and in a normal season they would have been relegated.

The 2011 rebranded Army United signed five Brazilians and surprised all expectations as they topped the TPL in the early weeks of the season. Crowds rose from a few hundred hardy souls to a season average of 5,580. Leandro Dos Santos was hitting the back of the net regularly yet the early season form petered out and Army finished in 13th position.

In 2012, most of the Brazilians had moved on but were replaced with other highly rated foreign stars. Daniel Blanco was the most impressive performer as Army flirted with the Top 6 for long periods before eventually finishing in 10th position.

The 2012 season also coincided with Army reaching the 2012 Thai FA Cup final. On the way to the final, Army were given a reprieve after they'd lost a penalty shoot out to regional league side Trat. It turned out that Trat had fielded an unregistered player and were booted out of the cup with Army reinstalled. Army United then took the scalp of runaway TPL leaders Muangthong United F.C. on the way to the final. The final itself was rather disappointing with Army losing 2–1 to Buriram United F.C..

In 2013 Season the club signed a strategic partnership deal with Thai-owned English club Leicester City F.C.[citation needed]

Stadium[edit]

Thai Army Sports Stadium (Thai: สนามกีฬากองทัพบก) is a multi-purpose stadium on Vibhavadi-Rangsit Road in the Din Daeng district of north Bangkok, Thailand. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Army United F.C.[1] The stadium holds 20,000 and has a single stand with covered seating on one side and terracing on three sides. An athletics track surrounds the pitch. It is often used by Thai club sides in international football competitions and was used by Bangkok University FC in the 2007 AFC Champions League and Osotsapa FC in the 2007 AFC Cup. Additionally, it has been used for matches involving national sides in international tournaments hosted by Thailand where the hosts are not involved.

Honours[edit]

Season by Season Domestic Record[edit]

SeasonLeagueFA CupQueen's
Cup
League
Cup
Kor Royal
Cup
AsiaTop goalscorer league
DivisionPWDLFAPtsPosNameGoals
1996–97TPL34141286050548th
1997TPL2274113145259th
1998TPL2275103542267th
1999TPL22741125302511th
2000DIV1
2001–02DIV1
2002–03DIV1
2003–04DIV1
2004–05DIV11st
2006TPL227963138306thGR
2007TPL3013894033475thJakkraphong Somboon9
2008TPL30671721442515thJakkraphong Somboon4
2009DIV13018445518622ndR2GRR2Tatree Sing-Ha17
2010TPL30571827542216thSFQFR2Tatree Sing-Ha8
2011TPL301091539403913thSFR1Leandro dos Santos18
2012TPL3410131134384310thRUR1Björn Lindemann6
2013TPL32139104840486thR4QFAron da Silva11
2014TPL381411135255539thR3Goran Jerković
Raphael Botti
Tanakorn Dangthong
9
ChampionsRunners-upThird PlacePromotedRelegated

Coaches[edit]

Coaches by Years (1996/97-)

NameNatPeriodHonours
Amnart ChalermchaowaritThailand1996–97, 2007Thai Division 1 League:Winner 2004–05
Watcharakorn AntakhamphuThailand2008
Thanadech PhooprasertThailand2009–10Thai Division 1 League:Runners-up 2009
Pongphan WongsuwanThailand2011
Adul RungruengThailand2011
Amnart ChalermchaowaritThailand2012
Paniphon KerdyamThailandSept 2012–Nov 20122012 Thai FA Cup Runner-up
Alexandré PölkingBrazilOct 31, 2012–Nov 2013
Matt ElliottScotlandJan 2014–Jun 2014
Gary StevensEnglandAug 2014–

Sponsors[edit]

The following are the sponsors of Army United F.C.

PeriodSportswearSponsor
2010–11Thailand Grand SportAcer
2012–Thailand PANChang

Current Squad[edit]

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

No.PositionPlayer
1ThailandGKKosin Hembut
3ThailandDFDawuth Dinkhet (Vice-captain)
5BrazilDFWellington Priori
6SlovakiaDFZdenko Kaprálik
8ThailandMFNipol Kamthong
9ThailandFWDennis Buschening (on loan from Buriram United)
10BrazilMFRaphael Botti
11ThailandMFNirut Surasiang
13ThailandDFErnesto Amantegui
23ThailandFWMongkol Tossakrai
28ThailandMFThossawat Limwannasathian
31ThailandMFAnuwat Noicheunphan
No.PositionPlayer
33ThailandFWTanakorn Dangthong
36ThailandDFChaiwat Nak-iem (captain)
40FranceFWGoran Jerković
ThailandDFChatchai Mokkasem
ThailandDFSiwamet Thanusorn
ThailandDFKomkrit Camsokchuerk
ThailandDFKriangkrai Chasang
ThailandMFEaksatha Thanyakam
ThailandGKPattra Piyapatkitti
ThailandGKPairote Eiam-mak

Players with Multiple Nationalities

References[edit]

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