A proud footballing nation, Thailand's national football team takes centre stage around the country every time they take to the pitch, but there is nothing quite like the atmosphere inside a packed Rajamangala Stadium. The 49,722 all-seater arena is always sold out when "The War Elephants" play with an electric atmosphere building up hours before kick off. Although Thailand has never played a significant role in world football, they have dominated the South East Asian area for decades, winning five ASEAN Championships and nine Southeast Asian Games titles among other milestones. Witness the most successful team in Southeast Asia play in front of one of the loudest crowds in the world with Thailand Tickets at Ticketbis!
Thailand Football Milestones
Thailand football's turbulent history began in 1915 when the country played their first international match against a team of Europeans. At this time the country was known as Siam and it wasn't until 1949 that the team officially changed from Siam to Thailand. It took many years for Thailand to establish themselves as a Southeast Asian powerhouse. The early years were littered with heavy defeats, including a 9-0 thrashing at the hands of Great Britain at the 1956 Summer Olympics which remains their heaviest defeat.
In fact, it wasn't until the mid-1990s that Thailand finally announced their arrival as a serious footballing nation with a 1-0 victory over Malaysia in the 1996 ASEAN Football Championships. This victory signaled the beginning of a new era as Thailand went on to win the tournament a further four times in 2000, 2002, 2014, and 2016. They were also beaten finalists in 2007, 2008, and 2012.
Thailand Football Records
Thailand's success on the international stage has produced numerous records in the Southeast Asian region. They hold the record for the most number of ASEAN Football Championships, with five to their name. They have also accrued the most number of points in a single tournament when they finished the 1996 tournament with 16 points. Thai National hero, Netipong Srithong-in, holds the record for most goals in a single tournament when he scored 7 times in the 1996 ASEAN Football Championships. Thailand also reached a high in the FIFA World rankings in 1996 when they peaked at number 45, the best position of any Southeast Asian football nation.
Among the great national heroes of Thai football, Kiatisuk Senamuang is one of the most revered. A great servant to the national team as a player, he became the first and only person to win the ASEAN Football Championships as both a player and a coach when he managed Thailand to victory in 2014. Spot the next legend of Thai football with Thailand Tickets on Ticketbis!