Teeratep Winothai (Thai: ธีรเทพ วิโนทัย, born February 16, 1985), simply known as Leesaw (Thai: ลีซอ) is a Thai footballer playing as a Forward for a Thai Leagues T1 club Bangkok United. He previously spent his youth career with England’s Crystal Palace and Everton.
He got bachelor in Faculty of Education from Chulalongkorn University
He studied at Brentwood School, a private school in Essex, UK. During this time he represented the Thai national team at schoolboy level as well as being on the books of London-based club Crystal Palace. His performances for his school helped them reach the final of the 2001 Independent Schools FA Cup, scoring 8 goals in 4 games along the way. He eventually moved to Everton for one year before returning to Thailand.
The young forward joined a Thai Premier League side BEC Tero Sasana in 2006 at age of 21 and played for the club until 2008 made totally 65 appearances scored 22 goals and was also awarded as 2008 Striker of the Year.
In 2009, a Belgian side Lierse S.K. signed the Thai star with an undisclosed deal. However, Leesaw spent most of his time with the new club in reserve team and made only 8 appearances with 1 goal. Later in the first season with the Belgian club, he was moved back to Thailand and played for Thai Premier League champions Muangthong United on a loan deal.
Teerathep made 23 appearances and scored 4 goals before spending the rest of his loan spell with his former club, BEC Tero Sasana, in the same season and made 8 appearances with 3 goals. Leesaw eventually rejoined BEC Tero Sasana, leading to 15 appearances and 3 goals from the injury suffer in 2010–2011 season. In early 2012, Teeratep was on the move again to 2010–2011 Thai Premier League 4th place club, Bangkok Glass.
On 2013 Teeratep played against Manchester United on match tpl all star vs Manchester United at Rajamangala Stadium teeratep score 1 goal and final match tpl all star 1–0 Manchester United and this match is first match new manager Manchester United David Moyes.
Teeratep come to Police United on 2014 but club relagion from Thai Premier League On 2015 Teeratep play Police United in Thai Division 1 League Teerathep first goal in season against PTT Rayong at PTT Stadium home of PTT Rayong and win 2–1. On 17 October 2015 Teeratep is first Hatrick in season against PTT Rayong at Boonyachinda Stadium home of Police United and win 6–0 and Police United promoted to Thai Premier League.
On 24 January 2016, Winothai joined Bangkok United.
Leesaw has been included in the national team setup since a very young age and is a very versatile player, playing either on the wing or as striker. Leesaw first came to the fore in the King’s Cup in 2005 and has been a squad regular since, only being rested when called up to represent the nation in Olympic qualifying matches or in SEA Games. He represented Thailand in the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship in New Zealand. In the final of the 2005 SEA Games match against Vietnam, he scored a hat-trick, and helped Thailand claim the gold medal for the 7th consecutive time.
Teeratep has been called up to new coach Peter Reid’s first squad selection, to play in the T&T Cup 2008 hosted by Vietnam. Teeratep was a member of the victorious T&T Cup 2008 winning squad.
On 13 July 2013, Teeratep scored the only goal in a game against English premier league club Manchester United in a friendly match as part of United’s Tour 2013, he was playing for Thailand’s Singha All Star XI team which compromises of selected Thai footballers. On 6 March 2014, he played for Thailand against Lebanon in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification, and scored a goal.
Style of play
Teeratep is known for his pace and work rate. Teeratep originally played as a striker, but could also play as a left winger or a right winger.