Pattaya United Football Club
Pattaya United Football Club is a Thai football club based in Pattaya and currently playing in the Thai Premier League.
Pattaya United Football Club is one of the city’s main attractions alongside the beaches and Pattaya’s nightlife. The club was known before as Coke-Bangpra Chonburi FC before it changed to Pattaya United FC in 2008 when the team was promoted to the Thai Premier League.
Pattaya United’s first ever competitive game was against Thailand Division 2 League side Raj Pracha in the 2009 Queen’s Cup which they won 5–0. For 6 years the club remained in the TPL, and finished as high as sixth, and fourth in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
Pattaya United was relegated to the Yamaha League One in 2014 and promoted again in 2016 to the Thai Premier League.
The club have shown potentials, winning against teams with a much higher annual budget. On September 1, 2017 Pattaya United beat Bangkok United 1:0.
In January 2015 the club was sold to Enigma Sport Ventures (ESV), the sporting arm of Enigma Global. It marked the first change in ownership in the club history after several lucrative bids were submitted for the Kunpluem family for consideration. The new ownership’s management team moved very quickly in rebranding the club, appointing the new President and the Club’s first foreign Head Coach and securing 8 top players from other TPL clubs to play in the Division One.
Many players came from Muangthong United, as well as couple Thai and foreign national team players. In 2016, Pattaya United was taken over by the Kiarti Thanee Group lead by Tanet Phanichewa.
The club’s fierce local rivals are Chonburi FC and Sriracha which all are in the same province of Chonburi. Despite all three teams were previously owned by the Kunpluem family they always competed against each another.
Nong Prue Stadium, formally known as Nongprue Municipality Stadium in Pattaya originally designed to hold just over 3,000 spectators, but over the year the additional seats were installed to accommodate more fans.
The stadium was renovated once again in 2011 and under the new ownership of Enigma Sport Ventures, the stadium is currently undergoing additional steps to accommodate up to 5,500 spectators.