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The Thailand national football team ( th, ฟุตบอลทีมชาติไทย, , ) represents
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Thailand
in senior international
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and is controlled by the
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. In the regional competition, Thailand is the most successful football team in Southeast Asia with six
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trophies and nine senior-level gold medals from the
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, the most of any Southeast Asian country. In higher levels, Thailand achieved the third place in the 1972 AFC Asian Cup where it was the host, and has totally seven appearances in the
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so far. Furthermore, the team reached the fourth-place in the
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and participated
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twice. However, Thailand has failed to obtain higher achievements in
the continental
the continental
and global records. The team obtained first ever win in the AFC Asian Cup in
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and had to wait 47 years to finally sneak out of the group stage in
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. Thailand also advanced to the final round of World Cup qualification twice, in
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, but all failed to qualify for the
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.


History


1915–1995: dynastic establishment

The team's predecessor, which operated under the name of ''Siam'', was founded in 1915 and played its first unofficial match against a team of Europeans at the
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Stadium on 20 December that year. The team played its first international match in 1930 against the
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national team, which included both
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players. Thailand appeared in the
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Melbourne
, where they've lost to
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0–9 is largest till date, thus failed to advance to the quarter-finals. In 1965, Thailand harbored its first distinct title: the very first place in the
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. They made their second and latest appearance at the
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in
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, losing all three matches by at least 3 goals margin to
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hence en route to a first-round exit. During the 1992 AFC Asian Cup qualification, Thailand gained a significant success defeating
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2–1 and
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1–0 to top the group and qualify to the 1992 AFC Asian Cup. The team's performance at the final tournament was drawing first two matches with
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Qatar
and eventual 3rd place
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then losing 0–4 to
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. In 1994, manager Thawatchai Sartjakul assembled a team that has been denounced as the "dream team" with players like
Kiatisuk Senamuang Police Lieutenant Kiatisuk "Zico" Senamuang ( th, เกียรติศักดิ์ เสนาเมือง, born 11 August 1973 in Udon Thani), is a Thai football manager and a former footballer who played between 1989 and October 2 ...

Kiatisuk Senamuang
,
Tawan Sripan Totchtawan Sripan ( th, ธชตวัน ศรีปาน) or formerly Tawan Sripan ( th, ตะวัน ศรีปาน) nickname Ban, is a Thai manager (association football), football manager and a former association football, footballe ...

Tawan Sripan
and
Dusit Chalermsan Dusit Chalermsan (born April 22, 1970, th, ดุสิต เฉลิมแสน) is a Thailand, Thai retired football player. He mainly played as a Defender (association football), defender and scored 14 goals for the Thailand national footb ...

Dusit Chalermsan
.


