Army United Football Club
Army United Football Club (Thai: สโมสรฟุตบอลอาร์มี่ ยูไนเต็ด) is a Thai football club based in the Din Daeng District of Bangkok. They play in the second division in Thai football, the Thai League 2. 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 play in red shirts with red shorts and red socks.
The club was known as Royal Thai Army until November 2010. Despite finishing bottom of the Thai League 1 in 2010 they managed to regain their top-flight status after winning Group B of the Thai League Play-off in 2011.
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 Thai League.
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.
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 reinstated. 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 for the club with Army losing 2–1 to Buriram United F.C..
In the 2013 Season the club signed a strategic partnership deal with Thai-owned English club Leicester City F.C.
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. 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.
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