Muangthong United FC
Muangthong United Football Club (Thai: สโมสรฟุตบอล เมืองทอง ยูไนเต็ด) is a Thai professional football club based in Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi Province. The club currently plays in the Thai Leagues 1. Muangthong United has participated in the Thai Premier League since 2009 after having won the Thai Division 1 League title in 2008.
Muangthong United is one of the richest football clubs in Thailand. The club is widely known as The Twin Qilins.
Formation and early years
The club was founded in 1989. The first name registered with Football Association of Thailand was “Norgjorg Pittayanusorn Football Club”. Norgjorg Pittayanusorn Football Club was founded by Worawi Makudi the club race from Ngor Royal Cup, which is the smallest cup. Even in Thailand Football League Division 1 season 2002–2003, Norgjorg Pittayanusorn Football Club was renamed to “FC Norgjorg Black Pearl” by the former politician Veera Musikapong to make the team, but the team had just one season and was unsuccessful so he stopped by leaving the team and the club still remained in the League Division. The next season of the Thailand League Division 1 in 2003–2004 the team was renamed once again as a group that has been done the team as FC Globlex Norgjorg by Somsak Chenchaowanich who signed as the new team manager. That year, the team performed poorly.
Finally, it relegated to play in Ngor Royal Cup in season 2004–2005 by returning to its original name but it was not as successful as it should. The Football Association wants to raise the level of league competition in Thailand so they established Thailand Division 2 League with a team led by Kho Royal Cup and Khor Royal Cup are mixed together to compete in the league this season which Norgjorg Pittayanusorn Football Club eligible entrants. In 2007 Siam Sport Syndicate by Rawi Lohtong the president of Siam Sport Syndicate bought the club and changed the name to Muangthong United and moved to a new ground at Muang Thong Thani called Thunderdome Stadium. The club’s first success was winning the first place in the 2007 Season of the Thailand Division 2 League. From here, they were promoted to the Thai Division 1 League. The team was then promoted to the Thai Leagues 1 in the 2009 season so everyone praised Muangthong United in that season as “3 Years 3 Champs” team.
The club was promoted to play in the Thai Premier League in 2009, after it won the title for the Division one. In the 2009 season, the club had many new and notable players in the country. Despite a successful start to the season, they pledged in April 2009 with Attaphol Buspakom a new coach. For the summer break, the association is, as expected by all experts, among the top five of the table and plays for the championship.
One factor contributing to the club’s success is its close relationship with Belgian club Lierse, and the acquisition of Thai star player Teeratep Winothai and Ronnachai Rangsiyo, the master FC PEA. Together with Teerasil Dangda, the club now has some of the most talented strikers in the country in its ranks.
In 2010 Attaphol Buspakom was sacked following a string of unsuccessful results, and was replaced by Belgian René Desaeyere, who managed Muangthong for two seasons. Under his leadership, Muangthong qualified for the 2010 AFC Champions League. They beat SHB Đà Nẵng from Vietnam 0–3 but lost out to Singapore Armed Forces on penalties after the game ended in a 1–1 draw. They were eligible to play for the 2010 AFC Cup. They reached the semi-final round but lost to Al-Ittihad from Syria 2–1. In the 2010 Thai Premier League, they lost just three games out of 30, with seven draws, good enough to capture the league title for the second time. Dagno Siaka was the club’s top scorer for in 2010 with 15 goals.
At the start of the season Muangthong United signed former Liverpool player Robbie Fowler to a one-year contract. Muangthong United participated in the 2011 AFC Champions League play off rounds. They played Sriwijaya but lost on penalties after the game ended in a 2–2 draw. They were also eligible to play for the 2011 AFC Cup, coming first in the group stage of the tournament. In their first match of the round of 16 they beat Al Ahed from Lebanon 4–0 but went on to lose to Kuwait SC in the quarter-finals round 1–0. After their tournament exit Henrique Calisto, the clubs manager, was sacked and Fowler took over as player/coach of Muangthong United. In 2011 Thai Premier League Muangthong United finished the season in third place in Thai league. For the 2010–11 season and Teerasil Dangda is top score for club in 2011 season by 13 goals.
After Fowler’s contract expired, Muangthong United signed a contract with Serbia coach Slaviša Jokanović. During the pre-season, Muangthong United signed on many famous players such as Mario Gjurovski, Ri Kwang-Chon, Adnan Barakat and Mongkol Namnuad.
In this season, the club did not play in the AFC Champions League or AFC Cup. Therefore, it tried to do the best in 2012 Thai Leagues Cup, but they lost to TOT 3–4 and 2012 Thai FA Cup they lost to Army United 3–2, but they can win the 2012 Thai Premier League is a third of the club and Muangthong United became the first team in Thai Leagues T1 to go the season unbeaten in the current 34-game format. In 2012, thumb Muangthong engaged an unbeaten run which lasted the whole season, and Teerasil also scored four goals in a single match, an 8–1 routing over BBCU on 18 October. Ten days later he scored in a 2–2 draw against BEC Tero, a goal which granted the title, took his tally to 24 goals and broke the previous record of Ronnachai Sayomchai in 1998 (23 goals).
After his impressive goal tally in the season, Teerasil Dangda was invited by La Liga sides Atlético Madrid and Getafe for a trial, but as the former was a Muangthong partner, he headed to Atlético Madrid in January 2013; he also attracted interest of Trabzonspor in June.
After Muangthong United never got any trophy for 3 year after seasons 2012 the club made a campaign “The Dream Team” because they signed on many famous national team players as Peerapat Notchaiya, Theerathon Bunmathan, Adisak Kraisorn, Tanaboon Kesarat, Chanathip Songkrasin, Tristan Do, Adison Promrak and famous international player as Xisco former Córdoba CF player and signed a contract with Totchtawan Sripan former national player who was ones of the Thai football legend to be new head coach. In this season Muangthong United won a famous double, becoming champions of the Thai Leagues 1 and League Cup.
SCG Stadium is a football stadium located in Nonthaburi, Thailand, and is the home of Thai Leagues 1’s side, Muangthong United. SCG Stadium used to be able to hold as much as 20,000 spectators but the number reduced after renovation by filling in chairs to make the stadium all seated with a capacity of around 16,000 spectators.