1996–2016: flag bearer of Southeast Asia

In
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, Thailand defeated Malaysia 1–0 and win the
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(then called the Tiger Cup) for the first time. Thailand were favorites to regain the crown in 2007, 2008 and 2012 only to lose tight finals to
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and
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respectively. The regional 1998 Tiger Cup saw Thailand met Indonesia in a match that ill-hearted players from both team deliberately making actions aimed to avoid facing hosts
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in the semi-finals and undergoing technical burden of moving training bases from
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to
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. FIFA fined both teams $40,000 for "violating the spirit of the game". Thailand eventually lost the match, inevitably encountered and failed to Vietnam in the semi-finals. Thailand consecutively qualified to and participated in two AFC Asian Cup final tournaments both held within
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in
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and
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when their "dream team" was beginning its golden period. Coincidentally in both editions, the team's opponents all came from Western Asia and they are
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,
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and
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, with the latter two share the same group with Thailand twice. In both editions, Thailand made two draws and lost the rest, bottomed the group stage of the first and is the worst third-placed team of the second edition. The final 2000 AFF Championship match between Thailand and Indonesia, at a sold out Rajamangala, was almost a carbon copy of their group stage's encounter. The War Elephants triumphed 4–1 again with Worrawoot setting up camp at the opponents' goal. The 28-year-old scored twice in their first match and in the final struck a hat-trick in the first 32 minutes. In the final 2002 AFF final, Thailand again met
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(who was now the host) and was hold draw despite taking a 2–0 lead and won the game in the penalty shootout. Thailand again qualified to the Asian Cup in
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and was put into a group with
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, Iran and debutant
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. Despite vast experiences in the Asian Cup, the team has yet to show a sign of improvement as they lost all matches and became the worst-performed team in the whole tournament. The sign of improving only came in the
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when Thailand participated as a well-prepared co-host and was placed with the debutant
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, Oman and Iraq. The team manages a draw to Iraq and a historic win over Oman. With 4 points ahead, Thailand's chance to qualify to the next round for the first time since 1972 was all but shattered by the likes of Australia in a 0–4 demolition. The tournament witnessed the end of Thailand's recognizable generation with later retirements of Kiatisuk, Tawan and
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coach
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but Reid left his position by mutual consent after only a year in charge as his team fail to clinch the championship of
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after 2–3 on aggregate lost to
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in the finals. In September 2009,
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agreed to coach Thailand in his first foray into international football management and was contracted to manage the team through to the 2014 FIFA World Cup">2014 World Cup. In November, Robson celebrated his first competitive match in charge of the team with an away victory against
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in a 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification">2011 Asian Cup qualifying group match but then lose to the same opponent back home. Then, two goalless draws with Jordan national football team, Jordan and
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in January 2010 and an 0–1 away lost to Iran in March all effectively ended the chance of qualifying for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup. In preparations for the 2010 AFF Championship, Robson led Thailand to victorious run against Singapore and Bob Houghton's India national football team, India in a series of friendlies. However, when entering the tournament in December, he failed to bring Thailand past group A after managing only draws against Laos national football team, Laos and Malaysia national football team, Malaysia and losing to
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. Robson resigned as Thailand's manager on 8 June 2011, citing health problems as the reason and was replaced by Winfried Schäfer, who would be the ninth Germans, German person to coach the Thailand team. The new coach called up starlets for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC), 2014 World Cup qualifiers and have the starting set of matches losing minimal to Australia, defeating Oman 3–0 and drawing
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but did not make it after losing to these teams altogether in the second set. In the 2012 AFF Championship, Thailand topped their group and surpassed Malaysia in semi-finals but handed the crown to Singapore in the finals. In the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification, 2015 Asian Cup qualification, Thailand showed setback with its defensive frailties exposed by Middle Eastern rivals (Iran, Kuwait national football team, Kuwait,
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) when losing all 6 games in the qualifiers, conceding 21 goals in the process. In June 2013, Schäfer cancelled his contract. The FA of Thailand appointed the former player
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Kiatisuk Senamuang
as the new caretaker coach for the national team. His first ride was a Exhibition game, friendly against China PR national football team, China PR on 15 June, which Thailand surprisingly won 5–1. In 2014, Thailand ended a 12-year drought of the AFF Championship title from the late goals by Charyl Chappuis and Chanathip Songkrasin which gave them a dramatic 4–3 aggregate victory over Malaysia in the second leg of the finals at Bukit Jalil. The team did not lose any match up until the second leg of the finals and often featured a tiki-taka playing style, for instance including 27 consecutive passes during the first leg of the finals against Malaysia. Kiatisuk consequently became the first person to win the ASEAN Football Championship as both a player and a coach. Thailand succeeded in protecting AFF Championship reign two years later in 2016 AFF Championship, 2016, defeating Indonesia 3–2 aggregately despite losing the first leg. In 2015, evasion fuelled hope for both the players and Thailand fans of finally reaching the World Cup tournament and tension is mounting as the national team commenced AFC's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round, second round for 2018 World Cup qualification. Teerasil Dangda, Thailand's renowned striker, rejoined the rank of the national team after his loan with UD Almería ended earlier. Drawn in Group F along with Chinese Taipei national football team, Chinese Taipei,
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and
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, who Thailand played first match home against on 24 May and can only be won by a victory goal from a shot 20 yards away. They played a much easier match at the same opponent's home soil, winning 3–0. Thailand won both matches against Chinese Taipei and drew 2–2 both matches against Iraq, allowing them to qualify for the next round as group F winners. In the last round, Kiatisuk's men shared the same group with
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,
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, United Arab Emirates national football team, UAE along with previous opponent, Iraq. Again, Thailand was eliminated without winning a match and recorded only two points out of ten matches.


2017–present: Rebuilding to achieve the continental level

Since taking over the administration by Somyot Poompanmoung, FA Thailand aims to drive men's national football team to be one of the leading teams in Asia by which there are concrete 20 years development plans and preparations. After the elimination from World Cup qualifiers, Kiatisuk resigned and Thailand appointed Milovan Rajevac as a coach, thus marked the first non-Brazilians, Brazilian/German/English team's chief. With the new coach, however, Thailand failed to defend its AFF Championship title in 2018 AFF Championship, 2018 when losing Malaysia in the semi-finals by the away goals rule. Ahead of 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Thailand was drawn into group A together with the host United Arab Emirates national football team, UAE, Bahrain national football team, Bahrain and India national football team, India. Rajevac oversaw Thailand in the commencing 1–4 loss to India. The Serbian coach was sacked and his assistant, Sirisak Yodyardthai became the interim coach on 7 January. Sirisak guided Thailand to a 1–0 win over Bahrain and a 1–1 draw with the host UAE, enough to move on to the knockout stage of the AFC Asian Cup for the first time in 47 years. Their success was greeted with congratulation from the FA. Thailand encountered
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in the round of sixteen, taking an early lead but eventually lost 2–1 as China make their decisive respond. After finishing in the fourth place of 2019 King's Cup and losing the rival Vietnam in that tournament, Sirisak had resigned and FA Thailand appointed the Japanese coach Akira Nishino (footballer), Akira Nishino, who had brought Japan to the round of 16 of 2018 FIFA World Cup, for replacement. This was the first-ever Asian coach becoming Thailand's head coach. The team was drawn into group G of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification - AFC Second Round, the second round of 2022 World Cup qualification with other three Southeast Asian rivals: Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia; alongside with the UAE. Despite defeating Indonesia 3-0 and the UAE 2–1, Thailand failed to revenge Vietnam when getting goalless draws in both legs, while losing Malaysia 1–2 in Bukit Jalil. With these results, Thailand could only get the third place in group G after five qualifying matches. After a one-year disruption due to COVID-19 pandemic, Thailand and other teams in group G had to play their remaining matches in Dubai, UAE. However, the team suffered a huge loss of key players when Chanathip Songkrasin was injured, while Teerasil Dangda and Theerathon Bunmathan refused to participate the qualification due to various reasons. Without these three players, Thailand showed a poor performance in Dubai - drawn the bottom place team Indonesia 2-2, then lost the UAE 1-3 and Malaysia 0–1, respectively; which eventually pushed the team down to the fourth place of the group G. Nishino did not come back to Thailand to explain the team's failure, but unilaterally returning to Japan, which made FA Thailand appoint Anurak Srikerd as the caretaker and consider sacking Nishino in upcoming days. On July 29, 2021, shortly after Nishino came back to Thailand, FA Thailand decided to terminate the contract with Nishino.


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Colours

In older days, the primary kits worn are all red. The Thai senior national team used to play with a kit made by local provider FBT (company), FBT. This contract lasted until June 2007. In July 2007, Nike, Inc., Nike became kit providers, and from October that year, the team played in an all-yellow home kit in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 80th birthday (yellow being the royal color), having used two other yellow kits in friendlies against
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on 16 May 2007 and
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on 2 July 2007. From October 2012 through 2016, Nike was replaced by Grand Sport Group, Grand Sport in a deal worth 96M baht (3.1M USD). The new home kit of Thailand reverted to all-red and the away kit to all-blue. However, the order was reversed from the 2014 AFF Championship onward. In September 2016, the national team signed a four-year contract with Warrix Sports to be their kit provider from 2017. On 4 January 2017, the new provider introduced a new pair of Thailand kits that was all black home and all white away, honouring their late Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Bhumibol for a year after his passing, with black and white being the traditional Thai colors of mourning. In March 2018, Warrix returned Thailand to the all-blue first, all-red second kits with an addition of a white-black third kit. In December 2018, a new, darker version of blue, red kits and an all white third kit were presented for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup campaign and the rest of 2019. For the 2019 King's Cup in May, Warrix released the kit consisting of a yellow shirt with white shorts and socks – yellow reportedly being the favorite color of the newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn.


Rivalries


Notable rivalries

Thailand draws opponents mostly against Myanmar national football team, Myanmar,
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, Malaysia national football team, Malaysia,
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. These rivalries are rooted from geographical closeness. Thailand's greatest rival is Malaysia national football team, Malaysia because the most competitive number of 97 matches between two team, Before Malaysia fell into football scandal that weakened the country's football development from the 1990s to 2018, Malaysia was Thailand's most annoying and difficult opponent in the region. On every away games to Malaysia since 1990 still, the Thais have never been able to beat the Malaysians at their turf. Nonetheless, Thailand holds overall higher records in international football competitions compared to the Malaysians. , Thailand's overall record is not favorable with only 29 wins, 31 draws and 37 losses to the Malayan Tigers. The rivalry between Thailand and Singapore is a newer one and its importance can be emphasized by the domination of both countries in the AFF Championship with Thailand won five times and Singapore is behind one title. Up until 2012, Singapore and Thailand have been the more dominant forces in Southeast Asian football. Thailand has a dominant head-to-head record to Singapore, beating the Singaporeans 33 times, only draw 17 times and lost 12 times. Football development in both countries have been different with Thailand relies mostly on its own domestically developed players while Singapore has been reliant on naturalized players. Thailand-Vietnam football rivalry, Thailand's rivalry with Vietnam has developed differently from times. During the time of South Vietnam national football team, South Vietnam and North Vietnam national football team, North Vietnam, Thailand had a poorer performance with the team only won 4 matches against the South Vietnamese. However, when
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rejoined international football at 1991, Thailand has been more dominant than their eastern rival, winning 14 matches. When Myanmar national football team, Myanmar was still a football power, it was Thailand's first-ever rival, owning by the history of the Burmese–Siamese wars which led to a nationalist fervor among Thai fans with its desire to beat the Burmese. But with Myanmar weakened following the reign of Ne Win and junta, Thailand improved and since 1983, holds an undefeated streak over its western rival. The rivalry today only serves mostly in the memoir of Burmese fans who are nostalgic to an era when Myanmar was still a leading football power, while for some Thai fans, they have more important opponents to concentrate at. Thailand has 21 wins, 14 draws and 15 losses to Myanmar.
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has met Thailand in three finals of the AFF Championship at 2000 AFF Championship, 2000, 2002 AFF Championship, 2002 and 2016 AFF Championship, 2016, and Thailand all triumphed at the expense of Indonesia. However, one wrote that while Thailand was able to elevate its position to become a more serious Asian competitor, Indonesia fell into mismanagement and matches between two teams also began to lose its importance. Thailand has an overwhelming performance when it comes to
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, with 33 wins and 18 losses and 18 draws.


Facilities

Most home matches took place in Rajamangala National Stadium in Bang Kapi District of Bangkok. Built for the 1998 Asian Games, the stadium is the largest sporting facility in Thailand with a capacity of 49,749, all seated. International matches are also occasionally played at National Stadium (Thailand), Supachalasai Stadium, 700th Anniversary Stadium, 80th Birthday Stadium, Thammasat Stadium, Chang Arena and SCG Stadium.


Fixtures

Fixtures are broadcast by Thairath TV (for friendlies and round 2 of FIFA World Cup qualification, FIFA World Cup - AFC qualification matches) and Channel 7 (Thailand), Channel 7 (for the AFF Championship, AFF Suzuki Cup, possible round 3 of FIFA World Cup qualification, FIFA World Cup - AFC qualification and
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Coaching staff


Coaching history

* Bunchoo Samutkojon (1956–1964) * Pratiab Thesvisarn (1965–1968) * Günther Glomb (1968–1975) * Naowarat Patanon (1975) * Peter Schnittger (1976–1978) * Werner Bickelhaupt (1979) * Vichit Yamboonraungb (1979) * Supakit Meelarpkit (1980) * Prawit Chaisam (1981–1983) * Yanyong Na Nongkhai (1983) * Saner Chaiyong (1984) * Burkhard Ziese (1985–1986) * Chirtsak Chaiyaboot (1987) * Prawit Chaisam (1988–1989) * Carlos Roberto (1989–1991) * Peter Stubbe (1991–1994) * Worawit Sumpachanyasathit (1994) * Chatchai Paholpat (1994–1995) * Thawatchai Sartjakul (1996) * Arjhan Srong-ngamsub (1996) * Dettmar Cramer (1997) * Witthaya Laohakul (1997–1998) * Peter Withe (1998–2003) * Carlos Roberto (2003–2004) * Chatchai Paholpat (2004) * Sigfried Held (2004) * Charnwit Polcheewin (2005–2008) *
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(2009–2011) * Winfried Schäfer (2011–2013) * Surachai Jaturapattarapong (2013) *
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(2014–2017) * Milovan Rajevac (2017–2019) * Sirisak Yodyardthai (2019) * Akira Nishino (footballer), Akira Nishino (2019–2021) * Alexandré Pölking (2021–present)


Players


Current squad

* The following 29 players were called up for the 2020 AFF Championship. * Cap (sport)#Association football, Caps and Goal (sports)#Association football, goals as of 1 January 2022 after the match against .


Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up within the last 12 months. INJ Withdrew from the squad due to injury
PRE Included in the Preliminary squad or on standby
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Serving suspension from the national team
WD Withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue


Previous squads

*Summer Olympics squads: Football at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Men's team squads#Thailand, 1956, Football at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's team squads#Thailand, 1968 *AFC Asian Cup squads: 1972 AFC Asian Cup squads#Thailand, 1972, 1992 AFC Asian Cup squads#Thailand, 1992, 1996 AFC Asian Cup squads#Thailand, 1996, 2000 AFC Asian Cup squads#Thailand, 2000, 2004 AFC Asian Cup squads#Thailand, 2004, 2007 AFC Asian Cup squads#Thailand, 2007, 2019 AFC Asian Cup squads#Thailand, 2019 *Asian Games squads: Football at the 1962 Asian Games – Squads#Thailand, 1962, Football at the 1966 Asian Games – Squads#Thailand, 1966, Football at the 1970 Asian Games – Squads#Thailand, 1970, Football at the 1974 Asian Games – Squads#Thailand, 1974, Football at the 1978 Asian Games – Squads#Thailand, 1978, Football at the 1982 Asian Games – Squads#Thailand, 1982, Football at the 1986 Asian Games – Squads#Thailand, 1986, Football at the 1990 Asian Games – Squads#Thailand, 1990, Football at the 1994 Asian Games – Squads#Thailand, 1994, Football at the 1998 Asian Games – Squads#Thailand, 1998 *AFF Championship squads: 1996 AFF Championship squads#Thailand, 1996, 1998 AFF Championship squads#Thailand, 1998, 2000 AFF Championship squads#Thailand, 2000, 2002 AFF Championship squads#Thailand, 2002, 2004 AFF Championship squads#Thailand, 2004, 2007 AFF Championship squads#Thailand, 2007, 2008 AFF Championship squads#Thailand, 2008, 2010 AFF Championship squads#Thailand, 2010, 2012 AFF Championship squads#Thailand, 2012, 2014 AFF Championship squads#Thailand, 2014, 2016 AFF Championship squads#Thailand, 2016, 2018 AFF Championship squads#Thailand, 2018, 2020 AFF Championship squads#Thailand, 2020


Players record

:''Players in bold are still active with Thailand.''


Competitive record


FIFA World Cup


Olympic Games


AFC Asian Cup


Asian Games


AFF Championship


Southeast Asian Games

;Notes *1 : The title was shared. ** : Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty shootout (football), penalty kicks.


Head-to-head record


Honours


International titles

* Football at the Summer Olympics, Olympic Games :* First round (2): Association football at the 1956 Summer Olympics, 1956, Football at the 1968 Summer Olympics, 1968


Continental titles

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Regional titles

* AFF Championship :* Winners (6):
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, 2000 Tiger Cup, 2000, 2002 Tiger Cup, 2002, 2014 AFF Championship, 2014, 2016 AFF Championship, 2016, 2020 AFF Championship, 2020 :* Runners-up (3): 2007 ASEAN Football Championship, 2007, 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup, 2008, 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup, 2012 * Football at the Southeast Asian Games, Southeast Asian Games :* Gold medal (9): 1965 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games, 1965*, 1975 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games, 1975, Football at the 1981 Southeast Asian Games, 1981, Football at the 1983 Southeast Asian Games, 1983, Football at the 1985 Southeast Asian Games, 1985, Football at the 1993 Southeast Asian Games, 1993, Football at the 1995 Southeast Asian Games, 1995, Football at the 1997 Southeast Asian Games, 1997, Football at the 1999 Southeast Asian Games, 1999 :* Silver medal (4): Football at the 1959 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games, 1959, 1969 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games, 1969, Football at the 1977 Southeast Asian Games, 1977, Football at the 1991 Southeast Asian Games, 1991 :* Bronze medal (5): 1961 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games, 1961, Football at the 1967 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games, 1967, Football at the 1971 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games, 1971, Football at the 1979 Southeast Asian Games, 1979, Football at the 1987 Southeast Asian Games, 1987


Friendly titles

* King's Cup :* Winners (15): 1976 King's Cup, 1976*, 1979, 1980*, 1981, 1982 King's Cup, 1982, 1984, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2000 King's Cup, 2000, 2006 King's Cup, 2006, 2007 King's Cup, 2007, 2016 King's Cup, 2016, 2017 King's Cup, 2017 :* Runners-up (11): 1970 King's Cup, 1970, 1971, 1972 King's Cup, 1972, 1974 King's Cup, 1974, 1993, 1997, 2002 King's Cup, 2002, 2004 King's Cup, 2004, 2009 King's Cup, 2009, 2015 King's Cup, 2015, 2018 King's Cup, 2018 :* Third place (11): 1968 King's Cup, 1968, 1973 King's Cup, 1973, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1996, 1999, 2001 King's Cup, 2001, 2003 King's Cup, 2003, 2013 King's Cup, 2013* * China Cup :*Runners-up (1): 2019 China Cup, 2019 * Indonesian Independence Cup :* Winners (1): 1994 * Korea Cup :* Third place (1): 1977 President's Cup Football Tournament, 1977* :* Fourth place (1): 1980 President's Cup Football Tournament, 1980 * VFF Cup :* Winners (2): 2006, 2008 * 3 Nations in Taiwan :* Winners (1): 1971 * 4 Nations in Indochina :* Winners (1): 1989 * Brunei Games :* Winners (1): 1990 ;Note :*''trophy shared''


See also

* Thailand women's national football team * Thailand national futsal team * Thailand national under-23 football team * Thailand national under-21 football team * Thailand national under-20 football team * Thailand national under-17 football team * King's Cup * Football in Thailand * Sport in Thailand


References


External links


Football Association of Thailand

Thai Football.com

Thai football page of Fifa.com
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